The Best Bars for Foodies in Richmond

Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, straddles the north and south, offering a blend of warm southern hospitality with a fast-paced Yankee culture. After the hustle and bustle of the day, locals unwind in the standout bar scene. Richmond boasts countless watering holes serving unforgettable cocktails and small bites with opportunities for socializing. But how do they decide which bar to check out when in town? Check out our Tastemaker List of the best bars in Richmond. We’ve pulled data from thousands of bars to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned locals. Pick a bar that suits your taste or cravings, then book a table to discover the best hangouts in Richmond.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Perch, Vagabond, The Tobacco Company Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Southern
Neighborhoods:Richmond
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Perch

$$$$·American·
Richmond
927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

For diners looking for a bar that offers a warm, bright vibrant setting, there is Perch. This restaurant features Asian fusion food served in an upscale setting. The beverage menu served at the bar he...

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Vagabond

$$$$·Southern·
Richmond
181 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

For a speakeasy atmosphere, drinkers in Richmond head to Vagabond, a southern restaurant with an old-timey feel. The menu here features southern comfort food that visitors can enjoy when they visit. G...

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The Tobacco Company Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,933 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

One place with an excellent bar in Richmond Is the Tobacco Company. It doesn’t get more classic Richmond than the Tobacco Company, with old-style wood and leather interiors and a distintly “old-man” f...

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Most Booked in Virginia
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Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
575 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem

Bar Solita has the word bar in its name because it is an establishment that is focused on the fine cocktail. This beautiful eatery showcases the bar, which spans an entire wall, and the staff knows ho...

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Great for Brunch in Richmond

Saison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
763 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Saison is a restaurant that serves seasonally-inspired food with a menu that is constantly changing. While the food is rustic, hearty and comforting, the cocktails are also impressive. Saison may be t...

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Neighborhood Gem in Richmond

Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,087 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Rappahannock is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers comforting food a dark, wood rustic interior. This warm and inviting neighborhood joint has one specialty of the house: Oysters. Open since 2011,...

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Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
518 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Late-night Find
  • Good for a Date

Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers is an old-fashioned themed restaurant with a speakeasy twist. The restaurant part of Grandstaff and Stein offers prohibition era food in an authentic-feeling atmosphe...

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Late Night Find in Virginia
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Richmond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
4,333 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Sports bar lovers will absolutely love Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Despite its name, Cooper’s Hawk is not actually a winery. It is a warm and casual sports bar where people come to eat delici...

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Most Booked in Virginia

Brenner Pass

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
1,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

For diner who love to hang out in a bright, airy feeling space that has a Scandinavian vibe, there is Brenner Pass, one of the cutest and most popular bars in Richmond. Named after a part of the Alps,...

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Best Overall in Richmond
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The Lobby Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
898 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

Another bright and airy dining destination also has what some consider to be the best bar in Richmond is Maple and Pine. Everything is about elegant comfort here. With warm plush booths and chairs and...

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Hot Spot in Virginia

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
3,243 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Sometimes hotel bars are lame and overpriced. This is not the case with Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel, since many consider it to be the best bar in Richmond. This new restaurant offers diners inventi...

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Contemporary American in Virginia
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Restaurant Adarra

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
218 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Tapas

Just north of Downtown Richmand is Restaurant Adarra. This dark, chic, trendy restaurant spot is a place where culinary lovers come to dine, and drinkers come to enjoy outstanding cocktails. The bar h...

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Best Ambiance in Virginia
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The Boathouse at City Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,664 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront

There is a serious of bars and restaurants in Richmond called the Boathouses. Located in waterfront locations, the Boathouses offer trendy bustling atmospheres, delicious food options, and strong drin...

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Scenic View in Virginia
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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
4,279 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Another location of the Boathouse is at Rocketts Landing in Richmond. Much more low key and less trendy than the Boathouse at City Point, the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a family friendly, casual...

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Scenic View in Virginia
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The Boathouse at Sunday Park

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
3,250 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

A third popular location of the Boathouse in Richmond is at Sunday Park. This Boathouse outpost has indoor and outdoor seating options, where diners can sit an enjoy waterfront views. The menu here fe...

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Scenic View in Virginia
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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,041 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Seafood lovers who also love a nice bar will love the Hard Shell. This seafood-centric eatery features an upscale menu with a fine dining vibe (with white table cloths and impeccable service). People ...

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Seafood in Virginia

Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,777 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual

Tarrant’s Café is a Richmond Classic. Some also consider it to have the best bar in Richmond. This historic location (West Broad and Foushee) has long held an important Richmond business. In 1883, it ...

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Stella's - Richmond

$$$$·Greek·
Richmond
2,099 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Stella’s is a popular rustic Greek restaurant in Richmond. It is also home to a popular bar. The menu features its own cocktail list, each inspired by Greek or Mediterranean ingredients. Sidle up to t...

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Best Value in Virginia
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Maya Mexican Grill - Downtown

$$$$·Mexican·
Richmond
398 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

For diners looking for a watering hole where they can get margaritas, head to Maya Mexican Grill. This Mexican restaurant features good Mexican fare, and the bar here also has a tequila focus: drinker...

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Fit for Foodies in Virginia