Permanently Closed - Little Saint

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328 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Award Winning Best New Restaurant. Local beers, Virginia wines, craft cocktails, sustainable seafood, small batch liquors and a menu ranging from the obscure to the popular- all at neighborhood prices. Great Date Night spot. Great happy hour drinks & snacks. Fresh seasonal ingredients.

With an array of fare, from local sea scallops to gluten-free fried chicken and waffles. The mixologists transform seasonal fruits and vegetables into unique cocktails w/ a low waste beverage program. The wine list features sustainable, local, unique and cutting edge wines from rock star winemakers, scientists & salt of the earth people with a love of community. Green restaurant practices like compostable cups, recycled paper & locally made decor. Near VMFA, Virginia Museum of Historical Art, Scott's Addition inside the Museum District. Breakfast daily. Good for travelers & locals.

An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Woman Owned.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(804) 303-9772
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Benjamin Jackson
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Private party contact
Andresa Hughes: (704) 302-0049
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Catering
We specialize in fresh, seasonal New Virginia Cuisine. Ask us about our seasonal catering offerings. We will hand select food and drink for your special occasion to fit any budget while offering earth friendly compostable products and a friendly staff to help make your event memorable.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colonial Street and Parl Ave
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Parking details
Parking is right on front on our private lot
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Public transit
The Pulse is 2 blocks away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed down. Frustrated I was not notified after my reservation was accepted.

EJ
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My wife and I were looking forward to trying this restaurant for a while. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed with the experience. I suspect we are not the only ones, as it was a Friday night and there were quite a few empty tables.

The online menu does not resemble the menu we were provided. Unfortunately, we'd planned to order several items based on what we saw online and none of them were available. Scallops? Nope. Impossible burger? Nope. Squash tacos? Nope. My wife and I have some diet restrictions so this can be a big deal. It really is unacceptable to have a menu online that is sooo out of date.

I ordered a couple of the craft cocktails over the course of our meal. They were OK, but not up to par with what you find at comparable restaurants in town.

For an appetizer we ordered the fried mushrooms drizzled with hot honey. They had an unusual breading, were nice and crisp and were very good.

For dinner we ordered the potato tacos, the egg salad on toast, and a side of the sauteed vegetables to share. The potato tacos were terrible; maybe the worst tacos we've ever had, and that includes Taco Bell; pretty bad. The potatoes were like hash browns. They were dry and there were too many of them. The rest of the taco included mango, pickled onion and some heat. It all did not come together at all. We left them virtually untouched. (No inquiry from the waitress as to why we did not like the tacos- sign of immature service.) The sauteed veggies were tasty, but not presented well.

The egg salad on toast was OK, but needed something else on to make it worthy. It was a basic egg salad with 2 slices of bread... yeah that was it.

I foresee Little Saint dying a slow death unless it dramatically ups its game. Oh, I almost forgot, the AC couldn't keep up, so the temp in the restaurant was in the mid-80's. Lovely.

Good luck Little Saint. With so many good restaurants in RVA, you're going to need it.

NT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

There for brunch last Sunday.Not very busy when we arrived. It took 45 minutes to get food after order. Waitress was very unfriendly
I ordered 2 poached eggs medium. Asked as I usually do not to have runny whites
Arrived very hard boiled.

RK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great ambience. Good vegetarian options

J
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food great food great food great food great food great food great food great food great food

DB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food selections were great. From vegan dishes to traditional brunch plates it was all delicious and cooked perfectly. Bloody Mary's were good and spicy and the staff were all friendly and helpful.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Serice was horrible and there were only 3 tables of customers

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

First time having chicken and waffles in my life... amazing :)

CH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Setting was casual with uncomfortable bench seating. The food was ok, definitely not great especially for the high price tag. Cocktail was good. Service was fine. Would go again maybe for brunch, but not dinner.

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

Awesome food! Service very casual but good.

r
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Easy location. Able to enjoy outdoor space. Our server never described specials or happy hour. That was are only disappointment.

DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

At my last visit I rated this place 5 all the way with a great review. This visit started off disappointing and got a little better as we went. I think for some reason there was only one waiter for the whole place,and he seemed to be the host also. Clearly he was not happy about the situation. Thus the service lacked enthusiasm was less than what was reasonable. The service wasn't horrible but not really helpful and was somewhat slow. He even brought us our check and never asked about desert so he had to redo it all when we decided on desert. He never asked about drinks or coffee after the first request so we had to take the initiative on that to. I get the fact that some younger folks don't get the importance of the server's job, but with the quality of the food here and these prices, expecting better service is a must.

DC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The service is always so slow here!

GL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and took friends that couldn't stop raving about the food. Really interesting menu and combinations of ingredients. The grits were amazing! We are going back next weekend when our kids come to visit.

TL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed sitting outside and received right away. This was a nice surprise on a Friday night. We really enjoyed the drinks and the apps. The service was also fast and friendly. There are four of us in our party and we all ordered dinner. However none of us really cared much for our dinner choice. We thought the dinners were a bit pricey for the quality/taste we received. We ended up getting a second round of drinks, apps and dessert somewhere else.

LK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh and fabulous. Good service. Will go again.

EG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing. Since I’ve been vegan, full-flavored dishes have been elusive in restaurants that offer vegan “options”. Not here.

The few dishes that were vegan in their standard form were clearly labeled, but a few questions to a knowledgeable server named Rachel opened up a myriad of additional choices with simple modifications.

