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Sidewalk Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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2101 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220-4527
+1 804-358-0645
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 02:00
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place! Three for dinner and a bottle of wine for under $75. Huge portions and everything was really good. Chicken fajita quesadilla, mussels in a creamy chipotle sauce, gyro with crispy onion rings...all excellent. Friday night was pretty busy and we were lucky to get a table around 8PM. Will definitely go back.

Thank Joel T
Boston, Massachusetts
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156 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I were in town visiting the Univ of Richmond and came here for lunch on a student recommendation. Bar is a big part of the restaurant, and everyone here for lunch seemed to know each other. Portions were large, we had Mexican food, but there were lots of choices. On street parking was no problem. Service was... More 

Thank JenMBoston
Richmond, Virginia
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Popped in around 5:00pm on a weekday. Place was mostly empty. We ordered drinks & holy crap, we could taste only alcohol it was that freaking strong. Since we're not college aged, that's not what we're going for in a drink. The quantity of alcohol to juice was so far off it didn't even taste good. They did add more... More 

Thank Kristen W
Richmond, Virginia
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107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

I love coming here and it might be my favorite restaurant in Richmond! The food is amazing and it has a great atmosphere. It does get crowded so get there early, especially if you go for brunch! I always get their saganaki as an appetizer and pasta for dinner but all their food is good. I definitely recommend!

Thank EscapeSeeker28
Crystal River, Florida
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

And even bigger portions!! This place probably gets passed up to often but if you want an awesome burger or a great sandwich. Don't pass this place up!!

1 Thank BobkBob
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Late Saturday night and you want good food, eclectic people, and great conversation? This is the place to be ANY day of the week.

Thank Brian E
Alexandria, Virginia
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Sidewalk is a Richmond institution. Tiny and dark inside but lively and tasty with huge portions and a wide-ranging menu. Their food is never thrown together. Weekend brunch can become a total dance party with the awesome barkeep knowing just when to turn up the music. Pitures of bloodies and mimosas flow and sometimes spill. There can be a long... More 

Thank LizY121
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The brunch is one of the best in the city both for food and atmosphere. Get there early as it always fills up. The regular meals are outstanding as well. You get massive servings for a low price. Cannot recommend this place enough. Be sure to check out the specials each night as they offer a nice twist to some... More 

1 Thank Hunter C
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Food as ordered was fantastic. $6 burger night on Wed. Fantastic deal. I'm a police officer and I was with 5 others all in uniform. My partner was not allowed to eat her pre-prepared meal at our table, so she was ostrasized to the car. Though the food was righteous in all fairness, I won't be back.

Thank Chips247
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Sidewalk has been a favorite spot for inexpensive, good bar food for years. Unfortunately it seems to have seen better days. My last visit brought poorly prepared food (way undercooked, gristly fish) and a surly, defensive response from the waitress. The bar scene in this small place can be very loud. And the old space is dingy, dark and seems... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:30 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
09:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2101 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220-4527
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-358-0645

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