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About Tarrant's Cafe

Tarrant's Cafe is situated in the the lively Art's District in downtown Richmond, VA, centrally located among the many attractions like: VCU, the Convention Center, 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. We serve 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? We've got that too- for private dining, try our sister restaurant Tarrant's West. Large parties welcome! Half off bottles on wine on Mondays!

1 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
N. Foushee

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 225-0035

Website:
http://www.tarrantscaferva.com/

Entertainment:
Join us for First Friday's Art Walk every First Friday w/ magic and art and more!

Parking Details:
Parkway Parking in between Foushee and 1st Street. Go in the second entrance located on East Grace St. Also, FREE valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Derrick Ullrich

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For parties of more than 6, please call the restaurant to make a reservation.

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

50% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. We're offering over 75 by the bottle selections half- dine in or delivery!. Special valid Oct 23, 2017 - Dec 25, 2017 on Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy your specials days with family and leave the cooking and cleaning to us. Serving a full dinner menu until late w/ a few specialty entrees, cocktails and desserts.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Grab someone special and join us before the festivities for full dinner service and special items, including bubbly cocktails and seasonal, local favorites.

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Tarrant's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Casual (38)
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Special Occasion (35)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Fun (30)
Comfort Food (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Great for Lunch (25)
Great for Brunch (23)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Cozy (22)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Authentic (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Seasonal (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Romantic (8)
Great Beer (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Scenic View (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was extremely crowded and even though I reserved a table through open table that wasn't really paid attention to. They actually had to give me cream for my coffee in a condiment cup - no cream urns available, but our waiter was inventive and good, but the food - three salads and something cooked took a very long time to come out, I think they were overwhelmed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

The soup was cool enough that a skim had formed on top. Mashed potatoes were too salty to eat. Fish tabo was cold and had virtually no fish in it.. Have been a long time fan, but this was very disappointing.

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·Dined 6 days ago

went before the Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker, made reservations and was seated immediately. The server was superb, the food excellent served very hot from the kitchen. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and plan on going back again. There were four in my party and we all loved it!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Simply outstanding. Our waitress, Maria, was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always delicious! The she crab soup never disappoints. Server was super friendly and gave us a hot brownie dessert for our birthday. They also held my left overs for me while I went to a show since I had used the free valet parking. Great spot to grab dinner before a show and November Theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Was actually excited to re-visit Tarants downtown as it had been awhile. Like the ambience of the place and the server (Jamie) was very nice and attentive. After his introduction and the nice bottle of red wine things were only average at best. The buffalo cauliflower appetizer was over cooked and it was drowned in buffalo sauce. Not very good. Crispy veggies and less sauce would have made it a good dish. My wife's caprese' was OK. The ham and vegetable soup that came with the entrée was tasty but the rockfish main course was only decent. The veggies again were over cooked with the entrée. Desert was a coconut pie and that was alright. For $100.00 I would have hoped for a little better meal. No complaints about the service but we will not be visiting again anytime soon what with the myriad of options for Richmond dining. Sorry Tarants but you need to pick up your game if you want to gain customers like me as a regular...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Tarrant’s has a really great energy! It’s located in a tired and mildly forbidding section of Richmond, and it’s an island of cool! The crowd is about 90% in their early 30s and younger which gives the place its buzz. The staff is friendly and helpful, despite how busy the place was on a Saturday night. Cocktails and beer selections were great. The food was quite good, but not spectacular. If I found myself in Richmond again, I would definitely return.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had 7:00 reservations at Tarrant’s for a party of 6 on a Friday night, but not just any Friday night! Friday December 1st, which just happened to be Grand Illumination, First Friday, and the Junior League Cotillion Holly Ball, was the night we had our reservation. Tarrants is located in the heart of all that was going on that night, and as busy as they were, managed to pull it off seamlessly! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. As a retired veteran of the restaurant business, I know this was no easy task! Thanks for a wonderful night, we will look forward to visiting again soon!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful meal as always. Great service Recognized husbands birthday. 2nd time there will go back again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Impeccable service, great food, wonderful environment. Done extremely well. What is not to like here?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went to pre-theater dinner at Tarrant's before seeing Mary Poppins at Virginia Rep Theater which is across the street. It is an old renovated drug store and we loved the decoration and ambiance. Sort of takes you back in time but with an upscale feel. The food was fantastic and wine selection was amazing. It was both kid-friendly and great for my wife and I who are foodies. The service was also very good. I can understand why this is definitely a local favorite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Saturday brunch with 3 generations. Service was friendly and professional. Food was delicious. Tarrant’s never lets us down.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had reservations here on Thanksgiving and had a fab time. My husband had a ribeye and I had the Turkey & fixins. Food excellent, staff super friendly and attention to detail made it a favorite. Will return next time in Richmond!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Tarrant's always has a very tasty & eclectic menu. The ambience is upbeat & pleasant.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Dined here for Thanksgiving this year and had a wonderful time. Service was impeccable at the bar and when we were seated. The atmosphere was fun and drinks were great. Must admit, the traditional dinner entree was disappointing...turkey was sliced paper-thin...an easy enough fix for the kitchen to make.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was fantastic. We dine here for all specialty occasions. This by far our favorite dining spot!!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great evening. Fun spot, upbeat atmosphere, friendly and professional staff, and delicious food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our second time at Tarrants. Love the overall ambiance of a vintage pharmacy. They make a great Old Fashioned, and the food is fantastic. Everything we ate was tasty and done just right. The best part of the visit, though, was the service. Despite the fact that the restaurant was slammed full of people, with more people waiting, the servers didn’t appear to be stressed. They were calm and laid back, but attentive. I remarked to my wife about that. I would have been a nervous wreck.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always, Tarrant's does not disappoint! My sister was in town, and I have always wanted her to eat here with me. The food was great and the cocktails were perfect. If you are wanting a great dining experience in a cool atmosphere, this is the place to go. Big city friends, small town friends, any size place friends will be talking about Tarrant's when they get home.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had the new mozzarella, tomatoe and basil appetizer. It was delicious.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great time. Great food.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

