Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Speakeasy - Richmond, Virginia.
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JA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

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.

f
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

LS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and good fun !

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!’

KW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We'll definitely go back next time we are in the area!

EM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! My group had a great time and our hostess was the best!! Food and drinks were amazing...Love this place!!

T
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice surprise in Richmond! Great food and atmosphere along with an extensive selectiom of whiskey/bourbon and other drinks.

BJ
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience here. The food and drinks although a little pricey, we’re delicious and the service was exceptional!

JB
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun place to go, and the food is good - we've been there twice now, and will definitely go again.

E
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very cool needing a password to enter the secret door. The veggie Pot Pie and flour less torte were amazing.

R
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Enjoyed the speakeasy theme. Well done!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great service, incredible food

S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

J
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Fun cocktails. I will definitely be back. !

GG
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!!!

P
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

All the staff and the atmosphere were great. However the food leaves a lot to be desired. Probably won't go back.

KG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

BF
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

RG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day lunch was the occasion and as usual everything was spot on. Thanks all for making it a great day

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

m
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and ambiance.

DN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleased to find great food and service in a fun atmosphere! The cocktails and Brie appetizer were especially delicious.

PK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely fantastic. It had a great atmosphere, delicious drinks and food and wonderful service.

AB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

JW
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

MT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Burlesque Brunch was so.much.fun!

SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique restaurant experience! Great food, fun themed bar beverages, great service. Plus a password is required!

BH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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!

TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. This was our second time there.

LL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great hidden gem! Amazing food though the menu is limited. They shine in their cocktail offerings!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.