The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.5
2796 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 2796 People Are Saying
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Nashville
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife, daughter, and I had a reservation for dinner, but the hostess tried to seat us at a bare table, next to the bar, in the middle of all the noise. After some conversation they were able to move us to a nice table in the dining area. It was early and there were numerous empty tables. I am not sure why they did not start there. After we were settled we had a nice evening.

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AG
New England
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was fresh and quite tasty the staff were very friendly the atmosphere was simply lovely and overlooking view of the James River the place was easy to locate plenty of parking and very clean

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EC
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time! I live in Hampton Roads and now the Boathouse is a must when in Richmond for the weekend! It's worth the drive even for a day trip. I love the service and the views of the James River are spectacular!!!

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RW
Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One our favorite places and a grand location to entertain out-of-towners. Love it.

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DR
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful time. Only complaint is that we sat by the windows and had to wear sunglasses throughout the evening as they were unable to lower the blinds.

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OT
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great date night with my husband. It would have been nice to be seated in the shade because it was so warm outside. And the portions were rather small. But overall a lovely evening with great service and great views.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great Food! Great scene!!!

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LW
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived at 5 pm and pretty much had our pick of seating. We chose a corner booth with window shades and a nice view of the river. The service and food were excellent. Sitting with our backs to the window and the shades drawn down, the temperature was still hot and uncomfortable. We cut our celebration short because an elderly member of our party became ill due to the heat.

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Orlando
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came in for our twentieth anniversary dinner. Our waiter Shareef was the best we have had in years. He was always around when needed, but never annoying or pushy. If you go to the Boathouse ask to sit in his section.

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TR
Richmond
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The weather was perfect to eat on the deck over the river. Service was well-done with no issues. Food was cooked to perfection. Thank you for a great night!

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, the ambiance - on point! We ate here awhile back, & once again, were NOT disappointed!

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LK
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner at a perfect 4th of July location. Food was excellent, the service was fantastic. Looking forward to my next dining experience at The Boathouse.

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Richmond
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for July 4th and to view fireworks with dinner. It was an amazing fireworks view point and the food was good. The portion of salmon my date had was quite small but the blackened chicken was amazing. The drinks were good whenever we finally got them. The bar service was SOOOO slow. Overall - we will be back, just pretty upset about how long it took us to get drinks.

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M
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service was excellent and the view of Rocketts Red Glare and the EVP Pro Volleyball Tournament, in addition to the fireworks over the James River made a perfect date!

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SP
Richmond
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall the night was a success. Food was very good and we were not rushed. The server did a fine job getting us our food a beverages but she looked like she really didn't want to be there. I don't recall one smile the entire night. Maybe it was a double shift or maybe she was called in at the last minute but at a place where you are paying these prices, the server should be a positive part of the experience in my opinion.

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KO
Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really want to thank the general manager for working with us at The Boathouse. The GM realized our occasion was not only to celebrate the 4th, but also the birthday of a single mom surprised by her young sons at the last minute. Jory, I hope I have the name correct, worked with us to include everyone in our party for dinner. It was a wonderful occasion for everyone involved, thanks to Jory and her staff at The Boathouse.

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DO
Richmond
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for 6 people, but ended up having 7. It was 4th of July and was very crowded due to all of the events taking place in the area. The staff took time to work out a comfortable seating arrangement so the entire party could remain together. Our waitress was patient, attentive, and accommodating! She had an excellent sense of humor and contributed to the success of the evening! It was the ideal spot to watch the fireworks!

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NA
2.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

There seemed to be a major disconnect between the quality of food/drinks at Boathouse and the quality of service. The food is seriously delightful, amazing cocktails, great selection of oysters a true win all around. However, the servers appear disheveled and the service was very subpar, the sun was right in our eyes but they refused to let us swap tables (so we had to huddle around one small corner) and the ambiance in general felt more Applebee's then nice dining.

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KH
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m new to Richmond and my fiancé and I enjoy this place so much!! Great atmosphere!! Great service!! Great food!!

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VB
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a memorable dinner here for our second wedding anniversary. Our vanilla creme bruleé dessert even came with two celebratory candles! We felt well taken care of and thoroughly enjoyed the food, drink, and beautiful view of the sun setting over Richmond and the James River.

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BM
Richmond
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner & experience!

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OT
Richmond
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service great, food just ok

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JH
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kaitlin was amazing, she was very knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. She was warm and very welcoming. I took my mom for her birthday and she enjoyed every moment. The food was cooked to perfection and the manager Ross went the extra mile by coming over to the table to check on us to make sure everything was perfect, and it was! The atmosphere was beautiful and the view was captivating!

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KL
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Everything was perfect for our group and out of town family guests!! One of our family members enters MCV Massey Cancer Center for lengthy cancer treatment a few days following our dining experience and will not be able to dine out for the next 3 months. He was most impressed and pleased with our table, views, service, drinks, and food!! Thank you so much to all the staff for making this such a special and memorable experience! We will return often!!!

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JR
Dallas
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reservation are best if you can get them. They had no times between 5:30 and 8:45 so we ate late. Once seated it was very good.
Parking is also an issue with remote parking not in a safe location (across two roadways in a secluded area). I wouldn't want my wife or daughter parking there without being escorted.

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s
Richmond
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

while the food is only average, we enjoy going there for a special occasion such as our daughters birthday. Our waitress was exceptionally nice and very attentive.

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DL
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful 38th anniversary dinner at the Boathouse. Food and service were first class.

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TF
Richmond
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived on time and within 3 minutes we were being seated. We had a great waitress and she was very responsive. The appetizer was delicious, the drinks were tasty and the meal was very very good. I had the rib eye steak - cooked to perfection and my wife ordered the crab cakes - they had a great taste. We enjoyed the entire experience except for it was rather warm where we were seated. I honestly don't like to sweat while I'm eating and where we were seated it was rather warm.

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OT
Richmond
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was really disappointed with my meal this time. I got the southern fried seafood. The crab cakes were way too salty. And this is coming from a salt lover. The hush puppies were greasy and dry and dense in the middle. Our waitress was the best. She was so nice and accommodating.

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Atlanta
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I normally LOVE everything about Boathouse. This experience was just an anomaly .. the food just wasn't good, my meat was not well done--in fact it was bleeding, and the reorder took forever. I'll still go back as this was not normal.

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OT
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dodd and service were great!

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MF
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Sunday Park and Short Pump and have always been pleased. Well, Rockets Landing certainly didn't disappoint. Our dinners were delicious. The broiled seafood platter was excellent and the fried seafood platter was so big we almost had to take some food home with us. Delicious is all we can say. There will definitely be another visit.

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H
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful evening and fun night. Only downside was lack of filtering shades on windows, allowing the sun to shine directly in our faces

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RC
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is our second time here and enjoyed it even more. Sitting outside on a summer's evening overlooking the river and enjoying well made cocktails and fresh oysters is hard to beat. The food is well made and while the typical fare was quite enjoyable. Service was a bit unreliable, but mostly fine. Decent wine list. Good martinis. Will be back.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday for my teenage daughter. Fun.

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SS
Baltimore
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We chose to go downtown to the Rockets Landing Boathouse over the one close by on the reservoir. It wasn’t worth it. The food has been better at our closer one and the value just isn’t there for the portion and extra tax. The Caesar salad was super late coming out and barely had any dressing or croutons. The spinach under my bacon wrapped scallops wasn’t edible and my husband’s steak was over cooked.

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D
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early so it was not noisy. The food and service was excellent!

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NT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's very nice and electric as best it could get no problems with anything

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JV
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
Richmond
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were group of 5 for Sunday brunch.

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