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Dot's Back Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
+1 804-266-3167
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Consistent good food, great service, and reasonable prices. Featured on an early season of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives plan on waiting for a table during peak dining hours.

Thank ZenHeron
Richmond, Virginia
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to try this place after a couple friends mentioned it as being a good place to eat. The food was just okay. We ordered burgers and chicken sandwiches- both were pretty bland and the waitress said she was going to bring us ketchup and mustard and then just brought us ketchup- guess it was too much trouble to... More 

Thank travelbuff0701
Manassas, Virginia
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107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

One thing about dining in Richmond, VA is that outside appearances can be deceiving. Dot's is a very unassuming looking establishment in a Richmond neighborhood. The building looks like it was built in the 1940's or 50's and would be right at home in some gritty Hollywood feature. The food is another story. I decided to be adventuresome for a... More 

Thank Mark L
Richmond, Virginia
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Hi, my fiance & I visited your restaurant for the first time this past Sunday morning for breakfast. We had heard so many amazing things about this little spot... I ordered the Chunky Monkey Pancakes and my fiance ordered the Huevos Rancheros. My pancakes didn't have any chocolate chips in them and the bananas weren't really cooked/simmered/fried. My fiances dish... More 

Thank Peggy A
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Had a late breakfast on a weekday....absolutely delicious! A simple bacon, eggs, and toast meal was anything but simple. Quality and quantity for a great price. Waitress was busy, but service was good...we were very pleased and will definitely be back!

1 Thank Anne S
Richmond, Virginia
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388 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I love going to restaurants that have been graced by Guy Fieri. It's always fun to watch DDD and then go eat what Guy ate. He is right about Dot's Back Inn. The menu is extensive, creative and never disappoints. The decor is eclectic and fun. The daily specials are usually where I land. Our whole family looks forward to... More 

Thank Micky O
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

My wife and I were in the area yesterday and dropped by for lunch. She got the Reuben and I got the Sailor. They were both delicious and the fries are awesome. They're thick sliced and quartered potatoes that are perfectly fried. Great neighborhood restaurant that has never disappointed us.

Thank John L. F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service.... Fried oysters were very good. The waitress was super friendly. So good I went back the next night.

Thank Howard B
Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is definitely a neighborhood hangout. The food is surprisingly good. They have an extensive regular menu with lots of daily specials and happy hour drink specials. If you appreciate seafood you will be happy to know that many if not most of the specials are seafood. Can be a little noisy and crowded. Nice patio seating option.

Thank Lyndsi A
Cleveland, Ohio
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is a restaurant with character that is simple and , worn but homey. We enjoyed our omelettes and coffee. Sat with a stranger who we asked to join us a he was alone. He gave us a brief history of the diner. Good value good typical food from a diner with character.

Thank fyiforburns

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-266-3167

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?