The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.3
3940 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!

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 3940 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foodie804
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice establishment
Polite servers
Food was fairly good
I would recommend it for an affordable date

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good except the $33 service charge (which wasn’t the tip). When asked, they said it was to pay the restaurant staff. The meal prices were already high. If they need to charge more to pay their employees then add it to the meal prices. Adding it to the bill at end of the meal felt dishonest

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RebekahG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent, along with the ambience. This particular location was a little noisy. My lobster tail was a bit chewy as well. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable experience!

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rebekahandjosiah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding!! The Busser that was going around cleaning tables and running drinks was marvelous. He was the sweetest! He even stopped us when we left to say goodbye. It was so cute!! Definitely coming back.

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ScottJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. view of city was great and seafood was tasty.

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bh12345
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I didn't like the non-waiter/ress approach to ordering; it made the event more stressful. One of our party members did not fully understand the process and it's uncomfortable to ask questions. I don't think we'll be back until there is another option. I also don't like the multiple bill option. I'd prefer one bill for the meal. 20% seems a bit high for 'very little actual service'... Maybe the tip should go to the IT dept...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I think my expectations were set too high. Appetizers were mediocre. Main dish was delicious. Wine and mojitos were fantastic. Not a big fan of tipping before my service but understand the why behind it. Server should stick to answering the questions asked and not go into detail when it’s not necessary. Will be back again.

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MeganD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was great. the venue and service on Valentines Day was awesome.

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MelissaW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines

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vipLindaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Please have non-dairy or vegan options available going forward.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great live music. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Terrible ordering system during Covid. No idea why they chose what they did to handle touch free ordering. Will definitely not bring a business client here until this changes.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on February 15, 2021

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Contactless mobile ordering is listed as a best practice in the state reopening guidelines, and we find that in many cases it takes care of the administrative part of service and lets our team focus on hospitality. For a more elevated experience, we are also now offering Charter Service which includes a special prix fixe menu and guaranteed seating at one of our best tables.

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LamS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date had never been to The Boathouse before. She loved every bit of the ambiance the food and the scenery. That was our first date and I think you guys nailed it for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a mentor in town visiting, and I thought where can I take him that’s amazing?! Boathouse was the first that came to my mind. The entire experience was wonderful!

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MHonz
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We celebrated several events in one: birthday, work promotion and maintaining COVID bubble. Rocketts Landing has a great view of Richmond along the James. The food as always was great, happy hour drinks a steal, and service attentive even with pandemic precautions in place. Of the three Boathouses, my wife and sister prefer Rocketts. We will definitely be back.

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MelindaD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Boathouse is a great place for good food and great scenery. The atmosphere is always elegant and calming.

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DaveM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice to have such a nice restaurant within walking distance when it’s snowing and the roads are icy. The view of the river is one of the best in Richmond. The food is very good and the service is always fantastic. They were having a 50 percent off food special because of the weather, which made the value unbeatable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was good, but I’m not a fan of the automatic 20% service charge. I am a former waiter and I usually tip at least that amount if deserved. Now the service that night was deserving of 20% gratuity because it was good, but the fact that it is automatically added rubs me the wrong way.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at The Boathouse was absolutely delicious! We ordered the short ribs and they were unbelievable! I also got an old-fashioned cocktail and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. We were very impressed with their contactless system for ordering. I appreciate the fact that they added the gratuity to the bill as we went along ordering but seriously our waitress brought water to the table and that was it. We never saw her again because someone from the kitchen brought us our food. I do understand that Covid has made it very difficult for everyone so I want to support our restaurant workers so don’t misunderstand me please. She got about a $35 tip for bringing us water although I hope that tip was spread among all the wait staff. We will most definitely be back though. When I made the reservation over a month ahead of time I asked to have a table by the water. When someone called to confirm the reservation two days prior I also mentioned to them that we would like to be seated next to the water but we were towards the middle of the dining room. There were tables for two that were open close to the water so I’m just not sure what one does to be able to have a table over there. All in all it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!

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kaylap
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one waiter Particularly that was outstanding!!!!! I don’t remember his name but I’m he wasn’t our original waiter he came to help us a few times and his energy was just amazing and so helpful! We absolutely loved him

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RichM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

In their effort to deal with COVID-19 the Boathouse has ruined the dining experience.
The entire meal, except for bringing water to the table is via your phone. Each course is pay as you go.
You order your drinks and appetizers and have to pay. Your entree and you pay by phone.
They also are attaching a 20% up front gratuity to your purchase. It was described as the way to
allow the wait staff to make a living wage. What has previously been and exceptional value and experience
in the Richmond market is unfortunately now a thumbs down.

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MilesD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best settings for a nice meal in Richmond. Views of the city and the river, combined with modern, water-themed interior design elements provides a contemporary ambiance with continuity with its surroundings. Oh yeah, and the food is amazing as well! Portions are just right and the food arrives to your table quickly. Expertly crafted drinks were the highlight of our experience.

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CarlosS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great. The food was amazing as it was 8 of us in the party. We totally enjoyed our waiter and everything

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary. My third visit to this establishment. Never a disappointment. Impressed with new ordering and pay system hope that continues after COVID.

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TerriF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ordering online was very stressful. We had one check so I had to order everything. It was not easy to make substitutions. I’m not sure why a 20% service charge is warranted since we did our own ordering. I have been to many nice restaurants during the pandemic that use the online menu but not ordering or adding the service charge. I don’t think all I just mentioned is worth going to the Boathouse.

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TamekaC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our night at the boat house everything was exquisite!!! No complaints. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Can’t wait for the next time.

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AmyO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience , great food, awesome service. Highly recommend. We had lunch on a Saturday and it was perfect 👌🏼

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vipPatrickP
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening! We got their super early but the staff got us seated early and held our requested table until the previous guests had left. The service was the best we’ve experienced at Rockett’s Landing across the board. Food was 5 star and we could not have been more satisfied.

We had a poor Boathouse experience at another location; we knew that the OG location wouldn’t let us down. A+++ oyster Rockefeller too!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food2service3ambience5

With covid it makes things so tough but this place was already expensive and now the charge to use the app instead of a waitress/waiter taking our order is ridiculous.

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BrandiF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the shrimp tacos and a wedge salad and the food was simply delicious! David our server was friendly and professional!

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DuffeyC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Way over priced 140.00 for two people, only drinking ice tea.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Did not like having to order everything on your phone when there was wait staff right there. Especially since you have to put in everything each time you ordered something. They include 20% tip which would be fine if you’re not ordering everything on your phone. Also don’t think the tables were 6 feet apart. Won’t be back.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on January 11, 2021

Apologies for the difficulty you encountered with our contactless ordering on your most recent visit. It was put in place to abide by best practices laid out in the state reopening guidelines, because we take the safety of our guests and staff seriously. Please know that we set up all tables to allow at least 6 feet between diners, and will be double-checking this this week.

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SHARENAG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new system food came out in time and hot!! Had a large party and they did a great job keeping track!!!

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Newbie
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice space and view . Great food. Staff could have been more attentive.

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MarziS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Prices are quite expensive once it all is added up but definitely worth it even if it’s just a small annual get together or a few drinks! Lovely view and very COVID considerate. I wish I could afford to eat here everyday!

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ChristinaW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drinks. Great way to end the year!!!

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OsborneTpkarea
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue as always. Seating by fireplace was very warm recommended they move table for next seating. They cut the flame off to accommodate temp.

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RachelL
Richmond
4 reviews