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The Tobacco Company Restaurant
The Tobacco Company Restaurant

The Tobacco Company Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetobaccocompany.com
  • Email: marketing@thetobaccocompany.com
  • Phone: (804) 782-9555
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Victorian Lounge can accommodate you and fifty of your closest friends in an intimate semi-private atmosphere for your receptions and happy hour gatherings.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Tobacco Company Restaurant Club offers private accommodations from 100 to 300 persons. The Club offers state-of the art sound system and dance floor.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Buffery (804) 782-9555 x520
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live entertainment with the region's finest bands Wednesday - Saturday beginning at 7pm to 10pm. Never a cover. Or dance the night away in our lower level nightclub open Thursday - Saturday beginning at 8pm. to close.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Enjoy live entertainment with the region's finest bands Friday - Saturday beginning at 9:30pm to close. Never a cover. Or dance the night away in our lower level nightclub open Thursday - Saturday beginning at 8pm. to close.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street
  • Public Transit: Convenient public transit stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet $5.00
A word from The Tobacco Company Restaurant
The Tobacco Company Restaurant is proudly celebrating over 30 years as Richmond's landmark dining and entertainment venue. This four-story, breath-taking restaurant embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality and charm. The exceptional menu features slow-roasted prime rib, aged Angus steaks, fresh seafood and an award winning wine list. Enjoy live entertainment on our first floor with never a cover or dance the night away in our lower level nightclub. Our staff is committed to excellence and the creation of an unforgettable dining experience. Open seven days a week in Historic Shockoe Slip. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Our visit lived up to the recommendation that was given to us by a friend. Good food, great service ,and a nice place to enjoy your evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had to be in town for a prom and celebrate her birthday. The scallops were great as well as the prime rib. The she crab soup was wonderful with a hint of sherry ... The waiter was a very knowledgeable man and knew the history of the building and decor. I am an executive chef and have run restaurants. I would recommend this to all. If you are in for a nice bar scene, the bar has great specials and a better value. The next time we will sit at the bar. Thanks and enjoy..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my two children with me to dinner. I was impressed that the children's menu had real entrees like prime rib and filet mignon. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed the live music, which from the second floor could be heard without interrupting our conversation."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "After reading many of the reviews I found that this is really just an average restaurant in a vintage building and great location. I had the dish that made them famious; Prime Rib. The prime rib was bland to boaring and I had to chew my way through each bite. The service was average with our waiter having to read from his notes what the specials were. Another major dissapointment was the ambience. The decor was all over the spectrum of just plain bad taste. This is billed as a building that originated in the mid-1850's and is poorly decorated like a bad 1970's restaurant. Take it back to it's origins or bring it forward to modern times."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Best crab cake ever! Filet was super tender, even when eating leftover steak for lunch the next day."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is beautiful and very charming! Love the woodwork and the private rooms for larger parties. We had lunch there and the food was wonderful. The salmon with Creole sauce and crabmeat was particularly outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Tobacco Company is a well known well run restuarant. Girlfriend and I were not surprised by a very friendly waiter (Sterling) who did a good job. I ordered the Cowboy Ribeye which was slightly over-cooked, but still quite tasty. We ended up splitting a dessert special, Espresso Creme Brulee with strawberries and were both very impressed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "What a great old 1860 building beautifully maintained to have a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was good, music was nice, unfortunately I guess my waiter forgot his deodorant. My wife ordered a glass of Riesling . I am sure the waiter had no idea, we lived in Europe for 13 years and knew anything of wine, because he did not ask what winery, he just left to get her a glass of wine. He spoke so low, I thought I would need to make a doctor’s appointment to see if I was going deaf. I must say he was quick to fill my water glass; however he never asked if my wife would like some more wine. I understand that perhaps he, has worked there for a while, and maybe assumed we were just some random minority couple just trying to spend our government check in a fancy place. No need to fire David, just Re-train and reevaluate him."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Been going for years... The restaurant and nightclub is being poorly managed- catering more to really young crowds and appears to be going down hill more and more. Bring back the vibrant restaurant and club as it use to be!! Food preparation/appearance did not deliver. Filet mignon was chewy and not prepared as should be- almost like was frozen and then cooked immediately and bearnaise side very thick. Nightclub filled with Cigar smoke and only 15-20 people tops... Bring back blackjack and stop catering to college kids with no money or maxing out there parents credit cards..