Rapture

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$30 and under
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Southern
Rapture features playful, farm-to-table Southern cuisine in a swank-but-cozy atmosphere. We have outdoor dining, billiards tables, and live music several nights a week.
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LS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken thighs were possibly the best fried chicken I've had. Just the right sear on that chicken to make the outside crunchy and the inside moist -- literally falling off the bone. Bone-sucking optional, but recommended.

D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Pleasant table on the Mail, should have ordered more regular food!

C
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and friendly staff!

B
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a good experience overall. I wish our server would have cleaned the table between courses. The shrimp and grits were very good, the chicken sandwich was also very good, the fried chicken thighs were very small and not memorable. We all agreed we would try again.

AW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was an enjoyable meal, but I feel like the menu could be more innovative For a place that labels it self “farm to table”

Overall it was a very pleasurable experience and a good value for the price.

TI
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pork belly was cooked to perfection. The macaroni and cheese and collards were seasoned and delicious. The summer squash and mushroom risotto was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner

OT
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch!

TC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a busy Friday night Rapture was able to fit our 8-top pretty quickly, and we had an enjoyable meal. As the dinner crowd shifted into the bar crowd it got a bit noisy, but not enough to dampen our enthusiasm for the food, the service, or the ambience.

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

It was Fathers Day Brunch. I had the Eggs Chesapeake (2 pouched eggs on 2 carb cakes) and my wife had Eggs Benedict both with Cheesy Grits. The grits were creamy and delicious! Both our meals were good. Though I feel the crab cakes were unexpectedly smaller then expected (as big as as the poached eggs). Otherwise the meal was delicious.

AS
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good, friendly and tasty! An amazing Downtown Mall institution!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First, you have to love a restaurant that has cocktails with names like "The Mueller Report", where the ingredients are blacked out, and the Kavanaugh Supreme, which consists of "34 oz. of beer and......" (you'll have to go there to read the rest). We sat outside on the lively yet mellow downtown Charlottesville pedestrian mall and people-watched as we sipped our cocktails, listened to street musicians and enjoyed our dinner. We split the Ahi Tuna club - a piece of sushi quality tuna, lightly seared on both sides with avocado, applewood bacon and a wasabi aioli on whole wheat toast, and a plate of shrimp, sauteed in garlic and evoo, just the way I like them, served with grits. Everything was very delicious, the service was just right. If we lived there, this would be a place we would return to again and again. Their menu had many interesting choices and the ambience was welcoming and relaxing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends came into town for UVA graduation and we wanted somewhere to get brunch Sunday morning. The food and service were amazing!!! I can’t wait to go again.

DY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service for a large group. Most of the food was quite good. One person in the party thought a burger was overcooked but most enjoyed everything. Service team took care of it. Would go back.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fave places in CVille — easily some of the best food in town, with great staff and location.

NZ
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was advertised as kid friendly. Waitress brought the food for the children first which was great it was very kid friendly in that respect. But no changing to a table in the bathrooms that was a problem thank you otherwise the experience was terrific

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Rapture. It’s our favorite place to enjoy an evening out

ME
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the brunch menu! The chicken & biscuit with pimento cheese is amazing!!! Food was incredible & service was excellent. No complaints!

g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty, and the serving portions were generous. We ordered Deviled Eggs and the Soup of the Day (mushroom soup) for starters, the Hogwalla Hambuger and meatloaf for our entrees. For our kids, we ordered chicken tenders and and PB&J (both off the Kids' menu). We also ordered a bottle of wine, which was fairly priced, and spiked coffee for "dessert."

