By Kristen C. at 2016-10-26
Order the steak bistro sandwich. It's delicious! I had this delivered to my apt. It took a while to arrive but it was worth the wait.
By Kamille P. at 2016-04-20
Updating my review after having become a more seasoned coffee snob.
As always, Greenbriar is guaranteed to be very cozy and without snobbishness that might come with other coffee shops. (You know what I mean.)
The food here is much more satisfying than at other coffee shops in the area and everything I've tried here is delicious. You can't really go wrong with one of their bagels or sandwiches. The sunrise polenta is also great, but only order it if you have time since it may take longer for them to cook.
I will say that the drinks here are on the sweeter side. I generally prefer to drink black coffee, but Greenbriar is the place to get my fix if I'm in the mood for a sweet, sweet latte. In this case, I highly recommend the birthday cake latte or the almond chai latte!
The birthday cake latte is sweet and delicious and unique to Greenbriar. The rainbow nonpareil sprinkles can't help but make you smile. The almond chai latte has a sweet artificial almond flavor that pairs nicely with the chai. I mean artificial in a good way! I grew up eating almond jello (a Filipino dessert) and the flavor of the latte is reminiscent of that.
My only issue is that sometimes they end up giving me a latte where the coffee or espresso tastes a bit burnt, but it's generally not too off-putting!
Greenbriar is also the best coffeeshop in the area to get some studying done. It's quiet, tucked away, and has wifi and outlets available. (Forget about Starbucks!)
Overall, VCU students are really fortunate to have great cafes like Greenbriar only walking distance from campus!
By Maria C. at 2016-04-15
I came here as a stop on the Real Richmond Food Tour. The food sampled was just ok. But I'm here to tell you about the Chai Tea they served.
Ahmazing! !!! It was creamy, warm and all types of yummy. Super smooth like the best I ever had. When asked to buy some, they advised they're waiting for the shipment to arrive. Omg total bummer. When something Is that good, please keep it in stock.
The set up is cute inside and I understand it's a husband and wife team running this establishment.
I can't comment on the food much, but those present on the food tour with me seemed to enjoy the eats.
I'd recommend you come here for the Chai, really it is awesome!
Enjoy | Have fun :)
By Marissa B. at 2016-03-02
Fantastic, cozy little cafe! I always make sure to visit when I'm dropping off or picking up prints at Uptown Color. This cafe wasn't here when I was a student at VCU, but the students are very fortunate to have this place within walking distance of campus. Customer service is always top notch, and the quality of the food and coffee is consistent and never fails. Tons of unique flavor combinations for the sandwiches and salads, along with interesting latte flavors [the birthday cake latte and rose chai latte, for example]. They also serve all day breakfast, a huge plus!
I usually get a latte or cappuccino when I stop by, but today, I saw that they had a "stuffed roll" with smoked gruyere, ham, and leeks. The chef makes random baked goods from scratch daily, and oh goodness, this one hit the mark.
Definitely a place to check out if you're in the area and need a new cafe to lounge at. If this place was around when I was a student 6+ years ago, I definitely would've been an every day regular.
By Brynt L. at 2015-10-01
Vising Richmond on business, and decided to stop in this quaint little coffee shop for a cup of coffee. I immediately fell in love with this charming little shop right outside of the VCU campus. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and not pretentious like some other shops I've been. There are plenty of seating options, and not overly crowded.
I decided to order the Raw Vanilla latte with soy milk. The drink was delicious! I meant to ask for no foam, so I did find it to be a little too foamy. But that is more my fault than theirs. I also decided to order the granola w/ fruit and yogurt. The total came to around $11.50, which was a little pricey. However, i don't mind supporting local businesses. The yogurt was nothing to write home about, and the fruit on top was a random assortment of grapes, apples, and what I'm assuming was a plum. However the granola was fantastic!
One other note, as previously mentioned by another reviewer, the wait for the food can be a little long. So I would definitely say that you should come here and expect to relax. This is not Fast Food!
By Dominic B. at 2016-05-02
I stopped by Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse for a quick lunch. I got Greenbriar Cafe specialty sandwich of the day. It was a pizza steak sub (Italian beef, pepperoni, mozzarella, peppers, onions, & tomato sauce) with potato chips. All of the ingredients blended well together. The sub was very flavorful and delicious. Greenbriar Café pizza steak is one of the best subs I've eaten in Richmond. This sub should definitely be a regular menu item. I didn't try any coffee here but Greenbriar has a variety of coffee flavors. The ambience is perfect for relaxing. There's street parking in front of Greenbriar Café. I give Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse a 4.5 rating. I'll update my review once I try Greenbriar coffee.
By Lauri W. at 2015-05-04
This place is awesome! Another one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it spots in the Fan. Man, let me tell you. VCU students are lucky to have as many awesome local businesses footsteps away from campus.
It is so much bigger on the inside than it seems from the outside. It's bright, open, and filled with people from all different walks of life. When I was there, there was a steady flow of traffic. Although the salads and sandwiches looked amazing, I was craving pizza that day, so I just settled for coffee and decided I'd eat lunch there next time.
I went to order my usual, a chai tea latte, but I was surprised that they had a lot of different types of chai lattes! I ultimately chose the almond flavor made with nonfat milk. At first gulp, it was incredible! But after that? Not so much. It tasted like diabetes in a cup. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't finish it. The thing about it is that the flavor was awesome. I can't put my finger on it, but it didn't really remind me of almonds. It was still really good. However, the sweetness that sort of surrounded the flavor was overbearing. Such a shame!
