Tarrant's Cafe

4.4
2759 Reviews
$30 and under
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. 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. Specials include: Steak, Seafood, Subs, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Fish Tacos, Award Wining. An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Female Owned. See our website for COVID19 Safety updates. New "Walk-Up" Take-Out window on Foushee for easy, fast service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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ReneeL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to the restaurant before a show at the Altria Theater . The waitress was very nice, making sure we were not late for the show.

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GeorgeT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time to this restaurant, and everything was very good, from service to the food. They had a great menu, especially the Brunch menu we went for. Only real problem was this location, parking, even on Sunday. Finally got a spot 2 blocks away after 4 trips around 4 block perimeter. This was closer location to us in Mechanicsville, but WE do not usually go to the City anymore, for several reasons, including parking, food tax and just City politics and will probably go to the West location next time.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review, George! Yes, parking us quite the hassle down here. We offer complimentary valet at our sister restaurant, Max's on Broad, located by the Maggie Walker Statue, even if you're not dining with them. You just let them know you're dining with Tarrant's!

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Quin
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The restaurant itself was ok, the staff was very warm and accommodating. My drink was good. The food is unacceptable. Interesting descriptions on the menu of entre items but it does not deliver. The rockfish was obviously previously frozen and scorched to oblivion on the griddle. The coconut 'risotto' tasted nothing of coconut and was no one's risotto. The fresh cut chips were tasty....served alongside the tasteless ranch dressing :/

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarrant's is a long-time favorite of my wife and I's. We typically visit on more special occasions, like our anniversary this week. Totally recommend Tarrant's if you're looking for a cozy/quiet place that truly represents the vibe and goodness of Richmond dining. The prices reflect the portions, the music is always on point, the lighting (at night) is perfect, and the wait staff is always friendly.

This place is a hidden gem that's easy to get into on a weekday evening if you're trying to find somewhere intimate and unique. The complimentary champagne, because it was our anniversary, was a small but greatly appreciated gesture.

Thanks to everyone there for helping make our anniversary dinner special!

Best,

Chris

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for such a wonderful review, Chris! I am so happy you and your wife had such great anniversary dinner with us and the service was great. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipKenny
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with tin ceilings, a great bar and wooden booths. We had blackened tuna and chicken pot pie and both were delicious. Danielle was our server and she was friendly and professional. Loved the place.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review, Kenny! I'm so happy you had such a pleasant dining experience with us. We can't wait to have you back!

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ReginaldT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tarrant's has been one of my favorites for years. Last night it was just okay. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. For the price, I expect a bit more.

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vipPeacefulLee
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place to dine before a show. Conveniently located near several venues. Good food and good variety.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waiter seemed to want to rush us through dinner. Took bread plate to soon, appetizer arrived followed quickly by entrées. We had barely begun dining when a dessert menu was left.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear you felt rushed through your meal and I'll be sure the servers remember to pace themselves and to make sure their guests feel comfortable.

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MartyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cinnamon buns!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

I love our cinnamon buns too, Marty!

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FRANCESA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great but the service was even better. We had a great time.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Francesa! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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JoanC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the margarita pizza.Best I ever had! The crust was outstanding.fresh tomatoes and basil.My husband had the Reuben.He said it was also the best he'd had.Not smothered with Russian dressing and the corned beef was nice and lean.We hail from Boston and felt our experience in this very interesting old restaurant was perfect.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review, Joan! I'm so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Really great menu choices!

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nativeitalian
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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vipKelley
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food just isn't that great!! One thing that made me upset was the Caesar Salad

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StephanieH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2021

Glad it was!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was busy but that was expected on a Friday night. We got the crab stuffed mushrooms to start and they were incredible. Then we got the crab and tilapia main and it had the exact same sauce as the mushrooms. It was really good, but I would have ordered something differently had I known. All in all I highly recommend

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for the great review! I love our Stuffed Tilapia! It's so yummy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
120 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best she-crab soup in Richmond. Bar None!!!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for the review! I love our She Crab Soup!

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KathyA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We had a wonderful, thoughtful waitress. And the food is always delicious!! Have been here several times for lunch or dinner and always enjoy it!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review, Kathy! So glad you enjoyed yourself! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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vipTomR
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Expansive menu, quirky timeless atmosphere, great drinks. Food quality (ingredients) limits what could be great kitchen products. Cherry tomatoes should not be the tomato in a tomato and mozzarella caprese. Balsamic glaze saved it. Lasagna to fish tacos, this place lacks focus to be a repeat destination.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Service was so slow (supposedly an understaffed night), we had to leave after a 40 minute wait at the table with no food. Unfortunately.

Suggestion would be to not seat everyone in all tables (and definitely do not accept reservations) if staff is not able to handle the customers.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. We've definitely been struggling with a shortage in labor and also, staff sometimes calls out for various reasons that were unforeseen to us. We definitely hear you and we're trying hard to fix this problem.

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JosephO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was excellent. However, we had to wait a long time for our appetizer and even longer for our entree. Was getting up to leave when our dinner finally showed up. Hopefully, they can get a handle on whatever the problem was.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, Joseph. I'm sorry to hear about your long wait. We are still trying to get ahold of our staffing situation. Hang in there with us!

