Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.7
1969 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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)!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
December 9, 16, 23 & 30
Fri 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(804) 643-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Booth
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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.
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Private party contact
Jeanette Stoneman: (804) 643-6900
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th and East Cary Street
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Parking details
******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the blue 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1969 People Are Saying
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WP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has great hospitality with great food and service!!

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

Food and service was fantastic for a Monday night work dinner. Lighting was dark so it was hard to see a menu.

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

Dinner here for daughter's 21st birthday. Everything was perfect. A little expensive, but we knew that going in.

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AM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We have not been to Bookbinders in a number of years. Our experiences in the past were always great. Not this time. Coat check should be done near the door and not at the table. Awkward to remove coats in a narrow space between chairs. We were introduced to our wait team but then the other team member never returned. We were asked about our wine selection before we knew what we were ordering. Waiter seemed put out that we did not order cocktails. It took a long time before our orders were taken and we had to wait a long time between each course. Soup arrived without a spoon and no one cleared the appetizer plates to allow the soup to be properly placed. We stacked our own plates to make room. Our order of wine and beer was duplicated and arrived twice (and the second time it was halfway through the meal). We had to ask for water and tea refills more than once. We watched two other tables come and go (they also had drinks, desserts, and after dinner coffee) before we were finished with our meal. Our son's fish sat in the window so long the sauce was crusty. Waitress seemed unaware of our table and overwhelmed so we felt ignored except for the time that three people (one was a hostess) helped remove the plates but that was unpleasant as they hurried though the process. Maybe they were trying to make up for the fact that the plates sat so long but it was overwhelming. We are a family of 4 with two adult children. We regularly go to dinner at a variety of restaurants. This dinner was for a special birthday. We had appetizers and desserts but it was a slow and unpleasant 2.5 hours and not worth the money we spent. Bookbinders is off our list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff greeted my wife and myself with a Happy Anniversary! The menu given to us acknowledged it was our anniversary! We felt very special.

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DK
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal! Food was great and so was the service!

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Guests loved the location. Service was impeccable. Lot of groups in our area so a bit louder than expected.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to Bookbinders for many incredible holiday meals over the years with large groups. However, this time was an overall disappointment. Let's start off with what was good. The creamed corn and ahi tuna were wonderful as usual. However, the lobster mac'n cheese we look forward to was dry and overcooked. Along with that, my steak, ordered medium rare, ranged from medium to well done and was thinner than usual. Two others said it was more gristle and fat than they were used to. Another member, who was in the meat business at one time, was certain that they did not trim a tendon correctly on his filet. Three of our party ordered the she crab soup and said in no way shape or form could they taste crab in it. The calamari appetizer was too thin and overcooked leaving crispy rings but little else. Being one of our favorite places to dine, we were sadly disappointed. Can't be a home run every time, but for that kind of money, it should at least be a triple.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a wedding anniversary for my wife and me so it was special occasion. The service and food was quite good but the room they put us in was very noisy with two groups of 6 and 12 people that could t talk without everyone hearing them with lots of laughing etc. Could Have been better for a special occasion. ☹️

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NK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Romantic restaurant. The food is delicious. This was our first time eating here on Thanksgiving, the Turkey meal was delicious and the cranberry sauce was creative, I was not expecting it to taste that good!

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S
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While billed as a seafood restaurant, it has the best beef filet in Richmond. Quiet, no TV, excellent waitstaff, this is a very special place.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best New York strip ever. Friendly waitress and nice atmosphere

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing it was a great overall experience for it being our first time going there I was very satisfied with the experience I have received there and our server was very knowledgeable and told us the history of the restaurant it was an overall great experience loved it

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L
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wide and I dined there recently. We were given a quiet, cozy table. The service was outstanding. The food was delicious and plentiful. The owner came over and chatted. He gave us a complimentary desert. It was the perfect ending to a romantic date.

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WC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great service and food. Really liked parking - didn’t have to walk but a few steps. Will definitely return!

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WA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great! The waiter was ok he didn't enterduce himself until I asked after he came to the table three times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome joint!!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for our anniversary Wednesday night. The place was busy however they made us feel like we were the only ones there from the time we walked into the door. Every one was great and the food need no seasoning as it was AMAZING! We will be back for another anniversary down the road rest assured on that!

