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Mama J's Kitchen

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$$ - $$$
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415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
+1 804-225-7449
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is very busy but the food makes it worth the wait. Love it! Love it Oh Yes!!! You will love it too.

Thank Carolyn B
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really good food, Rank it among the best soul food in Richmond and you can pick the regional flavors that suit you. Everything is sold a la carte so it can be affordable or pricey - it's up to you.

Thank vafriendsofmali2009
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Prior to experiencing mama J's I didn't think it was possible to eat catfish without a small vat of tartar sauce or ketchup. With Mama J's recipe it would be a disservice to the catfish to drown out it's well balanced profile. It was moist tender perfectly flakey and the breading was absolutely on point. The greens required no salt... More 

Thank ryan m
Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The times I have eaten here I have tried a variety of items from the menu. All of them have been just plain great!

Thank jccarter13
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There is always something amazing on the menu. Be warned though, do not go if you are trying to diet that day.

Thank Charity W
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's only a small restaurant but it's buzzing because it's so popular. The bar has a first-come, first-served policy, so I managed to snag a seat there reasonably quickly, but you may have to wait a while for a table on a busy night if you're in a group. The food is definitely worth waiting for though! My only problem... More 

Thank Mike G
Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG...i miss this food!! I moved up North 20 plus years ago...there is nothing even close to this good ol comfort food there!! Everything was super delicious!! We were there within 30 minutes of them opening so we did not have a wait. The food, the waiter, the service, the cleanliness of the restaurant and the bathroom were A PLUS... More 

Thank Maureen R
Arlington, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots of talk about how great mama j's is. went for dinner on Jan 24 at 6pm with a friend. got a drink at the bar waiting for a table. the bartender there was the rudest I've ever had in my life. gave us nasty looks, was snarky, rude, and while we were half-way through our drinks she told us... More 

3 Thank Rachel O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me mention two small annoyances and get them out of the way: the place is small and there was little room while waiting on our table; and they were out of a couple of things we wanted to order. Now that we have that out of the way, let's sit down for dinner. There were four of us for... More 

1 Thank Lance H
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't get enough of Mama J's. The staff is always friendly, attentive, and the food is like my mama used to cook. See you there in February.

Thank trueandlivinggod1

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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, Kids, Special occasions, 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: +1 804-225-7449

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