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“Meh” 3 of 5 stars
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Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar
1409 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
804 643 0911
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Price range: $29 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 14th and Cary Streets
Description: Europa now celebrating its 10th anniversary, has just completed a major face lift. The décor is simple and sophisticated; the atmosphere is casual and modern. There is a new private dining room on the entry floor that can accommodate seated dinners for up to 36 guests. The downstairs lounge and dining room also has all new furnishings and makes a perfect setting for larger private functions. The menu focuses on Italian and Spanish specialties. There are more than 30 small plates to choose from. Select one for an appetizer or make a meal out of a few. Entrees include a variety of Italian classics focusing on fresh seafood, hearty meat dishes and delicious pastas. Don’t miss our weekly specials including Tapas night on Sunday, with ½ off tapas all night. Go to our web site for more great weekly specials. Dinner begins at 5:00 nightly and free parking is available. Reservations are recommended.
Richmond, Virginia
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38 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

This place isn't bad in the least, but it doesn't knock your socks off like you want it to either. The food is decent, the restaurant is pretty fun and the service is solid. The menuis pretty eclectic so you can have fun trying out different tapas with your friends, or grab a pasta or seafood entree and be pretty happy. It's not overly expensive, but I feel like for the money you spend here you could totally go to either a slightly nicer place, or a place that's fun and has better food. If you're in the area and want to give it a shot, I wouldn't say run the other direction but I wouldn't pick the place either if that makes any sense.

TL;DR: average food, good service, cute place. Decent if in the area, but suggest going elsewhere.

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Pennsylvania
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37 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A Nice Find In Richmond”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I've eaten at Europa several times while on business trips to Richmond. I was pleased each time with the food, service, and atmosphere. Though it can get a little noisy, it's not overwhelmingly loud. The lamb lollipops tapas are tasty and I usually get those. The scallops are also good. My most recent meal there was the lamp chop entre for $26.00 (That night's special) This is 4 fair-sized lamb chops, grilled to your liking, served over tortellini and peas. It was quite good.
There is a full bar and a decent wine list with by-the-glass and full bottles available.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great place for tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We love going out to eat with friends for tapas because you get to try so many things and Europa has a good selection for both carnivores and vegetarians.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Our first dinner in Richmond”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We were staying in the Crown Plaza Downtown,we had just driven up the I95 from Myrtle Beach,our hotel had complimentary shuttle to East Carey Street.On a whim we chose Europa because we like Italian.My wife chose Chicken Parmesan ,and I ordered Italian Sausage with pasta in a tomato based sauce.Italian bread was supposed to be available,but had to requested after much effort to get the servers attention.The olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip for the bread was way to heavy on the balsmic. It definitely wasn't Carrabas Bread. My pasta was mediocre ,but my wife's chicken was dry and bordering on rubber. We do not recommend this place.

Visited November 2012
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The wait staff was prompt, the variety of dishes provided a nice choice (particularly meat-free options) and the prices were very reasonable. We enjoyed our meal and watching what was being served at other tables!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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