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Reviewed August 21, 2022 via mobile

Had a great time at the bar with Lawrence (mixologist) Lots of great bourbon. Throw back feel. Cool entrance. Need password

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022

My wife took me here for pre dinner drinks and it was a great time! Great speakeasy ambience, complete with a secret entrance, password, and period dressed staff. The drinks were delicious and the appetizers tasty. Will gladly visit again!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

Visit - 1/18. Large group. Disappointed. No "atmosphere" aside from some women wearing Roaring 20's dresses to support speakeasy concept provided that we saw - just a well stocked bar. It took an super long time to order, not long to receive meal, and far...too long for wait staff to ask if we wanted to pay. On the bill, a not - adjustable tip added - could not change (GRR!). Two (2) of our group had issues with the meal. #1 - The Filet was also not cooked properly. Asked for Med Well, received a steak that was Medium (just past the no-blood point but very red and cool). #2 - The Rib-eye was a poor piece of beef. Customer unhappy. Not cooked as requested. Asked for medium and got Med-Rare to Rare. Very little of the piece had no gristle, fat, or other not-nice meat - it was a very poor piece.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

We came for a special meal. We thought the food was average. We has Chicken Marsala and Shrimp and Andouille Pasta. Both were average. Crab dip was good. The pecan pie was wonderful. This is more of a place for drinks and an assignation with...the darkness of the room. Don't bother with a meal. Appetizers should tie you over.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2019

Go for drink before or after dinner. Excellent craft cocktail menu. Food is bland, nothing special, when we do not finish an appetizer, you know it is lacking.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

I found this restaurant on Open Table, then searched here for reviews and then went to the website. I was VERY intrigued! This place DID NOT disappoint! Do the research on the website and go to The Juice Joint to find the current password (changes...weekly) - you’ll need it when you get into the lobby of the restaurant ;). I won’t go into further detail, b/c I want you to enjoy some surprises :) The food and service were spectacular! We really felt like we stepped back in time. This speakeasy style restaurant nailed it!!! Their drinks were amazing - I enjoyed a specialty drink, while my husband tried an old fashioned. The food was also delicious! We had crab dip to start. He got the ribeye and said it’s one of the best he’s had. I got Osso Bucco - if it’s on the menu (which is rarely seen), I get it! It was delicious!! We cannot wait to go back!!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 15, 2019

This was my favorite thing in Richmond. Their cocktails are very good and they are trying fun, creative recipes. The signature cocktails are $12 and the classic cocktails are $10. Go for something different on the signature menu. They made particularly good rum cocktails. They...must have had a seasonal menu because the wife had a cocktail that tasted the way it smells if you go apple picking or walk through a pumpkin patch. I really liked their food as well. Fantastic baked Brie. We finished with a delicious pumpkin cheesecake. The ambiance was also perfect. The music was all from the 20s-40s. The staff were laid back and the server was not on top of us all night. He magically appeared when we needed something but otherwise left us to enjoy our night. The hostess was awesome in her mohair coat. The bartender brought us a cocktail and apologized for a delay that I didn’t even notice. Everything was truly perfect. It has all the looks of a pretentious bar but it is the opposite. I look forward to going back on our next Richmond weekend.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We had eaten actoss the street for dinner and upon leaving we jested about the "stein" in the bookshop name. I zipped across the street to see that one of the bookshelves was hinged and partially open. All of my party joined me as we...were transported back to prohibition America. What a fabulous historical journey. I of course drank a beer on tap called the "21st amendment". Great fun.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

If you are a Richmond native or ever been here you know that finding decent food after 9pm on a weekday is nearly impossible until I discovered this place that closes at midnight during the week. Yay! It’s centrally located in Downtown Richmond which means...hard to find street parking. We were greeted by a hostess requesting a password. Password? I had no idea, but she allowed us to enter. The decor is reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy which is fun! There’s booths, tables, patio seating, and a full bar. Every night there is a different bar special. My recommendation would be to stick to bar drinks because the food is not good. $100 later after ordering two appetizers and entrees plus one drink, I was extremely disappointed with the food quality. I ordered the mahi fish and it tasted sour. You know fish smells and tastes fishy when it is not fresh. The shrimp andouille was a plate full of bland food. I was very disappointed by the food.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

