Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

4.6
279 reviews
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Contemporary American
Speakeasy - Richmond, Virginia.
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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great service, incredible food

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S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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J
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GG
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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P
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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BF
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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RG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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m
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambiance.

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DN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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PK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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JW
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

The Burlesque Brunch was so.much.fun!

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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!

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
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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OT
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
27 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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