Brenner Pass

4.7
1168 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary European
Contemporary Alpine inspired cuisine from award winning chef Brittanny Anderson. Modern twists on classic French, Italian, Swiss, Austrian & European cuisine. Alpine wine from small producers, old world regional specialties, sherry by the glass & natural wines. Unique craft cocktails hand made by our bartenders, house made infusions & molecular techniques, eclectic spirit list focusing on amaro and rhum agricole, gin, whiskey, scotch, cane & agave spirits. Happy hour weekdays at bar. Euro and American beer program featuring saisons, sour ales & hazy IPAs. Naturally leavened bread made from scratch & homemade desserts by pastry chef Olivia Wilson. Craft coffee & espresso. Local cultural hot spot with energetic, social atmosphere. Tasty cheeses on our cheese cart. Great for birthday or anniversary. Fresh, locally sourced produce. Dinner M-Sat. for luxury dining or expeditious business meal. Reservations recommended, not required. Elegan

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1168 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ScottJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb ! Once I found the front door, everything from that point on was very impressive. A friend who is a foody highly recommended it, another who celebrated their birthday there described it as 'the real deal' - both got it very right. We were in town from DC and will rave about this as often as possible when we hear of friends looking for a great restaurant in RVA.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, though we did order one entree that came undercooked. They didn’t charge us for it, and the rest was delicious.

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vipWeekendIPreferTheWeekend
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks and staff! I recommend sitting at the bar with your bestie. The bar staff is great!

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Kristen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fabulous in helping us decide what to order. The drinks were delicious. The fondue (why we went) was awesome. And the other dishes were just the right amount to round out dinner. Great place for our anniversary dinner.

BJ
BrunchJunkie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Well paced. Kind and helpful staff

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JarrodO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The overall vibe is quiet and really basic. Although clean, you feel like your eating in an extended wing of a dormitory. Nothing special to write home about. The burger I orders had to have a second bun brought out because the bottom turned into a soup from the ingredients. $20 for a burger and fries had got to stop.

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MidloFoodie12
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were delighted with the Happy Anniversary card and complimentary glass of champagne received upon arrival. (I’d mentioned it was my friends’ anniversary while booking the reservation.) Our server was the perfect balance of attentive and invisible…appearing only when needed so our conversations could flow uninterrupted. The fresh oysters we ordered were fantastic, and the other appetizers (lamb skewers, grilled eggplant and focaccia) were delicious, too. The star of the entrees was the rockfish. The burger and pork shank entrees were just ok. This is my third time at Brenner Pass, and the other two experiences were spectacular, so I’m going to ignore the less-than-stellar entrees and give this restaurant another shot. The service was that good, and I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere there.

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erinn
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing date! We went for our anniversary and were met with sweet surprises to help us celebrate. We filled on several Delicious small plates and cocktails! Great staff, perfect ambiance, intricate flavors done perfectly.

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KathleenM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good, as always. The server was very nice, but it was hard to understand what she was saying. She had a mask on, and there was a large and very noisy crowd at the table behind ours. There should be a separate room for large parties.

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LucyJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, the whole experience was great

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Foodie
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal as always. Wonderful flavors and great presentation. One of our most favorite restaurants in RVA. If you are a foodie and expect the best, Chef Brittany Anderson will not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Service was great. We did not enjoy the food and we tried a lot of the selections on the menu.

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LindaW
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was good and friendly. The meals were good but didn’t come with sides- everything was a la carte. The dessert was disappointing- no flavor to it at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and a frost parents night out since the beginning of the pandemic and it was wonderful. The drinks, the food (the fondue, wow) and the service were incredible.

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StephanieV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience from start to finish! They reserved a quiet corner table for our party and left a birthday card on the table which was such a thoughtful touch. The food was outstanding and our server was incredibly helpful and kind. All of her recommendations were spot on. We had a great time and left totally satisfied.

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant evening. In the time of Covid, seating was well spaced and it was great to get out. Ventilation at the restaurant is excellant & that is a major factor re Covid. The dinner, drinks & wait staff were spectacular. Can't wait to go back.

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vipDistantTraveler
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good, server knowledgeable, but all bread items in dishes were dry and tasted stale, ex. date bread in charcuterie and toast under tartar. Charcuterie was underwhelming, which was disappointing since it was reason for visit. Duck and eggplant was excellent, so it was hit and miss on the 5 items ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and environment!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s was alright.

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SandraW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food made with super -fresh ingredients. I had Arctic char and an awesome tomato salad with a variety of heirloom tomato species.

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StubbornBulldog
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first post COVID-19 dinner date of 2021! My wife and I don’t typically have a chance to get out for dinner - we have two young sons. I made reservations for outdoor dining. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed. Our server was fantastic, knowledgeable and wanted us to enjoy our meal. We started with the charcuterie and cheese board, which was out of this world. My wife ordered the burger and I ordered the crispy pork shank. Food and cocktails were delicious; albeit I do think in the upper echelons in terms of prices. Entrees well over $30. It was a one time occasion and we will be back next year.

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morecoffee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

you can't find the entrance!
the fondue was amazing!
the service was a little slow.

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CaronT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner spot! Went above and beyond to make it special. Not too mention the food and drink were delicious!

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Gypsybighair
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brenner Pass is always a treat, and it was so great to be able to visit again on our little Richmond trip. The food was incredible, can’t say enough good things. Service was lovely at every interaction. I think our only criticism would be that the feeling of the space is not as warm as it used to be. We could only faintly hear music, and instead just the clanking of silverware and other guest’s conversations. Any steps taken to make the space just a bit cozier would be awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food presentation was as good as the taste. The dressing on the tomato and cucumber salad had the right amount of sweet and spice. The broth with the rockfish did not overwhelm the fish. While the noise level was high, you could still have a conversation with slightly elevated voices because the tables were not crowded together.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails. I had grilled lobster and an amazing summer squash casserole. My husband had a seafood pasta dish. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive.

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vipAmarie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality is always exceptional at Brenner Pass.

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MichaelF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to celebrate out wedding anniversary and had an incredible experience here! They left a nice card on our table wishing us well on our special occasion and gave us each a small glass of champagne to start the evening off right! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. The food was top notch for appetizers, the main course, and dessert. My wife and I each ordered the crisp pork shank which was incredible. I can't recommend this restaurant enough, everything about it made for a phenomenal experience. Richmond is filled with many good places to eat but I can't say enough good things about Brenner Pass!

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vipAPBG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

After we were seated, we waited more than 10min for a server to greet us. The drinks were creative but light on liquor. The food far surpassed the unfortunate outdoor surroundings. Will definitely try for an indoor table next time.

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vipAmarie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails, great service! Love the summer menu.

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Alex
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, and a contemporary aesthetic. I dined solo at the bar, and the bartender gave a great wine recommendation when the bottle I requested wasn’t available. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. So nice to be out again

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KendraN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner! It was my mom’s birthday and we arrived to a handwritten card at our table when we were seated. They even treated us to complimentary bubbles — a lovely touch!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food is mediocre and overpriced. Cheese and charcuterie plate contained very little of both. They served me a steak that was 75 percent fat. This was my second time there. Although the first was marginally, it was still underwhelming.

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Storyman
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful & super thoughtful service and a STELLAR dinner at the bar. It’s a beautiful place to celebrate with friends and you won’t find tastier dishes anywhere! Love you, Brenner Pass!

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vipToddS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious. Unfortunately it took over half an hour to get cocktails and an hour and a half to get our food — they had forgotten (?) to make it.

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Tesni
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Amazing! Delicious food, wonderful people. <3

RF
RichmondFoodie
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had high expectations for this restaurant, and sadly, it didn't live up to it's reputation. The food was good, but not amazing. The mozzarella balls lacked flavor, the eggplant appetizer was just okay, and the rockfish was just okay. My husband had the pork shank and it had a distinct "gamey" taste to it. And the desserts didn't even sound interesting enough to try. We have eaten at many fine dining restaurants where every bite leaves you wanting for more, and we experienced none of that at Brenner Pass. The drinks were delicious and the atmosphere is attractive and unique. However, the overall experience was just okay and we probably won't return.

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AGR4VT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

One of our favorite Richmond restaurants that we’ve been to multiple times is the past. Our first visit post covid was a disappointment. The other times we we’ve been, the food has been not only delicious, but unique. This time however, the menu wasn’t as exciting and the food we got was just okay (among other things, focaccia tasted a little stale, fish a tiny bit over done, and the portion size of the capellini absurdly small-the waiter warned us). The service and drinks were top notch, but I can’t help but feeling the menu and food has fallen off a little bit.

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You can order delivery directly from Brenner Pass using the Order Online button. Brenner Pass also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 658-9868.

Brenner Pass is rated 4.7 stars by 1168 OpenTable diners.

Brenner Pass does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1129/brenner-pass.

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.

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