Service was excellent. The waiter was friendly and considerate--mindful that we had two toddlers, she brought out their food first, and our food shortly after.

v
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My fiancé and I were so excited to try Rapture after reading the menu online, but the experience was less than memorable. The staff was inattentive and less than welcoming and even though we made a reservation, our reserved table was right next to the main door (we requested to move since a draft came in every time the door opened). Even though the menu descriptions looked delicious, my fiancé’s short ribs had no flavor and my shrimp and grits were doused in a heavy sauce with no other seasonings. We ordered hush puppies as an appetizer and they were unseasoned and tough. My fiancé has never been more disappointed in a date night and I really can’t recommend this place to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went prior to the Paramount Gala and by 8 o’clock they ran out of 4 entrees. The one I came for was the pork chop and my dates favorite was shrimp and grits. Both out. Disappointing

JG
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the wings and short ribs! Ask for Janet.

c
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Early dinner reservations on New Years Eve were the right call. The food was well prepared and tasty, and our service was great. Volume picks up as the dining room fills, but we were always able to hear and speak across our table of 5 without issue.

JW
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The worst tuna club I’ve ever tried to eat. It was anything but rare and the tuna was almost as dry at the the over toasted wheat bread it was sandwiched between. The side of veggies seemed as though they were cooked too long in the microwave. Who ever was responsible for preparing my meal either has no love for what they do or no skill to do it. Or both.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. Wouldn't honor our open table reservation.

CJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Please do your best to avoid this restaurant if at all possible. In the interest of full disclosure, my family and I have had excellent meals at Rapture in the past. That said, you are likely to be frustrated and disappointed if you take the time to make reservations. The restaurant has a very disturbing — if not enraging — habit of failing to honor reservations. I arrived for Sunday brunch yesterday on time for my 11:30 am reservation; the restaurant was crowded. I clearly announced my party size and reservation time. Notwithstanding that fact, the primary host seated 2 groups of walk-ins before even attempting to seat our party. At that point (11:42 am, 12 minutes after my arrival), she indicated she was “sorry” for seating the other groups prior to my group. She then stated that she had only a high top table and a booth with ripped leather-ish seating and a rickety table top she said she “wasn’t sure could be stabilized.”

We found this entire scenario rather disconcerting and left. We will not return.

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch on Sunday. The cocktail options were fun. The food was delicious and unique. Loved the pork belly eggs benedict with grits and the beet version of eggs benedict.

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Rapture had mediocre food and indifferent service. Nothing terrible but no real reason to eat there since there are so many better choices in Cville. I think most people go there for the bar anyway.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Reasonably priced. Great location. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere, small portion size for price. Nice drink menu

SJ
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a great visit with new friends. It was very easy to hear each other and the mood was good. The meal was good and the service was incredibly attentive and detailed.

l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch! Great selection and attentive time staff.

KR
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious date-night meal with "southern" charm and spices. We were there in the late-afternoon/early evening so it was quiet allowing for nice conversation. Great tasting version of French Onion Soup with mushrooms and rosemary oil - very tasty start. My native-born German companion enjoyed her first taste of grits with the blackened shrimp and my seared scallops were also delicious. Service by Natalie was great as was the Spanish wine with the meal!

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

Dependably interesting. We come here a few times a year and the food is always fresh and interesting. Service is friendly but very professional and efficient. Great place for conversation over leisurely dinner.

JC
Tallahassee
83 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner with fun cocktails. Interesting creative burgers and sandwiches in a fun atmosphere. Excellent night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was absolutely delectable!! Service was excellent and lovely ambience sitting outside watching people walk by and while listening to the downtown mall musicians.

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

Wings and spinach salad made a great meal!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, went for Sunday Brunch and was not disappointed by the food, staff, and value. Everyone needs to go for the Sunday Brunch, sit outside and enjoy the food while taking in the wonderful environment on the Downtown Mall.

SP
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very funky little place with some out of this world southern cooking. Creative and eclectic menu - we thoroughly enjoyed it!

JL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delighftul Sunday brunch for a birthday celebration. Great staff, very friendly to our kid-filled group. Will definitely recommend!

JT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Gave it a try. Sounded interesting. Food was ok. Not spectacular. A bit salty in fact. We had the beet humus. Different. Split a salad which was good. The scallops was on a bed of white beans. Also had the pork belly. Not bad. Not great. Table next to us ordered a bottle of wine which could not be opened since the cork was dry and crumbled into the bottle. They tried on another bottle and it did the same. The sandwiches looked good. Maybe I should have tried those.

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