Richmond >Food & Dining > Cafe Gutenberg
1700 E Main St, Richmond, VA | Directions 2322337.533437 -77.428508
Neighborhoods: Shockoe Bottom
Excellent food and drinks – Visiting from out of town and located the Cafe Gutenberg for coffee and a nice lazy Sunday lunch. The menu was quite varied and our food was wonderful. In addition the coffee and drinks were top notch. Their beer list featured a wonderful selection of the world's best beers, from Schneider Aventinus to Bell's Oberon to Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. My wife was quite happy with their selection of champagne drinks. Lots of books and magazines to read and keep you entertained. The wait staff was friendly and very attentive. We spent a lazy 3 hours there and would very happily visit the Cafe Gutenberg again on our next visit to Richmond.
Fresh, inspired food matches lovely atmosphere – This cafe is clearly ahead of its' time. I used to come for just coffee but had no idea how great their menu selection was. The mussel bisque was incredible and the fish was grilled and seasoned perfectly. They have an amazing beer list that is half price on Tuesdays. Unlike alot of restaurants, they pay attention to the details without being pretentious.
Bad meal, limited menu – Cafe Gutenberg is cozy, but the food has really gone downhill recently. I had a terrible meal there - how can you mess up a salad? They're trying too hard with pretentious food, and it's failing. I used to recommend this place, but now I'd say save your money, because it is also overpriced, and the service is absolutely terrible.
Terrible, snobby service. Always seem to be out of anything on the menu. – The service is snotty, the litchen is unable to accomodate simple requests because "the chef doesn't feel like it", and everything is overpriced. Spend your money in a place where you are appreciated as a customer.
Most unique find – We stumbled on Cafe Gutenberg during a weekend stay in Richmond- and have to say it was definitely the culinary highlight of the trip, if not the overall highlight. The loveliness of the setting (cozy tables and booklined walls) was matched with delicious food. The fried green tomatoes with hearty breading, and the grilled corn salad that accompanied it, was wonderful, as was the cheese plate served with crackers, apricot spread, and grapes. This place is a gem.
Formerly Known As Main Street Grill – Lacks organization, the service ain't top, but the food, coffee, and wine are pretty good. There are books, too. I don't find myself going there too often, probably because it doesn't open till 11am on weekdays, which are the days I prefer going to get morning coffee.
Goo menu, good entree, great desert – Very interesting restaurant. Combination coffeehaus, restaurant and book store.
Tried the schnitzel, it was 'ok'. A little too Americanized and healthy. But the desert was great. Don't remember the name, but it was a banana and caramel pie. Very good.
best "feels like the city" place – this place is the best. the absolute BEST.
try the crabcake salad--it's better than crab louie's.
go on wine down wednesdays--talk about a steal.
everything i've ordered has been good. service is good.
if you love richmond, go there.
if you hate it, go there quick.
My favorite upscale coffee house – This place has amazing food and coffee. I am especially fond of their tapas and desserts. The servers are very consistent and eager to help.
Old World offerings with New World charm – Get an unexpected taste of Europe's finest gourmet without leaving the capital of the Old South in this two-story bookstore/full-service restaurant. Browse an eclectic selection of books and international newspapers or use the free wireless Internet while you wait for your food, and let the taste take you on a journey to lands yet unexplored. On some nights wine tastings, live music and other events can accompany your dining experience.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Cafe Gutenberg on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.