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Tastebuds American Bistro
Tastebuds American Bistro

Tastebuds American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tastebudsamericanbistro.com
  • Phone: (804) 261-6544
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Laburnum and Bellevue avenues
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tastebuds American Bistro
Northside's Place for Relaxed Cuisine with a Refined Touch

Moderately priced, casually presented traditional and playful elements
from various cuisines, prepared with the freshest ingredients and a seasonal approach. An eclectic and carefully chosen list of wines and beers to pair with the ever-changing menu. Creative and
traditional cocktails are also served.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Really wide selection of food at very reasonable prices. Will probably come back for another try on a fixed price night also. Very noisy when we arrive at 7PM but it died down as we had dinner so we could have a nice conversation."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service are consistently superb here. Also love the local beer selection."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tastebuds has been one of our favorite restaurants since they opened and we've never been disappointed. Saturday night's dinner was the absolute best - chilled carrot soup with a hint of fennel; mushrooms and creamy fresh goat cheese crepes for starters; perfect salmon; and scallops for entrees with lavender creme brulee with blueberries for dessert. Outstanding food, presentation and service!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food and great cocktails. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Tastebuds is a small neighborhood restaurant fit for the most discerning diners and foodies. The specials are innovative and exceptional, offering a variety of selections. Last Evening the gazpacho topped with avocado and shrimp escabeche was fabulous, as well as the scallops with black barley and naval orange vinaigrette. Repeated dining at Tastebuds never disappoints. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had the cheese plate app and it was good. Entree was the Salmon and it appeared to have been frozen and not fresh. The dish was creative and tasted ok but the salmon not being fresh took away from it. The Pear Bread Pudding with Peanut and Caramel was outstanding"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We both had the pre-fixe dinner for the evening. The salad was nice and fresh, the entrée was a descent portion and beautifully prepared & the dessert was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This was not our first visit to Tastebuds, but definitely our last. We waited over an hour for our food and when mine arrived it was the wrong dish and was not edible. Shrimp was over cooked severely, a number of the clams did not open and the broth was so salty it could not be eaten. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Good, but somewhat obscure location: Excellent food: Decent, but rather small wine offering: Very friendly and efficient serving staff."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner during restaurant week and look forward to coming back. Absolutely loved the atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "American Bistro takes creativity to a new level. Andrew's use of seasonal ingredients in new, exciting combinations is inspiring. Every course was superb & flavorful. I couldn't recommend this restaurant more!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Consistently great food and service. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We revisited Taste Buds for Restaurant Week, and the $25.14 prix fixe menu was well thought out and interesting. Our server provided excellent recommendations, and the food, as always, was top notch, as well as the service. Andrew and Valentina outdid themselves for this charity event. A seamless, delicious dinner!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Three friends and I had dinner at Tastebuds during Resturant week. We were offered a starter, main meal and dessert for a pris fixe price of $25. The options were varied and the meal was well worth the price. Definitely worth a repeat visit."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Tastebuds is everything I want in a restaurant. Consistently delicious food, excellent and thoughtful service and the kind of place I call my home away from home. Thank you all for being so good to me. Love always, Molly"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We happened upon this restaurant when selecting a place we could go for Richmond Restaurant Week (we were making a decision about where to go at the last minute and really wanted a place we could make reservations). Since we live on Northside, we thought it would be nice to go to a "local" place to check out something new that we may want to make a regular spot for dinner. We were pleased with the quality of food and beer (we are beer drinkers). Since we went at 5:30pm it was very quiet, so hard to know if it's a "hot spot." Obviously, since we were there for Restaurant Week, we didn't have access to the full menu, but what was available for this select menu was varied and VERY tasty. I would definitely recommend it, and go again."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Me and my wife go here whenever we want to treat ourselves to one of the best meals in Richmond andf at a very fair price. We've never had a bad meal there and have been going for about five years. Don't go there if you're in a big rush because you're going to be there for 45-90 minutes but it's worth the wait. This place is tucked away in a nice neighborhood called "Bellevue". Make a reservation because they have become very popular with the natives."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The 3 course prix fixe dinner offered every Tues thru Thursday is the best deal in town. Plus, we had a Killer Red Syrah for $15. The Sofrito Shrimp entrée was very tasty."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A lovely spot tucked away in a cute little Richmond neighborhood. The cocktails are hand-crafted and less than most other places in town for the quality. Delicious fresh fish and shrimp."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food has been excellent both times we have been there. The servers are not the warmest but do a good job. The kitchen is slow, over a half hour between appetizer and entree, but once the food arrives you forget about the delay."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "the service and ambiance was really nice. the food had wonderful flavor but it was not too hot, kind of luke warm. They were hospitable enough to bring us hot potatoes. but the coffee and some of the other food on the plate could have been warmer. overall we would go back and try again since the flavors were so good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Quality was down noticeably. Slow service, dishes came out late and overcooked. Appetizers were good, but not as strong as usual. Might have just been an off night, but it was not up to the usual."