Little Saint

4.4
188 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Elby Award Winning Best New Restaurant Little Saint promises healthy, exciting food that you can eat daily--paired with house-crafted sodas, cocktails,sustainable seafood, small batch liquors & a lovingly curated wine list ranging from the obscure to the popular- all at neighborhood prices.

Chef Alex Enggist's Little Saint kitchen offers an array of fare, from seared local sea scallops to gluten-free fried chicken + waffles. A team of award-winning bartenders transform seasonal fruits and vegetables (along with small-batch local liquors) into unique cocktails. The Little Saint wine list is curated of sustainable, local, unique and cutting edge wines from rock star winemakers, scientists and salt of the earth people making good wine the right way-- with a love of community. We also use green restaurant practices like compostable cups, recycled paper and locally made decor. Near the VMFA, Historical Society, Scott's Addition inside the Museum District.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm. Open daily at 11 am for eggs & bubbles. Bar open late.
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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
Alex Enggist
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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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Parking details
Additional parking for Little Saint is at the south west corner of the intersection of Boulevard and Patterson. Please park in any of the spots labeled for Little Saint.
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Special events & promotions
Wednesday Nights: 4pm-7pm Locavore Happy Hour! Free tastings from our local farm, brewers, winners and distillers! Join us for a taste of local@!

Tuesdays: BYOB-- Bring your own beer and enjoy free beer corkage fees on Tuesdays all day long. Bring a large format or local beer for your party or make friends at the bar sharing a brew you love with someone near you.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 188 People Are Saying
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DG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for a last minute dinner. Great drinks, food was decent. Nothing outstanding...

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RS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. We loved everything we ordered.

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SS
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My fish entree was over cooked, but my server was fantastic and quickly brought out a complementary salad to eat while waiting for a new piece to be cooked. Second piece was delicious. My husband would have liked a little more pimento cheese in his burger. Overall good though and great service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding! Also - morning happy hour?! My Bloody Mary was $3! Had such a lovely time! Food was great, and service was fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The biscuit with pimento cheese chicken salad, scrambled egg, bacon and a drizzle of hot sauce...was AMAZING. The bloody mary's are spicy and delicious, too. Little Saint is cozy. My friend and I sat there for a long while and the waitstaff was patient and attentive! Thank you Little Saint.

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SV
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really loud inside so we chose outdoors and were the only ones out there. Very pleasing experience!

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food an service was great. Very loud and hot in restaurant

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Seating could be better for dates

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F
Atlanta
79 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good. This was a small, quaint farm to table type dining. Portion sizes we're somewhat small, but the grit bowl was decent sized and delicious.

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P
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Started with some tasty drinks. Pimento appetizer was awesome & a great value. I got the fish entree - Mahi Mahi. It was lukewarm when I got & just ok.. a little fishy.
Bison steak entree was really good & gnocchi w arugula $ runny egg was yummy but chicken added was a little dry..
Previously the fish I got with a rice cake was amazing so a little disappointed on return trip..

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good! Interesting selection of food and drink while also having the typical brunch options as well.

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PH
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Go! Excellent food and service -recommend for foodies for the creative menu and excellent bar menu! Little Saint has so much going for it! Was a little warm (that’s the only reservation) was second time there and all were inside sweating. Despite the heat it’s a cozy comfortable choice with local ingredients.

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BB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent
Professional polite efficient

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j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

the portions were very small for the price, the food was just ok. It was really hot in the building. The service was wonderful. Not enough options on menu, more cocktails then menu items
sorry

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r
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had the scallop special and it was wonderful. My husband has the rockfish and it was way overcooked and looked like 2 left over pieces. Our daughter has the grit bowl and enjoyed it. So 2 out of 3 were very good.

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B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed Little Saint! Tried several dishes at our table and all were good. Scallops were the favorite! Drinks were great too. Will be going back for sure!

