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Blue Atlas, Richmond, VA

Blue Atlas

4.9
4.9
423 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Vegetarian / Vegan, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast/Lunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Marketplace Wed–Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 554-0258

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rachel Best and Ben Watters

  • Catering

    At Blue Atlas we are able to offer a wide array of on-site or off-site meal services ranging from boxed lunches, corporate deliveries, social parties to full-service wedding catering. With a focus on global cuisine we are happy to create a menu which highlights regional foods from around the world or we can also offer classic Southern dishes to suit your tastes and vision for the event. We also specialize in vegetarian and vegan catering and are happy to accommodate gluten-free diets and food allergies. We are adept at working with a variety of budgets and love to support the local community as well as non-profit organizations. Please contact info@blueatlasrva.com to discuss your event and receive an all-inclusive proposal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our formal, intimate dining room is the perfect space to host up to 25 Guests for any type of celebration. We offer customized packages to suit the specific needs of each group and tailor our menus to reflect your tastes, dietary needs, overall vision and budget. For casual gatherings up to 15 Guests we can also reserve our market space featuring mixed seating overlooking our lawn space. Please contact info@blueatlasrva.com to discuss your event and to receive an all-inclusive proposal.

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    Union Street and Carlisle Avenue

  • Parking details

    We offer 14 reserved parking spots and 2 ADA-accessible spots in our private, gated parking lot. Drive to the end of Union Avenue, turn left into the lot and park at any of the designated spots immediately on your left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Vegan Takeover

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 25, 2022 only
    Join us for our Vegan Takeover menu for newly inspired vegan small plates from around the world! This vegan menu will entirely replace our regular dinner menu for this night only and will be available a la carte. Check our Instagram for menu updates. In consideration of our special menu, there will be no happy hour or take out. Reservations are required! $10 per person reservation fee required at booking, applied to bill during dining, non-refundable for no-shows and cancelations 24 hours prior.

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What 423 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Healthy

  • Virginia

    Outdoor Dining

  • Richmond

    Best Overall

  • Richmond

    Best Food

  • Richmond

    Best Value

  • Richmond

    Healthy

  • Richmond

    Outdoor Dining

  • Richmond

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  1. PS

    PatsyS

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A unique dining experience. Everything was delicious! We were disappointed that we could not be seated outside, as that was our motivation for selecting this restaurant, and we were celebrating my friend's birthday. Unfortunately, as the restaurant filled up with diners, it was difficult to carry on a conversation and be heard. We will return as the food was very good and we enjoyed the small plates sharing, but only if the outdoor option is available.
  2. TR

    TRF99

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience eating there. Would definitely recommend.
  3. n

    nitro

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family of five (teenagers) dining out. Cool location, great, friendly service, tasty food and fun cocktails. Love it!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular service and even better food. Even the view was amazing!
  5. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Blue Atlas was fantastic! The service was extraordinary - our server knew each item very well and paid careful attention to our food allergies. The food was excellent and very inventive. The unique dishes came from 4 different continents/areas on the globe and were served tapas style. The portions were huge and the taste combinations unique. The Crispy Harissa Cauliflower was outstanding! We could have made a meal of that alone. Also exceptional - the Corn Chaat ( which tasted like summer in a bowl!) and the Bucatini allo Scoglio. Best coffee I've ever had accompanied our Ice Cream Carrot Cake ( out of this world!). I cannot stress enough what a wonderful food destination this restaurant, housed in an old schoolhouse, is. I could keep writing this long, glowing essay on its many attributes; just go! You will be so happy you went on this one of a kind food adventure!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were superb, you cam definitely tell they're well thought out. The dishes are also wonderful - small plates meant to share and definitely worth the price. The phyllo wrapped feta and the tofu bao buns were an absolute favorite, we'll definitely be back for more!
  7. RM

