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About The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

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!

4708 E Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Nightly at 5:00 pm
Friday Service Begins at 3:00 pm
Saturday Service Begins at 11:30am
Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner Service beginning at 4:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 622-2628

Website:
http://boathouseva.com/

Executive Chef:
Cory Sheldon

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Holiday Dinner Feature menu and regular menu available.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Holiday Dinner Feature menu and regular dinner menu available.

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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (76)
Waterfront (76)
Great for Outdoor Dining (59)
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Special Occasion (58)
Good for a Date (53)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Worth the Drive (44)
Good for Groups (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Casual (27)
Fun (27)
Romantic (27)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Business Meals (23)
Bar Seating (20)
Great for Brunch (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Happy Hour (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Authentic (14)
People Watching (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Healthy (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

I've been here on several occasions. The only issues I have were the prices and the temperature of the food. I know seafood is high, but this is still overpriced. This particular time my sides (potatoes and asparagus) were cold. The view is spectacular, the restaurant is very clean, and the service is great. The staff is always friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Our only feedback was on the unknown matter in the water bottle.
Waitress promptly replaced bottle and after asking the glasses were replaced.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Jonathon was amazing! Knowledgeable and fun, he the food and ambiance completely made our experience a great one! Thank you!

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·Dined 4 days ago

We went to the Boathouse for our second anniversary, and we had a great time. We arrived 20 minutes before our reservation time, but we were still seated immediately. The lighting was kind of dim, and the volume of the restaurant was moderate. That made for a somewhat ambient but still casual feel. We would have had a great view of the river and the city since we were close to the windows, but it was snowing so we couldn't see much. Our server was very friendly and checked in on us frequently. We received all of our food very quickly. The food tasted great. We ordered the mussels for our appetizer, and it came with plenty. For our entrees, we ordered the seafood pasta and the southern fried seafood, both of which were fantastic. The portions were big, so we took our leftovers home (note: the southern friend seafood tasted pretty good reheated, but the seafood pasta did not). We did not get dessert because we were stuffed, but the dessert options sounded very good. The prices were pretty high, but they're worth it for the big portions of very good food. Plus, seafood is usually expensive anyway. Overall, we would definitely go back (perhaps when it's not snowing so that we can have a nice view of the river/city), and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or to go on a date.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Angie, the waitress, was excellent. Food was very good as well. If there was one negative on the fried seafood dinner, there were too many French fries. But the fried seafood with the meal was excellent as were both the calamari and fried oyster appetizers

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not one for writing a review usually but feel this was needed. We were sat at our table at 2pm on Saturday ordered 2 appetizers and 2 entrees at lunch and were out the door at 2:40pm I like fast service but this felt rushed throughout.

Before I had even had a drink my appetizer was on the table. Our appetizer was taken away and our main was on the table.

Foodwise the New England Clam Chowder was tasty we both had that. It was the entrees there started to be a problem. My had the Salmon which was ordered as medium by server but was dry and overcooked. I had the Southern Fried seafood - The oysters were so small they were non-existent, the shrimp were overcooked and rubbery, and the crabcake was raw in the center, to top this off the vast majority of the plate was taken over by fries.

For this lovely experience the bill was $100 and to be frank the seafood is better at Rapphannocks and better priced.

We most certainly won't be back.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We all enjoyed the food and service. We were there to see the Grand Illumination of the city and we were not disappointed. Our table was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service and food.
Highly Recommend for food and service quality.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving with wife. Not usually a big fan of buffets but this was excellent. Never a crowd getting food and our server Amanda was very attentive with us and we never felt rushed or hurried.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving meal at The Boat House was absolutely amazing. The setting was perfect, the food delicious, and the service as friendly as could be.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The only problem we experienced was sitting for about 7-8 minutes before someone came to get drink order. We never had a server to introduce themselves.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our family was in town for Thanksgiving, and we celebrated our eldest son’s 30th birthday at the Boathouse. All of us enjoyed a delicious meal, and our waiter Devante was exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I was glad someone have given me a gift card. I would have been upset if I had paid for the meal. The dish was over priced and not very good. The server was nice and it was a quiet place. Glad I tried it but would not go back. Thanks

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Appetizers, desserts, wine, and coffee were all wonderful! Our server was fantastic, too.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was the first time we visit this restaurant. It was very good.

Even thou the food was excellent, the menu is not that diverse.

