The Best Cheap Eats in Richmond

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.

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Nama

$$$$·Indian·
Richmond
145 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Jackson Ward neighborhood o...

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Vagabond

$$$$·Southern·
Richmond
181 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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 known for creating a...

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Tarrant's Cafe

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,763 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 seafood, steaks, pasta...

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Tarrant's West

$$$$·American·
Richmond
1,009 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date

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 amazing food as the origin...

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Great for Brunch in Richmond
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Maya Mexican Grill - Downtown

$$$$·Mexican·
Richmond
374 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine

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 presentation of their food and...

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Good for Groups in Richmond
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Restaurant Adarra

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Richmond
189 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 and rustic, featuring ...

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Best Overall in Richmond
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The Daily Kitchen and Bar - Short Pump

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Henrico
415 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 and socially respons...

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Healthy in Virginia

Bar Solita

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Richmond
518 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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 District near Quirk, L...

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Great for Brunch in Richmond

SaltBox Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

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 paying respect to th...

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The Hard Shell - Downtown

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,401 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 natural light and a vi...

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Romantic in Richmond
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The Stables

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
872 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 they have plenty of affo...

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Best Service in Virginia
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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
2,002 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 and an extensive raw...

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Seafood in Virginia

Helen's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
378 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 restaurant opened its doo...

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Richmond

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
4,109 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 global flavors and they of...

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Most Booked in Virginia

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Richmond - Belvedere

$$$$·American·
Richmond
922 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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 steaks, seafood, specialt...

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The Boathouse at City Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Richmond
1,606 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

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 view! The restaurant of...

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Scenic View in Virginia
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MOSAIC Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Richmond
1,665 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 brunch. They feature a ful...

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Great for Lunch in Virginia

The Tobacco Company Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Richmond
2,917 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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 floor - and you can sav...

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Best Ambiance in Richmond
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Chez Foushee

$$$$·French American·
Richmond
1,101 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 boxed lunches. Now it s...

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Pescados

$$$$·Seafood·
Midlothian
448 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 stellar seafood opti...

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