Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.8
2053 reviews
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Bookbinder’s is a locally family owned Seafood & Steakhouse and is unique to Richmond. Bookbinder’s offers the perfect combination of rich history and atmosphere. Close to the James River in historic Tobacco Row, steak and seafood lovers will enjoy the ambiance of exposed beams and brick walls in this refurbished tobacco warehouse. From steak to lobster to seafood, each dish is intricately prepared and beautifully presented. We look forward to seeing you soon!!

We are honored to have been selected as one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018, as Voted by Open Table Diners, (based on an analysis of twelve-million reviews of more than 26,000 restaurants across the country)!
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1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service.Food was terrific! Bit expensive but overall nice place to enjoy with significant other!

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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My finance and I celebrated an early Valentines there. We had a great experience, and the food was delectable. Only down side was the server came to take our food to box up what we didn’t finish, but it ended up being tossed out instead of being packed up. The manager did give us a percentage off of our bill though.
Overall it was a great experience, we will be going back.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I come here every Valentine's Day. The filet is amazing. The crab cakes are to die for. We always get the corn au gratin and I never leave a kernel!

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RM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time my family of 6 eat at Bookbinder's; both times the food and service were excellent. There will be a 3rd time.

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RD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! We enjoyed the evening! Dinner was delicious. Thanks for such a nice evening!

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MJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We would recommend Bookbinder's with the caveat that it is very pricey. Everything is ala carte; I had lobster because that is what they are famous for, my husband had a filet, and we shared one side dish (no appetizers, no salads, and no desserts); I had one drink and one glass of wine, my husband had two beers -- the bill with tip was $188. On the plus side, the staff was most accommodating, the service excellent, the food very good (but not over top to justify the price of $60 for lobster and $40 for a filet, pus $14 for a side dish), and the ambience was pleasing.

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PO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the staff to meal was way beyond expectations!

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CK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

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PK
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Bookbinders experience this past Saturday night

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. Great attention to detail

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WB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I requested a quiet table online as we would be enjoying our Valentines dinner early this year. When we arrived, the owner showed us to our booth which allowed us to see what was going on while offering us the quiet space I asked for. Our waiter did a great job the entire evening without making us feel rushed. The food and service was superior. The owner and his daughter stopped by as we finished our evening to ensure we enjoyed our experience. This was my first time at Bookbinders. It will not be my last.

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NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good service. Prices a little high but well worth it. Great for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an outstanding choice! Parking was easy & quick, right across the street, which made for a wonderful evening.

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SB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak was tender. Crab cake was delicious. Lobster a little dry.

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JG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was delicious.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine, and server (Tim) made for an exceptional anniversary dinner.

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VC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner was fantastic. From the second we walked in until the minute we walked out. It’s hard to please a table of 8 people whom have all different tastes but it happened and it was perfect. And absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait to come back and try out their happy hour!

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Started with Crab Cocktail and Clams Casino. Steaks for both of us. Expertly cooked. Service was a tad spotty. A slow night but our server became captivated by a party of 5 who were ordering champagne and failed to check on us throughout our meal, hmm. would have like another glass of wine.

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DL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was outstanding and the service that Chris provided was wonderful.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bookbinders is by far our favorite restaurant to eat! The service, food, and ambience are unparalleled. We go every chance we can for the best crab cakes, steak, tuna, and wine selections.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but the waiter rushed us. It was not a fine dining experience, more like Red Lobster.

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SV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been wanting to go to Bookbinders for a while now and finally had the opportunity to go for my husband's birthday. The prices were a bit high but the food was delicious. The shrimp bisque and clam chowder was a great way to start the meal off. My husband had the swordfish special and he said it was the best he ever had. My selection was surf and turf and I never had a lobster tail so big. The filet was cooked exceptionally well as I asked for it medium rare. We shared a baked potato that was accompanied by butter, sour cream, bacon, and cheese that you added yourself. We topped our dinner off with dessert. Berry bread pudding ala mode for him and creme brulee for me. We left very satisfied.

