Rowland Fine Dining
Rowland Fine Dining

Rowland Fine Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rowlandfinedining.com/
  • Phone: 8042579885x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: shields&main
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rowland Fine Dining
Bruce and Virginia Rowland have created a menu that has an eclectic mix of Southern, Asian, Mediterranean and Provence influences, using fresh seasonal ingredients and their creative flair.
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Rowland Fine Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (11)romantic (6)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Fabulous Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We were a party of 6. We received great service and the food was delicious. It was a memorable meal! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ReRe
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Offered a most unusual varied menu for Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night Out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We chose Rowland's for Richmond Restaurant week as something new and different. We had a reservation for 7:30 and ended up being seated around 7:50. Waiting was not a problem as the attentive bartender gave some suggestions from their unique cocktail list. Their spin on an Old Fashioned was quite good, muddled fresh ginger root and rosemary...My girlfriend had a cucumber gin martini. FOOD - The bread is out of this world. Each offered course had an option to try a "Fall" themed item. We LOVED the Autumn Squash Lasagna (sounds weird...but you must try it) and the Pumpkin Cheesecake. SERVICE - was OK. Place was busy and we could tell our waitress was not in the best of moods. ATMOSPHERE - dark, romantic, small size feels exclusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Pecan crusted brook trout was delicious. The wine list is very good. A very pleasant evening except that it was quite warm in the restaurant until the chef came out and opened a door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thought it closed, glad it didn't
    foodhobbyistVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had been to Rowland before on one of our occasional trips to Richmond and some months ago drove by and it appeared to be closed. A recent web search indicated otherwise, so we went. Great choice. Eclectic menu was excellent from the house made roast chicken stuffed ravioli (a special for the evening which they provided in an appetizer portion upon request), through pork entrees (a schnitzel added to their vegetarian offering and a super tender chop) accompanied by savory sides, to a very well prepared Bananas Foster dessert. What a great meal. Nice selection of wines also. We'll return and we highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall very nice place
    Deathbroker
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The interior has a more neighborhood and eclectic feel than a fine dining feel. The service was spot on, the chop was moist and the steak was cooked to perfection as medium well. The wine list leaves a lot to be desired and almost seemed to be a forgotten part of the planned dinning experience. But the service and the food more than made up for the weak wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dinner
    EverydayJoe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wanted to take my wife out to a nice restaurant for a romantic dinner for two. The food and wine were excellent, the service terrific. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    BuddyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my birthday and was not disappointed. Fish is my favorite and in addition to the menu they had 2 fish specials. The butter bean cake appetizer is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ok poor ambience
    zaff27
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    seating,with a hard back chair on the main aisle facing the person on the setee.Waiter got my steak order wrong, Very rare instead of medium rare. Couple at table next to us very loud after spending some time at bar before. Very difficult to have a quiet evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice evening then unbearably noisy
    MskBvk
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I had enjoyed a lovely evening with nice service and entree selections. We had planned to stay for dessert, coffee and after dinner drinks. However, the loud jazz came on and we had to leave. Unbearable. Would probably not return due to this one factor alone. Why pay for a headache?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    RichmondDan
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We ate at Rowlands on a Tuesday night, our wedding anniversary. There were only 2 waitstaff on duty, but never did we feel shorted on attention or service. Even though they were busy, they were friendly and engaging and knowledgeable about the food. And the food! It was really delicious. My wife had the ribeye (with yucca gnocchi!) and I had the flounder (with pico de gallo!) We would never have thought of those combinations, but they were really superb. And the hors d'oeuvres of chorizo ravioli with calamata olives...wow! We are going to return soon, without waiting for a special occasion, and will be telling our friends how much we enjoyed it. Try it, you'll like it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Rowland Fine Dining reviews archive.
  • Rowland dining was fine again!
