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Restaurant Adarra, Richmond, VA

Restaurant Adarra

4.9
4.9
322 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
The soul of Adarra is rustic elegance and hearthside hospitality. Our menu follows the seasons and the fortunes of farmers in Virginia—simple ingredients cooked over wood whenever possible, served in the cozy atmosphere of a European villa tavern where wine flows like laughter and cocktails warm the spirit. Like our namesake mountain overlooking San Sebastian, Adarra stands as a beacon for people with a zeal for eating and drinking!

For parties over 5 guests please email info@restaurantadarra.com to make your reservation inquiry.

PLEASE NOTE:
WE WILL HONOR YOUR RESERVATION NO EARLIER THAN 20 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE TIME YOU ARE BOOKED FOR. FOR GUESTS RUNNING LATE, YOUR RESERVATION WILL BE HELD FOR 15 MINUTES.



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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 477-3456

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Randall Doetzer

  • Catering

    We do not offer catering services

  • Private party facilities

    Please email the restaurant directly for Private Event inquiries: info@restaurantadarra.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    E. Jackson St.

  • Parking details

    Adarra is located in the residencial area of Jackson Ward in downtown Richmond. Street parking is available, but we highly suggest using are car service such as Lyft or Uber.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 322 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Virginia

    Healthy

  • Virginia

    Notable Wine List

  • Richmond

    Best Overall

  • Richmond

    Best Food

  • Richmond

    Best Service

  • Richmond

    Best Ambiance

  • Richmond

    Fit for Foodies

  • Richmond

    Healthy

  • Richmond

    Notable Wine List

  • Richmond

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. VA

    VeryAshley

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was a little loud. But I only mentioned that because it was a question on the review. And the place was packed the day we went. But other than that… We had one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long time. I always enjoy my time here. The service is phenomenal. The food is unique and delicious. Romance is definitely a theme. And we greatly enjoyed it. I will absolutely be back…no matter the sound level! 😊
  2. w

    williamk

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a group of 6 for my birthday. Small restaurant but they accommodated us We got 8 tapas styled dishes with hi lights being the jamon ham, the lamb belly and the mussels. Also excellent cheeses. Dessert was sponge cake and olive oil ice cream. Fun night!!
  3. AN

    AaronN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of RVA's more adventurous menus - a authentic take on Spanish tapas. A great place to try some foods you may not have experienced before. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is excellent.
  4. M

    Monica

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute restaurant. The people who work there are knowledgeable about food and wine and have a passion for both. The food was amazing and so were the drinks.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food but a very pricey. Would 10/10 recommend depending on the occasion and your price point.
  6. M

    Musiclovers2

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably delicious food. Gorgeous interior. Extremely knowledgeable and attentive servers…… but the FOOD… Oh, the food….The food that you think about for days after experiencing it!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in Richmond. We will be back!
  8. AG

    AlisonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best dining experience I have had in RVA.
  9. AP

    AlexP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening. Katie looked after us so well and gave some great recommendations. We got through a large portion of the menu and loved everything. Personally, it was the best meal I’ve had in Richmond in the couple years I’ve lived here. Really really good.
  10. DD

    DonnaD

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Richmond…food is incredible.
  11. BP

    BetsyP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW 🤩 so amazing! Get the razerneck clams and the octopus. Best octopus I’ve ever had! Like insane.
  12. DC

    DonaldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service we have had in a long time. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. He had good suggestions. We will absolutely go back when we return to Richmond someday.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very attentive service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I don’t like leaving negative reviews, but I have to say I was very disappointed in my dining experience at Adarra. It’s difficult to get a reservation there, so once I was able to, I had extremely high expectations. The drinks were excellent, so no complaints there. The food, however, was not. We ordered the toasted almonds, peppers, cheese plate, tuna belly, anchovy dish, tomato salad, and gnocchi. The almonds and peppers were good, although I have to say they were on the simpler side. The tuna belly made me think I was eating quality tuna from a can soaked in olive oil. That’s the best way I can describe it. It was a bit tough and on the dry side, and I didn’t finish it. I don’t usually eat anchovies since I’m not a fan of the typical fishy taste, but was assured that their version wasn’t fishy at all the way they prepare it. I ate a piece or two but couldn’t finish it. Soaking the anchovies in olive oil did not hide the fishy taste. Some people may like that fishy taste, but I definitely didn’t. The cheese plate was okay. The crackers weren’t anything special, and the amount of cheese was pretty minuscule. The tomato salad was actually the only thing I ordered that was delicious, and the only thing we actually finished. After being at the restaurant for almost two hours, the gnocchi had still not come out. We told our waitress we didn’t want it and decided to leave. I heard so many great things about Adarra and had such high hopes. But after such a disappointing meal that we paid over $200 for, we will not be returning.
  15. O

    atthebarOnrepeat

    Richmond

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vermouth on tap, cava, razor clams in paprika butter sauce with crusty bread, head-on shrimp al Ajillo, all innovative and delicious. Excellent service. Casual elegant atmosphere.
  16. SW

    SeyraW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and great wine selection to accompany the meal. Service was just right with upfront lots of info and ability to ask questions, then left alone to just enjoy ourselves and eat and drink. Would definitely return.
  17. O

    atthebarOnrepeat

    Richmond

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Adarra is uniquely delicious, fun, and one of my favorite dining experiences in Richmond. Balanced cocktails, low intervention crisp and funky wines. Tangy salmorejo with marinated shrimp and crusty bread was a perfect starter for a hot summer day, followed by rich lamb stew enhanced with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and the classic comforting tuna conserva, each excellent. Informed, unobtrusive, well-paced hospitality at the wonderfully comfortable bar by Daniel, chef/owner Randall, and the team. A welcoming, serene space with original art and just the right energy compliments the exciting meal. The best, top of the list, must visit; nothing else is close dining and imbibing in RVA.
  18. ML

    MelodyL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledgeable and skilled house. If you are gourmands, support this business. It’s a well executed fine dining authentic Basque concept. Yes, Basque… so drink sherry and cava and eat some octopus cause it’s fabulous. Tip: Bring a case of beer for the kitchen as a gift cause they work hard!
  19. f

    foodcritc

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant and great food! Stayed until close
  20. M

    Michaelh

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ford and service were fantastic.
  21. BF

    BelleFull

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Unique food and wine pairings you won't find in other restaurants.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has the most amazing food and service! The servers are so knowledgeable about their food and wine that they take you on a journey by just explaining it
  23. DW

    DonnaW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner. Vermouth on tap is delicious and excellent red wine pairing with our food. The gnocchi with rabbit and wild mushrooms was amazing, but I would also recommend the meatballs and blackberry sorbet. Looking forward to our next visit.
  24. LP

    LeliaP

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    The food was excellent! The ambiance not great. We were the first reservation to arrive and they seated us at the worst table facing the bathroom and a huge pipe in the ceiling! They charged $18 a drink and the price on the menu did not reflect that.
  25. CR

    ColinR

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food in a pleasant environment. Wine selection was great--we asked for a wine list, and instead ended up in conversation with the staff about a variety of bottles, any of which would have been amazing (and we selected a bottle that was!). Trust the seasonal offerings.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and service. I will definitely be back!
  27. M

    Marty

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was phenomenal. Our server helped us decide on our food / wine selection and everything turned out great.
  28. DL

    DianaL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was very good and servers attentive. I would recommend this restaurant to friends. The negative is that $14 glass of wine seems expensive.
  29. TA

    ToniA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there are we enjoyed it very much! Menu was unique and all dishes we chose, and the recommended wine, were delicious!
  30. r

    ritefood

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great ambiance with special different food. You feel like you are in another country.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and wine selection. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Great ambiance.
  32. ES

    EmilyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so refreshing to have an authentic Spanish experience. The Manzanilla was from the premire location for Sherry in Spain (Sanlucar de Barrameda). Perfectly and simply Spanish.
  33. FE

    FallenEarth

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was the best meal I have had at a Richmond restaurant. Perfect for date nights.
  34. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, but if you're not a fan of seafood, don't go. The menu has few non-seafood dishes.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience as always!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The menu is limited and largely unchanged since I first went there a few years ago. At this price point - which is high - I expect more options and more refined flavor profiles.
  37. PS

    PaulS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had waited two years to try Restaurant Adarra. Our first visit was delayed by Covid. It might sound absurd, but it was worth the wait. Great service, nice atmosphere, and truly outstanding food. All of the specials were delicious. I hope to come back here soon.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Adarra continues to knock it out of the park. This was about my fourth time here, this time for my wedding anniversary. I have consistently had one of the best meals in Richmond at this spot. They have one of the coolest food menus in town. It’s a smaller plate, tapas-sharing style. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful with our selections. The chef/somm/owner recommended a phenomenal wine bottle in our price range to go with our meal. Then his wife/front of house/owner gifted us glass of cava to keep the celebration going. Great night. They are a smaller operation- if you have to wait a minute, be patient. It’s worth it. Would also love to come back just for drinks/snacks and sit at the bar.
  39. MU

    MichaelU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The food and beverages were excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly the best food/drinks dining experience is the very, very best in all of Richmond. The food is amazing all staff is extremely nice and knowledgeable. The bartender made some of the very best drinks (including two ones off the menu) I have ever had. My wife and I can’t wait to go back. Thanks so much for a great dinner

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Restaurant Adarra is rated 4.9 stars by 322 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Restaurant Adarra

618 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Jackson St.

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Adarra is located in the residencial area of Jackson Ward in downtown Richmond. Street parking is available, but we highly suggest using are car service such as Lyft or Uber.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Randall Doetzer

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 477-3456

  • Catering

    We do not offer catering services

  • Private party facilities

    Please email the restaurant directly for Private Event inquiries: info@restaurantadarra.com.

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