Bar Solita

4.3
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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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

Extended Happy Hour

Enjoy $4.50 rails, $5 drafts, $6 wines and specialty cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 21, 2020

Ends: March 22, 2119

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-9:00PM

Kids Eat Free

Kids under 10 eat free w/ purchase of an adult meal

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 21, 2020

Ends: March 22, 2119

Availability: Daily 2:45AM-10:00PM

Date Night

Enjoy a Bottle of Wine, one Appetizer, two Entrees, and one Dessert for only $65.
Try different Entree specials every Tuesday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

Availability: Tue 3:00PM-10:00PM

Thursday Tap Night

Enjoy $5 rotating drafts all day!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 12, 2019

Ends: August 13, 2118

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

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

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 265 People Are Saying
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OT
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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OT
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.

OT
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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M
Baltimore
5 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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JA
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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AH
Philadelphia
4 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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OT
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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CR
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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LS
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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A
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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B
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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r
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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CE
Richmond
1 review
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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OT
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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BC
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great! All the glassware was dirty though. The cups had lipstick stains and dust on the rim and the plates had food stuck on the bottom. Hair was found in my coffee. Other than the cleanliness, the food and service was excellent!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Bryce! I'm sorry to hear about the dirty dishes! I'll be sure that management is reinforcing the policy that our servers are checking all silverware and dishes before being presented to guests so that this does not become an ongoing issue. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the food and that your server was great! We pride our self on good food and good service. Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server had a great personality and gave excellent service . Usually younger millennial servers have zero personality and awkward. The food was very delicious and flavorful. I'm definitely going back.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so glad you had such a great dining experience and you enjoyed your service. We can't wait to have you back! Alicia, Office Manager

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went for their Valentine's Day special menu for 2. The staff felt very hectic and the food/service was very underwhelming. Our waitress was not attentive or friendly (she straight up ran away before we finished ordering). The food was less appetizing than it's description and came out lukewarm.
I would maybe come back for drinks and an app at the bar, but would not spend money for a meal :/

Bar Solita
Responded on February 18, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. This is not our norm and I'm truly so sorry. We never want our guests to feel rushed or ignored or leave feeling dissatisfied with their meal. It sounds like we had a really off night and I do hope that you can give us another chance to let us show you how truly great of a dining experience you can have with us. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

My husband and I went to Bar Solita to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For a Saturday night, the restaurant was busy but not overly crowded. We arrived a little early prior to our reservation but were seated quickly. The menu has a Mediterranean touch with lots of options. We saw families with kids in the restaurant and it seemed like they had some good options for them (something that we appreciated since we have a 3-year-old at home). Anyway, we put in our drink order and then our food order. We ordered 2 tapas dishes and 2 entrees. We got our drinks fairly quickly but it took awhile to get our food. We hardly saw our server while we were waiting. Once our food came out we were surprised to get our entrees first. We mentioned that we ordered tapas as well and the server who delivered our food apologized and got our tapas disses right away. The tapas dishes we ordered (the spiced feta and the Brussels sprouts) were lukewarm which told us they were probably left under a warmer and forgotten. My husband got the chicken piccata which was good but nothing particularly memorable. I got the shrimp tacos which were very good. Overall the food was good but mediocre. The service was slow but everyone was friendly and courteous. It was a very nice night out but probably won’t go out of our way to go again. I recommend this place if you want to get a drink and some food with friends but be aware you may have to wait a little bit to get your order.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the feedback! I'm so sorry your tapas were forgotten about. I'll be sure to let management know that they are enforcing frequent table touches so that these sort of things don't continue. I am glad you enjoyed your entree and that surrounding servers were hospitable and kind. I do hope you'll give us a chance to show you that you can have a better dining experience with us! Alicia, Office Manager

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Terrible food for the cost. I would only return for cocktails (or drinks) and an appetizer.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 24, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. If you've read our other reviews, you can see that this is not our norm and I'm truly so sorry. We pride our self on serving good food and plenty of it. It sounds like we had a really off night and I do hope that you can give us another chance to let us show you how truly great of a dining experience you can have with us. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very great experience. The staff was kind and their was ultimately no wait time.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review! I'll be sure to let our staff know what a great job they're doing! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience5

5/10 I would not recommend. The cinnabon was more like bread with icing, literally no cinnamon! Our waitress (Ana? she never even introduced herself) was trash, the drinks were all watered, out actual entrees were great and well seasoned but everything else tarnished our experience.. cute place, should
be a club instead of an eatery

