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The Boathouse

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Wed, 1/23

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly


Boathouse Oysters
our signature boathouse oysters on the 1/2 shell, half dozen
Boathouse Oyster Ale Mussels
Boathouse Oyster Ale, leeks, bacon, grilled ciabatta
Crab & Artichoke Dip
served with toasted baguette
Crispy Calamari
spicy aioli and diablo sauce
Corn and Jalapeno Hush Puppies
sriracha honey butter
1/2 Lb. Fried or Steamed Shrimp
cocktail sauce
Fried Chesapeake Oysters
lemon, smoked red pepper & smoked jalapeno aioli
cup $6.0
bowl $8.0
New England Clam Chowder
with local bacon
Zucchini Chips
flash fried, house made ranch dressing
per tray $69.0
Boathouse Chilled Seafood Tray
1 1/4 pound whole maine lobster split and cracked, 1/2 pound spiced steamed shrimp, smoked salmon, 1/2 dozen boathouse oysters, 1/4 pound spiced & chilled mussels, served approximately 4
Oysters Rockefeller
1/2 dozen boathouse oysters roasted with creamy spinach and bacon
Truffle Roasted Oysters
1/2 dozen boathouse oysters roasted with black truffle butter, mushroom duxelle, parmesan reggiano
Green Goddess Roasted Oysters
1/2 dozen boathouse oysters roasted with green goddess butter, pecorino romano cheese
Boathouse Roasted Oyster Flight
two of each style
marinara, mozzarella, basil, parmesan
sausage, salami, pepperoni, mushroom, marinara, mozzarella
Crab & Asparagus
crab, asparagus, mozzarella
marinara, mozzarella
served with fries, gluten-free bread available (sub cup of soup or a nice little tossed salad - add 2.50)
Crab Cake Sandwich
with tartar sauce, country slaw on the side
Boathouse Burger
Black Angus beef burger, cheddar and bacon, country slaw on the side
Dynamite Shrimp Tacos
sriracha thai chili sauce, red cabbage, avocado puree, corn salsa
(add to any salad: grilled chicken 7, shrimp 9, seared sixty south salmon 12, crabcake 12, filet 24)
A Nice Little Tossed Salad
balsamic vinaigrette
Classic Caesar
parmesan reggiano, rustic croutons
Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad
tomatoes, cucumbers, local bacon, cheddar, blue cheese, croutons, ranch dressing
Spinach Salad
pears, tomatoes, gorgonzola, candied pecans, balsamic vinaigrette
Beet and Arugula Salad
oranges, pomegranate, red and golden beets, local goat cheese, pomegranate vinaigrette
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
apples, walnuts, pancetta, dried cranberries, butternut squash, feta, pancetta vinaigrette
Shrimp & Grits
smoked surry sausage, tomatoes, cheddar byrd mill grits
Southern Fried Seafood
4 oz. crab cake, chesapeake oysters, shrimp, corn and jalapeno hush puppies, country slaw, fries
Sixty South Antarctic Salmon
sauteed wild mushrooms and leeks, smoked gouda cream on saffron jasmine rice
Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp
bearnaise, house-made mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Whole Maine Lobster
cracked, drawn butter, house-made mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Broiled Seafood Combination
one boathouse crab cake, broiled shrimp and scallops, served with house-made mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Seared Scallops
parsnip puree, mushroom farro, citrus-fennel slaw
Duck Cassoulet
duck confit, white beans, smoked surry sausage, root vegetables, arugula
Boathouse Crab Cakes
two 4 oz. crab cakes, laced with pommery mustard sauce, house-made mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables
12 oz. New York Strip Steak
Casa del Barco's carne asada, chimichurri butter, patatas bravas, aji amarillo, roasted seasonal vegetables
prepared with lemon, olive oil, sea salt and pepper, served with house-made mashed potatoes, and today's seasonal vegetables
Sixty South Antarctic Salmon
Jumbo Shrimp
Day Boat Sea Scallops
market price
Simple Seasonal Fresh Catch
Twin Chicken Breast
The view and setting of Sunday Park, graced by a 1,700 acre lake, are the breath of fresh air that will make your festivities truly memorable. Join us at The Boathouse and enjoy great food, great service, beautiful surroundings and our Wine Spectator award winning wine list. The panoramic sunset views put you in a resort vacation state of mind. The Boathouse Restaurant provides unlimited ways for our guests to enjoy the day or evening; business meetings, rehearsal dinners, dinner and drinks on our lakefront deck or inside dining surrounded in our beautiful nautical atmosphere with our open-fire Wood Stone pizza oven. Our menu features an extensive raw bar, open-flamed prime steaks, fresh seafood
US$15 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful setting. Excellent service. Well managed. Good food. Plenty of parking. Decent hotels nearby.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SteveP232
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the day! Or eat a fabulous dinner. And enjoy a waterside Brunch! The Boathouse has it all! Happy Hour in the Spring and Fall is amazing.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 1totravelwith
Housepitality F, Guest Relations Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there! We love that you have a great reason to visit us for during season. Thanks for being a returning guest, we can't wait to see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice atmosphere but a little too upscale for me. Good Food. Good Service Nice view of Swift Creek Reservoir.More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Markieva
Housepitality F, Guest Relations Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, we're happy to have provided good food and service for you. The view of the Swift Creek can't be beat! We hope you will give us a try for happy hour at the bar or in the summer in the outdoor Shrimp Shack, the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of our regular stops. Their fried oysters are the best in the area. In addition we had their wedge salad, oyster flights and plenty on the half shell (our usual meal). Nice atmosphere, always good service.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank phu14
Housepitality F, Guest Relations Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, thank you for the great review and for being a returning guest with us. We love that you've found your favorite fried oysters! We hope you join us for happy hour at the bar for specials on oysters. Take care!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good seafood but my risotto was like chewing a piece of gum after all the flavors are gone. Tough! Gave al-dente a whole new meaning. Thick, not creamy. The chef didn’t cook it long enough. Risotto can’t be rushed. You have to be patient...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 153debrae
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is located in a nice, romantic setting. I wish the food was a little better for the price.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Extraordinary788854
Housepitality F, Director of Sales at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2018

