Tastebuds American Bistro
Tastebuds American Bistro

Tastebuds American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tastebudsamericanbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8042616544
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Tastebuds American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (49)special occasion (41)romantic (13)good for groups (11)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best in Northside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We decided to try Tastebuds because we wanted to experience a quiet dinner on our 1st Anniversary. I had read several outstanding reviews, and I must say, all of them were correct. My wife had the Grouper which she found to be amazing, I had the Hangar Steak (there was so much meat on my plate I didn't even mind sharing) which was outstanding as well. The sauces were so good we actually asked for extra bread to "sop" up the remains. The servers were attentive but not constantly in your face and the chef came by twice to speak with us about our dining experience. Overall I give it an easy 5 stars (and would actually give it more if I could)... We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Four of us had dinner the other evening and everything was wonderful. The food is excellent, the noise level was good - we could actually have a conversation. We even got dessert that was scrumptious! Definitely will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal at Tastebuds
    KrisM86
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I returned to Tastebuds American Bistro for the second time with my mom and stepdad. We all enjoyed the wine, food and service! All of the food is fresh, delicious and perfectly cooked. The desserts are really incredible. The service is outstanding and overall it's a wonderful place for a nice night out that isn't overpriced for what you get. Most entrees were around $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RestaurantCritic
    RestaurantCritic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding value on a Thursday evening! Prix Fix special hard to beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    GardenersVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tastebuds is our go-to spot when we want to be sure we'll enjoy a quiet dinner. The food, service, and atmosphere never disappoint. The scallop special was flavorful and the flourless chocolate cake was scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding & Dependable
    EmptyNestLaneChangersVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We travel often from Atlanta to RVA to visit family & friends and without exception we make sure it includes an evening with Andrew and his entire team @ Tastebuds. We live in an intown neighborhood surrounded by great restaurants and Tastebuds would rank at the top even in our home town. The food superb, the n menus often refreshed & Andrew's vino reccomendatoins are always perfectly paired. Natives of RVA are fortunate to have such an outstanding place to dine in a beautifully restored intown gem of a neighborhood. Kudos to the entire team @ Tastebuds lead by Andrew & his wife with great assistance from the head server James !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMHS1969
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a group of 5 that had not seen each other in over 25 years. Perfect for a small group to get together. We probably outstayed our welcome but we were not rushed. Food was perfect, loved the soft shell grabs. We are planning another trip to Taste Buds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always exceptional
    Nick
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste Buds Pleases Again
    cuisineart
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and enjoyable.
    ImpossibleEater
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable meal
    Greeneyes
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creativity Abounds
    Rockbins1
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    Steve
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As always, everything was delicious. I brought friends who had never been and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed with second experience
    CTuesVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Celebration!
    BusinessVisitor
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You will return
    food4me
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant and one I would return to even if it wasn't in my neighborhood. My husband and I have met there with friends three times and have had an opportunity to sample multiple dishes. All have been very good and some absolutely amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great selection..great food!
    deb2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Lovegoodfood
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food and service are consistently superb here. Also love the local beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Lulu
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    Daniel
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 331 reviews are from the Tastebuds American Bistro reviews archive.
  • A nice evening
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My meal was inedible
    JanetKMR
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Richmond Neighbor Dining Gem
    JamesK
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good, but somewhat obscure location: Excellent food: Decent, but rather small wine offering: Very friendly and efficient serving staff.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of best restaurants in Richmond
    adw1
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual place for great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner during restaurant week and look forward to coming back. Absolutely loved the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Edward
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Consistently great food and service. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RickVIP
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Anne
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort
    Molly
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Its always a little crowded and crazier than usual during restaurant week but Tastebud's never disappoints!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Richmond Restaurant Week Dining
    Tastebuds
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome dinner
    Dalan79
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food and great cocktails. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Spot
    Jaymz
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Deal in Town
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Craft Cocktails
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance/warm food
    Roxx
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food has been excellent
    Debbie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an off night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The regular menu is mostly comfort food. Specials are more creative. Definitely try dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.