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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Richmond
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A delightful experience with great service and short walk to musical at the November Theatre. Complimentary valet service is available. Portions were generous. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the awesome review! We pride our self on great food and great hospitality! I'll let our servers know to keep up the good work. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top-notch. Celebrated a birthday with friends on a weekday during lunch. The menu had something for everybody, and everything we tasted was delicious -- seafood, salads, pizza, and dessert. The seating was comfortable and not too tight. Really appreciated that servers did not constantly pester the table but instead adapted to our pace for a leisurely lunch with friends we hadn't seen in several years. We already discussed when we plan to visit again and what delicious menu items we might try next. Solid choice for tasty food, great service, and friendly environment.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hey Lindsey, Thanks for the stellar review. I'm so glad to hear you and your friends had such a wonderful dining experience with us. I love how big our menu is too. It surely allows for everyone to get something they like. Our hospitable staff is the cherry on top! We can't wait for you guys to come back and visit! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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VA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really fun, delicious dinner here. The menu is huge, the atmosphere is unique and charming, and staff was friendly and accommodating. Try the buffalo-style broccoli appetizer - so good! Pizza was very good, too. The brownie sundae was gushy and chocolatey, would comes back for it! Ask for Lucy as your server - never had a more lovely server. We’ll be back here!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hey, Thanks for the awesome review! I love our pizza and the brownie sundae-literally one of my faves! I'll let Lucy know to keep up the great work! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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FR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had friends visiting from out of town—Tarrant’s is always a good choice as there’s something for everyone on the menu! Entire party was happy with their food and service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the awesome review! Tarrant's menu is HUGE and perfect for pretty much any palate. The great service just makes it even better. Thanks, Liz, owner

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I love our food too. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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AC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food with a huge selection but pricey. Service was very good and there servers were very engaging.
A fun place to go for a nice meal and some drinks.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the review! We pride ourselves on good food and plenty of it-glad you got to see it. I'll let you our servers know how great of a job they're doing and to keep it up! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Overrated ... very overrated. Good for drinks only.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Waitress was great, food was good, coconut pie was not what I expected

VM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thanks for the review Vicki! We pride ourselves on great food and hospitality. So glad you enjoyed your time. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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F
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our daughter was in town visiting. When she attended VCU we went to Tarrants frequently. One of our favorite places in RVA

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks for the review! I'm glad Victoria was so pleasant. I'll be sure to mention it her and to keep up the great work! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience eating here on recent Friday night. We loved the crab cakes & veggie flatbread . Very attentive service & Chris, the Manager, was very friendly & helpful . Highly recommend .

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'm so happy to hear you had such a wonderful time with us. We pride ourselves on great food and great hospitality-glad you go to witness it! Crab cakes are my fave btw. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service!
Food sounded better than it was... not bad just didn't meet expectations...
Ambience was nice, wine good...
Might get it another try having different expectations...

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hey Lorilyn, Thanks for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We have a vast menu, I promise you'll find something to love, Thanks, Liz, Owner

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MP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed the vibe of the place. It's a neat old building in the Richmond arts district and it was cool to see the old pharmacy sign behind the bar. Loved the old chandeliers. Food was good and service was fine except for one thing -- our server had dirty fingernails. That was a bit of turnoff. He was good in terms of taking care of our order and getting our food to us, but that was a little weird. Otherwise, good experience.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hey Michael, Thank you for the review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We pride ourselves on great food and hospitality. I'll make sure our servers are aware of their hygiene! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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HB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there definitely added to my list of top restaurants and must visit whenever I’m in Richmond Virginia. We

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the great review and compliment! We're happy have you any time! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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TK
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good place for brunch with classic Eggs Benedict. Good value and good service!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! So glad you enjoyed your Eggs Benedict. They're one of my favorite dishes! I'll let our staff know what a great job they're doing and to keep it up. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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a
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We’ve been here a few times before any were looking forward to dinner. It fell short on most fronts. Food was cold. Service was okay.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. I'm so sorry to hear you had such and underwhelming experience with us. As you know from previous experiences, we operate a lot better than us. Sounds like we had a really off night. I do hope you'll give us another chance to redeem ourselves. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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e
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu! Items ordered were delicious!! Good location for access to local theaters.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback! I'm so glad everything was so pleasant for you. Make sure to book your pre-show dinner reservation with us! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waitress was okay, but not outstanding. The lemonade tasted funny, but I was allowed to get another drink. The crab stuffed mushrooms were ok, but the lasagna was good.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 9, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the feedback. We truly appreciate all comments and concerns. I'm sorry to hear your server was sub-par, but I'm glad to hear she was accommodating. Also, even though your mushrooms weren't outstanding, it's wonderful to hear you loved the lasagna. It's one of my favorite dishes. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We were there on Labor Day with my parents and brother-in-law. The service was so incredibly slow (and I am an extremely patient person). We all got our drinks at VERY different times. My husband didn’t get his drink until 20 min after I got mine. We were also all squished into a booth that should have sat 4 (there were 5 of us). The food was so-so. I had the shrimp and grits and I have definitely had better. All in all it wasn’t a great experience and I won’t be back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 6, 2019

I'm so sorry you experience with us was so underwhelming. Our holidays can be hectic which causes service to get slowed downed, so I do apologize for that. Our policy is to ask our guests if they're comfortable where they've been seated and if not, to move them to a more comfortable area. I will make sure that our servers are well aware of this so problem it doesn't continue. Overall, it sounds like we had an off day & I hope that you give us a second chance to change your mind. Liz,Owner

