About Kitchen on Cary

Located in the Historic Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond, Kitchen on Cary is the home of award-winning Executive Chef Michael Macknight. Our menu features of a wide variety of local & regionally sourced, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy as small plates or as larger, traditional entrées.

Complimentary parking validation after 5 pm at the 14th & Cary St. deck. (Valid w/ purchase of dinner entree.)

1331 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm

Happy Hour, Mon.-Fri., 4:30-7:00pm

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 643-1315

Website:
http://www.kitchenoncary.com/

Parking Details:
We validate parking after 5 P.M. at the parking garage at the corner of 14th St. and E. Cary, diagonally across the street from the restaurant. (dine in only, purchase of dinner entree.)

Executive Chef:
Michael Macknight

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner.
Happy Hour: M-F, 4:30-7pm. $5 Small Plates & Drink Specials at the bar.
Tuesday: Wine Dinners, 3 local-focused courses including wine $30.
Thursday: 1/2 off select bottles of wine.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Enjoy a glass of complimentary Champagne and Chef Michael Macknight's multi-course and local-focused Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu! We will be serving exclusively from this delicious menu Feb. 14th. Includes gluten-free and vegetarian options. $45 per person + tax & gratuity

Kitchen on Cary Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (13)
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Casual (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We came down from Washington DC, and had a business dinner on Wednesday evening that was phenomenal! I chose Kitchen on Cary after being unable to get a reservation at another restaurant. The service and food were impeccable and the atmosphere was perfect for a business meeting. I will definitely consider returning to Kitchen on Cary for dinner in the future.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wait staff was extremely friendly! Wine and beer selection was decent. I wish that they called to tell me that there was no children’s menu or options especially as I specifically requested a high chair- certainly that would be a dead giveaway, but I know now- this restaurant, while nice and delicious, can no longer be an option for our whole family, as we do have little ones, but is very nice for adults. I love the entree concepts and variety of food options and supporting our local farms!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The dining experience was very enjoyable at Kitchen on Cary. I had the cajun shrimp and grits which were very good. The service was friendly and attentive. I will be back for round two.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on December 26, 2017

After visiting the VMFA, we went here for lunch. It was a quiet holiday afternoon and there were only four or five other tables seated. At first we were a bit concerned that the menu would be too avant-garde and esoteric. But the Portuguese had pie, the fried eggplant, the Shenandoah salad, chicken salad and shrimp and grits all proved standard enough and satisfying to all.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We really enjoyed the food and the service even if it was a late lunch and they were closing and preparing for dinner. I would recommend this restaurant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was my first visit and certainly not my last. I tasted a number of menu items - my own and everyone else's. All delicious. I was especially impressed by our waiter who recognized that one person might have a restricted diet, so he checked with the chef on ingredients, and came back to the table to explain the potential (real) problem as well as the chef's suggestion for an alternative sauce. That's the extra mile!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Simply put... food was amazing and staff were perfect. I can't wait to return and enjoy again.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I always love going to Kitchen on Cary. The service and food are always consistently great. Anytime I need a place that I know will deliver on making it great night, I know I can count on Kitchen on Cary!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and service. The shrimp and grits was fantastic!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I had a great time celebrating my 22nd birthday with my mother and sister at Kitchen on Cary. The Ruby Slippers cocktail was delicious and the small plates were perfect for sharing; we ordered 4 small plates and it was plenty of food for the 3 of us. I really appreciated the local sourcing. Everything we had was very fresh and tasty.

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went with friends we all had something different Salmon, shrimp, oysters, salads we shared everything, all are plates were clean plenty of food on are plates. The ladies had wine that they really enjoyed. The service was outstanding. The presentation of the plates was outstanding. Overall we will come back again and again. We all had a grand time!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Never disappoints. Good food and service. Like that they use food from local farms.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was a great restaurant right in the heart of the old historic district. I loved it.
the food was fantastic. And it is farm to table.

Tags: Happy Hour, Spicy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went for restaurant week so pricing was reasonable, the cocktails were really good. The food was top knotch!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Restaurant week menu. Oyster appetizer was good as was the mixed green salad. VLP meatloaf was okay. Jerk chicken was good but too much rice. Apple and Asian pear cobbler was delicious. Would recommend lunch menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was restuarant week and they were very busy, but neither the service nor the food met my expectations. I will not be going back to this restuarant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We popped in during what happened to be restaurant week. Even with the prix fixe menu, it was hard to choose what to order because everything sounded delicious. My dining companion and I were both delighted with our choices. I had brussels sprouts with bleu cheese and bacon, which was really yummy. The house gnocchi with Swiss chard, mushrooms, and squash was delicate and flavorful, and not drowning in liquid. Just right. The bread pudding was warm and velvety, balanced by a not too sweet, but perfectly rich bourbon caramel sauce.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Hip restaurant with great food. Services was excellent and the food was delicious. The menu was slimmed down for Restaurant Week, but it did have everything that they server regularly including the must have meatloaf.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing food. Very creative dishes.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Superb dinner during Richmond restaurant week! From appitizer to entree to dessert everything was great. I had oysters and short ribs and bread pudding. My friend had pimento cheese and bacon wrapped meat loaf and pear and apple cobbler. It was all outstanding! Service was great, atmosphere was good. I'm coming back here again soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food took forever, despite there only being 3 tables sat in the restaurant. All of our burgers were ordered medium and all came out like well-done bricks. The menu said all burgers came with fries, but the waitress served them with a chickpea salad and it wasn't until halfway through the meal that a manager realized there were supposed to be fries and put an order in for them. The spiced pickles were omitted.

