The Urban Tavern

The Urban Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theurbantavern.com/
  • Phone: (804) 716-7028
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Bereika
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot for our customers.
A word from The Urban Tavern
The Urban Tavern was created with your enjoyment in mind! Our Virginia Original Gastropub brings New American Cuisine with a twist to Richmond’s West End. Our travels have brought us to places around the world where great brews and great bites go hand in hand. We feel that this mash up of flavors will turn your dining experience into more than just a meal.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Urban Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (17)neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (12)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)notable wine list (3)romantic (3)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • hadedabird
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Third time at this restaurant and the last two times have been disappointing - food is not wonderful and menu extremely boring after 3 visits, won't be going back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wanted to like this place
    DoctorC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    It's close to home and has a respectable draft beer list. But both of our meals were a little unimaginative and on the smallish side. While we were there on a relatively unbusy week night, our waiter was also much less attentive than we would have liked. Overall, while nothing was bad, we weren't overwhelmed, either. There are probably other more enjoyable places that we're likely to visit next time out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    tvrs388VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yes, the food is good. And yes, the specialty cocktails are delicious. But what really makes Urban Tavern a place that I will return to often is the service This is our fourth time there and we've had different servers every time. But they were all outstanding. Our second round of orders came out well before the appetizers (why have an oyster special when you can't get them out quickly?) or the main course that we ordered immediately because one of our diners had to leave quickly. But the server understood the issue and kept us updated on the progress, which made an irritating situation not so bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the hard owned buck
    1fridaynightdiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and the service have some miles to travel upward until this new restaurant in the West End has a following. The beer on tap selection was outstanding. The food selections were extremely limited. As far as the drinks it was during "Happy Hour" so those were the highlight. The low points were the food and the service. Good place to stop for a drink but that is the end of the positive things about this establishment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks Great
    WhatsUpDach
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great looking restaurant! Nice to have a place like this in the neighborhood. Pros: decor, openness (you won't even recognize this as the old Shackleford's), great choices on tap, what we got tasted very good. Cons: small portions at slightly too high prices (food did not look like the photos on their website - 3 small kabobs with the Plancha Flank Steak instead of 4 & only tiny bits of trout on the Smoked Trout Salad), seats are very hard wood (there might have been a few booths that were cushioned). I'm hopeful for this restaurant - I really want to love it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    OnCEaJrZgRL
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was our first time at the restaurant celebrating a birthday; service was a bit slow although our waiter was nice; food temps inconsistent- some parts hot, the others luke warm; overall okay, we may give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban Tavern is a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love the community tables; The Urban Tavern is like a city bar in a quaint neighborhood, said by one of our guests. You can tell they spent time on the menu; and they've listened to the guests and added a 'half' size to the menu offering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    tvrs388VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's only getting bet. Visited Urban Tavern soon after they opened and experienced the normal new business blues. But they've greatly improved over the last few weeks. Especially their cocktails. They now have a specialty cocktail menu and while I only tried the Fig Martini, if it's any indication of the rest of the menu, I can't wait to try it. The brussel sprouts are still going to be my "go to" item. The calamari is crispy and the accompanying aioli is delicious. We'll be walking across the street often to visit Urban Tavern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just awesome
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    From the moment we stepped into the tavern till we left the service never end stopped, the host where friendly and actually at the door, our food server was knoweleible of the food, beer and decor. Drinks were always full, the food was out standing and the manager had a great sense of humor, it looks modern and up scale but the staff make you feel like you are in an old time neighbor travel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still new - needs tweeking
    Stlrldy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I think this place is exactly what that part of town needs - a non-chain, non-short pump (close but without the hassle of Broad Street) good restaurant. I will definitely be going back. We started with their cheese plate and they included some very nice selections. I would have liked some charcuterie as well but it is an "either or" choice. You either can order a charcuterie platter 3 for $15 or a cheese platter 3 for $15. I would have liked possible 2 cheeses/1 meat but they refused to do that - which I find odd. I find it hard to justify $30 for two platters when I intend to order an entree. Some food service training needed. My entree was served a full 10 minutes before my date's - so mine went cold as I politely waited, so wrong!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to West End
    tvrs388VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was sad to see Shackelfords leave and it seemed like the space would stay empty forever. But Urban Tavern made it worth the wait. The decor inside has been completely changed, it has a very "downtown" feel. I was glad we had a reservation because the wait without one was an hour. The staff was extremely attentive from the moment we walked in and while our waiter seemed a little green, he did an outstanding job. They are still working on the specialty drink menu and the bartender had a hard time, but hopefully that will get better. The food was outstanding and it was hard to choose. Their plancha fish was a whole branzino and while it could have used some more seasoning, it was good. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, nneds some work!
    luvdesserts
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We dined outside which was lovely. The food was above average for pub food. Good selection of small, medium and large plates. The beer list was strange as they had two lists and didn't give us the second list until one in our party could not find a good light beer She first asked for Yuengling, which they didn't have, then settled on Corona Light, which was on the second list and then didn't have. They were OUT of coffee!! We were told it would be in the next day! We were celebrating a birthday and they brought a very good complementary dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to west end
    SpecoVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was ok. My fried fish is a little mushy, not crunchy. Service was very rushed, which is understandable because there is a large crowd there. But we finished a three couse meal within an hour. I guess I should not call it three couse meal because all dishes come out and served at the same time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Need some flexibility
    AhahhppVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I am so excited to have this resteraunt in our neighborhood.... However, they need to work on some things. I know it's only week 2 but the experience we had was very rigid. Unwilling to make substitutions or additions was a big problem. Some of my party had food allergies and the message was sorry we can not make substitutions. Also, being a neighborhood place, you have got to expect kids and there was not much available for kids. We will go back, but will give it a month or so....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    241Yum
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went with some friends- great place to have drinks, good food and hang out. Relaxed atmosphere, fun decor and hip feel. Loved the beer/back almonds to nosh on and the ratatouille was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was fresh and brought to the table hot. Mackenzie was knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Finally, the West End has another great place that's not a chain! Thanks Chef Tim Bereika for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • welcome to the neighborhood!
    Charley007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Glad we came. Noise level inside did make table conversations challenging. Next time will request outdoor seating. Fish and chips were good. Disappointed in my chicken sandwich. Much bread with little chicken. Service was most attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
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