Sam Miller's

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Located in a 165 year old building in the heart of historic Shockoe Slip, Sam Miller's is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and has been featured in national publications including "Southern Living Magazine." In addition to fine seafood and "the best crab cakes in Richmond," we serve USDA Prime beef , creative pasta dishes, and salads to suit any tastes. Looking for something more casual? A small plates menu is available in our Oyster Bar featuring classic favorites and new lighter fare options. Whether you are looking for a fine dining facility to host your business dinner, or a casual place to meet friends for drinks, Sam Miller's has all the options to satisfy your needs.
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3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat and have conversation. The food was very good!

DH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

What happened to this restaurant? Admittedly it had been years since I had been in Shockoe Bottom. This once-popular destination is in desperate need of an overhaul. I don't think the furniture had been updated in 30 years; it smelled like it needed a good cleaning; and the vibe was "retirement home". On a Saturday night, we had an entire dining room to ourselves. That should have been a sign. On the upside, the waitress was great and the food wasn't bad. A makeover could make a real difference here.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was OK but not worth the cost .The fried pork bites were like four or six little nuggets for eight dollars. A simple hamburger was 14 & It was nothing special special

LB
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went during restaurant week with 5 girl friends. It was a 3-course fixed price menu. The food was delicious. The hostess who took our reservations and seated us was friendly and informative. The waiter was attentive without being overbearing, and patient with a group of 6 friends who hadn't seen each other in a while, and was charming bringing 6 separate checks.

r
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This restaurant was dead at 6pm on a Saturday with only one waitress working a large party and 3 other tables. We had an appetizer and drink and walked down to another restaurant with better ambiance and food.

t
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of 8 adults at Sam Miller's on a busy Saturday night. There was no issue at all with the service [Kevin was terrific] and everyone was very happy with what they ordered. Beer was nice and cold, the wine was great and the price on everything was quite reasonable. Great atmosphere with a big bar. What's not to like ?

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation but the dining room was pretty empty for a Friday night. We ended up sitting at a bar booth because there was no happy hour in the dining room. Even on happy hour the food was pricey- $8 for ONE TACO. And the food quality was good, but not great. Probably wouldn’t go back for happy hour.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

We were not impressed. The wait staff was very nice, but our food and table location were awful. The herbed rosemary bread was served with honey butter (not a good combo, think the kitchen messed up), the oysters Rockefeller app were soupy and bland/under seasoned (kuddos for using lots of fresh spinach, but it needed to be drained), while the scallop succotash small plate was horribly over salted almost to the point it was inedible. The server was attentive (we needed 4 refills on water to get through the meal) and the wine from the bar was good and cold. We didn't stick around for dessert.

f
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. Waitress seemed friendly enough but woefully incompetent. From mixed up drink orders, to totally disappearing between appetizers and salads, to then screwing up dessert order. And this was all a prix fixe menu with limited options. Food was not bad but portions very small...3 small raw oysters for appetizer, Chilean sea bass entree perhaps 3 oz. at most, and no bread/ rolls offered... $220 before tip for 2 people and left hungry. I will not be back.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was over booked. It was apparent that extra tables were set up behind the bar. We were seated there even though they had an open table in the main dining area and we had a reservation. We asked to be seated in the main dining room but was told that the table was reserved! What??? I had a reservation but got a overflow table. The table was also not set. We waited 20 minutes and no one came to set up the table or take our order. We decided to check online for a different restaurant and fortunately found a great restaurant nearby. We left and do not intend to return to this establishment.

F
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Calamari appetizer looked so very good, however, two of us barely ate half of it as they were so rubbery and chewy that they were, in effect, inedible. Very expensive overwrought lunch.

TA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed wonderful food and a nice wine while catching up. Ambiance was great for this.

i
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

This place is overall a disappointment. Mediocre seafood in a fancy atmosphere.

Our waiter was outstanding. He knew how to present and pour champagne, was available and attentive but was not in our face all the time like most servers.

The food was disappointing overall. The shrimp appetizer was over cooked improperly so as the shell fused with the meat and was served with a sauce that must have been just ketchup.

My crab cakes were properly done but was served with a corn maque choux that would get you kicked out of the state of Louisiana; complete lack of Cajun spices and cooked down creaminess. I had higher hopes.

In general, find another place if you want to have a nice seafood dinner.

S
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Three of us made a reservation for lunch at 12 noon. We requested and were provided with a booth. Service was slow. It took 5 to 10 minutes for anyone to come to our table just to provide water. Another 5 to 10 minutes to place a drink order - nothing complicated - iced tea. But then to give our food order it took yet another 5 to 10 minutes. Then we waited for 20 to 25 minutes for the food to be served. Most people who work downtown have 1 hour for lunch, so to have to wait 45 minutes for food to arrive is just way too long.

N
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Loved the oyster appetizer!

