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Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill

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415 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill presents an American Grill House menu combining the freshest product from Virginia’s best artisans. Our Award Winning Culinary team expertly creates dishes inspired by the culinary heritage of Virginia and the Eastern Seaboard. Please call for large reservations. *Special events subject to change. Please call to see what's new!*

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 415 people are saying
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NadleyO
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter Stephen was the best! food was amazing and so was the service. Already have another reservation to come back already!

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vipGeorgeV
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service -thank you Emily!
Excellent food!!
Glad the buffet is back!!
Very well balanced meal!!

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vipwillyh
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine breakfast, although the menu was extremely limited and not the same as the on-line version. Server was very friendly and efficient. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waited 20 minutes after being sat before I was greeted by anyone, then another 10 minutes to get my drinks, coffee and water. Food was good but over priced. Had VIP offer from my booking with 20% off meals, but it was not honored for some reason.

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vipGeorgeV
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service Emily!
Very fast service!
And excellent food!

Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thank you for your review! We enjoy having you and your wife dine with us.

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FrequentGuest
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Limited menu should be updated on your website. Understand CoVID and the limitations, simply want to adjust expectations

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DonK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The green beans tasted like hard plastic, and I didn't eat them.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our food and drinks were awesome. Our server guided us to make the best selection and everything was perfect. We got to sit out doors which was so nice. The is a great, relaxing property. Definitely recommend this resort.

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vipTerriK
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast, as always, with 4 generations of our family! The restaurant is lovely, the service is terrific, and the food is delicious! Highly recommend!

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, lovely atmosphere, delicious food, & friendly servers.

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WRussell
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My wife and I have dined here many times and enjoyed it. This was our anniversary and we wanted a special evening. The meals were awful, and my tuna was over cooked even though I requested it rare . The service was not what we usually receive at this restaurant.

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MekiaW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I enjoyed everything. Our server Chase was great very polite and pleasant.We appreciate all the efforts in keeping the environment safe. The food was great and music was very delightful.God Bless and Thank you Chase!

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EmilyG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food, my boyfriend and I enjoyed it overwhelmingly!

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vipTerriK
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful ambiance, and gracious, attentive service!

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vipTerriK
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience - great food, terrific service, wonderful environment!

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DavidT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating with great views.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service was extremely slow. The staff said it was due to transitioning from buffet to ala cart. I think they will get better with time. Just expect to wait for a while.

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DeniseR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Emily, was wonderful. She explained everything & was so warm & inviting. We will definitely be staying for the Brunch next time we go.

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TheHedges
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for Sunday brunch. Lovely atmosphere, great good. Highly recommend.

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roym
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought two of my friends this time and they loved it as well. We had Emily as a waitress again and she was fantastic as usual. Checks on you enough to be sure you have what you need but doesn't over hover. She was great with my grandchild.

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vipAngel
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband's first time there and he loved brunch!

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vipAmykh2
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks especially to our busses, Marc, and the manager for taking such good care of us.

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CandiceS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Very filling.

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EricS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I was very disappointed in the service and food. The main course was only warm, not hot. The server forgot bread for the table, soup spoon for soup, coffee for dessert, didn’t ask us at any time if we were enjoying our meal or needed anything, and many more things. When we asked the hostess to tell the manager about our experience, we never saw the manager. I gave my business card to the hostess and asked her to have the manager call me. That never happened. We won’t eat there again.

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vipJazz
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Food was cold we were very disappointed never experienced that before there!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. The food is always fresh, tasty, and excellent quality. Service is amazing. Very professional and courteous staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was not warm and I have had shrimp and grits with better flavor. My husband and mom felt the same about the filet

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ALBINOD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

It was not too bad!! But service was bad and the folks were not happy serving us! I was not impressed at all and I have always like this place except this one time!

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honestreviews
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We've been to this restaurant MANY times for brunch and lunch. People have told us it's great for dinner. Our family made reservations for dinner and arrived only to find out they had recently changed their menu and it is no longer a fine dining dinner by any stretch of the imagination. We decided not to stay and went elsewhere.

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MargaretG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Arrived for 345 pm seating. Band stopped at 4 = very disappointed.
Only raw, salad and dessert bars were above average. Hot food (basic breakfast food and other hot food" were hugely disappointing and def not worth the nearly $60pp price.
Most customers were incredibly underdressed for festive occasion and recommended attire from Swan Terrace website. Felt like we were at basic buffet restaurant (except for awesome raw bar).
Also, website did not mention that Terrace seating stopped at 3 pm. Therefore, we were sent to an
overflow ballroom with absolutely no atmosphere.

