On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:Richmond’s restaurant scene can best be described as diverse and dynamic. The city offers more than 900 restaurants with a large concentration of locally owned establishments in the neighborhoods of downtown Richmond. The cuisine ranges from traditional and contemporary Southern to upscale French to burgers and BBQ. A diverse range of international cuisines, from African to Vietnamese, can also be found in the emerging community of ethnic restaurants.
For visitors who prefer more familiar chain restaurants, such well-known chains as Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Fleming’s and P.F. Chang’s are available, along with a host of other fast food and quick-service options.
Two of Richmond’s favorite restaurants — Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel and Acacia Midtown — have received national acclaim. Lemaire was named a Best New Restaurant by Esquire following the restaurant’s 2009 reopening, while Chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia is a recent James Beard Award nominee.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The five best Richmond food experiences are:
1. Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel is a New American restaurant featuring a Southern-inspired, farm-to-table menu with unique presentations and combinations.
2. Tarrant’s offers a varied menu of Italian and American classics with an impressive list of daily specials.
3. Comfort offers true Southern comfort food in a casual and bustling environment.
4. Sensi offers an elegant, contemporary atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine.
5. Bistro Bobette offers understated French cuisine presented with contemporary twists.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The five best Richmond restaurants for brunch are:
1. The Jefferson Hotel offers a feast, including breakfast items, omelet station, carved items, charcuterie, salads, luncheon entrees and an elaborate desserts display. A Richmond tradition.
2. Water Grill offers an extensive menu of breakfast items, sandwiches and raw bar items.
3. Can Can Brasserie provides a lively atmosphere with a simple French menu and famous frites.
4. Bistro 27 is a European bistro conveniently located in downtown with a small but varied menu with an international flair.
5. Millie’s is a Richmond favorite for their chalkboard menu, close seating and clever brunch items, including their “devil’s mess”.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The five best romantic restaurants in Richmond are:
1. Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel is a New American restaurant serving farm-to-table, Southern-inspired cuisine with an excellent wine list, white tablecloths and exceptional service.
2. Bistro Bobette is classically French with a delightful atmosphere and excellent food and service. In a word — quaint.
3. Julep’s is located in a historic building in Shockoe Slip with a comfortable bar, cozy upstairs seating with a fireplace and a Southern menu.
4. Acacia is home to James Beard nominee Chef Dale Reitzer and features creative presentations of seafood and regional favorites.
5. Old Original Bookbinders offers a relaxing, quiet atmosphere in a refurbished warehouse with steaks, seafood and lobster on the menu.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The five best kid-friendly restaurants in Richmond are:
1. Bottoms Up Pizza is considered by many to be Richmond’s best pizza, serving gigantic pieces and unique topping combinations the whole family will enjoy.
2. Carytown Burgers and Fries offers great burgers and fries in kids’ baskets, milkshakes and interesting burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches for the grown-ups.
3. Strawberry Street Café is a Fan tradition and home of the famous bathtub salad bar.
4. Nacho Mama’s offers Mexican cuisine for the whole family in a fun environment.
5. Joe’s Inn serves subs, pasta and pizzas in a causal atmosphere in the Fan.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:Three minor league sports teams call Richmond home. The Richmond Flying Squirrels are a member of the Eastern League and are a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league team. The Squirrels play at The Diamond, which is just minutes from downtown Richmond.
The Richmond Raiders are members of the Southern Indoor Football League and play at the Richmond Coliseum in downtown Richmond. The Raiders’ season runs from mid-March to mid-June.
The Richmond Kickers are an American Professional Soccer team. They play at City Stadium (formerly known as University of Richmond Stadium) located off the Downtown Expressway. Their season begins in April and runs through early August.
Richmond is also home to Richmond International Speedway, the site of two NASCAR races each season, including the “last race to make the chase” held in September.
For horse racing fans, Colonial Downs is just 30 minutes east of downtown Richmond and offers thoroughbred racing during the summer months, fall harness horse racing and a variety of other special events throughout the year, including the iconic Strawberry Hill Races held each spring.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:Richmond is a great city for finding live music, across a wide range of genres. The National, The Camel and The Hat Factory are all terrific medium-sized downtown venues. During the spring, summer and fall, visitors can find live outdoor concerts at the area’s museums and parks almost any night of the week, including the popular Groovin’ in the Garden, After Hours at Innsbrook and Friday Cheers concert series.
Larger national acts can be seen at The Richmond Coliseum, The Landmark Theater and The Carpenter Center.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The best Richmond nightlife can be found in the neighborhoods of the downtown area. The Tobacco Company in Shockoe Bottom is perhaps one of the more well-known night spots while Black Finn and Off the Hookah (at the Hat Factory) are in the newly developing warehouse district. Bogart’s In The Fan is a favorite in Richmond’s most eclectic neighborhood — The Fan — and Republic is a popular new spot on Broad Street.
