The Magpie
The Magpie

The Magpie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themagpierva.com/
  • Phone: 8042690023
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wild Game, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Owen Lane
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Norton
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Magpie
The Magpie is a locally owned Gastropub located in Richmond Virginia"s Historic Carver neighborhood. We are located behind the VCU Siegel Center and just minutes away from the Bowtie cinemas, the new Redskins training camp, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other great Richmond attractions.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Magpie reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (65)special occasion (39)romantic (36)great for brunch (24)hot spot (20)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (6)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Definitely coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    You wouldn't think much if you were prone to judging a book, or in this case restaurant by it's cover/exterior... Once within however, the quirky ambiance and coziness take over. Combined with a mouth watering menu, that delivered 100% on both flavor and presentation, The Magpie is most definitely on my short list of places to frequent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on.. every time
    fandinerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Never disappoints. This place has a creative menu and fabulous food. The service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Restaurant Week choice
    Tammy
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It's first time on Restaurant Week and Magpie didn't disappoint. Starter was butternut squash bisque which was perfectly creamy with great flavor. Be careful of the red pepper sliver though! Scallops with cauliflower puree and savory grain was my main, the puree was the best part. For dessert the chocolate panna cotta with banana foster and peanut butter cookie was extravagant. I could have done without the peanut butter cookie. The panna cotta was creamy and perfect alone with just a bite of the banana with it. Reservations are strongly recommended at this consistently busy spot. Even the bar seats stay full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return to Magpie
    RVAdiners
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We used ZrVA Restaurant Week as an excuse to return to our recently discovered gem, The Magpie. The Restaurant Week menu offered a variety of options from starters to dessert. Each item that we chose offered unique flavors in a creative presentation. The server was attentive, friendly, and helpful. RVA small-space restaurants are our favorite, and The Magpie comfortably ranks as one of the best. Best of all, the menu offers many intriguing selections that will require us to return and continue sampling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Luvfood
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    First time at Magpie. It was great! My husband and I really enjoyed it. We already have reservations for Sunday Brunch. Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food
    rvalaural87
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I went here during the restaurant week this fall and had an great experience. Our table was right by the front window and we had a great view outside and of the entire restaurant. Overall, the space is small but very cozy. Its definitely a neighborhood restaurant with a friendly feel. As for the food - WOW! I started with the apple and butternut squash bisque, followed by the seared scallops and finished with chocolate panna cotta. Everything was delicious! I will definitely be going back soon and will probably be getting some gift certificates for my friends & family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    RVAdiner
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went for restaurant week and had a great time. The food was very creative and flavorful, keep up the good work. The waitstaff was on point and very attentive even with the restaurant being full. I enjoyed the apple butternut bisque, pulled rabbit entree, and cornbread dessert with maple bacon ice cream. The drink menu was very creative as well and I enjoyed an in-fashion. I will be back to enjoy their new seasonal menu and hopefully a mountain mama cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    LTrav
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I dined here last night with a friend for Richmond Restaraunt Week and the food was absolutely amazing. The service was excellent as well. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rvafoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went for restaurant week. Portions VERY small, quite tasty but certainly not dinner. I asked a friend who had been there before for dinner and he agreed the portions were very small. Service was very slow, we felt forgotten in a 30 seat restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great restaurant experience
    HarvestMan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Magpie is small, seating perhaps 20-25 people if all tables were full. The restaurant has a small staff out front but they made us feel very welcome and were quite attentive. The food was wonderful and eclectic: where else in Richmond can you get rabbit, venison, and foraged Hen of the Woods mushrooms? Portions were just exactly right and the presentation invited a leisurely approach, carefully savoring each ingredient (we had to ask about the mushrooms, which were meaty and flavorful). It was no chore to handle dessert, in my case a melding of chocalate manicotti, peanut butter cookies and bananas Foster. If you love fine food from local sources, beautifully prepared and presented The Magpie is your place. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies will love it
    Kimber
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Magpie is a great foodie restaurant. There is a lot of game large plates; so if your palate isn't of the adventurous type, you might want to rethink this place. I am not; however I still found enough to eat on the menu's smaller plates. The cornbread desert with maple and bacon ice cream is divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adventurous
    Grump
