Bar Solita

4.2
160 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

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

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 160 People Are Saying
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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Service was great, too!

GG
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks here are always awesome!!!

JS
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Had a good visit at Bar Solita. I'm picky about handing out stars and rarely give 5. We went to this establishment for the flamingo brunch which their website states as having $3.00 Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. When we arrived the waitress told us they were $5.00. They were gracious to honor the $3.00 price. I don't know if they made them smaller because of the price but they would not be worth $5.00 if that is their going rate as they were small. Overall the food was just ok. My husband ordered the steak burrito and the filling was cold. Two of us ordered the Mediterranean omelette. It was good but very small. It seemed like it may have only been one egg..... or at the very most barely two egg, and honestly not worth the cost. It was also over cooked. The restaurant uses an egg mold to make the omelettes. I think making an omelette free form is sooooo much better! Maybe teach your line cooks how to do this. Their side potatoes are really, really good! One person in our party ordered the chicken and biscuit which was also really good. I give this restaurant 3.5 stars because the ambiance is nice, it wasn't crazy busy, but the food was inconsistent. We will definitely give it another try.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 7, 2019

Jill, Thank you so much for the feedback. We truly appreciate all comments and critiques. I'm happy to hear your server honored the drink prices. We will be sure to change that. I'm sorry to hear our brunch food wasn't quite to your liking. We recently hired a new chef and he's been working very diligently to turn things around and give our guests the best food possible. I do hope that you give us a try in the near future to see these changes. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was on a date with my 12yo before a show. There is something for everyone on the menu, and everything is delicious. We had the shrimp farfalle, fish tacos, papas bravas, and tiramisu for dessert. All great choices, but would love to return soon to sample more dishes!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad to hear you and your 12yo had show a great pre-show dinnner. I love the tiramisu too. We can't wait for you to come back and join us!

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

We will definitely be back here - great place for dinner

Bar Solita
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the review! I love eating here on my nights off-great spot! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Bar Solita with twelve girlfriends as a last hurrah before I move across the country. Couldn’t have been a more fabulous dining experience! The ambiance and decor is so beautiful, and the food was impeccable! Service was great too. A true Richmond gem. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for such a great review! I'm so glad to hear you and your friends had such a wonderful and enjoyed the food and service. I love our ambiance and food too! Have a safe trip. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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BB
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful first time visiting Bar Solita! Went on a Tuesday and enjoyed their AMAZING 1/2 off tapas. This is definitely a new favorite place- perfect for a date, girls night, etc.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 2, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the tapas! The pricing makes it even better. I'll let our chef know. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday brunch here and got the flamingo!! Food was amazing. Highly recommend. Will be coming back a lot!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 1, 2019

So glad you enjoyed your birthday brunch! I'll let the bartenders know you were impressed with the Flamingo. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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PG
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice venue. Our server was very nice and assistive with all requests. I am a wine drinker and found the wine prices to be very inflated. The house chardonnay was very bad. Ended up drinking a Chateau St Michelle--an $8 bottle of wine for $30. Quite a mark on all the wines on the menu. Beer was great and cold! Food mundane, except for the really nice cheese/meat appetizer. As there were four of us, we tried many of the small plates, and the ravioli. Most were disappointing. Maybe I should have had the pizza.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thanks the the feedback. Despite not being the biggest fan of our food, I'm glad you liked your beer! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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ST
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

2nd time we've been & everyone tried something different than our previous visit. Again the food was very good & appropriately priced. We had the 4 cheese ravioli w/pesto, pepperoni & mushroom pizza, & the burger.
Other than the mix up that we were a no show for our open table reservation (which was corrected) we recommend & will dine there again!

Bar Solita
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review Steve. All of your choices sound super delicious. I'm so glad you had a great time. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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LB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and desserts. Nice complimentary valet service!

Bar Solita
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the review! I'm happy to hear you loved your food and that our chef was so sweet. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out with friends

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good experience overall, the best thing they have going for themselves is the atmosphere and their apps/tapas. Plasta dishes didn’t have a lot of flavor but the main entrees are huge.

JL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We love Bar Solita and have had great experiences. We were disappointed on this visit. Food portions were small for 2 of our party and significantly too big for another. Not as tasty as previous dinners. We will still be back soon.

AP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends- will visit again

KT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We watched a table of four-two adults and two children-who left half their pizza because the crust appeared too tough to eat. My husband's salad dressing appeared to be forgotten and my orzo salad was completely bereft of flavor.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ED
Richmond
13 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!

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.

KJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Aaron was awesome.

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.

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!

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.

GD
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

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!

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.

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.

ST
Richmond
10 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!!!

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.

OT
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.

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.

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!!

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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