Postbellum

4.5
210 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(804) 353-7678
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Church
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Catering
Catering is available for groups of all sizes. From platters to full service dinners, please contact us and we would be happy to serve you at your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harvie
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Parking details
Parking is available on the streets surrounding Postbellum, or in any private lot labeled "Eck Properties" after 5pm or on weekends.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 210 People Are Saying
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GF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Date Night deal on Sunday evening is terrific. We each had a glass of wine, shared a delicious oyster stew and split a pasta entree. The creamy meatball sauce could have been too rich, but it was perfect: hearty and light at the same time.

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K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was an overall horrible experience. I reserved a table for 11 and they tried to put us at two separate tables not connected. When asked (we were trying to have a family brunch) both the hostess and manager were rude and didn’t seem to care at all that they couldn’t accommodate us. They said “we have other large reservations” which made me feel as though our reservation was somehow less important.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant to grab a bite before a play at the Altria Theater. The food was very good, and service was good, but not overbearing, which was a nice balance.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner and drinks before going to the theater. Food and service were both great.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service - convenient location

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food at Postbellum was extremely uninspiring and poorly executed. The bread came to the table with cold butter that tore the bread apart. The cornbread had absolutely no taste. The onion soup had a mealy texture and the spaghetti bolognese was watery and the pasta was way over cooked. I was told by others that the food had gone downhill and I should avoid the restaurant. Should have listened to their advice. I won’t return.

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F
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very crowded and loud when we first arrived. Things got better as the evening unfolded. Waiter was fabulous!

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TB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great!

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SG
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent. Loved the ricotta ravioli app. The servers were friendly and pretty much perfect with the exact right level of attention. Our table for 2 was a in room with 3 other tables for 2 and 2 tables for large parties. While conversation was easy across the table when the large tables were empty, as soon as the first large party joined, the noise level was high and once the second table party arrived, you could not converse at all. We immediately asked to be moved and the staff was very supportive and positive about finding a better spot for us. And still being attentive and taking good care of us in our new bar location. A+ for customer service and food quality/taste.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant in the Fan neighborhood with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Service was fast and the food was good.

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PT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. We had a 6:30 reservation but when we got there they said it would be 15-20 minutes before our table was ready. We did get a table around 6:45 and the service was quick and we were able to make the show that night.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One in our party of four had to return her food because it was cold. Other than that, the food and our wine was good and our service was excellent.

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JM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. It was a little loud but overall a great experience!

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G
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My girlfriend and I had dinner before a show at Altria. Our Saturday dinner was our first experience there. When we entered, seeing a prominent bar, hearing a raucous crowd nearby and seeing cheesy Halloween decor, I thought I’d entered a bar & was concerned about the quality of the food. We were seated in a smallish dining room that rapidly filled. Our waitress was very attentive, and I had my glass of wine shortly after ordering. GF and I shared a cheese/ meat board with sausage ( tasty!), Camembert (creamy ), and a cheddar ( too mild), liver pate (too many cooked sweet onions on top but otherwise rich and spreadable). The board came with an excellent mustard sauce, fig jam, pickled peach slices and squash, providing a nice balance to the rich cheeses. We also shared an oyster stew, which was 3 plump VA?-smallish) oysters, a couple of roasted fingerling potatoes, some red onion and pepper slices topped with a flavorful sauce. Not really a stew but we loved sopping our bread (an “appetizer”- garlic and cornbread swarm and tender) in it and the oysters were very tender.
All in all, we enjoyed our meal very much. The restaurant could greatly improve the first impression by drawing attention away from the bar (a screen?) and setting up some interesting decor ( lights? Artwork? Plants?) in the hallway leading to dining area. Same for the room where we ate- some table candles, flowers, a cushion on the bench and wall decor that’s more than some thrift shop pieces thrown together haphazardly would go a long way.

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AE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed the food. Was disappointed we took time to make a reservation in advance and were seated at a tall pub style table right by the door and very loud bar area — it was cold and very loud! Plenty of tables available in quieter section. Disappointing choice and not sure we’d go back except the food was awesome.

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N
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed this place. Drinks were good and varied in style. The fried chicken was unreal. Shrimp and grits was very cool.

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ER
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Coming back soon. Loved the service and the ambience.

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RV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch! All the components of the southern Benedict were perfectly prepared - amazing Hollandaise! Cinnamon bun was large, yeasty, and just the right sweetness. Loved the Brussels sprout leaves with slight sweetness, char, and sugared lemon rind. Very friendly and attentive staff. Would definitely recommend.

