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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://boathouserva.com/
  • Phone: (804) 622-2628
  • Hours of Operation: Open Nightly at 5:00 pm
    Friday Service Begins at 3:00 pm
    Saturday Service Begins at 12:00noon
    Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner Service beginning at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Nittolo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.
  • Private Party Contact: Bonnie Ball (804) 622-2628

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Get your taste buds ready. The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing has brought award-winning dining to the banks of the James River. The restaurant occupies the top floor of the recently restored Power Plant building, which once provided electricity for Richmond’s fleet of trolley cars. Rocketts Landing specializes in seafood as well as its signature wood-stone oven Gourmet Flatbreads. With indoor and outdoor dining, offering stunning views of the river and city skyline, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing promises a truly one-of-a-kind, waterside dining experience never before available in Richmond.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Have been to The Boathouse on many occasions, but had a friend from Brooklyn visiting Richmond. She had previously lived in Richmond many years ago and I was thrilled to take her to this fabulous location. The atmosphere is perfect for gathering with friends after work or having a Sunday afternoon drink on the open deck. We had the local tomato/mozzarella cheese appetizer, with perfectly ripe tomatoes. I had the shrimp and grits and she, the crab cakes. The grits/shrimp were seasoned beautifully and nice and buttery. My friend was loving the all crab meat cakes. Over all the experience was great!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was a great experience and the staff was wonderful. The tuna was excellent but the peanut noodle weren't my favorite but still ok."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I think the location and wait staff are the best part of our dining experience. Bryson was our server and he was very attentive and knowledgeable about specials and interesting tid bits about recipes."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding food, service and overall experience. Would go back and bring friends. Thank you a super evening."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great views of the city, delish food and wine, welcoming management team."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Perfect day. Wonderful breeze. Great service. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed everything about the dinner, food, service, and reception coming and going. Just a perfect evening. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Terrible service. Waitor would come back after 20 or so minutes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our group of 7 had been looking forward to this outing for sometime and no one was disappointed. The prices for brunch were more than reasonable considering the meals we enjoyed. Service was good. I had the omelet which was stuffed with crab, lobster and veggies. Others enjoyed the waffle buffet and numerous other menu items and all were delicious. We felt lucky to have had such a gorgeous breezy Richmond day to wander out onto the deck for pictures of our cute group and our beautiful James River. A few of us made immediate plans to return for late afternoon drinks in the near future. What a great place to show off our lovely city. We are fortunate."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to The Boathouse-Rocketts Landing in July 2013 so much I returned this year to celebrate my parent's 50th Anniversary. The food and service are excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My lobster was a bit lackluster. The table next to me received a beautiful, bright red lobster so I was a bit disappointed when my brown and charred one arrived. I am sure it was accidental but it was disappointing given that I had arrived and ordered before the other table. Kind of felt like they got my lobster. We started with the crab and artichoke dip and that was a solid winner. The bread was fresh and complimented the dip very well. I would go back but I probably will venture more toward the seafood pizzas and salads in the future, if I even order an entre. This place is more suited for drinks and light foods; great for after work or a place to catch up with friends."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I took my family to dinner for my son's birthday. It's a beautiful setting with the river and city skyline. The service was great. Food was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything about my experience was amazing from the service to the location to the food. My steak was overcooked but everything was so amazing that it wasn't worth bringing to my server's attention."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Five in our party, the Lobster Bake, the crabcakes and the broiled seafood were excellent. However, the T-bone was disappointing - too tough and too much gtistle. Very little was edible. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had my birthday dinner at the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing and it was a wonderful night The food was superb and the service was great.No complaints here!."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good food & the staff is very kind, the view of the river & the city is great. The service was good, & the crowd was not too loud. It is a very enjoyable place to dine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Everyone was very attentive and service was whitty as well as accomplished. We had a lovely evening for birthday event."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Second time here, we should have known to just go for a drink. Steak ordered medium rare was rare, rare tuna was bland. Fish tacos were good. Service was polite and friednly but timing etc were unprofessional and unacceptable at the price point. Bar was very nice, view was great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 31st Anniversary dinner at the Boathouse at Rockett's Landing. It's a no brainier in our selection of this restaurant because we have celebrated so many occasions here. The service, meal and ambience were outstanding. It's very difficult to select food from the menu in that everything at the Boathouse is delicious. Also, I would like to compliment the manager who came by to greet us. Our conversation with Jack Bettini, Manager, was quite impressive."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The Boathouse is a little pricey but well worth it. Great for a date night or an anniversary."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We've dined at both locations numerous times over the years and have noted very little change in menu options as well as limited selection, especially when it comes to non-seafood related items. The food is generally bland in flavor and lacks any creative visual presentation."