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RA Bistro, Lynchburg, VA

RA Bistro

4.7
4.7
143 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 143 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

143 Reviews
  1. ChrisP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinner tonight. The wait staff was great. I appreciate that the 20% tip is listed on the check. Great place to eat and great staff.

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  2. MamaK2

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice overall ambiance. Food is overpriced for quality and delivery. We ordered the Corn Queso appetizer which was $15 and it was served on a plate with wax paper with not enough chips for the dip. When we asked for more we were charged $2.50 for an additional order of chips. We had the Barbecue MacnCheese which was $20 and came in a bowl which was not worthy of the price. Food was just so so. Not a fan of the 20% gratuity added automatically.

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  3. OliviaA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. The cheese fries appetizer was the best I’ve ever had. Perfect date night.

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  4. IndyJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, they accommodated my allergies and made sure it was safe for me to eat.

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  5. Ron0901

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We (party of 4) visited RA Bistro before a theater event in downtown Lynchburg. Upon sitting, I asked for a wine and beer list. After 10 to 15 minutes I asked again and was told they did not have one as the list was being redone, but the waitress began citing the wines and beer availability - the trouble was, she did not know anything about either wines or beers. Given how long it took just to get our drinks ordered, we went ahead and placed orders for appetizers and our entres. The calamari was good, but some were over-cooked. They then delivered the entres way too soon as were only half-way through the appetizers. My jambalaya over rice was quite good, as was my wife's steak pasta. However, the couple with us both ordered the Oscar Mahi Mahi, which was not. The crab cakes had too much stuffing and the mahi mahi was over-cooked and not well seasoned. Bottom-line, some of the food was quite good, but the service left a lot to be desired, which I blame mostly on the management for poor training. Unfortunately, they added an automatic 20% service fee, which I do not mind if they service is excellent, but when service is lacking, is annoying.

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  6. GayleK

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband & I had a delightful dinner at RA Bistro! I had the crabby patty burger & mac n cheese. He had the chipotle burger & thia brussel sprouts. Both were very tasty! It was happy hour and we both enjoyed a well crafted martini. Chris our server was pleasant and checked on us several times. The lights were dimmed for dinner & the Christmas decor was a nice touch. I highly recommend RA Bistro!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both tried something different this visit; Chicken Parmesan Pasta and the Surf & Turf. Both were excellent choices. We've never had a bad meal here and the service is top notch. Can’t comment on the bar offerings but they look good with a creative flair. Highly Recommend!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been dining at RA for years and have generally had good experiences. This time was not good at all though. It took 5 requests to simply get enough water glasses for the table, we only had 4 people, my drink was incorrect, and we had 2 of our entrees come out wrong. The servers couldn’t answer questions and didn’t seem to know the menu so it is not surprising things were wrong. Definitely a poor experience, especially for my son’s birthday, but hopefully it is the aberration to the rule.

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  9. ChrisP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. I like that the tip is already included on tab. Lots of help, and the staff all help each other.

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  10. Christy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. We had a lovely brunch! Would return to try other options.

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  11. JPDiner

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    New to town went for dinner on recommendation of others Very friendly cordial staff …but not quite attentive….asked for soup before main all came at once….once food was served had to hunt for a server to get salt and pepper My salmon was superb (salads come with choice of protein no extra charge)…my wife’s steak was grilled….but that was some time ago😊….no offer to deduct or replace All said and done I’d still go back for a second shot

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  12. marcos

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed The staff were super nice and very helpful

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food at a good price. The service can be a bit inconsistent with drink refills or sauces, but they are very friendly and kind. Great for dates though as they don’t bother you too much! I’ve taken three dates there, and the food is always good. It has a relaxed upscale feel, with a wide selection. Definitely would recommend.

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  14. GraysonP

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Two hot items came out luke warm, one I sent back. Empty drink glasses sat on table through 3 staff visits. My guest had to put on a sweater. The 20% gratuity is included in your bill relieving any incentive for better service. The restaurant was not busy and I had gotten recommendations from friends, not the anniversary dinner I had planned...

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  15. EvaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my husbands favorite place to eat in the area when we are in town. The staff is wonderful and the food is delicious and reasonably priced. Definitely recommend!

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  16. MikeB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of us ordered a steak and the steak wasn’t the best. Tough and had gristle. Although the service was great, we did not like the service “fee” or tip added into the bill. We like to have the autonomy to choose what we give.

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  17. Scott

    Key West

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Service staff was very friendly but seemed a little slow.

