Strawberry Street Cafe: A delicious eating destination in Richmond, Virginia.Credit: Jeni10
What, and where, is Strawberry Street Cafe?
Strawberry Street Cafe has been an elegant, but causal, dining institution in ‘The Fan District’ of Richmond, Virginia, serving American cuisine, since 1976.
‘The Fan District,’ an historic section of Richmond, Virginia, is a lively neighborhood full of stately residences, eclectic, locally owned shops and boutiques, and historically significant sites. ‘The Fan,’ for short, sits east of ‘Carytown’ and the ‘Museum District’ and west of ‘Monroe Ward.’ ‘The Fan’ takes its rather unusual name from the fact that this community is geographically situated in the shape of a fan. Most of the homes in ‘The Fan’ were built during the early 1900 hundreds (many others during the later part of the 1800s), and the dominant architectural style is Edwardian (1901 to 1914).
While Strawberry Street Cafe isn’t quite this historical, it is, no less, a prominent fixture in this neighborhood. While, say, ‘The Jefferson Hotel’ is famous for their Gone with the Wind staircase, Strawberry Street Cafe is known for their lush salad bar, presented in a vintage clawfoot bathtub and “filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, prepared salads and homemade soups.” (Quote from http://www.strawberrystcafe.com/#!about-us)
Strawberry Street Cafe is located at ‘421 North Strawberry Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220.’ Their phone number is ‘804-353-6860,’ their fax number is ‘804-358-3569,’ and their web address is (http://www.strawberrystcafe.com/). And their hours of operation are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Serving lunch and dinner.)
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Serving lunch and dinner.)
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Serving brunch***, lunch, and dinner.)
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Serving brunch***, lunch, and dinner.)
*** A brunch buffet is served in the clawfoot bathtub. Reservations are a good idea on Saturday and Sunday, especially during major events at University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, two of the nearby major universities.
What's good to eat at Strawberry Street Cafe?
A more accurate question would be: is everything at Strawberry Street Cafe yummy? And the answer is a resounding, ‘YES!’ Every meal I’ve ever eaten at Strawberry Street Cafe has been wonderful, and their service is always topnotch.
I will say, though, that I’ve never eaten their brunch or their quiche, but several of my ‘non cooking’ friends do, regularly, and they report their brunch, and their quiches are no less delicious than their other lunch and dinner offerings.
So, here’s a sample of some of my favorite menus choices from Strawberry Street Cafe:
“Grilled Chicken Quesadilla”
“Black Bean Nachos”
“French Onion Soup”
“Black Bean Soup”
“Cream of Crab Soup”
Sandwiches and Burgers:
“Broiled Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich”
“Blackened Chicken Wrap”
***I could eat their “onion rings” by the dump truck load!
“Broiled Maryland Crab Cakes”
“Chicken Pot Pie”
“Chocolate Truffle Cake”
“Snickers Bar Pie”
Also, they have a full bar, whereby you can order diverse drinks, beers, and wines to accompany your excellent meal.
If you’ve never feasted at Strawberry Street Cafe before, then perhaps you’d like to check them out for one of their regular food and drink specials. This may be your ideal opportunity. (The specials listed below are copied from the website for Strawberry Street Cafe.)
“Monday Night Madness” --- “Discounted Burgers and Quiche after 4 pm. Wash ‘em down with one of our many specialty beers.”
“Tuesday College Night” --- “College Student and Faculty receive 20% off food purchase after 4 pm with valid ID.”
“Wednesday Couples’ Night” --- “Come in after 4 and enjoy your choice of two entrées ($13.95 or less) and an appetizer to share for only $26.95.”
“Sunday Italian Supper Night” --- “$9.95 Italian specials served with a Caesar salad an garlic bread, and with $12.00 bottles of wine after 4 pm.”
“Weekend Brunch” --- “Brunch served 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday. And don’t forget to make a trip to the Cafe’s famous bathtub brunch bar while you’re in!”
“Happy Hour” --- “Come in Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm and enjoy $3 Martinis, $2.50 rail drinks and $2.25 domestic bottled beers. Can’t beat it!”
But if you’re still not convinced, consider the fact that, in 2010, Strawberry Street Cafe was voted #3, by Richmond Magazine, as the “Best Fan Restaurant” and tied for #3 as the “Best First Date” venue.
Speaking of first dates.
Aside from the sumptuous cuisine, and multiple chocolate desserts, there’s just something romantic about Strawberry Street Cafe. Maybe it’s their towering, emerald tin ceiling. Maybe it’s their warm, rich, polished wood and cozy, private booths for two. Maybe it’s the subdued lighting, with a candle and fresh flowers adorning each table at night. Maybe it’s the exquisite stained glass and wood arch, stretching from the clawfoot bathtub salad bar to the back of the dining room. Maybe it’s the charming chalk artwork on the walls, drawn by members of their staff, and hanging above the row of booths.
Whatever the reason or the season, Strawberry Street Cafe offers a romantic dining experience. And with their reasonable prices, and ample servings, a lunch or dinner date at Strawberry Street Cafe, makes for a luxurious, and cheap, date. Couple lunch or dinner, at Strawberry Street Cafe, with a historic tour of ‘The Fan,’ and make your date even more romantic.
During the fall, park your car along Monument Avenue, and stroll this historical avenue, hand in hand, savoring the fiery foliage of the centuries’ old trees. And during Christmas, pick a mild evening, and do the same; this time, relishing the gorgeous Yuletide decorations, gracing Monument’s stately old, Gilded Age mansions. And when spring rolls around, leave your winter hibernation, and join the fun of ‘Easter on Parade,’ on Monument. Finally, if you’re looking to venture away from ‘The Fan,’ then check out Agecroft Hall during the summer, when her lovely formal gardens are exploding in vibrant blooms. And after all that exploring, you’ll both be ready for a hearty meal at Strawberry Street Cafe.
Strawberry Street Cafe on the web.
On their website (http://www.strawberrystcafe.com), signup via email (“For Exclusive Deals & Discounts”), learn how to text for more “Exclusive Deals,” and finally, click to follow Strawberry Street Cafe on Facebook and Twitter. While there, click to read more about their catering options, and investigate how Strawberry Street Cafe can cater your next event.
Are you hungry for more?
In the future, I plan to add more reviews of other ‘Fan’ restaurants. So, if you’re hungry for more, and you enjoyed this review of Strawberry Street Cafe, then please check back here again.
See you soon at Strawberry Street Cafe, and until then, bon appétit!
Personal Dining Experience
Strawberry Street Cafe
421 Strawberry Street
421 Strawberry St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA