About The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4708 E Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231
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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, wood-stone oven pizza, and locally-sourced signature entrees. And we can't forget the incredible view!

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Nightly at 5:00 pm
Friday Service Begins at 3:00 pm
Saturday Service Begins at 12:00noon
Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner Service beginning at 4:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 622-2628

Website:
http://boathouserva.com/

Executive Chef:
Cory Sheldon

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: 8046222628x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us for a Special Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8. Adults 39.95 / Kids 12.95 / Under 6 free. Reservations available 10am-3pm and must be guaranteed with a credit card
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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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4.3

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4.5

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4.6

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Requests

Dined 3 days ago

I booked this reservation for my boyfriends birthday and for the occasion that his mom was in town for the first time since we moved here. It was a first time for all of us dining. In the open table request I asked if we could be sat next to the window not only for the great view but because it was a special occasion and I wanted a great impression for both him and his mother. Not only did they accommodate my request, they gave us the best seat in the house looking out over the Richmond Skyline. Our server was fantastic, he was great at small talk and very knowledgable about the menu and drink list. Something that we really appreciated was when he brought out the desert that we all ordered to share, he simply put one candle and lit it and said everyone should have a candle on their birthday, a nice subtle gesture instead of the big hoopla.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service4

Food is always consistently delicious. ...

Dined 3 days ago

Food is always consistently delicious. Steamed mussels were some of the best I've ever tasted along with the char grilled bread. I love the fried shrimp appetizers for my main. Strawberry salad, awesome. My husbands ribeye was prepared exactly as ordered!

food4
ambience5
service5

Salmon was a little dry on 1 order & asp ...

Dined 4 days ago

Salmon was a little dry on 1 order & asparagus looked & tasted like they were sitting for awhile before being served on the other order.

food5
ambience5
service5

The view and food were amazing! Perfect ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

The view and food were amazing! Perfect place to have date nite outside!

food3
ambience5
service3
value5

Sunday brunch

Dined on April 24, 2016

There were 8 of us with a reservation. Service was very slow, even to get silverware. The restaurant is loud so i think next time i would come earlier in the day. Food was ok but the most fun was seeing our friends again.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Dinner

Dined on April 23, 2016

They place is huge! The food is great! And champagne was waiting for me at the table. Wait-staff were great. Never really had to wait for anything, even though the place was packed. And the view..... awesome. 6 out of 5 stars you guys. Thanks for the great meal.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

GREAT VIEW AND COCKTAILS...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

the menu is good....I love that they do gourmet sushi and it was great...the overall ambiance is great and the staff is young but present and cordial. There should be more of a care towards the temperature and the sun coming into the restaurant...couldn't see when I first sat down, the sun was so bright...and over the course of the dinner it got freezing with the doors open...before we left they did close them.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Lovely view

Dined on April 17, 2016

Loved the view, food was all good. Between the music and so many hard surfaces the noise level makes it hard to converse across the table. We were there for Sunday Brunch which was good, it was busy but they seem to handle it well. From order time to food arrival time is quite long. So many good options in Richmond I would return for the great view but otherwise will try something new next visit.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our waiter was new and overwhelmed. The ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Our waiter was new and overwhelmed. The management and other staff stepped in and helped right away. It was a special occasion and they helped make it a great experience.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Great personal service

Dined on April 17, 2016

We went to Sunday brunch for my daughters 21st birthday and had a wonderfull time! Service was prompt, food was great and our pizzookie came with a birthday candle. Even the manager wished my daughter a happy birthday. The best part was the vegetable eggs benedict for my vegetarian daughter!!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

The boathouse

Dined on April 15, 2016

The restaurant is very modern looking, the river is beautiful. The service is pretty good. Very pricey, so if you aren't looking to spend money, go somewhere else. All around nice place to eat.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

We were seated inside, we asked our wait ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

We were seated inside, we asked our waitress if we could be moved to the outdoor deck. They accommodated us with no problem. ... The view of the city was spectacular. ...

food1
ambience5
service1
value1

Heartburn

Dined on April 13, 2016

The apple cobbler and ice cream was great. The calamarie isn't the best in Richmond. It's one of the worst. Can't believe mayo was one of the sauces and the marinara sauce was not prepared properly It wasn't even crispy. It was soggy. The sword fish by itself was TV dinner quality. The mashed potatoes and spinach were very good. This is the first restaurant that doesn't serve bread unless you ask for it. The margarita tasted like salt wAtter with a hint of lime. The draft beer on the other hand was excellent.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great view, friendly staff, and deliciou ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

Great view, friendly staff, and delicious food.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love this restaurant!

Dined on April 10, 2016

My husband and I love coming to The Boathouse. The food is fantastic. The crab stuffed shrimp and the NY strip sirloin steak tasted so good. The wedge salad was fresh and the cookie with vanilla ice cream with chocolate drizzle topped off the evening. The atmosphere is very nice and the service is the best I've experienced in a long time. We have recommended this restaurant to a lot of people and we travel from Williamsburg.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Cold Food, Long Wait

Dined on April 1, 2016

We arrived about 15 minutes before our 5 PM reservation and enjoyed a cocktail at the bar. After being seated at 5, our drink order was taken, and brought back. We then ordered an appetizer which came out pretty quick and then dinner. Our dinner took over an hour to come out and it was not even hot...cold fried food is gross.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The food and service was great.

