Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

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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)!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Start a new Thanksgiving tradition at Bookbinder's this year. Invite your friends and family and we'll do all the cooking and the clean up! Indulge in a special 3 course $70 per person pre-fix holiday feast that includes your traditional turkey dinner or another one of our chef's special entrees.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please bring your family and friends and come celebrate Christmas Eve with us at Bookbinder's! We will be offering a wonderful 3 course pre fixed menu at $75 per person.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Please bring your family and friends to celebrate Christmas Day with us at Bookbinder's! We will be having a pre fixed 3 course menu for $75 per person. We would love for you and your family to start a new tradition with us and look forward to helping you create some amazing family memories.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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What 2354 People Are Saying
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RM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue with easy across street parking. The appetizers were great and the seafood was fresh. The steak was very well done. Looking forward to coming back.

DR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. Best lobster, best oysters rockefeller, by far the best bearnaise sauce I've ever had. Obviously, these come at a price.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space and convenient parking right across the street. Jazz playing in the background on a Sunday evening and courteous staff. Will definitely be going back.

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our waiter was the best! I wish I could remember his name. I do remember that he taught ballroom dancing in Florida. 😄

OT
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. As expected given the price $$$$ but I've been in more than a few high price restaurants that didn't live up to expectations. Bookbinder's hit a home run! Everything from the before dinner drinks, the soup special, the steaks and lobster and the desert. The bottle of wine was marginal but that was hardly their fault. Highly recommended but expect a hefty bill. But in this case you do get what you pay for!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great! Finally a steak restaurant that does not rely on butter to make its food delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food quality. I mean the best steak ever and I’ve lived in Chicago. Great service and atmosphere. I would recommend to others especially for a special occasion as the meal is pricey, but you don’t feel that it wasn’t worth it.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional & beautiful atmosphere

LE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

DS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously the prices are high, $240 for three people, but everything about the place is excellent.

JR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious- a wonderful ribeye and an incredible chocolate pâté that we added a scoop of ice-cream. The waiters were extremely courteous and brought the food to our table timely. It was also a delight to meet the owner. He was so polite to come to the table and speak with his guests.

TK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience from top to bottom. First visit but selected after reviews on here. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had - and the best Old Fashioned I have enjoyed. Excellent service. The white chocolate gelato with Oreos and peanut butter is a top 3 dessert on my list. Will not visit Richmond without stopping here.

d
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and the meal was amazing

JW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Really loud

AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been going to Bookbinders for years and have always enjoyed the service and relaxed atmosphere combined with good food. Overall it's just a lovely place to a great place to celebrate an anniversary or just have dinner.

MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fabulous experience at this restaurant. Superb food and stellar service. A must if you want a great 5 star restaurant experience.

CS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, the food was excellent, and the best part was that the owner was walking around and spending time with his patrons. I had been to the original bookbinder in Philadelphia and the owner and I were able to share stories about our time in Philadelphia. The best part was that I had taken my wife there for her birthday and at the end of the meal they brought out a slice of cake with a candle on it.

P
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was a fantastic server and the meal was divine! The chef really knows how to complement flavors. A very memorable experience!

MS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Bookbinder’s is a nice place for business dinners. Where the tab is already picked up. But for couples or friends, it’s too pricey for what u get. Or don’t get. Everything EVERYTHING is a la cart. No salad comes with your meal. No potato comes with your meal. Just bread & butter. The sides aren’t cheap. $10.00 for a single baked potato. Really??
So, unless a consultant or a business takes me there, I won’t be going. Too many other places in Richmond with great food and sides that come with the meal.

CM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I ate here for our 7 year anniversary. Our waiter was wonderful! He asked us if we were dining for a special occasion and we told him it was our anniversary. Five minutes later, he comes back with two glasses of free champagne! So nice! Exceptional service in a quiet, child-free atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back to Bookbinders in the future!

