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Ipanema Cafe

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917 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220-4109
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

The food here was amazing. I had the Paella, but there were several things on the menu I wished I could have tried. Will gladly return to try more of the menu.

1 Thank Heidi P
Brussels, Belgium
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107 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

For the originality of the dishes, for the freshness and flavour of the food, this was my favourite restaurant in Richmond. The service was genuinely friendly. The place itself is windowless (it feels like a cellar) and it has a hippy, downbeat, studenty vibe that made it special. I wouldn't take my granny here for her birthday, but I'll come... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Reasonably priced, good food, a lot of items on the menu, full bar. A bit rustic inside but very clean. Will definitely come back again.

Thank VaConnie
Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I was in Richmond for two days and came across this place and loved it. I am vegan and had a friend with me who is not, but was willing to give this place a try. We both absolutely loved our food. Her tofu sandwich was amazing, one of the best I have had! If I lived closer I would... More 

Thank Nicole M
Richmond, Virginia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

My friends and I, who represent vegan, gluten free, and Paleo populations, often meet here for lunch because of the ability to accommodate all of our needs. The vast majority of the dishes are vegan and/or vegetarian with the exception of a couple of fish options. I have gotten the tuna melt on gluten free bread each time and it... More 

Thank Amanda C
Martinsville, VA.
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is the first restaurant my daughter and I ate at when were at her VCU orientation in 2010. We choose it because of the vegetarian options, as she is a vegan. It was a little hard to find the first time since it is down some stairs and has a small front area. The vibe is totally Richmond and... More 

Thank Sharon C
Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

An institution adjacent to the VCU campus, this basement venue serves up a limited but exceptional menu of vegetarian and vegan fare. The eggplant panini and sweet potato fries are among my lunchtime staples. Limited but tastey selection of wines, and a rotating menu of vegan deserts that are worth saving room for.

Thank mphillips12000
Santiago, Chile
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107 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This cozy little place is easy to miss walking down the street, but it is well worth a visit. The menu is shown on a chalk board near the front and has about 5 appetizers, 5 sandwiches, 5 entrees and 5 draft beers to choose from. Everything is extremely creative and everyone is my party was very pleased. I had... More 

1 Thank Ryan W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Interesting menu format... everything is on a chalk board when you enter the restaurant so you choose before you sit down....Everyone at our table of four was well pleased with their food! Note that the location is not handicap friendly as it is down a couple of steps on a cobblestone/brick walkway but as it is in the midst of... More 

Thank Jane P
Richmond, Virginia
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've been eating lunch at Ipanema for more than a decade, although it had been a few months since I'd stopped by until today. Although always dark (since it's essentially in a basement, the restaurant glows with the comfortable booths, excellent service, and delicious regular dishes. Most people I know who eat there have a regular order they eat every... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 917 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220-4109
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: 804-213-0170

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