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Reviewed March 5, 2021 via mobile

We made a reservation for a special birthday celebration for the four of us. The kitschy decor had a bit of elegance and charm! Think vintage painting mixed with collectible Star Wars plates and colorful glass lampshades in a dark interior! The Faberge Egg appetizer...was enticing with caviar, picked salmon, and deviled egg! My wife loved the coq au vin - very juicy, and I savored every bite of my filet mignon! My son loved his lobster with mac-n-cheese. Service is top notch while also bring friendly and folksy. Creme brûlée dessert with Limoncello was also delectable! Every bit of it was an experience! Loved it!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2020

This is fine French dining in a very relaxed setting. From the minted water to the thoughtfully composed entrees and perhaps the flaming dessert you will experience a creative and superb dinner. The wait staff is well trained and friendly. The craft cocktails and wine...list beautifully support the menu selections. Be sure to read the clever menu descriptions, listed to the subtle background music and enjoy your meal of a lifetime.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 27, 2020

Last night me and three of my friends had the most fabulous and delectable meal of our lives at L'OPOSSUM, Richmond's superb French dining mecca and one of the finest restaurants in the state, certainly the most eclectic. Southern Living named L'Opossum Sur La Colline...de l'Orégon the "best restaurant in the South" in 2018 and their chef was named a James Beard Award Best Chef Mid-Atlantic semifinalist in 2016. Our dinner was epic in atmosphere (quirky is an understatement), presentation (every plating is a work of art), comestibles (each mouthful is an exquisite taste sensation) and service (casual perfection in knowledge, timeliness and geniality). Essentially, "the Possum" is a destination restaurant of the highest magnitude. We drove 116 miles and reserved a hotel room just to eat there and it was well worth it. The appetizers are humorously-named works of art that will rock your world. Both Wynn and I selected the Fabergé Egg ($15) bèdazzled with caviar & dill cured salmon, which is a vodka-powered accoutrements et les Jigglés de la Champagne Rose that tickles your eyes and melts in your mouth like a surrealist painting. The combination of egg, caviar and salmon is extraordinary although we didn't quite understand the gelatinous & spicy Champagne Rose-flavored jelly generously strewn about the plate. Lewis selected Les Escargots à la ham biscuit ($14) with sweet garlic Beurre Blanc, which is a revolution of the mind, a revelation of the senses and the most creative preparation of escargot I have ever seen. Gretchen chose the une salad Lyonnaise au lit avec un confit de canard ($14), which is duck Confit & Frisée tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, Blood Orange, Applewood lardons, toasty bread crumbs and a fried egg. I tasted the duck and it was moist and tender. Then came the fabulous mind-blowing entrees. I ordered the Pecan-crusted halibut ($34) atop creamy parsnip purée, charred broccolini, Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms with a savory scallion sauce. I thought it was the best piece of fish I have ever eaten and the sauce was to-die-for. Everyone wanted some of LA's filet mignon of beef "Swellington" ($39) totin' a first class hobo stick packed tight with truffled Duxelles & duck butter in a pink peppercorn & Port reduction and he was very accommodating. Lewis elected to have rare black truffles ($18) grated over his filet. It tasted divine and the others agreed. We decided this was our favorite entrée of the night followed by the halibut. Next up, but far from least, was the jumbo lump crab cakes: All crab, all the time! ($39) with wilted spinach and Béarnaise tartar sauce. My taste proved that it was crab cakes at the top of their game. Finally, Gretchen selected the "Swank Bank" ($39) which is butter-poached Maine lobster mac & cheese tossed with asparagus and Swiss chard in a louche yet obscenely rich truffled Mornay cream sauce. The name describes it well as it was obscenely rich and delicious. It was also the largest amount of food of any of the entrees and she took half home. The desserts we chose were the Lavender-Limoncello Crème Brûlée ($9), which was phenomenal and the spectacular la petite mort au chocolat en flambé ($10) which is fired up tableside with a warning "Do not eat this dessert while it's on fire!" Our drink selections were: Bombay Sapphire martini 3 x $14 = $42 Domaine de la Motte Pinot Noir 4 x $11 = $44 Upper Shirley Vineyards Viognier $15 Soléna Estate Pinot Gris (2019) $9 B&B by Bénédictine $9 Coffee 2 x $2.50 = $5 The grand total was $418 which we split relatively evenly.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 27, 2020