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DeliaE
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

enjoyed the Happy hour cocktails and appetizers.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thanks for the great review, Delia! I love our happy cocktails!

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DinnerFan2
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Finally had time together due to buy and conflicting schedules. Went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to see the Dirty South exhibit. Decided to finish the evening with a nice meal and used open table app to find some place close with good quality food. I’ve dined here before.

Always a good menu and nice quaint location to enjoy a meal. Very fast and efficient service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you like to dine with us and we can't wait to have you back!

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AshleyC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very 1st time there. A nice quiet place. Service was great and very welcoming !

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the stellar review, Ashley! So glad you had a really great time with us!

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GeraldR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

When in Richmond, we've always eaten at Tarrant's West and it was always excellent. Tried downtown original restaurant for the historical venue, which was awesome.

Food only average. Two in our party had filet mignon not as good (no seasoning and very chewy) and I had ribs which were tasty but overcooked. One had Grilled scallops with risotto and she said it was very good.
Veggies were about average as well. Been there and done that.

We'll go back to Terrant's West next visit.
Service was excellent and Maeve was great wait person!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, Gerald! I'm sorry your whole party wasn't happy with their dishes. We know how important consistency is and I can assure you, this is not our norm. I do hope you'll give us another chance! We'll let Maeve know to keep up the great work!

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vipBettyB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. I had not been there in a long time. My only complaint, but it was totally not the restaurant's fault, is that the theater is still representing that Tarrant's is doing valet service for theater patrons. They are not. It was even in the Playbill last night. I am still happy we dined at Tarrant's. By the crowd, I can still that it is still very popular.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the heads up, Betty! We were unaware of that too! Other than that, I'm glad you had a great time with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really great food, drinks, and service. I had the “what they are known for” She Crab soup and it was very good. We also ordered the fried green tomatoes, I had the oysters, and my wife also tried the eggplant stack. Everything was great and we are definitely going back!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the awesome review! I am in love with our She Crab Soup!

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JohnH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tarrants is always good.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the review, John!

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fofinha76
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, our dinner experience was good. Service was quite slow but it seemed that the restaurant was short on wait staff so not our server's fault.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! Like many other restaurants, we're having a shortage of staff. We're working o it. Hang in there!

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Kiki
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and so was the service! The menu has a variety of sandwiches, salads, and entrees, and everything was prepared well. We had fried mozzarella cheese sticks, salads for entrees, and a brownie for dessert. The salads were so fresh and the pear and goat cheese salad was full of flavor with candied nuts and craisins. Everything was served quickly! We will go again!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for the awesome review, Kiki! Glad you had a great time with us! I love our brownie too. Definitely my favorite dessert!

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AshleyP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Yummy, but slow service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks for the review! I'm sorry to hear about the service. We're still working on training our newer servers as well as hiring staff so I hope you can bear with us just a little longer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was so disappointing. We love Tarrant’s cafe but hadn’t been since before Covid. So sad to say that everything from the appetizer to the main entrees were just so bad. Nothing had flavor. The spinach and crab dip was very strange. No crab meat just spinach and huge hard chunks of onions. We couldn’t eat much of it. My husbands pasta had no taste and the shrimp were rubbery. The fried green tomatoes didn’t taste like anything…just like fried bread?? The drinks were good so that was positive! Huge bummer that we paid about $75 for food that was terrible.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 18, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. From the bland food, to the crab less spinach dip-it sounds really awful. 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really good service.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

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JeanandDave
Wilmington
31 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliably friendly and good food with wide variety. Probably would give 5 stars except noise makes conversation challenging sometimes.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!

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vipPamR
Richmond
254 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tarrants has always been one of my favorites. I had the 2 fish taco order with beans and rice and my dining companion had the caesar salad. Both were tasty. I should get more adventuresome and try some of the other interesting items on the menu next time.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thanks for the great review, Pam! Our menu is huge so you should definitely explore some other options! I'm glad you and your dinner companion had a good time. Hope to see you again soon!

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Eddie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jess was terrific.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thanks, Eddie! We'll be sure to let Jess know!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wait staff was great

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! We will definitely look into that and I'm glad to hear the service was great!

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Helen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The she crab never disappoints. Thank you.

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thanks for the review, Helen! I love the She Crab too!

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IrvinR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with our meals and would highy recommend this restaurant to all in RVA! We especially enjoyed the over the top service we received from Hannah!

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review, Irvin! We'll tell Hannah to keep up the good work!

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vipPeter
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lemonade way overpriced and extremely underwhelming. Sqeezed half Lemon into full glass of water and charged 4.50 for it. Way too much mayo on cheesesteak. Very good handcut chips. Excellent berry cobbler

Tarrant's Cafe
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, Peter. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your lemonade or cheesesteak! In the future, anything you don't like, we are more than happy to remake for you! I'm glad you enjoyed the cobbler! It's one of my favorite desserts!

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You can order delivery directly from Tarrant's Cafe using the Order Online button. Tarrant's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 225-0035.

Tarrant's Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 2759 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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