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Rowland Fine Dining
Rowland Fine Dining

Rowland Fine Dining Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rowlandfinedining.com
  • Phone: (804) 257-9885
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our evening. Great food (lovely lamb shank and fabulous rock fish), great service, too. Will definitely return."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    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""
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Innovative dishes, fabulous desserts and great attention to detail."
    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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great dinner. Very reasonable prices for excellent food!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great service. Very good music on the sound system. Never had a bad or even mediocre meal there. Thanks."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The restaurant is relaxing and the food is excellent. The dishes are unique. Our original wine request (Ripasso) was out of stock but the waiter's suggestion turned out to be excellent. Prices are reasonable as was our bill. Our waiter (Tony) was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This was our first visit and we will definitely be back. Rowland's is an enchanting neighborhood restaurant with an interesting menu. We were there for Christmas Eve so it was crowded! But we were seated on time (we had reservations, thankfully). The service was bit slow to start but the waiters were enthusiastic and we weren't in a hurry, so it didn't detract from our evening. It is a well rounded menu of interesting foods. Each of ordered something different and we sampled from everyone's plate. The food was delicious. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Everything about our meal was terrific. From the service to the food. I had a trout special and my friend had the double cut pork chop. We didn't have room for dessert but shared the bread pudding and it was delicious. The menu changes and isn't huge so you know what they offer is fresh and seasonal. Go enjoy!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "After a friend canceled on our reservation, I decided to go out anyway. I had been to Rowland's several times and love the Joe's Chop enough to reorder it almost every time. This time was no disappointment, as usual. I had a delightful meal, sat next to a couple who went out of their way to make me comfortable being by myself. They frequent the restaurant and before the evening was over, the owners were out of the kitchen, with the wife joining us for a drink. The food at Rowland's is consistently good and Tony, the bartender, makes a really good drink. The wine list is extensive enough to please any palate. While business was certainly lively, the restaurant is small enough to not have an excessive noise level."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "So yummy I ate the leftovers before I went to bed!! We would definitely recommend this restaurant and we are looking forward to eating there again soon."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Love this place. We had an excellent meal al around. Such a great restaurant."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "It was a quite Tuesday night at Rowland but our waiter helped make it a really fun evening. He was very knowledgable of the menu, also very engaging but not to the point of being intrusive. The food was outstanding. Just the right size portions with an abundance of flavor. The salmon was cooked to perfection. Definitely a place I plan to return to."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "We loved this Fan restaurant! The food was well prepared, the ambiance was nice, and the service was excellent! We will be back soon."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We've been going to Rowland's for 5 years or so and our last visit was by far the best - food, service, timing. I don't know that any intentional changes have been made, but it was an awesome dining experience."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a fine meal at Rowland's. Actually, my husband was invited there for a business dinner earlier in the week and enjoyed it so much that he wanted to go back just a few days later. We had an awesome black bean cake which was tart and creamy for an appetizer followed by eggplant with quinoa that was absolutely divine. I think it was the best interpretation of eggplant parmigiana I have ever eaten. Only disappointment was no cappuccino maker for cappuccino to end the meal, but that is a very small gripe. I would highly recommend for a great dinner in a casual and comfortable ambiance and well-priced meal."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food is consistently good, nicely presented & innovative. Found the service a bit slow & longer than expected between courses without updates from server."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We live close and always have a great experience and excellent food."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "All I can say.. Tony the General Manager made us feel very welcomed. I was hosting my wife's birthday celebration at their restaurant. Our friends really enjoyed themselves especially since most of them never venture into the fan for dinner. Great food, service and wine selection. Keep up the great work!!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Although it was restaurant week and a bit busy, we received very good service. The selections were unique. I loved the corn chowder!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Five of us had a wonderful evening at Rowland's! The food was superb. The waitress was delightful and very helpful. We could easily hear each other and that means so much. It was simply an outstanding evening!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Admittedly we were here during Richmond Restaurant Week, but the service was pretty bad. We arrived maybe 5 minutes late to our 8pm reservation and there was another couple sitting at our table. The host had them move over. We asked the first person who waited on us if they had a cocktail list. No cocktail list. Instead of recommending something from the bar, she just walked away. We ordered a bottle of Gewürz from the second server. He asked me to repeat myself twice, then came back to ask me again what kind of wine I wanted. He didn't know this wine. I pointed to it on the menu. Another server stopped by and asked if we wanted drinks. "Actually, yes, we just ordered a bottle of wine." Ugh. Zinfandel braised short ribs were great."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "We went to Rowland as part of Restaurant Week because their menu for this event had unique entrees that appealed to us, and we wanted to try a new restaurant in the process. The appetizers, main entree and desert were fabulous. Service was quick and efficient especially considering the place was packed. We will return!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "This was our first time at Rowland's It will definitely not be our last. We were greeted right as we walked in. Tony set a very nice first impression. Was dining with my wife and daughter. We r always looking for another place to dine in Richmond. It was exactly what we were looking for that night. Smaller and comfortable place to dine with great food. We scored on our whole wish list. Our daughter had the house meatloaf. She loved it. Wife had a real nice fish on you of a lobster risotto. She loved it. I had a special of homemade ravioli stuffed with braised short ribs and butternut squash. It was to die for. Tender. Flavor. Just awesome. I highly recommend anyone try here."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Great food and service but way too noisy- hard to hold a conversation."
    Dined on 10/11/2013