We were running late for our reservation due to heavy traffic and had to leave by a certain time for a local show. We were seated immediately, served quickly.... The food was delicious! The atmosphere classic downtown/fan... and we loved it. We will return again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Really very good. Imaginative menu—lots of comfort food with a twist options. Best fried flgreen tomatoes ever. Excellent fish and chips!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

It was a fun dinner with friends! I took advantage of valet parking that added to a stress-free dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome menu!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I've been to Tarrants a number of times, but if this had been my first experience I might not be back. Five of us had to share one menu. The promised additional menus never came. Our fifth person had to sit in a chair at the end of a 4 person booth. She was constantly bumped into and having trays lifted over her head. The walkways aren't nearly wide enough to comfortably seat someone in. It was a very poor experience for her.
On the positive side, the food was good, as always, and a good value for the money.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was under impressed by this restaurant. We were seated 30 minutes past our reservation time. There was no where to stand to wait for our table, the space was too crowded. The table we received was not truly big enough for 5 people. The service was extremely slow and getting our food was slow too.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Made reservations.... didn’t matter and still waited 30 minutes for a table. Drinks and food were good. This restaurant was a B- for a avg of $40 per person.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Hard to believe they can do such an exceptional job preparing the food with such a huge selection of choices, but they do.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food! Very friendly and professional staff. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just completed the Richmond marathon and looked for a good meal to warm us up. This was a fantastic place to go. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was ideal for a post race celebration, and the service was superb. We will be coming back soon and hope to request our server by name.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Participated in the VCU/Anthem 8k run. This was a well deserved treat for me and my running mates.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Definitely will not be making a return visit here. And trust me, it doesn’t make a difference if you make a reservation, you’re still going to wait forever. I was extremely disappointed in the service and by the overall experience; not sure what all the fuss is about, the food was mediocre at best. Unless you like waiting an hour to be seated (with a reservation), having your food come out wrong and your sides not even come out at all (and when you inform your waiter of your missing food, he says “oh did you still want that?”), don’t waste your time or money.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a great birthday dinner for my daughter who might atten VCU next year. Great location, good food, great service.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was my first time dinning with Tarrant. We were seated on time with our reservation, and the hostess was very polite and respectful. The waitress was the same and very informative and was able to make great recommendations for drinks and apps. The food was as good as its people there to say the least! We will be back as their menu is endless with great food to choose from. This is a must for all of people in Richmond to let their friends and family experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server was outstanding and made great food and wine recommendations. Corvina dish was fantastic and she crab soup was also very good. Noise level was very loud. I felt like I had to yell. We were at the restaurant from 5:45-7:30 so go earlier for a quiet meal. Overall a very good experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Every time I have dined here, the food has been excellent. Their service is just a tad bit on the slow side. Waited an hour for food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent experience from start to finish. Food was amazing. Highly recommend for any occasion!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The chicken and waffles on special was fantastic! Highly recommend

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We are big fans of Tarrants. However, the last two times we have been there my husband, who loves fish and really would eat just about anything, was unhappy with the fish preparation. This is someone who is not the slightest bit particular, and this time he sent the mushy, tasteless fish back. Credit to Tarrants, they replaced it with a steak that was good but not what we would have expected from Tarrants.
The ambiance is lovely, the service was great, but for the price and the Tarrants reputation, I expected more. Too bad.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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