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Sidewalk Cafe

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2101 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220-4527
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Surprisingly great food!!

My wife and I have tried Sidewalk Cafe about three times over the last few years and always say "Why don't we come here more often?" Probably the reason is we, and most people, think of Sidewalk as a place to grab a cheap beer or to have that small pub atmosphere. The truth is this place actually... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Sidewalk is a Richmond institution. Tiny and dark inside but lively and tasty with huge portions and a wide-ranging menu. Their food is never thrown together. Weekend brunch can become a total dance party with the awesome barkeep knowing just when to turn up the music. Pitures of bloodies and mimosas flow and sometimes spill. There can be a long... More 

Thank Liz_F121
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The brunch is one of the best in the city both for food and atmosphere. Get there early as it always fills up. The regular meals are outstanding as well. You get massive servings for a low price. Cannot recommend this place enough. Be sure to check out the specials each night as they offer a nice twist to some... More 

1 Thank Hunter C
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Food as ordered was fantastic. $6 burger night on Wed. Fantastic deal. I'm a police officer and I was with 5 others all in uniform. My partner was not allowed to eat her pre-prepared meal at our table, so she was ostrasized to the car. Though the food was righteous in all fairness, I won't be back.

Thank Chips247
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Sidewalk has been a favorite spot for inexpensive, good bar food for years. Unfortunately it seems to have seen better days. My last visit brought poorly prepared food (way undercooked, gristly fish) and a surly, defensive response from the waitress. The bar scene in this small place can be very loud. And the old space is dingy, dark and seems... More 

Thank Rob W
Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is the second time I visited this restaurant. It is located in a quite neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia and is a bar cum restaurant. On Tuesdays it is taco night. The restaurant is very cozy but a bit noisy. Taco Tuesday is very popular and we had to wait to get seated (both times). Service is friendly and efficient.... More 

Thank MarcoPolo00
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Always stop in when I'm on this side of town. ..great food and atmosphere! Can't help but to keep coming back.

Thank Amelia E
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I just had to write a review- I moved to Richmond about 5 years ago and I have been here maybe 10 times and I've always enjoyed the "diner style" menu with all of it's options. I usually get a sandwich, but last night my friend and I ordered (shared) the cheese fries appetizer and the spaghetti entree and man,... More 

Thank 3Andyy
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My wife and I have tried Sidewalk Cafe about three times over the last few years and always say "Why don't we come here more often?" Probably the reason is we, and most people, think of Sidewalk as a place to grab a cheap beer or to have that small pub atmosphere. The truth is this place actually has some... More 

Thank Pjflyer
Richmond, Virginia
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177 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I would call the Sidewalk Café a neighborhood "joint." And, I'm using the word "joint" in a very positive way, that is, a place that is popular because it has good food and drink, reasonably priced. We seek out "joints" in any and every city that we travel to. The Sidewalk Café is one of a fair number of restaurants/bars... More 

Thank urbanguy
Richmond, Virginia
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My husband read in our local paper, a great review of the "Sidewalk Cafe"! My question is who gave it a good review so I can avoid visiting recommended restaurant! All I ask for is a clean, friendly place with good food! I walk in on a floor that look like a sidewalk, "DIRTY"! As we waited for our table... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2101 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220-4527
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: 804-358-0645

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:30 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:30 am - 2:00 am

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