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Sep 9, 2008 05:43 AM

Best in Richmond?

My father is coming for a one day visit, and when I asked where he wants to go to dinner, he said, "Just pick the best restaurant in Richmond." Easy enough request, right?

Knowing Dad, he means somewhere lively, interesting, and delicious. Price isn't really an issue as long as the food and experience live up to it. Of course, the best doesn't necessarily mean the priciest. I'd like to stay in the city, unless of course there's a can't-miss somewhere else.

So, what do you think is the best restaurant in Richmond?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!

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  1. Edo's Squid at Grace and Harrison. It's lively, interesting and delicious and dollar for dollar there is no better meal in Richmond. Very casual, a little funky, pasta and seafood to die for (for groups of 5 or more they serve family style and it's terrific). Open 7 days a week for dinner and they take reservations. Save room for their gelato as well. Personal faves..any of the fish, veal marsala, carbonara, fried calamari, fried oysters, braised fennel, squid, white beans and arugula.

    I often say in Richmond...there is Edo's and then there is everyplace else. There is no more wonderfully consistent food for the price in town.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Second. Call and make a reservation. And feel free to order a combo of appetizers and mains and eat family style even if it's just the two of you. My wife and I do it all the time (at Edo's and Mamma Zu) and have great leftovers for lunch the next day.

      1. re: hopkid

        Edo's is great... so great that I've taken him there a couple of times now, and I'm looking for somewhere new (to him, at least). I think he's also leaning towards something a little more upscale. Can I bug you for some more recs?


        1. re: agoldman

          For more upscale (but pricier, but very good) I recommend Sensi. Not trying to whore myself out <g> but you can get to my blog from my profile and read my review...I believe Sensi is one of Richmond's unsung heroes. The pasta is all fresh and wonderful (and you can get a first course portion) and the entrees excellent as well.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            Millie's is always a good choice as well. Creative, interesting food; lively atmosphere; should fit the bill.

            I'd also recommend Si for some tradtional and creative tapas. They have a really cool lounge/bar area upstairs also.

    2. I'll throw Verbena into the mix. And Six Burner, although I haven't eaten there in over a year. I don't know if you'd consider those upscale - the space isn't, but the food is, imo.

      1. i love sensi as well. and personally depending on where they are visiting from i really like comfort. my family is from the north and we have good italian (NOT to take away from those good restaurants already named) but we have very little like comfort so it was a real treat. it's not "fancy" but it's great and fun. i have only been for the brunch but i have heard that lemaire at the jefferson is amazing and would fit the bill.

        1. Thanks for all the recs! We ended up going to Sensi, and really enjoyed the meal. My only two complaints would be that the menu wasn't as interesting as some others in the area, and the dining room was so large that I felt like I was in a hotel lobby or convention room. A place like Verbena is hit or miss, but it's a great space and I feel like the menu takes a few risks.

          Thanks again for the great recs. I'm glad to have a new restaurant on my list!