By Casey Q. at 2016-12-09
For a neighborhood bar/tiny joynt, this place is pretty prime. The service is always stellar, their bar selections are pretty great, and the food is surprisingly good. Like, WOW good.
My fave is ratatouille with burrata, which isn't always on the menu, but when it is? ORDER IT. In its absence, lots of other options will tempt.
Live music, too, on the weekends. GREAT little spot.
By Rich S. at 2016-11-20
Betty hit the spot for Sunday brunch! Very cute and intimate space, warm and friendly staff, solid and fresh food.
I can easily see this becoming a regular spot of mine when I move to Richmond in a month. It's just a place that feels genuine, both in the service and freshly prepared menu items.
Mom and I both ordered omelettes; she had the special, which had pulled pork, pimento cheese and their homemade sauce. We both agreed the grits were the best we've had, and the server said the chef recently changed the recipe to eliminate much of the butter in its previous version. My veggie omelette absolutely hit the spot. Fresh vegetables and goat cheese. The light fluffy texture of the egg was perfect. And the home fries were nice big chunks of potato, not the small square sysco style I've become accustomed to.
I can't wait to return for dinner and drinks!
By Donna C. at 2016-08-15
A targeted menu with many special items that you wouldn't find elsewhere. Great daily specials, too.
I come here on a semi-regular basis. Maybe not as much as I should since it's always a great experience. Yesterday, we went for brunch, the first to arrive we were greeted promptly and with enthusiasm. When we ordered the carafe of mimosa's, we pretty much knew we were in for a great time based on the enthusiasm from the bartender.
My friend ordered the spoon bread french toast. I'm not much of a spoon bread person, but this was very good. She said she'd have preferred syrup to the fruit compote, a small caveat to an otherwise solid dish.
I ordered the veggie hash with the egg fried hard instead of poached. I was rather surprised that the hash wasn't really a mix of various veggies, but a few small veggie patties (maybe not the best explanation, but that's the only way I can think to describe them). It was very good, so I don't want to sound like it wasn't, just not the way I envisioned it based on the menu description.
My other trips here have always been for dinner, I'll certainly keep this unsung brunch spot on my radar in the future!
By Janeen M. at 2016-09-03
Great staff and food! Go during rush hour so catch some amazing drink specials. The food is great and atmosphere even better. Love the mussels!
By Tyler L. at 2016-12-19
I was expecting to like this place but not to love it as much as I did. The food is really, really good - interesting flavors, good quantity (not too much, not too little), and I really like the easygoing vibe. I had the BBQ which I found excellent, and my wife had one of the pasta specials that incorporated kale and a number of other greens in a fantastic way. We'll be back a lot!
By Rob T. at 2016-12-03
One of Richmond's hidden gems. Incredible staff. Great food. Great place for a date or a quick bite with friends. Ever changing special menu makes it always fun to try some new incredible dishes. Awesome brunch too!!!
By Brendan O. at 2016-10-10
Really nice place with a unique menu the brisket sandwich was the best I ever had the waitress went out of her way to make sure I could plug in my phone and she knew the city pretty well, to top it off she was super cute.
By Amanda O. at 2016-12-10
Fun atmosphere! Came for Saturday brunch/lunch small menu but Delish! Definitely will come back.
By Surita M. at 2016-07-15
Fantastic neighborhood joint with friendly waitstaff and excellent food. My go to is always their mussels. It is the most amazing broth and crusty bread. Pair that with a bourbon on Betty and that is one fine meal!
By Leslie N. at 2016-11-12
One of my favorite places in Richmond. Have eaten there three times. All fantastic. Fries are out of this world. Have had dinner specials - mushroom ravioli, pumpkin ravioli, also good. Interesting cocktails too!
By Cindy J. at 2016-07-29
Wonderful lunch spot. Mandy was great server and the beef brisket sandwich was so delish. French fries were so tasty.
Perfect treat before the Redskins training camp. Finished it off with melt in your mouth beignets made from scratch!
By John M. at 2015-11-21
Visited on a Friday night.
I love the build your own platter with a protein and two sides. The meatballs and sausage are two stable protein staples. Tonight I had the warm German potato salad and zucchini. As usual a wonderful meal.
The wait staff were friendly and attentive.
I wish the beer selection was better, while there were craft beers, the options were too few.
By Elizabeth F. at 2015-09-27
After watching some of the UCI bike races, we decided to hoof it over to the Betty for some lunch with our out of town guests. I had been anxious to try it and was happy to have an excuse to do so.
Lots of great things were on the specials board. So our part of 4 opted for several fun things. For our starter, we chose the rabbit pate. We were so intrigued by it, we could not resist it. For our lunches, the fellas both got special of the day "piled high" housemade pastrami sandwiches (the special board was not lying). SIL and I ordered from the menu. She got the Fried Chicken Schnitzel sandwich and I got the Po'Boy.
The pastrami sandwiches arrived piled ridiculously high - pastrami, fixing and the fries - all stacked on the sandwich! So high, it could not be eaten politely. DH proclaimed the pastrami meat to be fantastic and gave it a good go but could not eat the whole thing. BIL could not finish his sandwich either. SIL enjoyed her crispy schnitzel sandwich as well.