TW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It's been a while since I've been to Sam Miller's and I probably won't visit any time soon. My burger was very okey doke, pretty much tasteless even though it was supposedly a bleu burger. My party was noncommittal regarding their selections which leaves me to believe they too were wishing we had gone elsewhere. Oh well, the place is still around so I guess someone still likes it but me--not so much.

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and it was amazing. The food was awesome and it had great ambiance. We had a table in a corner along the street and could watch the goings on outside.

OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was knowledgeable regarding the menu and specials. She was attentive while handling our table of 4 and made good meal suggestions. Well done.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Having options beyond the traditional dinner meant everyone in our party could decide what he/she wanted. I enjoyed a lovely filet with grilled sprouts and sweet potatoes. The crab soup starter was rich and flavorful. Highly recommend this restaurants for their menu - inventive and flavorful.

HC
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

No toilet paper in bathroom. Not very clean. Too many choices that are better and cleaner.

TF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined at Sam Miller’s while in town for a conference. Location was conveinent as it was less than a block from the hotel. Staff was freindly, courteous and was frequent in ensuring customers were comfortable and had everything they needed. Food was excellent. Well prepared. Ambience was nice. Noise level moderate. I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal in that area of town.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Such great ingredients which made the meals one of a kind and so tasty. I would recommend this place to anyone. The chef makes such amazing and unique plates. It is a great local spot. They also had a great cocktail menu. The staff is so accommodating as well. They have rooms for venue spots as well, another great plus to Sam Millers.

t
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pretty good food, but the service was sub par. Took 15 minutes to get a glass of wine after ordering, and watched my wife's drink sit on the bar for 5 minutes after that before it was brought to the table. Once appetizers showed up, dinner progressed pretty nicely. Would definitely go back, just not during Restaurant week.

DH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice lunch (a bit expensive though). Crab soup is always good. My tuna wrap was okay, next time will go for the crabcake as it looked much better. May have to try this place for happy hour as the bar looks very nice.

M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a tasteless, tourist trap joint. Lousy food.

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

Just the right level of interaction with staff.

MP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Having the table set with water and menus for our reservation when we arrived was a nice touch. However it was so loud in the restaurant it was impossible to carry a conversation. For that reason alone I would likely not go back. Nothing to absorb the sound

DW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with a group of 6 on a Saturday. We were sat quickly and our food came out fast! Everyone in our group enjoyed their lunch!

MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great space for adults and age 5-11 year old grandcchildren--nice ambiance and food selections for Mother's Day Brunch. We'll definitely do it again next year!

PH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food/drink, and atmosphere. Thank you!!!!!

JU
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for restaurant week 2018 with my girlfriends. I was very impressed with the food. Presentation was wonderful, crab cakes were excellent.. I am definitely looking forward to going back again.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went during Richmond restaurant week and was very pleased. Loved the ahi tuna appetizer and the desserts!

J
London
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely menu and great employees. Food was fab! Went in a group of 8 and everyone enjoyed their food.

MB
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Samatha is a terrific server, very personable. The crab soup was delicious. The shrimp was the best I’ve ever tasted. The chicken wings were hands down the best we’ve ever had. Also has a salad with warm blueberries and balsamic dressing. Outstanding. All in all, we would definitely go back and recommend everyone try this restaurant .

DW
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I had not been in Sam Miller's for about twenty years when friends from out of town and my wife and I had dinner there. Despite my good memories of years before, the restaurant was not clean, even the menu was spotted and dirty, and the food was merely so-so in quality though quite generous portions. Our server was inexperienced and somewhat sloppily dressed, and was not attentive to our needs nor graceful in his service. Oddly, having made reservations through Open Table earlier, we stopped by to look at the menu that afternoon and were warned by the hostess that they were accepting no more reservations for that night. When we arrived, the restaurant was not busy, with many open tables and stayed that way throughout our meal.

JB
New England
81 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time eating here. Noted the large seafood entrees but good choices. Coming from a seafood city found their choices were good but not the best I have eaten. Would probably not go back. I think it would be fine for those who like seafood in general.

DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was a loud party of girls soccer players there which accounted for the noise, but not for the first 2 entrees which were sold out by 6 pm, and the wine which they didn't have but replaced with a warm bottle of another "equal" wine. The corn meal dusted trout was very good, as were the fried oyster appetizers. Hush puppies were little overcooked rocks. Disappointing despite a charming waitress.

TK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious fried oyster appetizer - maybe best I have ever had. Very good cream of crab soup.
Good, attentive service.

LB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and some fellow work colleagues enjoyed a lovely Valentine's dinner at Sam Miller's while visiting Richmond for business. The food was delicious and the drinks were fresh. Our server Mel was so attentive and eager to make our experience wonderful. The lobster corn chowder was perfection.

KN
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch with friends! Service and food was fabulous. Great atmosphere! Will definitely return at some point. Trying to get into Town more often to experience all the eclectic food finds.

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