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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!
Richmond, VA 23223
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
2018 Dinner Hours:
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
24th and East Cary Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******
Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the yellow link at the top of our homepage. Please share this information with all of the guests in your party. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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 8-17 years and are the uppermost professionals in Richmond, earning consistent Open Table awards, eight years running.
Private Party Contact:
Lynne Cohen: (804) 908-9544
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Through the whole night my girlfriend and I felt discriminated against for simply being 20 years old. We had to wait 10 minutes for our server to even stop by and give us water. We weren’t informed what the soup of the day or specials were, the only way we found out was from other servers telling couples around us. Our server Asia told us that she straight up forgot to give us bread, after we were already were done with our appetizer. Meanwhile she would walk right by us and act like we were invisible, another server had to keep refilling our water because she would never check on us. Once our entrees were brought out my girlfriend didn’t receive any dressing for her seafood salad for about 15 minutes. We resorted to asking the same server who kept filling up our water because he was around doing his job. Not to mention she never once came and ask how everything was and how we were doing. Asia, the server, finally made it around to put my girlfriends food in a to go box proceeding to ask if we wanted desert. We politely declined the offer and she responded with “aww you sure”. So if we declined desert and had our dinner packaged up, the assumption could be made that we were ready for the check but Asia came and dropped off the food not bringing the check until another 15 minutes. It took about 25-30 minutes just to pay the check. Through the entire night Asia was very unprofessional for the type of restaurant Book Binders claims to be and honestly didn’t feel like we were worth her time because we were younger. To some it up the expectations we had going into the night were not even matched to lowest extent. I was very disappointed!
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.
Everything was very good to excellent with only one exception. I ordered the Mahi Mahi grilled not blackened. It came grilled but with a blackening spice on it. The meat was tender and juicy and very delicious but I was obliged to try to remove the spices from the entree in order to enjoy my meal. Service by Asia was terrific. She was very attentive but not overbearing. The ambiance of the restaurant is fantastic.
We have a family of 4 Christmas dinner at a notable steak house each year (e. g. Ruth Chris, Buckheads). Entire family has not dined at Bookbinders including 17 yr. old and 22. yr. old. Food was tasty and steaks on par with Ruth Chris; however, service was less than lackluster. We felt rushed an service staff seemed bothered to serve us.
Went for Christmas dinner. The food was outstanding! There was a limited menu for the holiday, but a variety of choices in each course to choose. The atmosphere was pleasant although not overly done with Christmas decorations. Overall I think it was a little over priced for the occasion.
Whenever I visit Richmond I always make it a point to eat at Bookbinders. Their Kona Rubbed Filet is to die for. The service is always great although this time our waiter forgot to bring our soup and salad course, so we went from appetizers to the main course.
From drinks to steaks to wine to service and visit from owner to assure same, a most impressive experience. Have lived in RVA since 86 and never visited this location though were familiar with former soutbside location before it closed. Should have visited before and duty will return. Well done indeed.
It was my wife's and my 1st Wedding Anniversary! Neither of us had been there, so I decided to surprise my wife with reservations! I'm SO happy that I did! Food was great, but the service and ambience was even better! Even had a customized "Happy Anniversary" menu waiting for us! And to top it off, the owner came over and doled out some excellent marital words of wisdom! Highly recommend!
honestly, i expected more after all i'd heard about bookbinders. plus, i stay away from the chains and try to dine local whenever i possibly can. that said, the service was sub-par. they seemed annoyed that we showed up with a group of 12 people. i mean, it's christmas time and they're the "premier, non-chain steakhouse" in richmond. it's time to step it up. the apps were decent and everyone enjoyed their steaks well enough, but i actually had to send my steak back (twice!) to get it cooked the right way. that's like a ticket to the dance for a steakhouse: bring it out, have your customers cut it, and ask if the temp is right. didn't happen. for a $50+ steak - you need to get it right at some point. after the second attempt i just gave up. the owner was super-nice and gave us a gift card, but i still feel compelled to tell it like it is, because open table asked. i'll give it another go and if things are better i'll be back to update this.
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