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501 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220-6242
(804) 788-4205
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Ranked #66 of 1,384 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
Richmond, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Well, I still haven't eaten at this restaurant. After waiting in line for over half an hour for it to open with a party of seven, we were told all the tables were full because there were two large tables reserved for larger parties. Who knew they took reservations?! I've never seen that anywhere. It's stand in line and wait... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Amazing fresh Italian food in a restaurant that you have to wait outside for maybe an hour. However, when the stars come to Richmond they go to Mamma Zu's (i.e., Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen were recent visitors). The food creations are very, very good and worth the wait, unless it is raining or snowing outside!

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Richmond, VA
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Mamma Zu's consistently delivers both delicious food and a unique dining experience. While the head waiter is not all smiles, he is efficient and the staff are always courteous in answering questions that you may have. It's a tight space with all the people waiting for tables in any nook they can find, but it's all part of experience, and... More 

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boston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We came to Richmond for the Anthem Marathon. Two years ago we were here for the same event and ate at Edo's Squid -That was a big mistake. We wish we knew about Mamma Zu's. When we arrived we thought GPS took us to the wrong place. The restaurant is in a residential neighborhood. From the outside it looks dark... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

the best food in town and the worst location. if you just love the food pick it up at 8 and 1/2. if your young and have lot's of time and don't mind waiting in lines there is nothing better then Mama Zu. also if you are from out of town you wouldn't want to come to Richmond and miss... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The most interesting thing about this restaurant is that on the outside it literally looks like an abandoned building. The Mama Zu sign is all faded and there is an old door with a tiny window towards the top. The first time I went there, I was amazed when we walked in and it was bustling with people and activity.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Food and service are always top-notch. There are no false pretenses at Mamma Zu's--if you want your ego stroked, go somewhere else. No one will apologize to you for how busy they are, but once you're seated, no one will rush you for the next seating. Every customer is treated equally, and the broccollini is the stuff dreams are made... More 

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Crozier, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I have been wanting to go here for years and finally did tonight. I understand all the reviews about how the place is a dive - no maintenance on the interior or exterior of the building. They don't give you menus or descriptions, just a chalk board of the menu items. After all the hype, I was very disappointed and... More 

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Monroe
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Delicious food, generations worth of perfection and fun. Plan for waiting but worth it. We could walk to or from Shockoe Bottom even though this is across the James River.

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Address: 501 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220-6242
Phone Number: (804) 788-4205
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, Californian

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