Bar Solita

4.4
291 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Bar Solita is a chic, upscale Mediterranean small-plates restaurant focusing on quality ingredients w/ a wood fired oven. The bar boasts international, domestic and unique wines, craft beers & craft cocktails. Nice lounge and private dining spaces . Good for just a drink and appetizers and great for a date night. Good for large parties and great service. Social spot.

Chill happy hour & local hangout for happy hour and late night. Unique pizzas, wines and cocktails. Chic modern decor w/ artisanal pizzas. Homemade desserts and house-made pita. Located in the Art's District near Quirk, Linden Row Inn, the Pulse, November Theater, the National, Maggie Walker Statue, Graduate Hotel.

An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Woman Owned.
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1/2 off pizza Wednesday

Starting Sep 23, 2020 · Wed 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1/2 off best pizza in Richmond, hand made crust and sauce! Gluten free crust options, Great toppings too! 5-10 pm every Wednesday! Perfect for date night, or something casual! Capicola and Arugula, Classic Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, Basil Pesto, etc. Come on downtown, and enjoy some delicious pies! Maybe even pair your pizza with a bottle of wine!

Half-Off Bottles of Wine

Starting Sep 17, 2020 · Thu 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Enjoy Half-Off Bottles of Wine all day Thursday in the entire restaurant! Perfect pair with one of our seafood dishes, pizzas, or Beef Medallions! Looking to try something a little different? Here's your opportunity.
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souperchefg
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service was good, food was subpar.
Cheese plate was very basic, I could've gotten a better one from food lion.
Menu was described as Mediterranean, (shrimp and grits?), should have been described as simple bar food.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Quick service. Lovely and fun ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to treat myself to an early dinner, so I made reservations for 5.30pm on a Friday. I arrived and got seated right away. The service was great and the food was amazing! No regrets and I wish I had more room to eat more!!!

Bar Solita
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thanks for the review! It makes me so happy to hear when our guests have a great time with us!

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BethH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately for the restaurant, the space was almost empty; however, that made for comfortably spaced dining since the patio was closed due to rain. A lot of food for the money; the staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back upon our future visits to Richmond!

Bar Solita
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thanks for the fantastic review, Beth! I'm so happy you had such a great dining experience with us! We pride ourselves on good food and good service. Hopefully we'll get one or two more warm days so you can enjoy the patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were greeted fairly promptly, and sat quickly. The service started out well, but slowly started to decline. Once our order was taken, our server seemed to become less attentive. She did not check on us. The establishment was not busy that evening and there was a server for each patron that evening(4). Our server seemed to be only able to do one thing at a time which was waiting to get the food or waiting for the drinks. Closer to the end she seemed more engaged, like she was trying to get rid of us. She asked if we wanted dessert at the end, and we did, but she never cleared the dishes. Someone else came around eventually. Once done and leaving , we were pretty much ignored. The sad part is that the food was phenomenal

Bar Solita
Responded on November 14, 2020

I'm so sorry that we let our usually good service slip away! I'm glad you got to enjoy our food and hope you come back to try us again. I think in our enthusiasm for covid19 precautions like not pre-bussing while guests are at the table costs us golden opportunities to make the meal special and for that, I'm sorry and looking to improve service without invading your space or putting anyone's health at risk. Thanks or the opportunity to improve!

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to get a reservation and were accommodated when we showed up early. Lots of COVID precautions which we appreciated and the small plates, pizzas and main entrees satisfied everyone in our diverse group in terms of likes/dislikes. The zucchini fritters and Papas Bravas were big hits with the 20 somethings in our groups. Great selection of wine, beer and cocktails and excellent, attentive service.

Bar Solita
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Anne! I'm so glad you and your guests enjoyed the food and the staff was accommodating. We pride ourselves on good food and good hospitality. As far as our COVID precautions go, we take our guests' and staff's healthy very seriously and want everyone to feel safe and comfortable!

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KeiaR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was awesome!!! The waiter was the best, he gave great recommendations and even brought me my purse that I left at the table! With outdoor, couldn’t ask for more!!!

Bar Solita
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Keia! I'm so glad your server was so helpful!

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vipLaurenC
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the salmon entree and the butter sauce it comes with IS TO DIE FOR! I’m a pescatarian so I solely eat seafood with salmon being top. This was probably the best salmon meal I have ever had. It was also our waitresses first night serving and she did awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 1st time going. I had the Mimosa flight and the Old Bay Chicken Biscuit! Everything was A-1 in my book!!