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chrisf
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This was the third time I have spent a holiday at the Swan Terrance. The first two times were excellent. This time was average. First, turkey and mashed potatoes were not offered. In the past, I looked forward to the various desserts. I was very disappointed with the limited selection. The couple I was there with had been there with me before. They were also disappointed. In the past, I would have urged people to go for the holidays. I don't feel the same. I may recommend the Swan Terrance for a meal but not for a holiday event/

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RonP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Disappointed. 2:30 reservations for Christmas buffet, checked in at 2:25 By 3:05 I had to inquire regarding seating and was told they are prepping our table now. No issue really since it's a buffet and you cannot control customers. However, we were led to a table that wasn't prepped, just cleared of dishes, but not wiped or restocked with utensils, drink menu, etc. There were at least 8 to 10 other tables with dirty dishes, terrible execution. About 5 minutes later we were greeted by our server. She clearly did not want to be there, took our drink order and we were pointed towards the buffet. The food was very good. The folks tending the buffet were great. We ate and ate. Our dirty dishes were not picked up, so we had to stack and stare at them. The folks next to us ordered tea and they got hot water, no tea, no cups and were clearly annoyed waiting for our server who disappeared. They interrupted another server for help and got it, happily. He also gave them 25% off the ticket. We didn't complain, I guess we should have. We rarely don't, but since I got a request for a review, here we are. The other servers seemed very happy and were providing great service. I guess we got the short straw. For $53 per person, we were expecting better than average food and we got it, but at that price, I am also expecting a great experience on Christmas Day and that we did not get. The whole experience seemed to be disjointed. No leadership was on the floor, no one asking about meals, service, etc. The facilities were gorgeous and 5 star. The food attempt was a good attempt at 5 star. The service, one star and the experience as a result, 2 star. Again, For $53 per person, we expected much more.

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LisaW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We attended the Christmas Day brunch. Decorations were lovely, welcoming staff happy to take pictures by the tree, and the food was delicious. Unfortunately, we had a really terrible waitress. We had a great bus boy who told the manager of our troubles and she took 25% of the total bill. I thought that was very good customer service. It was VERY busy, so I am sure they hired extra help for the day.

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BenjaminL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Christmas brunch/lunch was excellent, great variety, and outstanding service. We would attend again in the future.

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Doveseye
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Swan Terrace food was delicious and the ambiance of the restaurant was spectacular.....I will definitely come again.

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vipFoodie23456
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was not impressed with the Christmas Eve dinner here for 24 Dec 2019. I expected better quality of food products and more selection.

The salad bar was sad with one type of lettuce, 4 toppings, and 4 dressings. Sad cheese tray selection with no crackers. The hot bar was OK but the best part was the turkey. They had no chicken, prime rib, or anything fancy I was expecting. Brisket, turkey, and some beef shank or something loaded with fat. The bread rolls were hard as a rock and my boyfriend's 11-year old daughter commented reminded her of a dog bone. She wasn't wrong.

Lacking in good veggies. Roasted potatoes that were very dry, plain corn with some bacon pieces, roasted Brussel sprouts and acorn squash. None were great. Best part were the roasted squash. All were fairly bland and disappointing.

The raw bar was good with raw oysters, salmon and shrimp. The shrimp were a highlight for me. But not for $40 a person.

The dessert bar was awful. Terrible display outside the main area on a table - not manned, not refilled at the end of the night that was out of most items, the cakes were hard and lacking in flavor with whipped cheap icing, and there were no plates, no utensils and since no one was manning it the children trying to get cake slices had spilled them everywhere and torn up the cakes. I even had difficulty. They should've been separated neatly to allow easier pick up or smaller bites.

None of it was good. For $200 total. Not worth it and I would never come again. This was disappointing because I've always wanted to do this on Christmas Eve. Nope, now I know better. The other reviews are right.

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vipjoneslr
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas dinner buffet & delightful wintery, holiday decorations.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. This is our annual Christmas Eve family tradition for brunch. The food is fresh and delicious, service is fantastic and the ambiance is spot on. Highly recommend Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill brunch buffet on Sundays and holidays. Free mimosas and cider for the kids.

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LuvMy2Girlz
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 12th consecutive year we have attended the Teddy Bear Tea at the Founders Inn. This event never disappoints and remains a beloved Christmas tradition for our family. The buffet is perfect for the child-centric audience with every detail fully considered. The service is quick and kindness abounds at every turn. Thank you for another year of cherished memory!

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RaquelS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Swan Terrace was excellent!! The service was excellent too!

FAQs

Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 366-5777.

Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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