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Mama J's Kitchen

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$$ - $$$
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415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
(804) 225-7449
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been coming to Mama J's for over a year now and this is our definite go to when we are in Richmond. The food is outstanding and so is the staff. It's a small, but very boutique type restaurant. Southern soul food fare and love everything they have. You won't be disappointed at all at Mama J's!!!

Thank Jane S
Amherst, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time had catfish - two huge pieces. Surprised at the serving size. I;m a small person and that would have been enough for two but it was so good I ate it all. Next time had trout - one piece blacked ant the other baked. both were great - blackened was my preference. Serving of greens was large -enough... More 

Thank isabelespinal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only negative about thing i could possibly day about this place is the parking or the lack there of. Like previous reviews said, its worth it. There was a funeral getting ready to start and that didn't help much. Was a little concerned about the clientele but that was put to rest almost immediately. Everyone was polite.... i mean... More 

Thank Kat B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every dish was very delicious, nice atmosphere, loved it. Food was great, so delicious and inexpensive. A bit noisy at lunch-time, but overall, enjoyed it very much.

Thank Shlomi T
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is tiny so arrive early. The food is classic southern fare. It was a little pricey but the portions were large.

Thank lobby2u
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what a hidden treasures! It's a small family style place. Wait is a little long but worth the wait. I has Catfish, cabbage and corn bread! I had a few drinks while waiting. Good bar tender! Love just sitting and watch the people come in. Oh wait the desert. That was hard to pick pineapple coconut. Mmmm well be... More 

Thank Mousee_me
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is fantastic and quite affordable Everything about this restaurant says come back. Always good to try the fish or chicken their specialties.

Thank Tim S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my 2nd time dining at Mama J's. The atmosphere is great. The employees are nice and pleasant. I ordered something different this time and it was delicious. Although this restaurant serves soul food, customers are from a variety of cultural backgrounds. That's what makes this place so nice. Parking is scarce. The restaurant is very small so you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two friends and I enjoyed Mama J's on a recent visit to Richmond. It was worth the 20 minute wait. Good ole southern cooking. We were full after dinner but still found room for double chocolate cake. Everything was delicious. Worth going out of your way.

Thank Leewash
Richmond, VA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really loved the food. We had the baked pork chops smothered with onions, peppers & gravy; BBQ ribs; mashed potatoes with gravy; cabbage; greens; candied yams and corn bread. I also got a peach cobbler to go. This was the first visit to Mama J's for my wife and me even though we have lived in Richmond over 35 years.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: (804) 225-7449

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