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Tarrant's Cafe

1 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-4212
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Ranked #7 of 1,279 restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N. Foushee
Description: Tarrant's Cafe is situated in the Richmond Old and Historic District. It was an important corner bringing drugstore services to nearby residents for over eighty years spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 130 years later this building is bringing neighborhood service to Richmond’s community with an upscale but affordable restaurant: Tarrants Cafe.
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90% Recommend
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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful dinner before we attended The Color Purple at the Virginia Rep. Theater across the street from the restaurant. We wanted to find somewhere in the area where we could have dinner and see the play and still be able to leave our car in the vicinity of the Theater. The wonderful Valet Attendant let us know... More

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our hotel recommended this place, which you would not even see unless you knew it was there! Massive menu, brilliant staff, excellent wine list and great quality food throughout. We only had 2 nights in Richmond and despite the claims of many other fine restaurants we went both of them because we had so much we wanted to try. Richmond... More

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Alexandria, VA
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520 reviews 520 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This restaurant looked promising but proved disappointing. The service was fine but the food was not well prepared. The fries were limp and the food lacked defined taste. The wines we tasted were just awful. The two big drawbacks did not overcome the decent service we received and the ambience that was fine.

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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been to Tarrant's over 20 times in the past few years. It's close to work and convenient for lunch. It's also the best pre-theatre dinner if you're going to Virginia Rep. (They even offer free valet parking for both dinner and the show) The food is outstanding. It is rare that I see a large menu that doesn't worry... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

An elegant but cozy American bistro. We had a nice gazpacho and then a very good soft-shell crab sandwich on a roll and a pastrami melt sandwich for lunch. Delicious! Very good service too.

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Miami, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I love Tarrant's Cafe. Wonderful friendly warm restaurant in downtown Richmond with interesting menu and delicious. First, great service and everybody there was friendly, helpful, honest and insightful. The Host, Steven V., even took the time to discuss the history of the building which was a Pharmacy (Tarrant's) dating back to the 1850's and he pointed out several place's in... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were a bit taken aback at first, because we walked around to the back entrance where you can pick up to-go orders, but after going around the corner and finding the restaurant entrance, we were seated right away. The ambiance of this place is just off the chart. It has such an old-fashioned, warm, inviting feel to it. You... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I tried Tarrant's Cafe for her birthday and it was a very nice experience. The building interior has a lot of old time character and offers an ambience different from the usual chain restaurants. Our server was extremely prompt and courteous and we never had to ask for refills or extra napkins or anything for that matter.... More

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New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

good food, good service, great decor , drinks were excellent. Staff was very accomodating, as we got a table without a reservation.

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Richmond, Virginia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Not sure how to describe our experience...since we are always on the lookout for perfection. The ambience is really nice - upscale, the old made new - keeping history and currently chic. We were greeted and seated. Our server was prompt and ready to take our order before we settled in. We ordered some drinks and checked out the menu.... More

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