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“Small Size, Big Taste”
Review of The Hill Cafe

The Hill Cafe
Ranked #119 of 1,608 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Chester, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Small Size, Big Taste”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

A great little restaurant located at the top of Church Hill on Broad. Food was great, with a good variety. Lunch crowd was busy, haven't been back for dinner, yet!

Visited January 2013
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A little gem!”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Comfort food with seasonal specials. Cozy neighborhood environment. Be prepared to wait because it is small... but it will be worth it. My favorites are the burger and fish tacos.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Elizabeth R
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Manassas, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Setting”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Quaint eatery in Richmond off of Broad Street. Small, local eatery but big on atmosphere and great food. We were a party of four with each ordering different entrees. All were fabulous. The fried green tomatos were amazing!

Visited January 2013
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Neat Location, but Average Food”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is located in the Church Hill neighborhood and has a wonderful local feel, with a small bar area and a quaint set of booths for a meal. While the atmosphere was pleasant (it felt a bit like a neighborhood hangout), our service was slow and the food was fairly standard. We went on a Saturday night, and were seated immediately, but it took about 10 minutes for anyone to greet us or take our drink orders. When we were served, it felt as though things were a little disorganized. When our food arrived, it was hot, but the dishes were fairly standard, without any standout tastes. Overall, we enjoyed the atmosphere, but felt as though something was lacking. I would definitely try this place again, however if you are looking for a unique menu, this is not where to look.

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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Needs competition”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

A friend of mine just moved into a loft apartment a few blocks up from the Hill Cafe, so we strolled to the restaurant yesterday. We were all hungry, since the only thing in our friend's pantry was a bag of popcorn, and she scorched it in the microwave minutes before we arrived.
The Hill Cafe is popular, and I get it - folks like to have a neighborhood place to gather. If you're only here to drink, it's probably as good a choice as any. i have to say, the service was very friendly.
But this was not my first visit, and once again i left unimpressed. I ordered the Redneck Benedict, and I can tell you that no self-respecting redneck would be satisfied with two small sausage patties perched on freezer-to-oven biscuits. The poached eggs were prepared with an adroit hand, though. The potatoes were good, but there's a cook in that kitchen who is a portion-control nazi. For the money, it was not a good value.
I like a slightly gritty hangout as well as the next guy, but when my coffee arrived in a mug smeared with lipstick, the cafe lost its charm. The restaurant clearly has a loyal following, but I think that a few competitors around the corner would spur some speedy improvements.

  • Visited December 2012
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