Belle

4.2
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$30 and under
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Southern
We’re Belle—a new southern kitchen.
We believe in sourcing and serving food that is delicious, locally responsible, and appeals to various diets and allergies while still keeping our prices fair. We want you to have a good time, so we have amazing craft cocktails and daily happy hour. Come on by.

We are located at 700 East Main Street, and serve dinner Tuesday- Sat from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Our space was designed through a collaboration between Apex Studios, a well-known Richmond-based design firm, and D.C. designer Sharon Braithewaite. Our 32-foot glowing honey onyx bar is a primary design feature at Belle. Our dining room seats up to 52 people under an elegant light installation of 135 four-inch metallic globe pendants. There is also patio seating for up to 18 guests.
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RC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

The atmosphere was nice, the issues started when the hostess said we could only order of the appetizer menu, and one more something to do that they weren’t serving anything else, also drinks were limited, very little food and not as described, would not god back or recommend to anyone

Belle
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Roberto! As explained in the review left on our other platform, we were participants in Restaurant Week on the night of your visit when we were offering the limited menu. Your feedback is still very much appreciated, and we hope you and your fiance still take us up on the invitation to have dinner from our regular menu, so we can exceed your expectations! Hope to host you both soon!

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B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the pimento cheese beignets. I had the shrimp and grits. Loved it even though the grits were not traditional style. Was so good I didn’t care. My friend has the fish (salmon I believe) filet on sourdough bread sandwich. It was also very good. I would go back. Also really loved the fruity “southern” tea. Wish it came with refills, but definitely tasty drink.

LM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This little restaurant was a great choice for a business lunch. It's quiet and calm enough to have conversation without squeezing too closely to other diners. Food selections and service were excellent and the location is convenient.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was ok. The service was decent. They were out of wine we ordered, food was ok and the selection wasn’t that great

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Bar was way too slow for an empty restaurant. A bartender in an empty restaurant should be turning drinks around fast. Restaurant lost out on additional drinks because of this and frustrated the diners (us). Food speed was OK.

AR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was the first time for the four of us. We were only one of about 4 tables so it was a quiet dining experience. We had three appetizers, cocktails and beer. We had three different entrees then dessert and coffee. The only complaint with any of the food was that the beignets were undercooked. Tasty but still doughy inside. Everything else was great.

d
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Staff was very welcoming and accommodating. Be forewarned... there's no separation between the tables and bar area, and the bar is VERY LOUD! My wife says the burger was very good! I had the shrimp and grits; they were very good, too. A nice place to eat, but definitely not for date night...too loud at the bar.

VG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Convenient for hotel guests staying at Hampton Inn - share same building. We dined at Belles each night during our three night stay.

VC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a nice lunch visit. Conveniently located on GRTC and campus connector routes so I was able to ride in from Monroe Park campus. Service was great. I had the shrimp and grits, which tasted great. My grits were a little cold. They could expand the menu a bit more, but I would recommend this place. Service was very attentive.

c
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Four of us had a delicious dinner at Belle. Don't miss the pimento beignets!! I could make a meal out of them alone. All of us loved them! My family's sandwiches and my salmon entree were great, but even better were all of the sides. Big, wavy, crispy fries, creamy mashed potatoes, delicious parmesan grits (and I'm not normally a grits fan), and outstanding pimento macaroni and cheese. We'll be back...soon!!

OT
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Really enjoyed the experience and will definitely go back.

B
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, small but a nice menu. We were there Saturday before memorial day for dinner so was not busy. Attentive wait staff and delicious food.

LP
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we did not love the location (it seemed to be part of the Hampton Inn Downtown) still the food was great and we will certainly go again!

m
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very loud group came in and made it hard to talk even across the table. Food was good and service was very good.

P
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! We tried it for restaurant week and will definitely have to return!

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend while we were there for All VA. It was a great treat! Food was wonderful, as were the cocktails. Get the pimento beignets!! They were amazing!

AM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous cocktails, good food, and great service

S
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there but would return. Small menu but was easily able to find something I liked. The outdoor area looked fun and cannot wait for warmer weather to try dining there.

