Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.8
3148 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)!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun - Thu 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:15PM

What 3148 people are saying
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MitchT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very nice and knowledgeable. Ordered drinks from the bar which arrived in less than 90 seconds. Food was FANTASTIC. Not a single complaint. Will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience of outside dining celebrating a graduation. The outside patio is beautiful.

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AdrianF
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent environment that makes for a fine dining experience. Food is excellent for the price. High quality, fine dining restaurant. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the outdoor patio was spectacular! So spacious & open yet protected from the wind off the river. Food was delicious, especially the crab cake! Service was great, too. I spilled a glass of wine from our bottle and the maitre’d immediately brought a fresh glass of the same wine from the bar.

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Doughboy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and service was good. But I expected it to be outstanding for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere of the patio could not be beat. The staff could not have been better and our meal was perfection. My wife's B-Day and Mother's Day fall on the same day every 8 years or so and I like to add just a little something special when it does. The Bookbinder gave that extra special touch I was looking for.
Thank you for helping earn me the Great Husband award again this year.

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MustafaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful, the environment was simply eloquent. The music was romantic. We will definitely be returning.

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vipBear
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Ben. Tabled in the nice "Presidents room". Great Mother's Day brunch - 3 course. All in all one of our favorite Richmond restaurants

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AlexisB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I made my reservation 4/18 and was never made aware of a preset Mother’s Day menu. I was there to take my boyfriend to dinner for his birthday and he couldn’t get what he wanted.

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BenjaminA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Had a wonderful time. Service was amazing

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TonyaK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delish as usual! They had a special Mother's Day menu which I wish we would have known when we booked. Prefer to order from regular menu but understand the need for this on busy holidays.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience alone was more than enough. Then you add in the amazing food it’s just over the top. This was me and my wife’s first but not are last time at this hidden gem Richmond has to offer.

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QueenGD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bookbinders is an excellent choice for a special celebration!

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SuzanneR
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Having a set menu for $80.00 per person is ridiculous. Yes, it is Mother’s Day weekend, but the inability to select side dishes made the meal less than enjoyable. The creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes were certainly not our choices (there were 6 of us). We have been coming here twice a year for my birthday and that of another friend. This may be our last year.

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vipMargaretY
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was there this past Friday for their mother's day weekend prix fixe dinner with my daughter. Food was good, but the server was extremely terse and unhelpful. When we asked whether they were able to substitute fries with vegetables, she immediately said "No" in a very curt manner. There was no attempt on her part to be polite, hedge, or offer to ask the manager. Moreover, they overcharged on a drink order which the manager had to correct after I brought their attention to the error.

For a high-end restaurant charging high-end prices that incorporated a 20% gratuity on the check, the service was pretty abominable, especially in light of the server representing that she had been employed there for two decades.

I've frequented many of the country's finest restaurants (as Bookbinder's reputation would have one believe) but largely because of the service we received that night, the experience was a great disappointment in comparison to restaurants of a similar caliber nationwide.

I would hate to attribute this treatment to the fact that I am Asian-American (the server was white) but it's hard to be less jaundiced when she's been employed there for 20 years and the online reviews about the restaurant's service otherwise (including OpenTable's) are generally very positive.

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SpencerB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service! I would recommend to anyone who can afford it for a special occasion.

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MEandJE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made this reservation on a whim on a trip from NC to northern VA as a dinner stopover. Could not have made a better choice. Beautiful restaurant in an adorable area of downtown Richmond with excellent service from Ashley. She was knowledgeable, pleasant, and attentive. Food was absolutely delicious: Caesar Salad, Kona Filet Mignon, baked potato, and salted caramel gelato all ordered by both my husband and me. Delicious wine, too, ordered from an excellent list. We enjoyed every bite! Hope to be in Richmond again sometime, if for no other reason, to enjoy Bookbinders!

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NYLF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Outside seating area is wonderful. The large patio is beautiful and really has a great ambience. Ordered three steaks. All three were over -cooked. While I understand that the steaks were a la carte - the presentation was terrible for the price. My over-cooked filet mignon was served on a large white plate with 1 parsley leaf. The sides I ordered both came out 5-10 minutes after the steaks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal, great variety. Fantastic service. Quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the price. Good portions, great staff, food was delicious.

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Anniversaygal
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was fabulous! It was a wonderful evening for dining under the stars. Our server, Frank, was excellent. They had printed menus with Happy Anniversary (we were celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary).

The food was outstanding, no-hassle parking---we highly recommend it!

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DonaldD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience! We dine here at least every other month!

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KevinN
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Top notch. I would go back.

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a native of Philadelphia, I wanted to eat at the Original Bookbinder’s. The overall experience more than met expectations. The owner came to our table for a chat. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. Our food was served at an appropriate pace. My scallops were tender and well prepared. My husband’ s steak was to his liking. And , of course, we ate the famous turtle soup. One note if the plates were warmed the food would be piping hot. I don’t like my grits or soup lukewarm

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food.

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RobinB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grew up on Bookbinders Snapper soup. Really enjoy it. Never have had anything but an excellent meal at Bookbinders. The scallops were tender and flavorful, but swear I could make a meal just on the sides

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Michelle
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience and would highly recommend to someone wanting to celebrate someone special in their life.

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Beau
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great location. Service staff was attentive and provided excellent recommendations for different drinks. Owner came out to greet my wife and wished her a Happy Birthday.

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JeriG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly. She did a great job answering our questions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the wedge salad, broiled stuffed lobster, filet and crab cake, asparagus with hollandaise, fried potatoes, and the berry bread pudding for dessert. Everything was perfect, including the service. Beautifully designed restaurant too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even had a new waiter. She represented bookbinders very well. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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SusanS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a most enjoyable evening, the entire staff we interacted with could not of been better.

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vipJaiC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great! They were kind of busy, so the service was slower than it probably normally is. The food was reaaaaally good. My only drawback is that they don't always list when there is pork/bacon in certain dishes. I had to keep checking with the waitress to make sure nothing have bacon in it.
The manager (maybe owner??) stopped by to make sure we enjoyed everything.
Pricey, but absolutely worth it.

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SharronT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Very Special place to spend a special event of any kind.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday.
Recommended by son and well worth it.
Entire experience was fantastic.

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BarryW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, excellent atmosphere and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful experience. The food was great, the service was excellent.

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kevint
Chicago
9 reviews