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Tastebuds is our go-to when we are looking to have some great food and tasty cocktails with friends. The atmosphere is not stuffy (love that!) -- the wait staff and owners, Valentina and Andrew, are always so welcoming."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The regular menu is mostly comfort food. Specials are more creative. Definitely try dessert."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "TasteBuds has never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Can always count on something different and delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner Friday evening at Taste Buds. This was my first time there and I will definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We are "Tastebuds" regulars and were enticed by their Valentine's Day prix fixe menu ($75 per couple, appetizer, salad, entree, desert) knowing it would be good. We were not disappointed. On a brief lull in terrible snowy weather, the restaurant was deservedly, full and humming. We have eaten at far more expensive locations with grander culinary pretensions but none delivers like Tastebuds for the sheer quality and creativity of their food, the warmth of welcome and attentiveness of service. Their cocktails are always superb and their wines well selected. The owners work hard to get it right in the kitchen and "out front". They have truly earned their success. Get on their mailing list."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dined again after a long time because of added vegetarian options. Food was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I'm a "regular" at Tastebuds - it the best in our neighborhood (Bellevue) in the Northside for dinner ( or take out), but it has been discovered and is actually the best bistro in town. Brought a friend from DC for a celebration who is a gourmet cook and foodie - he LOVED his meal and dessert (glad the crepes are finally served warm). My neighbor and I had delicious salmon prix fixe dinner. Our regular, long-time waiter is such a great guy. We'll be back"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Located on a quiet neighborhood street, Tastebuds is a real find. The menu is inventive with a little something for everyone; changes seasonally. You should make a reservation because the restaurant fills up fast. Not a place for children, which is part of its appeal to me. Great, attentive service."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great dinner--so many inventive dishes. I wanted to order almost everything. Settled for the short rib ragout which was delicious. The tapenade with goat cheese appetizer was wonderful, and plenty for all four of us to sample."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Owners are always on site and seem to really want to provide quality food. Very nice staff and great food! The Tuscan bean salad is amazing!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The waite staff was friendly and very accommodating. The salmon portion was a good size and cooked to perfection. The shrimp & steak was seasoned just right and tendor. The mixed drink and wine portions were notably on the low end...if they stick to that portion size, they should use smaller glasses. Perfect music selections and volume. Do plan on returning."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "When we want to get out, we usually find another couple and go to dinner. We like to try new restaurants, but sometimes just want to have a quiet evening at a place where we know we won't be disappointed- good food and service. Tastebuds is that place! They recently updated their menu and we were as pleased with the new choices as we were with the previous ones. Where else in Richmond can you get consistently great service, creative and well-prepared food ,and salad, entree, and dessert for $ 22? (You have to go during the week to get this prefix price, but you get a choice of any entree except the special!)"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Very cozy & friendly...Service was very good and varied menu....Food choices were 2 and both excellent... It was a special occasion and would definetly do it again ...Will be on our list of regular visits...."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal - the service was excellent and the food was very good. The only problem I have with the food is that all the entrée choices were very elaborate with lots of very trendy ingredients, like faro and almond butter on the fish. A few simple entrees for those who are not so adventurous would be a nice addition. My husband is one of those cautious eaters and he struggled with finding something he could live with - but he still had to asked them to leave things off the plate."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The menu has changed since we were there last. Very much enjoyed the Lamb Bolognese and the samples I had of the Salmon and Sirloin. The flavor profiles were deep; The portions were perfect. Our table did get a chuckle watching folks react to the Parsnip mash as they confused it for mashed potatoes. It was far from it flavor-wise and I found my self wondering if I could have their portions?! I was sad to see the Sazerac left the cocktail menu but the Bistro Soother was our alternate choice for an after dinner drink. For those of you who don't normally drink brandy this is a nice gateway drink. Sweet and filled with orange flavors, the oft harsh elements of brandy go unnoticed. A must try!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We have simply not found a restaurant that consistently gets it so right. We went midweek confident in Tastebuds' superb food, service and value. The place was humming, Their prix fixe menu ($22) offered choice of any entree on the menu, with salad and desert. Nowhere produces such quality and choice so consistently and so modestly. I started with a spinach salad with sweet onion and goat cheese. My wife had caesar salad, Both were beautifully fresh and dressed. My entree was lamb Bolognaise and my wife had "mixed grill" (steak and shrimp) priced at $17 (!) on the regular menu. Add pumpkin mousse crepe and ginger bread pudding desert with two excellent cocktails and a glass of good wine: $82 plus tip. Unbeatable!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We have never been disappointed with our meals at Tastebuds. The food and presentation are superb. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. We have gone there for our anniversary because we enjoy the food so much but it isn't fancy and a bit noisy when full. It's also excellent value for money."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food was good, wine list limited ok. I like that they had good control of their food sources. All fresh sea food. Waiter seemed like he did this as a second job and maybe wasnt excited as we were to be there. Would go again."
    Dined on 11/30/2013