The Best Cheap Eats in Richmond

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Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, sits on the James River right in the heart of the state. The city has deep historical roots connecting it to the American Revolution and the Civil War, with attractions like St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture to tell the story. There’s also a great selection of activities for everyone, like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the shops and restaurants at Carytown. Richmond is also undergoing a major food revolution and the town currently boasts some of the best restaurants in the country! You don’t have to spend a fortune to sample the local flavors, either. If you’re wondering where to go to get a great meal on a budget, check out our Tastemaker List of where foodies are going to find the best cheap eats in Richmond.

Restaurants:Nama, Vagabond, Tarrant's Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Indian, Regional American (Southern), American
Neighborhoods:Richmond

Nama

$$$$·Indian·
Richmond
115 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
The name NAMA comes from the word Namaste, which is a way of showing respect as you greet someone. That’s the main message behind Nama, the Indian restaurant located in the JacksonRead more
84% recommended
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Vagabond

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Richmond
181 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
Vagabond is a stylish restaurant on 7th and Broad streets and locals think it has some of the best cheap eats in Richmond. It’s part of the Mama J’s family of restaurants, a group Read more
82% recommended
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Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,652 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Tarrant Cafe is centrally located in the Arts District, close to VCU, the Convention Center, the Graduate, Quirk hotels, The National and more! It’s a great place for affordable seRead more
92% recommended

Tarrant's West

$$$$·American·
Richmond
810 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
Located in the West End of Richmond is the sister restaurant to Tarrant’s Cafe. Tarrant’s West, situated near Innsbrook and Short Pump, boasts the same great hospitality and amazinRead more
87% recommended
Brunch in Richmond

Maya Mexican Grill - Downtown

$$$$·Mexican·
Richmond
289 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
Maya Mexican Grill, located on Grace Street in Richmond’s City Center, offers great prices on Modern Mexican Cuisine. They turn up the refinement with the Latin-American presentatiRead more
81% recommended
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Restaurant Adarra

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
151 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
Opened by husband-and-wife team Randall and Lyne Doetzer, Adarra is the type of place you want to take family and friends who are visiting from out of town. The interior is cozy anRead more
96% recommended
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The Daily Kitchen and Bar - Short Pump

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Henrico
229 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Healthy
The Daily Kitchen and Bar is one of the best spots to get cheap eats in Richmond. They strive to serve foods that are delicious but also health-conscious, environmentally friendly Read more
96% recommended
Healthy in Virginia

Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
270 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
Bar Solita is an RVA Hospitality Restaurant, a group that prides itself on being local -owned and woman-owned. It’s a chic, upscale Mediterranean restaurant located in the Art’s DiRead more
86% recommended
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SaltBox Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
244 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located on Willow Pond Drive in Richmond, Salt Box Oyster Co. is a fantastic choice for fresh, affordable seafood in the area. The owner strives to make the whole restaurant about Read more
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The Hard Shell - Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,281 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Located in downtown Richmond’s historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell Restaurant might just be one of the best seafood spots in town. The interior features sleek seating, lots of naRead more
83% recommended
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The Stables

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
665 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
The Stables is a New American restaurant featuring Contemporary American dishes with Southern, French and Cajun influences. It’s a great place to stop for a cheap bite because theyRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Virginia
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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
1,665 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
The Hard Shell on Huguenot Road in Bellgrade is the 2nd location for this beloved Richmond restaurant. They have one of the widest varieties of fresh and local seafood in the city Read more
93% recommended
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Helen's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
379 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cosy
Helen’s Restaurant, located in the heart of Richmond on Main Street, is a Contemporary American eatery with Southern Gothic history and nouveau southern cuisine. This beloved restaRead more
93% recommended
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Richmond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
3,309 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located on West Broad Street, is a great place for cheap eats in Richmond. The menu features fresh contemporary-American fare infused with globalRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Virginia
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Richmond - Belvedere

$$$$·American·
Richmond
602 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, located off Robious Road at the Shoppes at Belvedere, is a great place to go for cheap eats in an upscale setting. They offer authentic wood-fired steakRead more
87% recommended
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The Boathouse at City Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,160 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
The Boathouse at City Point sits at the junction of the James River and Appomattox River. It’s a perfect place for the best cheap eats Richmond has to offer - plus a waterfront vieRead more
89% recommended
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MOSAIC Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
1,379 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
MOSAIC is a casually elegant place to get affordable Contemporary American and Mediterranean food in Richmond. They serve lunch and dinner daily and also have a great Sunday brunchRead more
94% recommended
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The Tobacco Company Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,723 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Tobacco Company Restaurant, located on East Cary Street in Downtown Richmond, is a landmark dining and entertainment venue. Guests can enjoy live entertainment on the first floRead more
94% recommended
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Chez Foushee

$$$$·French American·
Richmond
1,103 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
For great French food at prices that won’t break the bank, check out Chez Foushee on Grace Street. It was originally a small deli and catering operation offerings carry-out and boxRead more
94% recommended
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Pescados

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
448 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Pescados is the spot for award-winning seafood in Richmond. The kitchen mingles fresh fish with flavors from the Latin-Caribbean islands and coasts. The city has only a handful of Read more
96% recommended
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