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Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse, Richmond, VA

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
5376 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 643-6900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Benjamin Sandoval
  • Catering
    Private Rooms are available from 15-150 guests. Please contact our Special Events Coordinator Jeanette Stoneman, at 804-614-5558 Monday-Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00pm. Please visit our website for a complete banquet packet downloadable file.
  • Private party facilities
    Known for their outstanding guest service along with their food, which is consistent, fresh and of the utmost quality. Ninety percent of their staff have been employed 10-18 years at Bookbinder's and are the uppermost professionals in Richmond, earning consistent Open Table awards.
  • Private party contact
    Jeanette Stoneman: (804) 643-6900
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Cross street
    24th and East Cary Street
  • Parking details
    ******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the directions link at the top of our homepage. Please share this information with all of the guests in your party, so they will know where to park for free, should our lot become full.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,376 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Steakhouse

  • Richmond

    Good for business meals

  • Richmond

    Great for fine wines

  • Richmond

    Romantic

  • Richmond

    Good for special occasions

  • Richmond

    Steakhouse

5,376 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! Service was top tier!! We will definitely be back!

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  2. DaleY

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Bookbinders. They called me the day before and said they’d like to print our names and “happy anniversary” on our menus. My wife was pleasantly surprised and loved the gesture. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very nice, and the service was very good as usual. Would highly recommend.

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  3. BillO

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our anniversary being shared by our best friends. We would not have gone any place else.

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  4. FireDepartmentFoodie

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for our wedding anniversary and received the Signature Treatment. Greeted promptly at the door. The staff provided a few unexpected "extras" that enhanced the evening. 1. Wedge Salad is exceptionally good. 2. Calamari was good but was better for our previous visit. 3. Shrimp Scampi enhancement should be an entree...it's that good 4. Fried shrimp are a solid treat and are good-sized 5. Stuffed Salmon was a tad overcooked for my liking, but it was busy at the restaurant 6. Waiter had the perfect balance, he didn't hoover, but was still quite attentive and super friendly 7. The timing of the courses was flawless 8. Bread and butter also a highlight Wife and I love this place

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  5. ShaundelleJ

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bookbinder's GUARANTEES an amazing experience! The BEST crabcakes in Richmond. Our server Timothy was phenomenal & Happy Hour is by far superior. Thanks for contributing to making my Mom's 74th Birthday special.

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  6. CeliacChick

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Perfect Celebration Spot! We visited the first time to celebrate our 25th anniversary at Book Binders and couldn’t be more pleased. The food, ambience and service (Sage) were all excellent. The personalized menu with our names and the glasses of champagne were a nice touch. We plan to visit often!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the greatest meals I have ever had in Richmond!! I have been here several times before but the food and service this visit was amazing. I am a teacher and I met three of my graduating seniors there to celebrate. They made custom menus for them as well as congratulated them multiple times. I can not rave enough about how much they enjoyed their experience!!! This is now my new favorite restaurant in Richmond!!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenominal experience for mother's day. Menu was impeccable, service was on point. I always enjoy my experience here and it was nothing shy of exceptional.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    My oysters were covered in sand/shell pieces and I was not offered to exchange my dish, despite only eating one. They did not take our order for over 30 minutes and rarely checked on us. Very surprising for the typically wonderful Bookbinders!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In the words of one of my girls, “this is amazing!” This was our second year celebrating Mother’s Day at Bookbinders and it was, once again, an incredible experience! Our server, Alex, was attentive and respectful to my girls’ requests. The special occasion menu format and pricing makes it easy to plan for these special events and the selections never disappoint. We will continue this Mother’s Day tradition!

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  11. Alex

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my second time at bookbinders. The first time (in 2022) was great- food and service were top tier. This time around, I wasn’t as pleased. The service was still amazing, but the food was under seasoned and just subpar. We went for Mothers Day, and for the prices, I just don’t think it was worth it

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  12. Diner5555

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated Mother's Day weekend with our son and his girlfriend at BookBinders and we will be repeat customers, for sure. Everything about the evening was perfect. Food, service, ambience and value were all we could hope for and more. Raw oysters were delicious, steaks were cooked to perfection and the sides were tasty and generous in portion. A very special place for celebrating any occasion!

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  13. Zach

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the steaks, owners are involved, buy a bottle of wine, and they are very appreciative of their patrons. We go every 1-2 months.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed bookbinders restaurant last evening for a very special event for my son graduation from college. The food was excellent in the service as well. Ambience was nice and very efficient will definitely make our return when we are in Richmond.

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  15. KateD

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat at Bookbinders often and love the staff, food and owner who always comes over to thank us for dining with them. It's the perfect place for a special occasion.

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  16. DavidK

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bookbinders was outstanding in every way - obviously a well managed establishment with extremely professional and kind staff. Drinks and food are well worth every penny spent. Had shrimp cocktail and surf and turf - delicious! Excellent cocktails and proper wine list featuring many wines by the glass.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time celebrating my husbands birthday!

