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Mama J's Kitchen

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415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
+1 804-225-7449
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The wife and I went there on Saturday night. They only have limited seating. We ended up sitting at the bar, since it was going to be 50 minutes for a table and we arrived at 5:10 pm. My wife ordered the fried shrimp with candied yams and Mac and cheese, I had the fried chicken with mac and cheese... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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183 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Southern cuisine at its simplest and best is the only way this food can be described. Absolutely excellent service. Small venue, and ambiance is just so-so, but the bartenders, servers and even the hostess were all extremely helpful recommending items and providing five star service. The prices are beyond fair for the quality food you get. I am a foodie... More 

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Thank 1alwaystraveling
Henrico
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had to wait for a table, but once seated, the waitress was very helpful in describing the dishes and service was good. Not much on atmosphere but the food is worth it.

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Thank 99barbarajm
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92 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been going there for years. Had the pork chops with greens, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. Peach cobbler for dessert. All were excellent.

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Richmond, Va
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the pork chops, the green bean, the collards and the corn bread. The catfish is good too if you like it spicy.

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Thank FavrdDiva
Richmond
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for lunch around 1:00 pm, place was full and the waiting time was about 15mn so we decided to seat at the bar instead .Very busy place and no wonder the food is delicious.My wife had collard greens melting in her mouth and fried chicken no grease and tender meat so she said.I had catfish and sweet potatoes best... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During a recent visit to Richmond, VA to visit our daughter we stopped by Mama J's Kitchen for a late breakfast before heading home. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The menu features country favorites such as chicken, soup, sandwiches, fish, and pork dishes. The desert menu boasts peach cobbler and bread pudding. Mama... More 

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Thank parksr2016
Montreal
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We left the I95 for lunch based on evaluation. Checked hours which said they were open. They were not!

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Thank TheCanadiansMontreal
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Richmond, you need to find the time to visit Mama J's. We had a long wait, probably 45 minutes to an hour, but it was worth it. The catfish nuggets for an appetizer is a must. The special of the day was meatloaf and it was fantastic. One of their specialty sides is macaroni and cheese,... More 

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Thank Tim S
Richmond
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered a bunch of the catfish bites for a recent Holiday Pot-Luck event and they were the bomb ! Can't go wrong with Mama J's, and wish I also ordered her sweet potatoes, and other great items. Save room for dessert - yum !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
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, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?