Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.8
3501 Reviews
$31 to $50
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)!

Experiences

  • Family + Friends = Thanksgiving 2021

    $70.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Please join us for Thanksgiving 2021. Let us do the cooking and cleaning while you enjoy your family & friend's at Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse. We will only be serving a 3 course prefix menu that is $70 per person with children 12 and under priced at $18. Our menu will boast a traditional turkey dinner along with other options for dinner, appetizers and dessert. All entrees will be served with our home made green bean casserole and garlic mashed potatoes. Start a new tradition and get in the festive spirit by taking a photo by our Christmas tree! Please check out our Thanksgiving menu at www.BookbindersRichmond.com

Offers

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    Sun 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM, Sat 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3501 people are saying
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MelvinP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent except dinner for three was $$$$

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AnaM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waiter Chris , he made my mother’s post 81st birthday extra special. Great food , but prices a bit high since meals / entrees don’t come with standard sides, it’s too expensive once you add enhancements! Can only go to restaurant for extra special occasions … and the gelato was the best I’ve ever had ! Thank you !

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PatG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was superb, the food did not disappoint, and I was left wondering why I don’t come more frequently …. However, I will be returning soon.

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RaymondN
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service will definitely come back

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Bonnie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for a special occasion. Delicious food and great service. Pricey but worth it!

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG I can not begin to tell you how good and fabulous everything was. The restaurant is just gorgeous. The food was delightful and our server was so cheerful. Thank you for a wonderful experience❤️

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vipJulieR
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even better food and drinks!

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vipJohnS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Steaks were excellent. Server was great. Parking is a hassle.

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vipToddB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and wine list. We had a wonderful table outside on their patio. The service and our meal were outstanding! Tables are nicely spaced apart. A great place to enjoy a nice dinner and evening again. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no question where we would be spending our anniversary - Bookbinders is a perfect place for a special day. But tonight was even better than expected. From getting to learn about the koi pond to our wonderful waiter, (I wish I could remember his name - maybe Brian or Dave?), every little extra was provided. Worth the money every time!

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vipJames
Baltimore
173 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My Husband and I were in Richmond for business and wanted to have a nice dinner because we were very hungry and leaving the following day.

We split a beet salad. It was tasty but had too much vinegar. My Husband had a glass of wine and I had a very weak iced tea.

My Husband ordered Filet Mignon. It was very tender and large. It was deliciously prepared as requested except they forgot the béarnaise sauce. The server brought it quickly. It was very thick and cold. It was quite good but we expected it thinner and at least room temperature.

I ordered scallops and they were deliciously prepared, large, tender and sweet; but, there were a few crunches with sand. Scallops are difficult to clean but for the price, they should not have any sand. The grits were tasty with the scallops but had a lot of hulls. I left most because of the hulls.

Their little potato balls were tasty, and about 75 cents to a dollar each. We had them boxed along with some Filet. We also had a slice of Key Lime pie for takeout and it was a nice treat later on in the evening.

The food was very good as well as the Server. We enjoyed the meal but the price was much more than expected, especially with the minor problems.

With a good tip (over 20%), it was one of the most expensive dinners we have had! And, we live in a large Metropolitan area and frequently dine
out.

We have always wanted to dine at Bookbinders when we visited Philadelphia. We were pleased to find Bookbinders also in Richmond! We probably would dine at Bookbinders in Philadelphia since we visit there at least once per year; but, it would probably have to be a special occasion if they are as expensive.

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PaulaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we have been to Bookbinders and it is fabulous.
We stopped here last spring on our way back home From Naples, Florida and fell in love with this restaurant.
So now we were driving back to Naples for the season and we could not wait to have dinner there again.
We totally enjoyed our meal once again and now this restaurant will be are go to restaurant when we are driving back from and forth to Naples.

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vipMike
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visit (out-of-towners) to Bookbinders fulfilled our special family outing. Our party of six ran their menu gamut. Great cocktails to start, my Sazerac was as good as New Orleans. Various openers (apps, soups, salads) were well prepared and enjoyed. The "world famous" snapper soup was quite tasty, though more snapper flavor than snapper meat. The evening's halibut special was very good. My scallops were perfectly done and delicious, but arrived at the table too cool for my taste. The quality of the steaks was outstanding. Though several agreed the ancho rub was too much and overpowered the ribeye. The lobster mac and cheese was the evening's disappointment and to be avoided unless you just love any mac and cheese. Grandson raved about his chocolate pate dessert. Our waiter, Alejandro, was perfecto, and the owner made us feel especially welcome. The bill was sky high and I was happy to help Bookbinders weather the now irrational covid mandates. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Bookbinders. My overall impression is that this venerable restaurant largely delivers on its promise, but is leaning a little too much on its reputation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookbinders is an exceptional dining experience. We sat on the patio surrounded by plants, flowers, white lights and old brick walls. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. We selected our drinks from an impressive wine list. The preparation of the food would earn a Michelin star. The oyster Rockefeller were delicious, and the stuffed salmon was perfectly prepared with a delicate sauce.

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DominiqueP
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves everything was great!!!

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MikeR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Kona steak is one of the best. Will be back

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RobertT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Bookbinder's and not our last. The service was first-rate and the food was fantastic! My wife had the salmon and I had the scallops. There are no bad choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious meal at a table with a great view of the courtyard. Good service.

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vipBrandyC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bookbinders is always a great choice. Food is delicious.

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EMCoke1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service! We love Bookbinder's for special occasions and to take out of town guests. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT from start to finish! Personalized menus for our anniversary, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to finish and incredible food and service. Perfect!

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RandyT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always had a good experience here. You can count on a wonderful dining experience! If they have outdoor seating open, do it!

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DonnaM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend , food , service both excellent !

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BillandJanetV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio dining setting was amazing as was the food, service and wine list. Attention to detail at every level

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and drinks our server was so nice!

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Redd
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exquisite dining experience. Everything from hostess to last bite of dessert—- MAGNIFIQUE!

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ShannonJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely Amazing. Food, service everything was greatttt!! Took My Boyfriend for his Birthday He loved it!!!

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Irishminstrel
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable for wonderful food and excellent wine and liquor options. Had a great birthday celebration, and enjoyed the Birthday menu and the dessert with candle to make it official.

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BetD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in historic building. Service was terrific and food very good.

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vipWahoo
Richmond
113 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookbinder's is an old school steak & seafood house and lives up to its reputation as an elite establishment. Portions are large along with the prices & the menu is mostly a la carte. My wife's flounder with a tomato bacon jam dressing & canneloni beans was excellent. My jumbo fried shrimp with shoescreen potatoes was very good. The snapper soup with sherry is reccomended. The place was busy even on a Tuesday evening but the service was attentive & efficient. Our first time at the Richmond branch of Bookbinder's but we will be back. Highly recommended!