LuLu's
LuLu's

LuLu's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lulusrichmond.com/
  • Phone: (804) 343-9771
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9 am-3 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, American
  • Executive Chef: Neil Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our chef will prepare custom made menus to suit your every need for private parties, business lunches or intimate wine dinners.
  • Entertainment: LuLu's hosts solo acts and bands several times a month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Public Transit: We are less than a block away from Main Street Station (Amtrak), and just over a block away from a bus stop on Main Street & 18th Street. To the Bottom and Back (2BNB) provides free bus service currently operating on continuous loops throughout the major arteries in the city from 6 pm to 3 am, Thursday-Saturday.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: * Bring small bills in case attendants do not have change. * Parking is free on 16th & 17th streets, Main Street, Franklin Street & Grace Street
A word from LuLu's
LuLu's is famous for its weekend brunch, which is served Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm. Dinner is served on nights that we have entertainment.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
LuLu's reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (41)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (15)hot spot (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • RVADINERVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We tried lulu's for the first time at the recommendation of friends. While the food was good, our experience was diminished by sub-par service. It took nearly 15 minutes for our server to greet us and only then after we flagged her down. Drinks went empty for most of the meal and were only refilled after we asked. Finally our bill was incorrect which we didn't catch until after our card was run which added to the hassle. The experience left us questioning whether we will return which is a shame because we enjoyed the atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Marathon Brunch
    DiverDeb
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We met here for brunch with some friends who live out of town and were here for the marathon. I had the eggs benedict florentine and my partner the lobster omelette. The eggs for the benedict were poached, which makes a great change, although one of the party had hers poached a little more. We both enjoyed our meal tremendously. The guys both had the lobster omelette and thought they were very tasty. Despite the crowds, the staff was very attentive, coffee and water remained filled without having to ask. Next time I will try lunch, definitely a place to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I came here with my husband after running the Richmond Marathon. Despite being 30 minutes late for our reservation, due to road closures from the race, and arriving a few minutes after 3 (they stop serving at 3), they still sat us. Our waitress did not rush us at all. We split the Cajun fries, which were a special, my husband had the chicken and waffles (also a special), and I had their infamous red velvet waffles, which were delicious. Everything was very good and the portions were very generous. We will definitely return next time we are in Richmond!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at it's best
    BambiBlack
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love Lulu's! To be honest, I've only gone to Lulu's for brunch, and it is by far my favorite brunch spot in the City of Richmond. It's friendly enough for family, but cool enough for your friends! The service is always good and the food is consistently good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    KimS
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It was a great dining experience all the way around. The food, service, ambience met all of our expectations from my children to my parents. Everyone left happy and satisfied!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuLu's is great - Don't go there
    Gmoney
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everytime we want to go to LuLu's the reservation time we want is already booked, so we end up making it for later than originally wanted. And when we get there, the place is vibrant, yet cozy. And it's always busy. Even with out reservation, we are usually still waiting for a few minutes. So, I ask you not to go because the more people that read this review and decide to go will further reduce our chances of getting a reservation time that we want and you will just make LuLu's that much busier and more popular. Honestly, you don't really want the incredible food that they have on their menu. Additionally, one of the best bloody mary's in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OlderLady
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was my second brunch at LuLu's. It just gets better and better. I will continue to go until I have eaten every thing on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Lobster Biscuit... Delicious!
    Sincere1981VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Definitely my go-to place for weekend brunch and a generously sized mimosa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    we came here for breakfast, and the food and everything was great. but they didn't have a kids menu or smaller portions that we could order, so we ended up sharing a breakfast, but i would have ordered something else for myself had my 5 year old been able to get his own meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place to Show Off Your City
    RoaminRonin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I made a reservation for my mother, her best friend, and my teenage boy and I for Brunch. My mom had not been to Richmond in a year at least, and her friend had not been since the 60s. I wanted to point out what a fun town Richmond is. The old ladies want ambiance and mimosas, the teen wants a soda and a burger. Lulu's was filled with families and international med students in an open, breezy floor plan. The noise was at a solid conversational level. There was no TV and no musak blasting. Nobody was squeezing by us going to the bathroom like some brunch places in town. The food was awesome, fresh, and the menu was planned in a way that everybody could find something they wanted. One of the best visits we all have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DjrjrVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great brunch. I had the Shrimp and Grits and a Bloody Mary. Both were excellent. We were visiting from out of town, and are so glad we found this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    Paddler
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It's now our favorite Sunday Brunch spot, beating out its relative, Millie's, although Millie's is still a special place. The country ham and the fried corn beef bene's are so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlantic Omelet is a must!
    Mark
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went for brunch based on Yelp reviews. Not disappointed. The Atlantic omelet (lobster, crab, cheese and bacon) was amazing. Crazy good flavor. Generous mimosa and overall, decent pricing. $50 for two with 2 drinks and tip. Great section of town. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The first time I went to Lulu's I was very impressed. However, on subsequent visits the food has diminished in taste and quality. I went this last time because we were taking my daughter out for her birthday and she requested to go to Lulu's. The food was horrible. My daughter ordered biscuits with gravy and the biscuits were not fully baked and the gravy and sausage were not very good; I could barely find the crab in my dish and the steak in my husband's tacos tasted old and was tough. It appears Lulu's is trying to cut on quality to save money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic brunch
    RVAfoodies
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went in a group of 6 for brunch. Great food, large portions. Food arrived quickly and our server was attentive. Will definitely be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfied
    Foodierva
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food great service but it can get a bit noisy in there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would have been fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food is great but they were completely understaffed. We had a 12:30 pm reservation and were not seated until 12:55 pm - and we basically seated ourselves. They needed twice as much front of the house staff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 172 reviews are from the LuLu's reviews archive.
