Blue Atlas

4.8
101 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
Blue Atlas serves globally inspired dishes meant for sharing with friends and family alongside craft cocktails, local drafts, biodynamic wines and a full bar. We have an intimate indoor dining room & extensive outside seating on our grand Portico, patio and lawn space overlooking sunset views of South Richmond. With sustainability and healthy eating as core values, our menu highlights the versatility of produce and offers many vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Join us on a culinary journey of the world!

Experiences

  • A night in Africa

    $81.99 per personPrepaid

    Jul 6, 2021 only

    Join us for an exclusive Wine Dinner, Tuesday July 6th at 6:30pm. Showcasing flavors from the African continent and select wine pairings. 4 full paired courses with guest wine speaker, served on our outdoor portico overlooking the city. This private event is perfect to excite the palate for the summer, and experience something new at the best new hidden gem in Richmond. Prepaid and all inclusive!
  • Bastille Day Dinner

    Jul 14, 2021 only

    Join us for a special menu and drinks for Bastille Day! All the classics including Hanger Frites, Bouillabaisse, and Duck! Plus special french wine pairings and cocktails to help celebrate!

Offers

  • Global Drinks & Snacks

    Multiple dates available

    Wed - Sat 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Enjoy $1 off local draft beers, $5 wines by the glass & discounted small plates from across the globe. Sit outside on our grand portico overlooking South Richmond or stay cozy in our intimate dining room. Check in at the host stand when you arrive to be seated. Offered Wednesday - Saturday from 3-5:30PM. Make a reservation now!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 101 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Trufflefanatic
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety, beautiful views, excellent service!

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CarolG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan takeover was awesome! I hope they do more. The general menu is also very good, and the outdoor dining space is lovely.

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ShirleyW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Vegan and we went there for a Vegan event they were having. We tried 5 dishes and 2 desserts. It was amazing. We also enjoyed the cocktails and the draft IPA. The manager (Austin) was attentive and he made sure everything was perfect. We will definitely return.

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vipFirstvisit
Dallas
75 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th visit. Always good food and service. The atmosphere is unique. Highly recommend you go.

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VirginiaF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a special occasion and it was such a good choice! Affordable, delicious, and cool. We sat outside and the view was incredible. Shoutout to Bree for great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the patio at Blue Atlas! Food and service has always been good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible place. We had a wonderful experience dining there to celebrate a birthday. The food, service and ambiance were perfect. Highly recommend. This is a richmond jewel.

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IrinaL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passing an exam

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Tatianna
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Megan and all the staff are outstanding. We’ve probably been 80 times and the food and service are always *chefs kiss. Just tried the papardelle special ...went home....slapped my mom...slapped my aunt...slapped 3 strangers for no reason hot DAMN that dish was good. But that’s the problem...everything on the menu is too delicious. You guys can’t keep making food and drinks this delish and then expect me to go home? Heyull no. I just ordered a small bed and flatscreen TV on Amazon and I’ll be officially moving onto their patio in early July. Tell your friends and their friends. This place is something special.

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FRFG
Richmond
71 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Atlas was a lovely, tasty, fun experience. We will return often. If you live on the Southside or West End, it's easy to get there and well worth it. The flavors are like no other in Richmond. Elegant but casual and affordable too.
The tender, juicy lamb meatballs, their housemade hummus, roasted eggplant - each bite was a succulent, delicious surprise. Beautiful vista as well. Go soon!

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vipSusanP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared many different plates and every single one was amazing, loved the Vietnamese pancakes and the fried chicken sliders were delicious! Great cocktails, and great vibe, a little noisy but not bad… watching the sunset on the patio is a great way to get a completely different perspective of downtown Richmond.

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Colleen
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brianna went above and beyond to make sure we were accommodated inside when it started to rain. She also tended to all our special allergy requests, exhibited an extensive wine knowledge, and offered samples when we wanted to try something. The food was delicious and prepared quickly, but Brianna made the experience all the more memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience at Blue Atlas! Love the vibe! Delicious small plates were shared between myself and a friend! Also got dessert which was on point! Thank you! Will be back!

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AngelS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious and eclectic menu. Good view out back.

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vipMichaelD
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty food. Very flavorful.

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Lovetodinerva
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We grabbed reservations late on a Saturday afternoon. We basically chose the Blue Atlas because they had a few reservations available, so we didn't have any expectations when we chose it. We were slightly concerned about the location, but were thrilled to get to visit an area in Richmond that doesn't often get much attention. They have done a beautiful job repurposing the school building. The patio and grassy area around the patio are lovely and well used...there are seating options like outdoor tables and a firepit. We say people on blankets too....not sure if they were being served by the restaurant. There is also a small very small market, with a few to go items, alcoholic beverages and basics (probably for the new apt complex next door). It is all well done. The food is a sampling from around the world...friendly choices....we had the Bao Buns, sliders, Mezza platter, and the "loaded" tots. It was all very good in its own way. We were happy with everything that came out. They timed the small plates well, so the food kept coming. We did send the tots back because they were cold, but in the end I think it is just a poorly designed dish although tasty since it is almost impossible to keep the tots hot when you pile them with lots of cold items like avocado, tomatoes etc. We ordered two of their specialty cocktails including the bloody mary...quite good!
I did ask the server what something was on the mezzah platter in which she replied I don't know and I haven't seen them before. She also didn't follow up with the chef. We weren't checked on very often after the food was served, but she was polite and efficient when she did. Overall it was a lovely evening...they deserve a 4.5 if I could give it.

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vipBHurley
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view in the city! The small plates are great. The beer list could be more extensive.

