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Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse, Richmond, VA

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
4083 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

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 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

    Christopher Booth

  • 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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Steakhouse

  • Richmond

    Best Ambiance

  • Richmond

    Special Occasion

  • Richmond

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at Bookbinders. The food was excellent, and Duncan took great care of us.
  2. DN

    DavidN

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic night for our 25th anniversary. I got the Kona rubbed filet and it was the best steak I've ever had. We always compare steaks to one we had ages ago at another restaurant and now I have this Kona steak to use as the best. The atmosphere was nice as always. We love the dark wood and feel of the main dining room. It was pouring rain, so hearing that made it even cozier. Thank you Bookbinders for a very memorable experience and printing our anniversary on the menu was a special touch!
  3. RM

    RuinedMyNight

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is not a lot to tell. We go here on the regular basis for special events, example: birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, and so on. The food and the atmosphere is always wonderful, the room temperature was great! I want to give a special thanks to our server who was awesome! He was very attentive to our needs, very quick to keep our glasses filled, and just an all-around good person! One last shout out, I always enjoy talking with the owners mother when she calls to confirm our reservations.
  4. RC

    RayeC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary at Bookbinder’s. The food is excellent and the service was great!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I went to bookbinders to celebrate my birthday. The hostess was dismissive and the food was not good. My party was already seated by the time I arrived, so I told the hostess my party was already seated somewhere. She asked for my name and then pointed in the direction of another room and said, “your party is over there.” I walked into the room and couldn’t find anyone I knew. I went back to the hostess and told her my group was not in that room. She then looked up my name and seat and walked me to the table (not sure why she couldn’t have done that from the start). I ordered the scallop risotto for dinner. The risotto was undercooked and under seasoned. The scallops were inconsistently cooked. Some were seared on both sides, some were seared on one side. The mashed potatoes appeared to be microwaved. The bacon bits in the baked potato looked like the dehydrated bacon bits you buy in the salad dressing aisle of the supermarket. As for the ambiance, the room we were seated in had two sets of French doors on each side of the room. They kept the doors closed. Every time a server came in, they opened the doors and then shut them. It was quite disruptive for the meal. For the price of the food, I expected to by blown away. Overpriced for what you get and low quality food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was excellent. Unfortunately the grill vents stopped working while we were there, so it was a bit smoky. Regardless, it was a great evening.
  7. BF

    BenF

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    My wife and I traveled to Richmond for our anniversary and having done some research decided to go to Bookbinders for our special dinner. I made reservations and was encouraged when they reached out to me for our names so they could print them on a special anniversary menu. Was greeted there with a "happy anniversary" and taken to our table. It looked like the perfect place to celebrate our 37th anniversary. We ordered some drinks and an appetizer. They brought the appetizer but no plates. So, we used our bread plates. Soon, they took away the appetizer plate and our bread plates and we sat, and sat. I finally waived our waiter and asked if they served bread. He said, "oh yeah" and in a few minutes brought some bread but, no bread plates. Needless to say, this was the quality of the service for the remainder of the meal. They had an issue with the ventilation which filled the restaurant with smoke. We waited forever to get our food and when we did get it they messed up the order and I got a medium rare filet and my wife got a medium well NY strip. Mine should have been medium well and the wife's should have been medium rare. Since it took so long to get out food, we didn't send them back. We got our desert to go. The food was very good and I probably wouldn't complain so much about the service had our waiter not been overly attentive to a nearby table. With a tab north of $300, I would have expected better. We will not return.
  8. BS

    BrackenS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely everything was perfect - outstanding wait staff. Food was cooked to perfection (Surf & Turf) - lobster and filet mignon with dee-licious bernaise sauce. The creamed corn au gratin was THE best - so very good. And the ambience of the beautiful patio - liked no other. Private, quiet and beautiful with the most fabulous antique brick walls, gorgeous plants, beautiful koi pond, tables nicely spaced apart - all white table cloths and napkins. Lovely lights strung across for nice lighting. A wonderful evening.
  9. PH

    PatrickH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was great. We sat in the Presidents Room which was a room filled with the pictures of all the US Presidents and about 8-10 tables (maybe). We ordered the double cut pork chop and sea bass. Which were very underwhelming (especially considering the cost). We ordered shrimp scampi which was only 3 shrimp for $20. Our appetizer was the fried calamari . It was ok but we’ve had much better countless times for less money. We only drank water ( not because we’re cheap, we just prefer water). Nevertheless, the bill was $150 for underwhelming food. The bread was good:). We wouldn’t go back.
  10. AL

    AltonL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service along with the food was outstanding! Their drinks was also great! Highly recommend!
  11. JS

    JenniferS

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious entrées with great ambience. Always a great experience.
  12. S

    Scott

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and amazing service. Food was top notch. Can't wait to go again!
  13. DM

