The Best Seafood Restaurants in Richmond

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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 19. 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
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Rappahannock - Richmond

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
2,074 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
Seafood in Virginia

Bistro Bobette

$$$$·French·
Richmond
915 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Notable Wine List in Richmond

SaltBox Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
233 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Seafood in Richmond
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East Coast Provisions

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
950 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Richmond

Azzurro

$$$$·Italian·
Richmond
1,159 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Richmond

West Coast Provisions

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
359 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Richmond

Pescados

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
440 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
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Richmond

Buckheads - Richmond

$$$$·Steak·
Richmond
1,251 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
99% recommended
Steak in Virginia

The Boathouse at Short Pump

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,234 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
89% recommended
Seafood in Richmond

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
1,574 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
Seafood in Richmond

Tarrant's West

$$$$·American·
Richmond
744 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
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
84% recommended
Good for Groups in Virginia

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Richmond
2,480 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Virginia

Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,611 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cozy
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
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Richmond

Fleming's Steakhouse - Richmond

$$$$·Steak·
Richmond
888 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Richmond

The Hard Shell - Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,256 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
Outdoor Dining in Richmond

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
3,525 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
Scenic View in Virginia

Hondos

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Glen Allen
1,908 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
Great for Lunch in Virginia

Morton's The Steakhouse - Richmond

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Richmond
1,076 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romantic
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
Good for Groups in Virginia

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,205 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Virginia
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