Comfort

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548 reviews
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Comfort is a Meat and Three style Southern restaurant in Richmond, Va. We focus on local farmers and from scratch cooking with a real affinity for American whiskey, beers, and wine. Come see us in Jackson Ward for some real Southern hospitality!
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JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was outstanding! Only issue was that a couple of dishes were oversalted - the greens in particular. Nice space, but it was very noisy. Service was good, but a little slow. Waiter was great after he warmed up. We had pickled vegetables to start, catfish with okra and mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes with roasted beets and cheddar grits, other sides were macaroni & cheese and greens. Beets and okra and mac & cheese were wonderful! Catfish, potatoes, and grits were fantastic!

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GK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been there twice now. The food is amazing! I had a pork tenderloin with red wine applesauce the first visit and a roasted half chicken the second. Both were cooked perfectly and had such amazing flavors. Girlfriend got the meatloaf both visits because she enjoyed it so much. Service each time was a bit lacking. The wait between clearing the table and getting the bill was a little long. Also, after ordering a second beer I never got it. Food-amazing! Service could be improved.

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h
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ham rolls and pickled veggies are a must (put some pickled red onion on the ham rolls... you'll thank me later!)! My friend & I split the veggie plate which is 4 or 5 of the sides. Holy. Moly. We were stuffed!! I've been coming to comfort for years & have never had anything that I didn't love!

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MM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have dined at Comfort for many years and have always loved the food. On our recent time there a few days ago, the food was not as it had once been and the portions were very small for the price. We were so disappointed. I hope if it is an issue with chef help, it will be solved quickly. It will be awhile before we visit again. We spent $100 on 3 people and left hungry.

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h
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small plates and vegetables === highly recommend

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b
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We love eating downtown and had a gift coupon for Comfort. Funky vibe, great wait staff but the cook staff needs to step up. The Cesar Salad had cornbread croutons that tasted like "last week". We both ordered fried catfish w/collards and mashed potatoes. The sides were excellent but in both our orders the fish was not done in the middle, as in cold. We didn't notice until we had eated some so said nothing. This is the second visit for us but I can't see going back.

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RV
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The special entree Grilled trout with crabmeat & lemon was outstanding. The skin was the perfect char and crispness and really added to the overall flavor. Another diner at my table also ordered that. We both loved it and encouraged the restaurant to add it to the regular menu. I always enjoy the large selection of vegetables at Comfort. In addition to the normal selection, there were additional ones for the evening. One of the few restaurants where you have a wide choice of veggies. Another of my table mates ordered a vegetable plate to enjoy an especially large selection. Great food and value in addition to the charitable mission. You can’t beat that combination.

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The waiter was awesome. Very nice place

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F
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been here before; this visit was with a gift certificate given after hints dropped.

Good old Southern classics, some with a twist. The meatloaf was excellent, cornmeal-crusted eggplant with tomato sauce very good. Stars, however, are the sides. Collard greens melt in your mouth, green beans are lightly sautéed with a light garlicky sauce, super creamy cheese grits, mac and cheese to die for. Look for the seasonal sides. For dessert we had what was billed as banana pudding but was a creme brûlée with a 'Nilla wafer crust, banana slices on top. Delicious, and not your grandma's banana pudding.

Only caution I have is that most dishes were very salty. May be just the Southern cooking style but I drained my water glass (a Mason jar!) a couple of times.

Service was there but unobtrusive, refilling that Mason jar for me just when needed and answering questions. Our waiter was also the person who had taken the order for our gift certificate over the phone and personally thanked us for coming in.

Venue is a vintage storefront on West Broad Street. High tin ceiling, worn floors, long wooden bar. It's possible to get seating in the store windows and people watch on Broad Street.

Yes, do recommend.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and staff was very pleasant .

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J
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. Great, Southern-inspired dishes that are full of flavor. A short list of entrees is perfect for the indecisive crowd and their mainstay and seasonal sides are all phenomenal. Highly recommend the pimento cheese appetizer.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Great place for dinner. Lunch was meh. Jimmy John's grade foil wrapped hoagie with a bag of chips...

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and wife were skeptical, they said they would play along. I am always in search of real honest from scratch cooking. I found it. Told several people at work today, and they are already planning visits. --Thanks!

