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Amici Ristorante - Richmond

415 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mamma mia Amici!! Going on 20 years of business, Amici has been consistently recognized for its simple, Northern Italian cuisine with a twist. Recently redecorated, the ambiance is fresh and light, yet still as romantic as ever. Located in the heart of charming Carytown. "Our aim is for everyone to enjoy their experience so we can enjoy their smiles. This is the Italian way!" Welcome to Amici, Carlo, your host.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 353-4700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carlo M. Gaione
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Private party facilities
We have a private dining room upstairs that seats up to 40 people. We also have semi-private dining for parties of 16 or 25 on the main level. The upstairs room is perfect for rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations and business dinners.
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Private party contact
Carlo: (804) 353-4700
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Cross street
Freeman & West Cary Streets
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Parking details
There is parking on the street; parking across the street at Carytown cleaners after 6 pm; and also a public parking deck across the street between Crenshaw and Dooley streets.
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Public transit
GRTC transit stops two blocks west of Amici at the corner of Nansemond and West Cary Streets.
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Special events & promotions
Amici has a private dining room for 30 to 40 people. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, business meetings, birthday parties, anniversaries or other social gatherings. We have semi-private dining for 16 people or 25 people also.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Walkingstomach (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

We had a terrific dinner. We all ordered different dishes and they were all excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Amici is my favorite Richmond restaurant. It is ALWAYS good. My favorite dish is the duck. They had a special Valentine's menu this year and the duck was not included, but the pappardelle pasta dish I had was amazing as well.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Wonderful service and a nice quiet atmosphere, but the food itself was not up to the same level. I would consider this an average Italian restaurant with an above average price. Good wine list but I left really wanting a lighter, fresher tasting meal. With all the great options Richmond, I probably will not be back.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I went to Amici for Valentine's Day. We were disappointed first with our server - Lisa. She was the opposite of friendly and helpful. We were also disappointed with the fact that "no substitutions" were allowed. My husband asked to have double veg with his rockfish instead of mashed potatoes. We were told "the chef said don't even come in here and ask for a substitution". While we understand it is a crazy busy night - double veg isn't a complicated substitution. Just put a little more veg on the plate instead of the mashed potatoes. There was another server who was very nice who filled our water and chatted to us in a friendly way (we have had her before and thought she was great). Perhaps Lisa was an addition just for Valentine's Day. Also, the food was average at best. With a paired down menu we would have thought they could execute. Dishes weren't salted properly or seasoned well otherwise. Disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

We were couple minutes early for a dinner reservation and were then provided seating right next to bathroom entrance. Thinking that it would be a easy fix given that we were the only people there, we asked to move to a table over and we were told 'no' with little to no rational explanation. We had reservation just like the other patrons and did not deserve the uncourteous and unwelcoming response. Overall our waitress was good, food was average which was priced above average. Will not return.

twinkies (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

Excellent. Great food and great service. Will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent as always! Are go to restaurant with visitors from out of town.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

I took my wife here for a birthday dinner. The food was delicious; the waiter's service was splendid and the whole place sang happy birthday to her. The rock fish was certainly the best I have ever had.

Maria (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

the food was great. It was a last minute group dinner for my birthday, and the atmosphere was warm, cozy, and not too loud-- great for being able to catch up with friends. The chef made rounds, and really, everyone loved the food. The waitress was at best described as awkward. Our group includes singles and moms and dads and no one in the group happened to feel like carting children out on a weeknight for dinner although all including little ones were welcome. the waitress was very abrasive when my friend (who happens to be a breastfeeding mom with small windows of time to be away from a new baby) asked to go ahead and order while the rest of the group was still taking time and chatting. It was a very awkward and judgemental moment while the waitress repeatedly asked her why she wanted to order ahead of the group. Another awkward moment happened because some people were late for the reservation. I would understand if we were horribly inconveniencing waiting hordes of diners, but besides our small group, there was exactly one other table with people in the entire restaurant and one gentleman at the bar. Except for the waitress, the food, the rest of the staff, the atmosphere were great!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2017

The menu had changed recently, and they had removed one of the dishes that I really like. I asked the waitress if they could still make it and they did with no problem. It was great!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Pretty unremarkable...

vipkoolmom (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve reservation for two,and with the good reviews went ahead with plans to go having never been before. Came in from Fredericksburg and given light traffic got there early. We were seated and this is where the problems begin. Seated next to doorway to washroom. Need I say more? Space so small had to move every time someone had to go through. The food was not great. We did eat without complaint as our server, Matthew, was exceptional. He was the only bright spot. Will not go back.

vipJack1Richmond (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

We made a reservation for a busy Friday night. Unfortunately, earlier diners lingered which is no fault of the restaurant, except perhaps being too comfortable and too welcoming! We grabbed a seat at the bar which is not great since neither of us drinks alcohol! We did not get a table for more than 30 minutes! In some cities and in some restaurants that is not much time to wait for a table. But let's face it, we live and eat in Richmond Virginia where we are spoiled. When we make a dinner reservation for 7:30 p.m., and we walk in at 7:30 p.m. we expect our table to be ready and waiting for us. Guess I will just have to get over myself!

Gluten free pasta with shrimp--delicious with the tart marinara sauce. Special mushroom, chicken and cheese ravioli was just terrific! The Tower of crab meat, avocado, and tomatoes was and is the best appetizer in Richmond. The special butternut squash soup was worth the trim alone.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

We were able to get a table for 6 last minute on Christmas Eve and we were the last table out the door! The service was awesome and the food was great! The owner stopped by and thanked us for coming in which I always love!! Highly recommend this cozy restaurant in Carytown!

vipEnvy3518 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

The whole experience was great. Great food, great service! We will be back again soon!

C0dysDad (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

Food awesome. Always take my Mom to Amici when I am in town. It must have been a busy night because the service felt rushed, like a couple of waiters called in sick. Very unusual for Amici.

dogtowngirl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

Always have a great meal and great service. The quail salad was killer good!!

vipHenryFlagler (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Lovely, old school northern (i.e., no red sauce) Italian restaurant. Owner/chef takes great care and pride in everything. Solid service. Not cheap, but ample portions and many home-made items make up for it. Seating downstairs is a bit nicer than upstairs but it's all good. And they have real cloth towels in the rest rooms: it's like a bit of Europe!

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

It has been awhile since I'd been to Amici's and the food was wonderful. The waitress however was bossy and rushing us through the entire meal. We wanted to take our time but she told us that due to a large party arriving, our orders may be late getting out if we waited on placing or entree order. I also think that the addition of some small tea light candles on the tables and bar would go a long way in creating some ambiance.