The Boathouse at Sunday Park

4.3
1735 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Open Nightly at 5:00 pm, Friday Bar Service Begins at 3:00 pm, Sunday Brunch from 10 am - 3 pm, Dinner Service begins at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 744-2545
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bennett Flowers
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Private party facilities
The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers a choice of either lunch or dinner private party menus. Private rooms and private party menus are available for groups of 16 to 150 guests.
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Private party contact
Joanne Bogese: (804) 744-2545 ext. 704
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Ample outside parking is available.
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Entertainment
Enjoy Colin and Caroline every Thursday night in the summer, Ban Caribe every Friday night, and Folk Musician George Turman every Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Wednesday is Wine Night - A rotating list of five or six bottles, available for half price, selected from our Wine Spectator award winning wine list.

End of Work Week Celebration - Every Friday... 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,735 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
58%
Very Good
25%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and great views.

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

Made reservation ahead. Had to wait on a table for 10-15minutes for inside even though there were many unoccupied tables. Seated waited another 15-20 minutes for a waitress. Was told computer system not working. Took drink order and delivered but was not ready to take order. Waited another 15 minutes for waitress to return. Food delivered by other servers and was good. Had to go look for waitress to get check. Wanted to take sunset pictures and was told to leave card and return to finish transaction. Never saw waitress again.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Michael, was great! Wonderful recommendations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our reservation was for 7:15, when we got there they asked us if we wanted to sit outside or in. We said outside. They told us our table would be ready in about 15 minutes. I went back 15 minutes later and they said it would be ready in ANOTHER 15 minutes. They eventually sat us inside at 8:00 PM. Huge inconvenience since we had two babies and a babysitter at home waiting for us to get home at a specific time. We felt like we had to rush and our server, though extremely nice, was busy so it was slow. We wouldn’t have gone somewhere else if they hadn’t kept telling us it would be another 15 minutes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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GP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was ok. Definitely wasn’t too impressed with the food. The service was great. The view was awesome but it was so hot. Plus I was constantly shooing ants from my plate. They were even crawling on my arms. I had a $17 salad that wasn’t that big and had 5 shrimp. You definitely are paying for the ambience and the service. Glad we used a gift card to check it out so we didn’t spend so much out of pocket for a just OK experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with hubby and friends

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MD
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wanted to enjoy lobster but they were sold out. My crab cakes were fantastic, as was my wife's filet. Everything else was very good. It is a bit expensive, but great spot for special occasion. Feels like a rustic but up-scale experience.

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate an anniversary. It was perfect. The atmosphere was relaxing and nice view. Our waiter was excellent. The menu had something for anyone's palate. The day was beautiful so the outdoor dining was great. We had three different types of oysters which were delicious.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous cool summer day on the Swift Creek reservoir. Picture perfect. Awesome food. Charming and efficient service (Nicole). Loved listening to George Turman play his guitar and sing. A truly out standing experience.

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l
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience.
Been there many times, but this was probably the best.
My girlfriend and I split the lobster boil and it was outstanding!
Service was perfect.
The only complaint is that we had a 7:30 reservation and didn't get seated until 8:00 but not a bad place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset while we waited.

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C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Our food took too long to come to the table. The food was cold. The hamburgers were over cooked and the fries were cold. The fish special was also cold along with the potatoes. The asparagus was so small it should never been included. The fish was taken back and microwaved rather than giving a new piece. Food was terrible.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

delicious food, beautiful view, great service, will definitely come again!

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Little pricey but food was very good. will definitely return. Was dining inside but will return for a waterfront experience (happy Hour looks like a great value)

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TE
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks, and service were outstanding! Definitely on the pricier side, but worth every penny!

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DV
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the venue, the rustic interior, the great waterfront patio, good food. Just a great place for a special celebration.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Boathouse at Sunday Park, and we were very happy that we got to share it with family. We started with drinks by the water, and moved into the main building for dinner. From food to service, everything was fantastic! We even followed up our Thursday night family dinner with a Sunday afternoon drink and early dinner with just me and my husband on the deck. This place always feels more like a vacation instead of a nearby restaurant.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The temperature in side was horrible it had to of been over 80 it was very uncomfortable to be able to eat. None of us got the right bill at the end but we just figured it out on our own.

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RI
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Food perfectly prepared, and delivered on time. Wine service was really good, our server recommended a very crisp Pinot Grigio which was the perfect thirst quencher on a 100+ degree day! One of our favorite spots, and can't wait to return!

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WD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Set inside the dining Hall it was so warm and there you couldn't keep ice in a glass. We had carry as our server and he was Not very good at all. The hour and a 1/2 that we were there he only refilled our beverages once we were stuffed in the corner at a table where it was not easy to flag down other servers either. After we finished our meal I piled up all of our dirty dishes in the center of the table and we waited 15 minutes after that for him to bring us our check. I walked out my front door to head toward the boathouse expecting to pay a $100 minimum for a quality meal.That between the depressing server and a very warm room it made it hard to enjoy the food.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Boathouse at Sunday Park for Sunday Brunch! The location on the water’s edge was beautiful. The outdoor seating looks fantastic; with temperatures approaching 100, we chose to eat inside ... The dining experience was phenomenal. The cocktails included originals very appropriate for the summer. The appetizers were super; we had the zucchini chips and the potato balls - went quickly!!! My brother and I had omelets prepared to our selections at a special omelet station. Our wives ordered from the menu. They were fantastic. While we finished our meal with coffee, the dessert menu was truly tempting. Didn’t have wine this time but the wine list was extensive. Our waitress was very attentative and very helpful with suggestions.

We all agreed this was a restaurant that we’ll come back to regularly. Indeed my sister-in-law and I agreed our combined birthday dinners will be at the Boathouse at Sunday Park in October!!! Great value for the money.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We came for the lake view and got a gorgeous evening sunset on the 2nd floor facing the windows! Friendly, responsive service. Seafood was fresh - enjoyed the the grilled octopus (not rubbery at all), jumbo steamed shrimp, and oysters on half shell. Drinks priced affordably. Disappointed with the shrimp tacos - the flour tortillas were not soft & fresh, the filling was sparse (some course shredded purple cabbage and a couple of small deep fried shrimp), and guacamole was a lime-salt flavored paste instead of instead of fresh chunky guacamole. Also a little too much fried food for me - it would be nice if the menu offered some healthier options to replace the french fries that come with most entrees.

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TM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boathouse was a great dining experience . My husband and I enjoyed every moment and scenery

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our meal! Excellent service too. And the view!!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor serving staff, waited 15 minutes after being seated to be offered water, entrees way over priced. Paid $30.00 for 3 shrimp covered with crab that was full of bread and cold. Ordered a glass of wine with dinner that arrived as I finished my meal. Two others in our party had the same entree experience. They must sustain business based on location certainly not food quality. Overheard others with similar complaints.

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DM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was wonderful.

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W
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and with a clear sky, it made for a beautiful sunset. The steel band that accompanied the meal added to the ‘tropical’ feel of the night.

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L
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

If nothing else, go for the view, we do, almost weekly. But, the service and food are always good

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere never disappoints. The drinks are ok as well but the menu is still limited after all these years. Not enough chicken dishes or seafood dishes or kid friendly dishes. And every seafood dish we've ever had seems to lack in favor. So if we are looking for apps, oysters and atmosphere the boat house is where we go, but if we are looking for a great meal with multiple options we go elsewhere.

We are fans however we are waiting for the menu to be eventually upgraded.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always lives up to expectations for good service and food.

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GK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as usual!! Definitely one of our favorite places!

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Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Best place to eat on the south side when weather is nice and sun not too bright. Great view. Food is usually very good but not dependably so.

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WC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for Sunday brunch with family. The Boathouse is beautiful.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great! I was disappointed that after making a reservation for 8 using open table, giving credit card number to make sure we showed up and if we didn’t show or cancelled with two hours I would be charged $20 a person, showed up on time with entire dinner party and we still had to wait 40 minutes for our table to be ready.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great, ambiance was great. Wait time was pretty slow. Granted, it was a summer Saturday night.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner had a hair in it. Manager didn’t take the meal off the bill until we requested it. Very disappointing to not be able to share a meal with your spouse on your anniversary. Server was great though

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This remain our favorite restaurant, mainly because of the atmosphere. The food is generally very good, although I was not overly impressed this last meal. The service is friendly but not overly attentive. People are friendly. Overall I would give it 4/5 stars.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific! Kayla provided fantastic service and made our team dinner a great experience.

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MD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service! Made for very enjoyable evening with friends!

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