Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers
They advertise brunch but called me the day before our reservation to let us know they only do it once a month. We were okay with that but when we showed up, they had one person acting as the hostess, bartender, and server for the whole restaurant. I booked our 20 person reservation a week in advance. Due to the under-staffing, it took over 45 minutes for every person to get a drink and then we were asked about food. The food wasn't bad but the restaurant came across lazy and not managed well.
I found this restaurant on Open Table, then searched Trip Advisor for further reviews and then went to the website. I was VERY intrigued! This place DID NOT disappoint! Do the research on the website and go to The Juice Joint to find the current password (changes weekly) - you’ll need it when you get into the lobby of the restaurant ;). I won’t go into further detail, b/c I want you to enjoy some surprises :) The food and service were spectacular! We really felt like we stepped back in time. This speakeasy style restaurant nailed it!!! Their drinks were amazing - I enjoyed a specialty drink, while my husband tried an old fashioned. The food was also delicious! We had crab dip to start. He got the ribeye and said it’s one of the best he’s had. I got Osso Bucco - if it’s on the menu (which is rarely seen), I get it! It was delicious!! We cannot wait to go back!!!
Good food and good fun !
GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!’
Amazing! We'll definitely go back next time we are in the area!
My boyfriend and I went here on a whim to celebrate his birthday and we had a great time. Cocktails were great, the meatball appetizer was great, and our entrees were delicious! Will definitely be coming back.
Great experience! My group had a great time and our hostess was the best!! Food and drinks were amazing...Love this place!!
Nice surprise in Richmond! Great food and atmosphere along with an extensive selectiom of whiskey/bourbon and other drinks.
It's a super fun concept with the speakeasy entrance and great specialty cocktails. All of our food was very good and well worth the cost. I already have recommended this place to many people. Would absolutely go again.
Had a wonderful experience here. The food and drinks although a little pricey, we’re delicious and the service was exceptional!
This is a fun place to go, and the food is good - we've been there twice now, and will definitely go again.
We went out with friends. Super fun concept! The food was delicious! We are all gluten free and the server knew all about it and was able to answer our many questions. The food was delicious! Will definitely go back!
It was very cool needing a password to enter the secret door. The veggie Pot Pie and flour less torte were amazing.
Good food. Enjoyed the speakeasy theme. Well done!
Great ambiance, great service, incredible food
It's fine. Just because you go behind a bookcase doesn't make it a speakeasy, needs more substance and character. Drives me crazy when I see employees leaning behind the bar, on cell phones, whispering and pouty faced - ruins it every single time.
The food was delicious. Fun cocktails. I will definitely be back. !
I decided to have some of my friends join me for the burlesque brunch. We had an absolute great time! The performers were so talented too! The drinks were awesome as well!!!
All the staff and the atmosphere were great. However the food leaves a lot to be desired. Probably won't go back.
Went here for my husband's birthday, we were treated incredibly well by the staff and the food was to die for. Will return, especially to get a Pirate's Handcuff again!
We don't want to expose any of the "secrets" that make this place special, but this is a gem in Richmond. Go find out for yourself.
Father’s Day lunch was the occasion and as usual everything was spot on. Thanks all for making it a great day
We made a reservation for brunch for a Sunday morning. We did not have an opportunity to try the brunch as they only served lunch at that time. It would have been a great idea for the hostess to call to let us know this prior to coming. The waitress indicated that the only time brunch is served is during their burlesque brunch... Great cocktail options but the menu leaves something to be desired. We will be back at another point to try more cocktails as the waitress indicated the ambiance is better after dark.
Loved the vibe, the cocktails, the service, and the food! A fun place for just drinks or a special dinner! I thought the decor was great, would love to see it played up even more.
Great food, staff and ambiance.
We were pleased to find great food and service in a fun atmosphere! The cocktails and Brie appetizer were especially delicious.
A little family celebration on a Sat night at 7:30. It's a cute but kitschy idea - my son thought the password idea was a bit dorky, my daughter thought it was fun. Except for the waitstaff dressing like flappers, it looks like nice bar with wooden tables - nothing overdone. Also a small outdoor area. The drinks were interesting and well made. The menu is mostly standards - but they are very well done. Including the desserts. We all enjoyed it a lot - not sure when we will return given the variety of restaurants in Richmond. Our waitress said their menu changes twice a year - we'll probably go back to check out the new one for dinner. But would also be a good place to think about for drinks after a downtown event.
This was absolutely fantastic. It had a great atmosphere, delicious drinks and food and wonderful service.
I took my mom here for mother’s day. Walking through the bookcase to get to the restaurant was so fun. The food was great and there are so many choices for drinks. The ambience was perfect for the day. Neither of us can hear real well when the background noise is too loud so we loved that we could have a regular conversation over our meal. Nice choice of music also. As a lover of all music, it was nice to hear some good old jazz/blues for a change.
Ambiance was very cool, super fun! Food was very good, service was timely, although a little snarky when we said we didn’t want alcohol... we know it’s a speakeasy, but it does have other accolades. Price was very reasonable as well. Will definitely return!
We were a party of 6 that traveled 2 hours for this reservation and were seated right away. Drinks were great. Our food came quickly but was hit or miss according to those in our party. Some loved it, some said it was “nothing special.” It did appear that the wait staff was swamped. The venue was nicely appointed with a comfortable speakeasy feel as advertised. The noise level was off the chart for mid-day dining. The acoustics for the restaurant are not good at all. Overall we had a pleasant experience as a group but personally I would not make a return trip.
Enjoyed Grandstaff completely. The atmosphere is relaxing from the start. Parking is street parking which can be an issue on Main. Barebones yet fun place. Exactly what I imagine you would find in a Speakeasy. We had Mother's day brunch for 7 with drinks total bill 206.00. Dinner is a good deal more expensive. Brunch was delicious. Smoked salmon eggs benedict; crabcakes; full breakfast. All were happily satisfied. We will be back. Restaurant is darker for effect but they did turn it up a notch when we all bought out our flashlight apps. We were in the front corner though. Bathrooms are clean and easily accessible.
Food was amazing and the price was spot on. Staff was great. Only part we didn’t like was the barrel table chairs being so uncomfortable.
I highly recommend them!
Richmond's hidden gem. Exceptional food that is perfectly prepared and libations that are very unique. The staff is "all in" to make the experience the best it can be. The atmosphere is amazing! Looking forward to the next time I can go back.
The Burlesque Brunch was so.much.fun!
Unique restaurant experience! Great food, fun themed bar beverages, great service. Plus a password is required!
I want to love this place so bad! I’ve been three times and every time the service is not that great and the ambience grows drearier and more neglected. The only thing that saves the experience are the cocktails. GSBS should take the time to put some love back into the place. So much potential!
Absolutely love this place. This was our second time there.
Great hidden gem! Amazing food though the menu is limited. They shine in their cocktail offerings!
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.