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about experience with us. Our executive chef recently changed our cinnamon bun recipe, and obviously, it's not better. I'll be sure to take your opinion in consideration. I'm also sorry to hear your server wasn't hospitable. This is in no way representative of our view on guest service. I'll be sure to have management work with our servers on our greeting policy. I do hope you'll give us a second chance to show you how great of a dining experience you can have with us.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious courses and perfect portion sizes! Beautifully decorated and candles at every table. Food took a little extra long to come out, but it was Valentine's Day so it was understandably very busy and the waitress was attentive and checked on it for us to ensure that it was coming :) Can't wait to go back!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Grace! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Valentine's Day with us! We pride our self on good food and good service! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant so much. The tapas is amazing and great drink selections. Cannot recommend enough.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review, Karen! I love our tapas too! The drinks are just as amazing. Come back again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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VS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Fixed menu but food still took forever. Ordered steak medium, received very rare meat. sat at a table near an area where wait staff kept going for silverware, really annoying having everyone cut through in between my table and another the entire time we were there. Paid $120 for a meal that was cooked wrong and took an hour to get. Waitress was wearing pajamas basically I guess they dress casual there. Waste of time and money. Restaurant was cool inside though.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Vance. I'm sorry to hear about you poor dining experience with us. From the raw steak to the long wait- it's embarrassing. It sounds like we had a pretty off night if you've read some of our other reviews. I do hope you can give us another chance to show you how great of a dining experience you can truly have with us. Thank you again, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful place! Love the vibe here, it’s a nice place for any occasion or just drinks and dinner. We did a double date here for Valentine’s Day dinner with my sister and brother-in-law from out of town and they loved it. We’ll always come back here.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so glad you and your guests had such a wonderful dining experience with us! We can't wait to have you back, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great Valentines Day experience - all the dishes we tried were great - but the spicy feta was INCREDIBLE!!!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I love the spiced feta too! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere were great, it definitely won't be our last visit.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! We pride our self on good food and good service! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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CR
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My wife and I celebrated Valentines Day at Bar Solita. We chose to pick from the speial Valentines Menu (it wasn't mandatory, but looked like a good value. The soup was very tasty, although it could have been served hotter. For the appetizer, we chose the Crab-stuffed ravioli to share. That was delicious. For the main course, we both chose the Bistecca (beef filet). That was likewise delicious; however, the food-deliverer gave me my wife's plate (cooked medium) and her my plate (medium rare). We quickly discovered the error and switched plates. (The delivery person asked who got medium and then proceeded to give it to the wrong person.)

The final course was a "chocolate mousse." I put that in quotation marks, because it tasted like it came from a box with "Jello" printed on the front. Yes, it taste like a chocolate pudding mix, and is the reason for the lukewarm rating given above. The first part of the meal was wonderful, but the puddin... er, mousse was a disappointing finish to the meal.

On the personal service side, our server, Katherin, (NOT the person who delivered the entrees) was very attentive to our needs and checked with us several times to ensure that we were enjoying our meal.

Oh, and they have very good coffee.

SI
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!!! Food was delicious and the service was great. Loved the European ambience. Definitely will be returning...fo sure.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review! We pride our self on good food and good service! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I have 2 teenage daughters and Bar Solita is Instagram worthy! And the food is excellent! We really enjoyed our experience. I would say the service is a bit slow so make sure you allow plenty of time even if they are not crowded. And we had an issue with the fact that they were out of one of our entrees but didn't tell us until they were bringing the rest of the meals. So my husband had to switch up his meal and then wait for it. We were mostly done when he got his food. They did comp his meal to make up for it. Hopefully that was an anomaly. We plan to go back!

Bar Solita
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Jen! I'm so sorry you all weren't notified until the entrees came out that your husband's was unavailable. I'll be sure to make sure our servers and kitchen staff are communicating and on the same page. I am glad they comp'd his meal! I'm glad to hear outside of that that you enjoyed the food. We definitely can't wait to have you back! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance
Great food
Highly recommend

Bar Solita
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review!

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F
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our food and the service was excellent. We look forward to returning and trying several more dishes on the menu.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Freddie! We pride our self on good food and good service. So glad you received both! We can't wait for your return, Alicia, Office Manager

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A
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Beyond horrible. Terrible food, terrible service. Drinks took forever. Hummus appetizer took 45 min. When entrees came they were cold and pretty much inedible. When brought to servers attention she almost seemed to bargain with me for "20% off". Manager never visited table.

BI
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience and enjoyed the ambiance and friendly prompt service. Good food and beverages! Will go back.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. We pride our self on good food and good service. Our drinks are just as yummy! Can't wait to have you back, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Solita has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants when in the downtown area. The food is very good and the service is quick and efficient - allowing you to get in and out and make your next event. It is very close to area theater venues. Makes a really nice evening to enjoy dinner at Bar Solita and then see a local theater show.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so glad to hear we're one of your "favorites"! We pride our self on good food and good service. I'll be sure to let the staff know to keep up the great work! Alicia, Office Manager

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ST
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good as always, and the service prompt.

However, this was the 2nd time at Bar Solita where the Open Table reservation was later marked as missed. 4 missed reservations and Open Table blocks you.

The restaurant needs to properly mark patrons as arriving for the reservation. The reason we choose to eat here is the ease of booking a reservation through Open Table.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 9, 2020

I am so sorry about marking you as missed! As you may know, each person booked online costs the restaurant $1 per person, so a party of four costs us $4- some even costs $5 per person!! So we are very hesitant to mark anyone as seated if we are unsure they dined. Again, so sorry for the inconvenience, and we will improve, and we hope to see you again soon, Liz owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved my tablet at Bar Solita through OpenTable without issue. We arrived at our appointed time and we're met graciously. We waited just a moment as a table was prepped. We sat and were greeted by the wait staff warmly. We ordered drinks and tapas. These arrived without issue. The tapas were AMAZING. We had also put in our entree order. Shortly after we finished our tapas, our entrees arrived. These were amazing as well. Timing was perfect on everything. I have nothing negative to say about this experience. It's definitely a repeat.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad to hear what a wonderful dining experience you had with us. We pride our self on good food and good service! I'll be sure to let our staff know to keep up the great work. We can't wait to have you back, Alicia, Office Manager

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KE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely staff, and delicious tapas! Will definitely be back!

R
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun! Service was attentive and seated right away.

Bar Solita
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! We pride our self on good food and good service. I'll be sure to let our staff know to keep up the great work! Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Been here several times now. A very convenient place to grab drinks and a bite before a show at Virginia Rep.