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Dot's Back Inn

#132 of 1,393 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 64
  • 52
    Very good
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  • 4
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Could be great

Atmosphere was great. Mixed up our orders which kind of ruined the experience. Will try them again hoping it was an honest mistake.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Wilmington, North Carolina
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always ask about dessert first..... Rule one of eating at local restaurants! Second visit here..... For me to hit a restaurant twice when visiting a city as large as Richmond speaks volumes.... Foodies always check out the next best thing, but.... The last time we were there was in the middle of the day... This time was at the peak... More 

Thank jaye528
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112 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dan liked his fish special and our friends enjoyed their meals (tuna special and veg platter). If you're doing a vegetarian meal, do the veg platter, not the falafel gyro. Falafel and pita hard & crunchy.

Thank phoebendan
Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmosphere was great. Mixed up our orders which kind of ruined the experience. Will try them again hoping it was an honest mistake.

Thank dmwphoto
Glen Allen, Virginia
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375 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I personally love diners and dives and I was really looking forward to this restaurant. I was somewhat disappointed overall because everything, from the decor to the dessert, was just very average. We arrived around 6:30 on a Friday night, which appeared to be just the right time, because it got quite busy about 30 minutes later. The seating inside... More 

Thank kandkwed
Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

What can I say? The food was outstanding! Service was outstanding! We loved this place! I had the Cajun Pot Pie with Cajun beans for a side. My friend had the NY Strip. WOW! We couldn't stop talking about it! Small little place but it was cozy and the staff were great. Please go if you are in the area.

Thank thelionandlamb
Newport News, Virginia
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74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This place is pretty small so you may have to wait awhile but well worth it. The menu selection combines the very traditional with some unique items and portions are really large. I had a spinach, feta and artichoke omelet, which I could barely finish. My husband had a kielbasa omelet. Our server was great but saw another one snapping... More 

Thank Littchr
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Overall great atmosphere. The Turkey Reubens was wonderful. Word of advice...you must be able to parallel park.

Thank Melissa R
Chicago vicinity
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215 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This was my favorite Triple D stop during a recent road trip. The Wife and I stopped on a Friday evening. It was busy and had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. I loved the nostalgic ambience, the lively atmosphere, good service and great burgers. We both thought that the burgers were some of the best ever at a... More 

Thank BigTool
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Very cool "american diner" type setting. The food is very unique and always original. If you'd like to pack the calories, i highly recommend the Elvis pie for dessert.

Thank Matthew F
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Have been wanting to go for a while and we found a great hang out spot with great food! Crab cakes were outstanding but leave room for Elvis Pie! We will be back!

Thank UKcatdownsouth

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: 804-266-3167

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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