Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.8
1861 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 for:
Sunday, June 17th, 2018, (Father's Day)- with seating from 4:00PM-7:00PM
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, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 4th and Labor Day 2018
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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
What 1861 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Started at bar as it was happy hour pricingordered clams casino which were dissapointing. At table for snapper soup- a bookbinders classic and always yummy , good bread. Main course was cold seafood appetizer. Half lobster yummy. Shrimp stole the show. Crab Limps sweet. Oysters just so so All in all a deluxe meal in a lovely spot and a bit of old philly nostalgia minus the oyster crackers and horseradish

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F
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely perfect experience. The food was nothing short of perfect and our service was extremely fast and attentive, best dinning experience in RVA or anywhere for that matter.

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LC
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic service and wonderful food. They had a personalized menu for our anniversary celebration, which I thought was a very nice touch.

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RT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great restaurant to go to I stop every time I’m in town I’ve always had a great experience

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OT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Gave us a private room for a business meal (which was a great surprise). Food was incredible. And the staff was fabulous. A favorite go to in Richmond especially for business dinners.

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K
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The crab cake is excellent and well done. There is no filler that clouds the flavor. It would be interesting to learn where the meat originates. It is a pleasant place to sit quietly.

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DW
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My past dinners at Bookbinders have been favorable and what is to be expected from a fine diner. This time, however, the service and main course fell below par and certainly not what one would expect when spending $100+ per head. First, the server must have been assigned too many tables as the drink order, initial order and follow up service was quite slow. I wouldn't expect to have to ask for a 2nd drink but did. perhaps this was a result of being short staffed (?). The meal was good but unspectacular. The topping on the special must have just come from the freezer/frig as it was still cold and not melted... the steak was also relatively cold (like it set out too long prior to being served). All-in-all a disappointing experience given the price. We were also reminded that the menu was reduced due to the coming 4th of July Holiday (which probably should have been noted prior to the reservation).

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SM
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

My wife had been wanting to try Bookbinders for years, so I finally booked it for a date to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement. They greeted us with a menu that celebrated our occasion! Had delicious seafood with the stuffed lobster special and the Kona coffee encrusted filet. Everything we had from the appetizer, calamari, soup, their world famous snapper soup, salad, the tobacco row special, and entrees were all fantastic. Totally recommend it for a special night out.

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DL
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Best prime rib I’ve ever had. Great service by Patrice

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BT
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We have been here before and both times it was wonderful. The food was fantastic, the waiter was helpful with the menu, gave recommendations, and friendly. I never felt rushed to order, eat, or leave. No one hovered, but I never felt like we were neglected. It was a perfect balance of taking care of the customer while allowing us to enjoy our time. The building is beautiful with the combination of industrial and exposed brick. Don't hesitate to try this. It's a must-do in Richmond.

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HP
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We were in town for college orientation and the parents all wanted to go out for a nice meal. The group decided on steak, and and wanting to have a more authentic Richmond experience we chose here as opposed to Morton’s. I would say based on our experience this is definitely a level below Morton’s but at some of the same prices. While I think every enjoyed their meal, no one was blown away by it and the only thing everyone raved about was the warm bread. I think we would have rather been raving about our steaks and seafood but that wasn’t the case tonight. Sides were just ok too, and cocktails mediocre. Great ambiance and good service, I just feel like the kitchen needs to step it up a notch. Again it wasn’t awful but I feel like I’ve made some better steaks at home for much less. It was a little disappointing.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Out of town visitors

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TJ
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I absolutely look Bookbinders. Everything was SOO GOOD. I have been here many times and have not had a bad experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Everything was amazing from the time I walked in the door until the time I left. Dinner was great, the atmosphere was great, the service was amazing.

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T
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

It had been a while since eating here and now I'm wondering why it HAD been so long! Great service and food on a quiet Monday night. Crab cake was amazing as was the lobster mac and cheese and the filet was perfect temp. The chocolate pate had the freshest whipped cream and berries. Yum.

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T
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Wonderful as always...Bookbinder's is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. In this instance, it was anniversary # 49. We can be sure that the food is what we like and the service is accommodating if we have requests. For us, it is one of those "worth the drive" places. Thank you for the manner in which you serve your patrons and for the delicious dinner.

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J
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Having read the reviews regarding the noise level, we went early hoping to avoid that annoyance. Alas, a very loud table came in right beside us. I suppose the restaurant can’t do anything about inconsiderate guests.... I had a very good salad with seafood on top. We enjoyed that part of town and recommend Bookbinder’s.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The atmosphere, the service and the food were excellent and a great way to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with friends. My wife and I have dined at Old Original Bookbinder’s on a number of occasions in the past and have always had a great experience. We will certainly be going back to Old Original Bookbinder’s in the future.

