Postbellum

4.3
257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A menu that pays homage to Postbellum era cooking methods and recipes modernized and prepared with fresh and local ingredients. Dining accommodations are available for large groups. Dinner guests are welcome in our main dining room and "supply" room (private dining available) or enjoy an evening on our street level covered patio (limited seating and availability). Join us for brunch on weekends, or for dinner until 10pm. Open late every night with a late night menu until 1am. Craft cocktails, wine (draft wine and full bottle selection), and 26 craft beers on draft.
Stop by our supply room to find a craft beer or wine to take home after joining us for dinner.
***Opentable reservations not valid for rooftop seating. Reservations that opt to dine on our rooftop deck will be considered a "no-show" if not canceled or adjusted at least an hour in advance.
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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little find off of Main in Richmond for Easter brunch, down the street from VCU. Coming from out of town but gave me the feel of a neighborhood hang out, leaning toward the upscale end of the spectrum. The kind of place you can take your parents or toss down some drinks with friends. Very nice bar menu with extensive list of cocktails, beers, and wine. The Bloody Mary bar with your choice of garnishes was a nice touch. Same for Mimosa's. Dining menu had similarly diverse selection of regional fare with some twists. Loved the shrimp and grits and my other two companions went away happy as well. Service was attentive but not aloof or overbearing. Would definitely try again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food, horrendous service!

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BE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails. Shrimp and grits were delicious

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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HS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

They were very busy and it was a long wait for our food.

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m
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I would not recommend to a friend for brunch. I did enjoy inner there before.
We had 8 in our party. 15 minutes before we saw a server. 35 mins before we had a drink including soft drinks. Food was OK. Nothing great.
I would recommend staying away for brunch.

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JR
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had some light bites prior to a show at the Altria. Outdoor seating is quite nice, and our server was very nice and accommodating even though we were a bit rushed. The only actual cooked thing we ate was the blistered asparagus, which was good, but I feel like I can't comment on the rest of the menu. Charcuterie and oysters are always solid.

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JS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great experience dining on the patio! Food was delicious!

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t
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. I love the atmosphere, and it was an easy walk from the theater.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Extremely busy and put up on the deck for dinner. Served two drinks in 45 minutes and had to cancel the food order because our show would begin and we had to go. Probably would try it once more to get a better feel for it before affirming my opinion.

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MB
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice surprise. Our first time here. Nice menu. Good food. Good service. Atmosphere is urban, but plain. Pretty loud. We'll be back and would recommend.

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KE
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location and delicious food in a fun, eclectic setting. Perfect for a date night, especially before a show at Altria Theater.

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SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Went here on a Sunday for my wife's Birthday. There was a long table of about 12 grownups and they dominated the restaurant. VERY loud, their service came first. Waited 15 minutes for 2 drinks and a beer and then had to go ask for my son's coke.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and a cool, unique atmosphere. The rooftop is awesome. The only downsides were that the waiter didn’t come by the table very often and the water is served in very small glasses, so we were constantly asking for more.

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CG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got 5 different vegetarian plates from the bar menu and split them like tapas and it was amazing! You can get the blistered asparagus without the ham and it’s incredible! Also, the BBQ tofu wrap has such a wonderful sauce, would so recommend, along with the goat cheese croquettes.

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CB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting cocktails, delicious food and attentive service. Fun little rooftop patio which is great when weather is warm. We started up there but moved when it got cool and they worked with us. Have been there serveral times and always happy with it!

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We got off to a rocky start. We had reservations and were seated quickly but our server was slow to make an initial table visit. We were concerned we’d miss the happy hour oysters because of the long wait, but thankfully wanted 18 and the kitchen had the exact number left even though the happy hour time had passed while we waited for someone to get to our table to take an order. We ordered the oysters and beers, however, the oysters arrived before our beer order arrived. Two of our beers were mixed up (thankfully we know our beers). One beer we’re sure wasn’t what we ordered, however, the wait staff corrected it with another beer. A few minutes after ordering our meals, the wait staff told me my dish was not available so I had to get the menu back and choose another meal. Our food was delicious. The wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. She explained that the restaurant had had more patrons than normal on a Tuesday and things were hectic. Realizing we had a rocky experience, she brought us a complimentary slice of lemon cake. A very nice gesture. This isn’t a complaint, just facts of what happened. I’d definitely go back. Food, atmosphere and wait staff are good. Thanks.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only ding was service was slow to start. Turned out waiter was on second day, but once he came he was fine. Cool place with historic charm/ambiance. Happy hour prices on select drinks and apps was also a bonus. As for food, we had two separate flatbreads that were very good. Can't vouch for anything else, but it looked good. Would go again.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Expensive if you go 3 courses but fine for small plate etc.

