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OpenSeat

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 17, 2018

Virginia Is For Lovers presents OpenSeat, a program that lets you opt in to share an open seat at your table with someone new. Groups of any size can participate - just book for your party, and if there is another diner or diners that also opt in you may be seated together. In return, you will receive an appetizer. It’s a chance for you to prove that Virginia is for Food Lovers and meet a new friend in the process. Before you complete your reservation, just write “OpenSeat” in the special request section.

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4.5
4.5 (2468)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Richmond

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About the restaurant
Upscale, yet casual industrial-chic seafood outfit - offering an enormous raw bar featuring its own farm-raised oysters - seasonal dishes, plus artisan cocktails, craft beers, and an incredible wine selection in airy digs. Located in the Theatre District of Richmond, VA's City Center.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
This was my first time to the restaurant. We had the whole fish special (branzino) just simply grilled with lemon and rosemary. It was wonderful. The oysters were tasty. Our server Emily was very good and made our dinner all the more enjoyable. Will come back again!
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4.6
4.6 (1690)
$30 and under
Seafood
Richmond

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About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Carytown, East Coast Provisions offers an inventive approachable American Fusion menu specializing in shellfish, fresh fish, sushi and steak. East Coast Provisions has a big city feel with a sleek décor and multiple levels of exposed brick, 2 fireplaces, intimate rooms, multiple bars and one of Richmond’s best outdoor patios. We have convenient parking and accept reservations for parties of all sizes. We are currently serving in the dining room and on our patio. Due to weather the patio is first come, first served; we do our best to accommodate all requests but cannot guarantee specific table requests. We apply a 20% gratuity to all parties of 8 or more.
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JohnS
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Great first dining experience, very pleased all the way around, great waiter and staff
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4.6
4.6 (1222)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Richmond

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About the restaurant
Located in the Greengate shopping center in Short Pump, West Coast Provisions offers an inventive approachable American Fusion menu specializing in shellfish, fresh fish, sushi and steak. It has a big city feel with a sleek décor, tall ceilings, large windows, exposed brick, a fireplace, a private dining room and one of Richmond’s largest outdoor patios. We have convenient parking and accept reservations for parties of all sizes. We are currently serving in the dining room and on our patio.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Steak wasn’t as good as I was hoping. But the fish was. Sushi was good too but nothing special. Loved our waiter and people who helped. Service and atmosphere is great!
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4.6
4.6 (1679)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Richmond

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About the restaurant
Located in downtown Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel. The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. Menu items include signatures such as filet and lobster, shrimp and scallops, lump crab cakes. Patio request honored when possible but tables are first come, first served. Private dining & reservations are available. Dress is casual.
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EricV
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food. Server was knowledge and attentive. Table was available when we arrived. Service time was reasonable. Calamri starter was quite good. Would order the crab cake sandwich again.
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4.4
4.4 (3171)
$30 and under
American
Richmond

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About the restaurant
In the Art's District centrally located among the many attractions like: VCU, MCV, the Convention Center, Altria Theater, The Graduate, Quirk Hotel, Linden Row Inn, The National, The November Theater, the Historic Hippodrome and more! We're known for seafood, steaks, pasta, pizza, subs, home made desserts, dressings and hospitality. Celebrate the Everyday. We offer sandwiches and entrees all day long for foodies and families including pizzas with our whole menu available for delivery! Want boxed lunches or catering? Tarrant's Cafe has that too- for private dining, try our sister restaurant Tarrant's West. Specials include: Steak, Seafood, Subs, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Fish Tacos, Award Wining. An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Female Owned. Known for She Crab soup, cocktails, happy hour, lunch, brunch and dinner. A cozy warm vibe with chandeliers and lots of wooden booths in an old converted pharmacy. Historical building, centrally located in downtown./
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Celts1
Dined 3 days ago
The service was very good. The food was also great!
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4.3
4.3 (1419)
$30 and under
American
Richmond

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About the restaurant
Located in the West End, near Innsbrook and Short Pump, Tarrant’s West boasts from scratch soup, salads, pizza, subs, seafood, steaks, and an extensive wine, craft beer and craft cocktails TO GO! Tarrant’s West has something for everyone.

Great service. Brunch, lunch, and dinner!

An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Woman Owned.