Menu looked really appealing, but the product was disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is a lovely little spot that focuses on service and food. Really enjoy it every time.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 14, 2017

After the reviews and great looking pictures on Yelp...we decided to celebrate our anniversary there. Big disappoint. Menu was very limited. The waiter was very nice and when he didn't have answers, he quickly found out. The interior was very nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had an excellent time at Kitchen on Cary. From beginning (happy hour) to end (dessert), the meal and service were fantastic. We tried two appetizers and five entrees. There wasn't a leftover to be found. Excellent experience!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our team eats at Kitchen on Cary about every 10 days for the past two years. Always good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food, great staff and great location. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd what the hell else can I say to use 50 characters.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Appetizers were amazing, including the grilled romaine, fried green tomatoes, and eggplant fries....not so much the pork buns. Entrees were also mixed..... hits: gnocchi and pork chop....misses : fried chicken and hanger steak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was amazing, and knowing it was mainly from local sources made it better. I will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I was curious about this restaurant for many years, but because we are not locals I couldn't resist going to my favorites when in the aria in stead of trying new choices.
This time I made sure I try this place, but unfortunately can not say I am glad I did.
To me restaurants bring you different levels of experience: a)WOW, b)GREAT, c) GOOD, d)NOT SO GOOD, e)NOT GOOD, & f)BAD.
This place fits to experience c) which is GOOD. But for people who have just few days to spend in Richmond, it's a pity to experience just GOOD, when you know the places that give you a WOW experience. And that's why we are not planing to return. But If I'd live nearby I would come here once in a while.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a great time for my husband's birthday ! The service was phenomenal. We had Brussels sprouts and the apple salad to start. My husband had the special of NY strip and shrimp with horseradish mashed potatoes and sugar snap beans. I had the other special of Tennessee hot chicken with Mac n cheese. We also had great drinks - their old fashioned is unbelievable!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The server was very nice but obviously not updated on all specials on menu. I had wanted to go to The Kitchen on Cary for the hot chicken special that was a Tuesday dinner I missed but decided to check out on next Friday. The other waiter mentioned Nashville hot chicken as part of special which we weren't given, if I had known, I would have ordered. I had already ordered another meal and didn't want to change since already done, such a waste of food and $$ to change after one dish done so I ordered the chicken to go. The hanger steak I had was delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Recommend going with the special. The menu items are good but the specials are amazing and really shine since the ingredients are at peak. We had a corn and lemon risotto with trout that was amazing g. Perfectly seasoned and balanced.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 22, 2017

One of my favorite lunch spots in downtown Richmond. Excellent food, service and environment! Love the jazz music playing in the background; it was not loud but soothing and made for a relaxing lunch. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Stopped in for late lunch. The brussel sprouts are AMAZING!! Service was great and very accommodating. I didn't love the quiche....it was more like brioche but I appreciated the server warning me that it wasn't a typical quiche. I really enjoy this restaurant. It was my second visit and I will go back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent!! Food was outstanding beginning with the appetitizers (fried green tomatoes and fried pimiento fritters), scallops and fried oysters entres and ending with delicious desserts (bread pudding with hard wiskey sauce or peach cobbler). Well worth the hour and half drive to Richmond. Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The mixologist served a delicious Ruby Slipper Cocktail of Moonshine,Champagne,Cranberry liquer....delicious.
The local Trout was very good. The scallops were attractively served with a special Risotto...generous!!
One friend loved the Beef appetizer as a meal!!
All good and well recommended!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

We enjoyed a delightful meal from grilled asparagus and crispy brussel sprouts to open to peach cobbler and a Macaroon nightcap to close. Food was delicious, if the dinner portions modest in size. Service was great. We enjoyed the experience tremendously. We were glad we'd made a reservation. It was full on a Saturday night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Really good food! The Richmond mule has a real spicy ginger kick and enjoyed the grilled romaine salad and shrimp and grits. Reasonably priced. I would definitely return!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Very carefully prepared healthy food provided in a very open and vibrant atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 13, 2017

See Bill, the Manager and introduce yourself, BEFORE you sit down to eat.
He is a good guy that is trying to hire the best kitchen he can afford...Best of everything Bill and hope you amp up your team with a little talent.

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