Richmond >Food & Dining > Robin Inn
2601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA | Directions 2322037.557964 -77.469535
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Neighborhoods: The Fan, Fan - Oregon Hill - Carver
Very Pleasantly Surprised – After reading all the previous negative reviews, there's no way we would have visited, except that some friends of ours gave us a gift card as thanks for helping them move. So we figured, what the hey, at least the food will be free.
Well, my son and I were welcomed warmly and given a booth near the front, across from the bar.
The staff was friendly and professional.
The service was prompt and professional.
The food was very good; I finished my son's plate after finishing my own!
And the whole time I'm waiting for the the horrible experience I'd prepared myself for after reading the previous reviews.
Since this was our first visit, I can't comment on how it compares to "what it used to be." All I know is that we liked it so much that my wife took my son there last Wednesday, and had another very good experience. (Note: I would have listed what I ordered at my visit, but I had trouble establishing an account with CitySearch so it was a while before I was able to write this review, and by now I've forgotten. However, my son had spaghetti, and it tasted homemade to me.)
Two good-size entrees, two beers and a soda: $23.
My one disappointment was that they were out of the one beer on the beer menu that I really wanted. But then, that happens at restaurants all the time.
We hope to go there regularly, so I encourage you to try it out.
Not worth the trip – Robin Inn used to be better before the remodeling
don't waste your money – this place is a crappy place to eat when the dad owned it it was great food but the kids do not take pride in what the dad left to them you smell the bath rooms at your table the owner talks about her personal problems in front of everyone the wait staff are rude or don't care the food is gross the pasta is over cooked the sauce has 0 taste dirt would make it taste better the food is cheap but what do you expect when you pour can sauce over noodles can spag has more taste go to joes inn that is good food the chicken taste like it's nuked the only thing that was any good was the greek salad and dressing hey thats out of the ground cheap is not always better take the customer word never will i take my family there again unless the dad got it back and we have been eating there for 20 years that is gone what a shame................get it together nikki
Not so great. – This place has always left much to be desired. It seems that some people love it, but it's honestly not Italian food. Nothing is made to order here, and I don't expect pasta to be made fresh, but this stuff tastes like it has been used for days. I have had better sauce from a jar and the pasta is always really, really overcooked. They either heat the dishes in the microwave or stick them under a broiler where cheese usually comes out burnt or stuck to the plate.
You do get a lot of food and it is cheap so I can see the appeal to some, but I don't think this is a good restaurant at all. It seems they take way too many shortcuts and the service is hit or miss. The owner is always friendly but you can often hear personal conversations among the waitstaff and if you sit in the back top you get to hear a lot of great convos from the kitchen. On my last visit I saw one waiter run in to the kitchen multiple times and curse and slam down menus. My waitress seemed absent-minded and wasn't really friendly, though she wasn't rude either.
Moral of the story, save your money or find something that you really like on this menu-the good choices are few and far between.
worst food ever – Umm..i dont even know where to start. i'm pretty sure my waiter was high on rock, i could hear loud yelling and cussing coming from the kitchen (great environment for the kids), the owner...wow....i have no idea how she acquired that place because she seems to have no business sense whatsoever, talking very loudly and constantly about her personal problems for the whole restaraunt to hear. and the food was terrible. I got the shrimp alfredo, i swear it was microwaved shrimp..and pasta..and cheese. actually there was still ceran wrap stuck to my plate when i got it. No wonder the majority of the clientelle were old people with no tastebuds, or broke college kids. i bet the students had never been there before...if they really wanted to save money, ramen noodles would be a much tastier choice. i would rather eat my own feces than go there again.
Quick and tasty! – The food and service are always good. The atmosphere is is that of an old midtown restaurant; the owner Niki P. has improved the lighting, tables and most of all renovated rest rooms. Most of the cuisine is good but IMHO, stick to the baked spaghetti with meat sauce. Portions are very large; always a little left over for lunch.
Fast service and is conveniently located to many of Richmond's entertainment destinations.
"wow so much food" does not make it good food – The only people that would think Robin Inn was any good must be related to the owner or looking to continue the paid "Robin Inn" advertising in their paper. I think it would be a good idea to actually eat at the establishments you write about. The chicken Parmesan there is a boiled chicken breast and out of the can tomato sauce over cooked squishy pasta that taste like it has been sitting in warm water for a few hours. When the dish came to the table I asked what it was she told me "chicken Parmesan" I replied, "where is the Parmesan?" She then reached across the table and grabbed the shaker of the fake cheese you find at any pizza place and placed it down in front of me. Anyone with any food experience or someone that has ever eaten chicken Parmesan knows that it is chicken rolled with breadcrumbs and? you guessed it Parmesan cheese then cooked. This place is for the old people in the Fan that need soft serve food without all that crazy young kids stuff called ?flavor?. Corporate food from Sabarro?s at shopping malls is closer to Italian, which is still not saying much.
One Star is too many!!! This restaurant is awful!! The eggplant parmesan was fried in dirty fishy oil - so fishy you could smell it coming, the bread was stale, and the salad was limp. The staff was so rude my husband felt he couldn't send his food back when it was made wrong, he was worried they would do something to it. We generally like hole-in-the-wall restaurants and this one came highly reccomended. Big disappointment. Avoid this dirty hole!
Wonderful Rowhouse & Service, Decent Food – Let me start off by saying yes, by all means do I recommend this place. They have a $30 dollar dinner special that includes 2 full meals and a bottle of wine. As a student date restaurant you can not beat it. However, as expected, the food was not much better than what I could whip up with a jar of Prego and a microwave. The service was nice and very accommodating. If you are looking for fine dining, stay away. If you are looking for somewhere cheap to bring your friends, come to this old rowhouse.
Excellent Value, Great Tasting Italian Food! – Robin Inn is a very cozy, older, but well established Italian restaurant in the downtown area. When walking in, you will need to locate your own seat - which isn't usually too difficult to find. They have a couple large rooms that can easily accomodate large parties.
The waitstaff is usually understaffed, but the insane speed that the food comes out makes up all the time. The menu, while not extensive, has all the right foods, and extends outside of the usual pasta.
While waiting for your dish, make sure to order a salad with Niki's homemade Italian Vinaigrette. It comes with fresh bread and butter that can be used to soak up the remains of the irrisistable dressing. Typically, the food comes fast, so don't be surprised to see it served while you're still trying to finish your salad.
The porportions served are quite large, and can easily be split with your dinner/lunch date. We prefer the mannicotti and spaghetti bake to be split. A waitress is always happy to have them served up on seperate plates, or can bring an extra one in case you'll be eating both pastas.
Side Notes: The booths don't accomodate 'large' guests, but there are tables and chairs in the back rooms. We consider this restuarant to be more accomodating for adults, rather than children. The building is very old, but they're working on updating the interior.
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