    DrMia

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary dinner was amazing from the time we walked into the restaurant and the hostess wished us a "Happy Anniversary". The food and drinks were on point but the service was commendable. We will be back for sure!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No waiting; we were seated immediately. The wait staff was superb and the food was among the best I’ve eaten. They helped us celebrate our anniversaries and we couldn’t be more pleased. We will definitely return!
  15. LN

    LNYg

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was just okay, nothing special. I had to send my lukewarm warm salty onion soup back. It tastes like it came from a can and was ridiculously salty. I honestly would not recommend this restaurant.
  16. JS

    JuanS

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall very good
  17. JR

    JorgeR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing. From appetizers to dessert all dishes are great.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! We will definitely come again. The owner stopped at our table to ask about our dinner which was amazing!
  19. JM

    JimM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 10+ visit to Bookbinders and have never been disappointed! Our server, Hunter, was great - very engaging! The salmon and filet were outstanding! Great ambience… we go every anniversary!
  20. MA

    MikeA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great anniversary dinner and the best meal we have had since moving to town.
  21. NM

    NicoleM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would definitely return. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I was there for an anniversary and they made it special. They have easy free parking as well.
  22. TS

    TimS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great as always! Our waiter Mark was fantastic! Always a great and pleasant experience which is why we keep coming back!
  23. JC

    JeffC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a waiter, Burhan, who beyond excellent. The food was beyond excellent as was everyone who assisted with our meal. We will be back.
  24. c

    charlesh

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The experience was pretty good but the food was so so and the prices were so high for what u got.
  25. R

    Rocky

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Calamari was bland, Scallops were salty, the sides were okay but could have been better, drinks and dessert were excellent. But for the price you pay everything should have been 5 stars.
  26. CT

    CharlesT

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I always enjoy eating at bookbinding, discovered the patio area today and I was very impressed. I love the steaks and shrimp bisque here. This place is definitely a must go to.
  27. G

    George

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our new go to spot. Everything from the food to the service was perfect.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. It's expensive but quality doesn't come cheap.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional and our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in guiding us through the menu. A fantastic meal from the delicious house made bread to everything in between! Loved every bite.
  30. MS

    MichaelS

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We made reservations for our 25th wedding anniversary, and the atmosphere was romantic and welcoming. The night unfortunately went downhill from there. From finding a hair in our shrimp cocktail, to an overcooked steak paired with a tough and bland lobster tail, to some tomatoes that tasted a bit past their prime, the food did not live up to Bookbinder's reputation. It certainly was not worth the exorbitant price. You can find better quality steak and seafood at other establishments in the area at much better prices. Our server also had a marked change in attitude throughout the evening, coming across as fake and unfriendly once we found the hair in our appetizer. We were comped for the appetizer and offered free dessert (wish the menu stated the key lime pie included chocolate sauce - it tasted off-putting and I was not a fan), but the evening was not what we expected. Would not recommend.
  31. PL

    PierreandLee

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service and food I’ve had in 11 yrs. Living in Richmond! A must!!
  32. A

    Anna

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing per usual.
  33. KA

    KevinA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The personal message on our menu was a wonderful surprise!
  34. C

    Charles

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brookbinders made my 1 yr anniversary with my wife one to remember! Overall Filet migon was absolutely amazing cooked to perfection. Stuffed salmon was amazing. We had key lime pie which was delicious. Thank you for making out 1st time here an amazing experience! Highly recommend this restaurant
  35. TH

    TraceyH

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The dining room was quite busy on a Saturday night but we had reservations and were seated immediately. The service was impeccable: just the right amount of high touch and low profile. We asked for and received thoughtful recommendations for wine and food, and the portions were generous but not ridiculous. The owner came by to greet us as well. We took our time as we had a late reservation and never felt rushed. This was a very expensive meal, but we left with zero regrets. Bookbinders is wonderful special occasion location to which we will return!
  36. AG

    AngeaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was excellent as was all the staff we encountered. Food was very good and there was a lot of it. Price was high but worth it for a special occasion. Sangria was excellent. Bread great. Lobster maca d cheese. We made reservations for outside at 730pm....regretted that. So hot! They have a great patio with fans, but it was sweltering....so my bad!
  37. JH

    JoyceH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding as was our waiter. The atmosphere was great. We ate out on the patio surrounded by beautiful flowers and an amazing Koi pond. I would rate it the best place to eat in Richmond!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wedding Anniversary dinner
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Disappointed to discover upon arrival that our reservation had been apparently given to someone else… LOTS of confusion, I finally convinced the hostess I really did have a reservation, and we were shown to a table. After that, things improved significantly. Our waiter, Dave, was excellent. The shrimp bisque and the stuffed salmon were very tasty, but not as hot as I would have liked. Not entirely up to expectations, but very good, and I will probably return in the future.
  40. BM

    BevM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attention to detail was superb. Printing a happy birthday message on my sister's menu was awesome......as was the surprise birthday desert. Food was wonderful ! As was the service.

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

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 4083 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
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–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • 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

    Christopher Booth

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, 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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