A Special List of Diverse Local Diners in Richmond, Virginia

December 6, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

So you are looking for the best restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond huh? Probably searched something like “best restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond, Virginia” or “what’s the best restaurants for diner in Shockoe in Richmond” right? What’s that? How did I know that? Well I mean this is on your phone (or maybe on computer, I don’t know which one specifically but instinct tells me you're p[probably on your phone right now?). Anyways what I’m trying to say is that this article will only show up for so many keywords that you searched in Google (or your search engine preference, or browser of choice. I’m not one to “search engine shame” anybody, but it does annoy me that Firefox uses Bing! Who in their right mind uses Bing?)

Regardless, I know it had to be some keywords like that. Either that, or you got here from another GiftYa post or article in which case, thank you for reading two today! You made a good choice coming to this article, because today, just like everyday, we have exactly what you are looking for. This is a list of the five best restaurants in Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia and where you can find them. We also include links anytime one of these restaurants accept our super convenient virtual gift cards! (And I did such a good job with this article today that literally every restaurant on the list accepts GiftYa digital gift cards. So you are welcome for the hook up. I just try to do my best, and it turns out my best is amazing.)

Just so you know, virtual GiftYa Cards make the perfect gift for loved ones, and for anybody who likes to explore the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood in Richmond Virginin or travels a lot in general. These virtual gift cards can be sent and received within seconds. Usually with a special message inside with well wishes towards a loved one or special friend. The virtual gift cards are as easy to send as an email or a text message and can be purchased for nearly ten thousand different merchants and businesses. 

You can personalize the gift message, and send it directly to your recipient’s phone, all within seconds. GiftYa’ digital format provides not only a speedy delivery but also a convenient way to store and maintain different gift card balances. You don’t need to worry about having that particular gift card for that particular establishment on that particular day, as long as you have your phone, GiftYa cards are with you. Check out the list of top five restaurants in and around Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, Virginia and see which ones accept GiftYa digital gift cards. (*spoiler alert* it's all of them!)

Millie’s Diner

Eclectic and Upscale Brunch Place Right In Shockoe Bottom 

2603 E Main St  | Shockoe Bottom | http://milliesdiner.com/

Millie’s Diner comes in at the top of our list today for a few reasons. One of those reasons just so happens to be that they accept digital GiftYa cards so they make a great choice whether you want to dine there yourself or send a loved one or relative out for a nice night. (You’ll just have to excuse the shameless plug, dear reader!) 

The second reason Milie’s Diner comes in at the top o f the list is that it is a local favorite and it has been since 1989. Millie’s also happens to have a widely accessible meniu. They specialise in diverse, modern gourmet food served in a coizy, and vintage atmosphere. The great thing about Milie’s is that it's just the right level of class and sophistication. It isn’t so overly stuffy that you have to feel like you are on pins and needles the whole time because you don’t want to make a social faux pas and embarrass yourself.

 Milie’s is classy, and nice, but they aren’t overboard with it. Whpoever dines at Milie’s, you or a loved one, I can guarantee the night will be pleasant and relaxing.

Milie’s also features an extensive wine list that includes many international wines as well as domestic wines so you can have your choice of whatever you want. And speaking of whatever you want there is also a jukebox at Milie’s that plays an “eclectic” mix of music. So you can expect the atmosphere to feel like the music. Cool and upscale, yet relaxing and pleasant at the same time. 

“Very cute spot in shockoe bottom. They change their specials daily and there's always something new on the menu. DEFINITELY call ahead and find out the wait or make a reservation. They also have drink specials and the food is always good. I've always gotten a table outside so our dog can come too! - Yelp Review 

Millie’s Diner is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards, but it is also among one of the highest rated restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond and it’s been a local favorite for over 30 years!

Lillie Pearl

You’re Gonna Need A Reservation in Shockoe Bottom Virginia

416 E Grace St | Shockoe Bottom | http://www.lilliepearlrva.com

To start off, the only reason Lillie Pearl didn’t make it to the top of the list today is because it just isn’t as accessible to people as Milie’s Diner is. In fact they recommend everybody make a reservation in advance and you will have exactly two hours at your table to dine at this place. So I would really recommend it when you are looking for a place that goes all out. Ridiculous service, gourmet and organic food, beautiful atmosphere and ambiance to match? If that is what you want then Lillie Pearl is gonna be the restaurant for you, or a special someone, right in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, Virginia.

But seriously you have to get a reservation so if you give a GiftYa as a gift to somebody, make sure they know that they can’t just show up on a random night. They will need to have their spot reserved. 

“So I was finally able to try this spot as we celebrated my baby Sister's 35th birthday! The vibe is a 10/10 from the decor, flow and the music playing was everything! Every e mothers was super professional, thoughtful and fast!” - Yelp Review

Get a GiftYa digital gift card for yourself or a loved one to Lillie Pearl and enjoy one of the bestthe best best restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond by following the link!

Old Original Bookbinders Seafood and Steakhouse

Shockoe Bottom’s Historic and Award Winning Steakhouse 

2306 E Cary St | Shockoe Bottom | www.bookbindersrichmond.com

Old Original Bookbinders Seafood and Steakhouse is another restaurant that didn’t get the top spot in the list today because it also requires a reservation. And I know it’s not that big of a deal, but when I recommend restaurants to people, I want to make sure those people can actually go and enjoy themselves. I want to make sure you can go and enjoy yourself. The reservation just adds a whole extra step on the part of the customer (you) that  slightly diminished sthe experience in my opinion.

