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About Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse, is Richmond's most popular spot to celebrate a special occasion or hold a business meeting! Locally family owned and 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. You will also receive excellent service from the best staff in Richmond!

2306 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23223
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
2018 Dinner Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM-8:30PM
Friday-Saturday: 5:00PM-9:00PM

CLOSED ON SUNDAYS in 2018, except for:
Sunday, February 11th, 2018- with seating from 4:00PM-7:30PM
Sunday, April 1st, 2018 (Easter)- with seating from Noon-3:00PM
Sunday, May 13th, 2018, (Mother's Day)- with seating from 1:00PM-8:00PM
Sunday, June 17th, 2018, (Father's Day)- with seating from 5:00PM-7:30PM
and the first three Sundays in December-with seating from 5:00PM-7:30PM
Closed: on Sunday's except those listed above.

Closed: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day 2018

Cross Street:
24th and East Cary Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 643-6900

Website:
http://www.bookbindersrichmond.com/

Catering:
Private Rooms are available for up to 70 guests. Please contact our General Manager, Lynne Cohen at 804-908-9544, Monday-Friday from 9:00AM until Noon or vist our website for a complete banquet packet downloadable file.

Parking Details:
******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******
Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the blue 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. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Executive Chef:
Christopher Booth

Private Party Facilities:
Bookbinder's is 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, nine years running.

Private Party Contact:
Lynne Cohen: (804) 908-9544

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for a Date (58)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
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Romantic (47)
Business Meals (40)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Notable Wine List (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Cozy (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Authentic (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Fun (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Scenic View (8)
Casual (7)
Seasonal (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Waterfront (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The ambiance is wonderful. However, the food was quite ordinary in taste and presentation, but overpriced. It seems to be more of a status type of venue. It’s great to experience the atmosphere and surrounding area. You could get a better product and value at many chain restaurants. I would not patronize again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing food, friendly staff, kind owner. Get the ancho ribeye, skip the lobster Mac.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

One word.....AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Live Music, Hot Spot, Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food but our Filet Mignon was a little overdone and tough. Pricing is high. Best Clam chowder though! Pretty Restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food here was amazing and cooked to perfection and exactly how we ordered it. The service was a little slow, but that may have been because it was the weekend before Valentine's Day and maybe they were very busy. The owner came around to every table personally to ask how everyone enjoyed their meal, which was nice and felt personal, but he slightly overstayed his welcome at each table. Overall, a great date restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service and food. Adding our names and anniversary message to the menu was a lovely surprise touch!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was a very nice dinner with great service

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding dining experience! Wonderful cocktails and wine list. Food was prepared perfectly and served professionally. Perhaps a bit pricey, but all in all a delightful evening.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food, perfectly cooked and didn’t feel rushed. Steak was cooked to order, great wine list and oyster Rockefeller is a must for appetizer. The flavors compliment the oysters well.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food, everything I had was top notch!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place to eat . Especially if you are trying to wine and dine your significant other . Very classy and the food was great and my waiter was very nice . Thank you to the owner who actually stopped at my table and talked to me and my date . God Bless him. Go Eagles!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Live Sports, Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

My husband and I went there on our date night! With so many empty tables , the hostess put us st a table next to groups of people! They were celebrating so it was noisy! Our waiter was great and very attentive but for the food was mediocre and nothing really that especial! I don’t think will be back there again !!

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 1, 2018

loud but food and service good as always. Our server ASIA was very pleasant and effective.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was delightful and I strongly recommend the key lime pie.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

In Richmond for a dog show and absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. If you'e familiar with the original from Philadelphia, and miss it , its a must go and experience it all over again. I'm not a big seafood eater like my husband, and the kitchen prepared a lovely pasta entree for me.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Recently dined at Bookbinders for a special birthday dinner for 8 people. Really happy when we were seated in a separate alcove within the restaurant which gave us some privacy (also nice because we had a child in our party as well). They also printed up a special menu in advance with the name of our birthday guest at the top which was a nice touch. The food was great and served at a reasonable pace with no complaints on overall quality (the steaks were especially tasty). The menu is very pricey, but Bookbinders is a great choice for a splurge outing to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the food and service!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I'm remiss in not writing my review sooner of our Wedding Anniversary Dinner. My excuse is that if I wrote the review, the wonderful night would be over. Almost a month later I am savoring every moment of the ambiance, food, service and romantic atmosphere. Every single moment was perfection, from the moment we walked in, to receiving a beautiful table in the beautiful room, to the visit from Jayme Taxin (one of the owners), to the marvelous dessert -- it was absolute a great night. The steak was perfection, the side orders heaping and the table was absolutely stunning. Thank you for a night of perfection.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was AMAZING! However our server wasn’t the friendliest.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Quite pricey but not outstanding. Service was friendly but food came out quite slowly, considering the number of tables occupied. For the money, it needs to be better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food, and drinks were amazing as usual. There were a couple of large groups that occupied a large part our waitresses time, which is not the norm in our past visits. But it was still a terrific evening, and we will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We went for my girlfriends birthday dinner. Everything was great and they even customized the menu with her name on it. I highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere was great food superb.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, they took great care of us all evening, but pricey