Dined on March 29, 2016

My husband and I went for dinner. The food and service was great. A bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service5
value1

We have been several times for Sunday Br ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

We have been several times for Sunday Brunch which is a good value. I felt the Easter Brunch was not worth $40 each. Felt like we were taken advantage of because it was Easter.

Tags: great for brunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

My family's first experience with The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing was for Easter Brunch and that is what this review is based on. The food was very good (the best Easter Brunch we have had in years). Everything on the buffet was hot and they kept it well stocked. It was a bit noisy, but that is to be expected on a busy day in a warehouse-type location. The service was a bit erratic, but not enough to be troublesome. Overall, I would recommend this and will be going back soon to try the regular menu.

Tags: great for brunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Restaurant

Dined on March 27, 2016

We all enjoyed our Easter Brunch. Both the breakfast food and luncheon food was outstanding.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Oysters and martinis were awesome!

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

Oysters and martinis were awesome!

food3
ambience5
service3

Beautiful atmosphere. Food is overpriced ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Beautiful atmosphere. Food is overpriced.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another wonderful dining experience!

Dined on March 24, 2016

As we did last year, we went to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing for my birthday dinner celebration. This time, I am engaged! We had a very romantic booth overlooking the James River. Dinner for us both was top notch! We shared the fried Oysters...Yum! We both had seafood dishes that was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. Dessert was Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. Double Yum!! Did I mention the the Boathouse Mojito? You must try this! You cannot beat a great restaurant, amazing location, great food and pleasing ambiance. Go to the Boathouse for a good time!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Dinner

Dined on March 23, 2016

I've always wanted to try the Boathouse, but having reservations is key. It stays busy so plan ahead! Great atmosphere, good food!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service4
value4

Food

Dined on March 22, 2016

Chicken was a little burnt and didn't have much flavor. The lemon sauce saved the meal.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Wow factor and remains a favorite

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

This restaurant definitely has the "Wow" factor with one of the best views in Richmond. Time your visit/reservation to the sunset and you will be rewarded. The food is excellent, especially the seafood. This was a business dinner for 6 and everyone was happy with their meal and with the restaurant choice (I was the only one who had been there before). We had 6 different entrees including Norwegian Salmon, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits and two pasta dishes and a burger. Everyone had the Pizzookie for desert. The weather was perfect and even the Governor and his staff was there for an announcement and drinks.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4

Governor was there.

Dined on March 22, 2016

Governor was there.

food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Great evening

Dined on March 18, 2016

It was a wonderful experience. Great for celebrating any occasion. Lighting was weird and flickered often. Possibly to do with auto-dimmer.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Found this gem while surfing Open Table ...

Dined on March 16, 2016

Found this gem while surfing Open Table and will definitely return when in Richmond area again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent Restaurant

Dined on March 14, 2016

I would recommend this place to anyone who likes excellent food and atmosphere.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Group of 5 for dinner business meeting. ...

Dined on March 14, 2016

Group of 5 for dinner business meeting. Good food. Wait staff was attentive, without being intrusive. Visitors enjoyed the atmosphere and views of the river/city skyline.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Pi Day

Dined on March 14, 2016

Although fruit pie was not on the dessert menu, the executive chef visited our table and asked us what our fruit preference would be. After a wonderful dinner, two personal-size apple pies were delivered to us. 3.14 Pi Day was complete.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

It’s the service that keeps us coming back.

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Once again, our dining experience at The Boat House was outstanding. The food, ambiance and view are always outstanding, but it’s the service that keeps us coming back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Dinner with girlfriends

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

I took a friend here who was visiting out of town. Been here many times before but the view was great. I love the atmosphere. I ordered the scallops and they were fine, nothing mind blowing. We did order the corn and jalapeno hush puppies to start and those were great. Our server was great as well.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

What a view

Dined on March 10, 2016

food didn't WOW us for the price charged. Expected more fresh fish selection. Wouldn't make a special trip. However, the view of the Richmond skyline was beautiful in the evening so if I was in the area I would have a glass of wine and watch the sunset.

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience4
service1
value2

Good food, horrible service

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Food as has been the case from prior visits to this and its sister locations was great. The service, not so much. Overall vibe was if the entire staff was stoned, everyone was moving slow, and just in a kind of mellow mood in terms of service. Greeting from server and delivery of first round of drinks took too long. Food took exceptionally long to arrive and was brought out by the GM who said she would be back to check on our meal, she never did come back. Desert was good, but overshadowed by the table behind us, who having grown tired of waiting for their main course demanded their check repeatedly speaking over the server who promised he would have their food out shortly, noting that they did not want the food, they just wanted to leave. It became comical watching him then proceed to wander around the restaurant checking on other tables before bringing the check, and then wandering the restaurant with their credit card before bringing it back for the couple to close out. Not a good visit at all from a service perspective, but the food has always been consistently good and that will keep me coming back.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Awesome crab cakes!

Dined on March 3, 2016

It's always a great time and great food at the Boathouse, but his time was even better than usual. I had the "new" crab cakes and they were excellent! Combined with a great city lights view made for a great dining experience.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food3
ambience5
service4
value5

Boathouse

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

Wonderful food, service and view of Richmond on the James River. Highly recommend!

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Good brunch!

Dined on February 28, 2016

Good brunch!

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Richmond Hidden Gem

Dined on February 26, 2016

The food and atmosphere were perfect and the views of the James River and downtown Richmond were spectacular. Our server was a professional who was on top of our needs.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list

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