L’Opossum sur la Colline de l’Orégon is the tour de force restaurant within a two-hour drive of Richmond. Indifferent to ephemeral inclinations, Chef and Sole Proprietor David Shannon instinctively and thoughtfully bestows every extraordinary element of timeless hospitality with imagination, fineness, and panache. You may...not believe it until you part the silk curtain to enter the jewel box dining room, and the curated seventies era ambience welcoming you, distinct and unlike any other. You’re transported to a tasteful, whimsical cocoon by the multifarious original art, soulful sanguine music, dim colorful lighting, dozens of flickering oil votives, an inviting Récamier style sofa replete with embroidered pillows to sip drinks on while you wait, fresh flower arrangements, Andy Warhol Rorschach-patterned tabletops, an audacious stained glass window, dozens of statues of Michelangelo’s David, including a gold seven foot tall one, and memorable scents that are cosseting and exhilarating all at once. It may be testing to forgo softly humming or moving rhythmically, let yourself go and enjoy the conviviality as your evening progresses and the interior lighting is methodically softened in harmony with the setting sun. As you settle in, satiate your parched arrival with the lightly mint-infused cool water. Contemplate one of the creative and fun takes on a classic craft cocktail. Select a palate pleasing, approachable wine by the glass, paired perfectly with the menu. They also offer a deep but not overwhelming bottle choice with wines from France, Italy, California, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia. In addition, there is a brief list of mostly local craft beers on tap or packaged. For a truly indulgent evening, order a bottle of the powerful and textural Vintage Champagne Billecart-Salmon “Cuvée Elizabeth” and introduce your table to this boutique family-owned House. Food is the celebutante, supported by an all-star cast of exceptional quality and extravagant ingredients. Here, you won’t find experimental small plates that change often, but fresh, and imaginative takes on savory, comforting, and satisfying southern heritage American dishes rooted in modern French culinary technique. Each ingredient is consistently, flavorfully seasoned, expertly cooked, and masterfully layered to scrumptiousness in an exquisite presentation on unique china and garnished with fresh herbs. Begin with the warm spicy chowder of clams, shrimp, andouille, and corn on the cob slivers to start. Most dishes are house specialties, but you have never tasted an appetizer egg dish like this aptly named Fabergé. The tender snails and bite sized ham biscuit are distinctive and laced with a garlic scented, slightly sweet and tangy buttery sauce. The grilled Caesar is flavorful and light with a giant crunchy crouton and white anchovies. The perfectly cooked roast chicken, moist and gushing with flavor, is partially deboned so it’s easier to eat with a knife and fork. The cooked to order tender beef filet sits atop sautéed crisp carrots, green beans, onion, and a lavish pink peppercorn port reduction that takes a week to concoct, all topped by a delicious bite of truffled foie gras, mushrooms, shallots, and cognac en croute, speared by an aromatic rosemary sprig reminiscent of a hobo stick. When in season, tableside shaved truffles abound. The jumbo lump crab cakes consist of large moist chunks of Chesapeake Bay blue crab with just enough ingredients to hold them together and a perfect, slightly crisp sear on the outside. The accompanying velvety, tangy béarnaise tartar sauce is delectable. The dishes are well portioned, rich, and filling so with an appetizer and entrée each, few guests make it to dessert. If you do, they are all titillating. One dessert is a captivating flaming presentation with soft chocolate and just the right amount of sweet. The professional servers are friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. Most of the staff are veterans having been with Chef for years and all are invested in offering practiced service as a synchronized team, much like a ballet. They are adept at translating ingredients, seasonings, flavors, textures, and temperatures found in the wittily entertaining, theatrical, periphrastic menu descriptions to aid with your selections. Like most classic restaurants that prepare complex dishes to order, they will ask that you place your appetizer and entrée orders at the same time. Hot dishes especially take considerable time to cook and must be coordinated with other guest orders. There are no quick shortcuts for this level of preparation. The menu acclimates near seasonally and iteratively, so changes are typically noticeable only by the most regular of regulars. There is usually a good vegetarian entrée, and an entrée that can be prepared vegan, and a vegan appetizer. Several dishes are or can be prepared gluten free. There is no separate menu for children. There is a cozy, comfortable seven-seat full-service bar that offers the full menu. There are two spotlessly clean, inclusive gender-neutral restrooms that are alluring with décor not to be missed. Conveniently found a half mile off the Downtown Expressway and just steps from the entrance is ample on street parking in a historic, well-lit, safe, working-class residential neighborhood overlooking the James river called Oregon Hill, and adjacent to the famous garden style Hollywood Cemetery, the resting place of two United States Presidents. Reservations are usually needed a month or two in advance. Most guests dress in smart casual, but you occasionally see pre-theater formal, clean shorts and t-shirts, caftans, and costumes. You can dress comfortably for your evening. The noise level is moderate, including the ambient music, so it’s easy to have a conversation. L’O is a particularly fair value when you take into consideration the quality ingredients, labor, ability, and technique required to achieve this level of food. Try doing something close to this at home to compare. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Wheelchair accessible. Do not let the name L’Opossum deter or mislead you. Not unlike its near namesake Opossum, the often-maligned marsupial native to North America, L’O is a multifaceted juxtaposition of fancy, accessible comfort, fun, playfulness, serious cooking, and succor executed with aplomb. Unpretentious, joyful, and humorous for the bon vivant food obsessed, it’s worth a special journey. This review is based on hundreds of personal restorative meals and flavorful memories since 2014. Enough said, we highly recommend you experience L’O and nurture yourself. A small sampling of notable awards and accolades include: Chef David Shannon James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Semifinalist; Southern Living South’s Best Restaurant; Richmond Elby Awards: Best New Restaurant, Chef of the Year David Shannon, and Restaurant of the Year.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 14, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful and whimsical, upscale wirk breaking the bank, and experience building without leaving you famished; L'Opposum is a wonderful night out, solo or for couples. Foie Gras plate had fun accoutrement that enhanced the already rich dish and ramped up the interest in the ingredient....Escargot was wonderfully done. Scallops were tender, beans were creamy with excellent pot licker. Check it out. 10/10 would recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

