Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

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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)!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please join us for Valentine's Day! We will only be offering a three courses pre-fix menu at $70 per person. We would love for you to celebrate that special person in your life with us at Bookbinder's. Don't forget to stop by our photo booth for an unforgettable memory.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

SN
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful! The food and service were top notch. We shared the Oysters Rockefeller appetizer and I had the Scallops while she had the Swordfish. Both were perfect! We also shared the Key Lime Pie for dessert and it was also delicious. The staff were absolutely the best I've ever experienced. We will be coming back in the future.

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my son out for his 19th birthday. Food was excellent and our server, Patrice, was the best.

S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookbinders is our favorite restaurant in Richmond.

JO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AS ALWAYS A TRULY FINE DINING EXPERIENCE.....PERFECT SERVICE MATCH WITH OUTSTANDING FOOD.
JPB

KA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience for my 21st birthday, staff was very professional and friendly. Owner even got me a drink on the house for my birthday ! Definitely will be returning for date night.

KP
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lobster was large and delicious, lobster macaroni was even better. But the tenderloin was just okay and the crab cake had too much filling and too little crab. Turtle soup was interesting, looks and tastes a little like gravy. So, the food overall was good but at $150 overpriced for that quality.
Here's the biggest surprise / disappointment. Bookbinders knew when the reservation was made that it was a birthday occasion for my wife. The hostess and waiter acknowledged it, yet nothing was offered to her, not even a cupcake with a candle or a cookie!! Really!? She got cake at Longhorn, desert at Hondo's, a rose at Yen Ching, and at Bonefish champagne and chocolate. C'mon, Bookbinders!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Laurie, our server, was fantastic. Made us feel like valued guests. Dinner was superb, save an undercooked Filet, but Laurie quickly remedied. Salmon stuffed with crab meat was on point. Dessert, the bread putting w vanilla gelato, was tasty and was the perfect ending to a nice evening.

r
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was one of the best meals I've had in a while. It is expensive and the restaurant is too dark. I couldn't read the menu or see my food well. But the service was great and the food, from the warm bread with butter, to the salad and the Bookbinder's surf and turf was memorable. I will definitely go back when next in Richmond.

TG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. I've already promoted it several times to people I have seen since eating dinner there Wednesday night! I look forward to going back.

BM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite place to eat. The food is always excellent. Josh waited on us and made the night perfect with some spot on recommendations. The Cajun Seared Tuna is a must have.

V
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always get a great meal here - it's our place to go for anniversary and birthday dinners. Food and service were excellent. The only thing that was a slight annoyance was that some of the other patrons were wearing outfits more suitable for a fast food joint (i.e., gray t-shirt, old jeans) than for a fine dining establishment. It's great that they have plenty of free parking right across the street.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service from server Amanda! We had a private room because of the size of our party. Great food

C
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was positive about our experience except for our waiter. He was slow and forgetful about simple things such as bringing steak knives for steaks and butter for the bread.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

They booked too many tables. We were at a not real table in the bar and the service was not good because they got really far behind. For that price point I would expect more.

f
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were there for New Year's Eve. They were really busy. I have been here numerous times and enjoyed it; however, this time was not good. Service was slow. I had put notes on my reservation about dietary restrictions, they were not met. Food was mediocre.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookbinder’s is always exceptional. The scallops were exquisite and Kona was as awesome as ever.

b
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy, but staff handled it well. Our 7th New Year’s at Bookbinder’s. Every time has been spot-on.

WK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We have dined numerous times at Bookbinders with wonderful food and excellent service. However, this experience was terrible. The waiter lost our dessert order, did not want to separate the bill and the manager essentially tried to hustle us out of the restaurant, so he could make the table available for some one else. Waiter claimed after asking the manager about the bill that he did not understand our request. This was on New year's Eve and I understand that can be a very busy time, but would hope that a restaurant of this caliber could plan accordingly.

JH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a New Year’s Eve fixed price menu it was actually reasonable and the food was delicious with excellent service.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual New Year’s Eve tradition.

CK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bookbinder's has become our favorite restaurant when we want a special meal. The decor and ambiance are always impressive, the food always excellent and the service unmatched. It's expensive, but we expect to pay for the excellence we can count on.

DF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best old fashioned we’ve had in a very long time. Creamed corn was amazing and steak was perfect in temperature. Sat in the Presidential room which was a little low on ambiance; the rest of the restaurant looked much more interesting.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always choose bookbinder’s for any family celebration. we love the staff, area, and food. the parking is great especially being downtown. we loved it and will be returning!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. My menu was personalized with a birthday message that transferred over from my reservation details. The server was outstanding and so thoughtful. She was there for everything and more, the perfect balance of attentive and spaciously professional. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Everything cooked perfectly and timed so well across the evening. 5 out of 5, hands down.

j
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were looking to stop in Richmond on our way down from NY to Florida.My husband found this lovely restaurant in a converted warehouse. Lots of atmosphere, delicious food and good service. Definitely a must try!

CM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food wasn’t exceptional for the price. It was good but I was expecting it to be exceptional for the price

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Outstanding Service...

RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and great service!!! Very extensive wine list. Highly recommend for any occasion.

FM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had Christmas dinner there. I would of liked the crab cake appetizer to be a little bit more crispy on the outside. Filet mignon was perfectly cooked. Had key lime pie for dessert. It was one of the best deserts I've had and I don't even like key lime pie.

L
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food and service well warrants the price (Christmas dinner menu $75 per person).

JF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here fir the first time for a special Christmas dinner. We had heard good things, and the excellent menu with lots of choices for special dietary needs (GF in our case) sealed the deal.

We couldn’t have chosen a better place! The food was AMAZING and so was the service. The ambiance was so nice — high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and nice Christmas decorations.

We definitely recommend Bookbinder’s fir any special meal. Check it out!!

H
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good! Enjoyed it very much. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! The services was very at tentative.

P
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Christmas Day dinner. Service and food was great we love Bookbinder’s

BA
Anchorage
28 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas dinner. Excellent fixed price dinner selections; excellent service

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service were both great! Owner stopped by also to meet us and thank us fir our patronage. Will put this restaurant on my list as a great place for dinner!

c
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Christmas meal. The service was very attentive and the food was outstanding. This is going on my list for special occasion restaurants.

SI
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Bookbinders every Christmas Eve for many years. It is our family tradition. we are always delighted with everything!!

KW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love going on Christmas Eve every year but was disappointed we had a limited menu this year. The food was great. Maybe a choice of 4 side dishes instead of 2. Bring back the lobster Mac and cheese!