Bar Solita

4.1
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Specials

$3 Beers

10 oz $3 draft beers (some exclusions apply); local to international beers from sour to stouts! All day long!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 28, 2019

Ends: March 29, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-10:00PM

Flamingo Brunch

Enjoy $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys, a Bloody Mary bar cart, mimosa flights, 32 oz flamingo cocktails and tapas style brunch w/ shareable cinnamon rolls and egg and bacon filled empanadas.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM-3:00PM

Half-Off Bottles of Wine

Enjoy Half-Off Bottles of Wine all day Wednesday in the entire restaurant! Some exclusions apply!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

Half Off Pizza Mondays!

Enjoy Half-Off pizzas all Monday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-10:00PM

Tapas Tuesdays

Get half-off tapas every Tuesday all day long at the bar or in the dining room. Private dining excluded.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM

4-7pm Happy Hour in ALL of Bar Solita

Enjoy $4-7 appetizers, pizzas and great drink specials in the whole restaurant from the bar, to the booths to the high tops! Monday- Friday from 4pm to 7pm w/ daily specials like Tapas Tuesday & Tiki Thursday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

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What 145 People Are Saying
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AP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends- will visit again

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 21st here! So fun. Great for apps and drinks!!

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B
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This place was great. My only downside was the staffing. It was a 45 min wait for my food because they didn't have enough people. I dont believe this would be the norm for them but outside of that everything was wonderful. Everyone was very nice, the food was phenomenal, and the place is gorgeous. I highly recommend the shrimp farfalle.

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C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant needs a lot of work in terms of the food presented and the service offered. They were understaffed and it showed! We will not be back!

Bar Solita
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Cailin, I'm so sorry about your terrible experience with us. We work very hard to make sure our servers are hospitable and that the food is well presented, but this day, we fell short. Again, I'm so sorry, and I thank you for your review. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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D
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were staying at Quirk but decided to dine at Bar Solita; we made reservations for 6 people at 6p; and we were seated promptly; 2 people at the front desk; 2 bartenders, several servers; not at all crowded; our server introduced herself right away; we ordered drinks; first round came in a reasonable time..... then things went south. After 30 mins or so, we had to go to the bar and ask where our 2nd round of drinks were. Food orders were 30-40 mins; had to go to the bar and ask the manager for help. One of the pasta and shrimp entrees was cold on top, lukewarm on the bottom; 3 orders of this dish were all just bland. Basically if we wanted something we had to go get someone. We were there over 2 hours; most of that time spent waiting. We’ve eaten at Tarrant’s West and based on our experience, surprised this in the same hospitality group. Very nice atmosphere and location, but on this night, we found the food to be bland and the service poor.

Bar Solita
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Denise, I'm so sorry to hear of your unsatisfactory experience. We thank you and appreciate your feedback. We take pride in being hospitable and insuring our guests have a wonderful experience. To have failed so badly in doing so, deeply upsets me. Your review will insure that we have the appropriate amount of staff, so that this does not happen again.

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P
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit to Bar Solita. We all enjoyed it and the valet parking was excellent for the theater.

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AG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve really enjoyed Bar Solita every time I have been! Recently came with a few friends with the intention to try out their communal Flamingo punch. We were a little confused when we saw that the drink cost $28 on their regular menu but was priced at $35 on their specials menu for brunch. We still went ahead and ordered it regardless of the price discrepancy. The drink serves 2-4 and there were 3 of us. The drink tasted great but I personally did not think you got enough to justify the price and it was hard to tell how much was actually given with the amount of crushed ice in the vessel. But the fried chicken biscuit was delicious and cooked perfectly and I could not get enough of the breakfast potatoes. Food and service were great as usual and I will definitely keep coming back.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall , a very enjoyable evening. Food was great. The only negative was noise level.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the ambience of this place. It was a perfect place for brunch and we couldn't have asked for better food or service. The Old Bay Chicken Biscuit was amazing and I would eat it every day if I could. The space itself was very spacious, and I loved the decor of the entire place. Bar Solita even has an area for private dining, which I will definitely keep in mind for future events. Because of the great prices and closeness to VCU, Bar Solita is the perfect place for college students to have a fun night out at a chic restaurant without breaking the budget.

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ED
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to brunch before seeing a play across the street. Awesome cocktail options and a wonderful menu that is reimagined well within anyone’s comfort zone. All staff we interacted with were warm and welcoming and seemed happy to be there too. I’ll spread the word!

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CC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Way loud. Mediocre food and worse wine. Service people were literally running all over the place trying to keep up. Frenetic.

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KJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Aaron was awesome.

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

Bar Solita was very fun and a pretty space. Our server, Aaron was fantastic. Our food was delicious. Valet parking was complimentary. Our party of 6 had a great time and would recommend Bar Solita to others.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best brunch experiences I've had in a while in Richmond. It was fun, delicious, and different. The cinnamon bun and mimosa flight were our favorite things, but all was wonderful. Thanks for making Father's Day perfect for our family!

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SP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and our waiter was very helpful and attentive! Would definitely visit again.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We had high hopes as the restaurant was an easy walk from our hotel The Quirk

Food just didn’t deliver

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CD
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate an early Father’s Day dinner. Absolutely loved the atmosphere and energy! Food was phenomenal. Very generous small plate portions. Healthy and good vegetarian options. Staff were so attentive and friendly.
We will definitely eat here more often!

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GR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The service was great. My salad was less than desirable (warm), but my lamb chops with pesto was excellent. I would come back without hesitation.

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R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a last minute dinner there Saturday. We loved the old Grafiatto's, but we thought the menu at Bar Solita was better and liked what they've done with the decor. Casual but upscale dining experience.

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ST
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went specifically for RVA Crabcake Week so we ordered the Crabcake bites which were amazing.
The kitchen was slow and forgot our Crabcake appetizers, so the server comped us for them and dessert! This was unexpected and gracious! The burger was amazing with the onion jelly and our server was attentive.
We will definitely be back!!!

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n
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Bar solita is a great concept, but the execution was awful. The food was disappointing. The service was slow and inaccurate. We ordered the flamingo, thinking it would be enough for the 3 of us, and it was all ice. There was barely enough drink in the glass for us to all taste it. This restaurant doesn't come close to comparing to other RVA options. Very disappointed.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s a beautiful restaurant. The staff is friendly and helpful. The drinks and food was okay. It was good but wasn’t what I expected for a Mediterranean restaurant. The hummus was disappointing. It wasn’t very flavorful. So it was good, not great and not terrible.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

A great ambience but the service was extremely slow. We were one of only two other parties there for brunch and it took over an hour for our food to come out and about 20 minutes to get our drinks. There were many instances where all of the waitresses and even the hostess would dissapear for long periods of time and they hardly came to check up on us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for drinks with friends or date night! Ambiance is perfect with a modern, slightly "Havana" feel. Food was good but flavor and presentation lacked love. Will definitely try again. Service was impeccable!!

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O
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Una buena experiencia ,volvería y lo recomiendo!!

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AH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. loved the coffee and the atmosphere. However, it was a little bit loud.

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M
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our family of 5 for small plates and cocktails. Yum!

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HH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 6:45 on Mother's Day and at 7:15 we had still not been sat, and they had NO IDEA how long it would be until we had a table. They are the WORST.

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MS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful MD celebrations 🎉 this was a fantastic experience

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BG
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a busy Mothers Day brunch but the staff had things under control. The brunch setup was attractive and the food was fresh and hot. (Or cold ) as appropriate. All of my food was very tasty... And a good selection. I do think an omelette station would have been a great addition. We will definitely visit again.

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G
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party fully enjoyed our Mother’s Day brunch at Bar Solita. It was our first time at Bar Solita and everyone remarked at how good the food was, the music that was played in the background and how attentive the waitstaff and service was. We will be back!!

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GN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bar Solita is a fun spot for friends to get together for small plates and drinks. It has a great downtown vibe.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Loved the decor and atmosphere, and the food was delicious, but the service was painfully slow. We arrived at 11 and didn't have drinks until 11:25 (the restaurant wasn't crowded and there was sufficient staff). I'd definitely go back, though.

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OT
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We checked in with Addison who was so nice and pleasant! And the margarita pizza was really fresh and tasty! The servers were great! I'll be back soon.

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DM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Noisy, kitchen overwhelmed by volume, food was lukewarm and drinks took 20 minutes, second floor seating makes it difficult for servers as all food and drink is prepped on first floor.

Willing to try again but on first floor or at the bar.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The space is wonderful. Nice large bar area and plenty of seating with upscale decor. We went during restaurant week and had the prix fixe menu. The pork shank and polenta was very skimpy on the pork and had enough polenta to feed a village. Everything else was delicious.

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S
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice evening with friends. Great service.

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CB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was attentive, but the food was very slow arriving from the kitchen. When we were served my husband had to send his chicken picatta entree back. It bore no resemblance to a picatta; it was heavily breaded and drowned in a bland white sauce served over mashed potatoes. No lemon, no capers, no olive oil. Do not recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation for a party of 6 for 12:30 Easter Sunday brunch. The people working there were very nice and helpful and the atmosphere was congenial, but the buffet food was just ok. It took forever for the kitchen to refill items that were being consumed. There weren’t that many people in line but by the time we got to the front of the buffet, they were out of salad, scrambled eggs, biscuits, two specialty dishes, potatos, salmon, and a couple other side items. The food quality and flavor was reasonable, but you had to wait quite a while to get it, and when the brought it out, it was in small quantities. Needless to say they really need help in the kitchen managing a buffet. I might give it another try ordering from their fixed menu, but at a flat $40 per person, I won’t be doing their buffet again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

No where on website or reservation did it say buffet. We noticed when we entered. Gave us menus so thought it was regular menu as well, ordered drinks and then asked once receiving and told it was buffet only, and no price until receiving checks. $40. Food was cold and hard for an hour before replacing. Server dropped drinks and didn't return until we just started stacking plates. Out of water for an hour. Awful experience. Other times have been great. Not this time. $100 cold buffet meal with basically no service.

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