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RA Bistro, Lynchburg, VA

RA Bistro

4.5
4.5
89 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
RA Bistro is located in the heart of Lynchburg, Virginia and serves American inspired cuisine in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. The bistro includes a martini bar and offers catering services.

RA Bistro provides a menu that is a seasonally inspired mix of burgers, sandwiches, main entrées and desserts.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 845-1601

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Richardson

  • Neighborhood

    Lynchburg

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • Parking details

    Feel free to park in historic down town lynchburg with two private lots as well as public lots or street parking.

  • Public transit

    Located close by and throughout downtown Lynchburg.

  • Entertainment

    Seasonal Live music

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • The Happiest Hour is Here!

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Tue - 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM,Thu - 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM,Fri - Sat - 2:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Enjoy some of our delicious Cocktails, wine, beer, or martinis at $1.00 off from 3pm-6pm Monday - Friday

What 89 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

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  1. PG

    PatrickG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great evening…good food, table, and service!
  2. PG

    PatrickG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience from the time we walked in the door.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Amongst the four of us we all ordered three different things. None of it was amazing. We had the pimenta cheese starter and it was not full of flavor as you would expect. Two of us ordered a chicken dish with sun-dried tomatoes and it just needed more sauce it was a little lacking. Also the loaded mashed potatoes were not very flavorful. How could that be? Anyway we expected much better.
  4. S

    teresaS

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I would have given five stars, however, our server left a little to be desired. When she would come to our table she was so quick to leave you couldn’t even finish your thought. Always in a hurry and didn’t seem to want to be bothered. Why would she give exceptional service or even mediocre service when she knows she’s going to receive a 20% gratuity no matter what seeing as how they add that on to your bill no matter the size of your party.
  5. G

    Goodtips

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    Food was good. Learned they started including 20% gratuity on all checks. Worst service I’ve had in the past 10 years. Tipping encourages good servers!
  6. S

    Stacey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the whole experience was great. We arrived a little early and had some drinks at the bar, then went and got our seats. It was our anniversary dinner and I put in the requests “tell my wife she is pretty because she doesn’t believe me”. And the staff went over my expectations with that and left my wife the sweetest notes on napkins and she absolutely loved it. Made her feel so special. It was great. The food was great. Great experience, thank you to everyone.
  7. CM

    CarolynM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Hour is wonderful. I had a peach martini that was delicious. They used fresh peaches to make it. What creative flair. The shrimp and grits are excellent The flavors are spicy, but not hot. I can only comment on this dish because it is the only one I have had. It’s that good.
  8. GD

    GaryD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    No server came to our table after being seated. We had to request help Coffee cups went empty snd no one ask. Again had to solicit help Food was cold and bland Mgt removed service fee per policy but very discouraging Staff clearly trained to smile be friendly but let’s get to the basics with all other aspects
  9. TR

    TownsendResident

    E. Tennessee

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It’s a very nice restaurant and the atmosphere was great. It’s worth your time if you are in the Lynchburg, VA or Appomattox area. My only negative was that my food (Chicken Parmigiana) was not hot when I received it. On the other hand, my wife did enjoy her pork chop dinner.
  10. KL

    KristineL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Made reservations and they seated right away. Great service
  11. CR

    CurtisR

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Building & inside looks great. Service and food was more like Applebees.
  12. WL

    WendyL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted right away with a smile. Excellent customer service, food was absolutely delicious, and loved the ambiance. Will definitely be back!
  13. AR

    AlexR

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The food was tasty. I enjoy the half or full size options for entrees. The alcohol menu is impressive. Tried the old fashioned and a Carmel cocktail. Each every good!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Server was great even though he was busy
  15. A

    Acquisitor

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to RA Bistro for business meals lately, but this was the first time I had an opportunity to go for brunch on the weekend. It was excellent! Where I'm a little disappointed that they don't have a separate lunch and dinner menu (their meals are quite pricy for lunch), the brunch offerings and charges were exactly what you'd expect to spend. Honestly, one of the best brunches I've had in Lynchburg.
  16. CM

    CarolynM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I sit down for dinner, I don’t even look at the menu. I already know I am having the Shrimp and Grits. I love this recipe. Nice plump shrimp, plenty of sausage and incredibly cheesy grits. The sauce and seasonings are excellent. The dish is a little spicy. Staff was excellent. We were checked on several times.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food atmosphere and service were excellent!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    Overall the experience was frustrated by the concept of a service fee. Forcing %20 without any advertisement or warning is unnerving. It is not an industry standard. Restaurant should feel more obligation to informing it's patrons of their standard practice.
  19. RH

    RHaley60

    Greensboro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The RA Bistro was awesome! The weekend brunch is NOT to be missed! Bloody Mary and the Creole Benedict is awesome!!
  20. TH

    TiaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time here, loved everything we got (spinach dip, salmon, chicken with bacon/cheese/mushrooms) Everything yummy!
  21. BL

    BrunchLover

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I hosted a brunch for one of my recently eloped friends at RA Bistro. We had a nice time and were able to bring gifts and decorations for the table. We did have one hiccup — the hostess station said they didn't have a reservation under my name and seated two members of our party at a different table, even though they had already seated me at the table under the reservation name. Overall, the food was very good.
  22. SM

    ShawnM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My son and I went on a Friday afternoon for lunch and found this to be a very charming quiet little restaurant. The food was good and priced appropriately. Things were neat and clean and the waiter was great.Im sure we will come back when visiting Lynchburg. FYI they automatically add 20% gratuity but are clear about it up front.
  23. KR

    KellyR

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food, relaxed & laid back atmosphere. Nice menu options.
  24. LA

    LeAnnB

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Yummy drinks. Good variety. We will be back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing! Best experience I have had around town so far! Loved my sever John. Highly recommend him as your server!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It’s an average dining experience. The food was average, but at least it wasn’t expensive. It’s a place to go when you don’t have time to cook and just want a break. They include the tip. Maybe that is why service was just okay - why do anything special if the tip is already included. And if they pool tips, then why should anyone try to be exceptional when everyone gets the same share regardless. I think “nothing exceptional” describes the whole experience.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Good drinks. Always a good time.
  28. BA

    BreAnaMaria

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful experience! I loved the ambiance and it was the best food I had ever tasted! The waiter and servers were so courteous and polite. I will be coming back. Everything was amazing!
  29. LS

    LizS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Being from out of town, I was looking for a nice restaurant to share a meal with my daughter who lives here. Their online menu appealed to me. I was not disappointed. From the meal, service, and ambience, it was a delightful experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Caesar salad was amazing. Definitely recommend the chicken parm.
  31. GM

    GladysM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was a nice place. The food was good and service as well. We made reservations which not many restaurant offer during busy hours and not having to wait for a table was definitely a plus. My son studies in Lynchburg so I visit frequently although not from Va so I will be returning. Be advised that they add a 20% surcharge to cover for tips for their employees and you add additional if you want. I agree with that since waiter salaries are so low. I do hope the 20% goes to the waiting staff.
  32. MT

    MichaelT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch is excellent the chicken and waffles are amazing .
  33. m

    moe26

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This was my first time here and overall it was pretty good! our waitress was very polite but did shy away at the end of our meal. We ordered calamari but it didn’t come out till after we got our entrees. it was very rubbery. I got the surf and turf with steak and it was amazing!
  34. D

    Dr54

    Pinehurst

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great all-around experience and we will definitely go back when in Lynchburg!
  35. TS

    TerriS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. We celebrated Valentine's the day after the event in the hopes of a quiet evening and we were not disappointed.
  36. DW

    DarinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere. Great wait staff... warned us ahead of time that there was a 20% gratuity added to the bill so we didn't double tip. Great food.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We went out for a birthday dinner. The staff and service is excellent! That alone will entice us to come back. The ambiance is also very nice. The food quality and taste, unfortunately, is average. There is no allergen menu but it is possible to get a simple gluten free meal (not fries due to cross-contamination). The prices include a 20% service fee so no need to calculate that after your meal. We will be back for the amazing service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and restaurant. We had Tuscan children and Mahi Oscar, both were perfectly cooked and delicious!
  39. KM

    KristenM

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & great service!
  40. BR

    BR549

    Pittsburgh

    171 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food, atmosphere and service great as usual, but what distinguished this visit from all others was the staff's customer service, more specifically their care for my well-being. I'm somewhat immobilized now awaiting knee surgery next month so my balance isn't good. I arrived early and sat at the bar to have a drink before dinner. They have a beer list on-line but one needs to scan a QR code in order to get it. I saw a menu next to me on the bar and leaned over to reach it. Big mistake. I actually fell of the bar stool, but had yet to have any alcohol. I went down with a vengeance, but while I was trying to recover a herd of staff and diners came over to offer assistance. They got me up and back on a stool so I could have my beer. It didn't end there. While I was seated several staff came over to check on me, including the GM Becka. When I was ready to leave my server came to the table to say they were comping my meal, and offered to have someone walk with me to my car. Any place of business with this kind of concern for its customers deserves all the praise one can give!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

RA Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 845-1601.

RA Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for RA Bistro

1344 Main St, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Lynchburg

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Feel free to park in historic down town lynchburg with two private lots as well as public lots or street parking.

  • Public transit

    Located close by and throughout downtown Lynchburg.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Richardson

  • Entertainment

    Seasonal Live music

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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