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Positive Vibe Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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2825 Hathaway Rd # 23225, Richmond, VA 23225-1725
+1 804-560-9622
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was very good for a buffet. lots of choices to choose from. Staff was very friendly but service leaves little to be desired. Very Noble cause this restaurant helps many many people. Will be back for dinner.

Thank Sean M
Olympia, Washington
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Just to reiterate, this is a business dedicated to training and employing people with disabilities in food services. That being said, my service was excellent every time I have eaten there. Also, every single bite of my food was delicious. They gave me an increased love for brussel sprouts.

Thank Doug H
Mechanicsville, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

You want one of a kind restaurant? Give Max's Positive Vibe Café your lunch or dinner time! Garth Larcen and his son, Max, opened this as a teaching restaurant for very capable young adults with special needs to learn culinary and hospitality skills in an environment that fostered success, encouragement and paid hours. The variety of dishes served are those... More 

Thank Donna H
Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We were a group of 13, from teens to seniors, celebrating Christmas a week early. Our waitress Kia was terrific. She was very friendly and outgoing. One teen tried oysters for the first time. he didn't like them but others who shared his plate did. The rest of us were very happy with our meals. Two required gluten free food... More 

Thank Noreen B
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

If you live in or visiting Richmond you must experience Positive Vibe. It was started a number of years ago when the owner wanted to create a restaurant training experience for his special needs son, Max. I dine there each month with a group of retired corrections officials. We are always cheerfully greeted by a couple of guys in wheelchairs.... More 

Thank Murray E
Tucson, Arizona
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614 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 758 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I love Positive Vibe and always try to visit when I'm in town. I fully support their mission, but I go back for the food. They always have something interesting on the menu to try. The selection is diverse, with choices to satisfy everyone including vegetarians and people with gluten restrictions, plus daily specials. The dining room is casual with... More 

2 Thank CrankingChick
Boone, North Carolina
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199 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We eat out a lot because we travel so much. This is by far the BEST restaurant we have visited in a long time. The food was superb. Chef Ernie Labrecque is a Food Artist. His presentations are so beautiful that you don't want to mess them up by eating them, but when you do.....ohhhh, every bite is superb. The... More 

Thank GranNan04
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Love the cafe. Really nice people that work there. Great feeling. Caesar salad was so so. Vegan burger was nice because it was really handmade. Needs a little more flavor though. Again, really nice people

Thank kittycat14
Richmond, Virginia
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166 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Swung by for lunch by myself before volunteering at The Clothes Rack. I knew the mission of Positive Vibe, but wasn't really sure what to expect in the food department. Mission: training and employing people with disabilities in order that they enjoy the satisfactions of being gainfully employed and fully contributing members of our community. I was greeted at the... More 

1 Thank OliviaJ91
Nellysford, VA
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419 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015

Established to provide a training school in the culinary arts for people with disabilities, it has now trained 1000 people in food service. The great chefs of Richmond share their recipes and talents to make this one of the hidden gems of Richmond. Easy parking and right off Chippenham Parkway and Forest Hill Avenue, this brightly decorated restaurant is a... More 

1 Thank ChefGeorge1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2825 Hathaway Rd # 23225, Richmond, VA 23225-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-560-9622

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