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating an anniversary with our granddaughter. Had a great meal.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service. nice experience dining. not just eating supper... extremely tasteful and delightful. crabcake entree was flavorful and no fillers. wife had the stuffed salmon..excellent. well worth the price of a great saturday dining out for my wife's birthday and our 3 adult children.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal especially the roasted brussel sprouts! Patrice was wonderful and attentive as usual.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.. overall... ambiance, food and personal menu acknowledging our 44th Wedding anniversary which we were given to keep as a special momento. Tim ,the waiter , was incomparable.. we shall request him our next visit!!!🙏🏾

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KW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my mom’s birthday with a low key family dinner here. The food was excellent, the service was great, the price was reasonable. We were even able to buy discounted gift cards at Costco to get a nice little bit of savings (why not?).
We let them know it was a birthday celebration and the menu inserts were printed with “Happy Birthday “. I thought that was a classy touch.
The only criticism I could point out is that the dining room was a little noisy. It didn’t impede on our table conversation but we did have to repeat ourselves when ordering. Just a little awkward but easily overlooked.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to enjoy great food and a little bit of Richmond.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the 45 minute drive to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was excellent, waitstaff knowledgeable and respectful, and the atmosphere pleasant.

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was perfect!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm coming back, literally, tomorrow! I love this place!

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the food to the setting to the service. We would go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

For a restaurant that claims to be a special occasion restaurant, they sure do not know how to help customers celebrate.
Last year we went for our anniversary and included it in the reservation information. Nothing happened, no mention of it, no special menu, no congratulations, nothing. When I mentioned it to the host on the way out, she got the owner and he apologized profusely, asked us to give them another shot and that they usually get it right.

Tonight, we went to celebrate my husbands birthday. Again, I included it in the reservation, I even called when we were running a few minutes late and reminded them it was for a birthday. Just like before - NOTHING. The owner spoke to each table, to ask how they are doing etc (nice touch). But, I heard him ask the next table if they were celebrating anything. When he spoke to us, it was just ablöst why he wasn’t wearing a suit, no questions about if we were celebrating. We ordered our after dinner drinks and got the check. No mention of a birthday.

When I mentioned it to the owner again, he got defensive and began explaining why it’s hard to run a restaurant where everyone comes for a special occasion only. They can’t afford to give out cake and singing would be disruptive. Fair enough (although Ruth’s Chris is able to manage a piece of cake to help you celebrate...). A second celebration was sullied by this restaurant who supposedly gets mostly celebrations. And did he make any attempt to ‘make it right’? No. Other restaurants have comped whole meals for things like this. I did NOt expect that, but he could have apologized to my husband for messing up. He could have bought our after dinner drinks or given us a coupon for a future visit, or ANYTHING. Instead he wanted me to talk to his managers and started talking about how they could improve this going forward. WTF? Not my problem. You ruined our evening and when given the chance, did NOTHING to make up for it.

We will NOT be back - EVER!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Experience and Atmosphere

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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, high quality food, the entire experience was great.

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DT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. While we had eaten at Bookbinders in the past, it had been some time. The food was even more delicious then I remembered. The menu included a Happy Anniversary greeting at the top, which I thought was a special touch. It was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary occasion. The ambience and decor added to our good time. Our meal was exceptional and very well prepared. This is a great chores for a special occasion.The service was top notch also. Can’t wait to visit this location in the future.

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V
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is pricey but excellent. Some of the best calamari ever. We had a delay on our appetizers (got delivered to the wrong table) but they finally arrived and we were not charged for them. Worth the drive from New Kent and it's great that they offer free parking right across the street. We need to go back in the summertime when we can see the trains rumbling by.

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C
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fun New Year's Eve celebrating good food and good wine with family.

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TS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our New Year's Eve dinner was sensational - truly can't think how it could have been better! From the greeting/seating (on time!) to the attentive service, great ambience and scrumptious food, our expectations were exceeded in all regards. Thinking this will be our new NYE tradition!

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