About Kitchen on Cary
Located in the Historic Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond, Kitchen on Cary is the home of award-winning Executive Chef Michael Macknight. Our menu features of a wide variety of local & regionally sourced, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy as small plates or as larger, traditional entrées.
Complimentary parking validation after 5 pm at the 14th & Cary St. deck. (Valid w/ purchase of dinner entree.)
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Happy Hour, Mon.-Fri., 4:30-7:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday's is Unplugged & Uncorked! The soft acoustic sounds of Legendary Richmond Guitarist Thomas Coleman & 1/2 Priced Select Bottles of Wine from 5 - 10 pm
We validate parking after 5 P.M. at the parking garage at the corner of 14th St. and E. Cary, diagonally across the street from the restaurant. (dine in only, purchase of dinner entree.)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Richmond Restaurant Week: Oct. 24-30.
Happy Hour: M-F, 4:30-7pm. $5 Small Plates & Drink Specials at the bar.
Tuesday: Wine Dinners, 3 local-focused courses including wine $30.
Thursday: Unplugged & Uncorked. 1/2 off select bottles of wine and live acoustic guitar music.
Kitchen on Cary Ratings and Reviews
Great choice for taking family members a ...
Great choice for taking family members and friends for dinner. Seasonal menu, everyone enjoyed their dish; mine was tasteless and needed seasoning on the salmon and sweet potato puree, nevertheless, I'll still visit again. Great service and atmosphere and would love to try the brunch.
I was in town for the weekend with a fri ...
I was in town for the weekend with a friend and we decided to stop by Kitchen on Cary for brunch as it was close to our hotel and the brunch menu looked delicious. The Bloody Marys were great and they accommodated me and my friend (both vegetarians) by leaving out the beer brined bacon, although that sounds pretty cool for the meat eaters out there. Our waitress was very sweet and even checked with the chef to make recommendations to my friend about which dishes could be altered to be vegetarian. Overall, we both loved our meals and the great service we received. I would definitely come back the next time I'm in Richmond!
I like this place. The menu is imaginati ...
I like this place. The menu is imaginative without going over the edge--tasty, well-prepared and well-presented dishes. The ambiance is nice, with recorded music in the background. The service this time was a little lax, but not uncomfortably so.
Definitely worth trying.
This was a very disappointing dinner & b ...
This was a very disappointing dinner & based on our experience would not recommend the restaurant. We went on Tuesday for the 3 course dinner while wine was crisp and cold, the tomato salad over dressed & bland, crab cakes very mushy, but the cream corn/ham dish delicious as was dessert. The special for the evening coconut grouper was undercooked really one piece was raw. Waitress rude and argumentative. The only positives were the wine & the manager, but food not worth returning for.
We went here to celebrate my mom's birth ...
We went here to celebrate my mom's birthday and parents anniversary. The service was great, speedy and attentive. The food was stellar and overall we enjoyed ourselves. Definitely will be back again! We also enjoyed the live music!
We wanted to check out a new place to ea ...
We wanted to check out a new place to eat that was not run of the mill. Kitchen on Cary definitely delivered. I had the pork shoulder and my girlfriend had a really good dish. I can not remember what she had because I was so in love with the pork shoulder and Brussel sprouts . We split the apple salad to start. Our server Rachel was fantastic! We highly recommend this place!!
The service was amazing. We had a relati ...
The service was amazing. We had a relatively large group (6) and they sat us quickly. We all needed separate checks and it was no problem.
The food was great. We particularly liked the macaroni and cheese and the pork rind with pimiento cheese appetizers.
If ever in Richmond we would most certainly go again.
Visited here on the recommendation of a ...
Visited here on the recommendation of a friend. Was not sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. It was perfect for a business lunch - quality food without making us choke on the bill! Great Food to Value ratio.
This was my second visit and the food wa ...
This was my second visit and the food was very good and the presentation was very nice. But I want to tell you about one of their cocktails, all of which are very reasonably price. The Richmond Mule was unique and fantastic! A simple combination of Honey Habanero Moonshine and spicy ginger brew and a squeeze of lime, served over ice. The sweetness and bite of the ginger brew goes so well with the heat from the Honey Habanero Moonshine that I could not get enough. I liked it so much I hunted down the ingredients so I could have them at home too!
Great space, good food
Light and airy, with the warehouse feel preserved and the vintage Richmond photos add to that feeling. Food creative but too carb centric. The crab cake disappointing and not competitive with several other restaurants in Richmond........if you cannot go backfin crab meat at this price it shouldn't be on the menu.
Service was energetic and friendly. It is a few details away from being excellent.
Taylor was our waitress, and she was simply outstanding! The food was wonderful--very delicous, and an interesting menu. The wine selection was strong, with a range of price points. We even splurged and had some delicious dessert. We definitely plan to go again the next time we are in Richmond. I believe they changed chefs not too long ago. The kitchen definitely has its act together!
We got seated and it took about 15-20 min for somebody to notice us. The waitress apologized and promised the rest of the dinner will be great. Her service was indeed but the food was mediocre at best. We had: a roasted cauliflower appetizer which was promised to be with indian spices: it was barely roasted and forgettable; an asparagus soup cream with mushroom which had a ton of salt, had a full glass of water with it but gave up half way; a crab cake which except the sauce (which was tasty) was as good as Mike's (food cart at MCV) except Mike's is 6 bucks and a hanger steak which was chewy and served with asparagus, the same as the crab cake. I had amazing asparagus but this was not. We skipped desert but had two glasses of wine, ok, but as unremarkable a the rest of the meal . Unfortunately this will be a one time visit.
Quiet, elegant, and lovely all around.
Last Saturday evening was our first visit to this restaurant. We are always looking for new places to eat in Richmond when we are in town, and this one was exactly what I was looking for. Quiet, spotlessly clean, lovely decor (crisp, simple, yet elegant modern), and impeccable in terms of service and delectability of food. Highly recommend and will definitely be back.
Outstanding food and service
First visit and took advantage of their restaurant week offerings. More extensive selection and larger portions than we sometimes have found during restaurant week. Excellent cocktails and wine and innovative preparations . Great service - attentive but not rushed or hovering. Highly recommended
The beginning of the end?
I have been a consistently positive reviewer of KoC who has brought in many guests and groups to help expand their customer base; however, my most recent visit was just not positive. The food was just ok. The service was just ok. They were out of my favorite top shelf bourbon, and there was a guy playing guitar throughout dinner.
While they took my advice and removed the tasteless deconstructed chocolate dish from their dessert menu, they still have no "normal" dessert offerings.
I'm being silly and overly critical? Not really. These are indications of an ill-managed restaurant that must look to gimmicks to drum up business. Liquor and desserts are two high profit categories. They missed on both this time.
Listen to your customers, manage your bar stock, motivate your wait staff, and change up the menu offerings periodically.
I'd like to keep coming back, but currently, there's little enticement to do so.
Our first night in Richmond and we really expected more. Everything is served with aioli/mayo so it's a bit monochromatic. Chicken on the house salad was overcooked, very dry and absolutely flavorless. Burger was good...very juicy and flavorful, but otherwise the experience was lackluster.
Imaginative cooking without being over the top.
We enjoyed the best fried oysters I have ever had (after a long lifetime of enjoying oysters). Lightly breaded with cornmeal, they were incredibly juicy and delicate. The other dishes (we sampled 5 small plates) we imaginatively delicious. The brussel sprouts were notably flavored with bacon and ale (a surprisingly good pairing). All the dishes were thoughtfully prepared, and service was just right.
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