1209 E Cary St, Richmond, VA | Directions 2321937.535556 -77.434303
Terrible service, good food but expensive – Service was EXTREMELY slow, and we were the first table and only 2 other tables came after we were there, so no excuse. It was a Friday night (it should have given me an indication that we were the only ones there at 7 pm). Server was not friendly and he did not seem very concerned about our experience at the restaurant. Example, when he asked how the desert was, was it worth the wait? (after 25 minute wait), I said it was "just ok", there was no response. Food was overall very good. Cheese appetizer was very tasty but for the price, the amount of cheese was very, very small. 3 european cheeses, some greens described as microgreens (but were just mixed greens) and a fig cut up. Comparably priced cheese plates at other fine restaurants are a lot more generous. The lamb chops served with wild mushroom risotto, and steak served with kale and sweet potato, were good, but very salty (course salt was used, big chunks still in food). The warm fresh (really?) berry with creme fresh desert came after a 25 minute wait(!) and it was ok, but expensive for the size. If the service would have been better, I might consider giving Pomegranate another shot. But I have read other reviews about bad service, so I know we were not alone. 18% gratuity was calculated on top of tax (not legal). I eat out a lot at fine dining restaurants, and for $100 for two people (above plus 2 glasses of wine), with the service we got and the appetizer and desert portions, the value was just not there. Beware, as of early September '08, restaurant's website is 5 years old (per the waiter). Would not recommend.
Bad food – Expensive food and not good at all. Filet mignon was tough and tasted burnt, snapper was dry and tasted fishy, both were covered in a STICKY pomegranate reduction that didn't taste anything like pomegranate -- more like really thick chicken broth (i.e. bad flavor and texture). Glass of wine tasted like burnt rubber. Service was good and they were apologetic, but that didn't make up for the bad food. I've never had the experience of beingn repulsed by the food I've ordered.
Romantic and delicious! – My fiance took me to Pomegranate to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere was romantic and cozy--dim lighting with individual candles on each table. We were seated promptly, and the service was excellent. I read up on the restaurant before we went and was cautious about the supposedly "petite portions" mentioned in the editorial review on this site, but our portions were actually quite large. The pumpkin puree appetizer was one of the best things I've ever tasted. I had a (huge!) pasta dish--fettucinne with fresh basil, tomatoes, etc. and he had a big steak. Our food was delicious, followed by creme brulee for dessert. Absolutely wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic evening.
Great Find – Tried this spot for lunch recently... honestly must say it was the best lunch I've ever had. Strawberry Basil soup, Tenderloin Sandwich, and Creme Brulee for desert. It was divine. Very inventive creations. Our server was attentive and kind, and our meal arrived promptly. I really had no problems with the prices or the proportions. I left full and content. Simply delicious. You must try.
Does a pretty face make up for such petite portions at this Bottom bistro? – The Scene
Such a pretty place with faux Euro finishes, starched white tablecloths, oversize framed art prints and the inevitable Bottom exposed brick walls. Service is personalized and polished, but does all this make up for such petite portions? When the economy trims downward, business professionals expect more bang for their bucks. Pomegranate leaves them growling for moremuch more.
Despite the portion size, the menu is creative and the food quality and details are impressive. Lunchtime Italian-inspired Frittata has plum tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and Pancetta ham cracklings. The Jicama slaw served with lunch sandwiches is one of the tangiest ever and something more restaurants should emulate. Shrimp Risotto, Jumbo Shrimp and Crimini mushroom caps served at dinner have roasted garlic cloves and Reggiano shavings. Desserts are made in house but would anyone order Asparagus Ice Cream?
surprisingly cosmopolitan – The menu is very varied, and all the combinations sounded so tempting. First courses were okay but the main courses were world class . . service was pleasant and prompt, maybe just a touch pretentious, but then it was worth it for the food. Desserts were light and delicious, not cheap, but really an evening to remember . . .
SF food in Richmond? – We recently moved to Richmond from San Francisco. Needless to say we were a little nervous about dining out here. We tried Pomegranate a month or so after arriving and haven't found anything that matches it. Creative cuisine prepared with just the right spice, and side dishes. The taste is unbeatable in Richmond for lunch or dinner (it rivals many SF restaurants too!) The prices are good, wine is reasonable (compared to SF and NY) and the atmosphere is just right. Keep up the great stuff Pomegranate!
Major Disappointment – We (a party of three) were very disappointed with the food at Pomegranate. The restaurant is lovely, even though a little too dark for my tastes. We all had high anticipation of the food due to the excellent reviews posted on this website. The foie gras appetizer was very good, the soup du jour tasted like brine, the daily special was so small the men in the group left hungry and my stuffed chop could have been better. We will not return since it was pricey for mediocre food. There is better (and cheaper) in Richmond.
Just Right – Living in the Los Angeles area has spoiled us with really great restaurants. We were concerned about finding something with the flare and quality that we are used to. Pomegranate was just right. It has an interesting menu and my mouth still waters thinking about our meals. We had great service however some people walked out when the restaurant filled up and they had to wait too long for service. Their loss....
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