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“Disappointing, very disappointing”

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Restaurant
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Ranked #20 of 1,602 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing has brought award-winning dining to the banks of the James River. The restaurant occupies the top floor of the recently restored Power Plant building, which once provided electricity for Richmond’s fleet of trolley cars. The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing specializes in seafood as well as its signature wood-stone oven flatbreads. With indoor and outdoor dining, offering stunning views of the river and city skyline, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing promises a truly one-of-a-kind, waterside dining experience never before available in Richmond.
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing, very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Visited this restaurant for Sunday brunch today. Service was not very good at all. There were two of us and we ordered the half carafe spicy bloody mary. Server came back with the carafe and ONE glass and referred to it as an "extra" glass. The glass she did bring was full of half melted ice. I'm assuming people drink directly from the carafe, in which case, we would have ordered two, especially since the carafe was 90% ice and 10% bloody mary. It was NOT spicy at all. We both ordered the crab benedict. It was HORRIBLE. It was served over a biscuit which I am almost certain had been sitting around for weeks. It was hard and tasted of old grease. The next layer was a small dollop of canned crab that tasted very old and suspect. The egg was actually cooked perfectly but was covered with something that was supposed to hollandaise sauce but tasted more like expired Thousand Island dressing. Oh, and it was cold! This was all served with a side of sliced, raw potatoes. Not once during our meal did the server ever ask how everything was...not once. I will never come back here. The only reason for two stars is the view.

  • Visited June 2014
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Anne R, Public Relations Manager at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Restaurant, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
We apologize that you were unhappy with your experience at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. Please email me directly at aroy@boathouserichmond.com so I can learn more about what happened and use your feedback to help us improve The Boathouse experience for all guests.
Sincerely,
Anne Roy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Terrible Experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We had high hopes for this restaurant and went there for lunch on a beautiful afternoon. We were seated on the outside terrace with a great view of the river and were looking forward to a delicious lunch. Our server seemed inexperienced and took a long time to get our drink order, then to come back for our food order. We waited over an hour for our food to arrive, our drinks including a second glass of water were empty, and we had to ask another waiter to find ours so we could get our check. The food was just ok, not fabulous as other reviews had stated. Total time for lunch from arrival to departure, one hour and forty five minutes................Maybe we just had a bad server or experience, but we will not be returning to the restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
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Anne R, Public Relations Manager at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Restaurant, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
We apologize that you were unhappy with your experience at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. Please email me directly at aroy@boathouserichmond.com so I can learn more about what happened and use your feedback to help us improve The Boathouse experience for all guests.
Sincerely,
Anne Roy
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Richmond, Virginia
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987 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
“Fantastic Location for a wedding reception.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

My Husband and I had our wedding reception in the skybox at the boat house.It was perfect! The room seats up to 30 people and is all windowed with a drop dead view of the skyline of down town Richmond. If you plan well as we did, you can watch the sunset .
The boat house gave us plenty of choices, we choose one salmon, one filet and one chicken dish. as part of our three course meal....everything was amazing. Ever body had a great time.
I have also eaten at the restaurant many times, and never been disappointed. I Highly recommend!

  • Visited April 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent special occasion restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We ate dinner here after my niece's graduation. It was delicious and our server could not have been more attentive or provided better service. I had a pizza which was fabulous as it had crab and asparagus on it. The crab cakes were divine (I tasted my niece's). The broiled seafood platter looked and was delicious and the fries are divine. I highly recommend this restaurant. . .oh and it has a GREAT view of the James River.

Visited June 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“One of the best meals of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Came here on business with some coworkers and fell in love. Great location, phenomenal crab cakes, attentive service and half off wine on Wednesdays!

This place seemed to be popular with all demographics and would be a great restaurant for date night, drinks with friends or business. Highly recommended, though pricey.

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