Parties of 8 or more require a credit card on file and will be charged an automatic 20% gratuity in addition to a 10% attrition rate. For example, if you guarantee 10 guests and only 5 show up, you will be charged $20 for the 4 guests (10% less than headcount given) that did not show. It is strongly encouraged that you pay for guests all on one master bill.

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AaronS
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
The food was excellent. The only minor thing is the vegetables were not hot. Other than that, great experience overall.
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4.9
4.9 (1366)
$31 to $50
American
Roanoke

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About the restaurant
Alexander's is an oasis for award winning cuisine, wine, and craft cocktails. Over the years we've twice been awarded the Open Table Top 100 in the US restaurant designation and in 2018, Southern Living Magazine named us one of the Ten Most Romantic Restaurants in the South. Focusing on superb ingredients; fish, seafood, prime quality Virginia aged meats and locally sourced organic produce, our cuisine showcases years of collaboration among some of the most talented chefs of our region. You'll be served in an atmosphere filled with romance, sophistication, modern & vintage jazz. It's old world charm with new world flavors!
Built in the 1880s as Roanoke's first office supply company, our vintage building has been transformed into a retro chic rendition of the classic urban restaurants of our great culinary cities. The art, furnishings, lighting, and mirrors are all found pieces of Roanoke's rich architectural history. So relax and let's start making your memories at Alexander

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LuannF
Dined 7 days ago
Best restaurant in Roanoke! A nice variety of food offerings and it’s all out-of-this-world delicious. I have tried the shrimp with cream truffle sauce, Etouffee, and fillet of beef with Gorgonzola butter and they are all served to perfection. The chocolate glaze and lemon tart are my favorites desserts. All the staff are extremely kind and attentive. We are lucky to have such a fine restaurant in Roanoke.
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4.5
4.5 (2625)
$30 and under
Seafood
Old Town Alexandria

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About the restaurant
With one of the most coveted locations on the Alexandria riverfront, Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge feature the best outdoor dining location in town. The menu at Vola's Dockside Grill features fresh seafood, tacos and American cuisine favorites, alongside cocktails, beer and wine in a relaxed and casual family-friendly atmosphere. Hi-Tide Lounge is connected to Vola's by a hallway. In just a few steps, feel transported to the swingin' 60s and sip on classic cocktails served with midcentury-modern vibe. We offer an all day menu for weekday lunch or dinner enjoyment, weeknight Happy Hour with bar and oyster specials, plus brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
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Mrhungryvip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was soooo good! AMAZING! Great and timely service and nice waterfront views! Great job!!!
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4.5
4.5 (3895)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old Town Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Vermilion’s commitment to instinctively seasonal American cooking and graciousness of hospitality in the heart of Alexandria allows guests to experience Chef Thomas Shaw's food without pretension. The warmth of its embrace serves as an ideal location for a casual gathering of friends, or a well deserved night out. The menu is complemented by a distinctive wine list, as well as local beer and spirits that all shed a light on the best that the Commonwealth has to offer.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely dinner on a quiet Tuesday. Excellent oysters, beat salad , risotto, hanger steak. Been awhile since we have visited but will be back soon as the food and service were both great.
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4.4
4.4 (1296)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. The menu features seasonal, hearty American fare from a wood-fired oven and grill, including pizzas and rotisserie meats, along with other rustic cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. There’s also no mistaking Rustico’s love for barley & hops! The bar’s focal point is a custom galvanized inverted T bar with 30 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Feb 4, 2024
Always a great experience. The food and drinks are on the mark every time and the location is perfect for walking, cycling, or driving.
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4.5
4.5 (2663)
$30 and under
Italian
Old Town Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Reservations are now being accepted for The Loft at Lena's - Havana 151 and Lena's Bar & Tap Room.

*All reservations will only be held for 15 minutes past reservation time & the party must be 100% present to be seated.
*If the experience area is not available, this indicates we are fully booked for that experience or the space is not open for that time frame.

The Loft at Lena's is a seasonally themed venue located on the 2nd floor, above the main restaurant. The current experience, Havana 151, takes a trip to a sultry, elegant supper club with a Latin/Cuban flair. Immerse yourself in an experience featuring decadent decor with a unique take on an Old Havana luxury hotel of the 1940/50s.

Lena's Tap Room & Bar is our original, rustic, tavern style bar and dining room that provides a gathering place where families and friends can escape their hectic daily routines.




