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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.2
4.2
5160 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 and locally-sourced signature entrees. And we can't forget the incredible view!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 1:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 622-2628
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Lee Hendrickson
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

What 5,160 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Most Booked

  • Richmond

    Great for scenic views

  • Richmond

    Most Booked

5,160 Reviews
  1. SKir

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very average, the bread was too hard

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The view of the James River and the skyline of Richmond as the sun was setting was lovely. However, the service was VERY SLOW. We waited over an hour for the wait staff to place our dinner order and another hour to receive it. Also, our guest ordered a beer and reminded the waiter multiple times and still received it an hour later. The food was delicious once it finally arrived.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food to table was way to long. Ran out of crab cakes after a long wait.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for an evening meal and was left in awe. The setting was breathtaking, with panoramic views of the fiver that made every moment picturesque. The oysters were a fresh start to the meal, served on a bed of ice, briny and refreshing with a hint of lemon. The seared salmon was the star of the show, with a crispy skin outside and tender, flavorful flesh inside, accompanied by a side of delicately seasoned vegetables. The crème brûlée was nothing short of spectacular, a perfect balance of creamy custard beneath a flawlessly caramelized sugar top, ending the meal on a high note. Every bite was a blend of culinary excellence and the views added an unforgettable charm to the dining experience.

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  5. LoriB

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place ! Food & Service is excellent !

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  6. AmandaW

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great view of the river on a sunny day! Our food was yummy and our server was very nice. We'd definitely come back. Wasn't sure about parking so we walked along the river to get there.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and our waiter was good but it was a lengthy wait before we received our food, which was disappointing.

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  8. Steve

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Noisy… too loud for conversation.

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  9. JavierG

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Outstanding staff.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Easter Buffet was amazing. I wish I had room for more food.

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  11. PerryB

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We attended the Easter Brunch buffet 3/31/24. It took a bit for our server to greet us and take our beverage order. We never received information/instructions on the buffet. When picking up a warm plate I had to pick up 5 to get to a clean plate. The vegetable asparagus, carrots were both room temp if not colder. Of the (4) mini crab cakes selected (3) contained shells, and I gave up there. The poached egg on the eggs Benedict were cold. The beef tenderloin was cooked perfect and delicious as were the yeast rolls. While not a fan of grits the shrimp aspect was very good! There was a nice selection of desserts from which to choose. When we arrived music was playing. For the majority of time we were there it was not playing. It resumed close to our departure. They’re were several crying babies, not just brief fussing here or there, but complete inconsolable wailing. An adult took one of the children out to the balcony however, the glass doors were open, so there was no barrier to the wailing. While, we enjoyed our waitress, we often saw her clearing tables for which there was many other staff just standing around that could’ve/should’ve handled so she could attend to her seated tables.

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  12. Wilk

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife, adult daughter and I visited the Boathouse for the Easter Brunch Buffet. The food choices were a little limited for the cost but, what was there was generally good and replenished regularly. Overall it was a nice enough experience but, it was a terrible value. I know that it was Easter, and a buffet, but for the cost, the three of us could have easily had dinner and drinks at a five star restaurant. We may go back for dinner at some point, but we will probably not return for any of their "special events".

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  13. JenniferH

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    While we were there for the Easter brunch buffet we witnessed the manager "washing" water glasses by dipping them upside down in a glass of hot water and then wiping them dry and putting them back on the tables for the next guests. It was absolutely disgusting, and she was doing it right out in the open where guests could see. Not even washing the entire glass, either. Very unsanitary and we will NOT be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. JoeG

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Easter Brunch buffet! Great selection of menu and great quality! Outstanding service by Our waiter, Joe!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is sneaky good. Veronica was a wonderful server.

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  16. HiltonP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and food was great… even though we tip 20 Percent for good service, glad to see the mandatory tip has been changed and the servers actually earn it now that they take your order instead of the phone scan ordering

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  17. JiMY

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, good ambience and very nice view, along with highly attentive service

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  18. JewellS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the perfect event for my birthday!! My escort has vowed to return for another experience!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. On my issue I had was we made a reservation and they called to confirm because they “expected to be full”. We arrived and we were the only people in the entire place. We asked for a table out side and side it was just me and wife we got a tiny table for two. While cozy there is literally not enough room for food and drink. We had the mimosas flight and that took up the whole table. When food came we had to move things around just to fit the plates. The server even apologized and said ya these tables are tiny. Now I might get it if it was the last table but we were the only ones there. We could have got a slightly larger table since the place was empty. Overall though great spot. Great views. Food was amazing and service was excellent. We will come back for sure.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Large parties seated all around us, so loud we could not talk to one another, our server was excellent but service was slow. Repeatedly bumped and banged as the large parties were up and down and somewhat rowdy. Not the elevated dining experience we were looking for….but yet very much paid for. The beautiful day and view could not override the atmosphere that surrounded us.

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  21. NikkiF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff couldn’t have been nicer, from the hostess to the busboy, would definitely recommend this spot!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t beat the location. We took advantage of the warm weather and sat outside during the sunset. I suspect because of the warm weather and being Friday night, then Restaurant was unprepared for how many people showed up. The service was painfully slow and wasn’t acknowledged. We all had the burger and fries and it was overcooked but otherwise tasted good. We’ll definitely go back and will hope that this was just an off night.

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  23. GMnMD

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall experience was good for lunch… calamari could use more seasoning… chips could use less seasoning… crab cake was very good..