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I met 3 ladies for lunch there.Two were first timers. Very nice, very good!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Found The Tobacco Company on the internet, sounded interesting, asked the hotel with a positive response. It did not disappoint, the food was good, the atmosphere was outstanding and the menu pricing was not outrageous. The menu was varied, although my spouse and I both opted for meat, since we were about fished out and felt like a change. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Richmond."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I couldn't believe how the quality of my parties food was. They served cold crab soup and the prime rib was chilly in the middle where it had been in a refrigerator. Advised the weighted of the cold entrée. He left with the plate only to return with another cold piece of meat and a hotter plate to serve it on. Never again!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I am from Richmond, but brought two Italian visitors who come from the food capital of central Italy. They were very impressed with all aspects of the dining experience. The domestic wine chosen to accompany the steaks was spot-on. The steaks were prepared perfectly and had flavor unmatched by anything available in Italy. The interior decor was unique to the area and was impressive. The only complaint was that the staff attention drops off towards the end of the dining experience."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The staff at The Tobacco Company Restaurant was fantastic with the group of students that I brought for lunch. Their attentiveness to the students was exceptional. We will definitely be visiting again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "we enjoyed our food very much. Our reservation was for 6 p.m.. Apparently that is also during happy hour and the music was blaring so loud that we could not carry on a conversation. We did ask the waitress to turn the music down and she did have that accomplished but it was still much too loud for our what I would consider a dinner house"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "All and All good enviorment, clean, friendly, excellent food and menu selection"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "While this restaurant is considered quite fancy/upscale, what I'm not impressed by usually is the arrogance/cockishness of the wait staff. This time was no exception. Instead of being warm & friendly, the waiter was on the arrogant side, somethimes reciting off the daily specials standing next to my guest, so I could hear nothing and had to ask him to repeat. He was also pushy toward the end , when we wanted to continue enjoying our Pino Noir. He gave us at least 2 reminders indirectly hinting that we should leave. When I mentioned my allergy to shell fish, the waiter just said ' we take those kind of things seriously'. In most good restaurants mention of allergy brings the chef/manager to the table, to find out more."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Was looking for great eats to end a day celebrating - found it here at the Tobacco Company restaurant. Really enjoyed the artichoke spinach dip and our entrees of seared scallops and Mahi Mahi were excellent. The wine list is extensive providing a wide selection and price range. The staff was professional yet friendly. I'm looking forward to visit in again with friends and family."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Took my wife here for a little getaway and some adult time. From the minute we walked in the door we were treated well. We had a casual dinner on the second floor, but it might be nice to come back dressed a bit more formally for the third floor. Really enjoyed the architecture of the building and general ambiance of the restaurant. Our server, David, was exceptionally knowledgeable of the menu and the special ways the dishes are prepared. He was courteous, dignified, and pleasant, and we enjoyed him very much. He was always there when we needed him but not intrusive. I had the NY Strip and my wife had the filet. Both were excellent. Everything about the meal was enjoyable, and we can't wait to come back. Took the Butter Cake home: awesome!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Started with the she-crab soup, and it was delicious. Then had the rockfish served with brussels sprouts and a sweet potato hash with crab meat and virginia ham. Sprouts were a little salty and the dish overall was not well balanced. Their signature dessert, the butter cake, was overcooked and dry. Server didn't seem to be that well versed with the menu and was sometimes difficult to find. As a whole, it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the best dinner ever either."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The ambience was exceptional, the food and serive were great. They had a live band that was supposed to start at 9:30 PM, but it was 9:40 when we left and the band hadn't begun yet. The overall experience was great and we look to coming back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent as always. I was surprised at the at the attitude of the waiter. Whenever he came to the table he began talking over our conversation without saying excuse me or I'm sorry to interrupt. When he first approached our table and said "good eventing, how are you?" Before he gave us a chance to answer he answered his own question with a smart remark. He continually interrupted our conversation during the meal."