Tarrant's Cafe
Tarrant's Cafe

Tarrant's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarrantscaferva.com/
  • Phone: 8042250035
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Ted Santarella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Featuring live music and DJ's. Check our Facebook page for more information.
  • Special Events: For parties of more than 6, please call the restaurant to make a reservation.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Foushee
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parkway Parking in between Foushee and 1st Street. Go in the second entrance located on East Grace St.
A word from Tarrant's Cafe
Tarrant's Cafe is situated in the Richmond Old and Historic District. It was an important corner bringing drugstore services to nearby residents for over eighty years spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 130 years later this building is bringing neighborhood service to Richmond’s community with an upscale but affordable restaurant: Tarrants Cafe.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Tarrant's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (79)special occasion (58)great for lunch (51)great for brunch (48)good for groups (48)hot spot (26)romantic (25)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • BEST she-crab soup around!
    diamondgroupVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    They have to have the BEST she crab soup anywhere! Very rich and delicious! Everything is very good and the rueben sandwiches are excellent. They are very busy most of the time so that's why I LOVE OpenTable! although we still had to wait 1/2 hour or more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A FAVORITE!
    uvadelta
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    In our opinion, Tarrant's never fails to provide a great meal! The servers are always friendly and helpful. We were extremely pleased to find the half-rack ribs added back to the Appetizers. On this particular occasion, our party was attending an event at Richmond Center Stage so the half-rack appetizer with coleslaw and risotto appetizer were ideal portions since we were not going straight home to refrigerate. We are looking forward to the opening on Tarrant's West onThree Chopt Road.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    RickVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had 7PM reservations on a Friday - as usual Tarrant's was packed with all walks of life. Tarrant's has a huge menu, but is able to produce consistently excellent food. While entrees appear a tad pricey, they include either a nice portion of soup or salad. Tarrant's does a fine job with seafood; I had the snapper special while my wife had scallops and shrimp. Portions were large and delicious. Our server was outstanding. This is an excellent option before or after an event at Richmond Center Stage.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice little place with attentive staff and good food. Very rich so keep that in mind when ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Little Nit to Pick
    ChaccofVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We always enjoy Tarrants. This visit however, a table side magician stopped by and honestly I was surprised Tarrants would allow that and a bit annoyed. I get that there's no "charge" but donations are requested. Just don't like to be hit up like that table side.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • David
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had the worse dinning experience since moving to Richmond a year ago. Ordered an appetizer and drinks to start. When the appetizer was brought to the table, our salad and soup arrived minutes later. We sent it back to the kitchen so we could enjoy our appetizer. Then when the salad and soup arrived, our entrees arrived minutes later. We also sent it back to the kitchen. When we were served our entrees, it was obvious that they sat under a heat lamp - the fish entree was dry and our pasta dish was "swimming in oil". Then to top it all off as we were paying for our meal, the staff delivered a misc. entree to our table. Really felt that for the money, the quality of food and service was not what one would expect from the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A great downtown restaurant with a menu based on catering to different taste to include seafood, chicken, beef and wonderful salad selections. To die for chicken & waffles. Convenient place for dinner before the theater as well as those seeking a leisure lunch. Good food and great service. I highly recommend this trendy spot!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night with Hank and Deb
    HankVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a reservation but took the first available table and got to watch the kitchen first hand. Kinda like the chef's table with the team at full speed. The food was great and portions large. I had been there four times in the past and it was my wife's first time. She loved the Ahi Tuna. I had Blackened Rockfish and Oyster P'o Boy Tacos. I always love the food. They could use more wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food never disappoints!
    Lv2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Recently two friends and I had dinner at Tarrant's. I was impressed with the varied menu right away. We enjoyed a delicious crab dip before our entrees. My friends ordered fish and I had steak. We all agreed thar the food was perfectly cooked. I have eaten here several times and it never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Tarrant's Cafe!
    Mugwump
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A huge menu, great wine and beer selection, and have always had great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gene
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a terrific evening! Everything was perfect..........................................................................
