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Mama J's Kitchen

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415 North 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-7449
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 179
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tasty Food

Visited this restaurant twice during our 5 day stay in Richmond. The food was absolutely wonderful. It reminded me of my family gatherings! Be prepared for a doggie bag because the portions are big. Save room for dessert. My family and I managed to sample several (German chocolate cake, peach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Florida
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Florida
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Visited this restaurant twice during our 5 day stay in Richmond. The food was absolutely wonderful. It reminded me of my family gatherings! Be prepared for a doggie bag because the portions are big. Save room for dessert. My family and I managed to sample several (German chocolate cake, peach cobbler, bread pudding, lemon pineapple). My mouth is watering now... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed Mama J's at the Hardywood Brewery. To die for chicken, ribs, catfish (excellent!), sweet potatoes, cole slaw and more. And desserts beyond belief. The lightest, moist white cake with a fluffy frosting with coconut and pineapple.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit to Mama J's and I can definitely say, without hesitation, that it won't be my last! I'd like to tell you that it is a "secret" dining destination, but believe me, the secret is out. Everyone seems to know how awesome the food is here judging by the long lines that form for lunch and... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Simple food done exceptionally well. I've never had an "okay" meal at Mama J's...every one has been great. The secret, I think, is a kitchen that doesn't try to do fancy-shmancy things with the latest food fad, but rather takes simple ingredients--catfish, collard greens, potatoes, corn muffins--and prepares them with care and with love. There's not a bad thing on... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I eat here whenever I go to Richmond. There is always a line out the door, because the food is excellent! The fried chicken, greens , mac & cheese and yams are amazing. If you have room please try the deserts. The peach cobbler! omg! and the coconut cake are to die for!

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I've lived in Richmond my entire life, but I had never been to Mama J's. I decided to finally try it out on a Friday at 5:00 PM and it was packed. My family ended up deciding to get out take out since it would be a lot faster than waiting for a table. We got our food within thirty... More 

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Annapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

2nd visit to this place and greatly enjoyed it both times. Great value. Superior comfort food. Killer cakes! I've had the catfish, shrimp, chicken for mains. Sides all great, especially the greens. Make SURE you save room for cake $

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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Awesome and fried tasty kitchen, the macaroni and cheese was once of the best I ever tastes, the mash potatoes was cold when I received it but the server was courteous and change for collars greens.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have eaten here several times and the food is always the same. GREAT... This place maybe small, but that what makes everything wonderful and comfortable....

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Chose this restaurant based on tripadvisor reviews. Was not disappointed. Catfish and side dishes were great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 415 North 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: (804) 225-7449

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?