  • Good Time & Great Food
    Foodie1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We invited some friends from North Carolina and we collectively enjoyed the food and service provided.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, delicious and busy
    Qpwortty
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Had brunch at Lulu's 7/13/13. Made reservation online at Open Table - was very busy. Atmosphere simple: brick walls, open kitchen, wooden tables. It was comfortable but the noise level is high. The food was delicious (bit too salty though). We ordered French toast with creme anglaise, fresh strawberries, an omelette with crab, an omelette with tomato, onion, avacado and cheddar. All were delicious. The egg dishes came with a side of roasted potatoes/peppers/onions which were seasoned and cooked perfectly except a bit too much salt. We were disappointed they didn't offer espresso but the drip coffee was good. We would definitely return to Lulu's if we visit Richmond again. The place has a nice vibe and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Everyone really enjoyed their food and I really enjoyed the special shrimp cheddar and avocado omelet. Hope they add it to the menu!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    FoodieJunkie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Lulu's food is great. They have the best strawberry French toast I have ever had and their red velve waffle is to die for. My only teeny tiny complaint is that the music was a little too loud. But that may have been more noticeable because this time there weren't ago of patrons in there. Other than that I simply adore Lulu's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ZaraVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent brunch and drinks. Cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wonderful choices for brunch but extremely loud. It was hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    Beachlover
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Lulu's on Father's Day. We made reservations at 10:00, but showed up early and we were seated right away. The staff has a very friendly attitude. The service was quick and all explanations were given on any menu items, since it was our first time there. The food was great and we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sfisher
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Friendly service. Good menu. Good atmosphere. We had a great brunch experience at LuLu's. We will be sure to come back too this restaurant, and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch
    202alex
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We went to Lulu's for brunch on June 1 ... it was an outstanding choice ... everything on the menu looked great ... went with a special, Atlantic Omelette (featured lobster, crab and bacon) ... could not have been better ... accompanied by some "spicy" home fries (Old Bay). Look forward to going back next time we're in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • debbieivVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Amazing food..,amazing service..I will definitely go to LuLu's again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute brunch spot
    Dccb
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Headed here for brunch last Sunday and had a pretty good time. Food was good, service was normal and pretty quick. Our table loved the red velvet waffles (obviously), and devoured biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and the chorizo frittata. For other diners, sit up in the front of the restaurant and not in the back. Restroom traffic was really heavy and it was a bit awkward trying to eat with people standing in line staring at you. If you can find a table up front, this place should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    ray23002
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took the family to Lulu's for Mother's Day. We had a reservation, but arrived about 30 minutes early. Still got seated right away. Food was excellent and the staff was friendly. Linda was great! Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their brunch!
    HAMBINO
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've come up to Richmond (over an hour drive) specifically for this restaurant several! I have their French Toast every time and then one of the brunch specials and I have never been even mildly disappointed. Took my mom this past Mothers Day and she loved it also!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    JJH54
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to LuLu's for brunch and entire family enjoyed their food. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuLu's for brunch
    TCMB
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great place for brunch or lunch. Tried six different menu items and all were very tasty and had nice presentation. The red velvet waffle is a wonderful way to end the meal. I recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music was great....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    That's really the only good thing I can say... the music was really great, food was not what we expected, drinks totally overpriced considering none of the bar money was going to pay the band...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Earplugs mandatory
    RVAWmVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Sunday brunch. With reservation were seated in rear with traffic for restrroms one table away and facing a brick wall. Menu while lively with entertaining descriptions was not excitingly broad. Noise level over the top with eclectic music selections. Tall ceilings did little to temper ear splitting energy not of relaxing mood. Young lady at next table obviously had headache from being overserved the previous night and was holding her ears against noise level. Return? Think not.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite brunch place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Our favorite brunch place in Richmond, but it is always noisy. They need to turn the music down so people don't have to raise their voice to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were greeted pleasantly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    We were greeted pleasantly and seated graciously for our 6:30 reservation. However,we were thrown off by the Shockhoe Bottom Restaurant Week tasting menu since it was a 3- course ,fixed price($30.00)one and we actually had had other plans for dessert.Unfortunately,I was not wowed by the courses offered,particularly my over cooked pork loin and meager tomato salad.If we had been able to order just as we had intended,I think the dining would have been more satisfactory.The five of us were out for an enjoyable evening with other entertainment ahead and we certainly had a nice time.The waiter was friendly and competent.However,I don't plan on a repeat visit as I have many other places to repeat or try out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    This was our first time and it was very enjoyable. It was recommended by our son Who joined us with his family. We celabrated his birthday. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Southern Seafood Menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Lulu's dinner menu is packed with great takes on tradiational Southern Seafood items. We started with Spinach and Crab Dip, which was excellent and made even better by the fresh flatbeard. For dinner we had the the Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Mahi Mahi and the Risotto with Shrimp. The risotto that came with both meals adds a great deal of balance and was very flavorful. Meanwhile, the pumpkin seeded crust of the Mahi Mahi gave it texture and additional flavor I had never had with Mahi Mahi. Also, the crab avocado salsa with the Mahi Mahi was unique and combination of good flavors. Note, the salsa is cold, which may throw you off if you were expected it to be warm. It is wonderful regardless. The service was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Dinner for Girls' Night Out
    dogmom
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The grilled caesar salad and shrimp and grits were TO DIE FOR. The waitress was helpful and informative but not intrusive at all. Perfect girls' night spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The change in management meant
    eatout2nite
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    The change in management meant a change in menu. Was different but still good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate