Vagabond

3.9
134 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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ML
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience for a celebratory dinner for my best friend's birthday. Devin, our waiter provided service that was beyond excellent. He was very hospitable and made our entire party feel welcomed. It was a great experience overall.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very small menu. Ordered the Deviled Eggs as the appetizer and the Shrimp Po Boy as the Entree. The eggs were good, not great at $1 dollar an egg, probably wouldn't buy them again. The Po Boy came with only 4 Shrimp, while nice sized were overcooked and hard and slightly chewy. The sandwich needed more sauce and a higher meat to bread ratio, as the bread overpowered everything, the bread should simply be a vessel to carry the goodness. Service was fast, friendly and accurate, so no complaints there. Overall would go back to try something else. Will probably go every time before a concert at the National due to the early access feature. All the food was probably $2-3 dollars overpriced, but alas that is Richmond.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very yummy, tasted clean and refreshing on a hot Saturday evening. The service was amazing and the staff is very friendly. The interior of the restaurant is bigger than it appears- and the downstairs is even more of a surprise. Loved the visit!

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TS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

there was a concert at the National and the place was overloaded, with not enough help to serve - but overall the food was very good and a value for the money - I definitely recommend the place, even if you go when you're going to the concert, just get there early

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Entire Evening Was Perfect! The Food was Hot, Flavorful and a Plenty! Oh Yeah that drink “Silly Rabbit” it was on point too.. For sure I will be back!

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s
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you haven't been please go you wont b upset the customer service is 6 stars the night I went it was storming and the employees where walking people out with umbrellas very impressive food was delicious just amazing.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food but disorganized staff. Wrong drinks, didn't check us in under our reservation (so it looked like we didn't go at all)

Portion size was good. We'd still go again, especially since its right next to the music venue

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RP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

We got the early dine in reservation before a concert at the National theater.
We waited 45 min for over cooked food. Our waiter was great but the delay caused us to rush through dinner to get in early.
We had friends who came and never saw a waiter to order. Also people walked in went downstairs and got in early without spending any extra$$ as a requirement that this restaurant requires for early access. BTW there was no early entrance, we went in at 7 pm like everyone else

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M
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Reserved table was waiting for us and set. Wingettes were cooked very well and tasted great. I was going to a show at National so went here so I could get the early entry. Placed order for one salad & 6 appetizers around 550pm. They arrived around 630pm, with 2 items missing. We had to enter for the show at 645pm. They were nice enough to give money back on stuff that never arrived. Drink service was timely.

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L
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Advantage of eating there is getting into The National next door early. Food service somewhat disorganized.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was slow despite there being many open tables. The waiter was friendly and patient with my elderly grandmother when he greeted her and asked for her order, but he did not check on the table as often as he should have. The appetizers came out with the entrees, which was disappointing. The lighting was extremely dim. The music was at "club/lounge" level. The food was extremely salty and the portions (for some entrees like the catfish sandwich) were NOT generous in fact the piece of bread was bigger than the piece of fish. I'm sorry I took my mother and grandmother here for an early Mother's Day dinner. They deserved better.

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TL
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. The catfish was flaky and seasoned well. Shrimp and Grits were no longer on the menu but the chef fixed it at my request. It was delicious. I will definitely be back!

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LJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

This is supposed to be an upscale Mama J’s but it is not! You are better off going to Mama J’s! Collard greens tasted like they came out of a can! Never again.

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F
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Interesting southern inspired food and fantastic cocktails.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Just went there to get in early for Whitesnake. Cheese grits were hard-not done. Bread pudding was pure liquid smoke and fried apples. Had reservations for 5, food didn't come until 5:50. Because of the concert it was beyond packed. Otherwise it was okay. Nothing to be excited about. They really need to clean the whatever off the ceiling and seriously so a good clean on the place.

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RH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at Vagabond to take advantage of the early entry option for The National Theater nextdoor. We had never done this before and the wait staff was very helpful in explaining what we needed to do. And they made sure we were served and had our check in plenty of time to make the show.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience!!!! Great live music downstairs and staff is super friendly. Highly recommend!

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DD
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have a standing date in the third Tuesday of every month and this time we were three as two were attending a funeral. Vagabond has been in the list I keep of places to try and it didn’t disappoint.
The fried shrimp appetizer were very tasty and a good, light breading that did not overwhelm the flavor.
Entrees consumed were pork chop, mashed potato (no green vegetables) and a muffin. 7/10.
Hamburger with fries, and blackened salmon, and both sandwiches were good, although the fries were a little salty. The salmon was cooked to my liking (not well done) and the burger medium.
That night was apparently open mike night and the downstairs venue looked perfect for entertainment.
A fun place and a fun night.

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A
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
10 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
4 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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