Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

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254 reviews
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Contemporary American
Speakeasy - Richmond, Virginia.
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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We really loved the entrance. I was afraid it would be cheesy but it wasn’t. The restaurant part was beautiful. We loved the attire for the wait staff. Excellent cocktails. Was disappointed that we saw a smoked bourbon being prepared at a table but ours wasn’t. Waitress said that it’s only done at the bar but we saw differently. Waitress hopefully was just having an off day because she was not engaging or attentive. Had some interaction with other wait staff who appeared to be delightful. Overall, definitely worth a visit! Great food and drinks with a cool atmosphere.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were top notch, food was great, atmosphere was very fun!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! I’ll definitely dine here again.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

4 of us went to check this out, very much anticipating a great experience. We were not greeted with any enthusiasm by the hostess, the server seemed to not want to be waiting on us, despite the place being quite empty. The prices were comparable to what you would expect from a nicer place, but were not justified for the service or lack of attentiveness by the staff.
The food was good, but didn't wow us enough to return.

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DS
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun concept, lively bar scene, food was inconsistent - some exceptional and some was above average.

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JK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere- great drinks- late night apps also very good- not cheap by any means though

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WC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, and the food was outstanding!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience here. The food was terrific, servers were great, and the ambiance was very nice.

We will be booking many more special occasions here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The enclosed patio is the best! You can be outside but not worry about street smells!

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RV
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. Drinks pricey but yummy!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, cool place to go with the bootleggers theme.

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

Food was delicious for all three dinners served. Waitress very helpful with recommendations and being attentive without interrupting conversation. Great place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved the atmosphere and the food was great. We would love to get more vegetarian entrees on the menu but we will be returning.

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I was a little disappointed in the entry/ book store. I expected it to be more realistic of a vintage book store and not just a book shelf.
The atmosphere was perfect, not to bright and not too loud. My friend and I could hold a normal conversation. The food was very delicious and well prepared. A little pricey.
The only small complaint was the service. Our waitress only came to our table three times in the three hours we were there. Two of those times we had to stop another waitress to go get her; one so we could order our dinner and two for our check.
Otherwise a really awesome bar and restaurant.

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

I might suggest enforcing a stricter dress code. It would help to accentuate the vibe your going for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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EL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday.

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LB
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hand crafted cocktails and amazing food in a super cool atmosphere. Do yourself a favor and visit this establishment. WORTH IT!!!

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Unlike other speakeasy's, they serve food. Extensive cocktail menu. Make sure you get the password from Facebook, or you better have a funny joke ready. Finding street parking can be a problem.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food didn’t have much flavor. The cocktails were a little light on booze. Service was decent. I enjoy Richmond’s food scene and frequent several restaurants throughout the city. Grandstaff did not live up to what I’ve come to expect from a RVA dining establishment. Being a “speak easy” I didn’t expect the food to be as good as say, Roosevelt or Chez Foushee, but the cocktails didn’t do it for me either.

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MK
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch so didn’t get the whole speakeasy experience. Food was excellent. Great crab cakes, duck wings were very tasty. Would love to go for dinner and get the whole experience.

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TH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I came and left early because we didn’t know it was Burlesque night, as we were looking for a quieter evening, our fault for not checking. However ee would come back in a heartbeat to watch the show. Always love the decor and vibe. We’ll definitely be back.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty cool spot. From the hidden entrance to the cool decor, we rather enjoyed eating and drinking here

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A
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

It took about 30 minutes to be greeted by our waitress, and then another 15-20 to receive a drink. After spending over an hour there and having so little interaction with our waitress that we were only able to order 1 drink we decided to just leave.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for my first time on a first date and this place is so underrated. Great decor and wonderful music, relaxing atmosphere, service was good. My date and I got one drink each. I tried thw rusty nail (I think thats what it was called anyways) and he got the smoked old fashion. We both enjoyed our drinks and we shared the brie bread app. Quality appetizer for sure. Server checked on us even after we paid and brought us more water without asking. It was a great experience. I will definitely be back. Thank you for the great experience.

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CC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was real good just pricey for what you get and it's really no different from anywhere else. It's a good place to go for special occasions but plan on spending no less than $100.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere! Enjoyed the mules and dinner!

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LD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good, knowledgeable about menu items

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eat Rib Eye steaks!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Our service was on point and the food and drinks were amazing as always.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Was seated quickly by nice hostess but for 10 minutes no water, no hello, no we will be with you, no waitstaff. They eyeballed us and everyone kept passing by our table. We left after 15 minutes as still no one came to our table. They were not packed and at least three waitresses passed our table without a word.

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n
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was awful. We reserved through Open Table and apparently were supposed to have a password, but none was provided. We were greeted by a snarky receptionist who grumbled about Open Table and then sat us at a wobbly table. Our server was slow and smug. The restaurant has a cute concept but it's definitely not worth the eye-rolling attitude.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The NY strip was one of the best steaks I have ever had. My wife loved her grouper. The bartenders make great mules.

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BW
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, cool vib. First time here. You must know the password though. Throw back to yesterday drinks and great food. We had apps and drinks and definitely will be back.

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DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Waitstaff was great. Drinks were stellar. Food? Meh. I got the gnocchi after being disappointed the drool worthy vegetable pot pie was no longer on the menu. The huge pile of gnocchi were severely overcooked and literally stuck to the roof of my mouth. There wasn't much sauce, or many mushrooms or pine nuts (as described). My husband fared a bit better with his fried oyster appetizer and scallop dinner.

We'd go back for drinks maybe but probably not for dinner.

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MT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

i was very disappointed with the food. Bland and boring. Beet salad - no flavor and the shrimp pasta was very buttery.

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ST
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat setup. Great food and great drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was really nice. The staff were attentive, and well trained. The food portions were small.

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Z
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun atmosphere. Good food and service. Would go back again without hesitation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing appetizers!!

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