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Dot's Back Inn

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American, Bar
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4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
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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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in the area and based on reviews decided to stop in...so glad we did! There is an authentic diner feel to the place. You seat yourself either inside or on the covered patio area. Our waitress was very nice and checked on us often. We arrived about 4:45pm and she told us the new specials would be posted... More 

Thank Kelly V
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very rustic and historic place. My husband had the Chicken Macarther. He describes it as amazing! I had a BLT and it was great! The bacon was crispy and the homemade fries on the side were phenomenal. The atmosphere were very kid friendly and the staff were great with our 8 month old daughter. Our dinner was fairly prices... More 

Thank Casey Z
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best burgers on the Northside - hands down! Friendly staff and a lot to choose from on the menu, with several specials that change daily.

Thank Scott B
Palm Springs, California
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found out about this place on the Food Network's" Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives". We chose to sit outside on the lovely covered patio, in the sweltering humidity of Richmond, but quickly cooled off with beers at happy hour prices. I ordered the Mozzarella Stuffed Lamb Balls on Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and my friend ordered the Blackened Pork Loin... More 

Thank Randall W
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One thing for sure, the service was really great no complains there. However the salad was in very tiny plate. I ordered falafel gyro it felt over spiced and too salty. Overall the place is ok the service is good the food not so good.

Thank Bobsunk
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I won't bore you with the food we had. If you like the diner atmosphere this is the place to go. We have been in many diners when visiting the States and this was by far the best. A real gem. We only found it after a local recommended it when visiting a quilt shop nearby. Thank God they did.... More 

Thank Jane C
Whitesboro, New York
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

What do we all want in a great diner? A fun, eclectic atmosphere? Knowing and impressive service (with a little attitude)? Food staples plus some quirky local faire? Well, Dot's Back Inn has it all! Plan ahead. Arrive early. Be ready to accommodate a little craziness. And dedicate some extra time to review their extensive menu. Seriously, there is a... More 

Thank Rick S
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Delicious food! Great little out of the way diner! Heard of the place while watching one of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" shows! So, we had to try it out! Well worth the effort to find it when we were visiting the Richmond area and the price is definitely affordable.

Thank Sandy15650
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Delicious hamburger and good cole slaw that they make themselves! Love the down home feel of this quaint gem! I had heard about Dot's but never been. Now that i know where they are located and that the food is good, and affordable, we will definitely be back! I mean, seriously, how can you not appreciate one of Guy Fieri's... More 

Thank Barbara M B
Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to Dots Back Inn after many years of visiting back in the day. The first look and decor is super reminiscent of the original days and somewhat familiar. Which is welcoming and homey. The specials,on a white board, are not to be missed. I am pretty sure I had the very best ever buttermilk fried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine
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: 804-266-3167

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