Tarrant's Cafe

4.4
2365 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was overpriced for brunch and lacked flavor. Based on what friends had told me I was expecting to be blown away. I went with a large group and no one was pleased with their meals. Overall disappointing and I will not return.

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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Richmond must ! Tarrant's Café consistently offers great food with outstanding service. A huge selection of offerings, especially at Brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays , will leave all of those in your dining party very satisfied. We already are planning our nest trip !

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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Our waiter was outstanding! Friendly, informative, attentive. Excellent evening. Have always recommended Tarrant’s!

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SB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in from out of state with a very large group of female soccer players. Tarrent’s staff did an outstanding job taking care of them. The food was awesome and the staff is top notch.

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L
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was very slow although the waitress and manager were very nice and apologetic as the problem was in the kitchen. The food was fabulous, the ambiance always very special. The guests I had with me were dining here for the first time. Two from Richmond and one from out of town. I will come back again. I believe it was a "one-off" night for the restaurant that has become one of my favorites!

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B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

New waiter. Couldn’t answer basic questions about the menu. Three of us ordered soup and a half sandwich. Waiter brought soup first—we had requested sandwich and soup to be served at the same time
Also, parking is a problem in downtown Richmond.

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SH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish, quick service and super nice wait staff. So convenient to Convention Center.

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SM
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met my cousin and her husband, newly arrived in RVA, for dinner. All 4 of us loved it. I've been several times before, but they were quite pleased to have this restaurant now on their list of favorite places. I had the rockfish; it was perfect. So were the leftovers. The service was great, Cora, and just the right version of "relaxed." Thank you. We'll go back.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We were 10 min late to our reservation and they were extremely understanding. Our server was very nice, and apologetic when the appetizers came out 30 minutes after we ordered them.
We had theater tickets 2 1/2 hours after our reservation thinking we had plenty of time. The theater was less than 2 miles away, and we had reserved parking. We received 2 entrees an hour and 20 minutes after we ordered them, and were told that they were just waiting on the calzones
to be out of the oven. When the “fresh out of the oven” calzones arrived 5 minutes later, one was lukewarm and the other was cold, complete with raw seafood on the inside. Realizing the time crunch and the slow speed of the kitchen, our guest of honor (a birthday dinner) went without an entree instead choosing to split the lukewarm calzone in order to to get the meal done. We were earlyish on a Thursday evening, the place was almost empty until we were getting ready to leave, it wasn’t like they were swamped on the dine in side of things. The food was pretty good. Between that and good service, we are willing to try it again, but if the kitchen doesn’t get their act together, it would totally not be worth it unless you have 3 hours to kill (2 hours to get it and try it and then an hour or more for them to actually serve you a hot item). They took the inedible
Entree off the bill, and apologized for it, not a word was said about the ridiculous wait in a quiet restaurant.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little eclectic place. Food and service was outstanding.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding! So sorry I can’t recall her name. We were a party of 6 and a bit “picky” about our drinks and food. She took it all in stride and was extremely helpful, patient and fun. She even had the bartender come out to our table to make sure he was making one of the drinks to perfection! Wow! Food was delicious and loved the great variety to accommodate a variety of tastes. A great spot to also sip a cocktail at the bar. Wonderful atmosphere, staff and food.

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VB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, courteous staff. Great setting for Saturday brunch.

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L
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. Love the area and decor of the restaurant. Overall the food and drinks were delicious with one exception; the rockfish was mushy - maybe over cooked. We will visit Tarrant’s again.

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RN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our eggs, bacon, sausage, waffle and coffee were outstanding! Our server could not have been better. She was attentive, prompt, courteous and warm. She was great. The sweet buns we were given as starters were fantastic. The valet parking was wonderful and convenient.

Having said all that, the pancakes were awful. They were cold, paper thin and had no flavor. Such a waste. If they were typical of the pancakes you offer, I’d suggest taking them off of your menu. My wife ordered the waffle with her eggs and I ordered the pancakes with my eggs.

We’ll be back because the overall experience was wonderful. However, we know now NOT to order the pancakes.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though I have learned that it is tricky ordering a filet mignon cooked to my specifications, I was craving a steak, so risked it. The chef did an AMAZING job, cooking it perfectly, so I was very happy. My dining companions were all very very pleased with their choices as well. Will definitely go back.

