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About Rowland

Bruce and Virginia Rowland have created a menu that has an eclectic mix of Southern, Asian, Mediterranean and Provence influences, using fresh seasonal ingredients and their creative flair.

2132 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
shields&main

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 257-9885

Website:
http://www.rowlandfinedining.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wine

Rowland Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (13)
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Special Occasion (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
Casual (9)
Cozy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful meal, service occasionally slow, but busy night and our server kept handling new patrons checking into reservations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Bought a boat

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 (Greensboro)·Dined 4 days ago

Staff not organized, didn’t sit until 20 minutes after reservation, waiter a bit distracted, food took a long time

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, but the valentine's day prices made it a very poor value. Go on the other 364 days of the year!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Dined on Valentine's Day with the special menu. Ordered off of special menu for the occasion. Ordered a variety of foods and everyone was happy with their meals. I had a steak, which was okay - not the best that I have had, but I give them some benefit of the doubt given the evening and the crowd in the restaurant. Will try them again on a non-"holiday" occasion as I hear this is a fantastic place to dine.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine's dinner. Excellent food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Relaxed environment, friendly staff and a very nice meal. Was a great way to enjoy a rainy Saturday evening in Richmond.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Chef Virginia is always be amazing. Her passion and unique style of flavors come out in every meal she puts out. Highly recommend to anyone looking a night out on the town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is okay, but not great and not seasonal. Would be better if menu were adjusted for seasons so food tasted fresh and innovative.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had not been in years. Had an early reservation and it was almost empty when we arrived but quickly filled up. Never too noisy. Both had Rockfish and was delicious!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our favorite place in all of Richmond!!! Great food and we always feel at home here.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This was our second experience @ Rowland. We enjoy trying new places, but I didn’t want to take a chance on our seventh anniversary. Rowland did not disappoint. We arrived early and were sat immediately. Our server was prompt with the drink order as well as telling us the daily specials. We started with the calamari. It was fresh and served in a plate of fresh salad greens and a dressing. Delicious. I had the potato leek soup and the shrimp and grits. The soup was a healthy portion and smooth. Great on s cold rainy night. The shrimp and grits did not disappoint either. They were a little spicy. Right up my alley. My wife had the beef tenderloin. It was cooked perfectly and served with a potato croquet and asparagus. She raved. All in all. Another outstanding experience. My only negative (and it’s not a biggie) would have been the fusion music playing in the background. The style of Rowland deserves a Miles Davis playlist. Or some light jazz.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything about our evening was great! Food, service, atmosphere. There were a lot of good choices on the menu: light and not so light. Rockfish was great! We will certainly be back soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Quiet enough to hear each other, but loud enough so you aren't part of the conversation next to you. And the food was AMAZING!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It had been several years since I had been to Rowland for dinner and it hasn’t lost a step. Food was delicious. Service was great. We had the duck and the mahi mahi and both were fantastic. Definitely will make return visits to Rowland.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always consistently good, Great diverse selection and priced appropriately.

Not to mention it in a good location. Go you'll like it mikey

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our out of town "foodie" guest was blown away by Rowland's Fish special of the day. Great food, festive atmosphere....a true Richmond Gem!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lamb sliders and fish tacos
We're delicious. Been filet cooked perfectly nicely split for 2

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Tapas
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

An amazing venue and neighborhood favorite. Chef Bruce just keeps the menu fresh and changed up so one can come back over and over and be very pleasantly surprised. Love this place!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rowland was an awesome example of all that is great about Richmond dining. We celebrated my wife's Birthday in grand style while our son got to show his wife a new place that we had never been to. It was a perfect night!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great family meal with 3 generations. had a nice quiet spot so all the grandparents could hear and participate in the conversation. Food was excellent with good choices for all. Deserts were very good. Especially the Bananas Foster.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The chef makes delicious meals that are not ordinary yet perfect combination for a delicious meal...

