Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

4.7
2094 reviews
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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)!

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:15PM

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Average food extremely overpriced.

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VM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic and service impeccable as always!

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

Food was awesome and our sever was amazing. It was a great experience and I shall return every time I am in town.

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CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a party of 8 on Saturday the 8th. The service was terrible which was a shame because the food was good. It was probably due to our party size and the gratuity being already included in the price. The waiter could care less about pleasing us. Very unfriendly, dismissive and downright rude. It does go to show that an otherwise nice restaurant can be ruined by bad service. It is a reflection of management to let this happen . I would never go back and I would not recommend this establishment . Try Buckhead's instead. Very good food and service.

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MA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was excellent and presentation was lovely. I'm accustomed to eating fish at fine restaurants. . Will definitely eat here again when in Richmond.

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and our server was very nice. Would definitely go back!

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MJ
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Had petite filet with creamed spinach and loaded baked potato. Wine list in the process of being updated so they may not have the selection you choose. Note baked potato is very large and can easily be shared by 3-4 people.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here, late valentines dinner. Really enjoyed experience, price point a little high but overall great.. we will be back!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is an intimate, cozy feel to Bookbinders! The dinners were excellent, service fantastic and experience wonderful! We went for our anniversary. The restaurant had personalized the menu with a header of Happy 56th Anniversary! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the history of Old Bookbinders in Philadelphia (which we had visited previously) and the restaurant's move to Richmond.
His recommendations for menu items were through and spot on!

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food in the perfect atmosphere. You get what you pay for.

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FF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Patrice knew the menu and when she described or recommended a dish it tasted just as described. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner and his daughter who went table to table and spoke to all their guests. A rarity these days! We will be back!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

In Richmond for hockey this weekend and decided to splurge on a fancy dinner and Bookbinders did not disappoint. The Cajun Tuna appetizer is something you don’t want to pass up and the Filet Mignon was a perfect medium rare! Will definitely be back when back in town next year!

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s
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our sons 16th birthday and so we wanted it special. The food and service were outstanding!! Our server Rebecca was superb.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff great. Attentive without being overbearing. Cowboy cut ribeye quite possibly the vest I’ve ever had. I assume it just had salt and pepper but delicious. Lobster risotto delicious too. Would recommend.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location with a lot of history and charm. Host could use some polishing, we stood at the podium for a little while before he acknowledged us. They put us in a round booth even though the reservation was made as a business meal, someone missed that detail. Oysters were tiny, the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella sticks were awesome. Steak was amazing, portabello mushroom had a great taste but a little oily, asparagus was bland, cake was dry.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Rebecca, our server, was delightful. As far as the food goes...the bread was the best!

The rockfish was way too salty with too many capers. The heavy sauce overpowered the favor of the fish....I was unable to finish it... my husband did not care for it either. We had dinner out at another restaurant on Monday night. I ordered rockfish which was fabulous, amazingly prepared....could really taste the fish...well seasoned.

Lobster was ok, but not great and WAY TOO PRICEY...huge disappointment. We knew it was expensive; but my husband really wanted lobster; so we ordered it, it didn’t live up to the price...and it was tough.

The salad had too much dressing, should have been on the side. It tasted as if it had been made way ahead...greens limp..not fresh. However, the homemade dressing was very good.

I would like to see you do well, but your food did not live up to what we expected. I am sorry, but we cannot recommend Bookbinder's

We did appreciate the friendly chat with the owner who visited our table.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I attended Bookbinder's for our 7th Anniversary. From the initial greeting by staff, to the serving of the dessert, the experience was truly wonderful. I have to give an additional acknowledgement of Marcie, our waitress. What an incredibly friendly and professional young lady. She made the entire dining experience a memorable one. Thank you Marcie:)

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SS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing one of the best date spots ever a your date will fall even more in love with you after that experience.Really Great Night

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as was the service. We arrived early for our reservation and were promptly seated. The owner came to our table to chat with us and to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.

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BD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing the food, service the setting I will definitely be back! And please ask for Tim to be your server!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food/service/ambiance was amazing. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a superb meal.

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SA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The table was ready as soon as we walked in. The staff was very nice. and Food was amazing

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Bookbinders the food and service is excellent.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent experience

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RB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

My husband chose Bookbinders for Valentines Day for a romantic dining experience. Instead, we were seated facing the lobster tank in the bar, diminishing the overall ambiance. Service was underwhelming and food average.

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RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is unbelievable beautiful food is outstanding!!!!!

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AH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As always food was awesome, took care of my wife’s allergy’s and seating was prompt. For the first time ever, we felt rushed.

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KD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely my favorite restaurant in Richmond. The service not as good as normal but still exceptional

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service.Food was terrific! Bit expensive but overall nice place to enjoy with significant other!

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B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

For the price, the food was below average for taste. The side dishes were bland and main course taste average.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Our server was attentive and made our night so special. Will definitely be going back

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Perfect for romantic dates. The food took a while but was delicious.

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RB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak and lobster tail I ever had! Even the owner came and spoke with us briefly. Service was amazing!

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife said her salmon was the best she ever had hands down lol.

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KC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service was outstanding. What a great evening for my love and me to escape and focus on each other. We'll be back!

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim was great! The food was excellent steak and crab cake was great, the potato bites were a special treat and asparagus was perfectly cooked. 5+ stars!

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RJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambiance was excellent. However, despite this being a fine restaurant, everything on the menu is significantly overpriced.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best meal I’ve ever eaten. The coffee crusted filet was phenomenal and cooked perfectly. There was a unique flavor with the coffee crust that infused itself into the filet. The crab cake stuffed salmon was also unreal. Not too fishy or heavy. I had a wedge salad which was also well done. The drinks had generous pours of bourbon. And the creme brûlée was a perfect light cap dessert to the meal.

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