Leaping Lizard Cafe

4.8
381 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Situated under a canopy of old growth trees on Lake Joyce, this natural gem serves seasonal fare from tidal Virginia. The menu reflects freshness with a distinct emphasis on showcasing the inherent colors and flavors of the ingredients. The cafe's bakery provides all its breads and deserts and is open for retail on the weekends. This fresh approach to food done in a natural and unpretentious setting has been a local favorite for twelve years. If you don't see your desired time slot available give us a call.
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MP
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and character! Would definitely recommend this to friends.

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RM
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a fun "go to" spot .... great food and drink, have never been disappointed. They do need to upgrade their signage out front though.

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JC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been disappointed yet! Each time I go my meal is wonderful! This time I had ravioli.... super fresh with spinach, tomato in a cream sauce. Yummm

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PW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. The food was delicious, as always. Consistently good and the service is wonderful.

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VD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leaping Lizard never disappoints. It's like being in a friends house with REALLY good fresh food.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We both enjoyed the duck, although I found it to be a bit salty and a little overcooked.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dining experience. The only criticism is the noise level. Given that it's a small space there probably isn't much that can be done about that. We will be back!

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w
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service are always excellent at Leaping Lizard.

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VB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super casual

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

Fresh food in a fun atmosphere. Good deals on wine.

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

What a darling restaurant! It was small, perhaps just 15 tables in the front & nearly all were full (plus a nice bar), but I understand when the weather is warm they open up the back & the patio. The food was a generous proportion & so delicious, rather comforting but also like something you would find in a Michelin star restaurant. I love that they grow all their own produce & want to return when their bakery is open... the key lime pie was sublime ...and among the best I've ever had! They also have a robust wine list & there's a nice selection of "flights" so you can sample different ones. The service was excellent & apparently the owners are wonderful to work for, our server Sheila said she'd been there for several years & it felt like they were a family. I can't wait to return when the weather is nice, the ambiance is so charming!

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L
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We always have a great meal at Leaping Lizard.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome spot. Would have enjoyed a better table.

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

Wonderful!

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RW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all aspects: food, service, ambiance, location, and a great owner!

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DL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were fantastic. There was a very loud group of people at the bar, which limited our ability to have a conversation. We would definitely go back and hope for a less rowdy bar crowd.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu variety, great ambience and wonderful value.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day.

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

Food is delicious. Service is excellent. Hostess worked hard to get us in when we made a late reservation. Seating is not the most comfortable.

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

Always a great meal at LL! If you’ve not been here yet, you’re missing out on a Shore Drive secret spot.

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

The food we had was delicious and the service was attentive! A very nice neighborhood gem! Looking forward to returning and sampling other menu items! Thumbs up!

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JC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome gem that serves fresh, healthy, delicious meals. The key lime pie is the best I’ve ever tasted!

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AM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The noise was overwhelming. Was seated inside and the patrons at the bar were yelling and talking very loud. Totally ruined our meal. There was plenty of outdoor seating but hostess seated us indoors. Meal was disappointing. Went from being one of my favorites to maybe never coming back. Food was not up to par and the combinations were pretty bad. Meatloaf and salmon cakes were both a poor choice. We ate it because we ordered it and there were no fresh salmon options. The apple sauce on the meatloaf was strange and ruined the entree. Keep it simple, these meals were culinary failures.

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

This restaurant was very fun, and our waiter did a good job. I will be going back there again. I highly recommend the blackened salmon Mac and cheese.

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L
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentines night. My husband was served a different dish than he ordered and my scallops were cold-both went back and were corrected. Free round of drinks was offered for the error and were appreciated. My only real complaint was that the food came out too quickly as we hadn't finished the appetizer when dinner came out. We were actually in the restaurant barely an hour total. Nice but a little rushed for a holiday.

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NR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was amazing as always! Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable.
For a Valentines Day dinner, the price of the menu items were pretty reasonable.
Parking lot is the weakest link. Too rough for women wearing heels (specially after dark...not much lighting).
The overall decor was ok, something could be improve when it comes to the space heaters....maybe a cute fireplace could have been better.
I recommended Leaping Lizard to a friend of whom had an after Valentines date with her hubby at the cafe. Another satisfied customer....

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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EK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far my favorite restaurant. Have been several times and have never been disappointed!

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DG
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!! The food is consistently soo very fresh, healthy and delicious. We cannot wait to go back. Very casual and quaint.

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b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a great place to dine. low key great food and ambience.

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T
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today was Valentines Day. My wife and I work in close proximity so I made reservations for us at the Leaping Lizard. I love the farm to table menu plan. The food is always delicious and healthy. We both had a great time. The start of an awesome Valentines Day.

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m
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends birthday. As always, everyone enjoyed dinner!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully presented. The server was very professional and likeable. I was not able to find items on the menu that I liked and were on a low cholesterol diet. I would have preferred filtered water. I had a great time with my friend.

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j
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food as always.

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EG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very creative menu with dining experiences you won’t find elsewhere. Casual but elegant food!!

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loud loud loud

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CD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only negative is you feel like your crammed in, they try to put to many tables in a small space.

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KF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I was disappointed in the service. We got an appetizer and had to ask for the bread that went with it. Took for ever for us to order I had to catch the waitress when she went by. It was like she didn’t care. I informed them it was my daughter birthday. Nothing done nothing said. For this reason I am not sure I will go back.

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MS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed!

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