The Best Restaurants in Richmond, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

As one of America's oldest major cities, Richmond carries centuries of history on its cobblestone streets, riverwalks and monuments. Traditions come through in the cooking as well. From oyster bars to French bistros, pricey fine dining establishments to eateries offering everyday comfort food, the best restaurants in Richmond all celebrate the bounty of Virginia. Menus showcase pimento cheese and country ham alongside oysters and blue crab plucked from the Chesapeake Bay. Humble local peanuts might feature in the fanciest salads and sauces, while cheeses from local creameries go onto elegant plates and loaded-up burgers. But where do the savviest local and visiting foodies eat out in Richmond? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We discovered the top spots among OpenTable's seasoned diners by pulling data from thousands of restaurants. Check out these 20 incredible establishments and book a table today!

Restaurants:Metzger Bar and Butchery, L'Opossum, Saison
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary German, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Richmond
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Metzger Bar and Butchery

$$$$·Contemporary German·
Richmond
542 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Metzger Bar and Butchery is a rustic-chic restaurant in Union Hill serving creative cuisine inspired equally by German and southern traditions. The 40-seat eatery is committed to uRead more
92% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Virginia
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L'Opossum

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
1,314 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
A relatively new arrival to Oregon Hill is L’Opossum. The hip and playful eatery has in short order gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Richmond. Acclaimed chef DRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Virginia
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Saison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
619 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Southern traditions and bold Latin American flavors come together at Saison, one of the best restaurants in Richmond. Menus change frequently to showcase seasonal ingredients. TheyRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Richmond

Lehja

$$$$·Indian·
Richmond
725 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Contemporary Indian cuisine in a laid-back, ‘70s California-inspired setting is the signature of Lehja in Richmond. Washingtonian Magazine called it the best Indian restaurant outsRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Virginia

Brenner Pass

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
940 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
When Bon Appetit featured Brenner Pass on its “Top 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2018” list, it solidified the newcomer as not only one of the best restaurants in Read more
97% recommended
Best Service in Richmond

Stella's - Richmond

$$$$·Greek·
Richmond
1,726 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Stella Dikos claims one of the longest and most celebrated culinary careers in Richmond. She arrived from Greece in the early 1960s and created a local empire comprising three GreeRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Virginia
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Aloi

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
195 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Aloi, one of the best restaurants in Richmond for contemporary American cuisine, is committed to working with local and regional farmers, ranchers, foragers and other purveyors. ThRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Richmond
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Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,074 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Rappahannock is a farm-to-table restaurant chain owned and inspired by the Rappahannock Oyster Co., a collective of Virginia-based oyster farmers who are revitalizing the industry Read more
93% recommended
Seafood in Virginia

The Stables

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
614 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The Stables, a new American restaurant in the Museum District, takes its name from its historic venue’s former incarnation. It was once the stables and carriage house of the RichmoRead more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Virginia
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Perch

$$$$·American·
Richmond
540 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Virginia meets the Pacific Rim at Perch, the brainchild of chef-owner Mike Ledesma. The restaurant opened in the fall of 2018 in a striking venue with bright, ocean-inspired décor Read more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Richmond

Comfort

$$$$·Southern·
Richmond
618 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
If the name of Comfort doesn’t make it obvious, know that this is one of the best restaurants in Richmond for elevated southern comfort food. It’s also one of the most philanthropiRead more
89% recommended
Southern in Virginia
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Helen's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
371 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
A local dining institution since 1935, Helen’s has ranked highly among the best restaurants in Richmond for more than 80 years. Its owners maintain long-established traditions, incRead more
92% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Virginia
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Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
2,799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
There are few finer venues in which to enjoy traditional southern cuisine prepared with Virginia ingredients than Lemaire. The restaurant is inside The Jefferson Hotel, a striking Read more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Virginia

Chez Max

$$$$·French·
Richmond
441 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Chez Max, one of the best restaurants in Richmond for classic French cuisine, presents two dinner menus – traditional and seasonal. The former features such timeless French dishes Read more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Richmond
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Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
244 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
For top-quality Mediterranean cuisine in the Arts District, head to Bar Solita and sample signature dishes emerging from the wood-fired oven. The all-day menu spans the wider MeditRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Richmond

Bistro Bobette

$$$$·French·
Richmond
915 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bistro Bobette in the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood presents authentic Provençale comfort food for lunch and dinner. Savory crepes are a specialty, with options including a chRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Richmond

SaltBox Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
233 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
SaltBox Oyster Co., an expansive restaurant in Willow Lawn, is the culmination of chef Matthew Tlusty’s career-long obsession with seafood. A prior experience working in San FranciRead more
87% recommended
Seafood in Richmond
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Chez Foushee

$$$$·French American·
Richmond
1,086 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Chez Foushee first opened its doors in downtown Richmond in 1989. In the ensuing decades the restaurant has stuck to an uncommon schedule, presenting lunch Wednesdays through FridaRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Virginia
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Casa Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Richmond
417 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
The cozy, family-owned Casa Italiana presents the concept of “vecchio e nuovo,” which translates to “old and new.” Representing the “old” are family recipes passed down through genRead more
100% recommended
Italian in Virginia

Maple and Pine

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
763 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Inside the stylish Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond is Maple and Pine, where chef David Dunlap presents seasonally inspired new American cuisine for dinner, lunch and weekend bruncRead more
87% recommended
Hot Spot in Richmond
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