Do Not Recommend.
I give this one star for the cocktail that was $12 but pretty good size for the money. I've had quite a few people give great reviews and "love it". I am thinking they don't get out much. I had the lobster, it did not have any flavor, the side mashed potatoes were described to be creamy, buttery yummy. They were gross and covered in cheese. We did order the crab and artichoke dip with pita bread which was fairly good. But $60 for my meal alone....definitely not worth the price!
As someone spoke about the flies, I guess we can assume the bugs being on the water with food around, but we had a couple of flies; it was annoying and gross. The waiter was a bit off as well. Much better places in Midlothian/Richmond to eat. This one won't be on my recommendation list.
Too much hype too little substance.
The Boathouse was highly reccomended by co workers and our Realtor, so off we went. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were promptly seated. Cocktails were ordered, the Mohito was attractive and tasty,, my wife's Martini was not so much, it seemed to lack alcohol. On to the starter- the Calamari was lightly battered and properly cooked, quite nice. Two dipping suaces were provided, one a very generic cocktail type mostly ketchup blah, the other a spicy cream quite delightful. we both had salads one Ceasar the other boathouse salad(the iceberg type), skip these , not worth the price for stomach space. The menu lacked depth and a bit overpriced considering the portion size. We both had the crab stuffed shrimp which was good .
For dessert my wife ordered the Pizzookie which she loved and was for her the best part of the experience. I would prefer the seafood to be the highlight.The coffee was overly strong, seemed to be a Fench roast instead of a Medium Columbian that would be expected for an evening after dinner coffee. If I were driving a truckload of TNT over the Mountain pass at midnight this coffee would have been the ticket. Service was adequate, our server(I hate that term), our waitress was pleasant, but had 5 tables one of which was a large party. Had she had one less table I probably would of had a second ten dollar Mohito. I am given the choice of rating either two or three stars , I would choose given the opportunity 2.5, since I am not 3 it is.
Not worth the money!.
Well, I think the time we want to spend
$270 for 5 adults and 1 child to eat a nice dinner we will go to Ruth's Chris Steak House.
- the fried shrimp had a metallic after taste
- ordered a filet cooked medium and it took an hour to receive a butterflied filet, how dissappointing
- wedge salad was good
- crab cakes were good
- ordered an appetizer that never came
Overall, I would there for the wedge salad and drinks and that is about it. Oh, by the way, service was poor. It took our waitress three times to deliver a cesear salad. She brought out the wrong salad twice. And, no they weren't that busy.
Every business that has been in this location can't seem to present and deliver an awesome quality menu.
OVERPRICED!!!!. I thought this was going to be a very nice experience. The restaurant is very pretty with a nice view of the water. When the food arrived, so did all the flys. We felt like we had to fight for our food the whole time, which was not that good. For what they're charging, they need to raise the quality of the food. $16.00 for a piece of shrimp, 1 scallop, and 1 bite of tuna with a mound of rice and noodles. I will not return. My husband left hungry because he didn't want to battle flys and stopped to get a burger somewhere else.
Great Location and that is about it.
I have been going to the Boathouse since it was sunday's but recently i have become disappointed in the place. Very overpriced the service is average at best, The management team is really is not all together.
I order a steak and i came out undercooked, i ordered it medium and it came out more on the rare side. The server was almost bothered by the issue of having to return it and for the price i was very displeased.
The location is great the ONLY thing they have going for the place. I hope they can fix this before it become more of and issue.
Last they need to fix there computers or watch there wait staff more because twice i have had some credit card issues so i use cash now
Great Location. I went there last week with my kids to have a special night out and great view, over priced. I had the salmon that had no flavor it actually tasted like water. One of my daughters order the homemade chicken fingers which came out cold and the chicken finger's where very over done. I explained this to the manager on duty and she look confused about what I was saying to her and I felt she had no idea how to handle this minor situation that had occured. ended up just leaving and going somewhere else. Very saddened and will never return, have shared my experience with family and friends. Very sad!!!!!!!!!
Nice Valentine's Day Dinner. We decided to celebrate our 3 Year Anniversary/Valentine's Day at the Boathouse while visiting Richmond. Although our reservation was rather late (9:45pm), we had a very nice time. They had live jazz when we arrived which really helped set a romantic mood. However, we only got to enjoy for about 15 minutes. We were given the option of ordering from the regular menu or a prix fixe menu which allowed each person to pick 4 courses for approximately $40 a person. We chose the regular menu as my boyfriend was set on trying their oysters and I did not find anything on the special menu to be enticing. To start our dinner we had half a dozen oysters (3 Bluepoint and 3 Chesapeake) and the lobster bisque. Our waiter, Daniel, suggested that the Chesapeake were saltier. They indeed were and were more delicious than the forgettable Bluepoint. The only drawback to the dish was that they only served one lemon. The lobster bisque was very delicious and had a slight kick to it. It would have been much better if it had few more chunks of lobster meat, as it only had one big chunk. As our entrees, we had the Wood Grilled Mahi Mahi with mango pineapple salsa and the Mojito Glazed Duck Breast with couscous. I was a little disappointed with the Mahi Mahi as it wasn't very flavorful aside from the mango pineapple salsa, which was also a little bland. The mashed potatoes, on the other hand, were topped with melted cheese and were delicious! The duck came with a side of couscous, which my boyfriend had never had before. He absolutely loved the couscous! The texture was amazing, as it was cooked to perfection, and the flavors were mild but sufficient. The duck had a great taste. Although the portion was not as big as he would have liked, it was very well-cooked duck. It was a little on the overcooked side for his taste, but delicious nonetheless. Total cost for dinner for 2 was about $70 (greatfor a Valentine's Day Dinner at a restaurant with a great ambiance).
Nurture and nature in perfect harmony.. After readng previous reviews, I hesitated, but my experience was almost perfect. The arugula, gorgonzola, pear, and pistachio salad was very good. The crispy shrimp and avocado roll appetizer, was great, and my rare filet mignon was excellent. I almost didn't need a knife to cut the filet. The dessert, berries and ice cream, was delicious. Service was good. It seemed that there was a server per table.The only drawback was the number of flies all around. An aquaintance told me that 2 days later, there were no flies. That would make the Boathouse perfect.
Editorial Review. The Boathouse has earned it's place as one of the select Distinguished Restaurants Of North America. Featuring prime seafood, steaks, raw bar, Neopolian pizza and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list. Enjoy lakefront patio dining and full service cabana bar at Richmond's only waterfront restaurant.
Incredible view with delicious cuisine.
This place is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire Richmond metro area. With a view that is spectacular, you can enjoy it's unique atmosphere and cuisine while relaxing to some live music. The food has always been outstanding, including the Sunday Brunch buffet. The outdoor bar including dining is like no other in the area. I have been there at least a dozen times with no complaints only raves. Whether you chose the Crab and Asparagus Eggs Benidict or the Farmer's Market Strata, you can't go wrong on Sunday's unless you don't order a mimosa or bloddy mary to go with it:)
Also I want to suggest a few of my dinner favorites....the Tuna Tartare is fantastic. The Mussels are superb and can be steamed with a selection of seasonings. There are a number of unique Pizza selections which were recognized in Richmond magazine with other "best" pizzeria's in Richmond. Again, I am not sure where the other reviewers dined because that is not the Boathouse I know.
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