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RV
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

There was a new menu since I last was at Comfort- several nice things added. I had two items from the special small plates offered that evening- both delicious.

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RI
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good. I always get the catfish and Mac and cheese and it’s excellent. Very filling! Prices are great for Richmond restaurants.

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JH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort is a reliably excellent restaurant with an unpretentious menu.

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A
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner for my husband’s birthday. The squash casserole is everything!

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, maybe priced a bit high for the offerings. Quantity was more than enough. I always finish my plate. Just couldn’t, not that I didn’t want to. Very good selections. For “comfort” fare the green beans should have been cooked more and with ham. I hadn’t been to Comfort in 12 years (I don’t live in Richmond) but it was still as good as the last time

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GC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

That cornbread! It should be for sale by the loaf! That aside, it was a very good meal, and quite comforting. Pan-seared snapper was delicious, and so were the sides. Banana creme brule was yummy, although the custard could have been warmer, and the crust at the bottom was unnecessary and a bit bland. Stick with the custard and bananas. Overall, a very nice meal in a friendly atmosphere.

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JB
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altogether wonderful! Perfect southern food!

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FP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

While the pork and catfish were good, the chicken wings and collard greens were so salty to be inedible. The vibe is great and yummy cocktails, but I wish there were more attention to the food.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration and it was delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was overly salty.

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food here is great. Pickled vegetables were wonderful. It was very quiet, had the place to ourselves. We had the roasted chicken, eggplant and catfish dinners with beets, squash casserole, mashed potatoes and collards. Five of us ate for around 125.00 +tip and 2 of us had pre-dinner drinks. It was a nice place, tables are more comfy than booths for those who are not tall.
The servers were great. Attentive without hovering and kind and caring with a good sense of humor, knowledge of menu, and suggestions.
One issue - several of us felt cold in the booth. Again we were the only diners for the first hour so...

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N
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Conveniently located near multiple performance venues and museum, Comfort's food was delicious! Southern comfort at its best...the fried okra was outstanding! The staff seemed a little overwhelmed on this busy Friday night. It was pretty noisy where we were sitting--with tables for two crammed in next to each other. But oh yes, I'll definitely go back.

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c
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Comfort. Great service, cocktails were excellent (love the musician themes), all the starters were delicious (the wings are incredible), and we enjoyed most of our entrees although some were very salty.

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R
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience! Food is consistently exceptional !

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F
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I ordered chicken salad and it has so much Mayo I could not taste anything else

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was good and the service was fine. The fact that all net profits went to fight hunger and homelessness made it worthwhile

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DB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. If you like good Southern food this one is a must.

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m
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Please fix the front door. We sat right behind it and every time it closed we were startled out of our seats.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible! At the end of the meal the server offered to box my food but not my friends. It was very weird!

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MM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked from our hotel to this darling, quaint restaurant! Food was delicious and portion sizes were more than generous. Our waitress was very helpful in assisting us with making our decisions! Highly recommend Comfort! The name says it all!

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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort is in a small space, but it has been arranged well. I didn’t feel crowded. The bar was a nice set up. We each had a cocktail while we waited for a table. The cocktails are inventive without being too crazy. The decor was delightfully eclectic. The tables were spaced enough so that it didn’t feel like we were dining with others sitting next to us. The food was fantastic. It was for lack of a better word, comforting. The pimento cheese was a healthy portion, and the seasonal sides were all done very well. The portions are pretty large, so heed the warnings of the waitstaff, or be prepared to take home some leftovers. We will for sure make Comfort a must on our list for friends when they visit Richmond.

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

It's a small space with a high ceiling, so it's noisy, but we sat back in the booths and it was better back there. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the ambiance is perfect. It is a little pricey, but I didn't mind paying it because all the proceeds go to FeedMore.

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MT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Food is a bit salty but still delightful

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

Southern cooking with something the entire family will enjoy. Everything was cooked to perfection and the service was timely and friendly...

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T
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the food. Our only complaint was that when we arrived (and we had a reservation for 6:15pm, which we were on time for), the hostess told us to please keep in mind that they were busy and that another party had our table at 7:30pm. I felt like I was already being asked to leave before I ate. It was just a little odd to be greeted that way.

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DC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience - food and decor are great!

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