Bar Solita

4.2
103 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!

Terms and Conditions:

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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Brunch Buffet: $39.95/adults & Kids 4-10: 15.95, Fruit, Pastries, Raw Oysters, Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Brunch Potatoes, Breakfast Empanadas, Pigs in a Blanket, Grits, Pasta, Chicken, Vegetables, Salmon, Pizzas, Vegan & Gluten Free Options, Carving Station, Cooked to Order Omelettes* Waffles* Desserts

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 103 People Are Saying
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OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous, so I was really excited for this dinner. We had an 8:45 pm reservation and ordered several small plates to share. All of the food was mediocre (pork shanks were so tough! And the sauce on the meatballs tasted like Prego or Ragu). The bar is very pretty - maybe I’ll visit again for cocktails, but probably will not return for dinner again.

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JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was very good. The only complaint we had is that when ordering a martini it was serve in a Champagne glass. Need to have a proper glass for a martini.

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BS
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good! My salad was very peppery and not the same as last time I had it. A little noisy but still a good place to go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was tasty, nothing special though. Service was subpar to say the least even though there were more employees than patrons there at the time.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great server and enjoyed many delicious small plate offerings. I did not enjoy my Happy Hour drink, but that's just because I learned I dislike vermouth!
We thought the meal was a great value and highly recommend this hip spot with easy valet parking. Leave the West End and come downtown for some fun and great tapas!

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was pretty good, but slow at times. Food was nothing like described on the menu and was fair at best in taste and flavor.

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

Food and drink were great. Brunch specials were really good deal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely love the atmosphere and the food! The service was okay, but not great - they forgot to bring out meals for 2 out of our 10 guests (obviously forgot because they didn’t tell us it was coming out, just left us and when they came back five minutes later to check on how we were enjoying the food we asked where their meals were and they came immediately with them.) and they got several drinks wrong and didn’t bring more water out quickly. Was especially odd because the lower floor was practically empty - would expect better service when we are the largest and one of the only tables downstairs. I know they are newer so hopefully working out some of the kinks cause I really love the atmosphere and food!!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Bar Solita twice and the atmosphere is so refreshing. The cocktails list is creative and Tapas Tuesday is an awesome way to sample multiple dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was super yummy, and atmosphere was trendy and fun! Super convenient valet too!

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RF
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was ok - it just wasn’t as good as it was at Graffiato - that may or may not be fair, but that is how I judge it.

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TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Son's graduation party at the Bar Solita and were very impressed by the staff, food and the restaurant. We had the upstair's loft, which allowed some privacy and reduction of the noise level downstairs. Mim was our server and she was great and was very friendly and efficient. We strongly recommend the Bar Solita for any event!

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KY
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Really nice atmosphere with reasonably good food. Would go again.

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

Had a great brunch experience for RVA Brunch weekend! Loved the Old bay chicken biscuit!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hip decor. Great service. Food was very salty and VERY oily. They put us at a tiny table next to an incredibly large party, we couldn’t hear ourselves think.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

There were 7 of us. We were seated upstairs. The service was VERY slow. Although the wait staff were very nice, they were inattentive and we waited quite a while in between drinks and ordering food AND the food arrival. The noise level was extremely loud. Of all the restaurants in Richmond, I would not recommend this one.

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Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Booked a reservation for a group of 14 for my wife’s birthday. We ended up running a bit late trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule, and they were kind enough to hold our table until we arrived which was very nice and unexpected. Servers were attentive and patient with our large group! They took their time letting us order and were prompt on drinks and food. I was very happy with the service we received!

The food itself unfortunately was the opposite. Bland, cold, tasteless. Not sure where the disconnect is but the kitchen is the weak link in the chain. The only exception to this was the soup of the day which we had as an opener. The rest of our dishes (house meatball, shrimp, and mushrooms) were all ridiculously under seasoned and completely devoid of flavor. The meatball I received was also ice cold.

The space itself was large and we were seated in an upstairs area that gave our large party a bit of privacy and and created a comfortable noise level for our group.

Overall, good wine and stellar service, with memorable ambience. However, definitely not a spot to eat at.

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CV
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. I got two small plates- the shrimp and sautéed mushrooms in sherry, along with the roasted almonds for the table and champagne. Terrific!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This experience was out of this world! We reserved a table for brunch at 10:45. There was a cart serving Bloody Mary’s, like a readily available Hibachi Grill! Also at that time there was a live DJ and on a freaking Sunday! Absolutely gorgeous servers and hostess. Everyone dressed so well, and it felt like I was underdressed. No judgment by anyone there, everyone was so helpful and so wonderful. The food was absolutely fantastic with Central American and Latin-Caribbean twists.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We had eaten here when it was Graffiato. We were so saddened by the decline in the food. From the getgo, the server was bluntly unhelpful with IPA selection. We ordered 5 items, for the two of us sitting at the bar. Many open bar seats at the long bar. The caponata was fine, and the falafel was quite good. But the fattoush salad- was nothing but a green salad! No pita chips, no dates, nothing other than green lettuce, croutons and cucumbers with a halved cherry tomato here and there. The orzo salad was worse- no seasoning, orzo clumped together. There were no pine nuts as advertised, minimal tomatoes and basil- justa mess. The ‘breakfast pizza” was greasy, having been cooked in oil in the pizza oven. The pizza chef could not be bothered to cook the eggs for the breakfast pizza in the pizza oven- instead they were cooked in a frying pan and thrown on top of the pizza after it came out of the oven. Just plain lazy. Breakfast pizza was served with minimal sausage and cold, lumped ricotta-like cheese. There was a 12 year old soccer party up in the balcony and the shrieking was loud. The chef came out and just stared at everyone- clearly spending more time outside the kitchen than in it. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable but clearly bored with the whole scene.

