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Dot's Back Inn

4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
804-266-3167
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Ranked #82 of 1,275 restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Californian
Good for: Romance, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
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79% Recommend
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English first
Virginia
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Had a date night with my wife on a Thursday night and said, "let's hit Dot's" - a local institution and recent start of "Triple D". We were terribly disappointed. The ambiance is always great - and know this is a neighborhood "Joint" - not anything fancy. It's a roll into a place after a day of work, get a... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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175 reviews 175 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stopped her while traveling through Richmond based solely on TA reviews. So glad we did. Drove down a beautiful tree lined street before turning back into a neighborhood of older homes. Loved the atmosphere. Dot's is located on a busy little strip where there are several other restaurants. It is in an old house with a front porch. Very... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Undoubtedly one of the best meals I've had in a long time was the blackened grouper with cheese grits and a side of greens. The flavor was incredible. I can't wait to go back.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a no frills, neighborhood spot. That means really good food, lively (and busy) family place where they care about their patrons as people. We were staying in Richmond and didn't really know where to go. We found Dot's from Diners, Dives & Drive-Ins. And I bet the locals hate that fact...I would want Dot's for my own if... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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124 reviews 124 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We decided to try to find somewhere from Diners Drive-ins and Dives while passing through Richmond and discovered Dot's Back Inn. What an interesting find. A very small, and seemingly old establishment, the variety on the menu was enormous. Everything we tried was well prepared and the service was very friendly prompt. Food delivery is a bit slow, they tell... More

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crittenden,virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We got a take out lunch, even at 2 it was still a busy lunch crowd, but the waitress were busy keeping up. Got the black bean burger and cole slaw, and club sandwich with spicy potatoe salad. I have to say I have eaten allot of black beans burgers, but this was the best. The cost for two great... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Quality of food much worse with new owner. Ruining an iconic-named restaurant. Not as good as it used to be, Disappointing service and food now, I will not be back

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This restaurant is amazing! The waitresses are very nice the menu gives you lots of options and the food is amazing! The restaurant is themed for the 1940's and has a unique look. The service was good and got to us pretty quickly. The menu offers many options and even the choice to personalize your meal! The room is full... More

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is the type of place the only the locals know about but we find it by way of TA and DDD and checked it out while in town for the Anthem Richmond Marathon (I finished by the way) and we were not disappointment. This small joint was crowded on a saturday night and its size does not provide much... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We've been doing the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives thing to check out the places on the show. We got there around 8p and it was pretty busy. We met the owner and he was the nicest, friendliest person. He talked to us for almost the whole time we were there. Told us things to see in Richmond, other places to... More

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