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Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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3530 Festival Park Plz, Chester, VA 23831-4449
+1 804-930-1034
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Chesterfield, VA
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mid-range with some unique takes on classic dishes. Not good for families - atmosphere is more couples and date-night than a family outing.

Thank JEHfromVA
Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I wanted to try something new. She found a groupon for here so despite the 35 mile drive we decided this would make a good date night. I opted for the seafood platter special. We were informed after ordering that we couldn't use the groupon unless we were charged full price. We agreed to pay full price... More 

Thank sbanks1971
Chester, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Always friendly atmosphere and good service. Most importantly good food with a variety of delicious dishes to select.

Thank tishmself
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like oysters, Howletts are very good. Their baked sweet potato is delicious. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank Sandyw L
Wenonah, New Jersey
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food and service. I got the Salmon Oscar. Salmon cooked perfectly. My husband got shrimp and enjoyed it. I love the atmosphere, though would have preferred not being seated across from the kitchen. It wasn't crowded, so there wasn't a need.

Thank LisaH502014
Summit, New Jersey
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Baked flounder with crab stuffing and crab cakes were better than average, service was very good and the price was reasonable. Good wine list. Recommended

Thank drmikeb100
Baldwinsville, New York
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196 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Howlett's is a little hard to find - even with GPS - but definitely worth it! This is really a pretty restaurant with nice wood finishes. Our server, Amber, was helpful when we placed our order and attentive after we received our food. We started with the Deviled Eggs - my husband was skeptical but boy, did we enjoy them!... More 

Thank MaureenT7224
Prince George, Virginia
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This has become our standard Sunday morning brunch spot. With a nice variety of light lunch or breakfast items and wonderful service, we look forward to it all week.

Thank Chris W
Midlothian, Virginia
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Went to dinner early thinking there would be better service. But that didn't seem to manner, as our waitress seem to be preoccupied even rushing out the side door and not coming back in for over 20 minutes while we continued to wait for appetizers. The appetizer were good. The entrees Flounder with crap stuffing left alittle to be desired... More 

Thank Linda M
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I can't say enough about the great meal my wife and I had at Howlett's. Like many we are snowbirds from NJ. The ride from NJ to Richmond is more demanding than from there to FL. The same is true for the return. We have been trying different stops south of Richmond to use as our stop in both directions.... More 

Thank Michael & Ronni... O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3530 Festival Park Plz, Chester, VA 23831-4449
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 804-930-1034

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?