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Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA
Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA
Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA
Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA
Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond, VA

Metzger Bar and Butchery

4.8
4.8
1045 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary German
Nestled in historic Union Hill, we specialize in contemporary German food from Chef de Cuisine, Emma Taylor, and overseen by award winning chef Brittanny Anderson. Expect to see inspirations from classic German, French, Italian, Austrian & European cuisine, using local products. We specialize in German and Austrian wine from small producers, organic, and natural wines. Our cocktails are unique and approachable, featuring house made ingredients. We have a large German beer selection mixed with some local drafts. Our atmosphere is cozy and relaxed, great for special occasions or weekday date nights. We offer a private dining room and full restaurant buyouts. Come see us for dinner Tue-Sat, and Sunday brunch, and for happy hour at the bar Tue-Fri 5pm-7pm.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary German, Modern European, German
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 325-3147
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Brittanny Anderson
  • Private party facilities
    Metzger will work with you to provide a highly customized, seasonal, and delicious menu for your event, creating an experience that will highlight the beauty of the season and the importance of your special occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (804) 325-3147
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Cross street
    Cedar St.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on-street parking, small parking lot behind building.
  • Public transit
    GRTC Bus 44 toward Fairmount, 23rd & M stop, walk one block north to 23rd & Cedar
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,045 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Richmond

    Best Service

  • Richmond

    Best Value

  • Richmond

    Neighborhood gem

1,045 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting and inspired meal in a charming Church Hill locale. Excellent service with knowledgeable and helpful staff. 5 stars!!

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  2. traurose

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from Elizabeth!! Superb recommendations from small plates to dessert.

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  3. AyannahB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as usual, Taylor at the front is always so kind and welcoming! Love going here!

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  4. KimberleyD

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! This was the first time we have been able to enjoy Metzger's for dinner (we have been there for brunch several times). First, it was nice to see the back room. Our meals were spectacular. My venison was extemely tender and my husband's pork chop had a flavorful sauce that made for a great dish. We'll definitely be back.

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  5. RenO

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Loved the mocktail and the schnitzel. Our server was so kind and helpful too. Definitely recommend!

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  6. AustinH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was heavenly, the service top notch, loved the whole experience! Plus the staff was having a great time singing with each other in the back and that just made it that much more fun! Would definitely go again for any event or just a nice dinner.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect Valentine’s Day experience! Will definitely be our new date spot! :)

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  8. Lawill

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Typically always excited to got to Metzger's. This time just let me down. Menu was underwhelming compared to my past experiences, I had the papperdelle...it is not a $28 dish. If you're going to be a place that delivers a fine dining, short menu, I feel like it all has to hit, maybe I'm the only one.

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  9. JenniferF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Good fresh and delicious food.

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  10. good2Bback

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a delightful evening. The staff were friendly, low-key, and knowledgeable. The Zweigelt was delightful. The meal was beautifully prepared and very flavorful. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable.

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  11. Hilary

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time at Metzger and was blown away. Phenomenal atmosphere, service, food and drinks. Highly recommend.

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  12. vagentleman

    Richmond

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Metzger's new winter menu is a winner! We shared the bread & butter and the pickled prawn appetizers and the complimented each other beautifully. Both wonderful. Monkfish was a standout and, of course, my chicken schnitzel was delicious. Save room for dessert - their sherry poached apple crisp will have you wanting to lick the bowl!

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  13. HevilaB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our second time at Metzger, the food was excellent and outstanding service.

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  14. SeanC

    Caribbean

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time having dinner at Metzger’s. Our first experience was okay, but given the chef’s reputation we felt we needed to try it again. So glad we did! We sat in the back room this time and it is quieter and cozy. I had the venison and it was far superior to my entree last time! Our server was excellent and was spot on with her recommendation that I have a smoked beer with my venison!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got in early and had mocktails from Nicholas, which were delicious. Everything was wonderful, but the pickled tiger prawns, monk fish and blood orange granita were the stand outs. We had a wonderful time and the prices were very reasonable! Thank you Metzger staff!

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  16. KellyR

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was superb, as were the cocktails. Our server was amazing and she provided great recommendations. Highly recommended!

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  17. MDavis

    Richmond

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal. Our server was delightful. I would have given the food 5 stars except for the dessert - a persimmon upside down cake that was a bit dry and tasted mostly of cinnamon and sugar. But our savory plates were imaginative, tasty, and nicely presented. Can't wait to go back.

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  18. Petethepup

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The personal service & interaction with staff is great. The menu is not the everyday fare, and is interesting & delicious.

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  19. Foodieintraining

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Unique tastes. Personal service. We will definitely return!

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  20. KatieB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SO good! Loved the food, drinks, and we had wonderful service. Lovely and cozy atmosphere too!

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  21. DavidL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hype has died down over the last few years but the kitchen is turning out some of the best food in town still. The bar makes well balanced, innovative cocktails and the wine list is very well chosen. If you haven't been in a while go back - this place remains a gem.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Maybe an off night? 1 dish was overcooked and the other undercooked.

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  23. AmyH

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a little gem in a quiet residential area and ambience is like an Americana bistro, very casual. Food and presentation are all very good. Some plates are meant for sharing and we got a grilled Napa cabbage with miso sauce, schnitzel and a monkfish with a creamed horseradish vinaigrette, which was innovative and delicious. Dining experience was not great. We were seated by the door on a damp and cold evening where patrons come in and out the door, and coupled with inconsistent service - we were seated by a friendly wait staff member but ended up with a another who could not understand someone's grain free and gluten sensitivity diet request. The service and smiles diminished thereafter.