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very attractive decor in a fantastic setting - great views of the James River and downtown Richmond. Very interesting menu and delicious food. Not what I would necessarily expect from a chain restaurant. This is a "happening place:."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the lively dinner/bar scene for a night out with some friends/colleagues. Great food and decent wine selection. Beautiful view of the city for something different from my usual dinner choices!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Found this place thru open table very nice old building modified and restored. One thing that stop me for giving five stars is that the sun is in your face and the lacks of shades or blinds in their big windows makes the sun hard on you!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was excellent, food was very good, served hot and in a timely manner. We were seated quickly and exactly where we had requested online. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Great view of the James River."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "When lobster is not fully boiled, the inside does not become red but remains black. This has happened to us twice in succession. This time, the manager and cooks denied even knowing that this could be a problem, even claiming that there lobster was cooked "to standard." Someone there needs to attend a cooking school in Maine. Regrettably, we won't be returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My husband and I found The Boathouse online while visiting Richmond for our son's freshman orientation. It was a gorgeous evening, and we were hoping to find a good outdoor table. And boy, did we. The restaurant sits high over the James River, with a sweeping view of birds, rowing sculls, and the city skyline. The food was exllent as well. We are looking forward to more visits to Richmond."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great service and management was top notch! A person in our party had to return his meal twice due to issues and the managment brought his replacement out twice stating they were sorry and they took care of his meal. Other than that everything was fantastic, will go back many more times."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food. Staff too intrusive -looking to quickly turnover table. Understandable, but unprofessional. Customers come to eat, drink and enjoy themselves. The better restaurants get that."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "An hour an forty-five minutes for lunch.................service was terrible, food was mediocre. Unfortunate because we had high hopes for this Richmond hot spot. On the way out, as we walked by two men talking on the stairs outside, we overheard one say to the other, "The service here is terrible!" We snickered as we walked past them in total agreement, yes the service was terrible. Needless to say, we will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Thank you for the wonderful dining experience, and the ease of making reservations. The staff was friendly and caring, and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The night of my reservation I was running very late so I called and told them I would be about 30 minutes to an hour late and they were totally understanding about it. Then when we arrived they wished us a happy anniversary. As we were walking to our table we passed the manager and he did the same. The employees really pay attention to the details about each guest... As far as the food goes, we got the crab and artichoke dip as an appetizer, I ordered the southern fried seafood, and my date ordered the broiled seafood something. All were excellent but they could give you more food for the price. The noise level is high but didn't really bother me. Overall I highly recommend if you have the money to spend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "There was an very large event going on in the area the night of our reservation and the restaurant personnel called us ahead of time to navigate us through. They went the extra mile which really surprised us and we were so appreciative. The staff was friendly, attentive and very service oriented; food was great!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were so disappointed. The view was wonderful - the best and we were by the window, but next to the very noisy bar. All four of us ordered a meal with crab cakes. These were the most mediocre that I've (we've) ever experienced at a seafood restaurant. The crab cakes were so loaded with mayonnaise that the flavor of the crab meat was hidden. However, the shrimp and scallops were excellent. For an appetizer, we shared crab puppies which turn out to be fried mush. Service was just ok - our server never did bring us water or a bread basket."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "very different restaurant. on the third floor overlooking the James River. Food was good but not spectacular and we enjoyed it. Would come again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We did not have a good experience. We were at the first seating at 10am, it was not crowded then. It took us an hour to get our 2 orders after 2 of us tried to get our order at the brunch line. Both cooks there were trying to do omelets, they have only one waffle maker, that was not enough to keep the line moving. I am not sure if it was our waiter not getting our order or the kitchen not keeping up. But other people got their food before our table and they arrived after us. We won't be returning."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I made a reservation two weeks in advance for a table of 3 for a 21 year old's birthday dinner, and we were sat at basically the only table without an outdoor view. (Although, the exposed brick I sat beside was pretty in an HGTV sort of way.)"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We been to Boathouse several times now and have been pleased with every visit."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great view of the city. Waiter was attentive, (except I didn't need him to tell me tip wasn't included.) Food was only average and it's hard to recommend a restaurant simply based on the view. I had the Tile Fish Oscar style, and rice was cold, fish was good, Oscar sauce was ok."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We held my son’s graduation luncheon there for 6 people. The restaurant had three other large parties and handled the situation amazingly. Our food came out looking wonderful and tasted great too. We had a huge variety of meals from crab cakes, steak and lobster, chicken, and tofu. Everyone loved their meal. The best part was the view of the city and the wonderful way the restaurant opened the walls to the outdoors since it was a beautiful day. They were so accommodating that they opened the bar area early for us to come up and enjoy the views and drinks. In addition, they added candles to my son’s cake. They thought of everything. We truly enjoyed our luncheon with great service, great food, and atmosphere. We will be going back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014