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

Kids Eat FREE

With adult meal purchase, children 10 and under eat for free

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 21, 2020

Ends: March 22, 2119

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-10:30PM

Extended Happy Hour At the Bar

$4 rails, $5 drafts, $6 specialty cocktails and wines at the BAR ONLY

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 21, 2020

Ends: March 22, 2119

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-9:00PM

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OT
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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JR
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

OT
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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ER
Richmond
4 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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GH
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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TD
Richmond
4 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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e
Richmond
6 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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OT
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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PW
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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EV
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Celebrating my wife’s birthday. Food was good, not great. My sons chicken and waffles was first rate, my daughter in-law specifically asked if the meat loaf had green peppers in it. Our waiter quickly said no. It did and she only ate half of it. My shrimp and grits sauce was sweet, not spicy and not much andouille. My wife’s eggplant Parmesan was tasty but way too much breading on the eggplant. She crab soup was amazing and so were the garlic rolls.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Ed. I'm sorry your server gave the incorrect information to you. That's pretty embarrassing and inconvenient! I'll be sure that our managers are going over the menu items with out servers so these kinds of mistakes don't continue to happen. I love our She Crab Soup too. By far my favorite thing on the menu! Thank you again, Alicia, Office Manager

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K
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Fish tacos- excellent tacos, excellent rice
Chicken pot pie—horrible bc there was about 1 bite of chicken in the entire dish! Chicken pot pie should be LOADED w delicious, tender pieces of chicken... not one small piece .

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Kash. I'm sorry that your chicken pot pie was so underwhelming. I'll be sure to speak with the kitchen staff to ensure they are aware of how to properly prepare our dishes so that this does not reoccur. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the fish tacos and the rice. The fish tacos are usually a hit! Thank you again, Alicia, Office Manager

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been going here for years. It has become our 'go to' place to take out of town guests

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the fantastic review, Steven! Thank you so much for your continued loyalty! We can't for your next visit, Alicia, Office Manager

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P
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always - good for pre-theater dinner. We did miss the valet parking and now having to valet at Max's.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the review, Pat! Thanks so much for your continued loyalty, and I'm sorry about the valet!

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JB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fourth time eating at Tarrant's - and the most disappointing. Most of our orders - from appetizer to entree - were unremarkable. The Opakapaka, for example, was almost inedible until scraping off the too-sweet nut coating. We were disappointed, for the first time at this restaurant.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

I'm so sorry for you terrible experience with us, James. As you know from previous visits with us, this is definitely not our norm. We want all of our guests to feel leaving happy and satisfied. We clearly missed the mark. It sounds like we had a pretty off shift, but I do hope you'll come back and give us another chance in the future. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Unexpectedly, the restaurant was extremely busy, which meant a delay in being sitted and served. The food was as good as usual. A go to place before the theatre.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the review, Karen! Sorry about the delay! I'm glad the food made up for it though. Come back before your next show! Alicia, Office Manager

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FG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was subpar. Waitress was unethused. Tarrant’s out in Glen allen is fantastic though!

B
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We usually love Tarrant's but were disappointed w the inattentive service and disinterest in our experience. Cucumbers were really mushy -not edible and should not have been served. When mentioned to the server she said "yeah, they didn't look so good". Also-food that was supposed to be hot was lukewarm. So was kind of disappointed.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 18, 2020

I'm so sorry for your terrible experience. I'm so sorry the wait staff wasn't hospitable and that the cucumbers were bad. We pride ourselves on hospitality and serving good food. We missed the mark terribly. It sounds like we had a pretty off night and I do hope you can give us a chance to show you how truly great of a dining experience you can have with us. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you book, make sure to make a comment where you wish to sit. this is the 2nd time they wanted to seat me at a table right outside the klitchen, not sure why they even have this table, its a terrible seating location.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. The menu has something for everyone.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Jenn! We pride our self on good food and good service. Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were very disappointed in nearly every aspect of our dinner. 5 minutes after ordering, we were told there was no more of one of the entrees we selected. Then our salads arrived before the bottle of wine. We flagged down the manager about the wine and he finally arrived with 3 wine glasses but no wine. After a bit longer, our server arrived with the bottle and then could not open it and so had to leave again. Wine finally opened and poured. Entrees arrived. The ravioli was COLD. The margherita pizza was like no other I have ever had. The crust was white - definitely needed more time in the pizza oven AND there was no red sauce and basil hard to find. I asked for a side of red sauce to put on the pizza and it arrived COLD. The pork chop and mashed potatoes were good but overpriced. I would have told them about the food but we had a show to catch and had no time to waste dealing with them. I will never go back. I am very frustrated we spent that much money on that food. Sad.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 18, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us, Suzanne. If you've read our other reviews, you can see that this is not our norm and I'm truly so sorry. From the wait time and experience with your wine, to the cold entree and pizza sauce-it's very embarrassing. 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. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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RT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful with the exception of how long it took us to get our food. Our waitress kept apologizing for how long it was taking and then thanked us for our patience when she closed out our check. The restaurant was busy but they should have been prepared since it was a a holiday weekend.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Robyn. I'm so sorry to hear about the wait time for your food. I'll be sure that the servers and kitchen staff are in better communication on holidays moving forward. I am glad to hear your server was hospitable and food was enjoyable. We pride our self on good food and good service! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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I
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and good service. The portions will leave you full and tastfully satisfied, so the price tag is justified.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Issac! I love our portions. Definitely enough to take some home! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our "go to" favorite Richmond restaurant! Great management, atmosphere, staff, and food variety.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Janet! I'm so glad to hear we're you're "go to" restaurant. We pride our self on serving good food as well as tremendous hospitality. I'm happy you always receive both! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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KD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Appetizer never showed up. Fruit flies everywhere. Food was bland. We went a few doors down to Nama and ate a second dinner afterwards which was a much better experience with very flavorful food.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 18, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us, Kevin. 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. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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D
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I treat my mother to brunch at Tarrant’s and the ballet every year. I forgot to ask for a table rather than a booth, however, the booth was comfortable for my 80 yo mother who has hip and knee issues and gave us lots of table top room. We had Poinsettias, She Crab soup and Eggs Benedict (traditional and crab cake). It was more than plenty and delicious. Service was good, although our server was not as outgoing and other servers we have had in the past. The noise level was ok until the table of 8 were seated behind us. Then conversation became a challenge. We were almost finished, so not a huge inconvenience. Overall, was an enjoyable brunch before a fabulous presentation of Swan Lake. We’ll be back for sure.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review! Firstly, thank you for your continued loyalty. I'm so glad you and your mother had such a pleasant dining experience with us! I love the She Crab Soup and the Eggs Benedict is just as amazing. We look forward to seeing you in the future, Alicia, Office Manager

