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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

3.9
3.9
4480 Reviews
$30 and under
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 73 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 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

    Evan McDonough

  • 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

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What 4,480 people are saying

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Most Booked

  • Richmond

    Outdoor Dining

  • Richmond

    Scenic View

  • Richmond

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Most Booked

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  1. AG

    AliceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance were wonderful and the service was outstanding!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We love the boathouse restaurants. I chose Rockets Landing because I love the area. It was my birthday to share with friends and family. I include it in the reservation and when I modify the reservation I also included it was my birthday and they still asked if we are celebrating a special occasion. I felt like coming into the restaurant, they should have known that and greeted our party as such.
  3. CS

    CalS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food Quality was very good, but wait time was lengthy. Service was efficient and very accommodating. The view was excellent. Expensive but good value.
  4. FM

    FM22

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The view is fabulous but if you are outside don't forget to put on your sunblock, sunglasses and a good hat as there aren’t enough umbrellas and the ones they have are too small. I ordered the Chesapeake omellete, sounding good in the menu but being just a good joke:after ~30 min, small portion of simple eggs with some cheese and some kind of crab, no country ham, kind of warm and tasteless. I thought I'd got the wrong plate even from the kids‘ menu but no, when I asked I was told that this is it (btw, waitress explained to me that the difference with the California omellete is that this one has ovocado on the top..good to know). I ordered a cup of coffee as soon as we arrived  and after  asking for it 3 times, I got it when I was finishing my brunch. good tasting coffee but a shame that it was warm-cold. Also ordered a kind of cocktail with vodka, spacy sauce and an oyster...tasteless. in summary it's a good place if you would like to have a great view but you dont care about what you are eating/drinking and how much you are paying for it. (btw, +20% service fee is included).
  5. J

    Jameson

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I always return here when visiting RVA! The Rockett's Landing Location is a fantastic place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Great for everything!
  6. P

    Pamstwin

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    service was good but my food came out very cold and missing an item that was listed on the menu.
  7. TS

    TimS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since the weather was so nice we were able to site outdoors on the veranda. Our server Andrew was awesome and our food was great! We will definitely be back for brunch again soon!
  8. f

    foodwinesoccer

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful location! We made a reservation, but ended up sitting in the covered outdoor bar area. Easy ordering using QR code and their app. Food was delicious and great wine/cocktail selection.
  9. WR

    WhitneyR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    It was my birthday celebration, we had a beautiful view. our waiter took forever to greet us and left in the middle of the shift and no one came to replace him until we got mentioned it to the host. She was lovely by the way. We had hair in our food. The waiter also stated there was a policy where they had to hold our card but we were informed of this after we placed our order and received the app. so it made me feel like our waiter felt we were going to run out on our food. He only came to check on us after he noticed we tipped him $20 and then left. But if the policy is true I apologize got the wrong assumption. I just thought the service and the food would’ve been better. They refunded us for the salmon , which really didn’t compensate for the awful service and our order being completely incorrect. but the manager was busy so we weren’t able to discuss anything with them. Idk if it was because it was closer to the end of the night but I just wasnt happy overall.
  10. p

    pleasane

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After reading recent (critical) reviews, I was concerned that quality of food and service had declined from pre-Covid when I regularly visited Boathouse for business and pleasure. I’m pleased to report it exceeded all expectations, both with delicious food and exemplary service. When we asked to “sample” several wines before settling on a bottle one of the managers personally brought a recommended bottle to our table to ensure we were pleased. Our out of town guests were impressed with the unparalleled view of the river, as expected, but the high quality of our entire experience will guarantee a return soon.
  11. KR

    KeishaRH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 1st time at this location! Good food. Nice views. Great waiter. I plan to return.
  12. LJ

    LawrenceJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food good service nice view easy access parking, well had to walk some.
  13. SR

    SuzanneR

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were a party of five. Service initially was slow, but improved to very good. There was a large order of raw oysters and the oyster lovers applauded the taste and freshness. Our group ordered salmon, crab cakes, lobster and steak. Everything was delicious. The ambiance and view of the river and Richmond skyline made for a memorable evening. Yes, we would all return.
  14. KC

    KarenC

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Love the location and setting. Hate the lack of a dedicated waiter/waitress. Ordering on an App seems really inappropriate for this level of fine dining. (Afterall, we are not at Newark airport.) The same wait person doesn't come by twice. 20% gratuity is auto added. Why? Who thinks this is a good idea? Uber expensive $20 for a chicken sandwhich and 10 fries. hmmmmmmm.....

