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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
  • "Can always expect a fine dining experience here with exceptional cuisine and great wine list, all at reasonable and even suprisingly low cost compared to other establishments, many of whom consider themselves "haute cuisine". Waiters always ready to recommend wines and have never been dissapointed. Have not been in for a while and forgot what a treat it is. Was in with an out-of-town guest; I always bring visitors here and forget to come with my wife, myself! My guests, both international and domestic, upon return visits, always ask me to bring them back. Fine dining with no pretensions! Just friendly professional service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "One of the quiet gems of the Richmond restaurant scene is Tastebuds American Bistro on MacArthur Avenue in the city's Northside. My family and I have been going there for six years and it has never let us down. The menu has imaginative gourmet offerings at affordable prices. And my wife, who is a pescatarian, loves it because it balances tasty meat entrees with fish and vegetarian dishes. The Prix Fixe at $23, which includes a choice from two salads, any entree on the regular menu, and a choice of two savory desserts is a great deal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The waiter was super attentive and knowledgable of the menu options. He was a great help. We loved having the option of having a single price on certain nights to get a salad, entree, and dessert. My wife and I opted for this and allowing us to sample a bit. My steak was amazing and loved the asparagus. I cannot believe I just said that. The salads, our entrees, and our desserts were great. Definitely recommend this place. Also, love how the chef incorporates his Polish roots into the menu. Awesome!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a fab dinner. The salad with golden beets, walnuts and blue cheese was something I would eat as a meal. Sounds odd but it was delicious. Our entrees were great and the recommendation for wine turned out very well. Considering the quality the price was good too. Just goes to show that you do not have to go downtown to have a gourmet experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Tastebuds continues to offer some of the most creative and delicious cuisine available in the Richmond area! The seasonal menu and weekend specials are always well-prepared and interesting, featuring many locally-sourced ingredients. But, if you're looking for "quantity" over "quality," you may be a little disappointed since the emphasis here is definitely on quality and "doggy bags" are rarely necessary. If you haven't yet been to this notable Northside eatery, you're missing an awesome culinary adventure! And, if you frequent Tastebuds like I do, you know exactly what I mean and can't wait to see what's on next week's menu!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, everything was delicious. I brought friends who had never been and they loved it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our previous trip to Tastebuds gave us great service and great food. This time, it took 45 minutes for our appetizers to come out (we were not the only table with problems, although several tables around us were given preferential treatment), and our food was not nearly as fantastic as our previous trip. The market fish, mahi mahi, was bland and rather dry. The seafood mixed grill, also a special of the night, was good, but the grilled vegetables were not even warm by the time our entrees arrived. Overall it was a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Three of us visited Tastebuds for dinner to celebrate a birthday. It was a delicious celebration indeed! The spinach salad with goat cheese is always a favorite to start. The mixed seafood grill was wonderful with wrapped scallops, shrimp with a spicy sauce and a wonderful crabcake. The shrimp and grits was flavorful and plentiful. Some sweets to end the evening were a perfect finish- the lavender creme brulee very good, the flourless chocolate cake was wonderful and the bread pudding delicious (though just a little dry). We enjoyed excellent service by James and the entire meal was a real pleasure. We can always count on Tastebuds for a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food and service are consistently superb here. Also love the local beer selection."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had a wonderful dinner during restaurant week and look forward to coming back. Absolutely loved the atmosphere!"
    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
  • "Its always a little crowded and crazier than usual during restaurant week but Tastebud's never disappoints!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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
  • "Great food and great cocktails. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The regular menu is mostly comfort food. Specials are more creative. Definitely try dessert."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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