    RyanM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Exploring local eateries is one of my favorite activities. Finding Blue Atlas was such a unique treat. The decision to go there was tougher than it may seem simply due to the reluctance of the in-laws who were in town from Texas. Their taste buds are more accustomed to chain restaurants and fast food, so I had concerns about their ability to eat at Blue Atlas easily. After the server arrived and described the restaurant and choices, I felt an excitement brewing. Sure enough, first and second dish comes and everyone starts to share. We could not find anything wrong with the options, which ranged from American to Middle East. Service was excellent and the food impeccably delicious with spices previously unknown to appease ALL palettes at our table of five. Sunlight was a bit problematic and drinks left more to be desired due to their quantity, but I have no other negative sentiment to share. Looking forward to making this a staple in my regular restaurant rotation. Thanks for a great meal!
  8. KK

    KennyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and unique flavors all around. Love the variety.
  9. I

    Irma

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at Blue Atlas. Wonderful venue with excellent food and service. Will return again
  10. L

    Loveinvino

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love small plates and the ability to try lots of different flavors and dishes. The cocktails were amazing & sitting outside w/ the sunset view was lovely. Can’t wait to return!
  12. A

    Anonymous

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the view of the sunset from our outdoor table was incredible! We will definitely be back!
  13. FL

    FLFoodie

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive and delicious food. Lots of vegetarian options and a BEAUTIFUL view from the patio!
  14. JC

    JCFoodie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Richmond hasn't disappointed yet. The menu has changed a little bit since the last time I was there, but they still have a great mix of old classics and some tasty new dishes. There is a wide variety of tapas style international food to choose from, and the dishes are reasonably priced. The drinks were great, the waitstaff were fun to interact with, and the view of the city from the outdoor area was beautiful at sunset. When we got to dessert, we were able to go inside and pick out some ice cream sandwiches that weren't on the menu, and our waitress even had them cut up and served for sharing. I'd definitely recommend coming here!
  15. EE

    EastEnder

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Blue Atlas. This time was wonderful; our friends visited for the first time and they loved it! It’s a great place for fresh, well prepared food and great beverage options. We will be going back soon!
  16. M

    Meroh

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious plates to share and friendly service in a cool spot!
  17. KR

    KRISTINB

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! Awesome refreshing vodka cocktails, and loved each of the six dishes we tried. The harissa cauliflower is addictive and the feta in phyllo is to die for. Coming back next week with family!! Service was also perfect!!
  18. M

    Marker

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great mid-week dinner at Blue Atlas. The menu of small plates was eclectic and delicious. The bao buns were so good that we had to go for a second round. The affordable wine selection is well suited to the menu. Service was attentive and helpful. The space is attractive but noisy.
  19. MB

    MaggieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent service and the food was to die for. our server was so knowledgeable about the wine selection and made sure we had a sample to try out. lovely evening.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Blue Atlas was outstanding. The old school building is lovely, our server was very helpful and attentive and the food and drinks were perfection. I would love to go back repeatedly and try everything on the menu.
  21. GV

    GVH3RD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 6:00 reservations for a nice date night. Excellent food and service. We cannot recommend it more. For the two of us, we got 5 plates plus dessert, cocktails (mocktail for me), and a cappuccino at the end. It was more than enough food. Next time, we’ll stop at four plates. Ha! Enjoy!
  22. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem. It has a gorgeous overlook of the city, a great variety in the menu (though everything is great), and the outdoor dining is covered and comfortable even in light rain. I highly recommend it!
  23. J

    Jill

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first dining experience at Blue Atlas. We were pleasantly surprised with the small plate menu. They were all tasty and well presented. The employees were friendly and answered all our first time questions. The locale and transformation of the school is amazing! We will be back!
  24. KK

    KellyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful! Every single dish we tried was our new favorite. Delicious!
  25. DG

    DonaldG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sat outside, lovely setting…
  26. AL

    AnnL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and attentive staff. The outdoor patio is really nice and the food is really good
  27. C

    Christina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for my birthday with my family and it was an amazing decision! The server was so nice and helpful. The place is so cool with a great view! The food was phenomenal! And they even helped me celebrate my birthday a little bit! It's a little on the pricy side but perfect for a celebration, date night or treating yourself!
  28. WA

