Tarrant's Cafe

4.4
2470 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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

What 2470 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

d
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 2 days ago

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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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 6 days ago

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
2 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
10 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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KG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Red Snapper special was outstanding, I'm still thinking about it days later!

PE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was 15 minutes before even getting a glass of water, 45 minutes before our food arrived. Waitress offered garlic bread for our wait and never delivered. The entree and side dish were dry and overcooked. We were offered a replacement entree but it would have disrupted a prior appointment. The restaurant took the entree off the tab but still charged for the salad. Very disappointed after having read all the rave reviews.

LA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Love this restaurant but unfortunately this particular day and time was extremely busy. Food was good but service was slow. Also a great deal of congestion at the front since the bar, ordering computers and check computers are all in a very small space. Would recommend relocating staff computers away from the bar and front door.

RJ
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place was very busy Saturday night but they were right on time with our reservation and getting us a table. Some initial delays in getting started but our waitress was very knowledgeable in the food offerings and kept the pace well in order to get us to our show. The food was great as always. The manager Chris is exceptional .

d
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around. Highly recommend!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us. I'll be sure to let our staff know how great of a job they're doing! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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CH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Can be a casual lunch spot or get dressed up and make an evening of it. Great vibe!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 5, 2019

Carol, Thanks for the amazing feedback. Our restaurant is meant to make you feel comfortable and happy as you are! Glad you enjoyed us. Thanks, Liz,Owner

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BB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Having been to Tarrant's on Broad before on several occasions, I was disappointed by my recent visit. A friend and I went for dinner and the food wasn't very good. We both got the crab cakes and there was way too much filler in them. Each of our plates had two very large cakes, but I would have preferred two smaller ones with mostly crab making them up. They were too full of bread crumbs. The rice that came with them was dry and had no seasoning at all. Not even any butter. We got our salad course and were not finished with that when our entree came out. We had to send them back to the kitchen to stay warm. This is the first disappointment for me with Tarrant's and I hope this is not a trend.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 2, 2019

Beverly, I'm sorry to hear of your poor experience with us. Being that you are a frequent guest of ours, you know we can and have done much better. I will let the chef know about the crab cakes and make sure that servers check on guests to see if they're done with appetizers before sending out entrees. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We feel like we have discovered a new treasure in Richmond's dining options and will definitely make Tarrant's a part of our November Theatre plans. Best shrimp and grits we've ever had!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 2, 2019

Thanks for the amazing feedback! Our shrimp and grits are delicious! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tarrant’s Cafe was nothing short of amazing. Our server, Olivia, was super sweet and attentive. I had the she crab soup-delicious! My friend had the crab dip. They were both so good. The menu has so many great looking choices. I can’t wait to come back!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review and I'm glad you and your friend loved your food and server. I love everything crab too! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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SB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; great food! Everyone was so friendly! No problems. Was able to use the valet service while attending the play at the Va Rep Theatre. After play, our car was lined up waiting for us! As my grand would say “Perfecto”!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 29, 2019

ShortyB, Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm so happy to hear you loved your dining experience with us. We pride ourselves on being hospitable and great food. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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S
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great ambiance and fantastic customer service. The only problem we had was the music WAY TOO LOUD. If you want to keep your energetic music make sure it is not so loud. Bad for conversation and business meetings.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. I apologize that the music was so loud. Tarrant's Cafe can get a bit energetic at times, but I'm glad you enjoyed your food! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
109 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Olivia our server did a great job in guiding our food selections n timing as we were heading to The Wiz. Great shecrab soup

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the review! Olivia is great. We'll be sure to let her know. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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PS
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service from Zach, who was very attentive! Our food was delicious- a perfect way to end a weekend. We’ll be back!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

Hey Pattie, thanks for the great review. Zach is awesome and we'll let him know. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for old friends to get together and even a meal and talk. The server was fantastic and really knows the best meals to try.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review. Glad you and your friends had a wonderful time. Thanks, Owner, Liz

