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OpenSeat

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 17 October 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 (2450)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Awesome venue with great food and atmosphere. Enjoyed the raw bar and the dessert. Haven’t tried the entrees.
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4.6
4.6 (1699)
$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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ReneeCvip
Dined 6 days ago
East Coast is always one of our "go tos". They have a diverse menu that should satisfy a variety of tastes and budgets, and we always enjoy the food. They make some great cocktails and have a pretty good amount of seating--making it easier to get a reservation. We have always had excellent service.
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4.6
4.6 (1229)
$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 2 days ago
Really great seafood! My whole family, including my two young kids, thoroughly enjoyed their food. Service was also amazing!
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4.6
4.6 (1658)
$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 on 20 Feb 2024
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 (3140)
$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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KimofChester
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
Our server, Jason, was great. The pizza (fig and pig) was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had, especially the crust! The health salad….mhhh. There was nothing really there. Love that it’s in an old pharmacy. Thank you for a great lunch!
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4.4
4.4 (1422)
$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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KatherineC
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Lovely, good food and wonderful service :) thank you!
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4.9
4.9 (1353)
$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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Jeff
Dined 4 days ago
Our first visit to Alexanders and I do not see how you could be disappointed. Everything was 5 stars.
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4.5
4.5 (2633)
$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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StaceyG
Dined 6 days ago
Great location, delicious food and exemplary service!
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4.5
4.5 (3821)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old Town Alexandria

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About the restaurant
Guided by Chef Anthony Chittum, Vermilion stands committed to the growers, farmers, watermen and myriad purveyors of the Mid-Atlantic watershed. As a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, Anthony brings an innate sense of place to each plate with an intractable reverence for local ingredients, and an aesthetic that allows these ingredients to shine.

The thoughtfully curated beverage program at Vermilion echoes this philosophy with an expansive offering of terroir-driven wines and a cocktail menu committed to seasonally-sourced ingredients. A sensational collection of over 150 fine whiskies, ryes and bourbons rounds out the experience and for many serves as reason enough to visit time and again.

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peterkp
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
Excellent food and service, great choice for a special occasion.
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4.4
4.4 (1266)
$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 4 Feb 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 (2676)
$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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Irateyou
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service were great! Highly recommend it. The ambiance was beautiful also. This was one of the restaurants on my list to try and it definitely did NOT disappoint. It will be on my list as one of the favorites.
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4.6
4.6 (2277)
$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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BenH
Dined 3 days ago
Service was top notch and food was excellent, only complaint was it was loud as it was full in fairly small venue and the conversations were loud, I felt I was shouting to be heard. Definitely will recommend to other and return as the food was so good
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4.8
4.8 (2153)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food is amazing! The pasta is homemade and always so good!
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4.7
4.7 (2931)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
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
My friend and I enjoyed the food and the staff was very friendly. We will be going back.
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4.6
4.6 (2233)
$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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DrJoevip
Dined 3 days ago
The Crab dip was outstanding. Crab cakes very very good. Ribs were fall off the bone delicious. Overall great dinner. We will be back when we visit again.
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4.6
4.6 (4354)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
José was great! Virtue is by far my favorite local spot and will always be my go to.
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4.7
4.7 (301)
$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!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had Alexis as our waitress and she was AMAZING!
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