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Tarrants
    TJ142
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    fun evening, vibrant scene, service was terrific, valet parking a big plus
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Albert
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It is our go-to place. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Always a friendly staff doing their best to enhance the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place
    lauri1VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    our server was fantastic. She was funny and happy and compounded the already great dining experience! Po'boy tacos for my friend and eggplant stack for me --both were perfection! then a creme brûlée --yum! this place never disappoints, and is in such a great location--just across from the playhouse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We are "foodies" who found this restaurant to be Excellent! Probably the best meal we've had north of New Orleans. The dishes were fresh, flavorful and inventive, and the service was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant to our family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch spot
    amyzzon
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been in several times for lunch - sometimes in a time crunch, but this time for a leisurely meal with a friend. The service was fantastic, and the food was delicious as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needing more gluten free items
    Ghenq
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Other all, the Restuarant earned an 8 from me. I was a bit disappointed with the gluten free menu, not much of a variety for special dietary needs. 5-6 entrees and most was shellfish which I am allergic to.. I ordered the Mahi Mahi fish taco, which was a bit dry and plain brown rice...the best thing was the salad,black beans and the bread which I wasn't suppose to eat. The waitress was very attentive and we were seated right away with our openable reservation. The portion was very large and most of my party of 6 had food to go! My group also liked the ideal of valet parking!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was very delicious. Made reservation and no problem didn't have to wait. Great place for a group of people to enjoy and relax.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, romantic place
    Gwynn400
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had decided to go to Tarrant's based on online recommendations that were then solidified by friends in Chester. The restaurant was crowded, but the noise level was low enough to hear my wife. I had a special (monk fish marsala) which was excellent. My wife had the Filet, in a mushroom marsala, which she enjoyed very much. The wine list was great, with prices that were very reasonable. I would definitely recommend this place for a romantic couple or a small group.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Was a little disappointed- had made a reservation several days in advance and our party of five was placed at a four top booth with a chair at the end. A little too crowded for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice lunch
    Labrat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very pleasant person took us to seats. Waitress was also very pleasant and competent. Good selection of beers, good menu selection. Food came promptly and was excellent. Table was located at back of restaurant and while there was some noise, we could have a normal conversation. An excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, it was very good
    Bosox406VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had brunch here and it was great. I think it is very cool that they kept the old drug store theme. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu is very expansive but has no real point of view. The food is average without anything outstandingl. It is a very busy place on a Saturday night. The servers made multiple errors and, although we ordered wine when we got our main courses, we did not receive it until we were almost done with the main course.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • highly recommend
    chacha
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Overall, I would highly recommend. HOwever, there is room for improvement. The martinis were excellent but could be bigger (even if they had to charge more). The fried green tomatoes were good but somewhat over breaded; same for the crab cakes which was a pretty big disappointment. The service was excellent, and the kitchen was very accommodating on substitutions. Very warm and friendly atmosphere. They really want to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tarrant's
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is our go-to place for a special meal with friends. The menu is varied, with something for everyone. The food is always well prepared, and service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something for everyone!
    Nightoutonthetown
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    You can't go wrong at Tarrant's. They have an extensive menu with something to please everyone, even the kids. I have never had a bad meal at Tarrant's. Whether you want to splurge on a nice piece of fish or have a sandwich or appetizer, their food is always fresh and delicious. I love the old building and ambiance. A favorite with friends, Mother's Day, an out of town guest, or the morning after a night out - delivered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • She-crab soup & pastrami -amazing!
    gkelly22
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went to Tarrants before heading across the street to the Virginia Repertory Theatre. The restaurant was busy, but we had made reservations. We were promptly seated. The waiter was terrific - attentive, but not annoying. The food was amazing - the soup was super-hot and delicious. The pastrami was better than any deli that I've been to. Coffee was also delicious and hot. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    carl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food, rose to the challange of catering for son will nut and egg allergies, making him some egg free meatballs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food but....
    Ticktockman
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is our usual choice for special occasions and business lunches. The food is always great. However, we were disappointed with their lack of organization this evening. Even with a reservation, we didn't get seated until 40 minutes later. We hen we did finally get seated, they tried to place our party of 5 in a small booth that barely fit 4. I would have expected some sort of apology but that didn't happen. So maybe we will try another venue next time we have more than 4. Too bad....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tennisgal
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was great and would come again and recommend to friends!! Desserts were huge and some of best that I have ever had. Good vegetarian and vegan options , specially made a dessert without egg wash. Service was personable, warm , and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Winning Meal at Tarrant's
    glfwthu
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Enjoyed Brunch at Tarrant's this past Sunday. Food was delicious, served hot and great service. Highly recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DRYEEZ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Third time to eat there. Very good food and the wait staff were great. Very busy on the Saturday night we were there and the noise level was high enough to make conversation a challenge.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh no!
    Notapickyeater
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love the ambience and the decor, and the service was great, but was extremely disappointed that for $30 we got crab cakes that were deep fried! They were what you would expect from the frozen food section at the grocery store. My date had to burrow the crab out of the fried shell. I got a half Greek salad that was quite small and lacking in content for $8. I have had a few good meals there in the past but now must conclude that it's overpriced for what it is -- a cool neighborhood burger place. Love the atmosphere though!
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  • ALWAYS GOOD!
    uvadelta
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Since discovering Tarrants some years ago, it has remained one of my favorite eating places in Richmond. The staff is friendly and the food is worth every penny. Owner Ted can be found walking through and holding conversations with patrons. It is obvious the entire staff takes ownership and pride in the great service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it!
    4fudlovers
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went there for our anniversary. It was our first visit after hearing good things. We were not disappointed. They had reserved a wonderful table for us. Ambiance, food, and service was wonderful. We will go back. It was a great Experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails
    VaNyLa
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    As long as I have dined here with friends, family or colleagues Tarrant's never fails me/us! The food is consistently tasty and service is great. I hope they never change....Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boomer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Tarrant's after the theater dining was on point. Service was friendly and fast. Food and wine were good, a little pricey, but that was expected. Definitely a place to go on the weekends and enjoy the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Richmond Favourite
    AussieFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always Tarrants never fails, the food is great, the staff are nice and you never wait long for your food. This is definitely a Richmond gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    rvafoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    One of our favorite places. Can't wait for the new location to open!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never been, but will return!!
    Chrisafa
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had never to Tarrant's Café before. I was meeting a client in there for lunch and it was a great mutual spot picked by the client. We beat most of the lunch rush into the restaurant and it was great early on. As the place filled up, it got a little louder, but still a great spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate