Tarrant's Cafe

4.4
2667 Reviews
$30 and under
American
In the Art's District centrally located among the many attractions like: VCU, the Convention Center, the Graduate, Quirk Hotel, Linden Row Inn, The National, The November Theater, the Historic Hippodrome and more! We're known for seafood, steaks, pasta, pizza, subs, home made desserts, dressings and hospitality. Tarrant's Cafe serves good food and plenty of it everyday. We offer our FULL MENU including pizzas and even delivery beer and wine! Want boxed lunches or catering? Tarrant's Cafe has that too- for private dining, try our sister restaurant Tarrant's West. Specials include: Steak, Seafood, Subs, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Fish Tacos, Award Wining. An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Female Owned. See our website for COVID19 Safety updates. New "Walk-Up" Take-Out window on Foushee for easy, fast service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2667 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JackA
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and meal. Covid spacing took the worry out of indoor dining and we were never concerned that we were in harm's way. Excellent service from a waiter whose first concern was our service. Drinks were prompt and accurate, as were our appetizers and dinner selections. What a pleasure it was dining at Tarrant's Cafe. We'll be back!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Jack! I'm so glad you felt so comfortable and had such a pleasant dining experience with us! I'll be sure to let our staff know to keep up the great work!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot... delicious food... great service!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves on good food and good hospitality. Glad you received both!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch time visit

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thanks for the review! I love our lunch entrees. Yuuuummyy!

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HarleyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful evening - perfect place to celebrate our 7th Wedding Anniversary. Great food, cheerful staff, snd great service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review, Harley! I'm so happy you had a pleasant anniversary with us! I'll be sure to let our staff know to keep up the great work.

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BKB2014
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I keep trying to like this restaurant, but the food quality gets worse with every visit.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2020

I'm so sorry for your terrible experiences. I'm so sorry the food is consistently bad. We pride ourselves on hospitality. We missed the mark terribly. We'd love to extend a gift card to you to see our improvements. To what email address could I send it to? Again, if there's anything else you could think of that needs to come to my attention, please let me know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thanks for the great review! We pride our self on good hospitality and good food. Glad you received both!

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mydining
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent meal. This was our first time at Tarrant‘s and it definitely will not be our last. Becca, our server, was very attentive and helpful. The meals were fabulous and the menu is quite extensive.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so happy to hear your first experience with us was so enjoyable! I'll be sure to let Becca know to continue the great work!

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Rinda
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have dined with Tarrants for brunch. I love their menu and the food is excellent. Your food arrives hot and satisfying. I will dine with the again.

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TracyW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service was very good. The food was ok~ just ok. We spent $230 with tip included for just ok food. Before Covid we are out a lot. It just seems to me with limited seating and business trying to find some normalcy going out to eat at a nice restaurant like Tarrants should be better than just ok. The next question~ would I recommend Tarrants to a friend~ used to a hard yes. Still love the atmosphere so I will say yes and hope “ a friend” would have an excellent meal.....

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vipFoodlover21210
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious and COVID-safe meal with the friendly folks at Tarrant’s.

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KiaL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

It just wasn’t good customer service.

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MarkM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Extensive menu. Committed to customer service.

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DevonaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The overall experience was nice. I didn’t care too much for the Caesar salad not original at all.

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great service, great atmosphere, great food. I recommend the crab cakes.

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ChrisS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Tarrant’s. Covid precautions were strictly adhered to. The waitstaff was very attentive and made great suggestions on menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband made reservations for my birthday. We arrived for out 7:00 pm reservation to be told that they had decided to close early a few hours before. No one contacted us to let us know that they would be closed. We then had to find another restaurant that could accommodate us at late notice. Very DISAPPOINTING. Fortunately, The Hardshell came to our rescue and we had a lovely dinner there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome place ... awesome peeps

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great service! We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Bloody Mary ever!!

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Mike
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Great food, however we were rushed out and everybody was anxious to go home. We started getting the warning that "the kitchen closes at 9!" as soon as we sat down at 8:20. We wanted to have a good looking dessert we saw, but was informed that they didn't know if the kitchen was open, at 9:10 when we wanted to order a simple brownie sundae. So disappointed that everybody was in such a hurry to go home after restaurants have been closed for so long and urging everybody to "support your local business!" Well, support your clients!!!

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vipLeBlanc
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was cold, my pastrami sandwich didn’t come with the rye bread I asked for, and the wait after ordering was a bit long.

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SarahNorth
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends from out of town here because it was super close to their Airbnb and we were able to get a shirt notice reservation. They very carefully complied with all guidelines and the service, drinks, and food were great.

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Luv2dine
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Waitress was very nice! They followed the rules for covid inside dining very well. My filet mignon was the thinnest cut I've ever seen. Wasn't bad but not much flavor or juices. Also it wasn't hot. Husband had the ribs. He thought they were ok. Son had tuna steak and he liked his. Dessert was the best part as it was excellent! Had the berry tart topped with ice cream and a slice of plain cheesecake. Definitely glad we ended our meal with those two items!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night. Had an incredible waiter that knew the menu and made some suggestions which helped. Have to say their entire wait staff and bartender had great personalities as we sat rt next to the front entrance.

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vipEddieU
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for solid food

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 7, 2020

Thanks for the review, Eddie! I think our food is pretty solid too!

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vipTrip
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were open and my friend and I had an enjoyable meal. Food was great, as was the atmosphere.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Trip! I'm glad you and your friend had such a wonderful dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was awful. We waited forever to get our drinks. Finally after our drinks arrived, it took over 30 minutes to get our meal. When the server delivered the meal she never asked if we needed anything else. Just dropped the food and ran. The manager stopped by and gave an excuse, than a back handed comment, “You wouldn’t understand how the kitchen works.” Overall, awful experience. We will never go back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 18, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. If you've read our other reviews, you can see that this is not our norm and I'm truly so sorry. It sounds like we had a really off night from the drinks and meal taking forever to the comment from management. We're all trying to get back in the swing of things from being closed for so long. I do hope that you can give us another chance to let us show you how truly great of a dining experience you can have with us. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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vipFoodlover21210
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great late dinner after a long day of packing and driving. Delicious food, an interesting draft menu, great service and reassuring safety protocol. Thanks to the whole Tarrant’s team for making us feel welcomed back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so glad we could make your long day better while also making you feel safe! I'll be sue to tell our staff to keep up the great work!

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Disappointed
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good hostess, good waiter, good food and good time!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thanks for the review! We pride our self on good food and good service!

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vipTomS
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was their first week back so some consideration is deserved. Dinners didn’t come out as described. Little things like ice cubes for a mixed drink we’re not as expected. 28 dollars for a fillet the size of a golf ball. I’ve been her plenty of times before. I’m sure they will get it together. The manager recognized the deficiencies and made good on some of the issues. The service was very good. I’ll be back, but will hope for a swift improvement curve. Thanks for being open. Getting out and having dinner out was great

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 31, 2020

Tom, I'm so sorry your dining experience with us was so mediocre. I am happy you are willing to come back and give us a chance and that the manager did their best in being accommodating. We're all getting back into the swing of things and I can promise we'll do better. I'll let our staff know to keep up the great work!

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vipbobD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They made us wait outside in the heat for our table, past our reservation time. There were plenty of tables and staff looking at us but they never allowed us in. We left. And will not be back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 31, 2020

Bob, I'm so sorry to hear about your terrible experience with us. I will look into this matter with the manager on duty that day and see what exactly happened on our end. You will be hearing back from me, soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere. I make it a point to eat here every time I’m in Richmond!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review and continued loyalty!

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JRH2delmaRVA
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a party of 6 - all with different preferences and palates. Tarrant's extensive menu was perfect for the occasion. Portions were large and value was good. There were a few components of the meal that could have been better (a few items were over-cooked but still tasty) but overall a very good place with excellent service. Beware, when busy this place can get loud - but lively and friendly. We'll be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch! We really enjoyed the veggie grilled cheese and especially the fried green tomatoes.😊

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I love the fried green tomatoes too! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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vipElleinRVA
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think that $26 for penne ala vodka with shrimp is a high price. It was very good but would think that $20 would be reasonable.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks for the review and suggestion, Ellein!

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GwendolynH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Tarrant’s for the food and the fact that we were going to the theater afterwards. The food was delicious and the service was great. Our only disappoint was the fact that they no longer had valet parking.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the review, Gwendolyn! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. We pride our self on good food and being extremely hospitable. Just to let you know as well, we still offer valet at our sister restaurant, Max's on Broad and even if you're not dining at Max's, they will still valet your car for you! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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TandD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A good pre-November theater meal. Noisy. Ample menu. Consider making the bathrooms gender-neutral to help flow.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks for review, Tan! I like the idea of gender neutral rest rooms!

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eatzalot
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu! Convenient to theaters....November, Lab, and Carpenter Center!!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday Brunch crowd was a little more dressed up than I anticipated. This is NOT a college pub.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. Our crowd is little more mature, but we welcome everyone!

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vipPatriceW
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and we really enjoyed it and the waiter was superb.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Patrice! We pride our self on good food and good hospitality! I let our staff kn ow to keep up the good work, Alicia, Office Manager

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Tarrant's Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 2667 OpenTable diners.

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