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TD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here - we were on a mission for

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YH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fried green tomatoes. We’d have ordered more, but our entrees came pretty quickly. Same w the main courses- shrimp and grits, lemon chicken and the steak were great. The drinks were pretty spectacular too- mezcal and a margarita. Creme brûlée for dessert- can’t wait to go back again.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Pleasant restaurant. Food was good as well as the service but the noise level is too high. Difficult to talk to each other.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Beautiful space. Very friendly and helpful bartender. Waitstaff friendly. Food is very good. Overall, very nice experience. We'll be back.

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CM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Most of our party had the hash with sausage. Perfectly basted eggs . Scotch egg excellent. Friendly and great service. Oddly quite empty for Sunday brunch-but I am told this is not the norm.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

There was zero recognition by our server that we we're celebrating a birthday. Very disappointing. Food was good. Service was otherwise fine.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a large party that they easily accommodated for brunch/lunch on a Saturday. Service was very friendly, banana bread muffin special and coffee cake were particularly good, but everyone was happy with what they ordered.

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AB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for date night and were glad we did! The food was amazing. I highly recommend the Honey Butter Fried Chicken. You will not be disappointed!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and excellent service. Although inside was a little loud and outside had very little shade on a sunny day it was a good experience overall.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! The wait staff was very kind and took very good care of us!

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Ask for Chloe to be your wait staff. She is smart, fun, and able to assist a lunatic group of people who have interesting decision-making skills. Food was excellent. Slightly too loud for the older crowd, but great for younger folks. Try a pretzel!

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was looking forward to homemade bread but it did not impress me. Some seemingly store bought Italian bread with butter melted in it and some dry,crumbly corn bread. What did impress me was the cornmeal dusted snap peas. AHMAZING! Ordered the chickpea fritters but I felt they lacked flavor even with the dip options. The pub menu had better options in my opinion for appetizers. Nachos are a must as are the honey truffle frites and pina loco mules!

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AB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Place was not too busy. We were seated quickly and our waitress was very kind and offered good information. The dry fried sugar snap peas were good but a little too much. The chickpea fritters were also good, but nothing special. The brownie cake dessert had excellent coconut cream, but otherwise was just ok. Now, the drinks were excellent. Overall, the whole dinner and experience was just average.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Postbellum - the first time a group of ten and this time a group of three. All of the food was excellent both times. The service was outstanding on our second visit- very friendly, professional and courteous. Telling our friends about our experience and will definitely be back!

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VD
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Took my hubby to Postbellum for Father's day brunch- looking for something different and veg leaning. We found it! Lots of veg and vegan choices. Hub had the vegan biscuits and gravy- gorgeous food! Fluffy huge, house made biscuits layered with vegan sausage and tomatoes then smothered with gravy. I had the asparagus, goat cheese omlette which came with yummy blistered cherry tomatoes folded in and sided with nice fried red potatoes and onions. They have a mimosa/ bloody Mary bar at brunch, so you can order your preferred shot or bubbles and mix it to your liking. The ambience was okay, a bit stark but fine. Our service was also fine but got a bit slower as we wound down. All in all, we really enjoyed our meal and will try Postbellum again- certainly for brunch and maybe for lunch or dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a nice dinner. The menu is limited but very good! The fried chicken sandwich was one of the best ever and salmon salad also excellent. Go for casual dinner and don’t expect a wide range of entrees and you will enjoy! The drink choices are different and fun!!!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. The service was wonderful. It's a great place!

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CD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Here for Mother’s Day. Excellent service, great food, and wonderful ambiance! We will continue to come often!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was Mother’s Day. My mother in-law has a broken femur and they made sure to accommodate us with the appropriate type of seating. Prices were reasonable and the food was amazing. Would definitely recommend and revisit. Service was great too.

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KC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall 4.5 stars. Enjoyable brunch experience with concise and tasty menu and excellent service. Would have given 5 stars except for the noise level. Brick/tile floor with no sound absorption = loud.

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MR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as well as service! Everyone was very polite!! I loved the atmosphere, too!

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m
Richmond
80 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Haven't been to Post Bellum in years, was disappointed that they no longer serve their ghost pepper wings; had hoped to try them again. Tried another spicy dish but it wasn't spicy, it was mild. Overall, good atmosphere and service. Would go back again to try other options on the menu.

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