Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.7
1926 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
We are honored to have been selected as one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018, as Voted by OpenTable Diners, (based on an analysis of twelve-million reviews of more than 26,000 restaurants across the country)!

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!!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
2018 Dinner Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM-8:30PM
Friday-Saturday: 5:00PM-9:00PM

CLOSED ON SUNDAYS in 2018, except these December 9, 16, 23 & 30 with seating from 5:00PM-7:30PM

Closed: New Year's Day 2019
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Phone number
(804) 643-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Booth
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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.
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Private party contact
Lynne Cohen: (804) 908-9544
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th and East Cary Street
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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!
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
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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Frank was amazing. Eric birthday dinner was perfect

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TC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Bookbinders numerous times and just not in last 8 to 10 months. Did not disappoint !!! Same awesome staff, awesome food and ambiance.

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BO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from the time my date and I walked in. It was his birthday and everyone wished him a happy birthday. He loved how the menu had been printed with his name wishing him a happy birthday. Such a nice personal touch. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Great evening!

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TH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best time. We had 8 in our group and were celebrating 4 birthdays. We seemed to meet everyone in the restaraunt. Our group was fun and perhaps a little loud. The staff rolled with our games and the Owner- John was very personable. Heis very involved in the operations and takes much pride in Bookbinders. Food and service was excellent. Usually, we celebrate at Ruths Chris or Mortons.... No more! The custom experience they offer was second to none in Richmond!!!

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SW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

After hearing all the accolades regarding Bookbinders, I was excited to go there and celebrate my anniversary with my wife. I will preface this review by saying I have never written a disparaging review before. I supposed there is a first time for everything. We got there and was seated immediately. Our waiter asked how we were doing and we told him great and asked him the same. He said fine then complained he had to work on a Saturday. That set the tone for the evening. He was definitely not engaged with us during our meal. The wait staff was clearly confused about which meal belonged to which table, since they were checking each table to see if it was their meal they were carrying. Once the food arrived, after a lengthy wait, it was just average. I expect that meals priced at that level to be exceptional. I ordered lobster and steak. My lobster was overcooked and the filet mignon was nearly tasteless. Unfortunately, we didn't stay for dessert. We were expecting the same. I don't recommend Bookbinders. There are superior steakhouses in Richmond I would rather patronize.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the ambiance. The hostesses were friendly and professional upon our arrival! Our waiter did an excellent job serving our table but he seemed hesitant to swap out my friends side at her request. Other than that, he did good and still get a thumbs up.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for a significant anniversary after finding that Tobacco Co. (a 28 year favorite) was closed due to a fire. The ambiance and romance were similar as was the menu. One very nice touch at the start was a custom menu that wished us a happy anniversary by name. The prices were a bit higher, and the service/attention by staff, and preparation of the entrees were almost as good as what we have been accustom to at Tobacco Company.
We split a Ice Berg wedge salad with bleu cheese & bacon. It did not disappoint and was plenty for the two of us. My wife had the scallops and risotto and I had the petite filet Oscar style w/ asparagus.
The only real complaints were that the very limited amount of risotto and the Hollandaise sauce in the respective entrees. Both the quality and amount of scallops and filet (and crab Oscar) were wonderful and cooked to perfection and excellently flavored. Their "version" of petite, was a very thick 8 oz. meaty, expertly seasoned generous portion of steak, where most competitors would have had a 6 oz. at most.

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FL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate my Step Daughters 20 birthday. Customized menu for the occasion, quite, great food, unassuming.. Great evening and could not have been happier. Expensive - yes. Once in a lifetime event - priceless.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

20th Wedding Anniversary

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service. During dining, the owner visits each table and converses with guests, which I really appreciate and it also adds a personal touch to the restaurant.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly and were able to finish our meal within an hour of the reservation time. We greatly enjoyed our dinner; all entrees were delicious. I ordered the broiled stuffed salmon, which was phenomenal. Bookbinders is a must-try for Richmond.

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p
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible happy hour. Excellent appetizers. The salmon with crabcake was tasty and cooked perfectly

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FF
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was wonderful and ambience was great. Quiet and low lighting made for a nice evening.

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SR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extraordinary and the service perfection. This was my first time there, and I will certainly return.

