Best Places to Eat in Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA's restaurant scene features fine dining establishments, casual spots and Asian eateries.

On Monday, December 10, 2012 - 16:38

Richmond's dining scene is thriving and varied with plenty of options for nearly every palate. The city serves up fine dining establishments, casual eateries and a selection of Asian restaurants.

Fine Dining

Housed in the oldest commercial building in Richmond, Julep’s New Southern Cuisine offers southern food inspired by the cities of Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah with a menu that includes fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, fried oysters, and more. The restaurant, which was built circa 1817, is in Richmond's historic River District and provides dining areas on two floors.

Acacia Midtown is an upscale restaurant in Richmond's Fan District that focuses on seafood and regional cuisine. The menu contains entrees such as salmon, scallops and lobster, as well as side items including macaroni and cheese, polenta and grits.

Balliceaux serves American food in an eclectic atmosphere. Diners can expect to find an expansive drink menu with specialty cocktails, beer and wine, and a menu that offers duck breast, mussels and shrimp, and rainbow trout. The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, with dinner available nightly and brunch served on Sundays.

Asian Food

Mekong's sizable menu features grilled platters; chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes; rice noodle salads; fried rice; and several other Asian-inspired items. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of beers from brewers located around the world.

Serving authentic Chinese food, Full Kee Chinese Restaurant offers dishes such as dim sum, dumplings, orange chicken, beef with broccoli and spicy squid.

Umi Sushi Bistro features a broad range of sushi and sashimi rolls created with ingredients including tuna, salmon, yellow tail, octopus, eel and much more. Salads and teriyaki and tempura dishes are also available, as well as sake, wine and beer.

Casual Eateries

Millie’s Diner has been a popular Richmond dining spot since it opened in 1989. Featuring cuisine that's inspired by influences from around the world, such as pumpkin risotto and stuffed quail, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, as well as brunch on the weekend. Millie's Diner is also known for its vintage jukeboxes and record collection.

Black Sheep serves giant sub sandwiches including the two-foot USS Brooklyn, which includes jerk chicken, cabbage, chutney and more, and was featured on the Travel Channel's popular Man V. Food. The restaurant also serves brunch with items such as green eggs and lamb, biscuits, and French toast.

Offering Italian food, Mamma ’Zu is known for it's fantastic food and less-than-stellar service, making it one of the city's most infamous eateries. Diners order from a chalkboard menu that includes pasta, pizza, lasagna and more, and can select from a large wine list.

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