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  24. GregR

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service was great, food was great. We had the cabbage appetizer, chicken schnitzel and pork chop for dinner. Drinks were tasty as well.

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  25. RichardL

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited menu but everything was very well prepared. Cozy ambiance and attentive service. Abundant street parking a bonus.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Metzger was run like a well-oiled machine and really created a lovely dining experience that I don’t think I can compare to other restaurants in the area. My partner and I decided to order two appetizers and an entree to split. We had the bread and butter, which just was perfectly seasoned with a fun radish crunch and melted in your mouth. We also had the charred cabbage— I’m not sure I know how to adequately describe this, but you should definitely try this!!! Last was the chicken schnitzel, a German classic, that the chef brought to the next level with a turnip and radish tzatziki. The chicken schnitzel had two large pieces of chicken, and was absolutely big enough to split if you’re not incredibly hungry! We did not get dessert (we were just too full!) but were highly intrigued by the savory ice cream flavors within the dessert dishes! As we were provided our check, we also each received a pfeffernusse cookie- a traditional German Christmas cookie, which I was SO excited about since I grew up with these as a kid! The chef grew up with them too, and wanted to provide them to each table as a Christmas treat! It was the best pfeffernusse cookie I’ve ever had! Metzger had been on my RVA list of restaurants to try for YEARS, and I’ve slept hard on this place. Don’t walk, RUN to Metzger! I’m not sure that you could possibly order wrong — you will not be disappointed!!

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  27. ThomasC

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and service. Unique menu selections. Appetizers were fantastic. Entrees as well.

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  28. KandiceL

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner experience. The food was fantastic….high end, creative, German inspired food. Reminded us of restaurants in Germany, but better!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experince at Metzger’s. The only thing better than the staff, is their cuisine. A warm welcoming atmosphere awaits everyone who enters their doors.

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  30. Sarah

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love this restaurant. The ambiance is warm and sophisticated with low lighting and great art. It’s such a great collection of prints prompting so many guest inquiries that the servers keep a cheat sheet so they can talk about the pieces to guests. The food is wonderful! It’s German/Austrian but in the lighter side. Perfectly executed dishes like pheasant terrine with toasted sour dough bread served with grainy mustard and pickled onions. The schnitzel and pappardelle are two favorites.

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  31. AnnH

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a cozy, intimate restaurant, with plenty of space between tables, which was perfect. The ceilings were ornate with beautiful molding. The bar looked very nice. We celebrated a birthday and were pleasantly surprised with some complimentary sparkling wine. We had the bread and butter, steak mett, chicken schnitzel, pork chop, and grape sorbet with olive cake. The rolls are to die for and the other food was very good. I would happily return. We had a very nice meal with excellent service. Some past reviews show some negative experiences. We had a perfect evening and it appeared other diners were similarly delighted.

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  32. MaxR

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in Church Hill. Excellent service and food. We also enjoyed drinking some very Good German wines, which are hard to find int the US. Highly recommended

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Our server was extremely knowledgeable

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  34. KatieG

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favorite in RVA. So cozy and delicious. Can't wait to come back.

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  35. Will

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for brunch - the food is both creative and comfortable. Fun morning cocktails as well paired well with a rainy Sunday!

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  36. WhitneyC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Must go. Every dish we had was amazing and so was the service. Everyone was kind and friendly.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was beyond a meal-a true dining experience for all senses. Everything was emasculated plated, built from high quality, in-season and fresh ingredients, and creative execution. You can’t get these entrees anywhere else. Highly memorable were the rabbit Weißwurst, fried chicken of the woods, and the meille filieu dessert because every accompanying side on the plates were equally memorable- from the lentils to the obatzda to the cheddar ice cream. The service and atmosphere were equally impressive- beautiful yet unpretentious. Can’t beat it! We’ll be back.

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  38. Bhlenny

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal at the bar. The bartender was very helpful with both cocktails and food. Shared yummy salad and kaseschnitzel with my wife.

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  39. FusunS

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Both entrees and salad were quite good. The radicchio salad needed something sweet like pomegranate. The dessert- sherry soaked apple with whipped brown butter and cheddar cheese ice cream was interesting, but I wouldn't order it again. Sometimes, I think chefs want to go way out there with the goal of being unique , to stand out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We didn't think it worked with this dessert. Also, it was so dark that we couldn't even see the food. Why create gorgeous meals if customers can't see what they're eating?

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  40. Rebecca

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A gem of a neighborhood restaurant. The menu is small but carefully considered. The wine and cocktail list is excellent. If the pork chop is on the menu, don't hesitate; it's outrageously delicious. The lighting is so low it's hard to read the menu, so be prepared to use your phone's flashlight. Otherwise, just go.

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FAQs

Metzger Bar and Butchery is rated 4.8 stars by 1045 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Metzger Bar and Butchery

801 N. 23rd St., Richmond, VA 23223

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cedar St.
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary German, Modern European, German
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on-street parking, small parking lot behind building.
  • Public transit
    GRTC Bus 44 toward Fairmount, 23rd & M stop, walk one block north to 23rd & Cedar
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brittanny Anderson
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 325-3147
  • Private party facilities
    Metzger will work with you to provide a highly customized, seasonal, and delicious menu for your event, creating an experience that will highlight the beauty of the season and the importance of your special occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (804) 325-3147
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