We were a family of 5 celebrating 3 who are dads on the night before Father’s Day. I surprised them by taking them to this “secret” speakeasy hidden behind a plain gray brick facade and a password-protected, movable bookcase in Shockoe Slip, Richmond. I was...a little worried because of the bad reviews but we had a blast, and the food, service and drinks were all superb. I had the roast pork with mashed potatoes and excellent Brussel sprouts, plus a hummus and pita starter. Dad had a tasty, gigantic tuna portion on quinoa and the tequila-lime popcorn (greasy but pretty good). Ditto for my husband but with the cheese plate starter, the latter of which was just ordinary. My brother had very good fish, and my daughter relished her gnocchi with red pepper sauce. We especially loved the mock tails—the Bessie and the Duke, both of which were deliciously refreshing fruit, herb and ginger soda mixtures. The cocktails also were memorable—try anything in the middle of the menu. Next time we will try some mikes—and yes, there will be a next time! My 80-year-old dad loved the secret password, the martini book staff gave him (I had asked if they could do something special since he had turned 80), and that he could hear the conversation. We went at 6 on a Saturday night because I figured it would be quieter then, which it was. It’s likely quite loud when that bar is full. We had a fun, knowledgeable waitress who helped us pick food and sort the huge cocktail selection—she was spot on. I recommend this unique experience!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

Biggest reason this place receives 3 stars is because of their amazing drinks. Bartender made them wonderfully. We tried 4 different drinks between us and loved them all. Appetizer came out quickly and was delicious (crab dip). The place loses two stars for the inattentiveness...of the bartender. She was more concerned with her phone and/or eating behind the bar with her back to the customers than actual service. The food is overpriced and most of the dishes (name alone) looked unappetizing. I am a picky eater though so I didn’t dock a star for that as it’s just a matter of opinion. Cool concept with crappy service.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Shhh..... I was born and raised in Richmond, but currently live in Maryland. There are so many new restaurants in the city that I am always pleased when I can find a hidden gem. My sister-in-law told us about Grandstaff and Stein Booksellers. I’m so...glad that I made reservations; it was busy. They definitely have pulled off the speak easy concept; however, I don’t think I ever received a password when making my reservations on OpenTable. I love the surprise of walking into a library and opening up to a bustling restaurant and bar. The ambiance was nice with small touches of the prohibition era. The wine/cocktail list is more expansive than the food, but shouldn’t it be?? I ordered a classic old fashion. I had the chicken pot pie. The presentation was cute. It was a small portion that worked well for me; however, it was a little salty and it could have used a green vegetable in the broth. Other favorites at the table were the crab cakes, filet, Brussel sprouts, and lamb. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable of the menu, and accommodating to requests. We will be back!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

What a way to enter a restaurant! If you want to eat here, you need to know the password to enter into the dining room. The experience is awesome, the atmosphere is great and the food is good. We had lunch, ordered sandwiches. The crabcake...sandwich was small but it was 💯 % crab meat. Planning to return for dinner.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

We went here to celebrate my 60th birthday last week. Aside from a little snafu about the reservation, which they fixed immediately, the whole experience was awesome! We went online and got the password and were welcomed right in! Our server, Oliver, was attentive and...welcoming. As our party grew, they were able to move us to another table to accommodate us. The appetizers were great, the cheese plate was a big hit! I got the Smoked Old Fashioned drink and got to go up and watch as it was being prepared, which was really kinda cool! The whole vibe inside is just like what I imagine a real speakeasy was like back in the 1920s..The background music, the pictures on the wall..everything was perfect! The food was over the top good! I really recommend the chicken piccato, but all of our party seemed to really enjoy the food! The bread pudding dessert was really great as well! We will certainly return..Anyone who has a bad experience here may be expecting something else.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

We took my daughter, several of her friends, and several of our friends here for her 24th birthday. We thought it was going to be a cool place. The coolest part of the whole experience was going through the bookcase. The staff was rude and...seemed to be put out by the size of our party. We had taken gifts and were reprimanded about where we had placed them. Service was slow and the food was mediocre at best. At the end of the night we were reprimanded again for bringing party favors that had airplane bottles in them and were told that we needed to take them out immediately. (We weren’t going to open them!). I was excited to try this place because they have opened one in the OBX, but I think we will be skipping that one.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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