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JL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My sons and I went to see my daughter who is lin Richmond for college. We are from DC. In a nutshell, the restaurant was not busy, however we waited a little over 30 minutes for our food. We watched other orders be filled prior to ours at the neighboring tables and I am unsure why that was the case. After finally getting our meals and trying to enjoy them, I found a hair in the Benedict. I quietly explained to the man who seemed to be the manager. He took the food away and offered a replacement, but after the wait and no longer having an appetite, I declined. He then took off the meal from my bill which in my opinion was the bare minimum of what he could be should be done by that point. Not that I expected a full bill comp, but a nicer gesture would have been appreciated considering the way below average experience we were having. Needless to say, we will not be going back to Tarrant’s Cafe....ever.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi Jessica, I'm so sorry to hear of your experience. The holiday weekend tends to get pretty busy for us and causes longer ticket times, so I truly apologize for that. By our other reviews, I do hope you can see we operate much better than that. I'm glad the manager removed the meal from your bill and that he offered you a replacement, but I totally understand not wanting to go through another wait. This is not our norm and I do hope you'll give us another chance. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

P
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Tarrant’s for a joint birthday celebration. Everything from service to food to ambiance was perfect.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hey Peter, Thanks for the review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. We pride ourselves on great food and hospitality. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Good food, atmosphere, friendly staff

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'll be sure to let our staff know how wonderful they're doing. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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DP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Celebrating anniversary - definitely wii go back again when in town

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hey Donna, Thanks for the awesome review! I'm so glad you experienced our wonderful hospitality. We can't wait to have you back. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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RN
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Been to Tarrents on many occasions and always had a great experience until now. If this had been my first experience it would have been my last. Old Fashion was way too sweet, entree came out before my salad, and upon telling waitress, there was no offer to take my entree back to keep warm,; she merely brought out my salad. My colleagues got the wrong entree.

It will be a long time before I return.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. I'm so sorry to hear of your bad experience with us. As you know from experience, this is not our norm. Again, I am so sorry. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The menu is vast which is always a worry and for what amounts to glorified pub food it’s very expensive. Even quite basic entree’s at $29? I ended up with a check for $120+ for 2 adults and 2 kids and the food didn’t merit the check. The restaurant is atmospheric with nice old fittings but v overpriced,

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi Dela, Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry our menu prices were a little high for you. Most of our food is locally sourced which tends to make everything more expensive so I completely hear you. Thank you for dining with us and again, I do apologize that your experience was underwhelming. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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W
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New employee

DS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great options, excellent wine list, service was perfect as always. One of my favorite places in Richmond.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hey DannyS, Thanks for the awesome feedback! I'm so gad you got such hospitable service. We pride ourselves on it. I'll be sure to let our staff know of they great job they're doing. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this location. The design is fast and the staff is friendly and efficient. But ours y the third time the fish is too salty and overcooked.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Oliver, thanks for the review! I'm sorry to hear about your fish being too salty and overcooked. We have a new executive chef and he's making promising changes! I'm glad you enjoyed the decor and staff and I'll be sure to let them know how great they're doing. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was nice, except a little bit more noisy than needed.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Luz, thanks for the feedback. We're working hard on the noise issue just to assure you. I'm glad to gear you had a pleasant dining experience overall. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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m
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there late, and had exceptional service - including speedy correction of tepid coffee, multiple rolling orders with special requests, and a manager's personal attention to said special requests. The fried cauliflower is to die for.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hey Messie! Thanks for the awesome review. So glad to hear you had exceptional service-I'll be sure to let our staff know what a great job they're doing! The cauliflower is to die for! I love it. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends here from England. Wanted them to experience a little bit of Richmond

d
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. You must try the She Crab soup. Service was exceptional. Celebrating our anniversary and most of the staff stopped by to congratulate us; even the bartender.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hey Dstanzi, Thanks for such an awesome review and your business. Firstly, happy anniversary! It makes me super happy to hear how hospitable our staff was and that you had a great time. By the way, the She Crab Soup is my favorite! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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d
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique menu. The food was great and the service was awesome.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. I'll be sure to let our staff know how amazing they're doing. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My seafood omelet was outstanding and my husband’s seafood crepes excellent, but the home fries were disappointing. Bloody Mary’s were delicious, but the very nice waitress did forget to bring the coffee I asked for with the meal. Still it was a positive brunch and we enjoyed using the valet parking out front on Sunday.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hey Barbara, thanks for the great feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed brunch. I love the seafood omelet too! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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ST
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pancakes were cooked a little too hard but it was made right immediately.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 12, 2019

Sammi, Thanks for the feedback. It makes me really happy that your pancake issue was resolved! Our service is pretty great. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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b
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business conversation. Attentive waiter but not overbearing. Food was delicious!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thanks for the great review. I think our waiters are the perfect amount of attentive too! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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JG
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Loved the chandeliers and conversion from old drug store. Outstanding service! Food was amazing, especially blackened tuna with tzatziki sauce and the flounder stuffed with crab meat!
Most highly recommended!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hey Joe, Thanks for the amazing review! I love our decor and stuffed flounder too. Both are so great right?! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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JA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tarrants is a Richmond landmark and a must see if you visit or are from here. Everything is wonderful but the brick oven pizzas are the best. I tried the ravioli with vodka sauce this time and it was good but not exceptional. The pizzas, breads, appetizers and desserts are usually exceptional. Outstanding service and quirky/antique ambiance.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hey! Thanks for the awesome review. I love our pizza's too and our deserts are my favorite. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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PW
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are terrific.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hey Patrice, Thanks for the feedback! We pride ourselves on quality food and hospitable service. I'm glad you got to experience both! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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