RG
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional fine dining in a beautifully restored warehouse. Food is to die for!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service at bar and table

AT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we entered the restaurant, we were impressed. We came to celebrate my husbands 70 th birthday. The jazz band immediately started playing Happy Birthday. We were seated in the fireplace room which the grandchildren loved. Our waiter, Avery, was very attentive. There was a minor glitch with our side dishes. Our waiter responded quickly. We will return to Bookbinder’s in the future.

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always prefer to sit at the bar, central to the action. I came here for a business dinner once before so I suggested this place to the wife.

As I recalled from that previous visit, this one was also wonderful for me and my wife, who said it was the best meal we have had in RVA. As customary the owner was very cordial and extended his hand in appreciation to us for dining there. We had the benefit of sitting next to his wife for the evening and she was great, so we were having fun when her husband came by to say hi, so sorry to you sir if it came out differently, we were very appreciative. We will definitely be back, and for anyone on the fence to going, JUST DO IT. Thanks to all the nice folks at Bookbinder’s

RC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, even better service. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and we could not have picked a better place. Our table was private, our waiter was knowledgeable about the company's history, the menu and the wine selection. The owner came over to check on us at one point and was very welcoming. We will definitely return. Thanks!

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first visit to the restaurant. Seated promptly. The food was exceptional. Tried Escargot for the first time and it was very good. They prepare it in a red wine (Pinot Noir) sauce. I had the lump crab cake which was fresh and well seasoned. Our service wasn't stellar but it was adequate...slow in taking our drink orders and then delivering the drinks.

TP
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A very good steak house but be ready for the HUGE check...... very expensive !

RV
Richmond
81 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Celebrating 50 + 1 Wedding Anniversary! We arrived promptly and were seated! Menus were not presented at that time by the host!
When I picked up my napkin it turned out a pile of something that smeared like pesto was hidden by the napkin! The waiter appeared fairly promptly with menus and moved us to the next table! He then set about resetting the soiled table with a comment about newly arrived staff. He promptly set about resetting the original table with clean linens without asking about cocktails or appetizers!
No compensation was offered for
The meal was delicious, expensive as are other steak restaurants, large portions and very filling! The owner stopped by our table for a chat; an appreciated touch!

PR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant for any time you want a great meal with wonderful staff and food

BW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With a party of six there has to be a questionable meal, well not with us!
From the petite filet mignon to the crab cake and the shrimp scampi along with the scallop special everything was cooked to perfection.
Thanks for the memories.

T
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

10 year anniversary

GJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visit for Anniversary. Very nice atmosphere and the service and food were outstanding.

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookbinders is the most fabulous restaurant for personal celebrations as well as corporate events.
They make certain your time is enjoyable and in style!

G
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and reminded us of (former) Bookbinders in Philadelphia . The snapper turtle soup is a must have. Crab cakes are excellent

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing as well as the food!

AK
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was the best, so helpful. And the food outstanding, as always. We were surprised how few diners were there for a weekend.

E
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere. I loved how they personalized our menu. Food was great and the wines are all TOP SHELF. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great ambience, very attentive wait staff.

DA
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always fantastic! The kitchen offered to fix a side that was no longer on the menu for one in our party who needed a soft food. We frequent this restaurant for special occasions. Rarely do we experience any issues. The only issue this time was the lighting. It was a bit too dark for ambiance, making it difficult to read the menu. I had to pull out my phone and turn on my flashlight. We had a 630pm reservation yesterday. Aside from that, we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our first time visiting Bookbinder’s. We frequent a lot of upscale restaurants and for our anniversary, my husband really wanted to check out this place. I don’t know if we went on the wrong day or not but I felt like we’ve gotten better service at less expensive restaurants. There was nobody at the front desk to greet us for almost 5mins and then a lady (who was very pleasant) came to greet us and told us our table wasn’t ready so seated us somewhere else which was next to 2 big groups and one smaller group. It was loud and I was not impressed with our waiter Tom at all. It took a while for him to greet us and when he did, he poured our water, mentioned it was a busy day because U or R’s homecoming and walked off. He came back and took our orders. It was so impersonal. He barely spoke to us except when he took our orders and that was it. The owner came to greet us and was very nice. I may give it another chance if my husband ever wants to but I expected better service than we received. I left feeling disappointed