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“Not worth the expense” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Rowland Fine Dining

Rowland Fine Dining
2132 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
804-257-9885
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Ranked #356 of 1,303 Restaurants in Richmond
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: shields&main
richmond va
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not worth the expense”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The food was fine but the service was so marginal that we won't go back

Our waiter went through the motions of service but seemed resentful at the same time. We tried to warm him up but it never changed. He was the only black person working front of house so if the owner reads this you might want to have a talk with him. This is not meant to be racist. He didn't tell us his name. We were also refused a second helping of bread since "there is only so much to go around". What! Portions were small as well.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“High quality, excellent value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The good reviews you've already read are spot on. Rowland's Fine Dining is just that - a fine dining experience, from the perfect wait person to the cocktails made to order, good wine selection, delicious appetizers, excellent, perfectly-sized entrees (we each had fish), and chocolate mousse with berries that fulfilled our wish for dark and delicious. The bread - some of the best I've ever had, made and baked right there - crusty on the outside, yeasty and soft on the inside (I wanted to bury my face in it) - served with olive oil with just the right herbs and garlic. OMG, Heaven. Just go. This was the perfect place to take my daughter to celebrate the completion of her doctorate. wOOt!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Três Barras, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“We will be back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Delightful restaurant. We went on a Saturday night. The dinner was delightful. I had the seafood gumbo for an appetizer it was great. My husband had the cheese plate for an appetizer, next time I am sure he will have the seafood gumbo. The cheese plate was not very interesting. For dinner I had the eggplant parmasean encrusted with couscous it was delicious. My husband had the blackened salmon which was delicious also. It is a small restaurant great for a date night

Visited May 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Fan Dinig”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We really enjoyed our meals last night at Rowland. It is a small and cozy spot. Our waiter was most helpful and he suggested items for us. We had the duck and trout entrees with a pound cake/apple desert. Very delicious. And our food was very hot coming out of the kitchen....a big plus in my book!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“wonderful dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

All three of us enjoyed the food, service and ambience at this small restaurant. On a Saturday, reservations are not a must, but probably a good idea. The two fish dinners were perfectly cooked, moist and the portions were ample. The soup of the day was delicious, as were the raviolis. The wait staff was available and helpful. The restaurant was quiet enough for good conversation.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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