Bellwood >Food & Dining > Half-Way House Restaurant
10301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, VA | Directions 2323737.385625 -77.424482
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2am
Unique and Special Place – This famous restaurant has long been one of Virginia's best kept secrets. The food is divine and the service is very attentive and friendly. Its name comes from its location halfway between Richmond and Petersburg, I think it was once an old tavern which gives it a romantic atmosphere. It has been our family's favorite place for birthdays and other special get togethers for decades. The seafood is to die for with the best crabcakes I have ever tasted. My dad always gets the filet with shrimp.
I love the warm yeasty rolls and save the cinnamon buns for breakfast. The food is great and the servers are like family.
Hot apple crisp with ice cream is my favorite dessert.
Was Once Enjoyable – Over priced fish, which I never complain about prices, but a horrible piece for the price of 38.00. Way too busy for one rude server and a rude older lady working the bar. The server ran around the restaurant like she was running a marathon making the atmosphere unpleasant. When I approached the server regarding the homemade whipped cream for our key lime pie as she explained would accompany the desert, her response was "I'm to busy at the moment sir to run to the kitchen and get some for you", then she ran away back to her marathon. If the hospitality were what it should have been like the past few years our family has dined at the Half Way House we certainly would return, but it looks as if it's turning for the worse.
Larry Talbot 11/13/07
Over Priced – We went to this restaurant for the romantic atmosphere. It was a nice old farmhouse, etc...and tastefully decorated. However, the tables, chairs and paper placemat..gave it a cheap touch to a very nice dining area...small and quaint.. Food was very expensive for the quality and quanity. I used a $25 gift certificate, however, I still felt the final tab was overpriced. I watched a spider crawling behind my head on the wall and the window had a draft. Fireplace was nice. With a redue of the dining area to period tables and chairs, and better place setting...and more attention to detail on the quality and quanity of food,,,,it would rate much higher...But can't see returning with the current shortfalls. Seems food critic posting in Richmond Paper recently..agreed with my review. Revamp the dining room and food to enhance the other qualities the farmhouse has to offer.
Rustic candlelit dinners in one of Virginia's historical landmarks make for a romantic meal. – The Scene
A quaint old tavern situated between Richmond and Petersburg, the Halfway House encourages romance simply because it's off the beaten path and offers diners something different. Slide into a table in the restaurant's dimly-lit dining room, reflect on the building's deep-Virginia history, order a glass of wine and suddenly you've got a scene for romance.
Although you won't necessarily find gourmet dishes here, the Halfway House offers an impressive array of beef, chicken and shellfish dishes. Order the filet or the lobster for a truly impressive evening, although the prices (up to $50) will make a different type of impression--on your budget.
The Halfway House was built in 1760, and legend dictates it became a popular stopping point for Washington, Jefferson, Henry, Grant and Lee. Perhaps it's the unassuming sense of history that attracts so many Richmonders to this out-of-the-way gem--or maybe it's the simple reminder of Virginia life in the past.
THE HALFWAY HOUSE IS A TRULY WONDERFUL PLACE TO HAVE DINNER. ITS ROMANTIC AND BEAUTIFUL AND THE CHEF IS ABSOLUTELY OUT OF THIS WORLD!! THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT AND VERY ATTENTIVE. IT IS A MUST VISIT RESTAURANT AND WORTH ANY PRICE!!
IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE PRIVATE PARTIES WITH IT'S BALLROOM UPSTAIRS.
Overrated – Not impressed the time we went. Ordered lobster thermador and was frozen in the middle. Overpriced for quality of food.
Not all that great. – Ok, the food was not worth the price we paid...$70 for 2 people. i had the salmon which was good, but i had the salmon the night after at outback steakhouse and it was just as good and half the price. the service wasn't very good either, if you aren't a regular they dont really talk to you. the only good thing about it was the romantic candle light and the music in the background.
Very Pricey – The food was very good however it did not rate the price we paid. I enjoyed the atmosphere but the waiters were not very attentive and it seemed like we were treated as if we were less than the clientele they expected. They hovered over certain parties. We had never been there before and always wanted to try it. I don't think I would go back.
Especially Yours – This is the most romantic restaurant in the Richmond/Tri-cities area. The ambience is conducive to couples. The cuisine is excellent, tasty, well prepared and pleasing to see. The service cannot be outdone.
HAUNTING-INTRIGUING-DELICIOUS – While dining at the Halfway House if you should feel a brush on your shoulder and if the candle glimmering on your table should cease or if you hear the sound of horses coming to a halt outside, do not let this stop you from enjoying some of the finest food in Virginia. You will only be experiencing the early years of this landmark in early American history. You may even feel the presence of George Washington standing by the fireplace while eating your Filet Mignon and enjoying their homemade rolls and of course a bottle of your favorite wine. The kitchen located outside in a small building only adds to the nostalgic atmosphere. If you are a visitor out of state or a local please make a reservation and experience a most enjoyable evening at this quaint restaurant.
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