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cherisseL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience5

The beginning our experience was nice the hostess and the manager were very sweet and inviting . Our waitress was not as pleasant and seemed to be rushing or something she wasn’t very attentive and forgot to put in some of our order. Once the food did get to the table it was all cold and super salty. My sister ordered a pizza and the bottom was completely burned but it took so long for the food to come out that she didn’t want to send it back. She at the pepperonis off of it and the rest of us had some of our food until we could get a reservation somewhere else for dinner and paid and left. I was highly disappointed because we love this restaurant and the food and service is normally very good maybe we will give it another chance for brunch after Covid.

Bar Solita
Responded on November 9, 2020

I'm so sorry for your terrible experience. I'm so sorry your server wasn't hospitable and that the food was bad. We pride ourselves on hospitality. We missed the mark terribly. We're using your review to retrain our servers and providing more management in the dining room. We'd love to extend a gift card to you to see our improvements. To what email address could I send it to? Again, if there's anything else you could think of that needs to come to my attention, please let me know.

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vipLaChaeim
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience!

Pros: food (meatballs, wings, Brussels sprouts), drinks (all of them), ambience & service (MARIA WAS AMAZING!)
Cons: took awhile to be seated, even with a reservation.

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AndrewP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a great time celebrating restaurant week! The food was delicious and the service was friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place as always. Our server Abbey was top notch, super attentive and really friendly. We’ll definitely be be back soon! One of the best vibes in RVA.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Sadly the dinner mains were over cooked and we opted for a flatbread which was tasty. The service was amazing and the half price wine bottle was such a good date night addition.

Bar Solita
Responded on November 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear your main courses were overcooked. I can assure you that is not a common thing. I'm glad, however, that the flatbread was better and you took advantage of the half price wine! It's my favorite night of the week!

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MayaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Great food and ambiance. Would reccomend

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SueS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch on Sunday. Lots of options to choose from. Food delicious. Service was fast & friendly.

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LoriE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service during restaurant week; beef tacos were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Brussels sprouts are spot on and the breakfast pizza is very good, but the pork souvlaki skewers were very dry and a bit cold. Overall the experience was good and I recommend taking advantage of happy hour deals!

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vipMLE64
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was really good, but the food didn't hold up. Dishes came out lukewarm or cold and the pork souvlaki was WAY overdone.

In fairness, they were swamped with a huge party of dinners that definitely slowed down a kitchen that was probably downsized because of COVID.

I might go back for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres, but not dinner.

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Elle
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was mediocre, according to my friend the shrimp tacos were fishy, I put in a request for a bunless burger which I really appreciate, I asked for well done burger it was done on the outside but still very pink inside. My friends were not impressed with the empanadas the one thing they did love was the pizza rolls, the roasted almonds was a nice compliment. I’m on the fence on trying this particular restaurant again, maybe it was an off night.

Service though, was spot on!!

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BradS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome. Food was great. No complaints!

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LoNo
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Solita is one of our favorite brunch spots! So glad they are reopened. Very open space, with lots of room between tables, much more than the government recommended 6'. And the food... AMAZING! Looking forward to coming back again soon.

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LynnM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great restaurant and they are doing a good job despite covid restrictions. The atmosphere is very hip. Service is good and the woodfire pizza is amazing.

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JenL
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing drinks and amazing food! One of our absolute favorite places to go!

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BillB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were great and glad they reopened. I encourage people to have dinner there.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely evening at Bar Solita.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review and continued loyalty!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Disappointed. We were looking forward to our first visit to Bar Solita, based on the reviews. They were not busy at all when we dined on a Thursday night at 6:30. Everything was fine except for the food. The tapas meatballs had no flavor - none. Tuna bites were overcooked. Falafel had very little taste, and fried outside was too hard. Brussels sprouts and the spiced feta were the best dishes. Was really expecting better food.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was such a great evening and the service was good for our large party. Food was excellent and the staff were accommodating for our needs.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad to hear you had such a pleasant dining experience with us. We pride our self on good food and excellent service!

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vipMonica
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nanna was an excellent server! So sweet and attentive. She facilitated a wonderful brunch experience. The drinks and food were wonderful!

