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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

3.9
3.9
4546 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Our Rocketts Landing location occupies the top floor of the restored Power Plant building, which sits on the James River and once provided electricity for Richmond’s trolley cars. We specialize in seafood and locally-sourced signature entrees. And we can't forget the incredible view!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 622-2628

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lee Hendrickson

  • Private party facilities

    With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.

  • Private party contact

    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 4,546 people are saying

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Most Booked

  • Richmond

    Scenic View

  • Richmond

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful evening on the patio. I love that you can reserve the it. Our server Sean was really great. My steak was supposed to be medium but it was more done. The same thing with my aunt’s burger.
  2. CM

    ClayM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We've dined at this Boathouse several times, and the food is always great. However, the ambiance is not a good as it has been on previous trips. To start, the hosting staff (3 of them at the front) took longer than management would have liked to acknowledge us. When we were sat, it was in the center of several parties, including a large party of 12 - 15 celebrating a birthday, all in the center of the restaurant. This would be understandable if this were the only open table, but the restaurant was less than half full by my estimate. They were simply choosing to seat tables in one large clump rather than along the windows, which is one of the big reasons we choose the Boathouse; for the views. They were kind enough to move us to a window seat where the view was better, and the sound was better; still loud due to the large party, but much better further away. The wait staff and food were great as usual, but for some reason there were flies that "bugged" us throughout the night. Unusual for this place, but still annoying and brought down the ambiance a little. Good place, and we'll still go back. But wasn't the great experience we've had before.
  3. RM

    RebeccaM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    We knew about the required 20% service charge. We didn’t realize there was valet parking that required a cash only transaction of $12. Waitress was mad that we wouldn’t add any additional money besides the required 20%. Food was decent but overall a disappointment.
  4. j

    johns

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful sunday brunch . seated outside overlooking the river
  5. PR

    PamR

    Richmond

    284 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    284 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We brought an out-of-town guest to brunch after church today so that she could experience the great view of the city and the James River. We had a lovely meal - the chesapeake omelette, California omelette and the arugula/blueberry/almond/goat cheese salad. All were fresh and tasty! Our server was personable and professional. We will definitley return.
  6. ZK

    ZainabK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse is fabulous. The food was amazing. I had the brunch Shrimp & Grits that day but I'll be returning for the dinner version of it soon, per the suggestion of the server. The services was wonderful and impeccable. We ate outside and the air and breeze was magical. It was very windy at one point and an umbrella fell at the empty table next to us. The staff rushed to fix it and made sure were okay and not too shaken up. I do suggest you make reservations because it is a popular spot. We got there 10 minutes before our reservation time and were seated almost immediately. Lovely, lovely, lovely place.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    We had a group of 8 for brunch. The restaurant was not overly busy and it was a great day for being along the River. Unfortunately, the food was generally terrible. The omelets are very small. Three came out with the wrong sides and none included avocado per the menu. The sides were cold. My daughter’s chicken and waffles was cold. One omelet was sent back because the eggs were very undercooked. It came back the same and inedible. Both times it didn’t have the added red pepper requested. We had to ask for it to be removed from the bill. There was no salt and pepper on the table. No butter or jelly or honey was provided for the otherwise really good biscuits. The shrimp and grits was fantastic. The view is always great. I guess that’s how we could get a last minute table. Extremely disappointing.
  8. SD

    SimplyDelicious1

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We dined well after sunset, and I suspect the best part of this restaurant is what seemed like a beautiful view. I liked the food offerings on the menu, although nothing was super hot when it arrived. In fairness to them, this is parents weekend at a couple of local colleges so I’m sure the kitchen and wait staff were a bit overwhelmed.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had very nice time, we sat outside and the view was very nice
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good. Food tasted really good but was very small portions for the money compared to similar restaurants. Also, I'd like not to see spider webs next to the tables on the patio.
  11. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved it the view was amazing at night...............
  12. KY

    KimY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our server was awesome! We will definitely be going back!
  13. N

    Nathan

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a whim for late lunch, shrimp & grits were great
  14. AD