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KN
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was new. He was very good. Food was excellent! Will return with friends. Cool place.

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RG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went before the Fluffy show & made reservations. The steak fritters - don’t waste your money. It’s just a regular steak that is not seasoned well. The beer burger was good. The service was slow. Getting our check took 35min after we finished only after we asked 3 people.

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ES
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Postbellum, but for our group it was really hard to hear each other when speaking and at times even the server. The music was just a bit too loud and it competed with the patrons chatter and the game on at the bar.

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L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely table to seat 6. Our server was quick to welcome us and take our order. Our food came out quickly. I had an appetizer with curry, cauliflower and pita. The yogurt sauce was minimal and it was quite spicy. My friend order the cream of onion soup. It had a texture of baby food and not great flavor. The salads were not very eye appealing and a basic mixed salad. I ordered the shrimp and grits. The shrimp was well prepared, but the lack of grits made it not as enjoyable as i had hoped. It was not the type of food i was expecting. One of the guests ordered the beet salad and the Brussels sprouts and she loved her meal.
The table was not bussed as often as i like. When bringing a beverage, the previous empty was not cleared. When you have 6 guests, this makes for a very crowded table.
Drinks were well prepared and yummy.....My advise, get drinks and eat somewhere else.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for birthday brunch on a Saturday. Very low key. Waiter attentive. Food great.

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MJ
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and wide variety on menu to suit everyone tastes. Sat by front window which was chilly on a cold, rainy night. Not much to absorb sound so a little noisy but not terribly inconvenient. Definitely will return!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was very slow. Our first course took 30 min to come. The server also forgot my husband's drink (she didn't charge it to us in the end, which I appreciated). My husband really like his meal, mine was OK, not great. I had heard so much about the restaurant that i expected better.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great. Highly recommend the crab cake sandwich and truffle fries! Our waitress was kind and attentive, and everything came out perfect.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The crispy Brussel sprouts are amazing - really stellar. It was hard for the rest of the meal to live up to that opener. Roast harissa cauliflower was really nice - they take vegan food seriously. The fried chicken was good, but the greens and grits with it were great. Steak frites were just okay. Crabcake blt was a big hit. Overall, the whole dinner for four was was kind of uneven, but the great moments we're really great. Service was attentive and friendly. Center room was quite loud. This is the kind of restaurant I like to support so they can reach the top of their game. It will be very good when they get there.

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R
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful waitress, great food, great service, and loved the restaurant. Other than being noisy and crowded it was wonderful!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New to Richmond and postbellum. On the way to see a show at Altria . Our experience was great and the food tasty! A hidden gem! Only negative .......One table was extremely loud (the group was very boisterous )not the restaurants fault.

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F
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We selected from the special Valentine’s menu. The drinks and entrees were delicious.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was really good - a balanced set of flavours, the dishes turned out to be as expected (nor surprises). The service was also very good - the staff was courteous and very professional.

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JP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to go back! Service was amazing (give Chloe a raise), the entire waitstaff from hostess to waitress were amazing and even other FOH employees greeted us along the way. I had the monkfish special and my boyfriend had the steak. WOW. The 3 course meal was perfect from start to finish. We will absolutely be back!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived early for our reservation, and sat at the bar while waiting for our table. The hostess promised to come get us when it was ready, but when our reservation time rolled around, I had to go remind her as she seemed to think she’d never seen me before, no table was available, she couldn’t find our reservation (in spite of confirming it when we arrived), and she then set the table for one, in spite of there being two in my party. We left without eating dinner, after drinks, and closed out our ticket. The next morning, I discovered that the restaurant had pushed an unauthorized charge for more than $850 to my debit card, causing automatic payments that posted overnight to be declined by my bank. Subsequent calls to the restaurant confirmed that this was an error on the part of the bartender, when closing out our ticket. I worked in restaurants for years in high school and college and never saw anything like an $850+ keystroke error on a card transaction. Never going back to Postbellum.

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l
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the duck nachos and brussel sprouts. The meat and cheese plate was on point. Our server was fantastic and very attentive.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is great and extensive beer selection. Service was not good. We saw the food runners more than we saw our sever.

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were dining on a Saturday evening before going the Richmond Forum so the restaurant was busy . Our server was cheerful and helpful but was late coming to see us when we were seated then absent too much of the evening. The meat and cheese appetizer tray was a hit but the dinner entrees while good were not exceptional. Save room for the desserts. The Apple Napoleon was noteworthy.

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B
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Shrimp any grits are super. Special cocktails.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance and service!

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