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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vipCMiller
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, highly recommend the martini special, it’s refreshing.
They make their own salad dressing which was delicious. Wings were good, had the salmon for dinner which was salmon but the risotto was great, don’t know what the sauce was on it but it was really good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The flavor of the corned beef in my Reuben sandwich was good, but it was thick-cut, which made the sandwich a little hard to eat. (It was still tasty, though.) The food took a little longer to come out than I would have liked, but that’s perhaps to be expected under COVID conditions.

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vipJamieC
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! My husband had the chicken salad BLT sandwich and the chips. He ate every last bite. The chips were fresh and seasoned perfectly. I had the burger sliders and we ordered the half order of zucchini fries to split. The burgers were flavorful and delicious. The zucchini fries melted in our mouths. The sriracha ranch dipping sauce was fire! We loved the meal and the atmosphere. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable and the food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience in the midst of covid! Had just re-opened and they did a great job with social distancing, etc!

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vipSM2017
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the wait staff was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great chicken sandwich

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meals and great service at our Valentine’s dinner for 8.

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vipNancyT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Generally we have liked but this time 2 out 4 meals not up to par. Reuben had almost no corned beef. All sauerkraut and cheese. Grilled cheese needed more grilling. Middle absolutely cold

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BrettK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Try the biscuits and gravy and the french toast. Save room for grits.

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Nope
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We had been tot he Franklin Inn a few times prior and the food was pretty decent, but this last time was terrible. The food came out cold for both of our plates. I sent mine to be heated up...and even then it was still mildly warm. I think I bit down on a piece of glass that was chipped from the plate. The steak was so fatty that my friend could eat about 1/3 of it. We left and went to another restaurant to get a cup of coffee and a big dessert.

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earlydiner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sandwich came out from kitchen with very fatty slabs of the wrong meat, waitress was quick to take care of it

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RileyS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Franklin Inn was awesome!! We came on New Year's Eve, so it was more crowded and busy than usual, btu our food was delicious and moderately priced. I got a cheeseburger and I can honestly say it was one of the best I've had! TFI was located on the cutest little corner, across from a supermarket, and there was such a cozy vibe to it. Will definitely return here!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 for brunch. Everyone loved their food and the service was great!

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vipNew2Richmond
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Unsafe food preparation in the kitchen

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ScottW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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pajolie
Washington DC
15 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.

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viphowardb
Richmond
14 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.

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JoannaP
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.

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vipepicurious
Richmond
2 reviews
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 ??!!

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AlanB
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.

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beloved
Richmond
5 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!

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Colleen
Richmond
12 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.

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vipGGillette
New England
5 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.

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ThomD
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!

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vipScottL
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.

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celticgrl67
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great staff!

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Smitty
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.

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vipDavidC
Richmond
12 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.

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vipFrankHague
New York Area
30 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.

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vipGeoGal
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very friendly service.

RF
vipRalphFoodNotes
Richmond
32 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.

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vipWoodson
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipCherylS
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!

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CharlieR
Richmond
14 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.

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vipBill
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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EvelynA
Charleston
8 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.

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vipRachelK
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

There was a Strange odor coming from the bathroom. My husband excused himself to the restroom early on and came back wanting to leave immediately. He was completely grossed out by the condition and didn’t trust eating there. I though he was just overacting and convinced him to stay so that we didn’t cause a scene. This is not somewhere you go out to eat. This is somewhere you might get a drink. I’m not sure why they’re on Open Table.

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The Franklin Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 716-9493.

The Franklin Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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