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I'll be in Richmond for a pre-wedding weekend and my friend and I are taking the bride to dinner (old friends...two guys already married with best friend finally tying the knot). She lives there but doesn't get to the restaurant scene very much.
We like upscale but not interested on this occasion for white table cloth perfection. My friend and I used to live in that area and wonder what's new and delicious in the city.

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  1. Any particular area or cuisine? Price range? Wine? When did you live here?

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Nouveau American, French or Italian. No asian for this particular event. Any price range is fine and yes the wine list is important, and perhaps a cool bar too for before or after.
      I lived in Lynchburg in the 90s and spent lots of time in Richmond, and my friend grew up in Richmond and still has family there.

      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        Seafood too.

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          How is CanCan on Cary St?

          1. re: rcburli

            Food is "okay"...good pommes frites and a nice wine list.

            1. re: rcburli

              I'm going to be the anti-Janet here because I rather like the food at Can Can. It's good, unpretentious French food in a fun setting. And I would only classify the frites as OK. They don't stack up to the frites you get in France or Belgium.

              I would recommend Pomegranate in Shockoe Slip as well.

              1. re: rcburli

                I went to Can Can for lunch on Thursday. I was encouraged with the great bread and butter and the delicious French Onion Soup. It was really good!

                Then the disaster happened. My Croque Monsieur arrived. Ouch! It was a colorless blob on the plate. A piece of soggy bread with ham, cheese and COMPLETELY covered in a flavorless attempt at bechamel sauce. Seriously, there had to had been 12 ounces of the stuff on the plate. It was so bad.

                The salads and sandwiches look good, I might try it again.

            2. I would go to Havana 59 for a mojito before dinner (near the Farmer's Market in Shockoe Bottom) and then head to Julep's Southern Cuisine (close by) for dinner.

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              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                I notice there are no prices on the Julep's website.
                That usually indicates to me very expensive. Any comments?

                1. re: rcburli

                  Depends on what you mean by expensive. I would say most entrees are in the $20-$28 range.

                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                    That's what I figured, not overly expensive actually.
                    I wonder why some restaurants don't post prices.
                    In the restaurant on the actual menu, do they list the prices?

                    1. re: rcburli

                      Yes. The prices are listed on the menu.

              2. Another place to consider is Edo's Squid...it's more casual and noisy but it's fun and great Italian and seafood along with a killer hangar steak. Very reasonable wine list also. It's less serious than Julep's. It's at the corner of Harrison and Grace in VCU.

                1. I just had a great meal at rowland's fine dining on Main St in the Fan....and Wednesday is half price wine bottles night

                  1. I completely RECOMMEND JULEPS---it is southern gourmet with a twist...

                    The appetizers are terrific--skip the salad--and then head to the entree...

                    They make a terrific SHRIMP with Anduille (sp) Sausage that is TERRIFIC...ALSO their STEAK is incredible.

                    Desserts--try the cobblers --they are better than the bananas foster.

                    EVERYTIME we have out of town company, that is where we take them..Our friends from DC loved it--and they are super sophisticated diners...

                    ASK to sit downstairs- the kitchen is down and then the waiters have to run up this winding staircase with your food..
                    WE like downstairs better-( Also the ladies room is on the ground

                    It is in Shockoe Bottom- Has valet parking- and it not a total killer on the budget--A little pricey- $19-28 as the other writer listed...

                    The restaurant has atmosphere and is white table cloth but CASUAL dress.....WAIT STAFF is superb.

                    I have not been in a few monthes, but I do know that they change menus with the seasons...ENJOY!

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                    1. re: Andy

                      Does anyone know anything about Comfort?

                      1. re: WCchopper

                        Comfort is great. And it's a good place for people with different preferences. Squash casserole is a must get. Mac and cheese and collard greens are outstanding as well. Good southern comfort food with a little twist (but not too much). One of the best and most reasonably priced wine lists in the city. Also, the banana pudding creme brulee is worth saving room for dessert.

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                          Ditto what Janet said. Of the entrees I love the catfish, meatloaf, and roast chicken. I had skate on my last visit and it was tender and tasty. Word to the wise: it is popular and they don't take reservations so plan on a wait unless you get there early. One time we went on a Saturday to meet friends at the 5:30 opening time and there was a crowd waiting for the doors to open!

                          It does get a bit noisy but if you can score one of the booths in the back it is much cozier and quiet. Plus you can see all of the dishes that come out of the kitchen.

                          1. re: hopkid

                            I get the catfish or the veggie plate (4 or 5 side dishes) most of the time. And hubby loves the roast chicken.

                          2. re: Janet from Richmond

                            i agree that comfort is great- one of my favorite restaurants here. i'd have to disagree with janet on the squash casserole (not that great last time i had it, and it was squash season), and i found the mac and cheese to be a bit of a let down. my absolute favorites and "must gets" are the roasted beets and cheese grits- a dynamite combo. i tend to get the veggie plate too most of the time as that's really what i want anyway, all the sides! and i agree about the banana pudding- i could eat a whole pizza and still have room for that dessert!

                            1. re: orangefluf

                              We were in Richmond over Memorial Day weekend 2007.

                              JULEP'S- the best part of our experience there was the wildly enthusiastic parking valet- age 50s/60 who sprinted to the lot to retrieve our car.

                              Food- those who got the hanger steak said it was tasty. My vegetarian entree was very bizarre: here's the recipe-open a can of black beans (or boil some yourself), drain, place a cup or two of lukewarm blackbeans in a pasta bowl and top with some other stuff like some chopped raw veggies- Taco Bell is better.
                              Waiter was kind of arrogant and unfriendly.
                              Portions were miniscule- World's Smallest Caesar Salad- about 2 level tablespoons.
                              The bread was tasty but we had to ask for it- never offered to us and we were begrudgingly offered one piece per person.
                              Very expensive -would probably not go back but if you live in Richmond and are desperate for dining spots might try it another time...

                              CAN-CAN- since we were still hungry after dining at Julep's we headed over to Can-Can and got a cheese plate- hate to complain but did not care for any of the cheese selection although the bread and olives were good.

                              MEKONG- this was the highlight of our trip- we loved everything although the decor/ambiance is pretty funky. Will check out Dalat and Comfort next time.