Brenner Pass

4.6
689 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. and Lunch M-F for luxury dining or expeditious business meal. Reservations recommended, not required. Elegan
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MD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went late! Love the fact they are open at ten o’clock at night. The waitress was amazing! Loved the food, drinks, dessert. This was our fourth time and we liked as much as the first!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there celebrating my boyfriends birthday and at the end they brought out complimentary candies for him.

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D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My duck dish was great! I wish there was a fondue option for one as my date did not want to get the fondue. The fondue frites were recommended as an alternative but I found them to be average. Dessert was also great.

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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and a d-lish meal of several apps and small plates. There is so much to like here, had to sample a bunch!

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JO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended it to a number of people. One of my favorite dining experiences I have had in Richmond, ever!

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n
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was exceptional. My drink the Very Cosmopolitan Mary was fabulous. The charcuterie was outstanding, as was the creative lemon dessert. The entree, trout, was good, but not memorable. It think it will be a great go to place for drinks, charcuterie and dessert, if you want a light dinner in a fun spot.

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LJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a variety of dishes including the risotto, brussels sprouts, and duck terrine. All were very tasty, and the service was excellent. The server recommended a delicious bottle of dry Riesling to go with our meal. We were very pleased and will return.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Definitely a place I will go to again.

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NB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Brenner Pass moves into our top 5 Richmond restaurants! Make sure you experience the cheese cart.

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S
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was excellent! Highly recommend!

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality ingredients prepared in creative ways made for an excellent meal! I had the whole trout and it was wonderful!

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JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Should have been better for the price. The bar was amazing and the ambiance was great. Unfortunately, the food and service fell short.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I needed to look up several things on the menu but was pleasantly surprised when everything came out 10 times better then what I expected.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance, especially as the sun goes down. Our server was great. The espresso creme brulee was perfection, one of the best I've ever had. The fondue was a little too authentic for my taste. I would have preferred a few different dipping options (raw cauliflower). Next time I'd definitely like to try the charcuterie. The brussel sprouts side was wonderful. We came because of the name (we biked over the Brenner Pass last spring so it has a nostalgia for us), but we'll definitely be back for more!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Super impressed. After years of eating in amazing places in Brooklyn and Manhattan just can’t rave enough about the awesome food we had. Brussel sprouts were delicious, the pork just fell off the bone and the onion appetizer was just perfect. Can’t wait to come back to Richmond.

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

Super good food!! I’ll be back!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were amazing. The bartender recommended the fondue burger by saying that “she wakes up thinking about”...true! We haven’t stopped thinking about it since we left the restaurant! The tagliatelle was also amazing - simple but so flavorful. Parking was easy and the decor was beautiful. We made a reservation for the bar - it was nice but definitely lacking in space. The party next to us was very much into our space, pushing us into the area where the wait staff pick up drink orders from the bar. We’ll definitely be back but I think we’ll hold out for a table next time.

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

Kevin, our server, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and pleasant.

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KS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for an anniversary dinner and received lovely special treatment that really made our night. Our whole meal was delicious. We sampled excellent cheese based on very knowledgeable recommendations from our server. Onion tart was special. Brussel sprouts were outstanding. Cocktail selections are super creative and did not disappoint. It's worth saving room for desert too!
Definitely coming back and have already recommended to friends.

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G
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Brenner Pass! The fondue burger is the absolute best

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service. Food was average and overpriced.

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TD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take clients here often. One of my favorite foodie places in town. All the natural light in the space is wonderful.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great - we were especially impressed with the cheese and charcuterie selections. The chicken liver mousse was outstanding. Frisee salad and onion tart were also very well done. We both had the gnocchi with pork shoulder for entrees - perfect dish for a chilly February evening. The gnocchi were light and fluffy, the sauce could have used a bit more salt/seasoning but was still very good. Service was slow, the dinner took 2.5 hours. I had told them it was my husband’s birthday, so I was expecting dessert but we didn’t receive anything. The table next to us did for one of their guests, so I guess this was an oversight. We would still go back, I’m very curious to try the fondue.

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J
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great. A little noisy, but generally laid back crowd. I like their food, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a different experience in RVA.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Food and drinks were wonderful!

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C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cheese please ... It's not just about the cheese but to their cheese is so good. The house made charcuterie is worth the visit alone. Their drinks were as great as I heard they'd be. The onion Swiss tart that sang of the Alps creamy and earthy yum. Can get a little loud but didn't bother us . Our waitress was helpful and knowledgeable always there when we needed her but not intrusive. Thanks Brenner Pass you're our new favorite restaurant.

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t
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cheese course was excellent. Everything else was good but not exceptional

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P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Ambience was good too. Noise level was better than earlier times when I dined there because it was not full to the rafters. That was probably because it was a Monday night!

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

Grant was a terrific waiter. Really upped the experience with his recommendations, was there when you needed him but not intrusive. Brenner pas was the perfect spot for a lighter dinner after the movies.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Oeufs Mayonnaise were underwhelming, which is why I rated food as 4 stars, however, everything else was very good! The steak au poivre was phenomenal and the gnocchi and brussels were both awesome. Portions were fine - the steak was actually a much larger portion than anticipated. The decor and ambiance are minimalistic and the service was great. Highly recommend!

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G
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were very good...aura good. Price is a bit high and menu could be more user friendly. We had to ask the server a lot of questions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Service was wonderful and the food was some of the best we’ve experienced in RVA.

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. We really enjoyed the charcuterie board. The pork shanks were to die for...crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth tender on the inside.

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Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our waitress talked more than we had hoped.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice service

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, albeit pricey. Very nice ambiance, server was very attentive. Had the beef tongue schnitzel, duck breast, and brussel sprouts, all of which where phenomenal.

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HM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So loved my first trip to Brenner for a Valentines dinner! The staff were all so pleasant, loved the atmosphere and all the food was sensational! A wonderful spot in Richmond!

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FM
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a family Valentines Day dinner, and had a great meal. The cocktails are always great here - inventive and unusual, but always delicious. Try the Snow Bunny - one of my favorites! I’d actually forgotten that Valentines Day was going to be a set menu, so was a little sad not to have the options from the usual menu but everything we tried was wonderful. We always have to start with cheese and charcuterie so was happy to see that was still available. LOVED the fois gras mousse, house made smoked ricotta, and guanciale served paper thin with an assortment of pickles, mustard and pear butter. Favorites for dinner were the radicchio salad with dried figs and pine nut crumble, the oysters appetizer, and the sea bass. Actually, all the fish I’ve had here has been perfect. The desserts were all very good, too, and beautifully presented. This is one of our family’s favorite destinations for a great night out in Richmond; highly recommend for any foodies!

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The fixed menu for Valentine's Day was not quite as good as it was last year, although everything was nonetheless quite enjoyable. The beer menu was good, not great this time around. I like Brenner Pass, I like the staff, and I will keep going back. My criticisms are slight, given how much I enjoy the place.

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