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The Old Original Bookbinder’s

It’s no secret that Richmond is overflowing with amazing restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a spot to have an inexpensive low key dinner out or you prefer a fabulously extravagant four course meal, RVA does not disappoint with its wide array of options. A lot of our very best eateries are downtown, especially if you’re looking to escape the chains. More specifically, a lot of Richmond’s best food can be found by the James River on historic Tobacco Row. Now, the restaurants in this part of town aren’t necessarily every day choices, but this is the place we think of for special occasions or date nights. One of Richmond’s favorite date night restaurants is The Old Original Bookbinder’s.

First established in Philadelphia in 1865, The Old Original Bookbinder’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant has since closed, and the only location still operating today is RVA’s, which is locally family owned and now unique to Richmond.

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When you’re seated, the atmosphere is just what you’d expect from a restored tobacco warehouse. With its exposed beams and brick walls, the dining room is spacious, but cozy and the tables are spread apart enough to allow for nice conversation without hearing your neighbor. It’s perfect for a quiet, intimate dinner. They also offer private banquet rooms and dining al fresco on their stunning patio when the weather is nice.

The waitstaff is extremely professional and well versed in all things Bookbinder’s. If you ask, they can even tell you the history of the restaurant. They are everything you’d expect from the staff at a fine dining establishment. And if you tell the staff you’re celebrating something special when making your reservation, they may just have special menus made up for you for the occasion. They are fantastic at making an special occasion memorable.


The regular menu has lots of variety with arguably some of the best seafood and steak options in town. They also offer fantastic specials every night. They are known for their Famous Jumbo Lump Crabcake, and, if you’re a steak lover, you have to order the Kona Crusted Filet Mignon. Scrumptious! They offer a great selection of wines and cocktails, and the desserts are perfection. Try the Creme Brulee!

You can expect to pay between $25 to upwards of $60 per entree (and if you’re really hungry they have a $95 Surf & Turf option complete with 12 ounce filet mignon, lobster tail, and jumbo lump crabcake) but it’s nothing you wouldn’t anticipate from a fine dining restaurant. This is definitely a place to indulge yourself. Go to their website, for menus, to make a reservation, etc. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner service.

Really, we can’t say enough good things about The Old Original Bookbinder’s. You’ll just have to go try it for yourself if you haven’t yet.

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