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on August 10, 2022Good afternoon, Thank you for your feedback. I do sincerely apologize for your experience last night, I will follow up with your server to see where the disconnect was. Thank you again, Chuck Peeks General Manager

  15. TL

    TonyaL

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The Boathouse unfortunately is not what it use to be. The good has become mediocre at best but the prices continue to increase. The service was fine but again the good left a lot to be desired especially the oysters and the scampi. I won’t give up on them just yet but I hope things turnaround soon.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not good ! Will not return The female wait staff had a big attitude with us when we asked for glasses so we could put our pelligrino water in it ! ( instead of the shot glasses you all use). The older ladies we were with were not fans of the Ordering process and the same wait staff person was not very understanding but rather condescending. The food was not good … my soup was Luke warm , my Caesar Salad was mostly iceberg lettuce .. expecting romaine. Crab cake sandwich was full of bread. Chicken piccata had no taste. Very annoyed that there was a 20% service charge added automatically and then we were asked for an additional tip. For What ?? And the valet was $12.00 ( yikes … are we in Georgetown ,DC !!) So disappointed and embarrassed bc we are moving to church hill and were so excited to share the great location and the many fine restaurants we will be around :(
  17. D

    Drew

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Blended ordering/service concept takes some getting used to but overall worked just fine.
  18. JA

    JANEB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very fun place to go out to eat! I would go back again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great and we could watch the dragon boats
  20. MM

    MichaelM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Service was beyond deplorable. We had a reservation, and they still kept us waiting 15 minutes even though there was no one else waiting to be seated and the restaurant was only 1/4 occupied. We waited 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order. We were immediately informed that there was a mandatory 20 percent service charge, and we needed to give them our credit card before they would take our order. We should have known then that the service was going to be terrible. 30 minutes later our drinks an appetizers arrived. We immediately ordered our entrees. After an hour, they arrived with one entree. They hadn't even bussed the table from the appetizers. We had to ask. The another 45 minutes the other entrees arrived. Again we had to ask them to bus the table when we were finished eating. We skipped the dessert because we had to go to work the next day, and we weren't confident we'd be served by then. WORST SERVICE IN THE WORLD!!! We will NEVER go back, and encourage NO ONE to ever waste the better part of a day just trying to get lunch. With this kind of reprehensible service, it's no wonder they take your credit card before they'll even take your order and tack on a 20% service charge for the waitstaff -- because they would NEVER, EVER get a tip. This restaurant should be sold to someone in the restaurant business. It's a shame, because the food is adequately good, and the views are lovely. Both COMPLETELY RUINED by the incompetent and resolutely indifferent waitstaff. DO NOT GO HERE unless you want afford to ruin your whole weekend. We found out the hard way by going here.
  21. G

    Gem52

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Our evening at The Boathouse at Rockets Landing was more or less ruined by the terrible service, which we were forced to pay a mandatory 20% tip. Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of the QR Code ordering system, where you use your phone to order, rather than giving your order to a server. This alone robs the experience of much charm, but the system was not working. So we received our entrees before our salads and might never have received our beverages except for our insistent hailing of random employees. I have never had a more disappointing dining experience.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on August 10, 2022Good afternoon, Thank you for your feedback. I do sincerely apologize for your experience on the first. I do apologize for not responding to this sooner. All of my Captains are trained to take orders and not let our guests solely rely on the ordering system. Do you perhaps remember a description of your captain so I can follow up with them and get them some ore training? Thank you, Chuck Peeks General Manager

  22. DW

    DeWandaC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Brunch was not the best experience this time around.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great view, good, and ambiance.
  24. OS

    OliviaS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far my favorite boathouse location. The views are amazing, the food is always so flavorful. Outdoor seating is nice during sunset but be warned durning warmer days it’s 2x hotter sitting up there than it is when you’re just walking around below.
  25. DP

    DonP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and myself enjoyed an early dinner which included superb food, a table at the window to savor the view, along with efficient service. The servers were very pleasant even though they changed during the meal. The only slight hiccup was when to present the bill and obtain a signature. Overall, highly recommended.
  26. VA

    VictorA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great but the NY Strip Steak was a little charred although I did order it medium well. The staff was absolutely fantastic and the ambiance and view was fabulous
  27. TL

    TonyaL

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I was sorely disappointed with the Oyster Rockefeller. The oysters were so small you couldn’t see them under the small bit of spinach and bacon bits. I only attempted to eat one and it was gritty and tasteless. I’ve had much better at the Boathouse before. I’ll never purchase them again.
  28. EC

    EricC

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    After hearing great things about the boathouse, I was thoroughly disappointed. The food portion was small, they didn't have mushrooms (one of my favorite items in an omelet) and the server, Andrew, suggested sautéed onions, and when I received my meal, the onion was steamed, and the cheese wasn't even melted. And the server failed to follow up. It was not a good experience for $60+ price.
  29. JB

    JoeB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience4
    Nice ambience….average to poor food…burger was ordered medium rare..arrived burned/charred….not edible…
  30. LM

