Clarion Hotel Central
3207 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 359-9441
Fax: (804) 359-3207
The atmosphere of Su Casa is perfect for enjoying margaritas and some of the best salsa in town. Entrees include a wonderful combo dinner for two that includes enchiladas, tacos, burritos, chile rellenos, tostadas, quesadillas, flautas and beans and rice. A couple of Greek additions to the menu, like baklava and Greek chicken, provide unusual diversity. Tasty desserts include fried ice cream and flan.
Cabo's looks quiet and quaint but this place hums each night with great live music. Enjoy delicious food while listening to blues, pop or classic rock played by popular local musicians. Appetizers include a lobster and crab cake with watercress and wasabi-lime mayonnaise or delicate shrimp and foie gras wontons over Asian slaw with citrus sauce. Entrees like Seared Sea Scallops with Celeriac Puree and Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Rack of Lamb with Spiced Yogurt Sauce will delight your taste buds and give you the strength you need to do a little dancing after dinner! Cabo's Corner Bistro is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm onwards.
Bandito's Burrito Lounge is Richmond's go-to place for sports bars and healthier Mexican food - also known as Mexi-Cali cuisine. The menu consists of a wide array of burritos - with shredded beef, chicken or pork, plus many more fillings - as well as wraps, bowls, soups and salads. Settle down with the classic tacos and order a brew or two while watching a sports game with friends. If you are not into sports, simply enjoy the food and bob your head to the live music offered on Sundays or sing along during Karaoke Wednesdays.
Stella's is very serious about the Mediterranean and Greek cuisine that they serve up - hence the supreme quality of the food and service. Located in Richmond, near West End, Stella's is always popping with people - seated at the various tables, bathed in warm lighting, or around the full bar that the restaurant has to offer, with a variety of beers and cocktails. Take friends or coworkers out to try the following favorites: the fried kalamari, Pastichio - spiced aromatic ground beef, fat noodles, all topped with grated cheese - and the classic Greek salad, sprinkled with feta cheese.
Step down below the sidewalk into the Fan District's coziest casual spot. This friendly, corner restaurant and bar offers filling sandwiches, light appetizers and cheezy pizzas and the specialty is homemade bread. Choicca's is a dark, quiet place. The clientele is a mixture of students and professionals.
A neighborhood tradition in the historic Fan district, the Strawberry Street Cafe is the ideal place to stop when touring the area or visiting the nearby Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Art students from Virginia Commonwealth University regularly draw master studies in colored chalk on boards hanging around the restaurant. Window seating provides a lovely view of the historic Fan district. The bathtub salad bar, which greets you as you walk in the door, is the most creatively presented (and most delicious) in the city. Vintage wine from the Cafe's award winning list is available by the glass.
8 1/2 is a restaurant that specializes in pizza - but not just any pizza. They are big, cheesy and some are layered with a unique red sauce that is garlicky and delicious. There are unique creations such as the Breakfast pizza, which boasts two over-easy eggs, sausage bits, onions and plenty of cheese. They are also known for their delectable lasagna, which is also drenched in the red sauce and creamy ricotta cheese. Known as one of the absolute best takeout places in Richmond, 8 1/2 is a must-visit - although the restaurant is a bit on the smaller side, the food more than makes up for it. Make sure to call a few hours ahead of time to order during the crowded weekends.
This small, romantic hideaway is a local brunch favorite. It does get crowded, so come early to be sure of a good table and short wait. Work by local artists adorns the walls and chalkboard menus rest upon every table. The superb menu here changes frequently. A favorite dish is Filet Mignon with a Crab Bearnaise Sauce. The desserts are out of this world, particularly the Chocolate Mousse.
Joe's Inn is a neighborhood favorite in Richmond that offers a menu spanning across American, Greek and Italian cuisines. You can't go wrong by ordering the Spaghetti a la Joe, a signature spaghetti-baked dish with provolone cheese and your choice of meat and marinara sauce, and locals rave about the fried chicken kabobs. Don't forget to pair your meal with one of the many featured beers on tap. The interior is comfortable and warm, with wooden booths and idyllic framed pictures hanging from the walls.
This bright, airy restaurant is family-oriented and a great place to broaden your child's taste buds. There is something to catch their eye at every turn—shelves of imported foods in brightly colored packages or vibrant wall decorations. The staff is very friendly. The menu includes authentic Cuban roast pork (as an entree or on a sandwich) and three kinds of paella. This is also the only place in Richmond that has Cuban coffee. A small Cuban market is contained in the restaurant.
Jamaica House at The Fan is a very small and cosy place that boasts of serving authentic Jamaican food. The menu includes delicious traditional dishes like curry goat, jerk chicken, oxtail stew and fried dumplings! Alternately, one can opt to take-out some freshly baked Jamaican patties and other baked goodies. The owner and chef, Carena Ives, has managed to package authentic Caribbean food at modest prices. Ives has also opened another restaurant, Carena's Jamaican Grille.
The Village has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. Best-selling novelist and Richmond native, Tom Robbins, used to frequent the joint. The servers are notoriously rude, but that is part of the charm. Their behavior is not so offensive as to prevent guests from having a positive experience. One warning specify a glass or a pitcher for beverages or you will get a pitcher. This is a Village trademark. The food is quite tasty and a good selection of beer and mixed drinks is available. Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Walnuts and Baked Brie with Apples are favorites.