The Franklin Inn

4.2
85 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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, fine wines, bourbons and scotches.
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Richmond
58 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!

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

Great atmosphere. Good casual food.

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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.

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

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

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DC
Richmond
9 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)!

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

A great time with friends. Love our neighborhood spot!

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MS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Charleston
8 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.

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BM
New York Area
35 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.

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

Food was good, service was excellent.

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

The barbecue sandwich was top notch!

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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

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J
Richmond
27 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.

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J
Richmond
27 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.

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

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

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NT
Washington DC
7 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

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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!

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

Excellent, I will return!

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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.

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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.

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SW
Baltimore
8 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!

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

This was my first visit. The 60 mile drive was worth it. The staff friendly and professional the food yummy

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KZ
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a ladies dinner night . The service was excellent from being seated until we finished. The food was delicious . Would definitely go back again

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Food and service were good but crowd was strange. VERY neighborhood style place. That’s usually a good thing, but in this case, numerous people at the bar (in a very small space) kept starring at us with scowls as if to say, “what are YOU doing here?” Overtly unfriendly crowd. It went on all evening, making things very uncomfortable. Won’t go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy having a great restaurant within walking distance! Staff is attentive & friendly.

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BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If it wasn't for Open Table, we wouldn't have ever gone. We were in the Scott's Addition area and couldn't get a seat. Got on Open Table to find something close. Able to reserve a table and get right in. Nice neighborhood bar/restaurant and good food!

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was quite nice. Great pre-theatre spot to dine outside.

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t
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid, simple place to get a good meal in a good /friendly atmosphere.

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WB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first time at this restaurant and it was $5. hamburger night. There was a large crowd standing around the bar. The burgers look great, but we were there for a Valentines dinner. We were seated at the last table, across from the end of the bar and kitchen where all food was prepared. This was our waitress's first night and she did good. We ordered a bottle of wine and this was her first experience at uncorking a bottle, but she did good. We immediately ordered dinner. Our meal was slow arriving, as the kitchen was very busy cooking burgers and it was small. It was OK, but we do not plan to return.

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D
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had 4 people for dinner. One of us was served the wrong dinner which he went ahead and ate. I felt like there should have been some price adjustment for that but it was not offered. The rockfish was very tasty. The fried zucchini was disappointing - a big battered mess with a little sliver of zucchini inside. The wait staff was very nice.

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AH
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local eatery. Very small but inviting. Nice bar with great drinks (my wife loved their bloody mary). Server was wonderful. Owner or perhaps manager checked on us as well. Food was very good. Their spinach dip with pita chips was excellent! The buffalo chicken sandwich was too big to finish but was good (maybe a little too tender - not kidding). Everyone else really enjoyed their meal. We'll be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Went there for the low country shrimp and grits. I was their first customer of the morning and they were out of grits.

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RV
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Franklin Inn is what we wish Stella's would be - a true neighborhood gem!

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c
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and food! Service is great too very friendly neighborhood vibe

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R
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was ordinary but OK for the price; the service good; the atmosphere was about what you'd expect for a local bar with a kitchen but the problem (on a Saturday night) was the the noise level from the bar- very loud.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the outdoor seating on a casual Monday evening for the steak special! Very relaxed vibes and love that the restaurant is tucked into a neighborhood

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W
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

1.5 hours to get food. Many dishes not available. Waitstaff really nice.

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HW
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is excellent, as was service. Don't go expecting fancy decor. Do expect to leave satisfied. Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

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RR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful neighborhood find! I'm from Charlottesville, and was visiting friends in Richmond, VA for the weekend. A long-time friend had recently moved to Richmond and said she was now working here at Hamilton Inn! The bar seating was cosy but ambient, and the big table under the big window was charming. The food was delightful and filling. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the experience. Thanks, Hamilton Inn!

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