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EB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok but nothing really stood out. The Seafood Polenta was overcooked and much better at Tazza Kitchen. Atmosphere was great but pretty much on par with other restaurants of this caliber. I really feel like it's overpriced for what you get. There is better food to be had elsewhere at a better price.

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OT
Richmond
101 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun place with large tasty portions

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love Tarrant’s. Have eaten there many times. Our waiter, Noah, was awesome! The food delicious. The only downside was the noise. Will definitely go back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great atmosphere. First time we were here and we will definitely b going back. Food was delicious

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SR
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is usually good and price is fair. Have eaten there many times but on Sunday the service was really bad. Also, our booth was very cramped and could hardly move. I will try again and if we have a different waiter and seat Tarrant’s will get a higher score.

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GR
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were three tall men seated it in a very small uncomfortable table. The server was excellent, knew the menu well and explainef things well. I ordered the Monte Cristo turkey sandwich, which is very small, with french fries, which were not that good. I've been to Tarrants many time, and one of my only complaints is there are too many items on the menu. It can be confusing trying to figure out what to order.

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Live in the Northern Neck. Have had dinner and lunch multiple times when I’m in Richmond. Always a good choice.

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a pre-show dinner! So convenient with valet parking and having the Virginia Repertory Theatre within walking distance. Excellent service, choices to suit everyone's taste and great value. Always a winner!

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GB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a great experience, although we were disappointed that our main course came out while we were still enjoying our soup and salad.

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was excellent (we both had seafood). Server was attentive, informative and gracious. Our meals came quickly so we could easily get to the theater. Overall an excellent evening.

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Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Perhaps it was just an off night. We ordered surf and turf done Pittsburg medium, emphasis on the medium. What we got was very rare, not even seared. Cold potatoes. Warm (not hot) vegetables. Our server (and someone who perhaps was the manager) took great speed in preparing a new pair of servings. The second time...you could tell there was a sear on the filets...but, one was barely medium, the other medium rare.

We SO wanted to like this place.

They deducted an entree from the bill and seemed sincere. There were a number of other menu items we might try if we return. But, that's a big IF.

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T
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. For Tarrant's I've come to expect nothing less. Thanks!

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KI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the restaurant atmosphere and service was great but the food was just okay, especially for the price.

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RZ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great! We appreciated the accommodations for what we asked for! Thanks, again!

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a
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place for years! Great food and reasonable prices!

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JT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu is great. Service was good but had to ask another waiter to grab drinks off the bar i noticed waiting there for us. Great appetizers. Hot meals came with burnt tops like they had been sitting in a salamander oven too long and dinner salad was not fresh/crisp

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Lots of choices Good service
Waited a bit too long, 35 minutes, for food.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and portions ample. Staff were attentive. Prices were a little high. No valet parking during brunch so a little frustrating finding parking close. Overall an enjoyable experience

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VM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have to think this was a one-off as I have always had terrific experiences here. There was no valet parking, but there was no way to know that. When we finally gave up, we had to go find parking and slog in the snow, making us late for our reservation. The poached eggs were overdone in both our Benedict entrees, making the dish quite dry. I’m sure I will return, but it won’t be soon.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was Great and Service was immaculate Definitely will be dining again

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. I didn't give the food five stars because the She Crab soup was luke warm.

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CG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional wait staff. The ambiance is perfect. We had the chicken salad. It was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my mother's 84th birthday. Food was excellent, but Stuart, our waiter, was the best and made our lunch that much better. It was a great experience and would recommend Tarrant's and Stuart!

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N
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was friendly and I loved the atmosphere of Tarrant's, but the food was bland and basically uneatable. It was also very expensive for what we got. Overall bad experience.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience but the food was very over priced for what it was. I got the tuna steak which was cooked well but I was so disappointed when it came to the sides. It was generic what seemed like frozen brown rice and mixed veggies. Very bland and under whelming for an almost $30 entree. I’ve had good experiences at Tarrants for lunch and brunch and had been excited to try the dinner menu for some time now. Sad to say the dinner is not worth it at all.

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