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“Tarrant's Restaurant”
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Ranked #6 of 1,603 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N. Foushee
Description: Tarrant's Cafe is situated in the Richmond Old and Historic District. It was an important corner bringing drugstore services to nearby residents for over eighty years spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 130 years later this building is bringing neighborhood service to Richmond’s community with an upscale but affordable restaurant: Tarrants Cafe.
Glen Allen
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6 reviews
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“Tarrant's Restaurant”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Excellent food and service in an upscale but casual atmosphere. Near Richmond's Art District, so you can combine a visit to First Fridays (Friday night tour of art galleries) with dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Bruce B
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English first
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13 reviews
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“Popular for a reason!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Linden Row, just a few blocks from Tarrant's Cafe, and ended up having dinner AND brunch the next day!
We did have to wait for a table, but the staff was warm and made it feel worthwhile. I had a drink at the well-stocked and beautiful bar, a restored lunch counter from the days when the place was a drugstore.
The menu had a lot of variety with price, so if you are looking for low cost option this does have it, but I was eating high end so I opted for a steak-well seasoned and perfectly cooked, sides of mashed potatoes, veggies and onion straws were good.
Brunch was even better with 6 different Benedict options, omelets and other specialties. I got the Florentine Benny, but plan to return for the seafood crepes! Yum!
Overall the place was lively but not noisy, nicely decorated but not stuffy. The bathroom was clean and large(a good sign of a good restaurant, I always say!)
The staff was pleasant and attentive, I plan to go back!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank buttermilkgirl
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Could be much better”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

I booked a table in advance for a special occasion. There were 5 people in my group. The Tarrant's has two rooms - one close to an outside entrance and with a bar, and the other that is more classy, with some tables having white tablecloths, nice music playing etc. I was hoping that by booking in advance I could get to a clearly more suitable for special occasions room. Unfortunately, the 2nd room only has tables for 4 or round tables that can accommodate up to 7-8 people. So we had to be in the 1st room - big difference in the general perception and ambiance. If I have known that in advance, I would not go to that restaurant. I even asked to be in the 2nd room when arrived, but was told that there are other parties to arrive that need those bigger tables.
The food was OK - nothing special. She Crab Soup was very good, and Rib Eye steak was fine. But everything else - not so tasty, just OK.
The waitress was nice, but it took forever to get our main courses.
In general, the entire experience could be so much better.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Renaita
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Newport Beach, California
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32 reviews
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“Great Butternut Squash Soup”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I stopped in for a quick bite to eat. It was 2 blocks from The Linden Row Inn. The butternut squash soup was sooo yummy! I had a half sandwich (ham and swiss). Sandwich as a bit dry but ok. The decor is charming and has alot of character.

Visited October 2013
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Thank letstalktravel
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Daegu, South Korea
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“Good but questionable high rating”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Too eager waitstaff, too many stops at the table, pricey beer and questionable cleanliness (dusty drapes, shutters and light fixtures). Food was just good but not great. I enjoyed the tilapia reuben, not sure the fish tacos were supposed to be cold, but he ginger lemonade was yummy.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Peters365
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