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 Food
The Magpie reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (32)romantic (30)great for brunch (21)hot spot (17)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A great restaurant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Magpie
    ETBass
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We used a Groupon deal to try this restaurant out for the first time. We went to the Sunday brunch and the food was outstanding. We highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back--
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the The Magpie reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    A great Brunch experience! The traditional Brunch staples but with a definite imaginative twist, I would highly recommend Magpie to anyone looking for a new, creative, affordable Brunch location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It such a great place, and the owners are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Lukewarm Food
    HungryAtRVA
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was tasty and all BUT it was very slow to come out and when it finally did come out it was warmed just past room temperature. We would have let the server know this but he never checked back with us after dropping off the entrees. By the time he came back everyone's plate was empty. Lastly, we found the portion sizes to be lacking. Their idea of Large Plate literally means "it comes on a large plate". On our table of 4 we ordered 4 medium plate dishes and 4 large plate dishes and I don't think any of the 4 of us was full when we left (we were pretty hungry when we got there). My duck breast, which was tasty but very tough, was nothing but a duck breast with some slivers of mushrooms and sauce. They need to add some veggies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new favorite Richmond restaurant
    foodie911
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything here was wonderful. The service, the cocktails, the food … I love asparagus anyway, but I ordered the asparagus appetizer and it made me love asparagus even more. I had the rabbit as a main course - I can't remember the last time I had rabbit. It was wonderful. My husband had the duck - I liked it even better than the rabbit. Both dishes are things I would not normally order but Magpie did such an outstanding job. I can't wait to go back and try other things on the menu. Only complaint is that it is so small, I am worried it will become so popular it will be hard to get in on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    it is a different experience. food is great and so is the bar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peaks and Valleys
    Southsider
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    A meal doesn't have to be a home run to satisfy and warrant a return visit when many aspects of the dining experience are right. So we will return to The Magpie from time to time because generally speaking, the dishes are imaginative and well executed. But some inconsistencies left us feeling that some quality control was lacking. Cocktails, including house specialties, were served room temperature -- not a good start. Portions of a duck entree were almost raw, making them inedible. But other dishes were outstanding, such as the homemade pork sausage starter with a manchego cheese sprinkle. The server, pleasant enough, was distracted and not attentive enough when she should have been. Still, the peaks topped the valleys and merit a revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    conglomerminty
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was sort of a special treat night for a small group of friends and while the service could have been faster and more attentive, we were not disappointed. We shared Beef Cheeks with verde and avocado, Pork and Duck Sausage serves with blue cheese, and Manchego Arancini, and each of us had a different favorite. We each got a separate dessert, and my Masa Cake was one of the best desserts I ever had. Their cocktail list was very interesting, and I would love to come back and explore it another night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Richmond favorite
    Lodog
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I've been to magpie a bunch of times and it never disappoints. The change up the menu regularly so the experience never gets stale. They also do a great job creating interesting flavor profiles with foods you wouldn't think go together traditionally.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great service, great environment, great food and drink. Our first time at Magpie and we loved it. The intimacy of a smaller restaurant is a big plus. The bar also would be a perfect place to eat. We'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.