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was decent, even though my crab cake came out warm at best. The clam chowder was amazing. The pick 3 from 4:30-6pm for $29 is a good deal. The staff is where this chain location needs to do an overhaul. I would have expected the level of professionalism to be comparable to a Ruth Chris or McCormick and Schmick’s where the staff working on the Sunday evening we went was on par with a Waffle House, maybe an Applebees.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience was outstanding and the customer Service was excellent. My husband and I plan on visiting the boathouse at Rocketts Landing again soon.

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  26. CaesarG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The set up for diners is a mash up. Too close, I felt cramped no freedom to get up and move.. it was just a lot going on. The front desk acted like we were strangers instead of greeting us with excitement. Our waitress Veronica was very jovial, attentive and very busy... she.explained the menu to us. Over all we will come back and give it another try but this time I would like a window seat, not an isle one.

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  27. CarolineB

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The venue is lacking. It felt outdated and not warm. The hostess that seated us was very pleasant. Our server was awesome. The bartender obviously had some difficulties because the two martinis that we ordered were not prepared as requested - dry, no vermouth and a twist of lemon (not too difficult). The bottle of wine that we ordered was also not the correct wine. The food was good, and we had a nice evening, but will not likely be returning any time soon.

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  28. KingCavalier

    Detroit

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice lunch spot with good views of river. Several good menu choices and nice bar and outside seating

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  29. Rissa421

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. The seafood platter was really good. Bread pudding was dry though. Overall a nice dining experience

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  30. DorenaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time there. We enjoyed the ambiance. Our waiters, Sam n Ryan were very professional, nice and attentive. The food was delicious and perfectly seasoned. I had the crab cakes and my husband had the broiled seafood platter. We even enjoyed the apple crisp for dessert. Definitely on our dinner list of favorite dinner spots in rva

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  31. DavidJ

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. We enjoyed the evening.

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  32. RebeccaT

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time but the "Brunch" menu could use a few more breakfast items. What we ordered was okay but I think the Boathouse has been around for so long, it could use a bit of a "makeover"...the value for what you get is not that great. Again, we had a great experience, I just think there needs to be some attention to the menu.

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  33. Solanos

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have been coming here every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary, as we got married at this location. The food has always been amazing, but customer service wasn’t always the best in past years, even after expressing that we were celebrating our anniversary. However, this past time, customer experience was by far the best that we’ve experienced. All thanks to Robert S. and the manager working yesterday night (1/24). They actually made the effort in making us feel special, and helping in us continuing to choose the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing as our tradition.

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  34. Avery757

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere. Food was tasty but not quite what I was expecting for the price.

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  35. KyleL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my fourth time coming here and each time it has been great. The food was great the staff was timely and attentive and the atmosphere is second to none!

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  36. Cdjjsmd

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This experience was some better than our previous experience on last year. Decided to try it again but still needs improvement with wait time for food. Fried oysters were horrible and most crunchy breading. My husband got the seafood platter which was decent but definitely overpriced for the portion. Waiter experience was some better but not as attentive as we expected since they are now actually working to get their tip instead of the automatic 20% gratuity that was in the past. Still disappointing that this location which is closest to where we live does not measure up to our expectations or experience at the other locations In Hopewell or Short Pump.
    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on February 27, 2024
    Thank you for your return visit. I am glad to hear about the improvement since last year, and we will use this feedback to continue our focus on living up to our high standards.

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  37. CarolynH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a server named Joe he was very nice. His real name was Joseph, and he was very attentive and remembered to bring our orders in a timely fashion. If I could come back at another time, I would ask for Joseph again he was my favorite as far as the Avon in the atmosphere of the boathouse. I would advise anybody to come there and eat so slash and have a great time and the food was awesome.

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  38. Pepe

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in all ways, this is a top restaurant for me. My only complaint is that the waitress forgot to give us the promotional discount on our bill. Thankfully, I checked the QR code (which is only way to see the full bill) and uncovered this omission. Was this done on purpose?? Why do they hide the bill, and then "forget" to give you the discount?

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  39. MikeB

    Richmond

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a very good dinner. This was the first time we had been at the Rocket's BH location in 3 years and we're happy to see that their ordering routine is back to what it used to be, esp the paper menus. My wife ordered the Clam Chowder & Broiled Seafood Plate which was perfect for her (I would have liked a few more shrimp & scallops for the price). I ordered the Chilled Seafood Platter which was also very good and filling. Their CF Platter used to include smoked salmon and more shrimp and oysters but it was still good. The chilled lobster used to come with a melting butter w/candle but no longer, the kind waiter did bring me some nuked butter but naturally it got cold after the first dipping. All-in-all we left pleased and hope to return, sure wish they would bring back the Sunday Breakfast Buffet!

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  40. Chris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was unfortunately not good. Lobster was not cleaned, not tender, and they did not bring claw crackers or small fork to break into it. I'm not sure what cut the "fillet" was but it wasn't from a tenderloin. It was sirloin at best and that is an atrocious price for 6oz of sirloin. The food took forever, even though the restaurant was only half full, and our server was just not sharp. It genuinely seemed like the restaurant as a whole is not trying anymore and is living off the name and location. The food and service do not justify the cost here. New management is sorely needed because the location is too good to be wasted on the current establishment.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing using the Order Online button. The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 622-2628.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is rated 4.2 stars by 5160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4708 E Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 1:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lee Hendrickson
  • Additional
    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 622-2628
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702
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