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The menu here is adventurous. It features game and unusual combinations. However everything works well. The chef is both talented and skilled. He or she manages to elevate such homely items as beef tongue to a level of excellence worthy of fine French country cuisine. Cockles are rare on American menus, but we would recommend them here. All in all, a fine neighborhood place with laid-back, almost grungy ambience and seating for only about 25 or so. Not a destination spot, but great if you live near.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and Comforting
    peggymceVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food at Magpie is among the best in a city filled with fantastic finds. The creativity of the menu is incomparable. At the same time, the choices are comforting. There are very few restaurants (if any) that serve Beef Tongue -- but the beef tongue bolognese is an experience not to be missed. Flavorful, rich, and comforting all at the same time -- one of the most delicious and creative dishes I've ever enjoyed -- anywhere! The combination of the rich tongue with the fresh, delicious tomatoes made with a homemade pasta, yum. Of course, the fried sweetbreads are another one of those creative and comforting combinations. They are recognizable (because fried) but the creamy and tender meat of the inside was to die for! Truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky spot, interesting menu
    Cueg1rl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Having read the reviews I decided it would be great to try. The neighborhood feels a little sketchy, but parking was easy and close. The ambience is charming. The restaurant is small and intimate, but we didn't feel crushed. I was disappointed that the duck wasn't on the menu. I chose the rabbit and was very pleased. The meat was moist and flavorful and the squash was a great counterpoint. My husband had the sirloin and thoroughly enjoyed it;as tender as other as others had reported in their reviews. The people in the table next to us did not like their choice of dessert. The waitress immediately offered something else. Their loved the replacement. We loved ours. The wine list is extensive explore it. All in all a great dinner,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect meal
    ndavid81
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Richmond was Millie's, until I found The Magpie. Every course was perfection. Beautiful, delicious, and unique. Make time to discover what this chef has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit to Magpie: success!
    pozzumgee
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my wife here for our 2nd wedding anniversary. The food was outstanding. I had smoked sirloin, wife had braised rabbit. Waitress and bartender were very friendly, competent and responsive. They had a great beer selection, and it looked like they had an extensive wine/spirits menu as well. While I say that the food was outstanding (and I mean it), diners who are looking for a gigantic meal will be disappointed. The portion sizes were just right; normally we don't have "enough room" for dessert, but we both ordered desserts that night. Overall it was a very special evening made better by the terrific staff, atmosphere and food of Magpie. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Although we had 7PM reservations, our table wasn't ready. The server handed the 4 of us drink menus but oddly never returned for an order. Although there were a pair of unoccupied two tops sitting next to each other, the server said that he could not move them together.So we waited for 20+ minutes to be seated.Finally a couple vacated a two top next to one of the unoccupied two tops, and the server moved those together for us.I ordered rabbit based on the server's recommendation.While excellent it could have been warmer, as could my wife's sausage.There seemed to be an untoward delay between ordering and being served. This seemed to be an off night when we introduced some friends to The Magpie for the first time. Don't know their thoughts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    DiningEverywhere
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service was attentive and friendly! Our table was ready when we arrived. Drink menu was inventive. We shared several stunning small plates (the in-house sausage was a standout) and one entree. I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Richmond gem that's easy to love
    Jaime
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Magpie is another Richmond gem that's easy to love as long as you set your expectations. Somebody that is used to larger dining facilities may have a negative bias, but my wife and I have fallen in love with Richmond's assortment of unique intimate 10-table or less restaurants. Magpie makes up in quality food, knowledgable and friendly staff, and a talented kitchen kitchen staff. The drinks are unique and recognizable, the tap menu has a good range, and the wine list was complex without being frustratingly large. The food though, the food was perfect. Very unique gastropub with wonderful flavor, perfect preparation and pleasing presentation. A must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything we ordered was exquisite. Menu has changed already since going there, but this is one of the few restaurants where I can say every dish exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, eclectic, a little kinky
    WiltNBarbara
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Small, intimate restaurant quite a bit off the beaten path - food excellent, staff friendly and informal, but efficient. A table of chefs from other restaurants were eating at the table next to us, and had nothing but good things to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    LisaR
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been hearing about this place from several foodie friends, but it took the recent article in Departures magazine to finally get us to go. Wow! There is nothing about this place that will disappoint. Have the chocolate foie gras milkshake and French fries for dessert---sounds crazy, right? Fantastic! We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    kritikVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu had lots of interesting options - all that we tried on our visit tasted great! Looking forward to going back and trying the ones we didn't get to this time around. The cocktail menu was also thoughtful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing!