    AshleyD

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, excellent,attentive service and delicious food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    One of the hostesses was driving behind me on the way to the restaurant and almost hit me. (I’m guessing she was running late.) I was practically ignored by the hostesses when I walked in even though the restaurant was practically empty. I ended up sitting at the bar and ordering through their online platform. I didn’t felt welcome or appreciated and I wouldn’t go again.
  16. RP

    RobertP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. The food was excellent as was the service.
  17. SD

    StaceyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Arrive early-Greeter let wait/ felt ignored. 4:10 addressed and waited for a phone call then seated at table. Still no warmth/conversation. Some of party went to Short Pump. When they all arrived. Waitress failed to tell us about any specials. More concerned about our order. Had not had items on menu. Had to ask chef what the sauce was on plate. Maybe she was new. Needed some polish. She was (polite and kind) At this price point w/ gratuity include expected more hands on service. Otherwise good experience.
  18. D

    Drew

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service and food left much to be desired. I don’t mind the automatic 20% tip if the service was good, in this case it was excessive.
  19. A

    Anita

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    If a resturant is short staffed it’s much better to reduce house of operation instead of sacrificing qaulity of service.
  20. MA

    MissyA

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had to wait 20 mins for water, 40 mins total till our 3 drinks came out, one being a soda. When we asked for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc she asked what that was and we had to clarify it’s chilled white whine. The waitress clearly did not like her job. It took so long to get my cup of soup and a dozen oysters that we decided to ask for the check as soon as everything came and check out. The table in front of us were celebrating a birthday and the waitress brought out the wrong cake, one of the friends immediately realized it and blew the candles out and told her that’s not our cake. Waitress came back super annoyed with the correct one, the cake was still in the box and wrapped in plastic and basically made the guests take out themselves and deal with it. The table behind us wanted to order Mai Tai’s and she told them they couldn’t b/c they were out of those, that’s a cocktail so what exactly are you out of since it’s a mixed drink?! 20% gratuity already included which would have been fine if the service was worth it but that’s probably why the waitress’ work ethic was so poor, she figured she’d get paid anyways. I don’t think I’ll be going back there and if we do, going to sit at the bar to get direct quicker service.
  21. SG

    SusanG

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    It was hot inside and several flies buzzing around all throughout our meal. They were out of several menu items. Service was INCREDIBLY slow and poor (left dirty dishes for quite some time on our table until I asked repeatedly for our server to please take the plates away). For the price, portion size was fairly small.
  22. HC

    HaydenC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Worst service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. I had a reservation for 3:30. The place was not busy at all and they come tell me that they can seat me but I will have to wait at my table until 4 before I’m served because my server gets to work at 4. The manager came and spoke with me at 3:52 and acted like nothing had happened and asked if I was ready to be seated… finally get to our table around 4 (again this place is empty at this time) and the server apologizes and offers to comp the meal or part of the meal. Check comes out and we paid full price for everything. I never mind paying for my meal but if you tell someone you are going to do something atleast try and follow through on it. Overall the food is good and location is nice but the front of house here is horrible!!
  23. DA

    DeAnnE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    I expected the service to be better than it was. Our drinks took forever after being told they didnt have a lot of drinks on their menu. Didnt get drinjks until after the appetizer. Then no silverware for our desert. I had to go get it from another table. If you are charging 20% gratuity be sure your servers are better trained.
  24. HL

    HunterL

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    I’m fine with an automatic 20% on the bill for the staff, PROVIDED the service is good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  26. C

    Chadwick

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Not generally one to complain or write a poor review but we came here for dinner to celebrate our 1st anniversary and had a pretty poor experience. Beware, there’s a 20% automatic gratuity right out of the gate. Food is absurdly over priced. Service staff was very nice but also very slow. Took about 30 mins to get a bottle of wine and almost 1.5 hours for the main. We will most certainly not be coming back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    What happened? We have enjoyed several evenings at the Boathouse in the past. Our most recent experience Sept 16th was not as enjoyable. The server was non-existent, slow and not experienced. The runner delivered our meals, and had no idea what entrees she was delivering, she even stated this and then handed us our plates. The food presentation and taste as always was wonderful.
  28. P