Bar Solita
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Anonymous, I am so sorry to see 2-stars. As the owner, I am working with our executive chef, management and staff to provide the best service and food possible. I apologize for the loud party on the balcony- there were many young kids that night for a soccer event. We are working to improve our food- even bringing in talented new cooks. Your feedback is invaluable. Thank you! Liz.

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our second trip to Bar Solita. Hummus and pita were delicious as well as the pepperoni roll app special. We were disappointed that the Happy Hour specials listed on Open Table are no longer available ($4-7 small plates M-F as well as numerous drink specials have been replaced with a couple of wine & beer specials and 4 light snack specials - think toasted nuts, et al). We went that night specifically to try several small plate specials with our teens. Felt a little "bait and switch" although we know it is likely a harmless oversight (i.e. someone needs to update the description on OpenTable)

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful for our friend’s casual birthday dinner. Would’ve been better if we weren’t seated so close to kitchen and server stand. Our server was amazing and everyone loved the ambience. Will definitely return!

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is so cute - the lighting is beautiful, and the decor is so nice. The drink menu for flamingo brunch was excellent. We had the mimosa flight shared between a group, but I would happily have anything on that menu. The spicy biscuits and gravy were AWESOME, but the empanadas were lacking in flavor and pretty dry. I will definitely be back.

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So friendly and welcoming! We had 8 but had an extra person arrive and they were so quick to accommodate 9. The Bloody Mary cart service was amazing and the lady in charge was so kind and patient. This will be our favorite brunch place now!

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had our spot ready in a perfect location upstairs. The happy hour specials are great. Although, Wish they would add to their food happy hour specials.

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QB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. We arrived a little early for our reservation and we had a big party, but he didn't blink an eye. We were seated in less than a couple of minutes and soon had drinks in hand. The food is creative, but accessible. Interesting enough to appeal to 'foodies' and normal enough for the rest of us. Prices were a little higher than I expected, but well within the normal range. A great experience for all of us. I'll be back!

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

Loved the space with its openness, murals, light fixtures and plants!

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LG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent++++
Music was a little loud for Sunday brunch.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great looking place, neat seat up. Food was great. My only issue was worst service in RVA that I’ve experienced. Could have been an off day, will probably try one more time

Bar Solita
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your service... I am really working to maintain quality service at my new restaurant. We have had changes in staff- but I have been on-site daily to train-up staff. Thank you for taking time to review- I hope you can come back and try more of our great food in the near future! I will be around- please say hello if you see me. I am the shorter, blonde woman. Liz

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IM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch and the food and drinks were great. Reasonable prices and great service.

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

Bar Solita was great! Beautiful space and delicious small plates to share.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service and staff great. A few problems with food but all remedied by staff. Place hadn’t changed much from prior establishment which was okay and I like the set up. Food overall was average. Drinks were good. We tried quite a few items including dessert. Best was the pizza. Worst was the baclava. I would def go back mainly due to the positive and friendly staff. And the drinks. Hopefully the food will improve!

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D
Richmond
106 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The Bloody Mary cart offered during brunch is a wonderful thing! The biscuits are beautiful, too. However, the live DJ boomed the music making it very difficult to hear my friends and really made the experience less satisfying ... and sadly will (probably) prevent me from returning.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, loved the Bloody Mary bar! Liked the choice of music in the background. Too many brunch choices that were fried - would have preferred more healthy options. That said, everything else was worth a return trip..

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BM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They claimed they didn’t have our reservation even after I showed it to them. Then they said they would get us a table right away and after 20 minutes of us waiting brought a menu and offered to let us order while we waited which really defeats the purpose of a nice night out. Finally we just left and went somewhere else.

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C
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ordered an Old Fashion.
It was delicious but a little strong.
Asked for a side of GingerAle to add. Charged me 3.00. I felt that it should have been complimentary.

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j
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The yes above depends on who the friend is. If the friend is less than 20 years old and already deaf then I would recommend it for him.

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MA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

My wife and I dined here for a belated Valentine's Day date, and we definitely will not put this place on our "Favorites" list. The service was slow, but our server was very nice. The food was good, but not great. There are so many good options in Richmond. This place needs to step it up.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

So many things were wrong with our experience.
1) Service so slow
2) Ordered bottle of wine that was on menu, but apparently not in stock yet
3) Glass for mixed drink was dirty and sticky
4) Ordered charcuterie board for table for appetizer, after waiting 30 minutes for it and knowing we were trying to make 8p show, cancelled it. Waitress assured we wouldnt be charged?!?!
5) A hot dish came out stone cold
6) The side ordered with burger came out wrong, when they brought it out again, was still wrong side.

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