    Ejmama
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So delicious! The food was perfectly cooked and seasoned, the vibe was cool, and the staff very professional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nataly3108VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really delicious! Everything:) meat, cocktailes, deserts... Try as many things as possible, you will like all :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clear Richmond Notable
    MatthewBDavey
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    As a Richmond native, I have dined at many local restaurants. The experience me and my date had at Magpie was beyond suburb. Excellent cocktails and excellently delicious food. Probably the best food I've ever had at a restaurant. Will definitely be back and tell my friends about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, delicious food
    Apefur
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First, the service was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable, shared useful recommendations and was attentive without hovering. The food was absolutely delicious. We really enjoyed the torchon, the sausages and the tamale. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service and very helpful recommendations by our server. It is definitely a "foodie" place and the menu is extremely adventurous, which may not be for some people, but we enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Satisfied Foodie
    RVAfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took a recent date to The Magpie and was pleased that the restaurant holds up to its growing reputation. The Magpie delivers eclectic charm without the protectionsnes. On our way in the restaurant, an exiting female customers advised loudly to get the tomatoes. I never turn down a crazy stranger's food recommendation, since they come so rarely; so we started with that as an appetizer. These turned out to be especially delicious, being paired with a mozzarella gelato which was super yummy. I ordered the duck as an entree which was served on a small, surprisingly complimentary, bed of fried rice. With perfectly made eggs and no soy sauce taste, the southern style fry enhanced flavorings of the duck. My date got a salad. Go to The Magpie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom H.
    tmhdgpth
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Took my wife there for our 38th anniversary - the place was rocking! While we were on time for our reservation, we had to sit at the bar for a good 20-25 minutes - they comped a round of drinks to compensate. Dinner was outstanding: oyster on the half with watermelon vinagrette, house made sausage with blueberry compote and a very soft blue cheese, Seared scallops, perfectly medium hanger steak - all wonderful. Haven't been there in a year and a half, but we won't wait that long again! Killer meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibe Service - Great food
    AmyB
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our server was fantastic, Erica, I think? Magpie has a good wine list and a fantastic cocktail menu. We tried many dishes and all were very pleasing with some nice surprises. The foie milkshake with fries is not to be missed for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always an excellent and interesting, food-wise, experience. Introduced my sister and brother in law to The Magpie and they loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crazy great food
    daleydaleVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Title tells it all. This a destination restaurant well worth seeking out. Creativity of menu far exceeds any other. Small place-huge satisfaction. Order anything. The food here is over the top superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
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    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Everything was perfect -- I took a large group or coworkers and everyone was impressed. The service and food were impeccable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the rough
    Ronmon
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Magpie has some of the most interesting food in Richmond. The beef cheeks appetizer was amazing but was outshined by the foie gras chocolate milkshake with French fries. Great service as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Sooooooo good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I went to The Magpie for the first time last night, and it was INCREDIBLE! The small and medium plates were so intriguing, we decided to forgo a main course and just share small plates. Every single dish was unique and wonderful. We especially loved the beef cheeks, the sweetbreads, the asparagus, the manchego aranicini, the crispy pig head, well, we especially loved it all. The desserts were great, too. The chocolate tart was wonderful, and just the right size. For those of you who are daring, my husband would recommend the chocolate foie gras milkshake. Yes, you read that correctly. I liked the fries! :-) Oh, and they make this crazy good mixed drink called a Back in Black. Get thee to The Magpie! Awesome staff, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time!
    RVArissa
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The waitress was awesome. She was super attentive, our wine and water glasses never got dry! The food was delicious and I loved trying new things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing!
    HHDiva
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband and I went there for dinner last week to celebrate his birthday and we will definitely be back. I had the Cherry Laquered Duck Breast and he had the Smoked Hanger Steak. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and so flavorful - the rosemary brittle served with the duck was a surprise treat! It is a small place with a very intimate feeling - would definitely recommend getting reservations. Wait staff was very helpful and knowledgeable - they recommended a smooth Kentucky Bourbon aged in port wine barrels that my husband absolutely loved!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More Magpie!
    Luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Interesting menu. Delicious food. Spectacular brunch. Outstanding service. Definitely want more Magpie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    liquidsun
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The ambiance, the service, and the food and presentation was outstanding. Everything had a little unique twist to it--in a good way. The biscuit gravy had a little kick to it. The bread pudding was to die for and had an amazing fig spread that came with. The sausage was full of flavor and herbs. The service was prompt and friendly despite us standing out from the crowd a bit by only have a few tattoos between the four of us. Would definitely come back and recommend to anyone passing by Richmond.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet