The Boathouse at Sunday Park

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Seafood
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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for The Boathouse Thanksgiving Buffet.
$44 adults // $19 children 6-12 // under 6 free.
Reservations recommended.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 2154 People Are Saying
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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food served in a beautiful location by attentive and friendly wait staff. When the deck is open in warmer months it feels like being on vacation. However, eating in the main restaurant is also a fun experience with a cozy vintage boating atmosphere!

CA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable, especially with the views! Any location is amazing, but for brunch we prefer Sunday Park. Beautiful location, great food (omelet and waffle bar is phenomenal!!), and great service.

EV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

While this restaurant is a place we go when family come from out of town due to the ambiance and food we were disappointed with our latest experience. Unfortunately service was unlike previous times, curious enough for some reason we had two servers which didn't account for much in regard to attention and it was slow. When we ordered our drinks we asked for apple juice for our son and it literally took about 20 minutes for him to get his drink. My fathers order came with the wrong side but he decided to keep since he was hungry and did not want to wait. I on the other hand got the surf and turf and my filet came out well done and I had ordered medium. While the manager came to the table to offer something in the meantime I politely declined and just wanted my dinner. To my surprise I had to wait another 30 minutes to get my entree. I think next time my entree should of been comped especially when we were a party of 5.

KK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely atmosphere! We were surprised to find it quite busy for a weeknight which is always a plus for us because we feel it makes our children seem not as loud! Wonderful food and top notch service. I’m excited to bring some family here when they visit from out of town.

MB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Burger best I’ve ever eaten. Calamari and oysters amazing. Beautiful views.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for your review !! We're glad you ejoyed the calamari, oysters and the best burger you've ever eaten! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good but the portion is realy small considering the amount we paid for it!

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the portion size, even though all the food was really good. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jordan, was wonderful! Surprised at how quiet it was for a Monday evening. Jordan made great recommendations. Would go back!

n
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Made it to brunch. Service ok, one order was incorrect but fixed and replaced. Food was good. The setting and view makes it so worth it. Relaxing.

R
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food and the atmosphere were good, the service was, to say the least, amateurish, a young waiter with very little experience, and it showed in the service.

RR
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice location at a reasonable price is all you can ask for.

HC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waitress! My scallops were perfectly cooked and the bread is delectable!

RC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. Our server Jamie was polite, caring and knowledgable. He treated us like kings. The food was outrageous. I hada Mahi Mahi cooked to perfection and my wife had filet mignon and it just melted on our mouth. It was an outstanding evening

GW
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We have enjoyed many dinners at the Boathouse. This time food was below standards or missing and the service was poor.
We are not getting divorced, we will return and hope to enjoy many more evenings at the Boathouse.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Superb service from the moment we walked in until departure. Suggestion -- I ordered the scallop special served with kale and black lentin. Highly recommend reconsidering the sides with this dish. The kale was tough and the taste completely overpowered the subtle taste of the scallops. Black lentin added nothing to the meal -- basically bland and tasteless. Scallops were very nice however.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and inviting. They checked on us throughout the evening to make sure we had everything that we needed.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and an excellent meal. Our waitress was awesome.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Steaks were over cooked twice, manager blamed it on the light. Lobster was extremely “fishy” which I get it it’s a fish but it tasted old and chewy. For the price I could have made it myself better. Very disappointed with the food and service on managements end. We didn’t even bother complaining a second time.

However, the waiter was great and the view was amazing.

We won’t be coming back. I’d rather go to a chain steak house and get the same crappy food for much cheaper.

FG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan was a great server! The food was delicious and my family and I had a great time! Thank you!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lobster was great, environment was calm.

A
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not sure i would recommend the boathouse Portions getting smaller and smaller. Ordered a dinner salad and it arrived on a very small plate. Not at all worth the cost.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice settings and very clwan, quiet and great staff.

WS
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch on a beautiful fall day by the lake. The roasted oyster flight was excellent!!

