Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is one of America’s oldest cities, it is the epicenter of a lot of history. With their background they have a lot of museums, statues, historical sites, and more in Richmond to see! It is also home to a lot of art/artsy spaces, so for the creative minds out there, you can check out their numerous art galleries! However today, we are venturing into the rooftop restaurants in Richmond VA, these spots are designed for you to enjoy good views and good times with your friends and family!
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Beautiful cafe art showing off that aesthetic! Image courtesy of the Q Rooftop Bar Instagram page!
201 W Broad St, | Richmond | destinationhotels.com
A fabulous view, fresh air, good food, and with any hotel guest getting priority entry, Q Rooftop Bar is here to bring that “modern” and “chilled-out” experience to the rooftop bar game.
You must be at least 21 years old to enter and in order to keep on enjoying that fresh air, Q Rooftop Bar is a smoke and vape free establishment! This is a “seasonal” bar, the hot spot is open during warmer weather, and since it’s all outside you want to make sure to dress comfortably for the weather!
Offering craft cocktails, beers, wine, top shelf liquor, coffee, and some indulgences to pair with that drink! Cheese boards, crackers with dips like spanakopita and eggplant hummus, steamed mussels, duck confit flatbread, fried rock shrimp, and other dishes are served to that caliber! Make sure to look into the Q Rooftop Bar schedule to see when they're open and if you aren’t staying at the hotel, get there early as there is limited space!
“Love this place! Took my wife hear after dinner for drinks and a great view and we were not disappointed! Incredible ambiance, nice music and the crowd was pretty cool. It's pretty upscale so dress and the bar tenders aren't uptight so uber! Great times!” -Yelp Review
Having a nice meal with a river view? Count us in! Image courtesy of The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Instagram page.
4708 E, Old Main St | Richmond Location | boathouseva.com
Starting in 1988, what was formerly known as the Sunday’s Restaurant, is now the well known and loved Boathouse! Creating their “incomparable crab cake recipe” that they have been perfecting over the last few decades.
Throughout the years, the Boathouse has expanded to four different locations, though they are growing, they want to remain warm, approachable, and give “the finest culinary experience Richmond has to offer”!
Wanting to take advantage of Virginia's beautiful waterfront, owner Kevin Healy, created The Boathouse to serve authentic and locally sourced dishes. From classic southern shrimp and grits, pizza made from italian recipes, to featured menu items specifically at the Rocketts Landing location like rockefeller roasted oysters, crispy brussels sprouts, seared local rockfish, and fresh tasting colorful cocktails!
The Boathouse is a truly gorgeous establishment, and they know it too, offering their venue for weddings, parties, or events! So whether you’re looking for just a simple nice day out or planning a big celebration, any Boathouse location is ripe for the picking!
“Had a lovely brunch sitting at the bar with my boyfriend yesterday. I ordered the shrimp tacos and he had the hot chicken. We were both very pleased with our meals. The service was excellent. Jak was on point and very friendly. Thanks for a nice Sunday afternoon!” -Yelp Review
Being with your friends AND enjoying a good drink! Image courtesy of the Kabana Rooftop Instagram page.
700 E Main St 20th Floor | Richmond | kabanarooftop.com
This hotspot is high up in stature and in exclusivity, Kabana Rooftop is the highest rooftop restaurant and lounge in Richmond, VA! Located on the 20th floor of Hilton’s Hampton Inn Suites in the downtown area in Richmond, Kabana Rooftop offers unbeatable views of the city and the James River!
Their menu has a variation of contemporary New American and Mediterranean styles of foods including but not limited to, Papri Chaat, Masala Dosa, Chili Wings, and Red Pepper Scallops small plates. House Daal, Shrimp Moilee, and Shahi Paneer rotating curry pots, breads, desserts, and specialty drinks!
Kabana Rooftop is currently renovating with all new interior and exteriors, with outdoor heating being added to have the rooftop open year-round! They plan to open back up in May 2022, so check out their website for more details on the re-opening and booking a spot!