    PKinVA
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Have frequently enjoyed meals here - often take visitors from out of town since we have never been disappointed by either our meal or the atmosphere. The wine list is not extensive - but selections are quite nice. Always a good mix of meat/fish/vegetarian dishes. In this most recent visit some highlights were the cream of asparagus soup and a crabmeat-based ravioli. Not sure of what the bar scene or late night situation is - we tend to eat out middle of week and always before 9!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect dinner
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Many restaurants in The Fan are closed on Monday nights. Thank goodness Rowland Fine Dining is open and on this particular Monday night at 6pm it was surprisingly not busy. I started with a gin gimlet perfectly prepared with fresh lime juice. My rock fish entree sat on a delicious carrot puree and featured 2 perfectly cooked, large shrimp. The flavors were just wonderful. My friend chose the eggplant parmesan, that really focused on the eggplant rather than on tons of cheese and sauce. We scraped both of our plates clean. With food and service this special, every table at Rowland should be filled on Monday night or any night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    Dottie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Rowland is a hidden gem in the fan neighborhood that consistently has earned an excellent reputation. The service was attentive but not overdone and the food was divine. We had the rockfish and while not a large serving it was satisfying and proportioned perfectly. Would definitely return to this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was our second visit but surely not our last This is a great place to dine service was excellent as was the food and drinks. We ordered a cocktail a starter an entrée and dessert all of which was prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    RVAdiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our third visit to Rowland because we have had great experiences in the past. We had a 730 reservation on a Sat night and arrived at 725. We were told our table was being cleared. Long story short, many excuses later, to include that those who had arrived LATE for their reservation were seated ahead of us, we were seated at 845. To his credit, the mgr was apologetic and gave us our first round of drinks. When we ordered dinner, 2 in our party ordered the steak from the regular menu. The waitress returned and said they were out of steak so pork chops were ordered. Once the food finally arrived one of the chops was BLOOD red and raw. We said it was unsafe to eat and it was sent back. It was returned after obviously being microwaved.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed service
    Robin
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I went during restaurant week which I know can be busy but the 2 servers we interacted with both rushed us and when we asked for more bread very curtly told us no. The food was excellent but the rushed, distracted and sometimes abrupt service took a lot away from the experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very worth a repeat visit!
    ClintVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Elise was our server during our (first) visit to Rowland's. She and others provided stellar service - much more attentive that expected. Our visit occurred during Restaurant Week and so we had a fixed-price menu from which to choose. My wife and I each chose different menu items to broaden our exposure to Rowland's menu, and each choice was exceptionally well prepared and professionally presented. e try to visit a different local restaurant each week. Rowland's was a very pleasant experience for us, and one which will be repeated more often.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Annie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We tried Rowland's for the first time during restaurant week. Every dish we had from start to finish was delectable. I was delighted to discover that I could eat all but one of the menu offerings. Since I do not eat mammals (only fish and poultry), I sometimes have difficulty finding options at many of the other Richmond fine food restaurants (they seem to like to put piggies and cow parts in every dish). Try the hand made chicken ravioli and squid ink pasta with cod. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner
    RichmondOmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a good time at Rowland FD on our first visit. Wife had steak, they cheerfully accommodated her request to avoid an ingredient due to allergy. She was very happy with the dish. I had rockfish from the regular menu and it was terrific, and presented elegantly. The drinks were fine, the service was attentive but not overbearing. All in all a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet experience
    gourmand
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Have not dined here in a few years. Rowland has maintained its reputation for exquisite food and service. Both of us had the rockfish special. Beautifully plated with perfectly matched flavors. Enjoyed my wines by the glass but a larger choice would be nice. As others have said, the tables are a bit too close to each other. I have already made a reservation to return in 2 weeks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Five family members and I gathered for dinner at Rowland on a busy Saturday night. Despite the restaurant being full to capacity, we received attentive, cheerful service and a delicious dinner. All of my family members were from out of town and not familiar with Richmond's small neighborhood restaurants. As I had dined at Rowland several times, I knew they would love it and they did. We all chose something different from the gigantic pecan crusted pork chop, to the fish special with grits spinach and yummy sauce, to small and medium plates of salads and calamari and everyone raved about his/her dinner. We finished with Rowland's hallmark Bananas Foster served in the caramelized cookie (a must) and chocolate chess pie... happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    speck3
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Really enjoyed our evening. Great food (lovely lamb shank and fabulous rock fish), great service, too. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent as was
    SeniorFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food was excellent as was the service! This was our first visit, but definitely not the last! We were a group of seven with a theater deadline, and our waiter was very accommodating! There were so many tempting menu options, we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was ok
    CDDFVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I looked for a fun, nice restaurant while visiting Richmond for the Monument 10K. The food was OK, no great. My quinoa crusted eggplant was just ho-hum, the spring rolls were bland. The bread was OUTSTANDING!!! The service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was Awesome! We would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Dinner was Awesome! We would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Keep in mind it is a small space and you may be sitting right next to another table, so it's not a very romantic experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great!