L'Opossum is our go to for special occasions so we dine there 2-3 times per year. The food is always equisitely wonderful, but so is the staff. If you call for a reservation you will be asked if there is a special occasion you are...celebrating and whether there are any food alergies. Since my wife is gluten intollerent they are always prepared. We have been served by Erin many times since she began working at L'Opossum 4 1/2 years ago. She is a true professional. She takes care of every detail seemlessly and unobtrusively. The same can be said of all others taking care of diners. Thanks to all for helping to create another special evening. And in case you might still be looking for menu items to choose......we loved the Faberge Egg app, the Lamb and the Crabcakes for our main, and the La Petite Mort for dessert. Perfect........again!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

L’Opossum is one-off the best restaurants in Richmond. Quirky atmosphere and amazing food. Hard to get a reservation, but you can sit at the bar and eat.....great bartender and very knowledgeable.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Had not been to L’Opossum in a while. It’s a tough reservation to snag. Got lucky yesterday when a cancellation gave me an opening. Negroni & Manhattan were well-made. Foie gras always delicious no matter which flavors David adds. The lamb dish and the “Swellington”...beef were both delicious. A lovely Syrah from France completed an outstanding meal while the server was always timely, friendly, and helpful!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020

Four of us dined at L'Opossum last week and the experience was generally excellent. We were greeted and seated promptly and courteously. The atmosphere and decor was to our liking as was the table. The restaurant was reasonably quiet and the wine list very good....We ordered five appetizers for the four of us, one to share, and they were all wonderful. Entrees followed and were equally excellent. The only reason we gave the restaurant four stars instead of five was the dessert. Both couples had one to share and it was not good. A very tart poached pear surrounded by sweet confections just did not work. We ate part of it and left the rest. A disappointing finish but we will be back to try it again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

Very creative touch on locally sources ingredients. Delightful atmosphere. We return as often as possible! Simply delicious!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Yes they do. And my guess is that if there were not something to accommodate you on the menu that night that the chef would create something. For my part, I had lamb with white beans and swiss chard....so, yes, mine was... More
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5