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Ipanema Cafe

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Vegetarian, Fusion, Vegan
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917 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
804-213-0170
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 29
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A vegetarian and vegan menu that's flavorful enough for carnivors

An institution adjacent to the VCU campus, this basement venue serves up a limited but exceptional menu of vegetarian and vegan fare. The eggplant panini and sweet potato fries are among my lunchtime staples. Limited but tastey selection of wines, and a rotating menu of vegan deserts that are worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
mphillips12000
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An institution adjacent to the VCU campus, this basement venue serves up a limited but exceptional menu of vegetarian and vegan fare. The eggplant panini and sweet potato fries are among my lunchtime staples. Limited but tastey selection of wines, and a rotating menu of vegan deserts that are worth saving room for.

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Santiago, Chile
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98 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This cozy little place is easy to miss walking down the street, but it is well worth a visit. The menu is shown on a chalk board near the front and has about 5 appetizers, 5 sandwiches, 5 entrees and 5 draft beers to choose from. Everything is extremely creative and everyone is my party was very pleased. I had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Interesting menu format... everything is on a chalk board when you enter the restaurant so you choose before you sit down....Everyone at our table of four was well pleased with their food! Note that the location is not handicap friendly as it is down a couple of steps on a cobblestone/brick walkway but as it is in the midst of... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've been eating lunch at Ipanema for more than a decade, although it had been a few months since I'd stopped by until today. Although always dark (since it's essentially in a basement, the restaurant glows with the comfortable booths, excellent service, and delicious regular dishes. Most people I know who eat there have a regular order they eat every... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

One of the people in the party is a vegetarian, so we chose this little place -- I know it's a BAR during the evenings, but we were not interested in ibibing during our lunch. There is 1 menu, everything made in house, I think everything local, too... I was really intrigued on what to choose, but my eating companion... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Ipanema Cafe is definitely a gem in Richmond. Perfect for a cool date night. The menu is ever changing based on the night which keeps the chef on his/her toes. The first time that I visited, the dish that I chose was decent but not excellent. Ever since then, including the last visit, the dishes have been creative and tasty.... More 

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Thank AjaniETR
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

That's right ... whether you're a vegetarian, gluten intolerant, or not this is the best place for lunch. You see, the owner uses local, fresh, healthy, organic food cooked and made simply and with perfection. The go-to sandwich is Smoked Gouda with caramelized onions. All sandwiches come with hand cut sweet potato fries (not those processed ones layered with sugar!)... More 

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1 Thank B Il'Cibo B
Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great place for groups with a mix of vegan, vegetarian and omnivores. Nice variety of sandwiches and salads, and entrees, great desserts both vegan and non-vegan.

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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My wife is Vegan so we are always looking for Vegans restaurants when we travel. This turned out to be a real gem. The food was fantastic. I am not Vegan myself but the tofu diner was something I would definitely have again. And the Vegan deserts were really good. I had the blueberry pie, fabulous. And they had a... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I always order the eggplant panini with sweet potato fries and salad. You can't go wrong here. If you have a sweet tooth, the desserts are always amazing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 917 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: 804-213-0170

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Fusion, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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