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P
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The crab dip was very good but bread needed to be toasted longer. Dinner portions were skimpy. Stuffed flounder was very tasty but mahi mahi was dry. Loved the toasted garlic bread. Rice was bland and watery so didn’t eat. Great flourless chocolate cake. Will stick to sandwiches next visit. The atmosphere is great.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

We appreciate the feedback so much. I'm happy to hear you liked the crab dip and flounder. Both are very delicious choices. thanks, Liz, Owner

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CG
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We tried Tarrant's Café while in Richmond this past weekend. The food was great - we both had sandwiches and I had the She Crab Soup. Our waitress was terrific. The only negative is it took a long time to get our food and we sat next to a very large loud table which confused me because many of the tables were open. Our waitress was nice enough to come give us updates regularly which helped.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and server despite the negatives. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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TF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolute wonderful brunch! LOVE the brunch rolls!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thanks for the great review. We love our brunch too. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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N
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Multiple flies should not be guests at our table. thanks. Patrick

AL
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, the Tuna on my wife’s dish tasted old and she didn’t finish it, but got somewhat ill after dinner. We heard great things from many people about this restaurant but our experience was not very positive. We will not go back.

RO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server was kinda absent minded, he forgot about our salad, when the food came, the order was wrong, I asked other people could they bring things to our table and when the check came he also had that wrong. The ribs I order wasn't hot, that's because our food was sitting back in kitchen for a long period of time, he finally noticed that we haven't receive our salad, it look like he went back and made up a salad to bring out to our table. i ask for my food to boxed and i didn't know that the ribs was going to cut and put into this small box. Overall poor services, This was our second time dining at tarrant's and I don't think I"ll be in a rush to come back any time soon. Thanks but no thanks.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My guest and I arrived 1 1/2 hours to the restaurant (enough time to eat and enjoy "The Wiz."). It took all of that time to serve and there weren't any other people there. We only took one bite, but they were gracious enough to refrigerate our food until after the play.

SM
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here before going across the street to see The Wiz. Knowing we were going here, I looked forward all day to the Fried Green Tomatoes, which is an appetizer but completely enough for a meal for me. Our server, Stuart, was great - very relaxed but efficient and careful service. One of my favorite places. Thanks, Stuart!

AF
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere. Table was a little cramped but nut uncomfortable. Overall, I would go back again

RL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The valet parking our car was so very nice and our server, Victoria, was a delight...

SM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious but the service was terrible. People all around us kept having issues with their orders including us. The waiter was nice and very apologetic but expected so much more from a $90 meal. When they staff wasn't checking on tables they were all hanging out at the bar along with the manager. That might be okay if you're on top of everything and your guests are being served as they should, but it was really frustrating so have so many issues and then see them just hanging out shooting the breeze. I had the lasagna and my wife had the ravioli and both were delicious. There were lots of other great looking options on the menu as well. Might give them another try when I'm out for a cheaper meal in the future, but there are so many better options nearby if your looking to go out for a nice dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful! Our waiter was very patient and friendly.

c
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food for a great price. Wonderful servers. They even comped a beer that my partner ordered but did not like. Be sure to make reservations if going on Saturday evening as it was pretty crowded.

JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a fine dining experience. This dinner was before going to a play at the November Theatre. It was a dynamite combination.

PB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch service, excellent food.

VP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Loved it. Better than the other location.

NE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I went because of the reviews expecting the food to be real good but it was at best average. We were underwhelmed by the food but the atmosphere was nice. So many other really good places to eat that I will definitely skip this place.

MP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful restaurant for Sunday Brunch with friends. It was busy which prevented our server from being as available as she might have preferred. Most selections were delicious - the original eggs benedict a must have - the asparagus omelette was disappointing as four asparagus were laid atop the eggs rather than being included in the dish. Seafood omelette a hit.

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