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall our dinner was good. Our server was friendly and well-informed. The food was very good (mahi-mahi, Oysters, Scallops). The desserts (coconut chocolate pie, blueberry cheesecake) were also very good. The vegetables were the one weak point. The salad had too many unchewable stems, though my pet rabbit would have been in heaven. The broiled frisee was a good idea, but was quite tough, needed a steak knife. I would definitely go back. The oysters were a bit pricey, but for the most part the cost was reasonable and there were some real bargains on wine.

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B
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

August 21, 2018

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R
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Brunch to Little Saint. Food and service were good. They have a fair share of vegan options too. Would definitely go again!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful!

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S
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had previously enjoyed lunch here and was looking forward to dinner. The limited menu was disappointing, though, and the dessert that sounded wonderful was as hard as a hockey puck.

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M
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Careful and creative and not stuffy! We enjoyed the food intelligence at play here - beautiful presentation, thoughtful use of seasonal ingredients, great sourcing. We’ll be back!

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Way too expensive. Limited menu. I have spent less money on much better restaurants.

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RL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not exceptional. Service and ambiance however were very nice and their cocktails are solid. Would recommend, but wouldn’t say that’s it’s a must visit. If you’re looking to have a solid meal and drinks it’s a good spot overall. Front patio is the spot especially if it’s not too hot out.

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e
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic -- very impressive.
Limited menu options meant everyone order the steak or the scallops
Catfish as catch of the day???
Kado Toast was excellent
Greens in strawberry salad too bitter
Scallops cooked perfectly
Steak was very, very average -- to the point of being disappointing.

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PB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and menu. Many locally sourced foods. Specials were good and drink menu excellent. Service attentive and pleasant. Sat on patio and relaxed. Environment easy going.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great server. Very tight seating. Delicious gnocchi

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GB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Seating area is very small and crowded. Noise level really ruined our dining experience. Food was very good, especially the seared scallops. Server was very friendly and offered full information about menu items. Not our kind of evening we enjoy for family dinner, but would be fine for others. Would recommend to others, selectively.

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L
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Saint is like finding a needle in a haystack. Never disappointed - great locale, food, service - all gold star!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Extremely slow service for a Monday night with very few other people present. Staff seemed to be chatting at the bar most of the time. Overhead music quite loud as well. Food was all delicious, may consider takeout if we go back.

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l
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was very helpful and was there when we needed her but not intrusive. The food was excellent. The music was a little too loud. Hard to have a conversation with others close by talking and the music.

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were seated outside as requested, but had to wait almost an hour before our food arrived. The gnocchi, billed as an entree, was an appetizer size portion, bistro steak was barely warm, vegan dish almost inedible. Very disappointing, particularly in view of prices charged.

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L
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great - good food good service good company!

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DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best meal of my life was a 10 in Vancouver. This was a 9 right here in Richmond. The server was exceptional! The drinks had one large ice cube that didn't melt and destroy the fabulous drink. Go here and make them give you the crazy server with the red hair.

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H
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Little Saint is on my "go as often as possible list". Attention to detail and flavor were on point. Gorgonzola pimiento cheese, ridiculous cauliflower, small plates are highlights.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual spot with delicious food and great service. Plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

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N
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Saint is a treasure - inventive, delicious food in a casual city atmosphere. We had seared scallops that were astounding. It feels like a casual neighborhood spot, but the food is good enough to make it a destination for a special occasion. Wonderful addition to Richmond's restaurant scene!

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b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

main courses (gnocchi, grits bowl) were very good, desserts less so..suggestion: don't mess with key lime pie..tofu?..don't think so..

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E
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Portions could be a tiny bit bigger. But I leave this place.

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A
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They are highly rated and have won awards so maybe we caught them on a bad day. Server was not friendly and almost borderline bored with waiting on us. Table was sticky and not clean, way too many flies in the restaurant also. When you factor in the limited menu and high prices it was not all I had heard about from it’s press clippings. Not sure if it is worth another chance as it has too many bugs to work out for our taste.

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