Tarrant's Cafe

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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 and stay open late. We're got a great happy hour from 11 am to 7 pm weekdays, seasonal cocktails by our mixologists and tons of craft and local beers! 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. Large parties welcome! Half off bottles on wine on Mondays! Specials include: Rockfish, Steak, Seafood, Duck, Subs, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Fish Tacos, Award Wining. An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Female Owned.

Specials

4x6 Happy Hour

Enjoy 4x6 Happy Hour with food special from $4-6 and great drink specials between 4-6pm Weekdays at the bar.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 5, 2018

Ends: December 6, 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great evening where everything came together perfectly ... although we’ve been before we’ve decided it’s now our “go to” spot when we’re in that part of town.

k
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service as always ... our go to spot when we have out of town friends.

MA
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visit my daughter who goes to VCU and have been here twice for brunch; we don't have a place like this in Raleigh. It has such a historic, classy appearance. The food and coffee is good. I got the French toast foster and it was beautiful + delicious. My family got omelettes and pancakes. The staff is all dressed elegantly and extremely polite. There is ample seating but you can also get a reservation to be safe. Street parking has been easy at brunch time.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad you and your family had such a wonderful time dining with us! Brunch is my favorite meal time. The french toast is my favorite. I'll be sure to let our staff know what a great job they're doing and to keep it up! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Good food, drinks, and atmosphere. Fantastic service!

RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food
Server was very helpful and keyed into customer service!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Russell! We pride our self on great food and great service! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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CT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good was not prepared as detailed on menu. Had to send sandwiches back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 13, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us, Christine. 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 and 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. Thanks Alicia, Office Manager

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LB
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table was ready at our selected time. Server was great! Appetizers (calamari and polenta) were delicious, although a bit smaller than previous orders. Entrees (pork chops, fettuccine bolognese, chicken pot pie, penne vodka) were “ok”. Pizza was good as always.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks for the review, LeBro! I'm so glad you enjoyed appetizers and pizza! Our executive chef is working very hard with our kitchen staff, retraining them on how to prepare and properly cook menu items. I can assure these things will change soon! Thank you again, Alicia, Office Manager

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MT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner around 430. The restaurant wasn't crowded but when we left, you could tell it was the place to be. We all enjoyed our food, seafood cannelloni, chicken and waffles and pork chops.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the food. You made some great selections! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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j
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to Tarrant’s. The menu options were extensive and varied. There was a nice selection of beers and wines. Our server was very friendly. Yup...we will dine there again.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the fantastic review! I'm so happy that your first visit with us went well. I love our menu too. So much for everyone! I'll be sure to let our servers know what a great job they're doing. See you again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We met friends for brunch. The restaurant was clean and has a great decor. Our waitress rocked but kitchen was a bit slow or disorganized. Many people were served before us that had been sat a while after us. Food was good and we will be coming back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the great review! Our kitchen tends to get backed up on our New Year's Day Brunch so I'm so sorry about that! I am glad the service was excellent and you enjoyed the food, Hope to see you again the new year, Alicia, Office Manager

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PS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was nice. Didnt like sitting facing the kitchen. Food was good. She crab soup was lovely. The goat cheese pear salad was typical. The fried oysters were amazing but didnt get very many. House garlic bread was phenom!! Pizza was good but typical. Wasnt happy with my dessert...the creme brulee was very heavy laced amaretto taste. Waitress removed from my tab. Food was good and filling but the nice service and the great atmosphere made the night! Would return.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the review, Pheenie! I'm so glad you had a good time with us. We pride iur self on good food and good service. What great choices you made! I love the She Crab Soup. Definitely my fave. We can't wait to see you in the new year, Alicia, Office, Manager

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RC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

