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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 20 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
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Nama

$$$$·Indian·
Richmond
61 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
85% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Virginia

Perch

$$$$·American·
Richmond
483 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Virginia

Vagabond

$$$$·Southern·
Richmond
163 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
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
81% recommended
Hot Spot in Virginia

The Tobacco Company Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Virginia

Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
204 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
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
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Richmond

Saison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
596 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
95% recommended
Healthy in Virginia

Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,020 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
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
93% recommended
Seafood in Virginia

Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
300 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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
90% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Virginia

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Richmond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
2,816 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Virginia

Brenner Pass

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
901 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Richmond

Maple and Pine

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
730 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Richmond

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
2,731 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
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Restaurant Adarra

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
113 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
Best Overall in Virginia

The Boathouse at City Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
886 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Virginia

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
3,451 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Scenic View in Virginia

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,166 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
85% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Virginia

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
1,545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
94% recommended
Seafood in Richmond

Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,562 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cozy
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Virginia

Stella's - Richmond

$$$$·Greek·
Richmond
1,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
96% recommended
Best Value in Virginia
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Maya Mexican Grill - Downtown

$$$$·Mexican·
Richmond
250 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • 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
88% recommended
Best Value in Richmond
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