About Kitchen on Cary
Located in the Historic Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond, Kitchen on Cary’s menu consists of a wide variety of local regionally sourced, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy in small plates or bowls or as larger, traditional entrées.
Complimentary parking validation at dinner in 14th & Cary St. deck. (see additional details)
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
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
Every Tuesday we offer a seasonal 3 Course Wine & Dinner Pairing Menu for $30, in addition to our regular menu. Wine Dinner Pairing Menu changes weekly.
Thursday's is Unplugged & Uncorked! The soft acoustic sounds of Legendary Richmond Guitarist Thomas Coleman & 1/2 Priced Select Bottles of Wine from 4:30 - 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday Wine Dinners, 3 Courses, only $30.
Thursday, Unplugged & Uncorked. 1/2 off select bottles of wine and live acoustic guitar music.
Kitchen on Cary Ratings and Reviews
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.
I had gone by the restaurant and commented about eating there for some time. We finally got there for brunch on Sunday and it was lovely. The ambience was great, especially for being right on the corner of a main intersection. The waiter was extremely knowledgable and friendly. The manager was helpful and nearby should we have needed a thing. They had just changed the menu and were on top of it! We had cheese puffs and fried green tomatoes for apps...Delish! Especially the jam for the cheese puffs. My boyfriend and I split the bread pudding French toast and short rib breakfast tacos. Sweet and savory and wonderful! We ate every bit of our meal and loved it. Will def go back again. Want to try the wine pairing meal on Tuesdays :)
New Menu for Spring ...
Love this place, but on this particular evening, they had introduced a new menu for Spring which in my opinion needs some tweeking. Servers had not yet tasted the new items and were unable to help with questions. The duck wings were a special, instead of an appetizer on the menu, which we have enjoyed twice now. Still need a dipping sauce! The cauliflower did not live up to my expectations as the yogurt sauce was water downed with no flavor. The meatloaf was as good as the first time, but the mac and cheese appetizer was cold and had to be sent back to be warmed, otherwise, it was tasty. Perhaps the inconsistency in food quality on this particular visit was due to the restaurant being busier. We'll be back, and I urge others to give it a try.
Hidden Gem ...
Hidden gem... in the slip, but not on the beaten path, so it doesn't seem to get the traffic it deserves. Excellent cocktails... the Peach Old Fashioned was delicious, as was the Basil Manhattan. The menu was a eclectic with delightful offerings making it difficult to choose. We settled on the Duck Wings and Brussels Sprouts for appetizers ... and would have loved a dipping sauce for the wings, but nonetheless, they were delicious ... loved the ginger in the kim chee. The bacon wrapped meatloaf was well prepared with a delicious Marsala gravy and side of mashed potatoes and asparagus, topped with a few onion rings making it the perfect comfort food, and easy to split. Apple cobbler was good, but I order cobblers for the crust! So, all it needs is an ample crust to make it perfection ... the maple, bacon ice cream was a nice touch. Service was perfect, as our server was helpful and informative with questions about dishes. Do yourself a favor and put this little gem on your list of go-to's ... it is definitely worth a try ... We'll be back soon to try some other dishes we were debating upon ...
Thursday's Select wines at 1/2 price on ...
Thursday's Select wines at 1/2 price on bottles was a welcome surprise! I had a beet salad with salmon added and it was to die for. We split the Brussels sprouts which were delicious as well. Cute, fun place with terrific farm-to-table food.
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