The Franklin Inn

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Welcome to The Franklin Inn. An historic neighborhood restaurant in the Museum district since 1930. Today we strive to continue to serve the neighborhood as a local gathering place with high quality food and drink . Come join us for our mix of classic American food with a modern twist, local craft beers, wines, bourbons and scotches.
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GG
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is everything it is supposed to be. It has a great neighborhood vibe, an attentive staff, and delicious food. If you want fancy, this is not for you. If you want food that makes you feel good and nice people, this is where you need to go.

TD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fan district dining at its best! Wanted something different and sat outside and enjoyed the evening!

SL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great neighborhood pub! I love the friendly staff. It's a boisterous and happy place, so if you are in a quiet mood, probably not the best place. But if you want to be around happy and chatty people, check it out. We ate brunch there and loved it. The food was very good. One of the waitresses brought over coloring books for our little girl. Very thoughtful. Highly recommended.

c
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great staff!

S
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very small cozy neighborhood pub style restaurant. Appetizers were all very good and plentiful. Not great for large groups. Bathroom access was a little dicey...especially with too many drinks or for those wearing heels. Very steep and dark stairs. They had had a water issue down there in recent days so the smell was not great down there, but you could not smell it upstairs. Service was very good.

DC
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We both were eating the sirloin steak special when a water bug joined us in the middle of the table. So much for our appetites. And all the waitress did was say sorry and comped a glass of wine.

FH
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A good find. A real locals place, if you're from out of town you'll be the only non-regular in there.

GG
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly service.

RF
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very Good food in the relaxed atmosphere of a real neighborhood restaurant. Food is straight forward and consistently very good- service trails the food quality by just a bit but is still more than adequate. If you have not been there, give it a try - we will be back.

W
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was good.

CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a fun vibe in the museum district and the food and service were outstanding!

CR
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated Mother's Day at the Franklin Inn. We found the restaurant to be a cozy, friendly place--just the sort of restaurant we like.

We both started with mimosas, (which, in honor of my late mother, I called a "Mom-miss-ya"). Delicious!

Then my wife had the Eggs Benedict with grits while I had one of the specials, Crab Benedict (substituting a crab cake for the slice of ham) and grits. Both versions of the Benedict were excellent. The grits were very good, also, the only criticism was that they were barely warm. (That's what caused the -1 star in my food rating.) This did not deter us from enjoying our brunch, though.

We expect to return to the Franklin Inn in the near future.

B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s day

EA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It was cute and the food was decent. Small and really basic menu. Really small - cramped space . The bathrooms were not clean and smelled.

A
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious. I recommend the steak dinner. Service was wonderful and attentive.

VG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch

d
Richmond
67 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a great neighborhood spot! Though the vibe is relaxed, the food is gourmet quality! Even the appetizers...great breading on the mozzarella sticks! The sliders are wonderful as well. Service was very attentive without being overbearing. Great job, guys!

CP
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Good casual food.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service and greeters were very nice. Had a 2 person table and they moved us to a booth so that we wouldn’t be by the door with the cold air. Place is small, good bar, not a great restaurant, but what we ordered tasted great. I have a feeling the kitchen size means the time for preparation will take longer than usual. I’ll go back, but probably for a 4pm beer.

k
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Best zucchini fries I’ve ever tasted.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The portions are plentiful and delicious. Attentive staff. Highly recommended.

DC
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of our favorite casual restaurants in Richmond! Staff is very friendly and helpful. Food is always tasty. Love the mozzarella sticks, but they run out every other visit (because they are so delish)!

JG
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great time with friends. Love our neighborhood spot!

MS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service! Priced just right too!!

HH
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Deplorable restroom was unventilated and very stuffy. Stairs leading down to restrooms were grimy and kitchen floor looked looked very dirty when I glanced in. Health inspector might need to pay them a visit. Our booth was cramped. Food was better than average but not remarkable. It felt more like a bar than a restaurant. Service was good; our cheerful waitress was doing her best while covering entire restaurant.

BM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Franklin Inn was a cozy spot. The food was decent. Service was decent except the food came out sporadic bursts. Ran out of the beer I was hoping for when I was there. A big distraction for us was a couple making out at the bar. Fine for Saturday night, I guess but not OK for Sunday afternoon with a family sitting two feet away.

AT
Seattle
66 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, service was excellent.

AB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The barbecue sandwich was top notch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Bar patron and bartender could talking loudly for whole restaurant to hear. Bar patron dropped f-bomb several times

J
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We love the Franklin Inn except for this one time. Food was luke warm to cold but the waitress graciously replaced it. The eggs benedict were overdone - more like to hard-boiled eggs. The grilled cheese is usually delicious but not so. Just bland, not much cheese.

We normally dine after a late afternoon movie. This was the first time we had eaten there on a sunday midday. Maybe that had something to do with it.

We'll be back.

J
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Super laid back with great food. Only takes us 5 minutes to get there. Close to everything.

G
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was top notch definitely worth a trip back!

NT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for Mothers Day Brunch I ordered scrambled eggs with 3 ingredients One ingredient not
available so I said 2 is fine Got an omelet rather than scrambled with cold toast and cold hash
browns. Everyone else got cold grits Server did not say anything about all of basically the same sides left on plates

LH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating college graduation with family all ages everyone enjoyed it love the building!

c
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, I will return!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for 8 not realizing we actually had 10 and our table was still perfect for all of us! Our server and bartender were awesome and made sure the drinks kept flowing! Everyone was happy and not to mention all our food was great! We plan regular brunches at different restaurants, and it’s safe to say we’ll definitely go back to the Franklin Inn.

JD
Wilmington
30 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everybody didn't know our names but in a couple of visits they probably would. Quite small. Kind of a neighborhood corner place. Friendly service. Good, not fancy, food. Not pricey. Went for brunch and enjoyed the visit. would go back.

SW
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Local Neighborhood Restaurant. Had it not been for Open Table we would never have tried the Franklin Inn. Food was great. We had the Spinach Artichoke Dip as an appetizer and it was fabulous! I would definitely recommend!

LV
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint neighborhood spot!!!! Wait staff very sweet, accommodating, and pretty.
Very good food!!

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