I had the Byrd’s Mill Grits Bowl with chorizo tofu and mushrooms as protein (minus the fried egg). The crispy kale topping the bowl was amazing. I was told that it was flash fried instead of baked resulting in the crispness standing up to the grits, toppings and sauce.

My cousin who’s neither vegan or vegetarian enjoyed the vegetable burger (Beyond Meet standing in for the Impossible Burger during their shortage).

When they upgrade the ambiance inside to match the food, this place would be worthy of 5 stars.

LG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They took the pancake tacos off the menu. That was disappointing. The chicken and waffles were good.

C
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Their grits bowl with chorizo tofu is DELISH. I'm not a tofu person, but this is spicy and so good. Suggest 100p.

EA
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Super knowledgeable bar staff.

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

Excellent food and cute little place. We had to sit at the high tops right by the bar so a little noisy, but we’ll definitely go back.

K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere but the food has been hit or miss. My scallops were delicious but my friend’s risotto was very disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food wasn’t good. Everything had too much salt. I had the fried soft shell crab with grits. The grits were dry. My soft shell crab arrived cold, salty, and stiff. It was disgusting. We got fried pickles for an appetizer. They were cheap pickles and cut into spears instead of slices. I’ve never had such bad fried pickles. Our server was slow. We had to flag her down to order appetizers, entrees, wine, and the check. One of our bottles of white wine was warm. It was a disappointing experience.

L
Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and server was attentive. Once Testaurant filled up it was a bit loud

J
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and plenty of well prepared food

S
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely day and we had brunch on the patio. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!
This is our third time at Little Saint in a month. We really like everything about it!

CG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting outside. Enjoyed cocktails at happy hour and and our food was amazing. Best pork chop I've ever eaten!

TP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

My husband and I went for restaurant week which we have learned is a double edged sword. Great value often results in degradation of service. Everything was just sooooo slow. It took 20 mins just to get waters. Food was alright. I’d go back and give it another shot. Maybe it was just a fluke.

Little Saint - Permanently Closed
Responded on April 28, 2019

Hi Tiffany, I am sorry to hear about service... we are trying to ensure our quality of service is maintained with management and staff meetings, as well as through increased training. I really hope we can see you again soon! Our patio is open and the weather is great- if you see me (Liz, shorter and blonde) please give me a shout. Thank you for your review, Liz

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LV
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations for night two of Restaurant Week. Arrived 5-10 minutes before our reservation and were asked twice by two servers if we had a reservation or not. Both times we assured them we did but not once did they ask our names. We were told that nothing was available outside but to find a seat inside. Upon sitting down, a very rude server dropped menus off at our tables, informed us that they were out of the short rib and walked away, with nothing even close to an apology. Having started off like that, we decided to find a reservation elsewhere! We will not be returning to Little Saint until they change their attitude.

Little Saint - Permanently Closed
Responded on April 28, 2019

Hi Lianne, I am very sorry to hear about this experience- as the owner I pride my business on hospitality. We have always said: guests are just like guests at home and we want to welcome them into our home.. Management has been working to ensure quality service with daily shift meetings and maintaining training standards. I hope you can see us soon and see the improvements that have been made. Thank you again for your invaluable feedback. Liz

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SE
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Little Saint is a Museum District Gem. Went for restaurant week, so my experience (for now) is limited. But the pimento cheese app is slamming the door fabulous, made on site as are many of the choices you have to choose from at Lil' St. But let's back up and talk cocktails, the list is exhaustive and yes something for everyone, fresh squeezed ingredients and even drinks by ERA! The Manhattan and the Gimlets were so yummy.

I had the bone in grilled chop with grits and asparagus..cooked so perfectly and delish! Friend had the soft shell crab entree...and we will be back soon.

Got to love RVA food vibe. As a transplant from Chicago and other food cities, so proud when folks come to RVA, as I'd put our food up against the finest city offering out there.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our group enjoyed the Starters (Fried Cauliflower, Falafel Bites) and my Seared Virginia Scallops were perfectly prepared. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, and the mixologist was very creative and able to adapt ingredients in my case. Delicious food in a fun setting--close to the VMFA!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch on the patio was a vision. Sunshine, mimosas, chicken and waffles. Service was great and food was excellent! Thanks, Little Saint!

S
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was really exceptional! Dinner and wine, great! Dessert-caramel cheesecake was less than mediocre ☹️

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

I was in town with a group of people from various cities around the US. We were all very impressed with the charm of the beautiful restaurant and the intentional quality of the food. From how our food was presented to our experience with the staff - Little Saint surprised us with excellent service!

c
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very slow. Food was good but very slow.

BU
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Saint is always a favorite, the food is fantastic and they have a great wine and cocktail menu. Ask about their daily happy hour specials! Vegan and gluten free friendly as well.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I’ve had many dinners here that were wonderful!
Unfortunately brunch was not, 1 out of 7 meals was as ordered, missing protein from both omelets, orders of Eggs Benedict’s all had eggs over cooked.
Our waitress was a sweetie though and most apologetic as was the manager.
We’ll be back for dinner but pass on brunch.😢

Little Saint - Permanently Closed
Responded on April 28, 2019

Hi Anonymous, I am sorry to hear about passing on brunch in the future due to a misstep in kitchen service... Your feedback is being taken to heart- and I am glad to hear service and management could step-in. But, I would love to see you back at brunch after we have made some more improvements! Thank you again your review, Liz

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n
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice dinner out before a show at Richmond Triangle Players. Cocktail selection was classic and vast, lots of vegetarian options and really innovative dishes. We'll be back!

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for those who are vegan or not! This place accommodates to really anyone.