1609

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Southern
At 1609, we pay homage to Virginia’s rich horse racing history by proudly applying age-old culinary techniques to create unique blends and flavors that capture the essence of the Commonwealth. From Sir Archy, considered the father of All-American Thoroughbreds, to 1973 Triple Crown Champion, Secretariat, we recognize the grit and determination of the Colonist, as well as the renowned Virginian owners and trainers. That said, there is nothing more personal than breaking bread and sharing memories from home. Through our signature Southern cuisine and flavorful fare, we proudly honor individuals from seven nations coming together to share their racing experience.
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OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice. Good. Tasty.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Lovely place to dine...

SJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining here, it was great! A wonderful dining experience.

1609
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the kind message Sharon, we hope to see you again soon!

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ES
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We'd heard the food was expensive and of questionable quality but we had to try it. We were the only patrons in the restaurant at 6 p.m. the day we went. The server was absolutely wonderful and very helpful. The food, however, left much to be desired. The 'southern' greens are NOT our forte and on my wife's plate (of course). Yuck! And her 'roasted chicken' was nothing more or better than any rotisserie you can buy in Food Lion! Definitely nothing to write home about. My shrimp and grits were OK. I've had so much better from both a savory and properly cooked perspective at other more reputable restaurants. My shrimp were overdone and as tough as I'd ever experienced in my half dozen times choosing shrimp and grits (since I really don't like grits...coming from PA). The server was very congenial and supportive but, unfortunately, was not in charge of the kitchen. I'm certainly glad we weren't there when the place was full. The kitchen on the first floor is head and shoulders above the 1609! I do not recommend the current restaurant.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff is top notch. The food was very good. I doubt I’d order tuna poke again though. My brother and sister-in-law showed up unexpectedly and the hostess quickly made room for them which was very nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, excellent staff, Gracie did a wonderful job!

c
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good but service was slow and unorganized at first. Some sniping between waitresses. Perhaps picturesque during the day, we dined at night.

1609
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your message. We appreciate your feedback and will share this with our service team. We hope to see you again soon.

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience I would def go back and recommend it to my friends

L
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have already told people about our visit. Great time! Especially with Gracie our excellent server. Don’t lose her, she was awesome!

MA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1609 has a wonderful & friendly staff, will give good recommendations as for menu choices. Prices really good, and the atmosphere & ambiance was perfect for a date night. Definitely will be making reservations again in the near future.

MF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the second time in three weeks, I have dined at 1609. The hospitality and food value is awesome. It is a very nice diversion.

SL
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We will go back. I think they are still pretty new and improving. We had the 50 cent Oysters which were very fresh and tasty but tiny. My husband had the Crab Cakes which were delicious with no filling! I had the Shrimp and Grits which were okay but needed some Cajun spice in my opinion. They were a little bland. The wine was very good and so was the Velvet Cheesecake Dessert and the Coffee was fresh. Not quite as good as I was hoping but still a nice dinner over all. I was surprised that the only beef on the menu was a Hamburger.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food.
Fantastic Rachael!
We will definitely be back!
Try the Meatball app, crabcakes, and crunch cake!

JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, incredible service, delicious food. THE BEST EVER!

U
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My thoughts were the food was horrible and for what we got and paid $ 94
Short ribs there was no bone in them and it tasted like roast beef
Shrimp and grits was like a soup
And $17 dollars fo one crab cake that was like a crab ball
Would of been better if there was more selection to choose from like
Steamed oysters on a half shell
Steak possibly
Only thing that tasted good was the drinks
Hopefully this feed back will help in the long run we will definitely not be coming back and will definitely let anyone know the same

BC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual, the service was excellent and friendly. The view is nice. The meatball appetizer is enough for two (maybe more) and is yummy! The crab cakes are loaded with crab meat. The chocolate cake and salted caramel cake were great. My only quibble would be that the entrees and sides might have a little more diversity. Overall, definitely recommended!!

NO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for this amazing experience and we will definitely do it again 👌

ID
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Rachel was excellent. Courteous, pleasant, well informed about cocktails, menu.

TD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Presentation of our fried oysters was wonderful as was the crispy rib appetizer. Overall I look forward to coming back and trying some other items on the menu. Happy hour drinks were great.

P
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I liked the the food and ambiance. Overall very good. Had a large party and they had extreme difficulty splitting the check. But overall very good

JB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service was very good. A steak choice on the menu would be nice. A few people in our party want a steak entree but there was no option. Desert was awesome.

F
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my third visit to 1609 and I am going to try every entree. So far the crabcake, salmon with roasted root vegetables and the shrimp and grits have been outstanding. The view of the revitalized Colonial Downs racetrack is stunnning. If you live in or around the New Kent area you will be so pleasantly surprised at the caliber of this restaurant. Or if you don't and want a fun afternoon at Colonial Downs go make some bets and end the evening with a very enjoyable dinner.

MG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Server was amazing. Meatball was great. Shrimp and grits were different, not my favorite.

C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food is over priced for what you receive and level of knowledgable food service.

No salt or pepper available unless you ask, no butter with the hard overbaked biscuits, grits and carrots were under cooked with the 30.00 entree, and for 17.00 crab cake appetizer only one crab cake. And a dirty, food covered dish on our table we were to use for our bread.

Has the potential to be a very nice place if you have seasoned, knowledgable staff in place for cooks and service team.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

This is the second time my wife and I have dined at 1609. We both agree that the food and drinks are very good .
The overall experience , service, ambiance, etc. Extra Good.
I made my reservation thru OPEN TABLE, that was fine, but friends who wanted to join us a few days later got the no reservations available message. I mention this only because Friday night we were greeted at the entrance with a sign that said ..reservations available..
You might consider an alternative way to make reservations ..phone number or your website.
We live in Brickshire and look forward to many more dinners at 1609..Thanks, Ken Hislop

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal! The service was great . We felt it was a bit pricey for the atmosphere.

GW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed it. The food was good the wine was fantastic! It was very nice, and the people friendly, highly recommended.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. It was our anniversary and they had flowers and a card on the table signed by the staff. Multiple staff came by during our visit congratulating us. The food was outstanding. Crab cakes and the chicken and all sides were delicious. Highly recommended!

JT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The plate presentation was good as was the food! As a new operation, wait training will probably be key to attracting and retaining clientele. Know the wine list/understand timing from appetizers to entrée and become invisible. (the staff's congregation and socializing in the common area was noticeable).

I believe that 1609 has the potential to be a great high end restaurant.

AB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food had great presentation and taste. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. Justice did a wonderful job making sure I was taken care of. I will be back.

ST
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the new restaurant! We had the huge meatball and spare ribs for apps and the filet for the main course. Cooked perfectly, beautiful atmosphere and impeccable service! We will be back!