    Prd2bavolff

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This restaurant overlooks the Capitol Trail making it very accessible. We went there from Downtown on scooters. Fun way to travel and no parking issues. Went there for our Anniversary, had reservations @ 6pm arrived early and was seated immediately. Was hoping for an outside table for the view but those were all full. We were offered the option to sit outside on the bar side but we chose to have a table inside. Food was delicious. We started off with : Rockefeller Roasted Oysters and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, both were delicious. Entrees: I had the Lobster Bake, it was more food than I could eat, definitely a shareable meal. My wife had the Shrimp Scampi. All of the food was excellent, service was spot on. After dinner we did go out on the bar patio for a after dinner drink and to soak up the wonderful views of the river and downtown . Definitely will be back.
  29. s

    sgaylesrn82

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We were asked for a credit card to open a tab. Other than being at a bar, where you could just get lost, I’ve never had a restaurant ask for a payment source before we even order drinks. It put a bad taste in my mouth. Nothing was good after that. My husband and I we’re actually married at the Boathouse at Sunday’s Park 13 years ago. We live 10 minutes away from Rockets Landing and we found it to be our special place. However, we will not be returning.
  30. T

    Thanksgiving

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were disappointed as we reserved an outdoor table but were seated indoors. Service was slow, and then our entrees arrived while we were still eating our appetizers. It seemed as though they were understaffed. Food and drinks were good.
  31. DG

    DaniG

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Made a reservation for 6:30 and we did not get seated until 7. Staff was clearly overwhelmed and if that were the case they should have stopped allowing people to be seated. Took forever to get drinks and food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The management adds a 20% gratuity automatically and have obnoxious table cards justifying the practice. When you get the bill on their card readers they ask for an additional tip of 15-25%. It would be easy to make the mistake off adding more than the 20%. Tipping should be at the discretion of the diner and an acknowledgment of good service. I normally tip 25% but not here. It was insulating.
  33. C

    Customer

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The view, food + drinks, and service was amazing! I will definitely be going back.
  34. RE

    RETIII

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    The servers are clueless about where orders are delivered. Our meal was offering to another table, we were offered drinks ordered by others. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard to deliver food to the intended patrons!!!
  35. R

    Rachael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even better than I imagined. Good and service were outstanding. Beautiful location. Awesome place all around!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food that we received I had no complaints, however there were a couple of sides my party ordered that we didn’t receive. No big deal right? The service however this past Sunday for brunch was far from average, it was well below. The waitress didn’t really pay any attention to my party unfortunately but was very stuck and gave all of her undivided attention to a certain table that was overdressed. I understand they may have been there for a special occasion but we’re all paying the same US Dollar valued money. I didn’t appreciate that part. The waitress was still tipped appropriately to the bill however I just won’t return with the service from the waitress that my party had ever again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The views and the food did not disappoint. Both were outstanding. The service was below average, especially regarding the pre-determined "service charge" of 20%.
  38. KR

    KayleeR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall, we were left a little unimpressed. First off, we put a birthday on the reservation and at no point was a special occasion asked about or acknowledged. Our table, especially for a special occasion, was mediocre and the hostess didn't ask about our preference for inside or outside despite tables being open outside. Our menus were missing pages. Our drinks didn't come out until we finished our appetizer. That appetizer lacked flavor, and the drinks weren't much better. The entrees were the best part of the meal and redeemed our experience a bit. We may go back someday, but likely not in the near future.
  39. MD

    MarkD

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a beautiful spot in Richmond. Sitting outside on the deck, wonderful ambience, and the food is very good. The service was a bit lacking in terms of speed/responsiveness. Outside of that, great experience and highly recommend.
  40. CR

    CalvinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Food was delicious The appetizers were fantastic

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing using the Order Online button. The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 622-2628.

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is rated 3.9 stars by 4546 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

4708 E Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lee Hendrickson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (804) 622-2628

  • Private party facilities

    With private rooms for 16 to 200, panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and James River, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is a unique location for a special event. Antique brick, industrial steel, and a modern decor give your guests a glimpse of Richmond's rich history and vibrant future.

  • Private party contact

    Bonnie Ball: (804) 622-2628 ext. 702

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