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Southerly Restaurant and Patio - Richmond

290 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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Southerly Restaurant and Patio is a new American restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Iconic red floors and hanging lamp chandeliers paired with wood furniture and booth seats make the dining room into a stylish environment for a meal. Indoor seating is available all year, and outdoor patio seating is open when it's warmer. Southern comfort is seen not just in the food on the menu, but also in the service and the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant itself. Southerly Restaurant and Patio is a great place to host a private event, with private banquet halls available for larger groups and parties.

On the menu, guests can find traditional southern classics such as the fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, crab cakes, shrimp and grits and the chicken and dumplings. The chefs of Southerly Restaurant recommend the pimento cheese fritters as an appetizer.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Small Plates: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Brunch: Saturday: 7:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 292-3447
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Durante
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Private party facilities
Private Dining Space seats 60 for full sit down dinner or can be split into two spaces for 30 people. Outdoor space also available.
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Private party contact
Naomi Conklin: (804) 292-3447
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We offer off-site catering through our Southern Season Deli and Prepared Foods department. Contact us directly for more information.
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Cross street
Waller Rd.
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Parking details
We offer a private lot for our customers.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipbwana (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on April 10, 2016

In essence our food was fine but there were seasoning issues with all of our brunch meals. My fried green tomatoes were almost flavorless (unsalted) and tough. Individual elements of a couple of my guests meals were good but overall experience was underwhelming. Service was a little slow given that we had arrived before the church crowd. Prices were good but I had hoped for a better overall meal. Will return for dinner with hopes of a better experience.

vipSpeco (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Service is slow, waiter is nowhere to be found. Forgot to bring a glass of wine ordered. Overall a bad experience.

vipDrYBB (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

The Easter Brunch was a disappointment. Their regular menu is much stronger, tastier with more options. The brunch price was reasonable but they up charged certain items (i.e. Lamb). Beverages were NOT included in the price. Perhaps there was fine print somewhere that there would be additional charges. If so, I missed it.

I had eaten there three times before and had confidence in their food. This brunch would not have been a good first impression if our friends had joined us. Still, I love the "idea" behind the restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2016

Our family of four had a great experience. The food was excellent. I loved the shrimp and grits and my husband could live off of the pimento cheese poppers. A kids menu is available (kids meals come with a scoop of ice cream :) ) and the kids meal portion size was larger than many other restaurants. Our server, Jeffrey, was wonderful and did everything he could to make experience excellent. It was fun to shop at the Southern Seasons store after dinner. We will return.

1.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

The service was terrible for a restaurant that was empty. Our drink order took fifteen minutes. We received bread at the table twenty minutes after arriving. We waited so long for the appetizers that the main course came before we had a chance to finish the appetizers. Sorry for such a long wait the food was less than stellar.

The steak was cooked beyond desired doneness requested and was dry without flavor. The sweet potato fries were flimsy and flavorless. The pork was cooked to the preferred temperature but again lacked flavor.

Attention to the table, i.e., refilling of water and offering refills of drink orders was very disappointing. Restaurant did not live up to the expectations other reviewers shared.

Ronnie (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

We had been wanting to dine there for some time and finally found the time. The food tastes good, no doubt, but we felt that for the tiny portions versus what is charged for those portions, it is a bit over-rated. It isn't that good. Sees like you're paying for the experience, the overhead, and the chef's name, more so than the sheer quality of the food. Sorry, but that's the impression we left with.

vipRVAdiner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

If you're going to name something on your menu "slap yo mama," your wait staff really needs to have a sense of humor. Our server was probably several decibels too snobbish for this restaurant. Food was okay. Nothing to go out of your way for.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

The food was very rich not my kind of food. We were there for a business meeting lunch. The waitress was too pushy not with selling us food but to get out. When she presented us with our dishes she asked us if it is a one or separate check. Knowing that they use Micros system. I won't return.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

