The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.5
2915 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Our Rocketts Landing location occupies the top floor of the restored Power Plant building, which sits on the James River and once provided electricity for Richmond’s trolley cars. We specialize in seafood, wood-stone oven pizza, and locally-sourced signature entrees. And we can't forget the incredible view!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Open Nightly at 5:00 pm
Friday Service Begins at 3:00 pm
Saturday Service Begins at 11:30am
Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner Service beginning at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 622-2628
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cory Sheldon
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Private party facilities
With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.
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Private party contact
Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet - Boathouse style!
Reservations available from 1-6pm.
Adults $44 // Children 6-12 are $19 // Children under 6 are no charge.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 2915 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Undersized portions for me but it was perfect for the wife.

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PR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the decibel level was extremely high! That is not an option in your review. Energetic, yes; is a positive, excessively loud is a negative.

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J
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My poached eggs the best part of brunch were hard and over cooked. Very disappointed. Went last week too and waitress forgot one of the items. So 2 weeks in a row underwhelming

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k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Sad to write this review because I've been coming to the Boathouse for years at multiple locations. We were there to celebrate my mothers bday, we came for Sunday Brunch. Our waitress had no personality and quite frankly very rude. I ordered a medium well steak that came out bloody I brought this to her attention and she snatches the plate out of my hand mid sentence and walks away. I get a second steak which was still equally bloody but I just dealt with it. She then starts to take away my brothers dirty plate and drops the fork on him with no remorse all while holding dirty plates an inch from my face. I don't know if she was having a bad day or just didn't want to be serving us. Either way it'll most likely be the last time we dine there.

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F
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!
Server was great

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an awesome night. My friend really enjoyed her birthday dinner!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time everyone was great. Loved the food.

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DE
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It is just too noisy to have a nice conversation with the other people at the table.

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M
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in Richmond

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D
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The view would be really great, but after dark, there's no lighting in the area, so ... nothing there. A minor note was that although the temperature was in the 30s and they had a big gas fireplace near our table (indoors, thus minor, as in ambiance could have been better), it wasn't working. Waiter was excellent--knew the menu, made good recommendations. Appetizers were large, entrees a bit small, and then back to too much food for dessert. Interesting combination--and I have never had de-caf served in a French press. All-in-all, it's probably a great place for anytime you can see the riverfront, or if you want to celebrate. The space is open, and there were lots of large (and one or two loud) groups there.

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JS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit noisy, not as many interesting or unique seafood creations as would have expected! Only 1 crab enter!

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

You definitely need a convenient parking lot.
Service should have been exceptional But the service was fair. It started off good but as the evening wore on the service got worse and worse. After our salad course, our waiter seemed to not remember our order and then would not give us a check so we could clear the table for additional guests that were waiting to be seated. He seemed not to be able to handle more than three tables at a time. So that is why I am assuming he wanted us to stay so he did not have to wait on any more clients. We ended up just leaving money on the table to cover our order. We absolutely hated to do this. I know our evening costed us over one hundred and ten dollars, and so for that amount of money we expected better (a lot better).
The food was good.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to share Sunday brunch with visiting relatives and out of town guests. We had a lovely view of the river, an excellent server, and delicious food all around.

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our service was very good and food arrived quickly, almost too quick! I really liked my cocktail (maple blood peach whiskey sour), but husband's (sea ghost) was just ok and it was $15. Not a good crabcake, but the oysters were very good. The place is LOUD!! Music was loud but people had to speak loudly to overcome this overhead music. We were just visiting Richmond and wanted to see this area which was warehouses, etc when we lived there many years ago.

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M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but pricey.

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! The view was amazing. Just wish the music was a lilttle lower was yo hard to talk a conversation.

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MA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sauces and sides and choices are all special and delicious

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RW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Outstanding as always. One of our favorites. Bread pudding is as good as New Orleans

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The noise was a little more than we wanted. Overall a great brunch.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the brunch. The roasted oysters were great, the omelet station good, not great.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Could have been the resteraunt week meal but it seems like they skimped on all the non enter portions of the meal. Potato’s undercooked veggies just boiled and bland etc.

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although there were a few vegetarian options, at least one vegan option would be nice.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and service. Will be back for sure.

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JM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great view of the Richmond skyline!

Our waitress was very friendly, and ready with suggestions and answers to all questions. The mixed drink I had was well made. We each had the filet and lobster, which was cooked perfectly, fresh, and full of flavor. For desert, we split a bread pudding. It was definitely the highlight of the meal! It was amazing!

We really enjoyed our first visit to the Boathouse!

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g
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad to finally have an opportunity to dine at the Boathouse, very enjoyable dinner and great atmosphere!

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall, we enjoyed our food. However, the waiter forgot our appetizer (that we were to share with table) and then tried to deliver 5 minutes AFTER our dinner had been served. Room/view is great but we had table near the front of the restaurant/kitchen ... so it was lost on us. Food was good - we will give it another try, maybe it was just an off night.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat service was excellent. Will visit again soon. Food was amazing and I would recommend the black cherry mojito.

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place to take someone for a special occasion. On the pricey side but its what you should expect from quality service to food. Has a great view from the balcony but it was cold and raining when I went so didn't get to enjoy that part. Good atmosphere in terms of lighting and noise level. Would recommend it at least once.

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having made a reservation, when we arrived we were shown to a booth in the corner with the best view. I would have been happy just to have had tuna sandwich for that view. My party had three different entrees all were delicious. My bloody mary was "over vodkased" as I was "out" within 20 minutes and that is my fault as I forgot to say go light on the vodka.
We had a great night.
Thank you.
Rosemary

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

My visit to the Boathouse was good, it would have been perfect had it not been for my server. Her i dont care attitude was just awful, she greeted us, took our order and thats it, she never followed up to make sure we were ok or needed anything, each time we had to flag her down. if im not mistaken her name was Allison.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Too loud. Service was Fair.

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TP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We usually come here for special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries. The food is always great especially the Zookie. The only thing I would change is the noise level. It is difficlut to carry on a conversation without constantly asking " what did you say?"

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food! The steak was incredible!

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to bring friends and have a drink on the water.

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D
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great wine list, albeit small, and exquisite cuisine.

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t
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family had a great time. Yummy food! Wonderful service!

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and so was the service. We didn't wait long for the appetizers or drinks and we were consistently asked if we needed anything.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The location was a pleasant surprise as it overlooks the James River, however, overall the food was average at best. I ordered the broiled sampler and while the shrimp and scallops were tasty their signature crab cakes were so overloaded with filling it had the texture of bread pudding and I literally was digging to find the crabmeat. The asparagus looked and tasted like I was a few days old and the mashed potatoes were cold and tasted like leftovers from the bottom of the pot. Sadly it reminded me of a Red Lobster with a nice view with very good service. No reason to travel out of downtown for this disappointing experience!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location. Kind of out of it but great view up the river and into the city. Great experience but the food was nothing special. Crab cake, shrimp were average, mashed potatoes were dry but the real thing I believe. Not sure it was worth the cost.

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BA
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family reunion. Too loud to enjoy conversation unfortunately. The ambiance is so awesome but it’s pretty expensive for what you get.

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