The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

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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!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for The Boathouse Thanksgiving Buffet.
$44 adults // $19 children 6-12 // under 6 free.
Reservations recommended.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 3435 People Are Saying
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FG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

BEEN HERE MANY TIMES - SERVICE AND FOOD ALWAYS GOOD - ALL
ASSOCIATES VERY FRIENDLY. WILL RETURN

MB
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed their Sunday Brunch as is typical at least once per month now. Good omelets and all the side fixings as well. We're looking forward to their upcoming Thanksgiving buffet again and also chowing down on their new Dec Christmas weekend menu as well. Been a steady patron for about 15 years now and it's always been a tr-eat.

J
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

So loud we were yelling just to have a conversation. Our server was great. Food was just meh.

S
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, nice service, beautiful evening views, but very loud. Not a place for a quiet night out.

P
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Thanks for supporting veterans

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, attentive waitstaff, food was good, view spectacular! I’ll def go again!

SW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and you definitely got what you paid for. Beautiful location and they were able to seat us before our reservation cause we got there 20 mins early. Very kind staff. Definitely will be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and first class experience. Just got engaged and it was so special . They did great . Thank you!

S
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday lunch!

CQ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are superb! We truly enjoyed our meals, though the vegetarian crab cake can be improved further. The lobster was divine! We loved the friendly and warm service and the cool vibe of the place - not too fancy but not too casual either. We'll come back for sure and try their brunch special so we can also enjoy the amazing views!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on November 8, 2019

We are so happy to hear the food and service were superb and that you enjoyed your meals! We can't wait to see you in soon for brunch!

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D
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The crab cake Benedict had good flavor but was cold. Service was just okay.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on November 8, 2019

Dexter, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the temperature of your Crab Cake Benedict even though all the flavor was good. We appreciate your feedback and learning where we can improve.

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SC
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very hard to have a conversation due to noise level. Food is fine but you pay for the view which is excellent.
No expresso machine!!!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on November 8, 2019

Steve, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the noise level in the restaurant. We appreciate your feedback and learning where we can improve. We are so happy that the food and view were to your liking!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall good place but Food wasn’t hot enough. Some guests complain that it wasn’t filling either. I probably would not be coming back

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the temperature and portion size of your meal. We appreciate your feedback and learning where we can improve. We hope to see you back in the future.

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyable evening. Our out of state guest were most impressed with the ambiance and food.

Only slight complaint was no pepper on the table so had to request pepper and lemon for our mussels..

GJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great seating options, tasty menu and appetizers. Wait staff did not seem particularly well-trained but still was attentive and friendly. Great for our business meeting and we'll be returning again next year. Thank you!

JC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Rowan was very attentive, food was presented well and delicious, and a wonderful view of the city. Enjoyed our anniversary evening.

RV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I've liked the Boathouse in the past, but was less impressed this time. I had out of town guests and specifically asked for a table/booth by a window for the view; they had nothing available and we sat in the middle of the room. Food was good but not quite what I remember. Overall not sure if i'd recommend this again. Friends who live near there also agree it's gone down a bit in quality. Hope this helps - it's a beautiful location!

Y
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Amazing sunset view! Perfect place to treat our employees to a special dinner out!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Everything was good however except for the background piped in music which was blaring. Not appropriate for a fine dining venue.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the music even though food and service were good. We appreciate your feedback and learning where we can improve.

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JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Enjoyable place to have an evening dinner out on the back deck.

K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This is the third time I've been to a boathouse in 3 months. This was our wedding day dinner and the server didn't even acknowledge it and the hostess seated us 30 minutes later than our appointment. I got the scallops and again for the third time it was like crunching on the sand that the scallops had been sitting in. The risotto that the scallops sit on was unbearably cold upon the first minute of eating them. The fries we were served were also cold. And speaking of cold , the sun had gone down and the restaurant still refused to close their open doors with a breeze coming in. We had to ask them to close it. Not a great experience and will stop coming here for anniversaries birthdays and special events just to eat and dine in mediocre environments. Will spend high charged money elsewhere in Richmond. It's not worth the price you pay anymore.

LB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girls to lunch for my sisters birthday, it was amazing! They had never been and had an amazing time and the service was great! We will be back.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week menu, beautiful night and view from outside patio

j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding as always. Only drawback was noise level. We forgot how noisy it is on Friday night. Music was way way to high, but it was cut back to a reasonable level. Even then you could only converse with the person next to you and not other people at your table. This was at 6:30 seating. when several large parties that we were seated in the middle of left, the rest of the evening was wonderful.

DG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thomas our waiter was attentive and calm for a busy night!! My Cosmopolitan was awesome. Thomas asked the bartender for the recipe and shared it with me.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Zach did an outstanding job.

DC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Unfortunately a little too noisy/loud in the restaurant. Our visit in October didn’t allow us to sit outside which would’ve been better with very nice views of James River. Great choice for summer!

OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, again.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. Food and service was great

B
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanks for having our group (4) visit, a first for all of us, and several were guests in town!
Great setting and location, well appointed, and reservations late afternoon through sunset good time to visit. Service was outstanding, menu had great selections, and meals were good, although a fish dish selected a bit dry. Several appetizers selected were outstanding.!
Would certainly recommend to others, and will be back!

LW
Richmond
277 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my husband’s birthday dinner here with dear friends. Thank you Boathouse for giving us a wonderful table by the glass windows where it was quiet, romantic and beautiful sunset. Highly recommend. Service, food and atmosphere were fabulous. Thank you for making my husbands birthday/ new job celebration SO special. We will be returning.

K
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful setting and delicious food! The baked oyster trio was to die for! Excellent service! Highly recommend!

ER
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The noise level was so high we couldn’t carry on a conversation and hear each other. It was mentioned to our waitress and she explained there was a large party at a table behind us. Maybe they should have been placed where they wouldn’t interrupt others around them.

This was a very special occasion for our family which had been communicated while making reservations, which had the wrong day,

The food was excellent! Absolutely excellent! Just wish my head wasn’t ringing when I left.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Place, Great Atmosphere, Beautiful View the list goes on and on!! The Service was Fantastic, and the food was even better!! I would recommend them over and over!!

S
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great we waited no time to be seated and after our order was taken by the time I was able to choose a wine the food was already on our table I definitely would recommend this place to anyone and I look forward to coming back.

w
West Virginia
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch. Noisy inside so we moved outside and it was perfect

MG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. A little noisy. Not very romantic.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff was attentive but not invasive. Atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary dinner- we had a table on the balcony and watched the sun set over the James River! Food was excellent as well.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Zack was great!

R
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very disappointed, the experience was not one at all. The food was bland and the service didn’t match the $300 ticket price. The waiter handed hot plates to my family members hands and some of the food was spoiled. The view is beautiful and that is about it. Definitely not coming back and I do plan on reaching out to let them
Know how my experience went.