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NicketteB
Dined 5 days ago
We booked the reservation after sewing good reviews on tiktok about the place and food. I received sooooo many texts about parking and had to put a card on file that I had high anxiety. The day of, which was a holiday I got here 30 minutes early to check out parking and the establishment. To my surprise, there was plenty of parking and easy to find. The establishment was cute and quaint. I couldn't believe I had to put a card on file as the place was darn near empty! Our waiter Katie, was perfect, she offered food selections with detail and checked on us often and was very engaging and attentive. The drinks were subpar and the appetizers just ok. The crabdip had relish in it and the spinach dip was watery. I had the eggplant parm which was really good. The establishment needs more lighting at the tables but overall I will give it a 7 out of 10. KATIE and the decor made it worth it!
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4.6
4.6 (2270)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Since 1932, The Majestic has been a fixture on King Street in Old Town, Alexandria. Step inside and you'll feel like you've taken a trip to yesteryear. Join us and open a bottle of wine from the extensive list, gather with friends old and new, or cuddle up in a booth for a romantic dinner.
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GinaC
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
I don't normally write reviews but we love this restaurant. It is always a must-do when we are in the area. The food and service are excellent. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
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4.8
4.8 (2141)
$30 and under
Italian
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Mia's Italian Kitchen, located at the riverside end of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, is rooted in family. Our menu is filled with homestyle traditional Italian recipes sourced from owner Dave Nicholas' Sicilian grandmother. An elegant wine list accompanies beer and craft cocktails on the beverage menu. Dine downstairs and watch the signature Sicilian-style rectangular pizzas cook in the 800-degree brick oven, or upstairs to view the energetic open kitchen. Open for lunch and dinner, plus bottomless weekend brunch.
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StephanieR
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious! The bruschetta was amazing—the presentation was so nice. Our waiter was very attentive to my dietary needs. I would definitely return again when visiting Alexandria.
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4.7
4.7 (2923)
$30 and under
American
Arlington

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About the restaurant
food. art. fun.are what we're all about. Located in the Village at Shirlington, Palette 22 is a small-plates, tapas-style restaurant inspired by global flavors. The open kitchen produces shareable, flavor-forward dishes, perfect washed down with a pitcher of signature sangria. Enjoy watching live entertainment and artists practicing their craft throughout the restaurant, including painters, jewelry-makers and sculptor. Engage with the artists. Buy some art. Catch up with friends. We're so glad you're here!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Jose, and the team of servers was perfect. The food was awesome.
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4.5
4.5 (2240)
$30 and under
American
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Pleasing patrons since 1975, Theismann's Restaurant and Bar is unique in character and difficult to categorize. It melds the diverse venues of fine dining, neighborhood gathering place and energetic sports viewing. It is still independently owned and operated, and implementing the original philosophy to give excellent service and quality product in a comfortable, friendly environment. Theismann's provides the total guest experience. Menu offerings are creative, extensive and prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. Our 40 seat bar hosts a regular lunch clientele, vibrant happy hour and lots of sports fans on game days.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Great service, amazing food and excellent ambiance 😊🙏
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4.6
4.6 (4357)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Virtue Feed & Grain is a modern American dining room and bar located near the Potomac River in Old Town, Alexandria. Our menu offers an array of original recipe, flavorful, scratch-made dishes, along with extensive selections from the bar, like handcrafted cocktails, craft and small-batch beers, and an impressive wine list. The rustic elegance of our large, two-story restaurant provides a vibrant atmosphere for any dining experience, as well as private and semi-private spaces for private events, celebrations, weddings, business meetings, and gatherings of all types. The seasonal outdoor patio on historic Wales Alley offers views to the Potomac and a fun, casual destination.**

*Unfortunately we do not take advance reservations on our outdoor patio, but we will do our best to accommodate requests as space is available.
** All Major Holidays will require a $50 deposit when booking and subject to a 2 hour table time. Please call the restaurant for assistance.

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KateT
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic service for a first anniversary dinner.
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4.7
4.7 (299)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Norfolk

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Norfolk's first winery located in downtown Norfolk.

We focus on producing small lots of well-balanced wines using Virginia and California grapes. Our winemaking process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy our creations.

You can also choose from ten different wine flights or select a wine from our list that features 800 wines from around the world. There is also a food menu that ranges from artisanal cheese platters to sandwiches and entrees.

We look forward to pouring your next glass of wine! Cheers!

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KanneS
Dined on Feb 2, 2024
Had a great night out with the girls! Beautiful place, great wine, and delicious food!
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