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Mama J's Kitchen

415 North 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-7449
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Ranked #8 of 1,277 restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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88% Recommend
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Best fried chicken voted by all in large party. Collard greens tasty.Southern hospitality at it's best. Rasheka Williams gave great suggestions and excellent service!!

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Rochester, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

While traveling we searched the web and found this amazing soul food restaurant. The food was cooked to order. We had the trout, catfish, crab cakes, and barbecue ribs. (Four separate dinners of course). The seafood salad, and yams were my personal favorite. The collard greens and cornbread were also good. The hostess was pleasant and very attentive. It was... More

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Simpelveld, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife and I shared the fried chicken wingettes, spare ribs, and cat fish. The wingettes were absolutely perfect! The meat was fried to perfection and the crust was very tasteful and crispy. The homemade sauces were very, very good. I ordered the cat fish, since I read some people said it was the best cat fish ever. It was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The atmosphere was like eating at your familys dinner table.Everyone was so sweet and kind, and the food was delicious!! I've honestly never had food that everything was awesome! I stayed in Va for 4 days and we ate there everyday! It was a home away from home!!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very possibly the best catfish ever ! And I have eat a lot of catfish. Very small, but quite unique Friendly staff. Food takes a while to get to table but well worth the wait! Don't visit Richmond without going to Mam J's!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

read plenty of reviews on Mama J's. We decided to try it out, for a late father's day lunch (on a Sunday). I recommend others to arrive early because the wait could be 30 mins or more and the line is a bit long. There's really no waiting area. The restaurant dining area is cozy and a nice ambiance. As... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Had a great lunch in a very crowded semi-upscale restaurant on North First St which is on the North side of Broad Street in downtown Richmond. The service was great, the hostess very interesting and elegant and the food was very good. Parking is not easy and they also do catering.

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Farmville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

You can't beat a visit to Mama J's. The place is rather small, and there's usually a line, but the food is definitely worth the wait. The catfish and collards are a must. The servings are large, but make sure and save room for dessert. The peach cobbler can easily serve 3 people, and the slices of cake are huge... More

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richmond, va
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have eaten here 5 times, I have stopped ordering the collards, every time mine were tough and had sugar in them, I like mine with ham, not sweet. Baked chicken is good, catfish good, pork roast and pork chop good. I find the Mac and cheese bland and not creamy. The rolls and muffins are good but don't expect... More

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137 reviews 137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In Richmond for a seminar, this restaurant was within walking distance of my hotel and highly recommended. The place was packed with people in line inside the door! I think everyone at the seminar had gone come here for a southern meal. We had super-duper fried chicken and mac & cheese along with sweet tea, southern staples that did not... More

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