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Tarrant's Cafe
Tarrant's Cafe

Tarrant's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarrantscaferva.com
  • Phone: (804) 225-0035
  • 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: American, Seafood, 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "One of our favorite places. Can't wait for the new location to open!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Both our meals were delicious, and brought to the table at the right temperature. Crab Bisque was delicious, too."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food is outstanding, always modifying menu with new items while keeping old-time favorites. Great attentive staff and no matter how busy they are always attentive and wait staff support each other so your meals are delivered promptly from the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Tarrants continues to be my favorite restaurant. This time I ordered my favorite dish - the rockfish with capers, olives, and artichokes! It never disappoints. There were a couple of very large groups the evening we went, so the noise level seemed higher than normally. However the large groups did not impact the service. It was excellent as always."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had dinner here before walking over to the November Theatre to see the Color Purple. Great place to dine! I had the half Crab Louie Salad and my friend had the Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with chicken...both were outstanding! Extra wonderful bonus was the valet parking. We were able to leave our vehicles in valet park until after the show. Restaurant staff and valet attendant were all very personable, nice and customer friendly. This is my new fave spot for dining, especially if seeing a show at the theater. So convenient!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great menu, great wine selection, everything very fresh and lots of local favorites. We stumbled upon this gem and will come back next time we are in Richmond!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Knowledgeable, friendly service; alert, efficient management; clean, comfortable setting; well-prepared, fresh food. Will return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We were celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday. There were six people in our party. We saw a show beforehand so we were good and hungry. We were greeted promptly. Our table was waiting for us. Our waitress was awesome- she didn't miss a beat. We all enjoyed our food. I had the baked Jumbo Shrimp with spinach and cheese and a cup of She crab soup- exceptional. I took the apple walnut pie home with me. It made a great late night snack. I can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed two different variations of eggs benedict, but there seemed to be a lot on great options on the menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I don't know if it was because we went through OpenTable and not directly through Tarrants or why, but I made this reservation 2 weeks in advance and ended up right by the kitchen door! We were going before a play and it was a small party (only 3 of us) and I see no reason with the advance notice of 2 weeks that we couldn't have gotten a table somewhere nicer than the close up view of the kitchen. We were "treated" to extra heat because of the hot kitchen--when it was already a balmy 98 outside AND got to hear the constant loudness that goes with wait staff placing orders and asking for things needed! Before asking, NO, we did not ask to be moved--the restaurant was full and we did not want to wait longer!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner at Tarrant's, as always! Service was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A friend recommended this great place for my birthday celebration dinner. We had an excellent meal and will definitely return again soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed my experience at Tarrant's. The menu is a bit pricey for more frequent visits but it is great for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have nothing negative to say about this wonderful place. Food was excellent, staff was excellent and atmosphere was excellent. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Took my bosses there and it was a perfect night of food, service and celebrations. Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were in Richmond for a wedding & staying in the Omni downtown. I did a little research and ended up at dinner at Tarrant's Cafe. We were not disappointed. Shrimp & grits, fried chicken & waffles. Comfort food at its best at this quaint restaurant in a former 19th pharmacy. Extremely affordable & good bottles of wine in the range of $20 to $40. We had also fantastic attentive service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Well overall it was good enough for me to enjoy our dinner there. But would I go back? Probably not.. because they did not have anything special or outstanding about it. Their menu is overwhelming and has too many choices which I find it difficult and confusing. Overall the taste was good and yet greasy and salty. The next day, though, I felt bloated and heavy which made me think that they probably used a lot of butter and salt to make the taste good at that time but very unhealthy. If you like tasty quantity, not quality this would be good for you. I enjoyed it but I did not feel healthy eating it."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A Richmond standard. Solid menu choices and preparation. Everything fresh and tasty. Service can be half-baked, though. Prices seem to have increased recently. Dinner for 2 (appetizers, entree, and shared dessert) came to almost $100 without alcohol. You can spend less if you go for burgers, etc., but a proper dinner will cost you. Bonus: Free valet parking (don't forget to tip the valet, though)."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I love Tarrant's Cafe! The place is always clean, the food is delicious, and the service is perfect. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Tarrants and the food was as good as our first visit, but even though when making my reservation I noted it was my wifes birthday not a word was said I was a little surprised and disappointed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Nothing special. Had expected much more in food quality and ambience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Tarrants is a hidden gem. Small but charming. Great variety of food options. Food was delicious and service great. Recommend for casual dining."