MC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the food. Why haven't I had pimento cheese spread before? The restaurant was beautifully decorated, the adults loved their craft cocktails and everyone enjoyed their meals. I'd say the kitchen was a tad slow - I suppose good food takes time to make. We had the time to enjoy a slower paced meal so it didn't detract from our evening and the service was professional and not overbearing. I'd happily recommend Belle to a friend. Glad we found it during our visit to Richmond.

BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I love the food and the space. I've been there several times in the past few weeks. One area they need to up their game is service. Wait staff are nice but need to be more attentive to pacing and such.

JL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was fine. Lots of interesting craft cocktails.

SC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal - Shrimp and Grits and Jambalaya and some good wine. Service was good and well-paced. Great place for a pre-show meal.

S
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit. Waiter was helpful and efficient. Worth revisiting.

KD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A unique and hidden gem. The food is outstanding and fantastic cocktails.

NR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although the menu is limited all of our dinners were perfectly prepared.

DL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a delightful Valentine's Day dinner at Belle. Everything was amazing - We were immediately greeted and then seated; the waitress was amazingly attentive without being annoying; the food was delicious and cooked to order; and, the price of the meal was not over the top. We both ordered from the prix fixe menu and that included a complimentary bottle of champagne. This was not my first meal at Belle and it certainly will not be my last!

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

They have a very convenient location if you are staying in center downtown. Happy hour was great. Dinner waitress was attentive. Food mediocre.

MC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a noon reservation for 8 at Belle today. Only 7 of our party attended. We sat down at noon and immediately ordered appetizers for the table. It took around 20 minutes for the apps to come out then another hour for our food order to arrive. When the food did come out the plates came out one or two at a time, with around 5-8 minutes between each order. Service was way too slow, our party had to delay all of our 2pm meetings because we had just received our food. The food was marginal, at best.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Everything was great including out server....it just took us a long time to get our food and our check...

f
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pimento cheese beignets were especially light and fluffy. The lavender bourbon creme brulee was a nice twist on a classic. Service was attentive and friendly.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were disappointed. Apps were good (pimento cheese fritters and fried brussels - people-pleasers that are hard to get wrong), entrees were highly mediocre (think “I could’ve cooked this better at home”), atmosphere was cramped. Our server was friendly and the drinks were good, but the experience didn’t live up to our expectations, especially given the Richmond restaurant scene. We’ll be back for cocktails at the bar but definitely not for a seated dinner.

DJ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good and waitress was very attentive.

AC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My parents and I ate at Belle for my birthday/restaurant week. We each tried a different appetizer and had no complaints. I had the pimento cheese beignets as an app and then for my main course I had the shrimp po'boy and i really enjoyed both of these dishes.

PS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I don’t know if this was a problem with Belle or with Open Table, but I made reservations for Richmond restaurant week through Open Table for Belle. The day before I confirmed those reservations through Open Table. When our group arrived the next day for dinner, Belle was closed for a private event. A very nice bartender said someone should have called us around noon that day to cancel our reservations. No one did, and even if they had- that seems like very late notice to tell us.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Waited 15 min to get drinks. Ordered appetizers... took forever and then our dinner order took forever.

NS
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There was only 2 people there which should have been my first clue. After waiting for 10 minutes for my drink my waiter comes back to me and says he is trying to find the bartender but can't find him. I got up and left.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was good. The server had ADHD.

LD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went there for a very late lunch and they opened 4pm. The bartender told me they only served apps from 4-5 but was able to grab me something of the dinner menu and I was happy about that because I was starving. I found them on open table and was eyeing down the fried chicken blt biscuit and it definitely hit the spot. Wasn't a fan of the pimento mac & cheese but everything else was good. Also tried the Peach Bourbon Squeeze.. it taste just like a bag of peach rings! :)

MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Place was good, but not sure it lived up to expectations. Cocktails were great. Food was good, but not super awesome. Also, the number of entre options was limited. Fried pickles and fried oysters may have been the highlights. Service was odd, waiter was super slow and seemed vaguely engaged in what he was doing. But he was nice.