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Mama J's Kitchen

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415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
(804) 225-7449
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So you are probably wondering why I gave it 3 stars if I love it. It is nearly impossible to have dinner or lunch at a reasonable hour without having to wait 1 hour or more. I understand they do not want to expand existing location or add a 2nd location (just what I hear), but it may be time.... More 

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Sterling, Massachusetts
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent Southern food! I went on Saturday, 08-12-16, around 18:00 and I had to wait 1 1/2 hours to get a seat at the bar. Service is on the slow side - laid back atmosphere - so be relaxed and you'll be fine. Mixed drink specials are good, priced well, and deceptively strong (mason jar for glasses). You may need... More 

Thank kamikazekiddo
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All my food was great ribs mac-n-chez fried chicken waz on point . When you don't want to cook this is the best place to go.

Thank Vance H
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some of the tastiest food I've ever had, period. Catfish was highlight and everything else from the * menu was great.

Thank Eric B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The service was quick and the food was quite tasty. I had chicken and fish. I love how polite the waitstaff is.

Thank Amanda J
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The wait wasn't as bad as I'd heard. The food was delicious! I thought the portions were great, but heard they were small. Excellent service. Great atmosphere.

Thank raymondj619
Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Okay the catfish, crabcakes, fried chicken wings, and greens are everything!! However the baked chicken not so great and the macaroni and cheese is terrible. That hurts my heart because when I think of good soul food I think of great macaroni and cheese. It's still a nice place to eat and the waiters are friendly. I still go there... More 

Thank PetiteFoodieLover
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food at a great price! Very nice atmosphere, excellent service! You will want to be a repeat customer and enjoy the full menu!

Thank Les2016
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best soul food I've had so far in Richmond hands down....the yams are everything!! Sometimes I go just for those. I wish the establishment was bigger its always so crowded however Mama Js never disappoints and the service is always superb!

Thank jaeem2016
Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Several of our friends had been telling us about Mama J for quite some time. Finally, it happened!!. We decided to have a late lunch, hoping to avoid the early lunch crowd. We had to wait for about 30 (thirty) minutes before we were taken to a table. Our orders were taken in a timely manner, however, our food took... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?