“This place is happening WOW! I felt like I was in Miami with the white sofas and greenery. The views are what just blew me away. I think this is a great spot if you have family or friends visiting and you want to show them Richmond with a hip and fun scene! They have wine on draft” -Yelp Review
Chip chip hooray to this fun casual spot! Image courtesy of the Postbellum Instagram page.
1323 W Main St | Richmond | postbellumrichmond.com
Offering a menu that is homage to the postbellum cooking style and recipes, this restaurant in Richmond, Virginia is aptly named Postbellum. From snacks, to brunch and dinner, with 26 craft beers on tap, wines, and craft cocktails, this restaurant has a variety of foods and drinks to indulge in their indoor dining area, outdoor patio or the rooftop deck!
Postbellum has their own rooftop bar that is constantly rotating drinks in and out of the menu, so you may want to check what they are currently serving or give a call ahead of time so you can decide on what you are going to get!
If you’re in the mood for snacks they have pickle pots, truffle honey frites, and vegan wings. Bites to share with friends like meat and cheese boards. Salads, mushroom risotto, blackened shrimp, classic burger, hot honey chicken sandwich, s’mores chocolate tart desserts, unique cocktails, other alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks too! Plenty to choose from at the Postbellum restaurant!
“Great roof top atmosphere! Lots of tables and a covered bar. Menu has lots of offerings-I got shrimp tacos which had great flavor and were a perfect portion. Lots of beers and multiple cider options on draft-including a blackberry flavored downtown East cider.” -Yelp Review
Delicious finger foods paired with tasty drinks! Image courtesy of the Catbird Rooftop Terrace Instagram page.
202 High St | Farmville, Virginia | catbirdfarmville.com
There is always a view at the Catbird Rooftop Terrace, with panoramic views of Longwood University and downtown! Though it is not exactly in Richmond, it’s a little ways outside the city, so if you are really enjoying what Catbird Rooftop Terrace has to offer, it might be worth the drive!
Any patron at the Catbird Rooftop Terrace can enjoy selections of cocktails, craft beers, wines, and small plates of delicious savory food. They are a “seasonal” restaurant, as the rooftop is best to be enjoyed when it’s warmer outside, as of March 29th, 2022 it is back open and ready to serve!
You can share shareable items like smoked pimento cheese with housemade chips or a charcuterie board. Charred tomato bisque soup, classic salads, handheld smoked turkey and havarti and rooftop roast beef sandwiches! They have their own drink menu that offer signature cocktails, sangrias, white, red, and rosé wine, and draft beers! A perfect place for a good time with your friends/family!
“Great spot overlooking Longwood University. We arrived around 4:30 and were glad we got there early. A nice assortment of mixed drinks on the menu. My husband was disappointed that they didn't have a better selection of scotch (Dewar's only) but it is a college town so you need to keep that in mind. Tasty pizza and friendly atmosphere.” -Yelp Review
Socializing with good company and a good menu! Image courtesy of The HofGarden Instagram page.
2818 W Broad St | Richmond | thehofgarden.com
Located in the iconic Hofheimer building, The HofGarden pays homage to the Hofgarten (Court Garden) in Munich! The first floor is the Taproom, the second floor is The Loft that has seating and is The HofGarden’s event space, then the main attraction, the third floor Rooftop Restaurant!
Serving a variety of light foods like pizzas, shareable platters, flatbreads, sliders, charcuterie boards, and salads! Their drink menu is extensive with craft cocktails, wines, and beers. With some non-alcoholic drinks too!
The HofGarden is family friendly, but all people under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult and starting at 6pm it does go to 21 years and older service. The entire venue, including the rooftop, is smoke-free for the comfortability of all restaurant goers! You can book events and private events too, this place is great for any goings-on!
“This place is awesome!! The staff is so friendly and pretty. I was served by Ray, Catie, and Lauren. They all did the most to make sure we were having a great time. The pretzels are delicious and the paloma was delightful!! Watching the sunset up there with my new lady friends was a dream. 10/10” -Yelp Review
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Whether you are having food or drinks, with friends, family, or on a date with yourself, these rooftop restaurants in Richmond, VA have got a range of different sights to see and “vibes” to experience!