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Tarrants several times and they never disappoint. Food and service are excellent.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Artie! We pride our self on good food and good service! Come back again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious -- garlic bread, calamari, salads, filet mignon, dulce de leche cake and a Spanish wine. All done beautifully. Server was well-meaning but not entirely cognizant of the menu or the wine. Also needed a top with better coverage like some of her colleagues; the exposure was embarrassing.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for feedback! I'm sorry to hear of how ill informed and dressed your server was. I'll be sure to mention this to the general manager so that he may address this issue. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your meals and wine. We believe in good food and plenty of it! Thanks again, Alicia, Office Manager

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SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Great Food!
Tarrants is a charming Richmond restaurant, enhanced with art & antiques in a renovated old downtown pharmacy. The menu is broad, salads & platters are wonderfully prepared. The highlight is their 3 berry cobbler , served hot & crispy In A lasagna Pan, with 3 huge scoops of ice cream. Wow!!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, SusanJoy! I'm so glad you have such pleasant dining experiences with us. We love the consistency and loyalty! I love how big our menu is too and you definitely can't go wrong with the Berry Cobbler! We can't wait to see you again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for my best friends birthday! Very LGBTQ friendly. We got the back booth- was a bit warm back there next to the kitchen. Eggplant parm was absolutely perfectly cooked. I was very impressed. Continues to be one of our favorite spots.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thanks for the great review and the continued loyalty! I'm so happy you and your best friend had such a wonderful time on their birthday! We are extremely LGBTQ friendly and SWaM certified! We can't wait to have you back again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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GF
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve been several times in the past and had a better experience. The eggplant parm was mediocre

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, George. I'm sorry to hear your previous dining experience with us wasn't up to par. From your past visits with us, you know this is not our norm and it sounds like we had a pretty off night. I do hope you'll come back again soon and let us show you the Tarrant's you know and love! Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Everything was good as always. Except the crab cakes were very dry. Sometime these things can’t be helped. We will be back.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the feedback! I'm sorry to hear the crab cakes were dry. They're usually fantastic. Sounds like the kitchen had an off night with them. I am glad you enjoyed everything else, however! Thank you for your loyalty and for giving us another chance, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great place to have my birthday dinner. I was in town for the weekend and ate there twice!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner with us. I'm even happier that you visited twice! Thanks, Alicia, Office Manager

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KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the Blackened Tuna. It was awesome. Had Fried Oysters for appetizer. Also awesome!! Can’t wait to go back!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Kenny! You made some really great food choices! I love the fried oysters! We can't wait to have you back again soon, Alicia, Office Manager

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BA
Anchorage
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food; great waitress. We love Tarrant’s.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 10, 2020

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid meal. Blackened tuna was exceptional as was the she crab soup. Definitely planning on a return trip!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thanks for the great review! I love the She Crab Soup too! Alicia, Office Manager

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JB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarrant’s is always a safe bet for great food and excellent service. Highly recommend fish specials and the she crab soup.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Jessica, and thank you even more for the continued loyalty! I love the She Crab Soup too. Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed dining at this establishment

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review and continued loyalty! Alicia, Office Manager

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F
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. We needed to fit in dinner before a basketball game. She made sure we had dinner and made it to the game. We loved the personal touch.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Fitz! I'm so glad your server was so hospitable and accommodating! I'll be sure to let our staff know to keep up the good work, Alicia, Office Manager

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I so wanted to like this place. The hummus platter was amazing. The spinach crab dip hardly had any crabmeat. My she crab soup was not good at all. My daughter and friend had sandwiches which were adequate. Our server was amazing.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry you weren't pleased with all your dishes. It sounds like we had an off night for our kitchen being that our She Crab Soup is typically raved about. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed the hummus platter and that your server was great. I'll be sure to let the staff know to keep up the great work! Alicia, Office Manager

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RR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I must say that Tarrant’s has been a longtime favorite, although our two most recent visits were not what we have come to expect. This particular visit found the other diners particularly raucous, making it difficult to hold pleasant conversation with my companions. The server was pleasant and attentive, but not intrusive. The food was presented nicely, but somehow lacked the “wow” factor of previous visits. Maybe we just need a break.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. We truly appreciate it! I'm sorry your most recent visits with us weren't the best. Judging from previous visits with us, it sounds like we could have been having some off nights. I do hope you'll give us another chance to wow you and show you the Tarrant's that made us one of your favorites. Thank you, Alicia, Office Manager

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