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Top Choice Modern American in Richmond


One of Richmond's finest restaurants serves decadent New Southern cuisine in a classy old-fashioned dining room that's cinematically set inside a restored 1817 building. Start with a mint julep, fried green tomatoes…
Seafood in Richmond

Croaker's Spot

Everyone in Jackson Ward knows this soul and seafood joint. The decor is proudly African American and the food…angels sing on high of the 'fish boat': fried catfish drowning in spicy sauce with hunks of cornb…
American in Richmond

Ipanema Café

This underground den is much loved by the bohemian and art-student crowd. It has a tempting selection of vegan and vegetarian fare (tempeh 'bacon' sandwich, curried vegetables, changing specials), plus moules-frites…
Cafe in Richmond


Part coffeehouse, part art gallery, Lift serves stiff lattes and tasty sandwiches and salads. Sidewalk seating.
Bar in Richmond

Tobacco Company Restaurant

An embodiment of the era when tobacco was king, the atmosphere of this three-story, brothel-like restaurant-bar is more of a draw than the food. Come instead for drinks and live music (from 9:30pm Wednesday through …
Museum in Richmond

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Located in an 1861 gun foundry, this fascinating site explores the causes and course of the Civil War from the perspectives of Union, Confederate and African American experiences. Next door is a free site run by the…
Museum in Richmond

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

Highlights the achievements of African American Virginians and displays collections of African arts, textiles and artifacts.
Museum in Richmond

Poe Museum

Contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of poet Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in Richmond.
Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery

This tranquil cemetery, perched above the James River rapids, contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only Confederate president (Jefferson Davis) and 18,000 Confederate soldi…
Architectural in Richmond

Maymont Park

This former private estate is now a 100-acre public park, containing the fully furnished Maymont House, Japanese and Italian gardens, an arboreum and a small zoo. It's the most visited attraction in Richmond, and it…