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Mamma Zu's

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Italian, Californian
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501 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220-6242
(804) 788-4205
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Always great food.

I eat here every few months and have never been disappointed. My favorite dish by-far is the Shrimp Fra Diavolo. I have never had anything I didn't like. I highly recommend you try this place if you have not already... What are you waiting for, get down to Mamma Zu's!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Sean F
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166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I eat here every few months and have never been disappointed. My favorite dish by-far is the Shrimp Fra Diavolo. I have never had anything I didn't like. I highly recommend you try this place if you have not already... What are you waiting for, get down to Mamma Zu's!

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Richmond, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

2 couples went for a birthday celebration. Food: some good, some average. Atmosphere: hurried and shabby. Not worth it....

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Burke, Virginia
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188 reviews 188 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Whenever we stop in Richmond to see our little girl she recommends a restaurant she thinks we would like, she does not disappoint. Manna Zu is in an older downtown residential neighborhood with a lot of character. We were lucky that night as there was no long line. We ordered the Sauteed Calamari and something else, they were both delicious.... More 

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Marriottsville, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We visited friends who live two blocks from the restaurant. We got in line with everybody else waiting for the doors to open on a Saturday. We were directed to the bar to order our carry out. The waitress that took our order was very friendly and informative. She said it would take about 30 minutes and it was exactly... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Get there before the door opens and enjoy chatting with amiable, food-loving locals and wayfarers waiting in the "to dine" line. Fish, lamb, veal, beef, veggie, and pasta dishes are plentiful and our choices were delicious. We ordered the shrimp in spicy red sauce, the mozzarella and marinated peers, and the lamb meatballs and accompanying pasta. Our waitress also surprised... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I have been to many Italian Restaurants, and my expectations based on the reviews had me expecting an awesome flavor full experience. It fell very short. The atmosphere is what you expect from the outside, the service was fine (no issues here), but the food for all of the hoopla didn't deliver. It was better then Olive Garden, but even... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

OK here is today's BIG question: What would you put up with for some of the best Italian food you will ever experience in your lifetime, in RVA or in even Italy?" ... . So think about that for a second... Would you put up with so-so service, a very loud and busy atmosphere, weird music, the appearance that the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

First of all we have been going here since the week it opened...always LOUD and CROWDEDNESS so one must be aware of this prior to entering!! The food is basically Italian and our daughter-in-law who is Italian says it is the very best! The service is chaotic, rushed and one feels they do not "give a hoot". BUT it is... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Probably the best place in Richmond to get enough garlic to keep the vampires at bay for at least a week or two. Zu's has been here forever it seems, it looked virtually the same when I first visited nearly 20 years ago. Hey, when you're doing it right, why change? Recommend the Zuppa de Pesce and anything with the... More 

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Richmond, VA
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Yes, you will likely have to wait for a table most nights and there is not really much space in which to do so. Yes the servers can act like they are doing you a favor in acknowledging your existence. They have been known to interrupt one mid-order and return to the kitchen as orders become available. (On the plus... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220-6242
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: (804) 788-4205

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business

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