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GS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite Richmond reastuarants, a great place to entertain out of town guests to give them a taste of the city. Also an ideal spot to celebrate special occasions.

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was inexplicably slow. Prices are high. Overall if you don’t mind expensive and service you that is “leisurely “ at best, then you’ll enjoy Bookbinders.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely write a review but felt compelled to write this one. Great dinner, service was excellent, it was priced appropriately and the owner made an effort to come and check in with each diner. Also he seemed to be genuinely interested in our experience! And it was not so noisy that you couldn’t have a conversation!

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening! From the wait staff to the wine to the delicious surf n turf, everything was done to the highest quality. The owner also came to the table to thank us for dining! A great place for special occasion dining - we will be back!!!

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrating mid fall season and kids back in town. Nice ambience and probably more business than family oriented.

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PP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice traditional ambiance true to my Philadelphia Bookbinder's memories. Menu maintains the classics in good stead. Wine list has something for everyone. Baby kale and fig salad was fantastic. Booths are available for a more intimate dining experience Tim provided excellent service - he reads his patrons well. We'll be back the next time we visit Richmond.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a special birthday and it was the RIGHT choice. They did a custom menu for the birthday boy. Jacob was an amazing server. The food was just outstanding!

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb Food and great customer service. The Owner even came to the table to ask about dining experience. We went for my wife's birthday w/ family and had a great meal. One negative was were seated behind hostess station and a large group left during our meal, exited the building and several people started smoking. Being so close to the door, smoke wafted in as people would come and go thru the front door. As an ex smoker, nothing can spoil and excellent dinner than that smell. Should have a sign that prohibits smoking within 15'-20' of the front door to allow other guest from having to deal with that unpleasant smell. Our other family members felt the same way. That would create a much better dining experience for all.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to BookBinders after hearing so much about it, despite having tasted all the rest of the best that Richmond has to offer. We entered to the most unfit hostess that we could have imagined at a restaurant of this caliber but soon enough found ourselves enjoying every other aspect of our experience. The bar tender was very friendly and caring and sat us into the section of an appropriately professional and attentive waitress. Appetizers, soup, entrees, and vegetables were as near perfect as we’ve ever had. We left stuffed and knowing what we would already like to try next time, knowing that we’ll return at some point. On the way out we thanked the bar tender again for turning around the initial moments of our visit and went home feeling satisfied and happy from our first foray into BookBinders.

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MF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service! Steaks were so tender the forks fell through them. Oysters Rockefeller were large and tasty. Portions are very generous. No stingy chefs here!
Filet with Fromage topping was divine.

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FH
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Seated promptly, given adequate time to look at the menu and extensive wine list. Food came to the table exactly as ordered. Owner stopped by the table before the end of our meal...pleasant conversation. Always enjoy Bookbinders.

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MF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were impeccable! Our waiter was knowledgeable about the wine list and made a great recommendation on the food. We will certainly be returning.

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B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining at Bookbinders. The food and service are both excellent.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dinner for two. First time and certainly not the last.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! Treated my husband to dinner and of course he was happy. We love Bookbinder’s!

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! Everything was delivered in a timely manner and at a perfect temperature. The crab cake was all crab and delicious. The petite filet melted in my mouth. The salads , my husband had the caesar salad and I had the Tobacco Row, were fresh and crunchy. We were treated to impeccable service at every turn. Have never had a bad meal there! Love to celebrate our anniversary here.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Huge portions. The scallops as an entree extra is a must!!! Definitely a great date night.

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BS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional from food to SERVICE 5++ STARS! The seafood was second to none. Snapper soup and chocolate cake are worth the visit.

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WR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Rooms can get Noisy if there are groups present, but overall a nice experience. Currently no children’s options available on the menu.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic and enjoyed the ambiance and spending some quality time with the owner, John Taxin. He takes the time to introduce himself to his guests and loves to interact with people. You can see why he has been in business for such a long time.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife here for a birthday dinner. We had a great meal and great service. Very good food and wine selection. They customized our menus with my wife’s name on it and a special birthday message. The owner was engaging to all of the patrons. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I highly recommend Bookbinders.

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p
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oysters lacked flavor, were room temperature. Otherwise meal was excellent. A bit pricey though!

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