For those wishing to enjoy a variety of spots in a given evening, Shockoe Bottom, Shockoe Slip and Carytown are filled with restaurants, bars and clubs in great concentrations.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The best place to stay in Richmond is The Jefferson Hotel. Since 1895, The Jefferson has played an integral part of social and business life in the community. Today, The Jefferson is the region’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and is known for its impeccable service, grand public spaces, luxurious guest rooms and exceptional dining.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Richmond, The Jefferson is just blocks from the State Capitol, historic Shockoe Slip and the financial district. All of Richmond’s most popular shopping, performing arts and entertainment venues, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel’s complimentary transportation.
Guests of The Jefferson enjoy a variety of amenities and services, unmatched by any other Richmond hotel. Two hundred and sixty-two pristine guest rooms and suites feature such amenities as plush bathrobes, 42-inch flat-screen televisions and Molton Brown bath products. Guests enjoy complimentary services such as evening turndown, morning coffee, afternoon sparkling cider and cookies, newspaper delivery and wireless high-speed Internet. The hotel also offers a full-service fitness facility, indoor pool with sun deck, a full-service salon and florist and charming shops.
Two of Richmond’s favorite restaurants can be found at The Jefferson. Lemaire is a New American restaurant offering a Southern-inspired, farm-to-table menu. Lemaire’s bar and lounge feature this same philosophy of fresh and local in their hand-crafted cocktail list and small-plates menu. The wine program at Lemaire includes over 200 bottles of wine, with many available by the glass, quartino or half bottle; the more than 30 wines on their “Discoveries” list are under $30. Twenty-four-hour room service is also available.
The Jefferson is recognized as the premier venue for elegant weddings, flawless meetings and the city’s most well-attended charity and social functions. The hotel is also a Virginia Green–certified hotel, a National Historic Landmark and a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. Whether visiting Richmond for business or pleasure, The Jefferson provides a uniquely Richmond luxury hotel experience.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:Every visitor to Richmond should pack a camera, great walking shoes and an extra bag for gifts! The city is very photogenic and your visit will be well worth documenting. Be sure to take a few shots along picturesque Monument Avenue, a few at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and plenty of The Jefferson Hotel, the region’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and a National Historic Landmark. The Grand Staircase is legendary.
Great walking shoes will allow you to explore as much as you’d like in comfort. Many of the city’s neighborhoods have their original cobblestone streets and you won’t want to be wearing dress shoes for the downtown Segway tour or the walk through the gardens at Maymont or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Those comfortable shoes will also come in handy for filling your extra bag with gifts. Carytown, with 10 blocks of unique boutiques, is the perfect destination for shopping.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The best way to see Richmond in two days is to start with a Segway tour of the city. These organized tours last about two-and-one-quarter hours and touch upon the historical, cultural and quirky aspects of the downtown area. Grab lunch in Shockoe Bottom at one of the restored warehouses-turned-restaurants. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is just down the street and offers a unique glimpse of the Civil War from the Confederate, Union and African-American perspectives. Purchase an American Civil War Pass while you are there and add the Museum of the Confederacy and the White House of the Confederacy to your tour.
Be sure to stop by the Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, on your way from the Civil War Center to the Museum of the Confederacy. If Civil War history is not your interest, then visit Maymont and stroll the gardens, tour the Victorian mansion and see the animal exhibits.
Check in at The Jefferson Hotel, the region’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and an attraction itself. Enjoy dinner at Lemaire, the hotel’s signature restaurant and a Richmond favorite. Enjoy a traditional Southern breakfast in TJ’s Restaurant at The Jefferson the next morning before heading down scenic Monument Avenue to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Spend the morning viewing the 22,000 pieces of work in their permanent collections, including a Fabergé exhibit. They often have world-class traveling exhibits in residence as well.
Carytown is the perfect spot to enjoy a great lunch; many of the restaurants offer outside dining during the warmer months. Spend the afternoon shopping along the 10 blocks of one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Tickets to a show are a great way to spend the evening. The concierge at The Jefferson can assist with tickets and a schedule of the evening’s performances. Or, pick your favorite neighborhood and revisit it for dinner. Richmond enjoys a robust culinary scene of more than 900 restaurants.
All of the destinations on this itinerary can be reached using The Jefferson Hotel’s complimentary downtown transportation.
On your way out of town, visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to see the gardens and enjoy lunch in the tearoom or café.
On September 5Jeanita Harris answered the question:The best way to see Richmond in one day is to start with a Segway tour of the city. These organized tours last about two-and-one-quarter hours and touch upon the historical, cultural and quirky aspects of the downtown area. Grab lunch in Carytown and take a few minutes to shop at the neighborhood’s many one-of-a-kind boutiques.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect way to spend the rest of the afternoon and is a must-see when visiting Richmond. Of special interest is their permanent Fabergé collection, and they often have a world-class traveling exhibit in residence.
Take Monument Avenue back toward downtown and check in at The Jefferson Hotel. This historic landmark is the region’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and an attraction itself. Enjoy dinner at Lemaire, the hotel’s signature restaurant and a Richmond favorite, before going to Shockoe Bottom for a nightcap or entertainment. (Be sure to use the hotel’s complimentary downtown transportation.)
TJ’s at The Jefferson offers a delightful Southern breakfast. On the way out of town, stop by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and lunch in the charming tearoom.