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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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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, this is our new go-to place for out-of-the-way dinner. The atmosphere is college, and very romantic with a lively energy. But the food is why everyone comes to Ipanema .... The ingredients are local and organic and everything is made from scratch. The sandwiches are known as some of the best in the city but for dinner the entrees... More 

Thank B Il'Cibo B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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166 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting little bar along Grace St. in the university district. They have a nice selection of foods. We were there for a light lunch so we shared a nacho dish with beans and rice. Food and service was very good.

Thank Swwalton
Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ipanema is fantastic - creative, delicious vegetarian dishes. Favorites include tofu sandwich, jackfruit BBQ, arroz con soyo. It's all good! Cool, casual, cozy English basement setting.

Thank tekt
Richmond, Virginia
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Turning out reliably good veg fare, vegan options. Service can be iffy, especially if crowded. Not rude, just slow or lost orders. I just try not to go at peak times if I'm in a hurry.

Thank JR B
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank pbru54
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72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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?