The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.3
4042 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!

Experiences

  • Outdoor Waterfront Table

    $5.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Our patio tables are some of the most coveted seats in town, with the chance to take in an expansive waterfront view while enjoying selections from our menu of contemporary seafood classics. Traditionally we have not guaranteed seating, but now through OpenTable Experiences, we are able to set aside a few of our best tables each night. The $5/pp fee reserves seating at one of these tables. There is a 20% service charge included, which allows us to pay a professional wage to our service teams. No additional gratuity is necessary. Reservation fee is non-refundable. If there is inclement weather your reservation fee is transferable to another available date.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4042 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a enjoy the Boathouse. Great ambiance, clean and solid service.

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GregoryM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great shrimp. Their take on shrimp and grits is a little different. It is almost like soup. Those people who know about traditional shrimp and grits should know this ahead of time. However the flavor was outstanding and the shrimp was very fresh.

DH
vipDHC1
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were in town for a wedding & heard great things about the restaurant (but this was pre COVID). We were so disappointed. Food marginal, overpriced & the ordering system is awful. We spoke to the manager who shared his affinity for their system but our experience is that it is broken & not customer centric. We are a tech savvy group but - shock - we’d rather spend time with our friends than learning your ordering system & being on our phones. Customers take on the order process & waiters are reduced to being “runners” & bill collectors.

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NikunjC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great service, food, ambience will definitely come back!

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Meng
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Perfect starters, main courses and disserts!

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Joy39
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food excellent as always. The impersonal nature of the ordering affected ate ambiance although it is understandable. Considering this the price of the meal with no salad, wine, or dessert was way high. Did not feel worth it. Probably won’t go back until things are back to “normal”

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Lovely space outside on patio, great views of river and Richmond skyline. But the food is honestly NOT good. Service was weird. Feels like a cafeteria in terms of ordering and food quality.

DH
vipDannyH
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Their new ordering service is very confusing and causes your meals to come out sporadically. Do not recommend for business meals. Overall been there twice in the last 2 weeks snd both times have not been good. Hopefully they go back to the old way of taking orders soon.

AJ
AJK1318
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We sat outside and it was absolutely beautiful. Had a view of the river and the city. Even though it was contactless ordering (QR code), the service could not have been better! Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Food was great as well! Those jalapeño, corn hush puppies are incredible! Cocktails were great and there was a good wine selectionZ. Highly recommend!

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LeviS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience. We love the contactless dining experience! Great food! Excellent view!

JH
JaneneH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a nice brunch on the water. The weather was beautiful and the food was amazing. The only issue we had initially was the touch less menu. It automatically groups people together and we had to ask the server to split the checks. Not a big deal. Just an extra step we had to take. Other than that, we had a great dining experience.

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JSFNYNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Due to Covid you order from your phone. Your also informed of a mandatory 20% tip. I always tip this amount and more for competent, timely and friendly service. It seems the staff are aware they’re making there tip regardless and seem to phone it in when it comes to doing a good job. I could’ve easily gone to the place next door and next time I’m in Richmond I will.

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ArleneB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool and windy on the outdoor deck. Food was better than average, although somewhat pricey. Staff was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Boathouse is at a beautiful location. Due to Covid they have a new ordering system. You use your phone to scan code to see menu. Unfortunately you also order your food online. This is very problematic for individuals who are not tech savvy. The Boathouse has also placed a buzzer on your table to have your waiter return to your table. Twenty percent automatically added to bill which I do not have a problem with, however; we had to ask for refills on our drinks and hit the button several times and our waiter never came back. We hit our buzzer and waited 15 minutes for our server to return to break down our check. After 15 minutes we asked another server for assistance. I agree servers need to earn a decent wage but I feel that with the gratuity added they feel no obligation to provide good service. Boathouse needs to look at their processes.

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michaelc
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, view is amazing
bartenders were awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The online ordering is awful. The restaurant needs to go back to servers taking orders and catering to customers.

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TomD
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was very good! Our table had a great view outside. The only negative of our experience was the need to order on-line. It caused a lot of confusion and questions we needed answered by the waitress. We would have been much better off having the waitress take our orders since we had her at our table multiple times anyway. But overall, a good experience and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Richard made the evening. He helped is navigate the touchless ordering, and was a delight thought the evening and made good recommendations. It was a gorgeous night on the river, and the food and cocktails were very good.

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SelinaE
El Paso
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Will definitely go again. The service was amazing, they even helped take pictures of us.

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JamesS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location and as long as you are ok with technology everything is ordered from your smart phone. The wait staff is helpful and the food was excellent. Watch out for the 'extra' tip suggestion when paying the bill through your phone. 20% is already included as a service charge, which is fine but on your phone "no tip' is highlighted and you could add an additional 18-25%!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was okay steak and salmon was burnt!! Took it home and threw it out because I knew the server so I didn’t want to complain

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Jacqueline
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place , we love the vibe, view and atmosphere

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ChristineF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business dinner. Reservations made easily, great table location (I asked for a window), servers were attentive and nice. Everyone in the party was satisfied.

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Courtney
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

In comparison to Sunday Park, it is subpar. BUT still an overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly the waitress was awesome. Great service and food.

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SherriB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Great views of the river.

MB
vipMikeB
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice to be able to eat in again. We went for Sunday brunch and do miss the brunch buffet but understand the reason it was changed. Our ordered breakfasts were very good but I hope they bring back their original Chilled Seafood tray to include the 1/2 lb of spiced shrimp and the smoked salmon. We shall return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Enjoyed reunion with friends. Annoying was the ordering yourself and then the tip built in when traditional service unavailable. Ambiance, food, wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our girls brunch! Great waiter too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dining experience. The food that was served is satisfying. My husband love the crab cake’s.

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midlofood
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was great along side of the electronic component. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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SteveB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (and the one in training) was excellent!

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vipSamh2021
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Decent food. Kind of a “dive” atmosphere but we are new to Richmond originally from a large city and weren’t quite sure what to expect.

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RachelB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I do not like the ordering from the phone. I hate it. I will not be back until that has been removed. It really takes away from the service experience. I will also not recommend this restaurant until it has been removed.

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Sarah
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food is pretty good and outdoor seating is beautiful. Prices are a bit high for the portions and food quality.

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misaelc
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great spot to relax and drink. beautiful place to celebrate with loved ones

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Felt like a chaotic chain restaurant with no staff. I’m sensitive to Covid but ordering online in a big group ruins the point of being out. If you have time to teach us how to use the app you probably could have taken a drink order. Used to love the boathouse but service felt cheap and I couldn’t enjoy my food because we were taking the entire tables order ourselves. Food was good but won’t come back until things are back to normal. Awkward atmosphere and 20+ minutes for a beer + 20% for no service. Servers cared more about bussing the table and asking us if we were finished then letting us enjoy the experience. Food was awesome but the service was subpar.

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RickP
Richmond
1 review