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Mamma Zu's

501 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220-6242
(804) 788-4205
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Ranked #63 of 1,277 restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Californian
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Bottom Line Up Front: Absolutely delicious food. Very casual atmosphere. I no longer live in Richmond, so l can only visit this restaurant when I am visiting the city. But, it is on the list! Two of us went to supper. At 5:45pm on a Saturday night there was already a waiting list to be seated. I put my name... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We have lived in Richmond for 3 years and for 3 years I have heard that Mamma Zu's was a restaurant we definitely had to go to. Somehow we didn't get around to it until last week. We almost drove past it, it looked so much like a dive that if we didn't have the address and see the faint... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is excellent. I'm used to the experience which can be poor for some people. At peak hours (6pm to 830pm) the wait can be quite long, as in hour+ on Friday and Saturday. The maitre'd does not like to be asked about how long the wait is. You can only order multiple quantities of 4 entrees for large parties... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I think it is part of their style. Awesome food but bad service. Food is quick and high quality but the wait staff has no TLC. It seems as if this is planned.

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Richmond
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Hands down best restaurant in Richmond. New York would be proud to have it. The food is french and robust and great value. Not everyone will like the neighborhood or the "ambience". Also no decaf or light beer (we have our standards) and they only take cash and American Express. Reservations for 6 or more only.

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Richmond, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been eating in this restaurant since it opened, and it is still my favorite! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I always bring out of town folks here and all agree, Mamma's rocks! Funky. Delicious. Garlic goodness. Be prepared to wait. It's worth it.

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Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I really enjoyed the food quality. The quantities were average. However the atmosphere is of a fraternity house basement. My favorite was the cannoli. I would go back to get the Cannoli for carry out. The service at the table was excellent, however since they don't take reservations you had to wait over an hour, the bar is only 4... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This jewel of a restaurant is not someplace you happen upon; it is only found with intention. Both inside and out, it appears unassuming. However, the food is anything but. I have dined here twice and each meal was awesome! Once the food arrived, there was little conversation to be had since the only words my dining companions and I... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Thought We misread address then came upon this hole in the wall joint Got lucky as we were only 2 and got seated right away all 4 and more had long waits. Am a vegan and had the eggplant pasta dish it was divine! Husband had Gorgonzola pasta and loved it. We owned an Italian restaurant and we are rather... More

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Centereach, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Came down to Richmond for a youth wrestling tournament and got a tremendously pleasant surprise. We were guided to Mamma Zu's through a family member who lives close by and I can say it was one of the best recommendations I've ever received. The food was awesome and the portions were outrageous.

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