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“One of Richmond's Best... But Beware The Parking Situation...”
Review of Chez Foushee

Chez Foushee
Ranked #86 of 1,623 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 20, 2014

First the good news. Chez Foushee offers very satisfying, excellent food, creatively prepared and served in an attractive period building located a block off the city's growing Broad Street arts district. The menu offers a typical selection of locally sourced fresh seafood, meat and even vegetarian options, many prepared with an innovative flair. A good example were the soft-shell crabs I enjoyed on a recent evening, topped with lump crabmeat in a pesto-mayo and served atop roasted vegetables. Yummy, indeed. Oh... and the service was attentive and upbeat, and the wine list, while modest, was perfectly adequate.

Then there's the parking situation, which is really a larger Richmond issue. Chez Foushee's owner pays a fee enabling patrons to park in a lot, a half block from the restaurant. Convenient, right? Well... not so fast. What the owner didn't tell us was to be sure and park on the side of the lot closest to the restaurant. Otherwise... you'll be towed. The challenge, here, is that it looks like one big lot. But it's not, as were soon to discover...

As we left the restaurant and walked towards our car, a tow truck was idling behind our car, the driver smacking his lips in anticipation of a nice fat fee. He explained how the lot was configured, and where in the lot we were not likely to be towed on future visits. Happily, we had arrived just in time... You might not be so lucky.

Okay, so there you have it. A really enjoyable restaurant in a location where Richmond needs and wants good restaurants. But the deplorable parking situation -- if you're lucky, opt for the street -- does give one pause. One might hope that someday... the Richmond City Fathers would begging developing some smart urban planing and zoning strategies that actually accommodate and encourage downtown restaurant and theater patronage. But until that day, it's the parking wild west... and good restaurants like Chez Foushee are likely to pay a heavy price.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We've enjoyed lunches as well as dinners at Chez Foushee for years. Although the menu changes with the seasons, the lemon butter cake is a delicious constant. Even though they have specials, the prices for dinner so expensive that we can only enjoy dining there on special occasions.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

. I enjoy eating a Chez Foushee for lunch and business lunches. Their service is first-rate, the food is excellent, and the decor is very nice (a British Colonial feel).
Be sure to save room for dessert. The lemon butter cake is delicious!

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Fine food and great wine selection, server understand the menu very well and are very helpful in making selections.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is really one of the prettiest restaurant spaces in Richmond, nice for a romantic dinner and there were lots of couples there on Saturday night. Nice lighting and white table cloths, but they put disposable table paper cloths on top which seems inappropriate for a high end place like this. We have had Chez Foushee on our list to visit for more than 2 years based on reviews, and maybe I expected too much. Food was a 3 rating for us. Good assortment of appetizers, but the crab bisque was average and the liver pate had a very odd mix of flavors that was not good. Entrees are limited, about 8 choices, all $25 and higher. I wasn't really excited about any of them and ended up with something I didn't like, the fettuccine, again not a good combination of flavors and the fried oysters were way over salted. My husband had duck and thought it was very good. The service was also very good, but the entree took a long time for the late dinner. We really have too many favorites in town to come back again.

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