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Restaurant Adarra, Richmond, VA

Restaurant Adarra

4.8
4.8
502 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary European
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European, Wine Bar, Seafood
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Randall Doetzer
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering services
  • 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 502 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

502 Reviews
  1. cathy

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is incredible. For those of you who love seafood, this is must. Everything we had was wonderful, but we especially liked the razor clams and sardines in oil olive (tins), the shrimp and the octopus with white beans (dinner) but everything else we had was just as good. Several interesting specials (including a lamb shank) which made it difficult to choose. Small, lovely restaurant which I highly recommend.

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  2. BritM

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped here when we came to Richmond for a quick weekend getaway. The food was excellent and the most unique menu I have seen. Wine by the bottle must be ordered through their sommelier which was very fun. She did an excellent job in finding us a bottle of wine that we would not have chosen if left to our own devices, but we both agreed that it was outstanding. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere was wonderful - you feel like you are in a cozy café in Spain. The prices are a bit high especially if you are buying a bottle of wine, but it is worth it for a special occasion or date night. We will be back the next time we are in town!

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  3. GeneV

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place reminds me of the restaurants I’ve visited in Pamplona and San Sebastián in the Spanish Basque region. The wine and drink selection is tailored and the service is outstanding. The food is one of a kind! I will be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing small plates. Excellent cocktail program. Super attentive service.

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  5. KenW

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Like taking a culinary trip to Europe. Remarkable Basque inspired food from Chef Randall and personally curated wine recommendations from Lyne, unlike anything else in Richmond. Go for a special and memorable evening.

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  6. Greg

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant. The food is delicious and the service super. You can always tell when the staff pay attention to every detail of the food and experience. I’ve dined at Restaurant Adarra several times now and they never disappoint. Highly recommend

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Adarra never disappoints - truly the best dining experience in Richmond.

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  8. PhilP

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, wine, and cocktails at Adarra are amazing! We love the personal attention from the owners and staff. The daily main large plate has been a must for us - simply lovely!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food but the dining room was extremely cold.

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  10. RobertW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Attractive and comfortable, with a very nice atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious - as well as unique - food.

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  11. BenitaC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the most beautiful food in Richmond. The service is lovely as is the ambience. Highly recommended for a date night or small group dining experience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really high quality ingredients and top notch preparation

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  13. DanielB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious, the servers work as a team with the bar to attempt the best service ppossible. But the brick wall doesn't do any favors to diners whom must shout to be heard in such a small space. It's loud. But delicious and I think worth the rather dear price of the very haute cuisine being served up here. The Iberico chorizo and the hamon are both to die for. The bartender is Very skilled and puts up an impressive product as a result. Over all- we'll definitely be back next week. I will, at least.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best dining experience in a very long time. Our server, John, was very attentive and made great recommendations. Owners were on hand and very sincere in welcoming us and ensuring we enjoyed our experience. Thank you!

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  15. ChristopherL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You won’t regret your time at Adarra! Plan early to get a reservation.

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  16. MargueriteM

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Don't believe the hype. Overpriced, canned food, barely above an ordinary can of sardines from the grocery store. Rather arrogant, dismissive staff. There is great deference paid the "Chef", though when I asked for specifics of his experience, particularly that in the Basque region, I got some vague answers about having lived in New Orleans and having owned some Italian eatery in Richmond. My husband and I are experienced in food and travel. I lost count of my trips to Europe long ago - They are in the range of 40+, not counting my 20+ trips to Latin America. Meager portions, the waitress balked when we only ordered 4 items to start. We didn't even finish those. My meal consisted mostly of a good wine and good bread in a nice atmosphere. For the $200 we spent.... Too many other great options in Richmond. Go elsewhere....

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  17. MarkK

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly one of the best restaurants in Richmond. Also, a unique dining experience. Can't wait to go back.

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  18. tomdoesmemes

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamon pata Negra was interesting to try. Cheese selections were very interesting and paired nicely with the skin contact wine our server/sommelier recommended. Had to wait for our table about 20 minutes but wasn’t their fault—slow customers caused a backlog. They comped our dessert for waiting, which was really nice. Basque Cheesecake was excellent. Probably couldn’t afford to go frequently, but perfect choice for special occasions.

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  19. Dave

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant Adarra is our favorite cozy spot. A wonderful food, wine and service!

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  20. IluvVirginia

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the great dining experiences in RVA, which is now a world class foodie town. Specializing in food and wines from the Basque region of Spain, their menu is fabulous. So is their wine list. And one of the owners is a knowledgeable sommelier. No one has better sauces. Enjoy their place in Jackson Ward soon since they’re moving down to Oregon Hill. It’ll be fantastic.

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  21. JeffD

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Randy is a master and we were able to sample some German wines with the winemakers.

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  22. TerryM

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding, service so relaxed - felt like I was transported to some place very far away.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This spot was once a gem. It seems staff and ownership started to read and believe there good reviews and forgot what got them there. My last dinner dripped of pretentiousness, over seasoned food and pushy staff trying to get us out as soon as we’d taken our last bite of our entree.

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  24. JuanS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants I've visited in VA during the past 6 yrs.

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  25. AmyB

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, interesting food with excellent wine and superb service. Easily our most favorite restaurant in Richmond!

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  26. SSDH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal and the ambiance was perfect for dinner. Would absolutely come again and try more items on the menu (and get the same dishes again!)

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  27. MichaelP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating at Adarra and we were so impressed! One of the best meals we've had in years! Food, service, and drinks were wonderful. Loved the clams, the gnocchi, the lamb, but most of all, the basque cheesecake--so special. Will be back very soon.

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  28. Michelle

    Tallahassee

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious dinner there. Love that because it’s tapas style I can sample a variety of dishes and favors. Intimate setting

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing spot for date night with yourself, your significant other, or gal pals!

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  30. Cecile

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Adarra was great. The food was delicious and staff very attentive. If you are a fan of canned fish and seafood like us, you will enjoy every piece of it. We were also able to buy some of the delicious canned sardines to take out.

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  31. AbraG

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved Adarra. In visiting my son who is a Senior at UR. The food and staff were amazing. We will come back here anytime we are in Richmond!

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  32. Ryle

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our experience- Went for my man's birthday. We ordered Txipirones Rellenos (I hated, my partner liked) gnocchi for dinner (we both liked, but there was A LOT of mushrooms...), the selection of cheeses (which we both loved but came with only a little honey and peach jam) and navajas al natural (I liked, my partner disliked). Small plates/portions, very pricey food, very obscure descriptions on the menu. I asked a women server if we could have extra cheese on top of the gnocchi as when my partner visited Greece, he loved the way they prepared the cheese and was part of why we chose this restaurant and she said "let's just let the chef prepare it how is and if you still need something, we'll handle it then..." That was a polished way of saying no. Not only did we feel out of place not knowing much of what we ordered, not being able to pronounce a handful of things, but the one simple request I asked about got sharply turned down. So I paid for the $28 gnocchi and couldn't get some extra riccota. The ambience and experience was lovely, our male server was great and very classy with his wine selling especially, but we WILL NOT be going here again...

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  33. Richie

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable, food was a delicious and fresh experience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was above and beyond...very close if not one of the best culinary experiences I have had...Calamari, Razorback Clams, Prawns (head and all) - you are suppose to suck on the head I could not get past the eyes). Gnocchi and Lamb Loin Cheesecake and Spongecake with fruit) A gin and tonic (Botanist Gin - no juniper berries but more fruity) Maybe 2 Had to share this experience...finally my birthday is over.. ❤️❤️

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  35. Christina

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered from both the tinned section and freshly prepared food section - each dish tasted delicious. Also impressed by the wine pairing recommendations from our hostess, who was warm personal. and professional. What a perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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  36. BethW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Adarra curated and served an amazing meal and experience. Our bartender/server accurately described every plate to a tee. The cocktails were amazing and the octopus was perfectly cooked. I highly recommend the savory cheesecake. We will be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We are very happy that we chose this restaurant. The sommelier was exceptional. She had a nice way of explaining the wines and a great personality. The waitress was also top notch.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. CristaG

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and experience. The staff was amazing and helpful with the menu. We had 3 of the "specials" and we were not disappointed. Also had the spicy shrimp that is on the menu and it was so good!

    1 person found this helpful

  39. EricH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great meal! Those tomatoes were insane! Someone explain the boat!

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  40. DesireeT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magic! Everything was excellent as soon as we walked through the door. We were immediately greeted, well attended to, and seated at the bar while awaiting our table. The cocktails were complex and just delicious. Every course we ordered was unique, bold of flavor, and portions were generous compared to other tapas spots. The ambiance is dark, sultry, and cozy - we especially loved all of the artwork. We'll be back!

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Restaurant Adarra is rated 4.8 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

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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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European, Wine Bar, Seafood
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Randall Doetzer
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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