Julep's New Southern Cuisine

4.4
299 reviews
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Julep's was named one of Richmond's “Top Seven Sensations” by Richmond Magazine. The professional and friendly staff, elegant atmosphere and charm of this historic building create a hospitable setting to remember. Julep's captures the essence of the south's unique culinary flair with dishes inspired by the local fares of Charleston, Savannah and new Orleans.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Continental
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 4:30-7:00 (Great appetizer and drink specials daily)
Bar: Monday-Saturday: 4:30
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 377-3968
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Tlusty
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N 5th st.
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Parking details
There several pay parking lots located at the following:
5th and Broad Streets
7th and Grace Streets
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried green tomatoes I've ever had. My husband really enjoyed his shrimp and grits appetizer. The bottomless Julep mimosa is a must! We can't wait to go back!

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OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my first visit since Julep's opened for brunch. I live in the neighborhood and was super excited to see another opportunity for a good brunch spot. The food was reasonably priced for the quality and portions. There is a make your own Bloody Mary option, which is a great idea, but the drink itself was just okay. Our server was very efficient and effective, but wasn't particularly outgoing; a little stone-faced, which isn't terrible but it was enough for my group of six women notice. Great vibe, really well appointed. I will return because it's SO convenient to my home and the setting is very pleasant, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to come back. Richmond has too many excellent restaurants for any one place to be just good. I think you have to be very good to great to compete.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had been to Juleps at this location about a year ago and had been wanting to return. The food was excellent, start to finish, absolutely nothing disappointed and a great deal of it excelled from appetizers through dessert.

It was, however a busy Saturday night, and the service was excellent, but very slow. You could see the servers really trying, but they had a lot to cover. Part of that problem may have had the same source as the high noise level. We had remembered this as a restaurant with great food and a noise level that permitted good conversation. Unfortunately there was a birthday party that got increasingly louder throughout dinner culminating in a few guests shouting obscenities to cap off their evening.

That didn't ruin dinner, but it left us rating Julep's a little lower than we would have otherwise. Go for the wonderful food, and hope that there isn't a birthday party!

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AJ
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a truly eye opening dining experience for Richmond dining. Most travels trek to Morton's, Ruths Chris, Tobacco Company, etc. etc. But dear friends, Richmond is more than that. Juleps would be welcomed in most towns including NYC and Chicago. The food was absolutely wonderful and the service impeccable. The drink, beer, and wine list has something for everyone. Definitely worth a side trip down 95 if you're in the vicinity. And if you are worried about gluten, they accommodate, diet restrictions - yes

For my wife:
Black Creek Farm Mix Greens // Chevre (Humbolt Fog?), Freeze dried fennel, etc. etc.

Pan Seared Scallops // Woodson Mill Polenta, Tomato, Oyster Mushrooms, Drawn Paprika Butter, Buttermilk Bleu Cheese

For me:
Hongatonk Raw Oysters // Blood Orange Mignonette, Pickled Manakintowne Radish

Seared Atlantic Rockfish // Charleston Gold Rice, Braised Walnut Winds Farm Collard Greens, Julep’s Duck Bacon, Paprika

Flourless Chocolate Torte (3 different chocolates including a blond) // Coffee Ice Cream

Delicious meal, will be returning.

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b
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food. Wonderful service from Al.
Excellent wine list, nice atmosphere.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good at brunch. Service wasn't the norm at this visit. Also seemed to take a long time to receive drinks.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was so happy they finally opened for brunch ! I had the country benedict with a lacing of apple butter. Wonder compliment for the salty ham.

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BE
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Have eaten at Julep's in the past and had a wonderful meal. On this visit all four of us described our meals as average at best. Very disappointed.

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CK
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. The food was good and the decor was interesting. Service was good, but not great. Would go back again.

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JP
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely concept restaurant. Friendly staff!! Lousey parking, don't think of finding a space quickly, had to then walk 1+ blocks. Slow service, cold appetizer and bland, not hot soup du jour. Cold cornbread and cold butter.... With the noise level on a Friday evening, it was challenging to have conversation! We would try again, just not to soo .

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PS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Every bite was absoluteley perfect. Pork belly stuffed braised pork shoulder was to die for (think about that for a second). The outside was pan seared to a wonderful bacony crisp. Scallops over polenta was decadent with the polenta every bit as good as the scallops. Venison medallions were perfectly cooked with a wonderful vegetable medley. Chocolate torte paired with a homemade ice cream was what chocolate was meant to be. The wait staff was very attentive but the food service was on par with a European restaurant...at their pace, and quite slow by American standards. Portioning was spot on. We left very satisfied without feeling like we were going to pop. Even though it was slow, the food made up for it in spades and we will be going back.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! The drinks were great as were the scallop appetizer. Shrimp and grits lived up to the hype. Highly recommendable.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Great service! Steak was very tough/chewy (wife ordered medium-rare and I ordered medium).

