Richmond >Food & Dining > Edo's Squid
411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA | Directions 2322037.550450 -77.453329
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 12pm;Sun. 5:30pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Fan - Oregon Hill - Carver, VCU
Gorgeous food – I went here when l was on holidays to richmond and l can't believe how nice the food was , l'd recommend anyone to go here
A Glowing Review From the Pickiest Girl in Richmond – I have been a customer of Edo's for years, and not once has my experience been less than perfect. That statement is a lot especially coming from me. I have the deserved reputation from anyone who has ever dined with me of being the pickiest diner on the planet. I have sent more food back in my lifetime than I have probably eaten. I can't help it, I am a food snob, and there are likely only about a handfull of restaurants in which I have never sent anything back. Edo's in one such establishment. True, no one goes to Edo's for the service, and if you do, you will be dissapointed. That is, until the food arrives at the table. Words can not describe the euphoric experience of a bite of Rockfish, and let me tell you...the porkchops will knock your socks off! Honestly, porkcops are about the last thing I would ever order while out at a restaurant, but one night, by chance, my husband did. He offered me a bite, so I accepted, and to my delight it was heavenly. Juicy and unbelieveably flavorfull! In fact, I don't think I have ever tried a dish there that didn't make my eyes roll back in my head from culinary ecstasy.
A caveat or two: Parties of more than four are pointless as you won't be able to hear everyone, and you will be required to order family style, which dampens teh experience. Do not bring guests with you who can't stand loud, busy, crowded restaurants. Sorry, that's just the way it is. It is popular and small. If you DON"T care for garlic, go to Olive Garden or some other "BS" cheap-o americanized italian place. Do not expect good service or stemware ... you won't miss it anyway. And for god's sake, don't bring lamb sausage guy, he'll ruin my buzz.
Hints: Order off the specials boards on the walls. They are more expensive, but worth every penny, and typically large enough to share. Do make reservations. Try to get seated next to a window. Be kind and chill with the waitstaff and they will reward you with pretty great service.
Best Italian in Richmond – Easily the best Italian in Richmond. Small, non-pretentious, very busy. Family style for larger groups, great for birthday groups. Great wine - reasonable prices (even on the wine.) Make a reservation unless you are okay with chilling out at the (very small) bar for 30-40 min prior to dinner. Fridays and Saturdays packed - especially when students are in. Best stuffed Rockfish, Eggplant Parmesan, and Best EVER Pasta Carbonara.
Charged for a meal I returned – Well, to start, we didn't have a reservation, BIG mistake. We stood around in the doorway for an hour, OUR mistake, while everyone gazed at us over their food like a circus side-show that only got attention because it took up space in front of them. When we finally got seated, we were attended to rather quickly, though it took some time to get drinks other than the water offered. But the big problem was the food, and mine sucked. I ordered the lamb sausage, and I'm used to lamb, like the lamb at the store, or at other restaurants that is not overly spiced. Sausage to me means big with lots of meat in the sausage, like say oh I don't know, Italian sausage, or German sausage. You know the kind that overfills a bun, or comes by itself, but is big enough to slice into mouth full chunks. Yeah, wrong answer; I got three tiny long worm-like dog terd shaped strands of meat accompanied by a pile of navy beans (yuck). The lamb was spicy and didn't taste like lamb. I was furious and very mad, especially since the waitress didn't even check up on us until everyone, but me, finished their meals. She never bothered to stop by the table and check up on us, and tracking her down would've taken a congressional subpoena. When she asked me why I didn't like it I told her. When she asked what kind of lamb I was expecting or what I was used to, I told her (something bigger than my neighbors dog-terd). She told me that it was prepared the Italian way and implied that it was obviously my fault I didn't like it, not the foods fault for being so small and unappetizing. I could have fit the entire meal in a ziplock sandwich bag. The plate it came on was the plate used for the new york strip, yeah that kinda what I had in mind, but in lamb. My friends dish had 5 times the food in a smaller plate. To make matters worse, they didn't even comp the meal!!!!!! That's right, I paid for it, only because I get reimbursed for meals. I tell my friends and coworkers not to go. I'll never go back!!
Service & Food Great, but could do without the smoking – I just went to Edo's Squid for the first time last Sunday. I read reviews of Edo's Squid and on numerous sights everyone agreed the food was great, but the service was aweful. Well, knowing that, we set our expectations low on the service in order to not spoil the evening, but was happily surprised at getting great service as well as great food. The only issue that we had was the smoking. The restaurant is small and you sit close to your neighbors, so if someone is smoking - everyone is smoking. I hope they consider making the restaurant smoke-free.
Sister restaurant to Mama Zu's - just terrific! – This is a sister restaurant to Mama Zu's and is located on the second floor above Stuffy's Subs in the VCU area. Just an outstanding space - and they take reservations. Ask for a windown table. You can smell the garlic as you walk up the steps. Go for the chalkboard specials, and if you like fresh fish this is your place. An outstanding place for a celebratory dinner. Not fancy at all, but a terrific ambience. Highly recommended.
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