As for my PO'Boy... I thought it was a very interesting take on the NOLA classic. It was made with a sauteed shrimp with asian gingery vegetables served in a holllowed out baguette. I thought it was delicious. For my side, I ordered a side of grits. I do not know what they did to these grits, but they have to be just about the best grits I think I have ever had. So light and fluffy. If only I could duplicate it at home!!!
If lunch was this good, I can only imagine how good dinner must be! I look forward to coming back!
By MT T. at 2016-07-12
My husband and I came here recently for a late lunch and were not impressed. He had the smoked chicken sandwich and I had the schnitzel. There were only two other tables during our experience, but there was a real lack of attention to the meal as a whole.
The smoked chicken itself had good flavor, but was one small piece in the middle of a huge bun, so for a lot of the sandwich he was just eating bread. Why not cut the chicken in half so it actually fits in the bread you're serving it on? Easy solution that would have made it vastly better.
My schnitzel had absolutely zero flavor. At first I thought it was because it was served on a bun waaaaay too big for the thin meat, which clearly overpowered everything else. But frankly, even when I dissected the sandwich, all I could taste was the cheese.
The fries were some of the worst I've ever had - totally flaccid but dark, which seems to me indicates that the oil was not hot enough. They weren't hot when they came out. Dessert was equally poor - the banana pudding bombe (PS, "bomb" and "bombe" are not the same thing) was gray like dishwater and didn't have banana in it; it was, instead, surrounded by about five small round slices of briefly caramelized banana. Sadly, those banana slices were the best part of the meal. The rest of that dessert was inedible.
The experience made us question who was running the kitchen. Surely if you'd ever tried the sandwiches, you'd know the bread was overpowering? That there are simple solutions to ensuring ingredients are properly distributed in a sandwich? That making fries from scratch is only a good idea if you can make them well? The service from the sole waitress was good (I think she could tell we weren't having a great meal, but the problems were so overwhelming there was no point in sending it back), but we will not be back.
By James T. at 2016-06-12
Food = 5 (horseradish chicken salad was too good... it's a hot day and it was perfect!)
Price = 5+ (3 beers and the chicken salad for 18.00 +tip. So cheap for the food quality and top service.)
Experience = 5++ (great staff and regulars here on a Sunday afternoon... hilarious conversations and entertaining characters. Okay... I'll start watching Game of Thrones... to keep my geek cred.
Easy parking and location... I'll be back very soon.
Thanks Shannon and LaRay... and the Sunday Crew!
By Lauri W. at 2015-12-07
Despite the hype surrounding this place, I wasn't feeling it. I hate it when this happens. Maybe I went on an off day? Maybe my expectations were too high? Whatever the case, this place was generally just Ok.
My mom and I spent a long morning at the Christmas Parade and were starving after packing up. The Betty on Davis was the closest restaurant so that's where we ended up. I had just had someone tell me about the amazing meal there, so I was excited to try it out.
We both got the platters. They were able to give me chicken spaetzle as a protein instead of grilled chicken. I ordered sautéed zucchini and french fries as my 2 sides. My mom got grilled chicken with kale and potato salad. My chicken spaetzle was pretty good, but the zucchini was the star of the show. I did not like my fries at all. They were super greasy and disappointing. My mom thought her chicken was dry, but she did like her potato salad and kale.
We both left really underwhelmed by the food and service and agreed that we probably won't be back.
By Michelle W. at 2015-12-16
I can't offer a full review since we came in late in the evening after getting kicked out of Panera in Carytown, but I was digging the vibe on a random Thursday night. I went in for drinks and grabbed some of their fries which were amazing right out of the fryer. The music was fun and very 90s on this particular night and the bartender was lively and having a good time. Things were quiet when we went in as a lot of diners were finishing up around 9 but a bar crowd showed up around 10 or 11 and the bar area was rather busy.
I'll have to stop back in and try the food so I can update this review.
By Cheryl G. at 2016-01-20
Yum Kale salad and Chorizo mussels were both perfectly delicious. Nice wine selection too.
Walking distance from the Art Museum.
By Lesleigh H. at 2016-08-17
Quaint spot with a respectably sized menu and daily specials. I enjoyed the larger plate of ricotta gnocchi with meatballs while my friend had the mussels entree. The entrees were both great but the portion sizes were rather small. Being that the gnocchi was $15 for the larger plate, I expected more than 8-10 ricotta pillows. Still a great spot and an enjoyable atmosphere.
By David H. at 2015-10-26
Nice little spot, small restaurant/bar. Service is great, very attentive and quick.
Arugula salad with grilled chicken is simple and delicious. Maybe a little light in the chicken. Sautéed kale is tasty.
Calamari is ok. Cut very thin, tastes like mostly breaking. Sauces are good, honey sriracha, almost like a honey mustard with a little Asian feel, and the aioli which is a garlicky lemon cream sauce, reminds me of tartar but much better.
It's hard to find shrimp and grits that I don't like. Grits are perfect. Shrimp is good. There is a lot of chorizo, and the texture is a little tough but it's still good. Maybe a little too much some bites got very salty. Loved the pickled onions on top, but wish the cherry tomatoes were cooked a little.
All in all a very solid place to grab a quick bite