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  18. Mfox

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bookbinders is one of the best restaurants in town. It’s always great for celebrating a special occasion and the food never disappoints. The steak was cooked perfectly and the desserts are varied and all were delicious.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Let's start with the service - Nick was outstanding from beginning to end! I'd also like to acknowledge the hostess and support staff. All around amazing! An example was that they were able to accommodate two additional guests for my daughter's graduation dinner at the last minute. They also personalized my daughter's menu to acknowledge her special occasion. Menu - Honestly, I found it overwhelming. First, Nick shared that we needed to order everyone at one time. Given the size of our party and the fact that many sides are for sharing it was challenging. Couple that with the fact, a few wanted apps salads and/or soup...we over-ordered. I would have preferred to be advised to order few sides and add on, if needed. Lesson learned. Also, the noise level was higher than expected, which made it hard to coordinate as a group (there were eight of us). The Meal - Oustanding! I ordered the stuffed lobster. In hindsight, I probably could have done without the "stuffed" part (or a slightly smaller lobster) because I was so full halfway through. It may have been the best lobster I've ever had though. The steaks all looked amazing and were cooked to perfection. A couple ordered crabcakes - they were huge and delicious. The sides - again, we should have gotten one of each, but we ended up with two portobello, a couple different sides of mashed and a lobster mac and cheese. Given everything else we ordered, we could have done with one mashed and one portobello. The only item that was less than stellar, in my opinion, was the calamari app. Just OK. Parking - It was so nice to arrive and know they had a lot available (vs. city street parking). Overall - If you want a special dining experience with outstanding food, this is your place. Just come with an empty stomach and a full wallet. :) We'll definitely return!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Same quality and service as the original when it was in Philadelphia.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an awesome experience at Bookbinders. We drive 175 miles round trip just to eat at our favorite place !!! Israel was an exceptionally good waiter !! Looking forward to our next date night at Bookbinders !!

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Zuban

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great . Our server, Joe was fantastic . Very attentive and helpful.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bookbinders has a great ambience, Sage was an excellent server, very tentative and great personality! The food quality was excellent and presentation is perfect. This is mine and my wife’s favorite restaurant!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They still have the best fried shrimp in RVA, but it’s time to take the fake candles off of the tables. Service and food were amazing.

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  25. EricL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was an ok experience. We got seated in the back looking into another dinning room. It’s not the restaraunts fault but we had some lady staring at us from the dinning room almost the entire time and in the next booth we had these two couples discussing how the bait, catch and eat squirrels that come onto their property. Personally I felt the food was a bit overpriced based on the ambiance it provided. I had also expected folks to be dressed more professional and saw some guests in t-shirts and baseball caps.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and meals! Great for a special celebration! Thank you.

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  27. MattS

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was great - a very dependable destination.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great birthday dinner here, our server was so kind and thoughtful! The food was delicious, and the experience was lovely.

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  29. VickifromVA

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was really good. I had the stuffed lobster with creamed corn as a side. Both were very good. The prosciutto wrapped mozzarella was good but I was expecting it to the cold and fresh not crispy but still very yummy. My only complaint is they were out of the fest oysters on the half shell even though it was still early. Overall I’d still highly recommend this for a special evening out.

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  30. PK0627

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate ambience; professional service; excellent food - among the best I’ve ever had. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. The owner also came around and spoke with us. We were given two complimentary Champagne flutes for our Anniversary. This restaurant is a must if one lives within 80 miles distance.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Fantastic atmosphere and service. Worth a return visit.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special shout out to our waiter Timothy C, he was so attentive and informative. He really went above and beyond to help celebrate a birthday. The food was also delicious and the steak was cooked perfect. If you want the best dessert order the key lime pie!

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  34. DannyC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience. Food was delicious and our server was very attentive. Always leave looking forward to a return visit.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The room was nice with large screen fireplace that added extra comfort to the feeling! The waitress was excellent at bringing the entrees at the exact best time. Of course the food was wonderful!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great- staff was super accommodating and even brought dessert out for a birthday we were celebrating!

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  37. EdSax

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our group of 8 received excellent service & all the steak & seafood entrées were great.

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  38. MikeB

    Richmond

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went there for our Anniversary and this was indeed our Best visit yet (been here 4 times, all Good). We wanted an early dinner at 5pm and were delighted to have the entire outdoor courtyard seating all to ourselves at that time. Got surprised with complimentary champagne and both dinners were fantastic. My seafood salad was loaded & delicious and my wife's swordfish dinner was Great. I also ordered the scallop dish on the side which was terrific and I was delightfully stuffed. We usually save the Bookbinders for Special Occasions but we can't wait to return!

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  39. Mike

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wea Had a great meal, and the owner came by and spoke to us. He was clearly interested in our dining experience. Our server was also very good - attentive, friendly, and professional.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak was well worth it and service was great. The owner John topped it all off!

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FAQs

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 643-6900.

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 5376 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

2306 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Additional information

  • Cross street
    24th and East Cary Street
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    ******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the directions link at the top of our homepage. Please share this information with all of the guests in your party, so they will know where to park for free, should our lot become full.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Benjamin Sandoval
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 643-6900
  • Catering
    Private Rooms are available from 15-150 guests. Please contact our Special Events Coordinator Jeanette Stoneman, at 804-614-5558 Monday-Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00pm. Please visit our website for a complete banquet packet downloadable file.
  • Private party facilities
    Known for their outstanding guest service along with their food, which is consistent, fresh and of the utmost quality. Ninety percent of their staff have been employed 10-18 years at Bookbinder's and are the uppermost professionals in Richmond, earning consistent Open Table awards.
  • Private party contact
    Jeanette Stoneman: (804) 643-6900
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