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Dot's Back Inn

#103 of 1,411 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Californian
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4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
804-266-3167
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Tried this place due to advertisement on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Was pleased with the service and food. Pigs in a Blanket were great and so were the burgers.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
919FrankieTraveler
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Dining on a budget
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Tried this place due to advertisement on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Was pleased with the service and food. Pigs in a Blanket were great and so were the burgers.

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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Dot's was named for a waitress and is popular with the locals of Bellevue neighborhood. The menu is diner fare and surprisingly good. Service by tattooed waitresses is decent, sometime brusque, but that adds local color. Still smells of smoke: the decades old ghosts of smoking patrons in the walls? Lots of character. We recommend the fish.

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Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a classic hole in the wall type place. Cold beer, good food, but nothing fancy about the decor or plating arrangements. Order off the White Board Specials menu- the seafood is excellent. My favorite dish on the regular menu is the Chicken McArthur.

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raleigh
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My eating at Triple D restaurants thus far has left me pretty much disappointed. Dot's Back End continues that trend for me. As an old professional chef, I've made it a habit to search out fun little places to eat. I've cooked and had the best of the best in food. In todays world of instant food, it's harder to... More 

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Agawam, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a local landmark. A bit small and tight inside, with barfly's against our back while we were eating. Breakfast for the 4 of us was good-very good. My omelette was only OK, but everyone else was very positive. Prices were fair, service good. Definitely worth a shot for breakfast. Menu was interesting as well.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic burgers. Went late at night. A good bit of noise and big bar scene, so perhaps not a place for children, but burgers are excellent, low priced with quick service

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great blueberry pancakes! 3 in the order. Can also order lunch in the am instead of breakfast so then I went with the steak and cheese sub added grilled mushrooms with a side of grits it was great. Returned for great dinner specials that night. Had seared sesame tuna and chicken teriyaki bowl off of the specials board which change... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Dot's Back Inn is a very popular local restaurant. The service on a Saturday morning was very slow when there were only a few tables occupied. The coffee was poured from a carafe and was less than tepid. The food was good and ample. Obviously, locals have kept it open for 24 years but it isn't an option I will... More 

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Irvington, Virginia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This unique restaurant has a large menu of comfort food. I couldn't help but notice the condiment table on the side of the room. Tabasco, Texas Pete, A-1, yellow mustard (not Grey Poupon), and other good stuff. But comfort food is not quite fair, because it's really good comfort food and it has items that get closer to fine dining.... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We stopped here just passing through Richmond, after seeing it on DDD. We visited on a Monday night, and the place was pretty empty, seated quickly in the outdoor area. We started off with the nachos and Mediterranean pie. We liked the nachos, but the pie was not the best. For entrees we had the pulled pork sandwich, falafel salad,... More 

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
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?