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RB
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

One of the best crab cakes that I've eaten outside of my own home (and I lived in Maryland for years). The service could not have been better, anywhere.

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g
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great hosts , excellent table for party of 6. A special thank you for the cordial and professional service of all the staff and the special occasion details.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Another amazing experience! Thank you!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Wonderful way to celebrate

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TF
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Went for our 49th wedding anniversary, They produced a special menu with our names and date on it for us. The food and wine are fantastic. I ordered steak rare and that is how it came, wife got lobster. We shared and had way too much food. Will go back again on another special occasion.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Perfect night for eating out on patio; celebrating a granddaughter event. Just perfect!

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SP
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. The waitress was very friendly. If you are looking for a great value then this type of restaurant is not for you. The crab cake I had was the best I have ever had! I felt the price was in line with the food and service you would expect to get from a nice restaurant. I highly recommend it.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good food and great atmosphere

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JD
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The occasion was a very special birthday celebration. We had excellent service and the food was delicious.

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SR
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Celebrated my husband and sister-in-law’s birthday. Everything was excellent. Initially, I booked for a party of 10. I had to increase the reservation to 14 and was able to do so with no issues. Upon arrival our section was ready. The restaurant is very intimate. I ordered the Petite Filet which was so tender I could have cut it with a fork. It was seasoned to perfection. Others ordered the fried shrimp, lobster Mac n cheese, and stuffed salmon. We all sampled each other’s food because it was so good. We brought a cake with us and our server had the cake sliced and served us. This place is simply amazing. My first experience at Bookbinders was far above my expectations and I’m looking forward to returning.

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K
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Went for my one year anniversary and it was amazing. The food & service was great. I also liked how the owner walked around and made everybody feel welcome!

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E
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Had a business dinner at Bookbinders. First, great ambiance. Great service. Not over the top but comfortable and friendly. The wine list was well done. The food was great. We had both seafood and steak dishes and were very satisfied. Prices were good considering the caliber of the entire restaurant.
You cannot go wrong with eating here.

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JH
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This was our first time here. Several friends have told me it was there favorite . I can see why, both the food and service were excellent.

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T
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was delicious and I appreciated that our waitress seated us in a corner booth where it was a little more quiet (at first). The problem was that the restaurant began to fill up and it became very noisy very quickly. What started out as a quiet, intimate dinner turned into a waiting game to finish dessert and leave. In the booth next to us, a waiter seated three women who were not eating dinner but drinking cocktails and loudly chatting. A little later, a party of five was seated at a round table close to us, throwing back whiskey sours and talking loudly about business. It was a little much to handle at the dinner hour when I was trying to enjoy steak and crab cakes. I don't blame the restaurant for loud parties, but I wish there was an area where they would seat larger drinking parties and a separate area where they would seat quiet dinner parties of two. Would make the restaurant much more appealing.

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MB
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent restaurant!! Service was spot on and food was fantastic! Sound attenuation needs a little work as room was only half ful but fairly loud (truthfully it was one group speaking over each other!). We really enjoyed our time there.

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JC
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The steaks were good but the flavor was nothing to write home about- not worth the $48 price tag.

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FR
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We always heard good things about Bookbinders, but now we can say from personal experience that the food and the ambience truly are exceptional.

My NY Strip was pure perfection - Most places have difficulty doing "Medium-Well" steak, but the Chef "nailed it!"

My wife said the Crab Cakes were the best she's ever had - She was impressed that there was not even a hint of filler, and they were succulent, fresh and moist. Our sides included a huge baked potato and pan-seared broccoli, and they were also cooked to perfection.

The meal and the atmosphere (including the passing train, which delighted my "train-loving" wife) made our 31st Anniversary one to remember.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We went here for our anniversary and it was absolutely perfect!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Dinner was great and loved the ambiance.
Was traveling through Richmond and glad we were able to enjoy.

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GP
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Superb dining experience. Filet cooked and seasoned to perfection.Vegetarian risotto excellent. Potatoes and sides we're tasty. Our waiter was attentive as were the other staff members. Bookbinders atmosphere with the dark wood and exposed brick evoke an older relaxed time.

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SD
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

First time and it was delightful. Food was great and tasty. Free parking was available. I would recommend this restaurant and hope to return again very soon.

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