My partner and I went here on a recommendation I received. I had reviewed the menu online and thought it looked varied and promising. We sat at the bar to have an early dinner (5:30pm-ish). The bartender was not particularly welcoming and not well-informed about the craft beer selections. He provided samples of 2 only on request. After serving the beer, he dropped from serving us and another bartender took over. We were not informed of this, and there was a delay in our menu ordering as a result - both bartenders seemed occupied with other tasks and the new one did not return to us until flagged. The new one was nicer, but also seemed inexperienced. We ordered the lobster tempura lollipops and frites as a small plate appetizer. Both items were good - the tempura light and crisp, not detracting from the lobster. The dipping sauces served with them were also nice, but a roasted garlic and horseradish dipping sauce ordered as an extra was all horseradish. We had little time to enjoy the appetizer, because our entrees of polenta and shrimp were served almost immediately after the appetizer had been served, leaving us to interrupt our appetizer and maneuver plates around. The entrees were lukewarm and not flavorful. The polenta was prepared well, but the shrimp were not particularly tender and the tomato sauce a tad peppery but otherwise bland. The dish also contained red bell pepper, which was not listed as an ingredient. Since my partner is sensitive to the bell pepper, it would have been nice to know this. Under what is very low lighting in the restaurant, picking it out was a difficult task. The restaurant became very crowded on a Saturday night. It's obvious it's quite popular, but I agree with those who say it's not all that for the money and there are plenty of better options in RVA. It was not terrible, but, I would most likely not go back to Mint.
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