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food, service and everything else was amazing. Such a nice spot in the middle of a housing area. Street parking was fairly easy and free (just find the spot). Felt like a safe area. The Joe Chop was GREAT!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was mediocre-to-good which wasn't great considering the price involved. The drinks were lackluster. The service was decent. The ambiance was nice...though the place could use a refresh in art & decor. Given the great number of other options in Richmond I probably wouldn't go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Roland never disappoints… One of the best kept secrets and Richmond!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Small local restaurant. Service was not good though waiter was very friendly and helpful. We will try it again.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very good food. Very nice place. The pork chop is great. The chicken empanada spring rolls were good and unique

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Richmond resturant week. Worth the trip from Varina and for a great cause! Will return soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Rowland did an outstanding job with this year's fall restaurant week. I thoroughly enjoyed all three courses and will be going back again. Ended up arriving 15 minutes early. The staff was very accommodating and sitter nice.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We went during restaurant week so it was super busy. The food was great and we’ll definitely be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Restaurant week fall 2017: 2 of us. Service and drinks were very good. Quiet dark inside. Partner ordered mumbo gumbo starter and I peking duck. Both excellent for taste and quality of ingredients and amount. Entrees: blackened shrimp bratwurst... and feta brined chicken... Only 2 shrimp for partner entree and tiniest spot of grits and the "half" chicken in mine was the tiniest half chicken I have witnessed. It would have fit inside a medium sized mug. Not exaggerating! It had breast-wing-drumstick but was a miniature version of a small chicken. Very disappointing. Tasted fine what little there was to taste. Not expecting huge but very surprised at the tiny size.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Love Rowland’s, true neighborhood gem. Creative menu, friendly service. Always happy it’s close by.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 9, 2017

one of the best steaks in Richmond...The best pork chop in Richmond...fantastic fish.....Rowland is still one of Richmond's bests!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Frankly, in my recent travels to Richmond I've been very disappointed in the overall quality of the restaurant scene. Rowland's was okay. Our server was attentive and professional. The food was good but not great. We ordered the pork chop smothered in some kind of apple coating--it was good but not great. The rockfish was good but not great. There have to be better restaurants than this, and, of course, much worse. We will give it another try but I have become a food snob and Rowland's is what it is--it is NOT a gourmet dining experience but more of a comfort-food extraordinaire spot. If you are looking for solid food (not great) and ample portions, go here. It's quiet, cozy, and the service is good. This was more like eating at my grandmother's house.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first occasion dining at Rowland. From the moment we walked through the door until the presentation of the check, everything was above par. We started with the cheese and charcuterie plate. A thoughtful ensemble of cheese, meat, & pickled veggies. Absolutely delicious. We each had a salad with the creamy ginger dressing. It was light and flavorful. I had the blackened rockfish etoufee. Quite flavorful and rivaled the best cuisine I've enjoyed in the French quarter. All in all...2 thumbs up. We will be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Rowland is a consistently solid option amidst the trends in RVA's dining scene. The food is delicious and the servers can connect you with the right wine, if that's your thing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was great waiter was friendly .
Main courses took a long time to come out of the kitchen

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We made an early reservation to be able to attend the theater afterwards and we were greeted at the door by name by our server upon arrival. Elizabeth assured us that she would make every effort to get us out in time for the performance and she quickly told us about the specials and took our orders quickly but without our feeling rushed. The meal was delicious. My husband enjoyed perfectly cooked lamb chops and I had a lovely piece of rockfish over mussels and veggies. We easily enjoyed out meal and make it to the theater. The restaurant is close quarters and we were happy to be able to enjoy a less crowded restaurant. Great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The butterbean cake appetizer is the best. My only suggestion is a little more lighting. I thought it was a bit dark.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 2, 2017

So disappointing! I have dined here many times and always been so happy with the food and service. It was a holiday weekend so maybe they were just off their game The chef was there but spent the entire time chatting and drinking with customers at a table and behind the bar and never went to the kitchen while we were there for two hours. The courses came out in a really weird order, with very little attention from waiter, Even the usually incredibly delish bread was sub par this night. Oh well...will not give up but will definitely wait a long while before returning.

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