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Such good food on such a consistent basis! We've never been disappointed in all the years that we've been going there. Truly a great restaurant. The menu changes enough to keep things interesting while at the same time keeping a few great favorite items always on the menu. Combined with a great selection of wine at all price points, Rowland is absolutely one of our favorite restaurants!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    LtCarp
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    When ever we come to Richmond for a day, we always make a reservation at Rowland for dinner. I am shocked this restaurant was not packed on a Friday night. We love the ambiance, creative menu and small neighborhood atmosphere. We have been coming to Rowland since the couple opened 7 years ago. It will always be one of our favorites. I had the special Rockfish and my son had the Lamb Shank. Both were uniquely prepared and delicious. The service was friendly, timely and efficient. I will return again and again to this wonderful "neighborhood Gem"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good but not great
    Jo1980VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Baked oysters could have used an additional minute or two under the broiler - bread topping was soggy. Side salad was sad and should not have been served - wilted lettuce greens with 1 cherry tomato on the side. However, pork chop entree was excellent - perfectly cooked - that made up for the first two courses.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food great wines
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Innovative dishes, fabulous desserts and great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Best Lamb Shank in Town"
    Daisy
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My husband has lamb shank every chance he gets, and that was his pronouncement of the one served at Rowland's. The Derby Pie is not to be missed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our visit
    fjs1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had an enjoyable dining experience overall. Our waiter was attentive after recognizing we had been seated for 10 minutes without attention. Very knowledgable around the menu. Disappointed a few of the entrees were out for an 8 pm reservation, but the waiter made reasonable suggestions as alternatives. Food was just the right amount, very well prepared and tasted great. Thank you. I would recommend this restaurant as it was our second visit in 12 months and it didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Before Performance!
    RVAFineFoods
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Dinner was delicious, wine selections by the glass offer good variety. Rowland find dining is a small restaurant. The tables are necessarily tight and often getting in and out of the table without disturbing neighboring diners is a challenge even for small people. We were seated near the kitchen, a relatively quiet table and did experience a good deal of kitchen smells. The food and value are what count most and on this criteria, Rowland is a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I realize this was Valentine's
    NM4me
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I realize this was Valentine's Day, but their fixed price dinner was underwhelming and overpriced to say the least. I ordered the duck, assuming it would be slices of duck breast. Instead it was a wing and thigh .............loaded with fat. Although it was tasty, there were probably a half-dozen small pieces of meat. My wife ordered prime rib ...........it was a ribeye steak. This was my first ....and probably last visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls night out
    RVAdining
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Some friends of mine wanted to go out for a girls night out I immediately thought of Rowland's and thought it would be the perfect spot. Well, I was wrong. The service was terrible. After getting our drink order we literally sat for over an hour and half before our server came back to take our order or even tell us about the specials . It was truly unbelievable. We never even got bread until our dinner order was taken. Never asked if we would like an appitizer- nothing other than a drink, she never even came to check on us. Finally we got out dinner and our server was giving everyone the wrong plate of food. The food was amazing- as always! The service needs a lot of improvement.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great dinner. Very reasonable prices for excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Selections
    wbed
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Pleasant décor and music, was easy to have conversation with meal. Excellent service. Posted menu has variety but not many selections; good specials for the evening completed variety. Baked oysters were a good appetizer, interesting salads but a house salad was included with entrees and that seemed redundant. Lamb special was delicious. Quinoa Eggplant Parmesan not as good as posted comments indicated. Close street parking was available but would like to know from website if parking is available in the back or elsewhere. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Elie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Oh, how I wish I lived in this neighborhood! First of all, there is a real neighborhood feel at the bar. Great cozy place to just enjoy a lovely cocktail or glass of good wine with friends. The cuisine is first rate. Warm homemade bread with garlic olive oil. Beautiful blackened cod not spicy at all but with a great flavored sauce with vegetables. Luscious lamb shank. This kitchen is outstanding. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This is our fourth time dining at Rowland's, and we always have fantastic food there. Virginia's homemade bread, the delicious salad dressings, the creative entrees, the fantastic bananas foster keep calling us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent 1st visit
    Rtmt
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We received a gift card over the holiday and went for a date night on the first Saturday of the new year. We were early diners and definitely did not need a reservation for 5:30, but the restaurant did pick up over the next hour. Server was excellent. Food interesting and delicious! We would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.