The Best Seafood Restaurants in Richmond

The OpenTable Team

Richmond, the birthplace of the sailor sandwich, sits close enough to the Atlantic to boast some of the finest seafood in Virginia. From oysters to squid and everything in between, seafood restaurants in Richmond attract locals and tourists alike. The nearby Chesapeake Bay has recently undergone a huge revival in oyster production, leading to Richmond gaining some real “foodie” status points. Locally sourced ingredients lend color to fine dining menus, while Carytown casual eateries boast sushi and raw bars serving everything from scallops to salmon. But where are the savviest diners heading for their fish-fix? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve reviewed restaurants from Midlothian to Glen Allen to create our list of the absolute best seafood restaurants in Richmond. Browse our list, call a friend, and book a table for some Richmond seafood tonight.

Restaurants:Rappahannock - Richmond, Bistro Bobette, SaltBox Oyster Co.
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Seafood, French
Neighborhoods:Richmond

Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,094 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
Regularly hailed as one of the best seafood restaurants in Richmond, Rappahannock is a favorite with both locals and tourists. Part of the Rappahannock Oyster Company, the team hasRead more
89% recommended
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Bistro Bobette

$$$$·French·
Richmond
917 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
French bistro-style food is an ode to great ingredients and seasonal cooking. Downtown’s Bistro Bobette takes this ethos and builds on it to create French comfort food using local Read more
89% recommended
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SaltBox Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
A relatively new addition to the huge Willow Lawn shopping complex, SaltBox is all about oysters, oysters, and more oysters. This singular focus means a restaurant that offers the Read more
87% recommended
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East Coast Provisions

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,061 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This seafood-centric Carytown favorite is a fun and flavorsome place for diners to get their fish-fix. Bare bricks and simple wooden tables fade into the background behind the stunRead more
96% recommended
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Azzurro

$$$$·Italian·
Richmond
1,302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A refined and elegant Italian restaurant just over the James River, Azzurro is as popular for business luncheons as it is for big evening celebrations. They use their expert touch Read more
94% recommended
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West Coast Provisions

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
499 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Right out in the Far West End stands a restaurant that’s taking attention to detail to a new level. From sublime poke-bowls to showstopping desserts, and even a side salad that’s aRead more
96% recommended
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Pescados

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
448 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Another contender for the best seafood restaurant in Richmond, Pescados is a tropical paradise right in the heart of Midlothian. Latin-Caribbean island-inspired flavors run throughRead more
95% recommended
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Buckheads - Richmond

$$$$·Steak·
Richmond
1,273 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
A classy “chophouse” right in the Beverly Hills Shopping Centre, Buckheads offers the white tablecloth experience including the finest Braveheart beef, quality local seafood and a Read more
100% recommended
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The Boathouse at Short Pump

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,470 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Short Pump Town Center has over 140 shops and restaurants, yet The Boathouse consistently manages to stand out here as one of the best seafood restaurants in Richmond, not just theRead more

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
1,787 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Polished wood and chalkboards give The Hard Shell that delightful nostalgic feeling that comes with the best upscale restaurants. Everything is about perfection here, from the sublRead more
98% recommended
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Tarrant's West

$$$$·American·
Richmond
883 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Tarrant’s West near Innsbrook has kept some of the stylings of the 19th-century drugstore it’s housed in, for a nostalgic and welcoming atmosphere that’s redolent with class. BilleRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Richmond

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Richmond
2,979 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Old Original Bookbinder’s in the historic Tobacco Row is an award-winning seafood and steak restaurant with a loyal following. The raw bar offers a simple half a dozen oysters withRead more
95% recommended
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Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,690 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Right in the heart of the Historic District of Richmond, Tarrant’s Café resides in a gorgeous 19th-century building, once the local pharmacy. Today, it’s an upscale in style yet suRead more
92% recommended

Fleming's Steakhouse - Richmond

$$$$·Steak·
Richmond
900 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Stony Point Fashion Park isn’t all about clothes- the food here is always in fashion too. Excellent steaks and succulent seafood are timeless classics, and Fleming’s has got all thRead more
90% recommended
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The Hard Shell - Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,336 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The Downtown branch of The Hard Shell is just a short walk from the river and convenient for both shoppers and culture vultures. Bright and welcoming, diners can start their culinaRead more
92% recommended
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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
3,936 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Perch right above the river and enjoy the view at one of the most picturesque seafood restaurants in Richmond. Brightly polished wood and leather with more than a hint of blue creaRead more
84% recommended
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Hondos

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Glen Allen
2,178 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Lunch
The self-proclaimed Premier Chophouse of Richmond, Glen Allen’s Hondos combines meat and seafood in a menu that keeps diners returning over and over. Popular for both corporate dinRead more
95% recommended
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Morton's The Steakhouse - Richmond

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Richmond
1,085 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
The great thing about a traditional Richmond steakhouse is that it’s always going to have some fantastic seafood on the menu. Morton’s does not disappoint. Situated in historic ShoRead more
100% recommended
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The Boathouse at Sunday Park

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,785 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Is there a restaurant in Richmond with better views? Perhaps not! Sunday Park is a lush and green area, with wildlife, nature walks, and of course, the spectacular Swift Creek ReseRead more
86% recommended
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