My only concern were the desserts. I believe they do not complementos the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My boyfriend and I came here for date night and had Laura as our server. When I say she was amazing she was AMAZING. We eat out a lot and don't get a lot of great service like we did with her. Whenever we come we will be asking for her each and every time!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Starter was deep fried calamari (per a friend, supposed to be great). In our case, taste was good. Calamari was fresh, i.e., tender. But ... it was soggy, not crisp :-(
Entree was the "special" - grilled rockfish. It was overcooked and dry. Serving sizes were unusually small for the price - rockfish 4 oz, 3 asparagus spears and a small serving of mashed potatoes :-(

Would not go back except for a drink and the scenery.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

rVery nice service. Manager came to the table and purchased our desserts because we had a couple of occasions. Very thoughtful. Waitress was professional.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food tasted good, but the portions were too small.
I had a salad and an entrée that came with 2 sides and left hungry.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It’ was nice, the usual experience you can expect from boathouse

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We made this a stop on our way south and we were not disappointed. It was a lovely place with a great atmosphere.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoyed Boathouse. We met friends and family there who drove from DC and we drove from Williamsburg. Elaine was an awesome waitress. She made great meal suggestions and made us feel very welcomed. The food was hot and tasty. The history of the building and the river scenery added to the entire occasion. We will definitely go back again!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great for Sunday Brunch. Jonathan was Excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The atmosphere at the Boathouse is very nice, beautiful views of the water and nicely decorated inside. The entrees were slow coming out the evening we were there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

the food was good.The service was average,at best.I was left waiting for extra bread for the crab dip and while waiting the dip got cold.The waitress was not very friendly or attentive.I would expect better,friendlier service for the money.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Special occasion (wife's birthday)......food was good, service was good, enjoyed the view of downtown Richmond, waterfront, etc. Difficult locating restaurant due to detours, etc. (first time visit) Waitress and manager were very hospitalble.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Garrett our server was exceptional and made the experience even more enjoyable. Friends who we had not seen in 15 years and we chose to take them to the Boathouse. Too bad it was raining and the view was not as wonderful.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My family was part of a wedding group for brunch the morning after the wedding. Our server was very friendly and informative, not only about the menu but about wait time. The atmosphere was open and inviting, and as it was a chilly day, the two fires inside created a warm ambiance even with the large picture windows filtering in light from outside. My food was so delicious! I ordered the vegetable eggs Benedict, which had no English muffin but was placed upon eggplant and tomato. And I loved the sliced avocado topping. The poached eggs were PERFECT and so yummy with the creamy hollandaise sauce and the baked mozzarella. In fact, just writing about it makes me want to revisit the experience. I LOVED the way the coffee was served in our own personal French presses and the Bloody Mary was tall, spicy and decked out with veggies on the top, including pickled green beans. The only thing I would've done differently would have been to have the ice on the side instead of in the drink as it watered it down some.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great menu selections--esp. fish and seafood. Excellent fried oysters. Our server, Garrett, was knowlegable, friendly and energetic. Very attentive. Noise level is always a little high. Not sure music is needed on top of crowd noise. Beautiful view and enjoyed walking out on the balcony.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Took advantage of the excellent-value Restaurant Week menu. Starters (raw oysters, butternut squash soup with a crab crouton) and desserts (cider-apple donuts and bread pudding) were really very good. Main course of sirloin was meh, nothing particularly special and one of our two orders were quite tough. Great location on the river, very nice "industrial" feel, and a limited though creative and interesting wine list that included a nice selection of South American options.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a treat coming here. Have never had a bad meal

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

To be honest, it was so loud that having a conversation with my friend was tiresome as I had to keep asking them to repeat what they said because I couldn't hear! I saw where one attempt at providing something acoustic was made, but, as I am in that business myself, it was ineffective as it was far to little of an effort.
When I go out to dine, I don't expect this atmosphere, rather, a moderate conversation level and a modicum of peace.
I'm afraid this restaurant goes on my too noisy list and I'll more than likely not return.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

School cafeteria loud. Cannot hold a conversation across a table at a normal level.
Appetizers were good, steak entree good, rockfish average, dessert poor.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was great. The price was a little high for the portion but not too crazy. My wife and I went for our 23rd anniversary and had only been there once before. The manager found out it was a special occasion and knocked our dessert off the bill. That rates a return trip in the future.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

My friends and I came for a Girl's Day. We had such a great time, we didn't realize how much time had passed. We were impressed from the moment we opened the door and were greeted by the hostess. Everyone was accommodating, friendly, and professional. The food and drink options were so amazing, it took us a while to decide what we wanted -- and ended up sharing! We sat outside overlooking the river. The views were breathtaking and made the dining experience that much better -- although, you could've put this restaurant in the middle of the woods with no view and it would've been spectacular regardless. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and come back for our next visit to Richmond!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A very nice place and everything was Great but I do recommend to them a more thorough cleaning of the table water bottles, they are recycled wine bottoms and hard to clean, we had to order a 2nd bottom after showing the waiter debris in bottom of the first bottle. Otherwise The Boathouse is a fine place to dine, good rivah & city viewing too for a special treat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A group of friends and I from out of town we’re looking for a good dinner spot, and chose Boathouse based on the OpenTable reviews. Boy, are we glad we did! Our experience overall was excellent, especially the views of the sunset over the water. The only reason I gave the food 4/5 stars was because my friend’s chicken dish was overcooked, and our one vegan dining companion had a hard time finding suitable options (several of the veggie sides were made with meat or cheese). Otherwise, the meal was suburb and the cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We sat outside. It was very nice but some sort of sun shade would have been nice. The food was good, but over-priced. The drinks seemed to be on the weak side and very over-priced. Would recommend to friends for the veiw but would let them know it's over-priced.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The view from the patio/balcony is very nice. While not the best food in town, it certainly is passable. Our service on this occasion was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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