    LissaM

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We were celebrating my parent’s 80th birthday. We were disappointed with our experience from the start. My parents cannot climb stairs. The elevator we took to get to the restaurant was not clearly marked and not air conditioned. It felt like a freight elevator. The hostesses were our best experience. They greeted us right away and quickly had us seated. The sun was glaring into the restaurant through the large windows and we were seated at a table directly in the sun. The restaurant was warm and not well air conditioned. Our table was next to the outside door for the patio. All of the above made us all extremely heated and cold water couldn’t come fast enough. Our waiter thankfully was able to seat us at another table out of the sun. The service was slow getting our drinks out. Our waiter didn’t know which bottle of wine I had ordered and had to come back to the table to ask me about it. When he brought the bottle of wine, he brought us a warm bottle and had to go back and get us a chilled bottle. The apps came out quickly which was great. After we finished our apps it took awhile for anyone to come to our table to clear our dirty plates. We watched an employee clear a table next to us where no one was sitting without clearing any of our dirty plates. Our dinner came and STILL there were dirty plates sitting on the table and the two employees that brought us our dinner did not take the any of the dirty plates away when they each had empty trays! Our original dirty app plates sat in a stack we made to make room for our dinner plates sat there at the table the rest of the evening. Our dirty dinner plates were not cleared until we were paying our bill. We were only asked once if we needed anymore drinks and no one asked us if we needed anything else to drink when our glasses were empty. We had to examine the bill for the 20% fixed gratuity so we didn’t pay a tip twice. Dress code is NOT smart casual. Our experience was nothing short of a TGI Fridays experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was so hot. The AC had a hard time keeping up.
  32. C

    Cindy

    Richmond

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding on every level. Absolutely delicious cocktails followed by the most delicious lunch. So glad we stopped in on such a beautiful day. Touché
  33. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I reserved outdoor seating however, due to weather, we were not able to get the table. The view was very nice, but besides that, no one was friendly, none of the staff was smiling nor greeting us , the food was mediocre, but had very nice presentation and also VERY OVERPRICED, should not charged for the cocktail /drink separate, I was informed of the automatic 20% tip that will be added on my bill. If that is the case, I expect excellent service and received average. I believe the choice to choose tip should be up to the customer and their experience. Overall, not happy. I would not recommend to my friends and family and will not be returning.
  34. B

    Bill

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodated my request for a table for two away from crowds for our special occasion. Great views of the River. Attentive server. Manager made it a point to come by to be sure we were satisfied with our service and meals. HIGHLY RECOMNEND!!!
  35. O

    Omeezy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    -Made an online reservation ahead for a date night. Requested a seat near a window. When I arrived, I was told that my request is not available. -Sat near the kitchen area which was extremely loud and busy. -Wait time for the food and appetizers was very long. -my oysters sat out for at least 10 mins before it was served to us. -very disappointed with the first time visit.
  36. MW

    MarthaW

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Very loud and crowded. I don’t like the order system using phones at all.
  37. JW

    JerryW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious. The view of the James River was very nice. I would have rated them higher except the noise level was not energetic. It was horrendously loud. My wife was across from me in 2 person booth and I had to shout at the top of my lungs for her to hear me. You had to do your own ordering on the phone with no access to a paper menu.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on July 22, 2022Good morning Jerry, I do sincerely apologize that your server made you use the QR code system to place your orders. I will follow up with your server, Morgan, and give her a bit more coaching and training regarding knowing when to let guests use the system and when to take the orders for those of whom who do not want to use it. Thank you, Chuck Peeks General Manager

  38. TS

    TerriS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we have enjoyed since the beginning of Covid. The automated system was easy to use and kept us happy.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Overpriced and orders messed up. Took 1 hour for my salad to arrive, while table was done eating before I got it. Ordered a rare steak which came out cold and medium well. Gave candles for husband birthday cake order which arrived 10 minutes after everyone had finished their desert while he watched. $400 plus tip for a horrible experience.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on July 20, 2022Good afternoon, I am distressed to hear about your poor experience here. Would you please let me know the name of the reservation so I can track down the team members involved and give them some further coaching and training? If there is anything else I can possibly do, please do not hesitate to let me know. Sincerely, Chuck Peeks General Manager

  40. W

    Wojo

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    It was a disappointment to have to order in an app. Didn’t care for the service model.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on July 20, 2022Good afternoon, I am sorry that you felt forced to order through the online system. All of my captains are trained to take orders if our guests are not comfortable using the QR code system. Would you mind sharing your server's name or description so I may follow up to see where the disconnect was? Thank you, Chuck Peeks General Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 3.9 stars by 4480 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 73 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4708 E Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Evan McDonough

  • 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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