The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

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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!
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Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice location and view for sure, but the food never leaves me thinking I need to come here again. Crab cakes were great, but mashed potatoes were uninspired.

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DS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very relaxing Sunday Brunch atmosphere with the perfect view! The watermelon burrata cheese salad and the crab eggs Benedict were fantastic and great service to boot!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Unbearably hot. Ruined the experience. Maybe AC was broken. No one could confirm

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is our go to place for business dinners mainly for the view at this location. Service was great. Hard to find great food in VA so this was a nice surprise. Nothing amazing or elevated but good food and drinks. Everything was cook very well. the calamari did smells and taste a bit fishy.

Oysters were fresh and scallops were cook to perfection.i would recommend stick to seafood, steak was okay.

Everyone dipped into my shrimp and grits.

We ordered all of the dessert offered on the menu Every one liked their dessert. The favorites was the banana pudding than the peach cobbler.

Overall favorites:

Appetizers: their crab dip and fresh oysters.
Entree: scallops and their shrimp and grits.

Dessert: bread pudding and their cobblers.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Hard to park beautiful view of the river and the food was wonderful however the waiter had some difficulty with the order and really didn’t know what the special was. It wasn’t awful but not what you expected at a higher price location. My wife had crab cakes and they were wonderful and big full of crab. I had the oysters for appetizer and they were great but expensive $2 to $3 a piece. My buddy had the filet and he said it was perfect. I had some type of blackened fish which was described as 3 different types of fish but it was great I think it was rock fish? Probably wouldn’t have gone there if it wasn’t because we had gift cards because it’s pricey. Still it’s not a bad place for once in a while occasion.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view of the city. Friendly wait staff. Terrible, terrible overpriced food.

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s
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here. Our waiter named Coleman was uniquely kind and efficient. The manager came over to our table and offered to kindly take our picture. We will be back!❤

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MA
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server, Starra, was very good and it was a busy Friday.
The sun is blinding and many patrons were literally leaving their tables to avoid it. Devices need to be added!!! I made a point of ordering my salmon no more than medium - medium rare and it arrived well done and dry. I sent it back immediately. I was offered a cup of soup (clam chowder) but I don’t like clams. No other offer was made (I think I would have had to ask for a manager to exceed Starra’s authority). I noticed some tables immediately adjacent had table cloths. Ours didn’t and it was noticeably sticky-yuk. I guess that will teach me to keep my elbows off of the table! The two apparent managers-a man and a woman-stood around chatting with each other. The male manager finally came to the table next to us and lamely inquired if everything was OK but avoided us. As for various food-fried seafood, calamari and crab dip were excellent; fries were freshly cooked but limp (undercooked); and strawberry salad was good.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband thought his steak was a little overdone. But, overall we had a good experience.

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Responded 4 days ago

We're glad you had an overall good experience. We apologize that the steak was not cooked properly. Hope you will give us another try.

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k
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a beautiful atmosphere. We went here for a birthday dinner and the staff was very attentive. The food came out promptly and was delicious!

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. A bit pricey, but still worth the trip.

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Responded 4 days ago

We're so glad you could stop in! We look forward to seeing you back again.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It wasn't very crowded or else it would have been louder.
We had a lovely family time there. Thank you to Betsy, our server.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 4 days ago

We're glad your family enjoyed dining with us. Hoping to have you back again.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing was a great place for my husband and me to spend our 1 year anniversary. The service was great. The food came out pretty quickly. We already talked about visiting again and bringing our parents!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for choosing us for your anniversary celebration! We look forward to seeing you again, maybe with your parents!

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L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy The Boathouse for the terrific food, and wonderful atmosphere, and not least of all, the fabulous city views at sunset. The deck is amazing, weather permitting!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for dining with us -- it's great that you enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and sunset. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food wasn’t good for the cost. My steak didn’t have any flavor and my wife didn’t like her salmon or scallops.

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B
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service by Susan, who is a conscientious and caring person. Great atmosphere; especially on the James River and great food! Highly recommend!’

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Responded 3 days ago

So glad that you had a nice time with us -- it's great that you enjoyed the atmosphere and had such caring service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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NH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at The Boathouse and we had a great time celebrating my mom's 70th Birthday..I was truly impressed by the service and the food was good ! My waitress was great and made sure the cake I brought in was cut and served to us and lit the candles ! A storm came and the power was out a few hours before my reservation and when I called and spoke to Christian, he was amazing. He reserved my spot at another location to make sure we would still be able to come and then called me back when the power came on to see if I still wanted my original reservation..outstanding !!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, Natasha, Thanks for choosing The Boathouse for your Mom's birthday celebration. We're very happy the food and service were impressive, even with that brief power outage! We hope to see you again soon!

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SB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Server James was prompt and attentive even though the place was busy

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Responded 3 days ago

We're so glad you could stop in! We look forward to seeing you back again.

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JA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On of the better meals we have had in some time. The seafood is perfectly prepared. Service was attentive without being rushed. Gorgeous views of the James River. Can't wait to go back.

