Awesome doesn't cover it!
I've been going to this place for quite some time. Researched a lot of restaurants in the area, but this one is tops on my list. They offer a wide variety of unique cuisine. Great food, beer selection, and cocktails, just to start. The service is also top notch. My drinks rarely run out and they are very informative about the food. It can get crowded though, so reservations are recommended. They also do full service at the bar, which is first come, first serve. Their music selections are always intriguing. If you're looking for an adventure, then you must try this place.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't think I could have had a better dinner for me and my fiancée's anniversary. Great cocktails and three courses of perfect food!
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome atmosphere and food!
As always, Chef Owen's menu did not disappoint. We loved the duck liver pâté and my duck breast entree was fantastic. My son loves the sweetbreads there, which were fantastic! For dessert, we had the rhubarb cake, which was superb. Chef Owen does change the menu from time to time. But regardless of the options, we know we will have a fantastic meal every visit!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Small Space
Creative dishes with lots of variety. Only a few tables so make a reservation!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were great.
Food and service were great. Magpie features the products of local farms. Prices are high. This was my second time at Magpie - I really like the place.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, very intricately prepared. The flavor combinations were nice, very much a gastropub. Must get the house-made sausage. Service was wonderful as well.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice restaurant
We visited on a Monday night, and it wasn't crowded. With a full house, I can see how it could get noisy. The food was outstanding -- very unique, complex flavors; locally-sourced ingredients, so everything was very fresh. A great dining experience.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always!
Having dined there many times, i was not disappointed! The drinks, food and wines were excellent as always. The menu of interesting and different offerings and the friendly, easy going staff make it a winner every time. Be prepared to have an excellent and happy experience.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the quaint atmosphere - I've been to The Magpie on a few occasions and the service level has always been great! I miss the rack of wild boar, "premo!!!" The rabbit sausage has a great balance of heat and sweet, it's to die for!
If your looking to be very romantic, while the atmosphere quaint, be on notice that this place is small. Tables a are close, gives it a family feel. You will hear conversations around you. MAKE A RESERVATION!!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great place in Richmond! Had a awesome time. Def. going back for sure.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a Find
Our second visit to the Magpie with hopefully many more to come. Inventive, delicious cuisine utilizing unique ingredients. What every gastropub should aspire to.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
really enjoyed the tile fish
really enjoyed the tile fish . the only reason we probably won't go back is because the tables are way to close to each other. we do not enjoy not being able to talk with our neighbor close enough to hear a whisper or commenting on what we are saying. couldn't even get out without moving the table over.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A romantic gem in the city
I had the Kentucky Fried Quail my husband the sausage. Food and presentation were excellent. We will come back.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The good was amazing, though it took over an hour from the time we sat down to get our first course. That would be my only complaint, but I was blown away by the food so all was forgiven. I had the burger which is unlike any burger I've ever had and I wouldn't even consider it a burger. It was the most flavorful meat I think I've ever had and I will be dreaming about it for years to come.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there twice and I love it. Great food. Great cocktails.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
small portions, high price
This was my first time at brunch there, I've eaten dinner there twice.
The brunch menu is very strong with lots of options for my friend group with varying tastes and allergies.
We all tried/loved different brunch cocktails and I had the biscuits and gravy special. It wasn't too rich, the biscuits were homemade and crispy and the portion was perfect.
My friend had the omelette and said it was good, well-flavored but the portion was too small for the price.
Our server was a really sweet girl who paid just enough attention to us but didn't hover.
All in all, I'll be back! It's a tad expensive, but worth it for alot of local ingredients and a peaceful setting.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had dinner with three friends. The service and food was fantastic.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neat Lieelt Gem
This restaurant sort of specializes in small and medium plates that are exotic in nature. There is a lot of wild game on the menu and it is served up with an artful design that is bith pleasing to the eyes and the palate. The cocktail menu is creative and their local beers on tap bring a regional flair to the experience. A little pricey, but comparable to other restaurants of this calibre in Richmond.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was so delicious,
The food was so delicious, but the medium plate description was a little overzealous. I wolfed down two and ate a peanut butter and jelly when I got home ;)
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upon arriving, the bartender greeted us immediately with a warm smile and informed us our table would be available when we were ready to be seated. At the bar, my partner and I ordered The Victorian and a rye old-fashioned, which were delicious.
The wine list is a complimentary pairing to the menu and the bottle pricing is exceedingly fair. The amuse bouche was a nice touch.
We had the ahi, heirloom tomato and mozzarella, and the rabbit and country ham sausage. As entrees, we enjoyed the vegetable risotto and the sautéed tile fish; each meticulously prepared. We rounded out the meal with peach ice cream with prailienes. Magpie's menu is deliciously eccletic, which matches perfectly with the tasteful and elegantly decorated restaurant.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
the chef is a badass
went to dinner friday night and had a amazing time. Owen has some real talent and knows how to make anyone feel at home. probabaly going to come back every week until I move away.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a surprise. Enjoyed it so much, we will be returning to try other items on the menu. Great atmosphere, small, make RESERVATIONS!!! Eclectic.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat out frequently, often at more of the "it" places in town, so we are accustomed to good food. As such, it takes a lot to make us go "WOW!" The Magpie did this for us. We went for Sunday brunch and had one of the best food experiences we've had in quite a while. The shrimp and grits were, hands down, the best I've ever had. My boyfriend had the Sugar Shack doughnut bread pudding. It was amazingly good. The bloody mary's were delicious and different, served by the lovely, kind and helpful bartender, Alexandra. We can't wait to return for dinner.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic night out with my lady...
