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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4.0
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4413 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

Our Rocketts Landing location occupies the top floor of the restored Power Plant building, which sits on the James River and once provided electricity for Richmond’s trolley cars. We specialize in seafood and locally-sourced signature entrees. And we can't forget the incredible view!

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Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 622-2628

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Evan McDonough

  • Private party facilities

    With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.

  • Private party contact

    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702

  • Area

    Richmond

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wine

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What 4,413 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Most Booked

  • Richmond

    Scenic View

  • Richmond

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Monica

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food was not flavorful. I had fish and chips and sub fries for mashed potatoes and they were very dry. I had a cocktail that was full of liquor and no flavor. This place is overrated and way overpriced. My husband had shrimp and grits and it was ok. Made a reservation and still had to wait 10 mins to be seated. We will definitely not go back.

  2. SC

    SonyaC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall2food5service3ambience1

    We love going to The Boathouse however yesterday it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant which made it hard for us to really enjoy our time. The doors to the outside were left open which made the AC useless with the humid outside air coming in. Several diners were fanning themselves as well. We asked if the door could be closed and were told that the waiter working outside wanted it open. My godmother got so over heated that she was unable to eat her food. When we reported that to the staff all they did was agree that it was hot.

  3. d

    dharvey

    Richmond

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Service was fast, but not fast-paced (as if they wanted us to hurry up and leave). Entrees and cocktails were delicious! Parking is more of a challenge than it was in the past, so leave home early if you have a reservation & don't want to use their valet.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Table service was lacking

  5. BA

    BAdams

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    The food was wonderful and all the hosts/servers/bussers were friendly and competent. However...the ordering process (using an online app) was cumbersome, slow, and detracted from the entire experience, especially as it related to getting drink refills (non-alcoholic/alcoholic). We ordered our appetizers from a server and they came out quickly. Drinks, entrees, and desserts went through the app and took an overly long time. Given the menu prices, ordering from a human being would've been nice.

  6. JM

    JenniferM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The view and ambiance are amazing. I didnt want to spoil my visit with any reviews prior to visiting. I am glad I went, it is a beautiful restaurant and the food is pretty good. We enjoyed the Brussel Sprouts, peel and eat Shrimp (happy hour prices before 6), he had shrimp tacos and I had shrimp scampi. Mine was the only thing that was mediocre. Virtually no flavor for a dish that should scream flavor. Shrimp tacos were recommended by the hostess, and they turned out to be a great choice. Service was below par. I am bummed that someone who doesnt take your order or really bring you anything cant even fill my water glass regularly. The food runner was great though, very smooth and helpful.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Service could have been better but overall a good experience.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience4

    We had to wait to be seated 15 more minutes from our reservation. The restaurant was not busy mostly tables open. Food cold, we told them. They charge it Same dish, same thing. The prices are high. We decided to go to another restaurant. It’s good and not that ridiculous amount of money for a stake. This place is NY Stake $40 dollars and probably cold. We did not want to take the risks and order. Tip is included and you don’t see the waitress that much. Lol

  9. L

    Laho

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    I understand ordering online to make up for staffing shortages but it’s not enjoyable. Other than that, the service was very good. The woman’s room was out of toilet paper so I informed the host stand but apparently they didn’t know how to get toilet paper. That is just unacceptable. We went for the view and the view didn’t disappoint.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I really didn’t mind spending $55 per person for the buffet as it was a special day. But I would have thought for that price nonalcoholic drinks should have been included.

  11. E

    Eastcoastgirl

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Because it’s a Buffay food was cold. Because it was Father’s Day it was ridiculously expensive.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  13. M

    Mk21

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We went for the Father's Day brunch buffet - there was a nice selection of choices, and they were all good. It was a little spendy, but we enjoyed the location and the service was nice - and it was a special occasion

  14. IT

    InezT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, the waiter we had was awesome. Also several other waiters and waitresses were so respectful full of energy, beautiful scenery, good food, and great people.

  15. CH

    CHEYENNEM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Outdoor seating was lovely this weekend with the great weather we had.

  16. K

    Keem

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    The online ordering system was confusing and took away from the experience. The waiter was aggressive about us using the online system.

  17. L

    Larry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First return to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing in a couple years. As always, the food was outstanding, the service was attentive and accommodating, and the ambience was engaging. Pavle was exceptional in his care for us!

  18. MT

    MichaelT

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Too loud. Couldn’t hear the people at our own table.

  19. F

    Frankc

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    Menu app is annoying to have to use.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    High school graduation celebration. Made reservations 2 weeks in advance for 8 people at 4:00 PM. When we arrived at 4:00 we were promptly led to a table set up for six. We asked for two more chairs. The chairs arrived one at the time very slowly with no silverware, napkins, or glasses. We asked for those and eventually they arrived. One guest ordered steak and had to ask for a knife to cut it. The view was fabulous but very disappointed in the wrong set up and just lacking the service we were expecting ting. I wonder if the 20% automatic gratuity is affecting the service level.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The view is awesome! The food is really good. However it is really expensive and the 20% tip on top does not reflect service quality. Ordering and paying is done online.

  22. MS

    MarkS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great dining experience! Allowed us to change to outdoor seating at the last minute. Prompt service. Allowed us to order directly with our server vs. via phone QR code. Food and drink were very good! Beautiful river view!