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went to Tarrant's for an anniversary dinner and really enjoyed it! We got there right at our reservation time and were promptly seated. Had a nice glass of wine while we looked at the extensive menu. Got the shrimp and grits appetizer and it was delicious. I am not usually a huge fan of grits but this dish was flavored and presented nicely. Had the Italian wedding soup as a starter and it was very good. I got the special blackened grouper served with pineapple salsa, risotto, and asparagus. Loved it!!! Husband got the Corvina special and it was good. He enjoyed it but would probably order something with a little more pop next time. No room for dessert. Service was excellent and quick. One of my favorite Richmond restaurants!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The menu contained many interesting and unusual items. I enjoyed the fish Reuben but there were also many full entree items to choose from. The staff was very pleasant and efficient. Our waitress was quick and courteous. I believe Tarants is family friendly place but is also a good place for dinner for two, not formal but nice. We have eaten here many times and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We always enjoy Tarrant's, especially …… especially the she-crab soup!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Try the fried green tomatoes, crab stuffed mushrooms, Angus Robert, and Apple-walnut u poo side down pie Alamode. Yummy!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I like Tarrant's for brunch because it's reliable and has an extensive menu to please all tastes. I also appreciate how accommodating they are about substitutions on the menu, e.g, more fruit instead of bread/potatoes. The salmon benedict was delicious. Another person in my party said the egg white omelet was delicious. Only "complaint" from one other person: the hash browns were cold in the middle."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and atmosphere for a nice Sunday brunch! Service was very good also."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was very good, and the food was awesome. Love the whole experience Tarrants provides. This is a place you have to go to in Richmond."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great restaurant, great service. Shrimp and grits are amazing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service was excellent. We were warmly greeted at the door and well taken care of by our server, including answering our many questions about the menu. The salads were excellent with their housemade dressings. She crab soup was a highlight. Mahi and snapper were sumptuous. Pizza was fine, but the other menu items are better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. All items selected were excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a very nice anniversary dinner at Tarrant's Cafe. The food was excellent and the service was superb! They have a good wine list and it is reasonably priced. We had a reservation on the early side and were the second or third party to be seated on a Friday evening, just before 6:00. When we left around 7:00, the place was packed, so I strongly suggest a reservation. Our experience was really good and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was a lovely time with the eclectic and interesting decor. attentive stuff-and terrific food . Brought a wrap which was good because it was quite cold at our table. later found it was just a few tables that were that way. moved to the bar after dinner and it was very comfortable."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "At the top of my list is Tarrant's Cafe. I have never been disappointed in the many times I have visited and introduced friends to this lovely Richmond restaurant. This week my daughter had the pleasure of meeting Tarrant's for the first time and is already planning her return with friends. Cannot say enough about your staff, atmosphere, menu and the delightful young gentlemen who park our cars. Thank you for always giving us an evening to remember."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The fish tacos were amazing and the free valet was awesome, including our valet guy. Most of the staff were friendly and attentive but some who looked miserable and wasn't smiling stuck out pretty bad. The pizza was ok but nothing that great or special. They had a kids menu that was reasonably priced and the portions were enough for an adult! Overall, I really dig this place."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I asked our server whether the salmon on the menu was wild-caught or farm-raised. She did not know the answer, and did not offer to find out. When I asked her to, she went to ask and came back in a few minutes and said, 'the salmon is wild but everything else is farm-raised." What kind of answer is that? I was interested in the salmon and not everything else! I was also a bit taken aback at the small quantity of wine thatw as in the Pinot Noir that I had ordered. They also have a leaking roof/ceiling that needs to be fixed! Overall, we had a pleasant experience. I'd like to thank the person who offered us napkins to wipe ourselves when we came in; we were soaking wet from the rain."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My family wanted to take me out for a birthday dinner of my choice. I had to pick a restaurant which would please ages 8 through 84, so I chose TARRANTS. Our table was ready for us when we walked in. This is a big plus, when you have an eight year old boy in your party. Everyone was very pleased with the menu choices available. The service was outstanding, along with the food. From the filet mignon to the childrens chicken tenders, everyone enjoyed their dinner. It's our family tradition to share a dessert and I chose the berry cobbler with ice cream. It was a big hit with everyone. Tarrants made my family birthday dinner successful and memorable."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Dined here for brunch after our daughter's Confirmation. The atmosphere was relaxing and the food delectable! Our waitress was had a cheery personality and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend for a more informal, yet quality meal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Went for Sunday brunch. The waitstaff was great. The food was okay; nothing to brag about.."
    Dined on 6/8/2014