Thanks for your review. Were there specific menu items that you were disappointed in, or that you thought were not worth the price? If you would like to share additional details, you are welcome to email me directly at feedback@boathouserichmond.com. We appreciate the feedback and...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Boathouse offers such a variety of menu selections without being overwhelming. Out of town family loved the view and quaintness of the Boathouse.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jnf070784
Housepitality F, Public Relations Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

Casual fine dining is our specialty, we're glad there was something for each of your family members to enjoy. Thanks for taking the time to leave a great review!

Reviewed 11 December 2018

I've eaten here many times. I go for the view or for the Santa dinner. This visit was for the Santa dinner. Happy hour and wine tasting nights are good, too. First of all, the Santa is AMAZING! Truly the best I've ever seen! Our...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kelly R
Housepitality F, Director of Sales at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Kelly, Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We agree that our Santa is the BEST! Some families have been coming to The Boathouse at Sunday Park to visit with Santa for over 15 years. I'm sorry that you were...More

Reviewed 10 December 2018

We went here doing our Anniversary. Very romantic, lovely scenery, great food. They give you large portion of food. The service was excellant. You can't go wrong, a little high but well worth every dime you spend. It sit on the water and the view...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mktravelunlimitedllc
Housepitality F, Public Relations Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

Thank you for choosing us for your special occasion, we're glad you felt your experience was worth the price. We hope to see you in the spring so you can better enjoy that view! Happy anniversary!

Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Perfect location for the fall wedding, or likely spring and summer. Attended a November wedding held mid afternoon. Lucky to have sparkling sunshine and temps in the high 50s. The gazebo for the ceremony allowed view of water behind wedding party and the autumn leaves...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 683marye
Housepitality F, Manager at The Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for sharing this great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the wedding. We hope that you will celebrate with us again very soon!

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Response from Joyce049 | Reviewed this property |
Reservations during summer and holidays should be made. Open for Sunday brunch!
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28 February 2016|
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Response from Anna B | Reviewed this property |
Best to have a reservation unless you're there for supper early, like 5 PM.
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