  23. CS

    ChristyS

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Overall not impressed with our experience. They have the worst ordering system! You are on your own to order each item at the correct time and you have to preauthorize a card to start placing your order on your phone. Need another glass of wine or your next course? You will need to get your phone out and place the order. As soon as the waitress described the process to me, I immediately remembered that my sister had told me about it for the Midlothian location. We debated leaving in front of the waitress. She said they are short-staffed and have no plans to go back to regular service. If we wanted for her to put the item in, it could take a very long time because she had so many tables. We decided to stay. I heard a different waitress offer regular service to the table behind us as an option if they didn't want to order on their phone. We also noticed the wait staff standing around talking and drinking during our service. My husband ordered another glass of wine for me but he didn't hit submit correctly so it never came and the waitress had to put that in for us. So frustrating! Okay on to the food... The crab dip was excellent, my husband liked the Brussel sprouts. My $16 burger was nothing special and average at best. My husband enjoyed his Chespapeake chicken dish. The bread pudding dessert was very good. We should not have to place our own orders for this $150 birthday dinner!! We won't be back.

  24. V

    Views

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Meeting with some friends and we decided to sit outside and it was so beautiful and the food was amazing. Our server Richard was the best!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My first time there. Enjoyed everything was wonderful. Parking, especially for handicapped, not very good.

  26. CC

    ChrisC

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    We went to The Boathouse for our anniversary. The views were great, but the food was just okay. The service wasn’t bad, but now you are asked to order online from your phone if you want quicker service. You also have to pay a service fee for using your phone to order. Way over priced for the food and service, but the views of the city are gorgeous at night!

  27. JS

    JayS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great vibe, excellent bar, top end service. Be aware of the ordering system; if you order all at once, you are getting everything at once. You need to know when to order drinks, then salad, then apps, the entrees or it's all coming at once. It's not hard, just be aware.

  28. S

    Steph

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    34th Wedding Anniversary

  30. g

    gigi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    It would really be nice to dispense with the QR code ordering system. One spends their initial time there staring at their phone instead of focusing on the joy of being out in public and engaging with others. It just doesn't feel as special going out to have to engage with you phone when you are with people. I understand that it helps when staffing is low, but I'd prefer the old way if we can ever get there! I also thought the music was too loud, as I don't like having to yell over the crowd and the competing music. On a higher note, the food was very good! Thank you!

  31. A

    Alliecat

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated a special occasion on this visit and the phenomenal service made it feel like it. After a starter of roasted oysters (gf!) and shrimp cocktail, a fave local beer and a perfectly sweet and tangy limeade, we enjoyed the lobster bake together. The roasted potatoes, corn, shrimp, and lobster were amazing but the mussels exploded with flavor and ruled the platter. No sausage for me this trip (forgot to ask if gf) but my partner certainly would have taken more if offered! Crème brûlée (also gf) finished the meal and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Thanks for the extra help on the mobile ordering, we had a great time

  32. PP

    PerrshaP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food and drinks were spectacular! However the restaurant need better A/C I can’t imagine eating there in the summer I would start sweating!

  33. DE

    DaveE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Overall pretty good but disappointed to have my salad arrive after my entree. Not sure how the mixup happened but there was also absolutely zero recognition from the staff. We specifically asked for salads first and it seems pretty rudimentary to not have both crowding the table arriving at the same time. The food was good, just the execution on timing was lacking.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tess (at the bar) was wonderful and our waiter (Rory) was attentive, helpful and friendly, even though he had many tables. Great experience! The fried zucchini chips and crab cakes were awesome.

  35. SF

    SoniaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The wait staff was very helpful . He recommended shrimp and grits it was a great choice. Really nice atmosphere.

  36. MW

    MarkW

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a great location with very nice views, especially from the outdoor bar area, which is where we should have stayed. This is a place to come have a drink before moving on to somewhere else. While the food is not bad (salt oysters, crab & artichoke dip were both very good) the 20% service charge is ridiculous. Our bill was easily twice what I expected to pay, and considering that the servers are really just food runners due to the online ordering system it's unconscionable to impose this on diners. They say it's so they can pay their workers a living wage. If that's the goal then just hike all the prices and leave tipping to the discretion of the diner. I'd return for a drink but I'll never eat here again.

  37. K

    Kalebj

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Our reservervation was supposed to be outside but the lady sat us inside facing the kitchen when there were plenty of open tables outside. When we asked to be seated outside, the hostess told us that other reservations were on the way. Once we finished our meal and we’re about to leave we noticed that none of the tables outside got filled and it was just very disappointing to pay the money we paid to not get the full experience that we wanted when we 100% could of. I will never come back

  38. PH

    PattiH

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Go back to real menus. Your app is too cumbersome to use.

  39. KC

    KristenC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    This was my second time to the boathouse in actually just two weeks, because I loved it so much the first time! I ordered the filet and the first time, it was so wonderful. This visit though, the flavor of the filet was bitter, almost as if someone had thrown it on way too hot of a grill. The whole filet tasted bitter, and that was so disappointing. I did eat it, simply because we were pressed for time and I don’t like to send food back. Next time, unfortunately, I am concerned to order the filet based on this experience, which is sad to me. The service was wonderful, but the $37 filet did not meet expectations.

  40. TL

    TeresaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Love the ambiance. Especially during sunset. Our server was great. But they were short handed so we had to wait a long long time for our dessert. I understand we may have to wait, would be nice if someone just stop by to give us an update so we don’t have to wonder. The food was okay. Not the tastiest. But the desserts, funny enough, was the best! Would go back just for desserts. Our server was very apologetic about the wait. He was very nice about it. Again, would be better if he would just stop by to reassure us… esp in a restaurant of this caliber.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 622-2628.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is rated 4 stars by 4413 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 63 times today
Google Map for The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4708 E Main Street Richmond, VA 23231

Additional information

  • Area

    Richmond

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Evan McDonough

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 622-2628

  • Private party facilities

    With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.

  • Private party contact

    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702

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