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good experience here with my husband for my birthday dinner. Waiter never mentioned the occasion so we just let it be. Owner came by tables but missed ours as we were having a romantic moment. Not sure if that was intentional or to give us privacy. Steaks were juicy and delicious as was the raw tuna appetizer as well as the NE clam chowder. Great place for a special occasion or private function. A bit pricey but well worth it. We were returning guest who highly recommend and will return in the near future.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was a date night for me and the wife. We arrived 15 minutes early for out reservation and were seated immediately. Our waiter was on point all night and the appetizers and meals arrived in a timely manor.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I told them it was our anniversary and they made a custom menu with our names on it. How wonderful is that! From the appetizer to desert....outstanding. service was FANTASTIC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this restaurant! I've been twice, so far, and could not be more impressed by the food, service, and ambiance. Outstanding!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful 20th Anniversary dinner—everything was wonderful, as usual for Bookbinders!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was great we will definitely be back!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I try to go as often as I can. Its great with special friends and all enjoy the cozy atmosphere. The filets are the best in town and the Lobster mac and cheese is always a big hit. Still remains my favorite restaurant in Richmond. Like to get there about 45 minutes before seating to enjoy the bar, we love Morgan, she seems to always be there. We have had large groups there as well and they have great private accommodations.
Strongly recommend Bookbinders!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and ambiance was excellent. The waitress was horrible. She continuously reached across me to pour drinks and conduct refills. Most unacceptable was when she handed my wife coffee with spilled coffee on the saucer. I gave my coffee and clean saucer to my wife, handed my wife's coffee back to waitress, just to have her pour the coffee on her tray and hand it back to me. I immediately asked for a new cup of coffee with a clean saucer. I get better service at Starbucks and do not have to pay over $200 for a meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding! Everything was delicious and prepared perfectly!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really nice restaurant and the food was incredible. The stuff salmon and scallops were tremendous. The only negative is the atmosphere was dull, this includes the bar. Not a place for fun

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great spot! Would be perfect for Valentimes day... or Valentines, however you say it

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always have a good experience. Staff very hospitable. Wait staff was terrific. Our meals were excellent. Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The overall meal was good but not as good as previous visits. Food temperature wasn’t quite as hot as it should have been. My filet was butterflied without asking as I would normally expect the waiter to ask. Tyler did not ask me. The soup portion was tiny and not worth the $7 price. Creme Brûlée was also sub par and disappointing. We have dined here in numerous occasions including special o events and business dinners. Overall sadly, I would choose other steakhouses as my first choice rather than returning here anytime soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a great meal with a beautiful setting. Staff is professional, food is always amazing. Quiet and enjoy going here. Perfect for all occasions!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My husband and I visited Bookbinder’s on a very cold late December evening for his birthday dinner.
Unfortunately, we were not very hungry when it came time for our reservation, but we enjoyed our meal nonetheless.
We were greeted by a friendly server with water who happened to be our server for the evening. I ordered a Manhattan - with my requested Basil Hayden’s bourbon, and he ordered an old fashioned. Both drinks were very nice.
My husband had an arugula salad which was delightful, and we both ordered the rockfish entree, which was served over wild rice with a pecan sauce. We had a side of asparagus to share. We found the dishes to be enjoyable and had no complaints about our meals. We did not order steaks, however, we saw a neighboring table’s fillet mignon, and it looked great.
The ambiance in this place was a wonderful “loft” feeling, with exposed brick, and was decorated nicely for he holidays.
The menu is primarily seafood, and I would highly recommend for those who enjoy such. It would have been nice to see some non shellfish appetizers, as we would’ve likely ordered if that were he case.
The dessert menu was tantalizing, however we skipped dessert this time.
I would’ve been pleased if they would have done at least something for his birthday, as it was listed on our reservation. Our server did wish him a happy birthday when we were seated, but that was the extent of it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

A very modern menu with plenty of local farm to table choices mixed in with some Bookbinder classics--turtle soup, Caesar salad and large juicy steaks. Lots of seafood and fresh fish options for the non-beef eaters. Terrific and warm bar upon entering and a delicious meal followed. A great combination and a lovely evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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