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Reviewed December 18, 2022

I am a Richmonder and have gone to Bacchus for almost two decades. Tonight I went to pick up take out and when I arrived the hostess said to pick up at the bar. I went to the bar and watched as the bartender, a...woman such as I am, did not look at me and served (at least) eight other people. I finally left. This is nothing about the food, which I am sure is still excellent.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 1, 2022 via mobile

We showed up with a party of six. I took a while to set up a table in a side room. But it was worth the wait. The special offer 2x Pasta plus a bottle of wine for $45 is great value for money. But...all the other food we ordered was great as well. Definitely a place to come back to.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022

I have eaten at this restaurant dozens of times. The food is tasty and affordable, although this last time I noticed prices may have gone up slightly. I guess it’s a sign of the times as everything is going up. If you like garlic, you...will love this place. Sautéed calamari is delicious along with chicken piccata, fettuccini carbonara and even broccolini swimming in garlic sauce. The atmosphere is typical of restaurants in the fan, small and dark. This is one of my go to restaurants. Laid back, good food.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2021

We were looking for a good Italian dinner and were so delighted with the meal we had. When we arrived we were not sure because it seemed small and too casual but don't let that fool you. The food was so good and the service...was fun. It is a local hangout and if you love good Italian, try it. Make a reservation and come hungry. The portions are huge. My wife and I should have shared the main course. Nice smaller wine selection too!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 25, 2021

The food was average, lacking flavor. My penne with a cream sauce lacked the cream. It was more of a flour and water mix with some cheese. My husbands dish was also lacking flavor. The $40 wine was worth about $10. We felt very rushed...from the time we sat down till we left. They like to get you in and out to turntable table quickly. It’s the second time we e eaten there. The first time we had to change tables in the middle of the meal because someone had reserved our table. We won’t be going back. RMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 15, 2021

It’s a lively little restaurant with wonderful food, reasonably priced and large portions. I would highly recommend it. It’s not high end dining but it’s cozy and quaint. It has a decent wine list and a full bar.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2020 via mobile

Birthday dinner during Covid-19. Good social distancing for such a small place. On-going take out. Extensive menu. Very generous portions. $15 bottles of wine. Would have liked pasta with meat entrees. Had leftovers good the next day.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

Although I was a little concerned reading some of the earlier reviews, our visit was exceptional. Came on a Friday night with a group of six. While we only had two appetizers they were large. As to entrees, all of them were very good with...the creamed spinach being spectacular. Sat on the second floor so had an overview of the kitchen. It was liking watching a ballet as the chefs prepared numerous dishes in a very small area. The service was also very good, especially considering being on the second floor. We will be back soon to try some other dishes. OUTSTANDING service, food, and prices were appropriate.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 18, 2019 via mobile

You will truly enjoy dinner here. Small intimate restaurant with great service. Appetizers include white pizza, snails, smoked trout, calamari, and very large salads. The salads can be shared. Main courses include scallops, swordfish, duck breasts, veal, chicken picatta, salmon and Kobe beef burgers. Side...dishes include kale, cauliflower, creamed spinach, baked zucchini and artichoke hearts. Fun evening with lots of very well prepared dishes.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 16, 2019

Bacchus is one of those restaurants that we always heard good things about, but never got around to enjoying, until this past Saturday night. My wife and I found ourselves in the city, enjoying some holiday festivities when we came across Bacchus. Bacchus is a...small restaurant, which accepts reservations, which I recommend highly, as all tables were filled and the wait was over one hour, but we were lucky enough to find a couple of seats at the bar. After ordering some wine, we settled on our dinner selections. Spaghetti with Bolognese for me, and Mussels with white wine sauce for the wife. What we received were two huge portions. In hindsight, we could have split one meal! The pasta was cooked to perfection, and the Bolognese was full of beef and pork. Tasted just as good the next day as leftover lunch! I would highly recommend Bacchus to anyone looking for good, authentic Italian food at reasonable prices, but definitely make reservations. We will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful small plates and happy hour. Would highly recommend. Our server was excellent in recommending choices.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

The salads should have been a clue. More than generous, easily could have been shared. Love the approach to pasta: spaghetti or penne, then bring on the 27 sauces. I had the sun dried tomato spinach and almonds. Packed up 1/2 to go. All were...pleased with entrees that were not pasta based. Nice, affordable wines to top off the experience. Attentive and responsive wait staff. Overheard another male diner state, “walked in normal, and feel like I’m leaving pregnant!” We walked out with enough leftovers for 2nd great meals.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

By all accounts this is a fantastic place for pasta. They offer a wide variety of sauces and each one is amazing. For those that can't, the menu is a bit limiting. I had the salmon. It was two huge pieces of fish, but it...was very overdone. Another had the swordfish and the same story. We also tried an appetizer and were told it was GF, but it was not. The staff didn't seem to understand what gluten free really means. The bar looked like a nice place to hang out.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

Our friends introduced us to this amazing little restaurant. The food is truly wonderful. It is hot when meant to be and cold when meant to be.Everyone can find something on the menu. They have a lot of GF, sea food, VG and the ingrdients...are fresh. Love the veggies and they have many on the menu. I never tire of this eatery. Can't wait to go back again. Unfortunately, we never get to the desserts as we have eaten our full meals! This must change. Maybe next time appetizers only and leaving room for desserts.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Ducked in for a quick dinner and wine and we sat at the bar. Friendly bartender and The chef had several things going on the roaring stove top! Always fun to watch-settled on the soft shell crabs and some appetizers. A great dinner and great...time!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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