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“Neighborhood Gem”
Review of Spoonbread Bistro

Spoonbread Bistro
Ranked #136 of 1,862 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Description: The concept of Spoonbread was developed by Chef Micheal Hall from his love of Southern cuisine. Chef Hall has fond memories of his grandmother, mother, and aunts cooking spoonbread. For this reason, for Chef Hall Spoonbread means comfort, love, and family. His vision for the restaurant marries elevated cuisine with his southern comfort food background. Spoonbread Bistro creates a relaxed environment where all diners are welcomed like family.
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Description: The concept of Spoonbread was developed by Chef Micheal Hall from his love of Southern cuisine. Chef Hall has fond memories of his grandmother, mother, and aunts cooking spoonbread. For this reason, for Chef Hall Spoonbread means comfort, love, and family. His vision for the restaurant marries elevated cuisine with his southern comfort food background. Spoonbread Bistro creates a relaxed environment where all diners are welcomed like family.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both our food and our service were excellent. We tried both the crab devilled eggs and the pork and collard green stuffed egg rolls for an appetizer and they were delicious. For entrees we had the roast duck, chilean sea bass and the seafood skillet dujour which were all excellent and plated with attention to detail. For dessert we had the chocolate hazelnut torte and the limoncello cake which were superb! Steven our waiter was great and the atmosphere was fun with jazz music in the background. Upstairs was a bar with a few cozy tables which looked inviting. If we lived in the area we would become regular customers!

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank 1MajorFoodie
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

After reading reviews and menu online, we were eager to try Spoonbread Bistro and were looking forward to our meal once we were seated and met our waiter. Seating, ambiance and lighting as well as service were all good (in contrast to some of reviews). And the menu made everything sound mouth-watering delicious. Too bad the food didn't measure up to the descriptions on the menu.
We decided to sample several different appetizers as our main course since all sounded so good, so started off with BLT salad which sounded delicious as described on the menu. But there was little (if any bacon) or tomatoes; it was basically a plate of chopped iceberg lettuce with peppery but otherwise tasteless dressing. The maple bacon shrimp were terrific; no question about that, but the crab deviled eggs were disappointing; good as deviled eggs but you couldn't taste the crab. The filling for the pork egg rolls was delicious but it was sadly overwhelmed by the super thick coating that was basically inedible.
All the food sounded so good on the menu; it's a shame the kitchen didn't rise to match the descriptions.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank vatravelingbug
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Reviewed January 11, 2020

have always enjoyed dining at Spoon bread, for dinner and brunch, but this was not the case last week. We were seated in the main area downstairs in a booth. First thing we noticed was the lights were on the brightest setting which was not the norm. Usually it is dimly lit, so that it is romantic and cozy. It was lit up like a cafeteria or cheap diner, no need for the tea lights on the table! We asked waiter if they could lower the lights a bit, his response was "new year, new light policy" and walked away. People had complained they couldn't read the menu with lights too low, but this isn't rocket science, maybe don't print the menus on black paper. Apparently the manager doesn't understand that ambience is just as important as good food. Amuse bouche (mini bite) they brought to the table was burnt, had to spit it out, its suppose to clean your pallette not ruin your appetite. Waiter behaved like he was annoyed we were at the restaurant, so that also ruins a diner's experience! Food was tasty, but not hot, usually would have said something, but at this point just wanted to eat and get out of there. We asked to speak to manager, but never came to our table. So, if you're looking for romantic dinner don't waste your time at Spoonbread Bistro.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 17, 2019

We were looking forward to a return visit, but the resulting experience was AWFUL. Seated upstairs in the noisy bar, the ambience went from bad-to-worse, since a extremely loud party dominated the space, the sound, and the harried staff. We attempted to SHOUT through our conversation and efforted for some joy (no joy). Service was crisp, but the food was not. Tenderloin was to TOUGH I asked for a sharper knife and got another dull blade. I SHOULD HAVE (for first time) rejected the plate, with its lukewarm mediocre potatoes and two tired asparagus. We couldn't wait to leave after paying more than sixty (60) dollars for a meal better offered at a decent chain restaurant. NEVER AGAIN!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thank bin_travelin_1
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

Here's the picture - it's my birthday and I want an experience to top anything I've had yet.
We found it.
From the moment we sat down, everything was perfect. A wonderful ambience- a typical Fan building- long and narrow with dark wood and tin (maybe copper) ceiling. Water came immediately, then the waiter for our choice of drink. We had planned on having a bottle of Sancerre (our current obsession) so we didn't have a cocktail, but they looked intriguing.
Wine came shortly along with an amuse bouche of a freshly made tortilla with a dollop of homemade pimento cheese. Who knew such a tiny bite could be so scrumptious. When followed by a mouthful of the truly outstanding Sancerre, we were already in heaven. Shortly after we received a warm homemade roll with some kind of herb in it (rosemary?) with honey butter. What's not to like?

While we scarfed the roll, we chose an appetizer to share -deviled eggs with tiny pieces of lump crabmeat in a pepper jelly sauce on top. We seriously considered getting 4 plates of that and ending with that. We restrained ourselves and it was a good thing because the best was yet to come.

I had chosen the Black Molasses Roasted Duck Breast and husband chose Grilled Salt and Pepper Strip Steak.Visuals - the presentation was stunning. The duck plus the carmelized brussels sprouts and the caramel corn pudding that came with it were covered with a steamy glass cloche. When that was lifted,the most amazing combination of smells wafted into my face. My husband's steak was equally spellbinding- the perfectly cooked steak was decadently lying across a black of Himalayan salt, finished with a port demi-glace and surrounded by whipped potatoes and roasted asparagus. He was equally transported.
And now - the taste. We have never had anything so perfect tasting in all aspects, in our lives. WIth every bite we were swooning. (and continuing to drinking the wonderful Sancerre),
Speaking of the Sancerre, husband remarked as we neared the end of the entree that there was a surprising amount of wine left. This was unusual because we love Sancerre so much it usually goes down quickly. We were so intrigued by the food, we kept forgetting to drink!
Of course we had to end this meal with dessert with dessert- chocolate! I had the chocolate cherry cake and husband had chocolate hazelnut cake, both very dense and intense. Truthfully, by this time we were bees drunk on nectar.
Word on the service spectacular! Extremely attentive without being intrusive. They move around the room- and sometimes tight space- like choreographed dancers.

The whole experience was just wonderful and we will be back! (I would have taken pictures but was too involved in eating and drinking!)

Date of visit: October 2019
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Thank Cynde L
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