NYE. We always have a good experience here

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thanks for the great review and continued loyalty, Richard! Happy New Year, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well this is a pure case of completely unprofessional behavior. We waited 30 minutes to be recognized. The main drink on menu was out main ingredient. Well ok Jason make something else . He made something great . Was happy .... then the overpriced scallops and risotto 29.95 you better be perfect . The scallops were horrible the risotto was perfect. The manager came over and hand behind his condescending back apologized for the bad scallops ?? I told him risotto was perfect my husband’s food was perfect..... the waiter who would have gotten a 40 tip sat down and said since we got personal the manager has had a personal issue... well my husband’s mother has cancer but don’t bring it to work??? I’m sorry but I was going to pay good money to have a nice new year’s meal wtf really?? I am sorry he had a personal issue don’t bring that to my table. Well end result they said they would pay for what ?? They kicked us out of restaurant really ?? Reverse racism for sure . Smh I pray for my African American friends they never have to experience this ..

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with us. I'll be sure to talk with the manager and resolve what happened. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Tarrant's for New Year's Eve. The food was excellent and the service very quick for being a holiday night. Our server was super friendly and helpful (I don't remember his name). The atmosphere was fun and cozy, and we loved the historic building.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Sandy! I'm so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We pride our self on good food and good service! Hope to see you again in the new year, Alicia, Office Manager

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R
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so accommodating for our party of 6. They seated us right away, and brought out fresh coffee and water for everyone. Their complimentary cinnamon rolls are to die for. They have such a variety of brunch foods, we all found something we loved. We really enjoyed the unique decor and personalized service. Would definitely recommend.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Rachel! I'm so glad to hear how hospitable that staff were. Happy they were so great! I love our cinnamon rolls, really our entire brunch. Happy New Year! Alicia, Office Manager

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MP
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Service was great. Just a little loud

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Monroe! Glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Happy New Year! Alicia, Office Manager

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Some items were better than others. The service was solid and staff was really nice.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We take pride in good food and good hospitality! Happy New Year! Alicia, Office Manager

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C
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for people to eat, the menu has so many options that anyone can find something the like. Great service as well!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Carsten! I love how big our menu is! It really is something for everyone. We pride our self on good hospitality and food. Glad you enjoyed both. Happy New Year! Alicia, Office Manager

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C
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going there since 2003. It's consistently maintained a high standard of everything.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Cheryl! Firstly, thank you for your continued loyalty with us! That means so much to us, truly. We take great pride in good service and good hospitality. We can't wait to see you in the new year! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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CE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Salmon served was cold and obviously uncooked. Server returned it but friend ate very little. Husband's steak was uncooked. He ordered medium rare but blood gushed out. He brought it home and finished cooking it the next night. I was so sorry that my friend paid for her meal; the entree was at least $25 but she ate about one-third of it. We came after church on Christmas Eve when the crowd was thinking out so the chef should not have been that rushed.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 27, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us, Charlotte. If you've read our other reviews, you can see that this is not our norm and I'm truly so sorry. From the cold salmon to the under cooked steak- it's very embarrassing. It sounds like we had a really off night. I would love if you would give us another chance to let us show you how truly great of a dining experience you can have with us. To what email could I send a gift certificate to? Thanks, Liz, Owner

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L
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Christmas Eve dinner. The staff all appeared lethargic and miserable.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and I'm sorry to hear about the service. 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. 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. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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NE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took mom for a quick bite. Plenty to choose from on the menu. The she crab soup was exactly what I wanted it to be. We had great service and our food came quickly.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Nicole! I love out She Crab Soup too! The service makes it even better. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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M
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our family had a very nice brunch before heading to a matinee at the theater across the stree street. I love that you can valet and leave your car there during the theater. I love the food here and valeting the car is an added plus!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thanks for the great review! Brunch is my favorite meal time! The valet service is the cherry on top. We hope to see you again soon, Liz, Owner

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DM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very helpful modifying our order to accommodate one of our party members who is vegetarian.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the review, Diane. We pride our self on hospitable service. I'm so glad you were able to witness it first hand. Happy Holidays, Liz, Owner

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TR
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was charming and the seating was comfortable. The appetizer and soup were outstanding, and my wife’s eggplant Parmesan was good and inventive. My ribeye was heavily marbled but instead of the fat rendering, it gristled. The service was attentive and thorough, but a bit stiff and robotic. I would come back and give it another try.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the review, Tony! I love the Egglpant Parm and the ribeye is delicious! Our staff is normally very warm, but during our busy season, they tend to get a little more technical due to the amount guests they have to serve so I apologize for that. We definitely would love to have you back! Happy holidays, Liz, Owner

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AT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! The buffalo cauliflower and fried oysters appetizers were yummy. The rock fish special was good as was the snapper dish.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Allen! We pride our self on great food and great service. You made some really good food choices too. I love the buffalo cauliflower! Happy Holidays! Liz, Owner

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great choice for after a 2:00 matinee on a Wednesday afternoon, as seating was immediately available. The only downside was that valet parking was not available until 5:00 p.m. Food and service were very good.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review, Deborah! I'm so glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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GD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rated the noise level "energetic" but TBH I our group was making the most noise. We had a wonderful time. Thank you!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad you and your guests had such a wonderful time with us. We can't wait to have you back. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Pizza was bland and boring. Restaurant was loud and busy and waitress gave more attention to larger parties. Had to chase her down to get to go boxes and check

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 11, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. 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 and 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. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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j
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great brunch offerings. No wait with reservation. Superb service!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I love brunch. It's my favorite meal time! Come back again soon, Liz, Owner

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MR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Michelle! Liz, Owner

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JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Lots of choices. Great location.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Jennifer! Visit us again soon! Liz, Owner

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N
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Tarrants. Great location and food.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the review, Nigel! I love our food too and the redone old pharmacy is really cool! Come again soon, Liz, Owner

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Our table was ready on time. Our server spoke rapidly and not loud enough for all six of us to hear. Three of us ordered the eggplant parmesan and the three plates were very different as far as amount of pasta served with the eggplant. Also the pasta on two of the plates was not hot. My Blackened Red Snapper was very good and I enjoyed my meal. We were leaving Tarrant's to attend a show at the Altria and our server did his best to get our 3 separate checks to us as quickly as possible. The ambiance at Tarrant's is very nice with an old fashioned downtown stye. The line to use the women's bathroom did not work for us so fortunately the Altria is only a half mile away.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, and our server was very helpful in get out exactly when we needed to make to the theatre on time!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time with us. I'll be sure to let our servers know to keep up the great work! Thanks again, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lucy was amazing. The food was great but Lucy made the experience wonderful. Well done!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so happy you had such a wonderful dining experience with us and I'll be sure to let Lucy know to keep up the amazing work! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was hot and flavorful and the service was prompt and allowed us to make it to the theater with plenty of time to spare. We both tried a new fish for us and enjoyed it immensely. The house salad with the creamy balsamic was nice and the she crab soup was thick with lots of pieces of crab. The garlic bread was very good as well. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking good food with a nice ambiance.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! We pride our self on great food and great service. It's absolutely wonderful when our guests receive both! You did a great job with your menu choices. I love our She Crab Soup and the garlic bread is delicious! Thanks again, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A good lunch place for colleagues. Wide menu, good service, reasonable prices. Not too noisy and no sense of being rushed.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I love our menu. It's something for everyone! I'm so glad to hear our staff was so hospitable and I'll let them know to keep up the good work. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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j
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had Brunch with my girlfriend after flying in from Atlanta. We both enjoyed the experience.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks for the great review! Glad you and your girlfriend enjoyed brunch. It's one of my favorite meal times! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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d
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there early on a Sunday...so not a lot of people or noise. Waitress Lucy bent over backwards to keep us happy..seriously...great food!! very happy with that place. We are already making plans to return.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review, Daniel! I'm so happy to hear of your pleasant visit with us and that Lucy was so amazing. I'll be sure to let her know! We can't wait to see you again soon. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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