However, all that being said (GET A RESERVATION) I have written several articles about the best restaurants in Richmond, Virginia. It has to do with targeting keywords that people need answers for. Apparently a lot of people need to know about restaurants in Richmond, Virginia, so I’ve written several articles for different search keywords and the crazy things is that Old Original Bookbinders, Seafood and Steakhouse always pops up

I can guarantee you that if you get a reservation, and spend an evening at Old Bookbinders in Richmond, Virginia, you will have the night of your life. Just be sure the recipient knows that they need a reservation if you send them a GiftYa gift card to Old Bookbinders. 

“Perfect place for a special occasion or treat-yourself dinner! The steaks are perfectly cooked as I want them to be: crisp outside yet pink/juicy inside. Oh and don't forget about their happy hour at their bar! It's a great deal to try all of their appetizers. I especially enjoyed Seared Tuna and Oysters Rockefeller.” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to Old Original Bookbinders Seafood and Steakhouse by following the link right HERE and enjoy one of the very best restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond you can find!

Alewife

Celebrates the Coastal waters of the Mid Atlantic in Richmond, Virginia

3120 E Marshall St  | Church Hill | https://www.alewiferva.com

Alewife is a restaurant that I genuinely would put at the top of the list if everything could just be my preference, but I try to keep in mind that not everybody has the same criteria for a restaurant or business that I do. So I try not to let my individual perspective affect the way I rank the restaurants. I try my best not to be too biased. Well except for accepting GiftYa cards, that obviously scores some points because duh that is what the article is all about in the first place.

Anyways, the reason I would rank Alewife number one if I was just doing everything based on my preference is because they have a special eye towards conservation and sustainability. And one of the reasons I really like that is because our mass corporate farming system is pretty messed up. Especially when it comes to the fishing industry. There's even tons of fraud that happens because it's so screwed up.. So Alewife supporting sustainable fishing while simultaneously serving delicious seafood is a win in my book.

I come from a small town in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania where there are Amish buggies on every street. I’ve seen the way animals should be raised, by small family owned compassionate farms, and I’ve also seen how animals are being raised by the giant corporate farms. You can feel good about what you eat because Alewife has a mission that isn’t just about profits, they are trying to move us towards a more sustainable food system. 

Not only will you have an amazing meal, but you can also feel good about the meal you had and know the fishing was done with an ideal of long term sustainability. I think that Alewife deserves the top of the list because I don’t think there is anything better than having a great meal, and being able to feel good about it when you are done. Not just feel full, happy, and content, but feel a sense of having taken one small step towards a more sustainable planet. Which in my opinion makes the amazing meal an even more amazing experience for the customer.

Imagine if the profits from every meal you had went to sustainable farming and not the mass corporate farms. You’d feel amazing every day. Small differences matter. And supporting sustainable fishing is a difference that matters. 

That’s why I would put Alewife at the top of the list if we were just going on my personal opinion. Having a meal and feeling good about where the food came from makes the experience that much richer in my opinion. 

“Amazing service and very attentive. The food was not only amazing but everything paired so well flavor wise. I would highly recommend going here and definitely the oysters are a must have!!!” - Yelp Review 

Alewife is one of the bestthe best best restaurants in Shockoe in Richmond and they accept GiftYa digital gift cards and you can grab one for you or someone on your list by following the link!

The Hill Cafe

Located in Historic Church Hill in Richmond Virginia

2800 E Broad St | Church Hill  | thehillcafe.com

The Hill Cafe comes in at the bottom of our list of the top 5 restaurants in Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia, not so much because it isn’t that good, it’s that the other restaurants on the list are just THAT good that they managed to rank above it today.

The Hill Cafe is a beautiful restaurant that I think would make for the most relaxing evening if you aren’t trying to impress your date or your dinner partner. If you are just looking to have some good food and some good drinks in a comfortable neighborhood atmosphere then the Hill Cafe is gonna be the place for you. It has a broad selection of liquor, beer, and wine every night and you can expect the classic comfort foods in a nice cozy setting,

“This grilled steak on salad was 12/10! The dressing was maple syrup and they added peaches, burrata cheese and walnuts too. It was OUT of this world good like good good! If you are visiting Virginia, do yourself a favor and order this combo (salad and molten chocolate cake. #ToDieFor #RichmondVA” - Yelp Review 

Grab a digital GiftYa gift card to The Hill Cafe and treat yo self to one of the best restaurants in Shockoe Bottom Virginia!.

There you have it! The top five best restaurants I could find for you in and around Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond itself is a major hub of business and commerce so it isn’t easy to narrow down the list of great restaurants to only what can fit in this post. But just from what we gathered for you here today you’ll be sure to find a location that's convenient for you with plenty of excellent options. And remember, if you or someone you love is out in Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, we marked off which restaurants accept convenient GiftYA digital gift cards. (It was all of them today!) And you can use them at any of the locations we indicated on this list. Just follow the links.

Who knew that Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, Virginia and GiftYa have so much to offer when you combine the two together? Today I managed to find you five awesome restaurants with a diverse array of atmospheres, cuisines, and availability. I feel confident that one of these five restaurants in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, Virginia is gonna be what you were looking for when you clicked the link to this article today. 

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