The Best Bars for Foodies in Richmond

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Nama, Perch, Vagabond
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Indian, American, Southern
Neighborhoods:Richmond

Nama

$$$$·Indian·
Richmond
134 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Spicy
Nama is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the area. Some people also think that it has the best bar in Richmond. One thing that makes the bar so unique here is the ambiRead more
84% recommended
Hot Spot in Virginia

Perch

$$$$·American·
Richmond
655 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
94% recommended
Healthy in Richmond

Vagabond

$$$$·Southern·
Richmond
181 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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 enjoRead more
82% recommended
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The Tobacco Company Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,735 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 dRead more
94% recommended

Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
291 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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, anRead more
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Richmond

Saison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
673 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 impressRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Richmond

Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,094 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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: OysteRead more
87% recommended
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Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
357 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 authenRead more
93% recommended
Late Night Find in Virginia

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Richmond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
3,484 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 peoplRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Virginia
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Brenner Pass

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
1,050 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 afterRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Richmond

The Lobby Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
796 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 bRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Virginia

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
2,894 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 oRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Virginia

Restaurant Adarra

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
151 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
97% recommended
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The Boathouse at City Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,216 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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 optiRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in Virginia

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
3,865 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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 famRead more
84% recommended
Scenic View in Virginia

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,733 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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 vieRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Virginia

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
1,713 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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 impeccabRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Virginia
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Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,668 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 buRead more
91% recommended
Good for Groups in Virginia

Stella's - Richmond

$$$$·Greek·
Richmond
1,840 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 ingredRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Virginia
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Maya Mexican Grill - Downtown

$$$$·Mexican·
Richmond
289 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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 teRead more
82% recommended
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