Great, quiet, fantastic food. This place has it all...and dude, the Sugar Shack donut bread pudding is incredible. Truly...Great meal all around.
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Focused on locally sourced foods
Wonderful local restaurant featuring locally sourced Virginia foods presented with flair.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hats off to the Chef
We had a great experience at Magpie on a recent Friday night. Good beer/ wine selection, great options for my carnivore spouse and even a meet-free option for me. Desserts sounded heavenly but we had no room. Reservations are a must, as there was a crowd waiting to be seated most of the time we were there. Noise level is high because it is one open room but did not detract from our experience. We were able to converse without problem. The only negative is we felt portion sizes were small. However, everything was delicious so we will return to the Magpie.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love The Magpie! The food is wonderful, as is the service. This was my fourth or fifth time. Food is imaginative and beautifully presented. My only remark is that they were out of a few things. Surprising since the menu is rather limited to begin with. I hope this was an anomaly. It won't affect my love for The Magpie, but it did out a bit of a damper on the evening.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food PLUS
This was the first time for the four of us to eat at the Magpie. We all raved about our dishes - good portions, great flavors, friendly and knowledgeable service. Great mixed drinks. The whole experience was very positive! Two things stood out to me beyond the great food - 1) the lighting. I'm so tired of the lights being dimmed in restaurants to the point that you can't see the people across the table from you. The Magpie was comfortably lit - not too bright, and not too dark. Secondly, the noise level was perfect, at least in comparison to 95% of Richmond restaurants. The music was just loud enough to prevent awkward silence and to cover the neighbors conversation. But I never had to shout or strain to hear my friends! Kudos!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delightful dinner set the Magpie.
Amazing food. Beautiful plates featuring exciting flavors.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect gem in Richmond!
I've been to the Magpie two times now and have found myself to love everything about it. The decor itself gives a warm vibe and service has always been friendly and helpful in making decisions. I have always gotten the Magpie Muddle which includes vodka (gin or bourbon if you prefer) with muddled fruit, fresh lime, and fresh mint. The variety of plates always astounds me and it is constantly changing. A higher price point than I usually go for, I highly recommend coming to the Magpie either way!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
best food in Richmond
Hands down the best meal we've eaten in Richmond. Just delicious, unpretentious but creative, well-executed food. Every bite was delicious and from salad to dessert it was excellent. Service was attentive and friendly, knowledgeable about the menu. Tiny place but full of energy and we didn't mind the close proximity to other diners.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It doesn't get better than this!
Best and most unique food I've had in Richmond! They are getting really popular, so make a reservation. A good beer, wine and speciality drink selection. The food is top quality with what must be only the best ingredients and the best chefs to prepare such a delicious meal. Portion sizes vary, so it allows a person to try many different things. Prices are exceptionally reasonable for the gastronomic experiment that you will be taking! Service can vary as they train new staff, but it's never unreasonable. They always make me feel like I'm at home when I come here.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowledgeable Waitstaff Worth Gold
It was so refreshing to have a waitress (more like a concierge!) who knew how everything on the menu had been prepared; and yet she wasn't pretentious about food and wine that she'd never tried until she came to work here. The handmade sweet-potato chips in the beet salad were a wonderful touch, as was the reduced root beer that finished off the spaghetti squash served with crunchy trout -- a grand evening.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very creative and well prepared menu. Service was excellent.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place i recommend the most
I had to come and check out the Magpie since they had changed their menu and it was ABSOLUTELY wonderful as usually get the venison or the chorizo they were perfect. Next time i'm gonna try the scallops. The best scallops i ever tasted were at the Magpie.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tend to be a steak-and-potatoes guy, but at Magpie I took a chance on the octopus and was rewarded with a sensational dip into the ocean. My wife and I invariably trade bites form each other's plate, and the full, rich flavor of her venison contrasted wonderfully with the more delicate octopus.
Magpie is off the beaten track for Richmond restaurants, and well worth detouring from your usual culinary trails.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not exactly what I expected but
I had imagined that the Magpie would be a quiet, cozy, romantic little spot. Brightly lit with fairly closely packed tables and yacht rock/disco on the sound system, the Magpie is more casual and communally cozy than I had anticipated. It was impossible not to hear the conversations of our neighbors and the servers reciting the menu to other dinners. When we arrived, there were only 2 other tables seated and a few folks at the bar, but when we left 2 hours later the restaurant and the bar were completely full. The food was very very good--imaginative and well-prepared, but both the floor and the kitchen may be a bit under-staffed based on the long delays between courses. Our server did her best, but she was clearly overwhelmed.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exzcellent food selectrons,
Exzcellent food selectrons, wonderful presentation and very engaging server. An overall great experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding, I got the braised goat and split it with everyone at the table..all thought is was delicious. I got the smoked ribeye steak for my main course and I have to say it was one of the best steaks that I have ever eaten. One of our party was not not happy, in that he got the scallops, and he stated it was just not enough food. Everyone else was very happy with their meals.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Finally got here!
I've been trying to come here for a little while on one of my trips to Richmond. It's been busy every time I've tried, and I never made a reservation. This time we were dining a little later, so it was easy to get a table. Food was OUTSTANDING, especially for the price--prices are not bad here at all. Very thoughtful and creative food. Modern, but comfort. So good. Would definitely go back again, and would definitely recommend!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first visit to The Magpie. Didn't know what to expect really. The food was delicious. The staff was very nice. The environment was warm and welcoming. We will definitely go back.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM