Tarrant's Cafe

4.2
2777 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My friend had a hard time with her meal. We tried two different different soups and both were equally bad. The drinks were good the first round and then the second round they were not good. Maybe we will have better luck next time.

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tmaaka24
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was excellent. My server was both attentive and intuitive. She anticipated our needs. The food was great! We had the she-crab soup as an appetizer with the delicious bread. Will be returning.

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williamc
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good Manhattan, good home made bread, clean rest rooms, nice menu

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great; service was otherwise good, but dessert order inexplicably took over half an hour.

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vipBigm62
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving back from Vermont, we decided to stop in Richmond for dinner & picked Tarrant’s at random…so glad we did! From drinks, to entree’s, it was outstanding & we’d most definitely go back our next rip north. Nathan was the best!!

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow on Thanksgiving. Food was just Ok, several items that were on the Thanksgiving menu were not received by our table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Did not have to cook on Thanksgiving.

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KristaB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful! The rockfish was special, the ambiance lovely, and the service great.
We loved Tarrants and then had a couple of very mediocre dinners, so we stepped away. But after last night, we happily are back!
It was a great and memorable experience!

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MaiaL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my family's 9th year having Thanksgiving at Tarrant's. While we will return, this year was a bit problematic. Pre-pandemic the menu was extensive and even last year in the midst of the pandemic, there were still a lot of choices. This year they presented a very pared-down menu (outside of their Thanksgiving platters) with only seven other entrees to choose from. By the time we arrived for our 2 pm reservation, they had already run out of beef, knocking the 7 alternate choices down to 5. To their credit, the manager noted my displeasure and was able to secure me a filet from their sister restaurant. I am very grateful for their effort and consideration, but by the time we came to a resolution, there was a cloud hanging over the typically happy occasion. The experience was not what we've come to expect from Tarrant's and I am downgrading them to four stars for this particular meal. I imagine they had a lot of unhappy customers in the latter part of the day.

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vipJoBa
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving - great traditional choices or regular menu- that’s a lot to handle, bot they did it well. Portions were reasonably sized.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Thanksgiving. We appreciate being changed from our original table, 6 in from the table behind us, leaving one self butted against the table we were to use. Management was able to accommodate a change. Wait staff was very, very good. The food was well prepared. Enjoyable outing.

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GardenMom
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service by the assigned waitress was poor. She was rude, unfocused, inattentive. My table consisted of 6 adults, and was a birthday celebration which was ruined by her service.
Although 3 adults ordered surf and turf steaks were incorrectly prepared and she never asked if the food was prepared properly.
I have had excellent experiences at your restaurant before.
However I don’t plan on dining there in the future, and will not recommend your restaurant to any family and friends.
It was a terrible experience.

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SatisfiedDiner7
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were disappointed that we did not get the full menu as usual and were not told this in advance. Then we were told twice that we had 90 minutes to eat. Then we were told our time was up. I have been coming to Tarrant's for the last 10 years. This just made us feel that we couldn't relax and enjoy our day.

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greekgirl
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was very salty. Salads were very nice.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear the food was salty. I'll make sure to let our chef know. I am glad you enjoyed the salads. I think our salads are delicious!

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KellyK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive wait staff. Thank you!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the awesome review, Kelly! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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ggirl
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very tasty! Great eggplant app. And the steak on the surf and turf was sooo tender.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the review! I love our eggplant stack!

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BobB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good and the staff was friendly. However, the service was moderate in that for about 10 minutes the servers would pass by checking coffee cups at other tables but missed us. Then after our meal was served and nearly completed we had to remind them of a drink order. Nothing that was a deal breaker, as this is a good restaurant we will return.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, Bob. I'm sorry to hear service was slow on getting your drinks. I'm sure it was a complete oversight and I will remind our servers how important it is to check in on their guests, regularly. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and we can't wait to have you back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome great vibe can be casual or fancy! GREAT drinks too!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the great review! I love our drinks too.

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Carrie123
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I love this place. I came here to celebrate my birthday but sadly the service was not the best. It took 45 minutes to get a drink because the bar was having issues with the keg and was still charged for it. It took an hour for our food to come out with no updates from our server. We had to ask for water multiple times. When it came to the checks we asked for them to be split and our server had a difficult time doing so. when we asked for it to be fixed they were very rude and still gave our checks incorrectly. At that point we were ready to leave and just paid. I love the food, but this celebration was very underwhelming because of the service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the feedback Carrie. I'm so sorry to hear about your poor experience with us. We pride ourselves on good service and we missed the mark terribly. From the wait time for food and drinks to your check being delivered incorrectly- I'm so sorry. I can assure you this is not how we normally operate and I hope you do come back and give us another chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ambiance was charming and the food was delish! Our server was pleasant and very helpful. Will definitely be back soon

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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vipVirginiaGentleman
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Group of four met for our dinner reservation at 7:15pm. Service was good but food came a little slow. Food was hot and well prepared. Restaurant was crowded and noisy.

No complaints but there are so many choices in the area that we’ll probably try something new rather than returning.

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BarryS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Waitress was great. She was trying desperately to get us our courses timely. We had to wait entirely too long for each course or drink orders. We arrived at 6:15pm with an 8pm show just across the street. When our main courses came out at 7:40pm, we had to pack it in a take out container for carry out. Not the evening me and my family had counted on. Unexpected from Tarrants Cafe. However drinks were comped.

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JennyM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! We had the rockfish and the crabcakes - both were delicious. Beautiful historic building and friendly and great service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks for the awesome review, Jenny! Great menu choices, delicious!

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Robyn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great! Especially loved the crab soup. A lot of beer options. Overall a great experience.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks for the awesome review, Robyn! I love our She Crab Soup! Great choice. I'm so glad you had a great time and we can't wait to have you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Ambiance was good. Service was friendly but extremely slow.

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Ilikeeating
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was good but everyone was scurrying around to provide service. They were all working very hard and I appreciate all they had to cover. Like most businesses, I think they must be having challenges hiring.

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South
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Waited 50 minutes

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wifemomMD
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was fantastic, the best part of the experience. Food came out relatively quickly considering the high occupancy and likely overworked staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have been to Tarrant’s on many occasions…too many to count. Prior to the pandemic, the food and service were always outstanding. However, this is first time I’ve been here since the restaurant reopened. I’ve always been a huge fan of the chicken and waffles. But sadly, I did not have a good experience during this vision. Instead of whole chicken pieces, the entree now comes with chicken tenders…and the waffles were cold! Not only was the waffle cold, the syrup was was cold (it’s usually served warm) and did. It spread well. The price paid, the entree was extremely skimpy, not presented well, and not frankly not worth the price! Extremely disappointed…

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Charles
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another tasty early supper before evening plans. Specials were wonderful comfort food.

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leeb
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good but food was mediocre

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ReneeL
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to the restaurant before a show at the Altria Theater . The waitress was very nice, making sure we were not late for the show.

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GeorgeT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time to this restaurant, and everything was very good, from service to the food. They had a great menu, especially the Brunch menu we went for. Only real problem was this location, parking, even on Sunday. Finally got a spot 2 blocks away after 4 trips around 4 block perimeter. This was closer location to us in Mechanicsville, but WE do not usually go to the City anymore, for several reasons, including parking, food tax and just City politics and will probably go to the West location next time.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for the review, George! Yes, parking us quite the hassle down here. We offer complimentary valet at our sister restaurant, Max's on Broad, located by the Maggie Walker Statue, even if you're not dining with them. You just let them know you're dining with Tarrant's!

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Quin
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The restaurant itself was ok, the staff was very warm and accommodating. My drink was good. The food is unacceptable. Interesting descriptions on the menu of entre items but it does not deliver. The rockfish was obviously previously frozen and scorched to oblivion on the griddle. The coconut 'risotto' tasted nothing of coconut and was no one's risotto. The fresh cut chips were tasty....served alongside the tasteless ranch dressing :/

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarrant's is a long-time favorite of my wife and I's. We typically visit on more special occasions, like our anniversary this week. Totally recommend Tarrant's if you're looking for a cozy/quiet place that truly represents the vibe and goodness of Richmond dining. The prices reflect the portions, the music is always on point, the lighting (at night) is perfect, and the wait staff is always friendly.

This place is a hidden gem that's easy to get into on a weekday evening if you're trying to find somewhere intimate and unique. The complimentary champagne, because it was our anniversary, was a small but greatly appreciated gesture.

Thanks to everyone there for helping make our anniversary dinner special!

Best,

Chris

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for such a wonderful review, Chris! I am so happy you and your wife had such great anniversary dinner with us and the service was great. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipKenny
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with tin ceilings, a great bar and wooden booths. We had blackened tuna and chicken pot pie and both were delicious. Danielle was our server and she was friendly and professional. Loved the place.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review, Kenny! I'm so happy you had such a pleasant dining experience with us. We can't wait to have you back!

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ReginaldT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tarrant's has been one of my favorites for years. Last night it was just okay. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. For the price, I expect a bit more.

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vipPeacefulLee
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place to dine before a show. Conveniently located near several venues. Good food and good variety.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waiter seemed to want to rush us through dinner. Took bread plate to soon, appetizer arrived followed quickly by entrées. We had barely begun dining when a dessert menu was left.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear you felt rushed through your meal and I'll be sure the servers remember to pace themselves and to make sure their guests feel comfortable.

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MartyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cinnamon buns!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2021

I love our cinnamon buns too, Marty!

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You can order delivery directly from Tarrant's Cafe using the Order Online button. Tarrant's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 225-0035.

Tarrant's Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 2777 OpenTable diners.

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