Vagabond

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116 reviews
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Vagabond restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, is part of the Mama J's family of restaurants and has all the elements of a quality dining establishment. Located next to The National Theater, it is a popular spot to grab a bite to eat either before or after a show. The open space features large wooden tables and mismatched lighting fixtures and artwork, giving it a modern, funky vibe. The staff at the Vagabond is friendly and aims to provide stellar service to every patron.
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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty. Not a large selection but what was provided was great. Waitress accommodated the large party well. Nice atmosphere

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NM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome space, food, and customer service! When I looked at the menu I instantly knew grilled pork chops! They did not disappoint, nor did the mashed potatoes, mac-N-cheese, or brussel sprouts!

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Came there for dinner and drinks before a show... we had such a good time at Vagabond before the show that after the show we went back for more drinks. Had a blast there, If ever in downtown Richmond again I will make this visit.

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CV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I didn’t like that the kitchen closed before 11:00 p.m.. I wanted to order the bread pudding to go.

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N
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A solid choice for a downtown meal, especially if you are attending an event at The National. Drinks are pricey but the menu is reasonable. A couple of good vegetarian options. The French fries are delicious! Competent wait staff.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice place to eat before the concert next door! good food and cozy atmosphereb

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Service was great. Would definitely go back!

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B
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinning experience! I will be sure to return in the future to take advantage of the live entertainent. Excellent server!

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Wait staff got us to our show at the National on time, though the waitress did disappear for some extended periods of time. Shrimp and grits was sooooooo good!

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Y
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was my first time attending Vagabond. The waitress was good, but my food was not. I had the Shepard's pie and it had ZERO flavor. And my Mac and Cheese was cold. The reason we decided to come to Vagabond was b/c the Legacy band was attending, but it wasn't until we got there that we found out that they are in a separate room. Some of my friends dishes were good, but I don't know if I would be in a rush to come back.

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and I absolutely loved it!! The food, the atmosphere, the service and the live music was outstanding! I will be back! Thank you so much for an awesome time! Many blessings to you all!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The hostess was rude and very inhospitable there are many other establishments I’d prefer to patronize as they value their customers and respect reservations and attention to detail. I was asked to order food to go and sit at the bar, as the bar does not serve food beyond appetizer , which the hostess was unaware of when she asked my party to sit at the bar to wait for a table or eat bar side. This request was unreasonable and far from a venue I will ever return to. Awful service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We wanted to make sure to support the RVA Black Restaurant experience week and the BIG give event. Dinner was great. It was quite busy but great nonetheless.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over an hour for food and one couple never got their food at all. Will not be back.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I made a reservation and I was 5 minutes late to my surprise I was told by the host that someone else took my reservation and had the same name as me even after confronted with the host the lady still said that was her name and spelled the same way my last name is spelled. Instead of me being treated as if I was the originator of the reservation I was treated with oh well sit wherever you want there's only five minutes left for dinner anyway you won't be able to eat anything off the dinner menu

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The young lady in charge of event planning was amazing to work with. I only gave her one day of planning, for my wife’s birthday celebration and she made it happen. Drinks and food were waiting for guests as we planned and the staff were very accommodating. Thanks for a great experience and thanks for making my wife’s birthday special. She loved it!!!!

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was recently there for a show next door with a friend, and the waitress was amazing about letting us know what was quick to order on the menu since the doors to allow restaurant guests in early to the theater was only 45 minutes away.

We split a burger which was yummy and some brussel sprouts that were tasty. The Brussel Sprouts were a tad bit over-roasted but the seasoning and flavor made that easy to overlook. I would definitely recommend as a date place or great for a pre-concert meal.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Vagabond is a cool place and conveniently located next to the National. Disappointed at the short window of time in which restaurant patrons can go to the concert venue directly. My husband really enjoyed his burger. I got shrimp and grits and while flavorful, it was barely warm when I got it. Service was nice but slow.

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Slow service. Didn't ask us for a second drink or refill our water or clear plates. Barely made it to our show on time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was poor. Took a while to get in food order. Appetizers took 45 minutes to get to our table so we canceled our dinner order. Server did not come back to check on us for long periods of time and when we tried to pay for our drinks and apps she never came back so we had to give our credit cards to the host up front to check us out.

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SU
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

WE WENT THERE TO GET IN EARLY TO THE NATIONAL FOR A SHOW. WE HAD A SEAT BY THE WINDOW WHICH WAS EXCEPTIONAL SEEING THE OTHER TABLES. OUR WAITRESS WAS EXCELLENT WITH SERVICE. THE ONLY THING I WOULD SUGGEST IS MAYBE A FEW MORE ITEMS ON THE MENU. OVERALL EXCELLENT AND WE WILL GO AGAIN!

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KW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Beautiful space with great service, food & entertainment. Live music 5 nights a week and excellent location.

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DP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had 6:00 reservations and we were seated promptly. I was concerned whether the crowd and waitstaff would be an issue for us going to the show at 7:30. Our waitress Rihondra (sorry if spelled it wrong) was great, along with all the staff, very pleasant and engaging. We had the the Tomato Bisque soup and fried catfish, with both being exceptional. We will be back.

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w
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, limited menu. It got a little busy as there was a concert that night next door. Servers seemed to be a little overwhelmed.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 5:30pm Sunday prior to a concert next door at the National. The table was not ready for our party of ten at the appointed time. The party was seated at 5:45. We ordered drinks, and after nearly twenty minutes, I was informed that the bar was unable to make my drink (a sazerac). Drinks were delivered to the rest of the table after this. My drink (now a Manhattan) was brought nearly fifteen minutes later. Our food order wasn’t taken until nearly 6:30, which is when the doors were opening for our show. At 7pm, we began to worry that we were going to miss our show, scheduled for 7:30. We asked for the manager. After 10-15 more minutes, the “manager” appeared. I place this in quotes because I have sincere doubts that this was actually the GM of the restaurant. He was extraordinarily nonchalant about our terrible service and offered to pay for our round of drinks. While this was appropriate, we now needed to leave for the show and had seen no evidence that our food was any where near completion. The “manager” wiped our bill.

This was a disastrous outing in which no one got to eat anything (even starters) and only managed to get one round of drinks in NINETY MINUTES.

We will never walk through the doors of Vagabond again and would recommend it to no one. If I could give the establishment zero stars, I would.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Arrived for our reservation early to an empty restaurant and got the worst table in the house (next to the elevator). Very disappointing. Food was just okay. Service was just okay. Also, we were told we would have early access to the National (which is why we booked there) but at the last minute they changed their mind on and didn't allow. We ended up standing out in the cold waiting to get in to the show. Not very professional.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good was excellent ! I had the pasta with shrimp and it was the best I’ve ever had. Husband had burger and also said it was excellent.

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W
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good. We had a limited menu due to the early entry program that lets you into the neighbor National theater before anyone not eating at Vagabond, what a plus! I had catfish cornbread greens and Mac and cheese. No room for dessert but the bread pudding sounded great. Then we were escorted into the theatre to take our pick of the general admission. Seats. What a great evening.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my families first time there. We had a great server, good food, managment was very personable, enjoyed the live band. We plan on returning.

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LE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Very poor experience, made a reservation for a large party, they ran out of food, alcohol and condiments. Server was very flustered and had a poor attitude. Would not recommend this place for dinner due to awful service.

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Responded on January 28, 2019

Hi Larelle, I am sorry to hear about your experience. May I ask which food, alcohol and condiments were not at your disposal? Both floors were very busy and hiccups might arise but I would like to learn more from your end. I look forward to hearing your response. Respectfully, Jimmy Budd

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool service and nice waiters and waitresses !

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ND
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good and the live DJ downstairs made for a good time out celebrating a birthday.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was good however long waits for cocktails as the server said bar upstairs was busy. Then Need more staff and bar downstairs to serve drinks during peak times

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BE
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed it . Very good service. Food was also awsome

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I
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor and great chill vibe. The food was delicious and our server was awesome! She was very attentive and had great energy. Will definitely be back!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great, service was lacking.

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VB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

One of the worst dining experiences of our lives...service was horrible.. very small menu and they were out of 2 of the main entrée options. Beer was flat and taps don't seem to be cleaned out...the said they were tapping a new keg but never brought fresh beers for us or the table next to us...didn't seem to have a server for our section. Each time a waiter brought out a tray to our section, they had no idea which table the food belonged to- had to walk up and down and ask everyone if that was their order! Very poorly managed and a frustrating experience. We got our food 1 hour and 15 minutes after our reservation.... will never go back

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DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Short staffed on a night when Trans-Siberian Orchestra was in town. They were not prepared. I’ll leave it there.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Besides not having the table ready, everything else was great. The staff was great. Made me feel welcome. Had a wonderful birthday celebration. I will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

By far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in Richmond. I made a reservation at 6:15 for 4 people and when I arrived at 6:15 I was told that there were no tables available and asked if we could sit at the bar. I told them we had a reservation that I confirmed that day and that the bar would not work for our party. Some how they found a table in about 5 minutes. We had to grab a server and ask if we could order drinks after sitting for about 15 minutes. We were told about the limited "early menu" (even though it was almost 7:00pm). We made our choices from the very short menu and then we were told they were out of the brussel sprouts and the shrimp and grits. We all ordered burgers and when they finally came one looked like it had been dropped, was completely charred and hard as a rock. It looked like a hockey puck. They bought a replacement and removed it from the bill. Someone who said they we're the manager apologized for the burger. This was the same person that told me there were no tables available for our reservation so I find it hard to believe that he was the manager. We ran out of drinks and water twice and had to find someone to have them refilled. We finally finished up and left after almost 2 hours. We will not be back!

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