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RubyRed
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of five, after work. We sat out on the lawn, had Adirondack chairs with wide arm rests for holding drinks and plates. Perfect evening. Got the chicken sliders, someone else got potato and leek perogies and another order was for Thai pancake, I think?.
Our server, Megan, was smooth and efficient. She offered drink refills quickly and was well versed in the food choices. She has been working there since opening, in November 2020. Can you imagine that opening?! So glad they continue to be present in Fulton Hill. It was my second time and I brought co-workers with me who live in the area, but had not tried it.
The setting of a beautiful old brick school, on a hill, overlooking the cityscape of Mayo and Rocket’s Landing is a perfect way to save architecture of the past. Perfect weather, perfect Friday night. After a year of working in health care, we were happy eat and drink in the outdoors!

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MeganM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome spot! The service, the food, the views... all perfect. Our server, Megan, was knowledgeable about the menu, made suggestions on cocktails&small plates, and was super attentive to our dietary restrictions! It was a little quieter than I would've expected, but may have just been the crowd that night. The bao buns, chicken sliders, and the sausage were our favorites! A great spot for pictures and taking in the RVA sunset! Can't wait to go back here

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YYMom
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the Blue Atlas. The food was different and tasty. The wait for our food was short. The house wine was delicious. The staff was attentive, helpful and accommodating. We started outside. When the sun went down and the weather turned cold, the staff allowed us to move inside for coffee and dessert. We had a group of five, some of whom arrived late. The staff didn't blink an eye. This is a new, unique restaurant in Fulton Hill in a 100 year old, restored school house. The view is terrific, the food delicious and the staff outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother’s Day brunch with great service and delicious food!

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Marina
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Beautifully restored space, good view, decently tasty food. Portion sizes were inconsistent and weirdly priced, ingredients were kind of uneven. Had two cocktails and both were bad - "lavender lemonade" was missing the lavender and the lemon, bloody mary was missing salt. Service was sadly abominable. Waitress didn't know basic things about the menu and seemed unfamiliar with food in general, then got one of three orders wrong. The server who was tasked with brining out the plates was so awkward that he knocked one of our drinks over with a plate while trying to place it. Thankfully we caught it in mid-air to prevent utter disaster. The entire time we felt like maybe it was everyone's first day and we should give them a break. The place has the design and the chef to be great, but they need a real bartender and professional waitstaff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect Mother‘a Day brunch at Blue Atlas. Service was great, and the place is relaxing and beautiful.

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Marc
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique location in the Fulton area. Ambiance is spectacular inside and the outdoor dining and lawn area is beautiful. Our observation was, unlike most small plate restaurants, the portions are larger and the food arrives in waves over a period of time. The menu is truly eclectic, specializing in Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern dishes and flavors. The service was terrific and the bar/cocktail choices were spot on. We raved about Blue Atlas to our adult kids the following day and plan to return very soon!

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Tyler
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small Plates. Great atmosphere. Great views. Great wine/beer selection. We will be coming back again for sure.

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vipDCBrunchers
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Blue Atlas was a great experience. They had a special Cinco de Mayo menu and everything was excellent. I was impressed by the cocktails and craft beers as well. We will definitely be back!

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NehaP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food and drinks! I love that you can try so many items!

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Savannah
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome, food was delicious, service was great, everyone was on top of it when a storm rolled in and the help get us seated inside and continue our evening!

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HB817
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This restaurant is in an awesome spot with amazing views. Our service was slow, but we don't fault the restaurant. we know it is hard to find enough workers right now. Food was positively delicious. we had two people with us who can't eat gluten and they were disappointed (and surprised) that a restaurant that embraces a lot of vegetarian entrees did not have many options. all in all what we had was good but the menu was limited. the cocktails were fantastic.

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MichelleM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was great.. but service left a lot to be desired.

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ChristinaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Different and delicious! My friend and I really enjoyed our dinner on the patio overlooking the sunset, on a cool April evening. The service was stellar- friendly and attentive. We tried about 5 different dishes and were impressed with how the chefs could master everything from a Vietnamese crepe to Georgian flatbread! This is a unique destination restaurant in an otherwise residential section of Fulton Hill. Highly recommend!

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pkgv
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't have the vocabulary to throw enough superlatives at this gem. They've got a varied and dynamic menu welcoming to the adventurous and picky alike. The cocktails are sublime. Stop reading, go eat!

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Dirc
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we enjoyed everything about our evening at Blue Atlas. The food, service and ambiance are always wonderful!

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Madeline
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so delicious and the service was excellent! The patio had a beautiful view

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vipDuaneS
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening out with a great “small plate” style sharing menu... pork sliders, curried shrimp, and mussels were all fabulous! Did I mention the mussels, yep we had to have seconds of those! We sat inside but the outdoor patio looks inviting as well. Worth the trek beyond Church Hill.

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vipMarcyB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here and we'll definitely be back. Everything we've tried on the menu is delicious and we tried almost everything. Cocktails are very good. The view is great and service always very attentive.

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RubyReviews
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service! Can't wait to go back!

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vipNicholasR
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and loved the shareable small plates.

Only problem was the pacing. Our server said we could order all plates we wanted and she would pace them, but then we had 6 plates come out within 15-20 minutes and felt suuuuuper rushed. Would have been better to order two plates, wait for them to come out and then place the next two orders with the server (I.e. pace ourselves)

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vipSamD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything start to finish was amazing. Great food, cocktails, and service!

FAQs

Blue Atlas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 554-0258.

Blue Atlas is rated 4.8 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.