The Franklin Inn

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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, wines, bourbons and scotches.
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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Unsafe food preparation in the kitchen

SW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good food, excellent service BUT the noise was so high that dinner conversation was impossible. I recommend you amp it down a few decibels.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mel's Supper Club really enjoyed our dining experience at The Franklin Inn. The service was great and the food was outstanding. We would definitely dine there again.

p
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our visit. I was especially impressed with the bartender who takes her craft very seriously, and does an excellent job making mixed drinks.

h
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood bar / restaurant. Cosy and not pretentious. The tin ceiling tiles have a nice look, butt bounce sound back so it is noisy. Nice selection of local brews. Fried zucchini was excellent. Sandwiches were very tasty, but the fries were a let down.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The older waitress (maybe the owner?) was dressed inappropriately in a see-through dress without underwear. Very offensive. The noise level was very loud, as well. If it wasn't for those two things, it would have been 5 stars across the board. Food was delicious! Service was good.

e
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Terribly uncomfortable seating. Marginal quality food . Not particularly clean . Had to ask for ice for my water . Glass of water was warm ??!!

AB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Yes, it is a tiny neighborhood bistro and they are understaffed, BUT the food was SO good and the vibe was great, so we didn't mind the extra time it took to get drinks or dessert. We just conversed with the other guests around us and enjoyed ourselves.

b
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They were very understaffed but the 2 wait staff tried super hard and the food was amazing. All the tables inside were full and most of the tables outside. It was not a problem for us that it took over an hour to get our drinks and food but they definitely need more help!

C
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small corner pub that appears to have regulars. Warm welcome and promptly given a choice for our table. Waitress said it was only her 3rd night, but she appeared to be an experienced waitress, was upbeat, polite, and offered good service. We happened to go on a night where $5 burgers were offered and 3 of our 4 guests ordered different varieties and all were great! We will return based on the food and the service.

GG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great staff!

S
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
Overall2food3service3ambience2

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very friendly service.

RF
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

EA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

VG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch

d
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Good casual food.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Best zucchini fries I’ve ever tasted.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

DC
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great time with friends. Love our neighborhood spot!

MS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HH
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
69 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was good, service was excellent.

AB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The barbecue sandwich was top notch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

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