The Boathouse at Sunday Park

4.4
2763 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Boathouse restaurant and event spaces wed the town’s impeccable waterfront views with authentic, locally-sourced cuisine. From the classically Southern shrimp and grits featuring sausage from Surry, VA to pizza made with authentic Italian recipe, the menu is distinctive and, most importantly, delicious.

Experiences

  • Exclusive Valentine's Weekend Prix Fixe Menu

    $95.40 per personPrepaid

    Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2021

    Sweep your sweetheart off their feet with our exclusive Valentine's Weekend Prix Fixe Menu! This one of a kind experience will be featured Saturday, February 13th, and Sunday, February 14th. Your reservation will include our Chef's 4-Course Prix Fixe menu and the romantic ambiance you can only find at The Boathouse.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2763 people are saying
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4.4
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vipBillJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and the service was very good. Patrons with older gift cards need to know to have the waiter convert them to a new card before you try to order on their terrible phone ordering system. The waiter can take your order faster than telling you about how it works and then dealing with its issues. "Contactless service" only means the restaurant has to hire fewer employees as regular service is provided at most all other places.

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SamF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I really don’t like the online ordering. I think there is a socially distanced way to order and not have to pay and order through an app. Every other restaurant has found a way to do it. I rather tip 20% than have a 20% service fee and no individual server.

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josephe814
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Prices are too expensive

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JAMESM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food on the menu we wanted to order was not available. It was told to us that only a certain amount is cooked per day so we had to order something we really didn't want. Also the prepay system didn't work so after about 20 minutes the server entered my payment information manually.

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HeidiG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I am all for supporting small businesses and even leaving good, well deserved tips but:

*We had to order using our phone - not only look at the menu that way but also ORDER this way. Therefore we did not speak with a server.

*We had an AUTOMATIC 20% tip added on. This is not a choice. This is the new thing they are doing with EVERY customer and item ordered....so our 14.00 appetizer that we ordered by ourselves was $17 .00 and we had to pay and then get our phones out and reorder drinks. Then reorder salads, then reorder dinner.

We will NOT be going back till they can get their act back together.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My husband son and I were at the Boathouse for a family celebration. While the taste of the majority of the food was great, the shell pieces in the Rockefeller oysters was enough to put my son off oysters for life. The waiter responded very well to this...and the experience will save us a fortune in the future 😉.

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Jawcat
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Shrimp and grits was very good. The Oysters Rockefeller were supperb. Excellent service.

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Foodie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Your computerized pay as you go ordering system is not user friendly and is a pain in the butt. Quality of food was very good but your pricing for the amount you receive is terrible. I received 5 scallops for $28 which is ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio area is perfect, especially now during social distancing. Great view! Heaters in case you need them.

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vipHamma18
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Confusion on the limited menu, was entertaining friends I voted to leave and give something else a try but was voted down. Had to wait for our table to be cleaned after having NYE reservation for 3 weeks and not busy. You aren’t interested in hearing who’s better out better but this wasn’t a good look on this particular night. The food I did eat was good but not sure I would give another try. Was the chef hung on filet and lobster tail(worst I’ve ever had) I have no doubt you will bounce back by Valentine’s but it won’t be by my family. Best of luck

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vipMidloFolks
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Boathouse at Sunday Park for New Years Eve and we had a great time. Social Distancing was followed to the tea. Our dinners were outstanding and the service was excellent. It was surprising how quickly we were served and we weren’t rushed at all. The amuse bouche was just the perfect start. The lobster bisque had a decent amount of lobster and was very good. I had the stuffed mushrooms and my friend had the oysters both were delicious. We both ordered the surf and turf and our steaks were cooked perfectly, the lobster was delicious. We both had the red velvet cheesecake, out of this world. Needless to say we really enjoyed ourselves and I can’t say it enough our dinners were outstandingly great! I’ve been to the Boathouse several times this year and have always had a great dinner and a great time. You can be sure that we will be visiting several times in 2021. Our compliments to the chef, EXCELLENT! Thanks so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food is always

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service

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AndrewO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, welcoming and accommodating staff

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kathyr
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and loved all the Christmas decorations. Even thou we had to order online it was still a great experience. The food was awesome

JC
vipJoyceC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The ordering system all on line needs work. I understand the need for placing the order, but having to pay after every course was cumbersome. Also adding a 20% tip from the very beginning on any size table was too high. 20% should be in the higher side not average.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

They are not utilizing their wait staff and each order you have to place through your phone. And they add a 20% gratuity to each order. I have been to plenty of restaurants that are now back to using their wait staff, We all felt like that they are continuing this because they know they are making more money this way. We won’t be back for quite a while!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I took my husband here for his birthday. It was our first time here. It was not at all the experience we were expecting. They are doing contactless ordering with a required 20% service fee. We like to put our phones away at dinner and this system made us have to constantly be using a phone to place our own orders. And a required service fee when you’re doing most of the work felt ridiculous. The food was pricey and nothing special. Two cocktails cost us $48 with all the fees. Short ribs were so charred they tasted burnt. Couldn’t really provide feedback since you barely have a server. Just thoroughly underwhelmed. So disappointing since it was a special occasion. We should have just left after drinks and apps.

The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Responded on December 21, 2020

Hello, I am sorry that the contactless ordering was such an unpleasant surprise on your recent visit. We are using it to encourage social distancing, as recommended as a best practice in current state guidelines. The service fee helps guarantee a professional wage to our staff, regardless of which section or shift they work. It is up to us to make this work for our guests, and I apologize that didn't happen for you. Please know we will use this feedback to improve where possible in the future.

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EdwardS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ordering was a little extreme with using mobile where disposable paper menus would have sufficed. Overall an excellent experience and we will go back.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had dinner outside since we are still uncomfortable with indoor dining due to COVID. The staff turned the heaters on and brought us blankets! The food, drinks and service were all outstanding! We will be back :)

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Sonny
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great views of the lake. Food is average, prices are high.

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TaraG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Covid times, I understand the need for paperless menu, I’m fine with ordering online. But if I’m spending the kind of money necessary to spend at this place, I expect my appetizer, entree & dessert to come out at the appropriate time, not all at once like I experienced. Poor service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great. I appreciate the heated patio they have set up which allows for safe restaurant dining while social distancing.

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ChrysH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I am disappointed with the new order process. The entire order is placed and paid for before even the first drink is provided. If you want anything else you have to put in a separate order and have a separate charge added to your account. I work in banking and I wonder if they realize two or more charges from the same vendor in a short span of time can actually cause your card to become disabled for potential fraud. So ordering another drink can become a greater issue. Not to mention all your food is put in at the same time. We ordered a soup, two appetizers, and our meals. My companion was still on their soup when the appetizers came, and not even five minutes the food was dropped. There was no pace to the meal. Everything pretty much arrived at the same time. I don't know about anyone else, but I would like to get through at least half of my appetizer before my food appears. Also with all these items there at once the dishes piled up. Of course when you pay in advance you are also asked to leave the tip before you even receive service. I left a $18 tip just to have to eventually ask the server to remove the additional dishes that had been piled up for some time. She asked me to hold on, and still almost walked back past us AGAIN without taking them. Needless to say not $18 service. Food was amazing as always, but not happy with the pre-payment nor the service. for over a $100 for one meal I would have expected A LOT better

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LynnS
Las Vegas
1 review