    WAnderson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always top tier and amazing. Rotating menu mean something new to try every time. Great wine selection. It can be a little noisy for anyone sensitive but otherwise all around great experience.
  29. R

    Robert

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Interesting variety of food choices. Loved the various flavors and tastes.
  30. RB

    RobertB

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You expect your customers to dress nicely, yet you allow your servers to wear jeans. What’s with that?
  31. DO

    DinaO

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service and food was great!
  32. NJ

    NJNtilly

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience was fabulous as was the food. Definitely going back and going to look into the interesting events!
  33. m

    mmmm

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is outstanding every single time. The food is just incredible, the cheese curds special is ridiculously good. Always a great experience here.
  34. B

    Bill

    Richmond

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat outside on the porch as the sun was setting. The cocktails were very good but pricey. It was small plate dining where the menu had cuisine from four regions of the world, which was very interesting. We chose three: Pierogies stuffed with potato and sweet peas, a spicy Nashville chicken with corn bread, and lamb chops. This was for two people. We got two pierogies, two small lamb chops with lima beans, and the chicken. The portion size of the chicken was good. For dessert we would highly recommend the carrot cake ice cream sandwich. We will go back, perhaps with friends, to be able to sample more. From a service perspective the first course arrived before the cocktails.
  35. KD

    KenD

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and a wonderful view!
  36. JG

    JGSP

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and we loved the ambiance sitting outside looking over the city! What a gem!
  37. D

    Deanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience! Food was delicious!! Beautiful view of the city!
  38. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Globally influenced, the menu draws from cuisines from all corners of the world. The offerings are all small plates. The list is long enough to allow for wonderful variety and short enough so as to not overwhelm. The restaurant is in a beautifully converted old school building with a large yard that affords ample outdoor eating and relaxing options and an expansive vista of southside Richmond. We ate there on a busy Saturday night, yet the atmosphere was relaxed. Our server took his time interacting with us and the entire staff seemed to enjoy what they were doing. The plates are brought out as they become ready, which helps to pace the dining experience nicely. Added bonus, the bar area has some sweet ambience lighting and a bartender who made me an excellent Sazerac.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time to Blue Atlas and once again, they did not disappoint! The food and drinks were delicious . The staff and servers were helpful, informative and attentive to us. Can’t wait to go back again!
  40. r

    robertrva

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very Good. Waitperson's service and recommendations were excellent

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Blue Atlas is rated 4.9 stars by 423 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Blue Atlas

1000 Carlisle Ave, Richmond, VA 23231-3213

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Union Street and Carlisle Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast/Lunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Marketplace Wed–Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Vegetarian / Vegan, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer 14 reserved parking spots and 2 ADA-accessible spots in our private, gated parking lot. Drive to the end of Union Avenue, turn left into the lot and park at any of the designated spots immediately on your left.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rachel Best and Ben Watters

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 554-0258

  • Catering

    At Blue Atlas we are able to offer a wide array of on-site or off-site meal services ranging from boxed lunches, corporate deliveries, social parties to full-service wedding catering. With a focus on global cuisine we are happy to create a menu which highlights regional foods from around the world or we can also offer classic Southern dishes to suit your tastes and vision for the event. We also specialize in vegetarian and vegan catering and are happy to accommodate gluten-free diets and food allergies. We are adept at working with a variety of budgets and love to support the local community as well as non-profit organizations. Please contact info@blueatlasrva.com to discuss your event and receive an all-inclusive proposal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our formal, intimate dining room is the perfect space to host up to 25 Guests for any type of celebration. We offer customized packages to suit the specific needs of each group and tailor our menus to reflect your tastes, dietary needs, overall vision and budget. For casual gatherings up to 15 Guests we can also reserve our market space featuring mixed seating overlooking our lawn space. Please contact info@blueatlasrva.com to discuss your event and to receive an all-inclusive proposal.

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