This was the best decision I've made thus far this year! My husband and I made reservations for Valentine's Day - our first dinner out for V-Day in over 12 years of marriage! It was a prix-fixe menu with three courses, and optional wine pairing. Delicious, good portions and the wine pairings were spot on. Service was gracious and on-point. Definitely will be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The restaurant was not promoting a special brunch for Valentines' Day; however, they were promoting an evening special -- therefore, it was a great time to come for brunch bas it was not crowded, service was excellent and food was delicious. The staff was very attentive, and our meal arrived quickly. Prices are very reasonable. Always fun to browse in the Southern Season shop after a meal. They have a lot of specialty items that are hard to fine elsewhere. They carry a lot of local products as well.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

The restaurant was nice and quiet for two people we were seated in a booth meant for at least five people. Our waiter Geoffrey was very funny and polite which made dinner that much better. The food was amazing and the crab dip was the best I've ever had. I would recommend Southern Season to everyone!

Rainman (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Went for a small plate of "etoufee" mac & cheese. I also wanted to try the bacon and cheddar cornbread, but they were out already. I enjoyed the mac and cheese but it was 95% mac cheese and 5% etoufee. Tasted good, but for $13 it really should be a larger portion or at least more of the good stuff.

There were many beers on special, it was difficult to pass up a $2 breakfast stout. Others in our party went for the Isley Stout, and only after they were drinking them a manager stopped by to explain our waiter made a mistake and those beers were not on special and she was really sorry. Yeah? Then comp them or eat the mistake. Instead, we got to pay full price.

Plukie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

This is a great place to have a celebration and dine. Everything was delicious and after you dine, you can visit the store next door!

vipfergie67 (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Dined here last Friday and had one of the worst meals I have had in Richmond. The service was slow, they were out of basic items like Miller Lite beer. The bill came and it was over $200 for four people, not worth it at all! SO many better places in Richmond to eat!

Shilohgirl (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

Southerly does a great job with arranging a business lunch. I've dined there several times and the food is great, the atmosphere is quiet but cheerful, and in good weather, the outdoor patio is also a great choice.
After lunch, a browse through the gourmet store is always a "must"!

vipAGPnEFH (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2016

Southerly never fails!

vipKenN (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

We wanted to like this restaurant. It's attractive, and the menu is a little different from standard fare. Disappointment began with the hostess. Our reservation specified a booth. She asked if we wanted a booth or a table, not bothering to read the note. She led us to a booth in the bar which was being cleaned, and, rather than asking if we wanted to wait, led us to a small corner two-top in the corner of the bar. The waiter was fine--when he was there, but was also the bartender, and spent most of his time setting up the bar. The manager, when not talking to one table he apparently knew, stood at the bar talking to the bartender.
We both ordered soup, which wasn't bad, although I was served the wrong soup, but since no one asked how it was, I ate it. We had no napkins or silverware--the person delivering the food brought napkins after we asked. Later, the waiter brought silverware. We both had sandwiches. My wife's Fried Green Tomato BLT had minimal bacon, and the basil aioli was so heavy she had to scrape some off. My chicken salad had big chunks of chicken, but not much more--a rare case of Southern food needing more dressing! My wife's fries were coated with salt. When she remarked about it to the waiter as he cleared a plate with two-thirds of them remaining, his response was that they're usually not that heavily salted, period. The manager was apparently too busy to come over after the comment, or at any other point.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

Hostess and Servers were very accommodating. We had to change time of reservation once we arrived and it wasn't a problem. Our server was excellent. Don't remember his name. The food was tuna melt could have been better if the cheese had been a bit warmer.

vipElizabethB (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

We closed down the restaurant with a 3 PM reservation on Sunday. Burgers, fried green tomatoes BLT, chicken salad sandwich, and Cobb salads were delicious but we felt the food was pricey, particularly given the portion size. Service was excellent starting out but ended poorly with a 10+ minute wait for someone to pick up the bill with our credit card. My husband finally gave up and tracked down a different waiter when ours was nowhere to be found.

DebbieDines (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

Best chicken and waffles I have had in Richmond! Others in my party greatly enjoyed their grits and their biscuits. Our server was attentive and knowledge of the menu items. Have already recommended it to friends and will definitely go back.