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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.2
4.2
4668 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 39 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 4,668 people are saying

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Great for scenic views

  • Richmond

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Richmond

    Great for scenic views

  • Richmond

    Seafood

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  1. RW

    RebeccaW

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was good. Servers were very friendly and polite. I like that they have menus again and you don’t have to order on your phone. My daughter did get a drink spilled in her lap. I thought the restaurant might offer, a free dessert or a small discount off the bill but they did not. We were not mad and didn’t make a big deal of it because accidents do happen.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Ridiculously expensive for what you get! $400 for 4 people. $100/person. Cmon! Not even a 3 star restaurant. And took about 40 mins for food to arrive. Had the crab cakes. Nothing special. Good lump crab meat with no “filler” but no flavor. Asparagus side also nothing special. Waiter was nice. But have had this experience at this place and all the other franchises with this group. Casa del Barco, shrimp island Co. (glorified bar food). I don’t even mind the automatic 20% gratuity… Save your money.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded 1 day agoI am sorry the value wasn't there for you on your recent visit, as well as the delay in service. For a fantastic deal please consider our $1 oyster happy hour including raw, roasted, or fried options, available at the bar Monday - Friday from 4-6pm.

  3. JK

    JackieK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food and drinks were subpar for the price. Servers seemed new and we had over 5 different ones attending to our table so not sure what that was about. Was hoping for a special dinner to celebrate family birthdays but ended up being an OK dinner at a nice place. They are also now charging a 20% service fee so be prepared.
  4. MG

    MikeG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I knew the food was going to be great when we got the delicious complimentary bread before our main course arrived. When our food arrived, it was superb. Our server and his trainee were both excellent and helpful. The atmosphere was pleasant. And the view of the river and Richmond was very nice. I highly recommend The Boathouse.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our bar service was great- Thank you
  6. RS

    RobertS

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Compared to earlier experience with Boathouse, this visit was disappointing. The food was excellent, as usual. The service was good, but I would suggest that your servers not address customers (especially older ones) as "you guys". The river views and ambience were spoiled by the noise level, which was high enough to make conversation difficult, and at times impossible. (To be fair, most of the noise came from a large party that appeared to be slightly drunk. I don't expect the staff to control such customers, but I would suggest that they not be seated in such close proximity to smaller parties.) In the past, the coffee has been exceptional; this time, it was mediocre. After the "cream" was added, it was almost undrinkable. When asked, the server said that the "cream" was actually oat milk, but we could have almond milk if we preferred. This is unacceptable in a fine-dining restaurant. At a minimum, diners should be told that only non-dairy creamer is available, so that they can cancel the coffee order. Finally, in the past the check was presented properly, on paper, taken away for processing, and returned discreetly. This time, it was processed tableside on a handheld electronic device, with the total announced aloud. I was embarrassed and appalled. Based on the excellent food and my earlier experiences, I may try Boathouse once more, but if this is the new normal, it will be my last visit.
  7. CS

    CarlosS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time today! I went for brunch with a couple of friends! We had the best servers ever! Shamar & Kareem were very attentive and professional! They ensured we had a great time. Other servers and the GM checked on us several times. Overall a great experience today!
  8. DF

    DinnerFan2

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It is what we normally expect for our dinning experience. Great staff, food, and service.
  9. RD

    RobD

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A great place to go especially for a special occasion. The only downside is that it is very noisy which makes conversation difficult.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Rockfish was not good. Everything else was fine
  11. RS

    RobertS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance were excellent. Service was efficient, friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended.
  12. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service! Amazing Food! Look forward to coming back!
  13. RT

    RobzillaTX

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    When nobody takes your order for over thirty minutes and your food arrives an hour after you have been seated, not much else matters. The food was okay but pricey. The bathroom is very undersized for the number of diners that can be in there. Don't wait 'til the last minute!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food is above average, but the other elements are struggling. Service was sporadic even though they appear to be staffed very well. Got the impression there was more staff than patrons.
  15. JJ

    JasonJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    First the positive: the crab and artichoke dip was amazing. Easily the best thing we had the whole meal. Even the crostini was superbly seasoned. Which is why the entrée was disappointing. The service was great. Staff is super friendly and offered to correct my plate when I was done (I didn't realize what I was served was probably incomplete). Overall we would probably go back, but it's not somewhere we'd make plans for regluarly. I got fish and chips, and my wife got shrimp and fries. While nothing tasted bad, it didn't meet expectations based on price. The food was pretty bland, and the menu describes a slaw but we didn't see one. Our first thought was "this plate is only brown." The only slaw I could find was a few pieces of shredded cabbage under my fish. The other thing that surprised me but wasn't a major deterrent, the food prep counter had bits of salad on it that no one took the time to clean up. When the server takes the food off, the prep should wipe the counter down after.
  16. JB

    JoshuaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant has a wonderful setting. Setting was intimate and the food was outstanding. I'm anxious to come again during the summer months and possibly sit on the terrace.
  17. RP

    RobertP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent but music was much too loud. The food and service was first rate.
  18. C

    Chico

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and made even better with a wonderful waitress!
  19. SD

    SoDoRegular

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered four different meals with appetizers and everything was perfectly prepared and delicious! Our waiter, Shamar, was attentive, but not overly so. And, the location and decor were terrific.
  20. N

    Nancy

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food. A wonderful anniversary celebration for the two of us.
  21. M

    Mindy

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Please add more vegan dinner options. There is only 1. Also please add a vegan dessert. There are no options.
  22. TB

    TedB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently best seafood in Richmond, plus a gorgeous view.
  23. c

    charlies

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Servers were kinda rude we had quite a few come over one was nasty didn’t know which dish she was serving, steak Wasn’t well- done 2 of my guest had to send food back
  24. MN

    MekaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, Great Ambiance. Great time. Only issue I had was when I began to order our drinks, lemonade, my Server/Waiter felt there was a need to tell me it was $5 and no refills. I don’t know who goes to Boathouse concerned about the price of a drink while looking at a menu with the prices listed. Secondly, I didn’t ask. I felt a little slighted.
  25. J

    Jazzydee64

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had not been to the Boathouse since COVID began so it was nice to get back there. We were there to celebrate my nephew's 18th birthday. We had a great time and everyone enjoyed their food and drink. The service was very good despite it being really busy in the restaurant.
  26. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The venue was beautiful, and the service was great. We ordered the broiled seafood combination and for $45, the portions were very small. The plate size was medium with (5) five medium shrimp, 1 crab cake, and (4) four scallops, over a small portion of mashed potatoes, and (5) asparagus. I would serve this as a children's portion. I was not very happy, as we spent $107.00 for food and had to buy food at another venue later.
  27. CB

    ChadB

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Took my wife out for a date without our kids and had a terrible experience. Was seated right away, but our waiter/waitress never came over for over 15 minutes. Restaurant was not busy (as dinner was around 4:30pm). Walked over to another employee to advise we have been waiting at the table for some time — still waited. Also asked to speak with the manager (which is not like myself) who was sitting actually sitting at a table with another employee, looked our way, and remained seated. Needless to say we walked out as we continued to be ignored and will not be returning. Would definitely not recommend.
  28. SG

    StevenG

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    I come there quite often, but its going to be the last time, for the money, the food for 4 @ $389.00, so so bad had the smallest crab cakes, look like 2 yokes from an egg, asparagus were not even cook I had to use a steak knife to cut them, ridiculous, short on staff didn't remove plates nor glasses, I'll never come back, and if I should be asked about the boat house, well you know my answer Regards

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on January 3, 2023I apologize for your recent disappointing experience. The Boathouse was named among Richmond Magazine's "Best Seafood Restaurants" in their most recent roundup, and we will use this feedback to work on living up to our high food and service standards going forward.

  29. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. We were celebrating a 40th anniversary and the staff was very accommodating. Everyone in our party of 8 enjoyed their food.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Had a very nice
  31. s

    shennaw

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food quality did not match cost Lobster overcooked

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on January 3, 2023Hello and thank you for the feedback. We will work to ensure our lobster is prepared appropriately going forward.

  32. T

    Thesandman

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Go for the view. Food was good but not the price good. Steak was requested medium rare and was medium and they messed up on an allergy for us so had to remake it.

    The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingResponded on January 3, 2023Hello and apologies for your experience. We have strict allergy protocols and I am disappointed you had to send back a dish, but glad you were able to get it remade safely. We will work on living up to our allergy and steak preparation standards going forward.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal with great customer service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The service was horrible and the table we sat at was an inch out of level. The food was pretty good but not a do again.
  35. JL

    JoyL

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and views. Great menu selections.
  36. NP

    NathanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and service! I would totally recommend to a friend!
  37. S

    Steve

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my first visit, but certainly won't be my last. Wonderful service, delicious food, in a beautiful setting.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time and service!
  39. V

    Virginia

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails!
  40. JT

    JoanT

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Great place with beautiful interior and music. I ordered the fish and chips…a mistake. Drinks were great

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 4.2 stars by 4668 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 39 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–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

  • 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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