The Boathouse at Sunday Park

4.4
2038 reviews
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The Boathouse restaurant and event spaces wed the town’s impeccable waterfront views with authentic, locally-sourced cuisine. From the classically Southern shrimp and grits featuring sausage from Surry, VA to pizza made with authentic Italian recipe dough, the menu is distinctive and, most importantly, delicious.
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great atmosphere and the food was great

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

On the dessert menu you should advertise the nuts that are the cakes etc?

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a great place to have a date!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review!

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be back! Enjoyed our visit and brunch at the Boathouse. Only complaint was that food at the buffet served with the delicious omlettes was cold. Service and surroundings were excellent. Thank you !

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

We're happy you enjoyed your visit and brunch. I apologize for the cold sides and hope you let your server know. Join us again soon!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Eight dollars per scallop was a little much, even including a scoop of mashed potato and five asparagus .

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for dining with us. I'm sorry you did not feel the meal was a good value. We hope you will give us another try.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitstaff was gracious and accommodating when we asked to be moved indoors due to the stifling heat. However, menu is very limited and staggeringly expensive; you can have a $12 salad, a $26 burger or $32 - $36 salmon? Never mind the raw bar, which is overpriced. There is no middle ground. I was there with my children and their dates, and they were unanimous in their decision not to go back. Disappointing.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for joining us for dinner. I'm glad the staff was accommodating when you requested to move indoors. We're sorry you were disappointed in the menu selection and prices, and hope you will decide to give us another try.

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

Food was delicious, service was good. My husband is a vegetarian and got the Vegan Crabcakes, he loved them! I got the mussels and fried oysters, so good! We took home a pizookie and wished we had gotten 2 because it was so good! We didn't need 2 but we definitely wanted 2!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

We're really glad you enjoyed dining with us. It's great to hear your husband enjoyed the Vegan Crabcakes. Hoping to have you back again.

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

Service was great. They sat us outside but we did not ask to be seated outside. Extremely hot.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

So god to hear you had great service. We're sorry you were seated outside and were uncomfortable. We hope you will give us another try.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The restaurant in general is great. I didn’t like the fact that every five minutes someone came around with an iPad to check on where we are with our dinner.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

We're glad you enjoyed dining with us. I'm sorry that the host team was a bit distracting. Hoping to have you back again.

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TC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. The service and food was exceptional. It was a beautiful day. We sat outside overlooking Brandermill Lake. We had a great time.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for joining us for brunch. We hope to see you out on the patio again soon!

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JC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

GREAT! Only thing to mention - should prob say on the menu that the pineapple salsa is spicy. Otherwise it was great!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for stopping by. We're glad you had a great time. And thank you for your feedback on the pineapple salsa.

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CF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Steak was not cooked to order, even after second attempt. Told waiter I couldn't eat it. I had my wife try it. She agreed it was not cooked to order and had no flavor. Waiter removed plate after being told I could not eat it. The bill came and no adjustments were made. Charged full price for steak that could not be eaten. I told the staff on my way out of the restaurant I would not be back. The manager overheard the conversation. After I heatedly told her of my dissatisfied experience she removed the price of the steak

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at the Boathouse. We had a friend in town who is a good connoisseur and wanted a place that he would enjoy. Well he did and so did we. We had a table on the deck with amazing views of the water. Our waitress was awesome! Very friendly and attentive. It’s expensive but worth it in my opinion. Will definitely dine here again.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

We're so glad you chose to dine with us and to bring your friend from out of town! We look forward to seeing you back again.

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YY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a disappointing experience during a previous encounter and conveyed the specifics in written form. Management immediately reached out and were very receptive to our concerns, stated changes would be taking place and asked for us to return and give the restaurant a second chance. We made reservations on Open Table after about a month and the change in experience from beginning to end was undeniable and tremendous. Firstly a call was made the day before the reservation, asking if there were any food allergies, were we celebrating a special event and did we want to place any preorders. On arriving, our table was ready immediately without wait, and others also appeared to be experiencing the same. We eventually asked for a change from the outside area to indoors and they were very pleasant and effected the change swiftly as soon as another table was available. Our server Debbie was very knowledgable about the new menu changes and was able to make recommendations based on our tastes and needs, our food was delivered hot and in good time and the entire staff was professional and committed to each diner having the best experience possible. Fantastic turnabout, well done Boathouse! We will happily return.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for giving us another try. We're so glad you had a great experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We Arrived for our reservation on time and requested to be seated outside. We were sat directly in the after requesting a table that was at least partially shaded. We were told they were already reserved. However the tables remained empty the entire time we were there.

The waitress was very “rough” in appearance and interactions. When our food was finally delivered she berated the young man assisting her in front of everyone because there was a side salad delivered and not the wedge salad as ordered. It was quite embarrassing for him and us.

The food was average, the wedge salads were lacking in all areas. It’s a shame to charge that amount for a very small wedge of inexpensive iceberg lettuce with trace amounts of toppings.

I have visited this restaurant on several occasions and I must say this was the first time we were all very disappointed.

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SM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best calamari we've enjoyed in quite some time! Great food, great atmosphere, & great service -- our "trainee" waitress Christine was better than many of the "pros" we've enjoyed in the past!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded 4 days ago

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

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

Awesome experience and beautiful venue!! Food and service was outstanding!!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you!

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

Great food. Great atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thanks for your review!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch al fresco - food was excellent, service was as good if not better than the food. Live music was good and not intrusive, all around a fantastic experience. 100% recommend.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Glad you had such a fantastic experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome the most upscale restaurant I've ever been to

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thanks for your recommendation!

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere on the water, food was fantastic. Out waiter definitely forgot multiple times that we were his table though which put a damper on the entire evening. We ate almost our entire entrees without a drink and then decided not to get desserts after he dropped off the menus and did not return for 15 minutes (after we flagged a bus boy down to find him).

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

We're sorry that the service did not match the atmosphere and food. We are following up and coaching the server. Thanks for your feedback. Hope to see you again soon.

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DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and value all rolled into one place. We wanted to take our visiting brother and sister in law out to dinner and we chose The Boathouse. This place never disappoints.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thanks for bringing your visitors to The Boathouse! And thanks for your review.

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E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

My reservation specifically requested to be seated inside and would have preferred a water view, but just mainly wanted to be inside even despite the beautiful weather because sitting on the deck is difficult when there are bugs flying around and eating you up the entire time. When we were shown to the outside patio table we were seated next to a large and rather loud party. So not only were the bugs bad and made for an annoying visit (had to have wine replaced bug fell into the glass) but we had a loud group a foot away which made it difficult to hear. The food was OK but for the prices I think there are some better options arpund Richmond and don't have to struggle with bugs literally everywhere. I wish the request to sit inside was honored and yes I did mention this to the hostess and she said that they could "check" to see what was available inside but we would have had to wait and nothing guaranteed...she wasn't the most friendly hostess. The bugs are pretty bad, really need to get some type of pest service to perhaps fog or something around the property regularly. Probably won't go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

We have been going to the Boathouse at Sunday Park for years. I made a reservation for a special outing with my husband. We were given a table right in the middle of the traffic pattern--and the tables are close together, so we were brushed up against by passers-by and wait staff, which really irritated my husband. Because of the table arrangement, most of the tables were either in the traffic pattern, right next to a service station or uncomfortably close to a wall. We asked to be moved, and were moved into the interior of the restaurant, which, well, just didn't have a nice feel. We got a simple meal and got out. I don't think we will be returning.

The outside has its own issues...when the weather is very nice, it is very crowded and loud, with people standing in the aisles and milling around. We are not the kind of people who enjoy that sort of chaotic atmosphere. If you do, though, the food is still very good. I would like to see more moderately-priced items on the menu though. Wait staff was fair; as we were in the "not busy" part of the restaurant--and not in the wait-staff's traffic pattern!--we were also out of the way of our waitress.

Overall, not a place I'd go out of my way to return to. Sorry to say it though, as in the past I've loved being on the water, and always enjoy the vegetarian selections.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

We're sorry we did not meet your expectations on this visit. I hope you will give us another chance, perhaps on a weeknight when the patio is less crowded. Thanks for your feedback.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was not good that evening. The staff kept forgetting to give us proper utensils and the food, for the price, was not good quality. We will probably not go back.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

We're sorry that the food and service were disappointing, and hope you will consider giving us another chance. Thanks for your feedback.

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KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The meal was just okay... when we sat down we were asked it we would prefer distilled or sparkling and thinking it was complimentary, we suggested distilled and we ended up paying $10 for bottled water that we didn't necessarily want. The portions were small, somewhat bland, and very over priced. At the end of the meal I gave my server my OpenTable certificate and after being gone for a while she came back to say that they didn't take them. After I suggested she run the numbers like a credit card though, it went through. If you want to go for drinks and to watch the sunset though, it would be fine for that.

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RE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service in a fantastic venue. Can't beat the ambience and views.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 25, 2019

Glad you had such a great time!

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D
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to the Boathouse at Sunday Park to celebrate my father-in-law's 80th birthday. We were able to be seated outside on the deck overlooking the lake which was fabulous and really made his evening special. Our waitress was very kind and helpful. She might need more practice with the wine, beer and spirits selection because our questions seemed to confuse her and she didn't have much knowledge of the wine menu. All the food was delicious. We love the Boathouse at Sunday Park and will return again and again. Especially love being able to sit outside by the lake.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable Father’s Day Brunch!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

I would recommend to a friend on a day with no buffet. Unfortunately the food was cold.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

We're sorry that you were disappointed in the food on the Father's Day brunch buffet. Thanks for your feedback.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We made a reservation but when we got there they said they were running 1/2 hour late on there reservations. We made the reservation to be seated during sunset but they did not honor it. It ended that we were not seated until 40 minutes after our reservation time. We were treated no differently than any person walking in without a reservation so the reservation was pointless. Our dinner came out at different times and the last one served got her meal as the others were finishing. It’s a beautiful place but the food and service are just okay.

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TL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is gorgeous and the food was delicious. The only problem was that we had a 7:45pm reservation and they weren't ready to seat us until after 8:45pm (luckily we had eaten at the bar and did not wait).

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for your review. We're sorry you had such a long wait for your table.

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BS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

No point in making a reservation. We showed an hour early checked in, had drinks at the bar. We weren’t seated until 45 minutes after our reservation time.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

We're sorry you had such a long wait, and hope the rest of your visit was enjoyable.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We had to wait about an hour for our table after our reservation time. Once seated everything was nice. Just a very busy night. Our waitress was helpful and did a great job.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for your review. We're sorry you had such a long wait for your table. It's good to hear your server did a great job!

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B
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing and our server was hilarious, he made it very entertaining. However, even after making reservations it took almost an hour to get a table, it was no one at the Boathouse’s fault but it was still very irritating.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for your review. We're sorry you had such a long wait for your table.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We got married there 10 years ago and went for our anniversary dinner. Weather, food and ambiance were all amazing!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for your review - and for continuing to celebrate at The Boathouse! Happy Anniversary!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good seafood

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you!

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HR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time sitting outside in the deck! It was a beautiful night and very peaceful. Our service was awesome and food was great! Will be going back!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for your review - we're glad you had a wonderful time!

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance and food. Unfortunately, the steamed shrimp was not deveined.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for your feedback.

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BS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner and we sat outside on the deck with a beautiful view. Food and service was excellent and portions were perfect.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for your review! We're glad you had a nice anniversary.

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