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  18. KeithMelton

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our time at RA Bistro but the experience was a bit disjointed. There’s a sign on the table indicating they run European style service and there’s a 20% service charge added to the bill so tipping is optional. I’m fine with this as I usually tip 20% as a minimum. The problem seemed to be they worked as a team. When we were seated there was very few for the Saturday lunch service so they weren’t busy yet. We received our order nearly 40 mins. We asked a random waiter passing by and they apologized and said they check on it. They immediately came out with our food. My wife ordered salmon on her salad but it had chicken. They immediately brought out a piece of salmon to correct it. We both ordered the same salad except I did want chicken which I did receive. Her salad was missing tomatoes and my salad was missing bacon. My teenage daughters orders were perfect. The food had quality ingredients and tasted great otherwise and the servers were nice. I’m not a fan of a communal wait staff and our food being “forgotten” as no one server seemed accountable. Would I go back again? Yes the food was very good. If my order was forgotten or item missing again that would be the last time.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the team approach to service and the food was very good!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were disappointed with the food quality. It looked so good online. It was a let down.

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  21. ProfDPM

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the San Fran Surf (shrimp) and Turf (chicken). The dish was not very tasty, rather dull, and the portion was small. I could have made a better version of the dish at home for much less money.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Blonde waitress was a bit annoying, other than that everything was good. Was not expecting a tip to be added to the bill as a service charge and then asking for a tip on top of it.

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  23. Charlottesville

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good place in a great location. We enjoyed our lunch, including salads, burgers, fries and tuna tacos. Highly recommended for pleasant surroundings and good food at a reasonable price.

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  24. Karen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak was cooked to perfection; chef accommodated a specific allergy; waitstaff were helpful, knowledgeable and attentive; amazing cocktails; so many delicious options on the menu it was hard to choose! We will be back for sure!!

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  25. Nipper

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants in Lynchburg. Great variety of choices on the menu and each I have tried has been delicious although I admit about half the time I get the Tuscan Chicken.

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  26. markh

    Jacksonville

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice meal. Shame they let us order wings only to find out they were not available afterwards. Portions could be larger, but good quantity food!

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  27. PatriciaC

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our first time at RA. A Sunday night, sitting outside a bit noisy with cars and some loud patrons. Food was ok; cutting strips of steak on pasta in a round bowl was a challenge. Service was poor. There is "not being rushed" and then "waiting forever to be served"or trying to get the tab. Young wait staff needs more training. Sorry to give a poor review.

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  28. DanielC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I that a friend and I had tried the RA Bistro. The staff was very welcoming and seated us without delay. The food was exactly as stated in the menu and was delicious! The wait staff was attentive to our needs without hovering over us. Neither of us live in the Lynchburg area, but took a chance and decided to meet at the RA Bistro. Needless to say, we lucked out and will definitely meet there again for lunch or possibility dinner.

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  29. KJohn

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, wonderful outdoor seating area, and good food!

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  30. Kayla

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went out for dinner at RA for the first time to celebrate our engagement/anniversary Our server didn’t seem to really understand my questions and I was a bit disappointed to be sat directly next to a table of other people when the restaurant was pretty much empty. We both got the seafood Mac and Cheese because everyone raves about how good it was….but I was not impressed at all. I will only say it’s worth the price because of the ingredients in the dish but taste wise definitely not. For a seafood dish with 3 types of seafood in it, I expected to taste some sort of fishy flavor but I got none and I was incredibly disappointed. Next time we try RA Bistro I think we’re gonna stick to burgers.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and super friendly owner! They had the best crab cakes I ever had, and I loved the ambience! My party and I weren’t pressured to leave the restaurant, and we enjoyed our meal uninterrupted!

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  32. Kris

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok, not great. Service was awful! Waitress never even said hello or asked us our drink order. Didn’t fill our water, never checked on us if we needed anything or asked if everything was ok. Several waitresses were just standing around. We had to ask for our check. It seems since they automatically add 20 percent tip to the bill the waitresses could care less about serving the customers. Very disappointed.

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  33. RHaley60

    Greensboro

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    RA Bistro never disappoints! This was a business dinner and it was a great place to meet!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was okay, but service was amazing. Wouldn’t recommend

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  35. DavidP

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. Would definitely recommend to all.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was amazing!! If there was a rating it would be a 20 out 10 for the food and staff. The staff was so attentive. We do have plans to return to the restaurant. There are so many more things on the menu that we would like to try.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So amazing we went several times during our trip. Staff and food were perfect

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  38. RHaley60

    Greensboro

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    RA never disappoints! It’s a great place to meet with colleagues over lunch!

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  39. WendyL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was absolutely wonderful! I had the Crabby Patty and it was absolutely delicious! Margarita was excellent too. Will definitely be going back.

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  40. Eric

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    With a reservation, we waited for 30 minutes to be seated, then another 10 before anyone came to our table. By the time we received any water, we had been there for 50 minutes. Food orders came out wrong, menu misrepresents what the food actually is, seemed like nobody knew what they were doing. Brussel sprouts were horrible -- very mushy with no flavor. Very disappointed - will not be returning.

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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 4.7 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for RA Bistro

1344 Main St, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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