Lunch and Supper

Southern style food with an intimate setting just a short drive away from campus. Don’t be confused, there are two buildings next door to each other (one is Lunch and the other is Supper), but they both serve the same delicious food coming from a heartwarming staff. $$

Pasture

Good ole’ Richmond, we sure do love our reimagined southern food. Pasture certainly specializes in this food genre and prepares everything with fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Plates are portioned to share, inspired by the family style dinner. Small plates are also available. And, of course, craft beers and specialty cocktails are part of the Pasture experience (all beers come from east of the Mississippi). $$

Hardshell

Repeatedly voted “Best Seafood” by several RVA publications, Hardshell will not disappoint the seafood lover! Serving a variety of seafood dishes in a relaxing atmosphere, this spot is the perfect place for a celebratory dinner or night on the town. Reservations are recommended but not required. $$

Tarrant’s Cafe

Tarrant’s is awesome spot for lunch, dinner or happy hour. What once was a neighborhood pharmacy, this location is perfect for grabbing a bite or a drink before or after First Fridays! Fun fact: Tarrant’s is also famous for its Thanksgiving Day meal which gets booked up months in advance. $$

Comfort

Southern comfort with a twist, this is an awesome place to eat, especially if you are in the downtown area on a Friday night checking out the gallery openings of First Friday! The portions are large and can easily be split. Be sure to check out the banana pudding. $$

Amuse

The restaurant on the third floor of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – really good food, great view of the sculpture garden. (Also in the VMFA is Best Cafe, $$ a more affordable dining option in the museum – It’s a good place to go for a cup of coffee and a pastry before walking around the museum). $$

Edo’s Squid

Right across from Harrison St. Cafe, the outside of Edo’s Squid is unassuming and the stairwell entrance makes you feel like you’re going into someone’s apartment, but don’t let that scare you away. Lunch is fairly casual; bowls of pasta with decadent sauces that are served family-style with larger parties. At dinner, a hand-written menu offers up some of the best, traditional Italian dishes. There is still something for everyone, including Vegans, but the menu does skew more towards seafood. $$