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tobacco Company is excellent for business luncheons. Other than not letting you sit while waiting for guests, the restaurant does a nice job in providing a good corporate environment for luncheons and dinner."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This meticulously restored, historic building is even more beautiful inside!! Take the time to appreciate the spectacular preservation on all three floors in the this delightful restaurant unique to tobacco production in the 1800s South. The food and service is equally fabulous with menus containing many DELICIOUS meal varieties. The food was scrumptious, and the service was impeccable! I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The decor is the calling card here, but the food is great. Steak was cooked a little underdone. Fish was perfectly cooked. Some dishes were the best I've ever had - pecan pie, black-eyed peas, grilled brussel sprouts. Some others were excellent, but I have no basis for comparison as I've never had them before, like the butter cake and cheese pie. Some were just really good, like the key lime pie with coconut crust The main dishes didn't disappoint, just didn't stand out. I tried filet mignon, rockfish, and the meat loaf. My favorite of the 3 was the meat loaf, but we had it made without the mushroom gravy. Still, it was exceptional and unique, with an almost smoky flavor. Service was quick and attentive without being obtrusive. Recommended."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Tobacco co is in an old factory building that has been redone to look like a lounge from the Roaring 20s. The unique decor is complimented by the high quality food. The caesar salad is excellent. The molasses pork chops were equally good. Our server was very knowledgeable,but he tendedto disappear."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Cool atmosphere, been there many times since 1978. waitress was a little rude after we requested a seat by a window (which many were available) not wanting to sit in a booth under the stairs."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "3 floors looking into atrium where band plated - food was exceptional"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Celebrated 40th birthday at The Tobacco Company. Great time at bar (hard liquour glasses need to be larger), great service when table was ready and great staff. The place to go for a special event."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Fabulous Bloody Mary bar....flat bread was great! Loved the chicken and waffles....."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The prime rib was perfect. My husband and I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Tobacco Company Restaurant is beautiful, and everyone should visit it at least once. However, the kitchen needs a bit of work. Spouse enjoyed the rockfish, but my polenta was barely warm, kind of dry with a rubbery crust. Also, the rolls were stale!! Not a good way to start. The tomato and mozzarella appetizer was very good, and our waiter was outstanding. Lastly... although the tables that overlook the first floor are great, it was marred by the overly bright light bulb in the pendant lamp. The light shines right in the diners' faces and I felt like I was under interrogation. Either lower the wattage of the bulb, or pull those shades up just a bit. I could hardly see my spouse because of the bright bulb in my face!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Sterling was great. Cozy upstairs dining experience. Food was great. Live music and bar on the first floor. We go to the Tobacco Company whenever we are in Richmond."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time. Service was great! Got a great table. Very interesting interior. Downside was the food. I got a fillet and it had little flavor. Drinks were good however. I would go one more time and try seafood. If still marginal that would be my last time to go."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "great place to spend special occasions/outstanding food andservice"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Shocked when we arrived for our 7:30pm reservation and was told someone checked in at 7pm for my reservation. I showed the hostess my confirmation email and she said, "Oh, and are you the one celebrating your husband's birthday?" I confirmed that is us. We were seated fairly quickly, however they did not ever mention the birthday again, nor did they seem to care that they had given away my reservation. Was just disappointing after planning went in to trying to make my husband feel special for his birthday. Food was good and nice ambiance, therefore someday we may try again if in the area. However, will not be our first choice of restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We had not been downtown in Richmond yet and chose the Tobacco Company based on word of mouth recommendations for their steaks. The building itself is unique. All three floors are open to the main floor with great decor and a unique atmosphere. The wait staff were experts. I ordered the filet, and my wife ordered the cowboy coffee steak. Both were superb. Our appetizers were the crab croquettes and were delicious. My Cesar salad was good, but nothing special. We were too full for desert, however, if we were living in Richmond longer, this restaurant and bar would be a regular special occasion location."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Large portions, great wine, and perfect steak! We also got the grouper special which was a bit dry and bland but not inedible. It's not a quiet place if that's what you're looking for. Seems to be a very popular night spot and has a club in the basement."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Tobacco Company Restaurant...we would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014