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Julep's. I can't remember our waiter's name, but he used to be a chef and he was excellent and very nice. Highly recommend the Brunswick Stew and scallops for appetizers and the crab cake for dinner. We ordered Bananas Foster for dessert and the waiter made it for us right at our table - very nice touch. We will definitely go back!

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HP
Atlantic City
51 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Well located, great service, delicious meal and good value. Dining area was too cool and drafty - taking away from a very enjoyable experience.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great service. Will definitely visit again.

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Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining in the new location and it did not disappoint. Service was attentive, and the food was great. From appetizer to entrée we enjoyed the meal.

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PW
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, Love, Love this place. The food and staff never ever disappoint us!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occasion. Made me feel like a grown up.

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S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Julep's for a pre Valentines evening out and to check out the new location. We like the setting and ambiance but it lacks some of the cozy charm of the old downtown location. Our waiter was great, casual yet professional at the same time.

The food was good but not outstanding. My NY strip was perfectly cooked but the side dish of greens was REALLY salty. The crab cake my wife had was large and contained very little filler... nice!

Our mixed drink and martini were also well done, but pricier than expected. What's with the extra $2.50 to make it neat?

For a once in a while night out, Julep's is a good optiond. If you are nervous about price, be prepared to sign the check with a shaky hand.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable! The crab cake was ALL crab, and the strip steak was perfectly cooked and well trimmed.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had the duck which was phenomenal, I'll be back for a few more items on the menu that looked delicious.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed, steaks were fatty , shrimp and grits were mediocre at best , fish over cooked . The waiter was available until we ordered , took a long time to get food . Big disappointment

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SG
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, wine and service were fantastic. We had such a fun dinner. Highly recommend for date night or a party of 4.

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Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

as always the experience and dinner - pre symphony - was very enjoyable and we will return

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JS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, unique flare on Southern cuisine but missed the core of the south. We had fish, which was cooked perfectly but had no sauce on it. Rice needed something more also. Everything in the south is smothered, covered, or fried!

Comes from a critic who lived in the Deep South for 12 years so maybe a bit biased.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julep's has a wonderful ambiance and decor as well as an incredible menu. Music played softly which makes it easy to have conversation over dinner. The specialty cocktails and oysters were delicious as a starter followed by our meal which was perfectly cooked. Desserts are equally amazing especially the chocolate cake. A great place for a special night out.

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DM
Yosemite
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pricey, but quite good. Atmosphere is very nice, understated and serene. We enjoyed our time very much.

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DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our business dinner included out-of-town guests who commented that Richmond must really be a great restaurant town! Our waiter was exceptional. He explained the daily specials as well as some of the menu items and recommended several appetizers and meals. While we didn't take all his suggestions, the ones we tried were great. We were not in a rush, and the meal progressed smoothly. We tried the house drink specialty--mint julep, and used the waiter's recommended bourbons. For dessert we shared bananas foster prepared at the table--perfect!

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our three couples have been enjoying Julep's ever since they located on Grace St. It is a great place for dinner before the symphony or an other event downtown. The food is always very good and venue is quiet enough to be able to converse easily with everyone at the table.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The evening was wonderful. The service was great. Al was our server, with the perfect combination of attentiveness, but not hovering. The food was superb. Al gave us great suggestions.

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g
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not spectacular but pretty good. With all the area restaurants not sure I'd return

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We have dined at this restaurant previously but not since it moved to its new location. The service was good, but the food was very lackluster. I ordered the rockfish and it had little flavor and was served with white rice. The dish was boring and not as described on the menu. My husband had the steak which was not worth the 36 dollars. It was undercooked and grisly. Juleps is a shadow of its former self and with so many amazing restaurants to choose from in Richmond there is no need to come back.

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Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, drinks were great, service was great. There was a large, very loud party at the back of the restaurant that impacted what is normally a great experience at a great restaurant.

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D
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. We were attended to as soon as we sat down. Our waiter Tony provided lots of information on drinks, specials and regular entrees. Very attentive and food quality was great.

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DC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and outstanding service.awesonevwine list but I was hoping for my menu options. Too many duck and lamb items which happen to be my least favorite foods.

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DG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food here and will definitely be back! Fried green tomatoes the best we've had. Shrimp and grits yummy. Fun bananas foster desert table side flambé!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience there, service is top notch, all the food was absolutely delicious, and the wine list was very impressive. I found the portion sizes to be perfect, and the quality of food and beverage second to none. Highly recommend.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed New Years Eve dinner here with the family. The food was good, I had shrimp and grits and they always do a nice job.

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Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the stea and the shrimp and grits, and both were excellent. The steak was perfectly cooked. Overall, the service was excellent. I was a great meal and seemed a good value.

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