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CP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a wonderful experience! I've never been disappointed.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Service was great. Food was amazing from appetizers to main meal. A little pricey but we'll worth it. Can't wait to make the hour drive back again soon. Parking was convenient

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GB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top notch service (Timothy)and meal. Miss bookbinders in philly, this was exceptional also.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to get away from the noise of life and found our whole experience exactly what we needed.

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L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While growing up my family and I visited Bookbinder's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My spouse and I don't eat out often by choice, but when we do and it is a special occasion, we go to Bookbinder's, because it is special to me. It still is a restaurant of high quality: the food, the atmosphere, the service. However, it would also be great for dates and business meetings, and other everyday occasions.

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G
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, the food was DELICIOUS! The sides are family style and well worth the price. Try their crab cakes! SO FRESH! This is a great date spot, and the outside is bery romantic. It’s high end dining without bankrupting you like the Jefferson. Definitely a great choice!

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TB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend this past Saturday for her birthday. Let me tell you, is blown away with the atmosphere and superior customer service. Out waitress was very friendly and patient. It was nice to see the owner came out and talk to the customers. The food (steak) was topnotch. Even though it was pricey, I would definitely eat there again, because of the great service. I want to thank the staff for a great job and going the extra mile for my girlfriend birthday. It was a day we want forget 😊

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NY
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great steaks and good service. Wine list and cocktails were also very nice. Great setting for a quiet meal but equally nice for business conversation if not too loud. Manager/owner makes a point of visiting every table to talk to guests, but it’s not overwhelming and pushy.

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JG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Fantastic food and a great atmosphere!

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JM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son’s birthday!! Food was delicious and our server Jeanette was awesome😍

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SS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant on the planet! Book Binders can always be counted on for perfection.

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We had our 10 year Anniversary and they made us feel special.

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YB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious from the wine to the appetizers, main dishes to the luscious key lime pie and frangelica with coffee. Never disappoints. Always fantastic.

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RR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vey nice setting in historical part of town. Staff and management very courteous and attentive. Food--excellent! Crab was outstanding. Prices are fine, not too expensive. Highly recommended!

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect choice for a special occasion (40th anniversary). Although pricey ( which we knew after looking at the online menu), the food was superb. We both had the seared tuna and shared lobster Mac n cheese, in addition to appetizers. Our waiter, Chris, was helpful and he took very good care of us, coming around to fill wine and water glasses, and checking in just enough. Even the owner stopped by.
The reviews I read before choosing Bookbinder’s were spot on, and I feel reviews are so helpful, hence I wanted to contribute also.
We are from out of town, and I read lots of reviews before choosing Bookbinder’s. Glad I made such a great choice, and thanks Chris for taking a picture of us so we can remember our wonderful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing dinner at Bookbinders. I had an awful week and really just needed some pampering. Dinner, drinks, and dessert were excellent, and the service was perfect--just the right balance of attention and interaction. I can easily see having a nice date night or special occasion dinner here.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here for my 5 year anniversary. Staff was very professional, food was varied and picture perfect and the ambiance was very classic RVA! I highly recommend!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with out of town guests for my 44th birthday was an exquisite success. I told them we would have the BEST Crabcakes in RVA, and Bookbinder's didn't disappoint. The service & food are always impeccable! As always, thanks for a great celebration & dining experience.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing. Refer to photos.

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LN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Bookbinder’s! It’s our go to place for special occasions and for the once in awhile dining out occasions. The place is beautiful, the service is impeccable, and the food is always excellent. The Snapper Soup is outstanding and I get it every time I go. It’s a Richmomd restaurant not to be missed. It’s truly a special event every time we go.

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SS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary on a Monday evening. Not too crowded. Ample parking in the lot across from the entrance. The menu acknowledged our anniversary. Excellent steak and seafood. Wonderful service. We shall return!

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t
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bookbinders is always exceptional. We went there for our anniversary and they had a special message in the menu for us. Joseph did a great job taking care of us and the food was delicious. From beginning to end, it was a wonderful anniversary dinner.

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ST
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Tom, was very attentive and even offered to take our pictures. He left us alone when he saw we were engaged in conversation and came back when he saw we needed something. Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Ambiance was great.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent all around

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R
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delightful dining experience, excellent, perfectly prepared food, expertly served by Timothy, in a quiet, dignified ambience that makes conversation easy. We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were pleasantly surprised to see at the top of your menu, "Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. (our name). My favorite restaurant in Richmond.

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C
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak and service, but pricey. Good for a very special occasion.

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