- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
fried or broiled tilapia, crab cake, shrimp and scallops, side of brown rice and daily veg
She Crab Soup
grilled mahi mahi, pepper jack cheese, corn relish, guacamole, lettuce, side of rice and beans
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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.
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.
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!
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 :/
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Nice place to dine before a show. Conveniently located near several venues. Good food and good variety.
Thanks for the review!
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.
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.
Great cinnamon buns!
I love our cinnamon buns too, Marty!
The food was great but the service was even better. We had a great time.
Thanks for the great review, Francesa! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!
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.
Thanks for the wonderful review, Joan! I'm so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Really great menu choices!
Great meal, great service!!
Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!
Food just isn't that great!! One thing that made me upset was the Caesar Salad
Glad it was!
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
Thanks for the great review! I love our Stuffed Tilapia! It's so yummy!
Best she-crab soup in Richmond. Bar None!!!
Thanks for the review! I love our She Crab Soup!
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!
Thanks for the wonderful review, Kathy! So glad you enjoyed yourself! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
enjoyed the Happy hour cocktails and appetizers.
Thanks for the great review, Delia! I love our happy cocktails!
It was a great experience!
Thanks for the great review!
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.
Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you like to dine with us and we can't wait to have you back!
Very 1st time there. A nice quiet place. Service was great and very welcoming !
Thanks for the stellar review, Ashley! So glad you had a really great time with us!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Thanks for the awesome review! I am in love with our She Crab Soup!
Tarrants is always good.
Thanks for the review, John!
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.
Thanks for the feedback! Like many other restaurants, we're having a shortage of staff. We're working o it. Hang in there!
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!
Thanks for the awesome review, Kiki! Glad you had a great time with us! I love our brownie too. Definitely my favorite dessert!
Yummy, but slow service.
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!
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.
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.
Great food and really good service.
Thanks for the great review!
Always reliably friendly and good food with wide variety. Probably would give 5 stars except noise makes conversation challenging sometimes.
Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves on good food and good service!
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.
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!
Jess was terrific.
Thanks, Eddie! We'll be sure to let Jess know!
Wait staff was great
Thanks for the feedback! We will definitely look into that and I'm glad to hear the service was great!
The she crab never disappoints. Thank you.
Thanks for the review, Helen! I love the She Crab too!
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!
Thanks for the amazing review, Irvin! We'll tell Hannah to keep up the good work!
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
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!
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.