NJ
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have wanted to have dinner there for years, finally made it there Saturday night. We were seated right away but I guess because it was homecoming night EVERYTHING was really, really slow. Water to the table, wine to the table, taking our order, getting a salad, and our meal. The meal was okay but not great enough to come back, sorry.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the best outing we have had in a long time. Great service,food and sunset view! Live music was very nice also.

M
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Medium grade food at high prices.
Live the scenery on the lake ..main attraction of the place. But the place was mosquito haven. Folks we’re using bug spray to not be bitten.
Lake is low and hot so probably reason for so many mosquitos.

e
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday brunch at Sunday Park is a wonderful experience...especially when sitting outside is permissible. Service is attentive and accommodating. Live music is a nice touch! Keep up the good work!!!

Q
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The only complaint we had was when we paid, my 80 year old parents had a gift card and paid the rest with cash. They gave our waitress a 20 and instead of just giving them the change, she put my mom on the spot and asked if she needed change. She ended up saying no (though she should have gotten change). That is so inappropriate! I wish I had thought fast enough to say yes, bring her the change. They are on a fixed income and the tip she ended up getting was way above 20%. Super tacky. Kind of ruined a perfect time otherwise.
Food delicious.
Service adequate.
I will definitely return

BP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing atmosphere. One of my wife’s and my favorite places in RVA.

MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait for deck table but worth it. Not a cheap date place!

NA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neat interior design. Great food. We will definitely return.

BO
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Beautiful sunset!

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j
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and view are all wonderful. The shellfish appetizer is superb! We are from New England and have so many over the years. This was one of the best!

MB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Everything was great, except for the wait. We had 7:15 reservations, but weren’t seated until 8pm. I get it’s a great view and people don’t want to leave, but there has to be some kind of policy for other people who made a reservation and would like to enjoy the view as well.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow. Calamari was excellent. Halibut was average.

u
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Beautiful outdoor dining...and that’s where the good experience ended. Food was mediocre and poorly presented -and service was extremely slow and in no way reflective of fine dining. Overall quality at this Boathouse has deteriorated significantly as they ride on the coattails of what once was a great dining option and experience in Chesterfield. Too many better options to be significantly overcharged for very average food and subpar service!

TJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was gathering of female friends & we went for Sunday brunch. Elected to eat inside but large doors were open so had cooling of inside & ambiance of outside.Group of 5 ordered different entrees & all enjoyed their food. I had omelette bar with the Chesapeake omelette. Was prepared while I waited & was very good. Lots of sides including fruit to go with it. Would go again.

MD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite plgaces. Have celebrated many family events at Sunday Park over the years.

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have noticed servings are getting smaller with each visit! I got mashed potatoes and while they were good, I only got a few bites and they were gone! I only got 4 small stalks of asparagus! The crab cakes were good! My plate was bare and I was still hungry. I left feeling not full and not satisfied! I Like coming there but it will be a long time before I try it again! My husband and I were with another another couple and the husband felt like I did! He said he was still hungry and the portions keep getting smaller and smaller! His wife got a salad and it was drowning in dressing. Balsamic dressing is too thin to put too much! The salad was soggy! I noticed that the guy at another table had to send his drink back! Now, when a bartender is hired, he is hired because of his expertise in making mixed drinks! The question above, I do not know how to answer that at this time! The meal was not worth the price! I hope that the servings will get larger and things will improve! Hopefully the deck will be replaced with a new one. It is in really bad shape. With all the competition around RVA for restaurants, things need to be improved to compete!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was excellent but the service was horrible. We had a 6:30 reservation, the restaurant was not even half full, we arrived on time and we're not seated until 6:45. After being seated it took until 7:20 before we received our wine. The waiter came back twice clarifying orders and even in the end not everyone in my party received the food they had ordered.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Mediocre! Too bad the food is not as good as the ambience.

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