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Responded 3 days ago

We're glad that you found the seafood perfect! Can't wait to welcome you back.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food an waiter was fantastic . Thank you !!

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Responded 3 days ago

So glad you had great food and fantastic service. We hope to see you again soon!

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R
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good as usual. Wine list is above average. Oysters were a big disappointment.

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Responded 3 days ago

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed in the oysters. Hope you will give us another try soon.

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p
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always count on Boathouse to make any celebration special!!

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Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation!

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FS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food from start to finish. The mussels were delicious and the fried calamari wasn't too heavy. The seafood combination was a great meal if you are indecisive like me. The blueberry peach cobbler was light and refreshing. Nice waiting staff and a beautiful location.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

So glad that you had a nice time with us -- it's great that you enjoyed the food and service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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SW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views are fantastic, food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Great experience!!

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Responded 3 days ago

We're really glad you enjoyed dining with us. Hope to see you again soon.

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TW
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were there for my wife’s birthday. Her chicken was like rubber. All other aspects of the experience were fine. Not sure I would recommend for a special occasion.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

I'm sorry that your wife did not enjoy her entree. Any time you are disappointed, please let the server know so we can offer a replacement. We hope you will give us another try.

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HD
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Would have given 5 stars if they didn’t run out of oysters and cobbler. Suggestion to managment, if you keep your patrons waiting for half the tables dessert for 20 minutes then tell them that you ran out, comp something else off the menu or the only dessert that was served. Other than that disappointment to end the evening, everything else was top notch

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

I'm sorry that we ran out of oysters and cobbler, and that the manager did not handle the situation better. Your comments have been shared with the management team. I hope you will give us another chance to get back to top-notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that the room was hot since the sun was shining in so much. It was a DELICIOUS meal and a beautiful ambiance though!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

We're glad to hear you enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. We're sorry the heat made the room uncomfortable. Hope you will stop in again soon.

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JJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything at The Boathouse was great with the exception of flies we had to battle at our table. The view by the window was fantastic! It’s location is a very attractive feature!

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

Sorry about the flies! But good to hear the rest of your experience was great. We hope you will stop in again soon.

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LE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very great! My server was Bailey and she provided exceptional service with a smile. The cuisine was served fresh, well-seasoned, and garnished. We will certainly come again.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

We're happy to hear that Bailey provided great service! Thanks for the recommendation -- dine with us again soon.

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New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a last-minute reservation for our anniversary this past weekend, and we were drawn to the Boathouse because of both its proximity to the Richmond train station but also because of the extraordinary view from the tables on the patio overlooking the James river. We ordered the grilled oyster sampler as an appetizer (which has turned both me and my husband into oyster converts), the surf & turf, and another larger seafood sampler for dinner. The food was great, the view was gorgeous, and we had a really lovely evening. Would definitely recommend.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for choosing The Boathouse for your anniversary dinner. We're so glad we were able to help create your lovely evening. Hope to see you again soon!

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j
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

I used to go to boathouse RL for special occasions, such as birthdays or celebrations, however the atmosphere was equivalent to red lobster this time. There were flys and no dress code. I was disappointed with the omelette/ waffle bar. One customer took two plates full of bacon and it took 20 min to refill. My omelette was over looked. I had to remind the staff several times. When I finally got my omelette it was wrong. The bathrooms where dirty. I did however enjoy my cocktail. I would suggest going to a different boathouse location.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good experience however AC went out earlier in the day making it rather warm inside.

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Responded 3 days ago

We're sorry about the AC issue! Thank you for being understanding. We hope you will visit us again soon.

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GC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience for a birthday treat for my daughter. The food, service, atmosphere, drinks, all a total hit for us. Thank You

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Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for choosing The Boathouse for your daughter's birthday treat! So glad everything was a hit! We hope to see you again soon.

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RD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Other than the fact that the air conditioning was not working Saturday evening, the food was excellent. The service pretty good - waitress forgot to ask if we wanted anything to drink when we ordered our appetizers, but it was remedied quickly. Over all, loved the restaurant and the food was outstanding!! We will bring our party to eat there again.

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m
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My son and daughter took me to Boathouse to celebrate my 76th birthday. The air conditioner wasn't working and it was 96 degrees outside but we ordered food thinking it would be repaired any minute, but it didn't get repaired while we were there. Very uncomfortable but other than the temperature inside we enjoyed it. I think due to the circumstances they should have offered everyone a courtesy discount, which to my knowledge they did not.

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to eat outside during a perfect weather evening. It sounded pretty noisy inside and I don't think I would have had the same experience inside. The food was delicious but pricey! We both enjoyed the evening!

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j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always enjoyed dining at the Boat House Rocketts Landing. This evening, overlooking the river did not disappoint. The food was fresh and delicious. The drinks were expertly poured. My out of town guest was very impressed.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We celebrated our 20th anniversary. The service and food were top notch as usual.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best calamara in Richmond. Hostess very accommodating to sauté a table on the deck. Food fantastic

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on June 26, 2019

We're glad you enjoyed the calamari and were able to get a table on the deck. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside terrace never dissapoints

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thanks!

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