Bar Solita
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Monica! I'l be sure to let Nana know how great of a job she's doing! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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vipJohnA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So, the food was great. Building was very cool. Our waitress was great and food was delivered quickly. Only problem I had was the fact that there was a waitress there with a see through black shirt with no bra. That was fun having my three kids there. One of which was a fascinated 4 year old. :/ Not sure why management allowed that, but it was what it was.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, John! I'm sorry the server's attire was disruptive to your meal. We are addressing the matter. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable! I am glad to hear outside of that, you had a great time and enjoyed the food. We do hope to see you again and I can assure you, you will not have the same issue. Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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AlinaH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is AWESOME!! It’s definitely a fun twist on food. We went for brunch and the drinks are great, they have good options for a more bottomless type brunch as well. The sweet potato and ricotta pizza sounds odd but it was one of the best pizzas I have ever had! Also the crepes are DELISH! We had a server who said it was her first day and she did so well, we would not have known she just started had she not told us.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Alina! I'm so glad you had such an awesome time with us. We pride our self on good food and good service! I love our crepes. So yummy! The pizza is odd sounding,but definitely good. We hope to see you again for brunch soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food a little loud but it is a bar. We had chicken Marsala a meat and cheese board salad and were surprised at how good the food was. Have already said we trying this place again.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I love our Chicken Marsala. What a great choice! We can't wait to have you back, Alicia, Office Manager

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CameronR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Hate to say this, but the food/drink is not worth the price. They would really need to elevate the fare to justify charging what they do. They also apparently do a disco Sunday brunch with a DJ. It was very loud and hard to hear.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Cameron. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your dining experience with us. It is never our intention that any of our guests leave unsatisfied or unhappy. I'm truly sorry about that. This Sunday, we did a 80s brunch. I'm sorry the music was loud, but this was a special event. We normally don't have a DJ on Sundays, so I encourage you to try us out again. This sounds like a pretty off shift and I can assure you that you can have a much better dining experience with us.

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LauraS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent brunch spot! The DJ was so good and we all had stuck a tough time deciding on food because everything looked incredible. Our choices didn't disappoint!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Laura! I love our brunch too. So many great choices!

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Andrea
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun. Trendy. Tasty food. Good drinks. Great spot for brunch, dinner, or drinks.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Andrea!

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vipBummer
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had been wanting to try this place for some time. We finally went with another couple. The menu looked amazing. It was hard to decide what to try because there were numerous small plates and entrees that were interesting.

We ordered cocktails and empanadas. The drinks were good. The broccoli and ricotta empanadas were excellent but we did not care for the pork carnitas one. The pork was lacking flavor and very dry. I was surprised at the blandness. We also ordered the carbonara and the beef medallions. The carbonara was also bland and not much better than a microwave meal quality. The beef medallions were decent. I ordered them medium but received them well done. So there was no pink at all and the meat was a little tough. The mashed potatoes were unremarkable and the brussel spouts were decent. We did not try dessert because the other items were so lackluster so we went to Shyndigs where we know the dessert is worth the calories.

Our server did a great job. No complaints at all for the service. The restaurant is super cute and I liked the vibe. This is why I still gave a 4 star rating. I probably should only have given 3 because the food just did not deliver.

I am definitely the kind of person that will return again and again when I like something. Unfortunately, this was a one and done for me. The problem is that there are so many good places to choose from that my standards have gotten higher. And at $113 for a dinner for 2 (not including tip), I definitely expected a better meal.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

I'm so sorry for your terrible experience. I'm so sorry the food was lackluster and that your medallions were not cooked to your preference. We pride ourselves on serving good food and plenty. We missed the mark terribly and it's embarrassing. Our chef is currently in the process of revamping the menu and I'm sure that if you give us a little time and a second chance that you will not be disappointed. Thank you again, Alicia, Office Manager

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rvafoodie
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food selection options. Service was very good. Very busy evening so a little noisy for conversation.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the review! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful dining experience with us! We pride our self on good food and being extremely hospitable.

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ChrisE
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the breakfast pizza!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the review. I love our breakfast pizza too, Chris!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was good but our server was stretched to thin. Four servers on a busy brunch is a little light. Overall it was a great experience.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the review! I'm glad to hear you had a great dining experience with us! Come back February 23rd for our 80s brunch! Alicia, Office Manager

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Bar Solita is rated 4.4 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

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