Maybe if it were a little more diluted, it would have been better. Regardless, I'm already ready to go back to Greenbriar and try another drink and salad!
By Shiori S. at 2015-07-08
So after a long day of training, my colleagues and I wanted some lunch and a bit of pick me up. So our friend suggested this quaint establishment near VCU campus.
As mentioned before, one would miss the cafe if they blinked while passing by. Once you get in though, there's plenty of tables with about 4 or less per table. Since we had a party of 6, we just combined two tables and the establishment didn't say anything so hopefully they were okay with it :D
They have a pretty extensive menu and serve breakfast all day. I ordered the fan which consisted of turkey, avocado, veggies, cheese, and mayo on toasted wheat. I also had a side salad with honey mustard. The sandwich itself tasted good (like any ol' turkey sandwich). However, since the bread was toasted, the roof of my mouth was a bit scratched up. Salad was good but they only give you like a dollop of dressing...the dressing itself was good as it had a tad of heat to it.
I also got lavender lemon which was very refreshing...yes it is lemonade with lavender. Just be careful at the bottom as you will get lavender in your mouth if you are a texture person.
All in all, cute establishment. They have games for you to play and just chill. Lots of people just chilling and working.
By Sarah S. at 2016-04-17
I stopped here to grab a chai and read a book. The chai was really good, tasted like it might be Oregon Chai because of the honey flavor, but I didn't pay attention when they made it so I don't really know what it was. Really nice location to walk around and stop in for a drink. I didn't get a chance to try their food items but they had a lot of delicious sounding things on the menu!
By Deja V. at 2016-09-07
Pricing is odd. A bagel with flavored cream cheese is $5.25 - more than most of the bagel sandwiches with more ingredients. Also, they will never have skim milk.
By Rita R. at 2016-05-18
I've been anxious to come here for a while and finally made it!!! I had one of their chai lattes and had the salmon on cheddar jalapeño bagel!!! Sooo goood!! And I had to go back to try the bacon, cheddar and egg on croissant with a large coffee! Very reasonable prices and its never crowded when I go in during the am, I also love the home atmosphere. Go here!! Go here!!
By Elizabeth Y. at 2016-04-03
I love the vibes here! My favorite drink is the birthday cake latte. This is a place you get work done at because they have free wifi. I wish they were open longer but not many coffee shops stay open after 5pm in Richmond. I guess no one should be drinking coffee past 5pm anyways. Since since its near campus its a nice walk and a good place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come here for some peace.
By Kelly C. at 2014-12-08
Should you happen upon this understated establishment, peer in and you should find a cozy cafe filled with the delicious aroma of food and coffee. Greenbriar is filled with plenty of seating, fast wifi, and a an ambience of college/graduate students mixed with professors. Food is quite good, but the caffeine even better.
1. Birthday cake latte: sweet and amazingly good, topped with sprinkles. Yums
2. Breakfast sandwich: my choice consisted of a sausage patty with egg between two croissants and a side of fruit (apples and grapes).
Private parking is out back. Just make sure to ask for a free permit from the cashier first. Looking forward to coming back for some of that delicious latte.
By Michelle Rene E. at 2015-12-14
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Stopped in for lunch, today, and must share with everyone that my entire experience was perfect! Decided to try the Bistro Beef sandwich with side salad ($7.95). Delish! My sandwich was piled high with piping hot, succulent beef, caramelized onions, and tangy horseradish sauce. Being a girl that love sauce...I should have asked for more because it made the sandwich. Then, I asked for the "house" salad dressing, which turned out to be this bright, creamy avocado concoction that should be bottled and sold. I will attempt to upload a photo to share the love of this plate of yummy goodness! I will definitely return to try another creation, which I discovered is all made "from scratch" from the sauces to the roast of beef. Did I say, "Succulent?!?" My sandwich was a succulent success.
By Allison I. at 2015-04-12
This cafe is great for various reasons like the location which is walking distance to VCU's Monroe Campus along with their great coffees and espresso selections. I've tried a breakfast sandwich w/ hummus and it was beyond amazing. I love how they are able to accommodate vegans and vegetarians while still creating succulent flavors to the subs / sandwiches. Another great thing about Greenbriar is how they are a "study-friendly" environment as they have lots of indoor and outdoor seatings.
One slight downside I would say is customer service. I notice that whenever I go I've only been happily served by 1 person who was a male. I find that most of the ladies here get annoyed quickly regardless if it is slow or not. I just wish they would smile more and not expect to get tips when they give other customers and myself attitudes or smirks.
At the end of the day, people will naturally prefer better customer service and over look mediocre food.
Over looking this minor flaw, I'd absolutely come back to Greenbriar.
By Amy R. at 2016-03-30
One of the best spots in Richmond! Such a cozy and welcoming coffee cafe. I come at least once a week and if you're lucky enough to grab a seat they have fun games to play and offer free wifi. Their sandwiches are very unique and flavorful, I highly recommend the Turkey Caprese Melt! They also have fun latte flavors, my go to is the iced toasted almond chai latte, soooo good if you like sweet drinks. The only downfall I can think of is that they aren't open on the weekends, but other than that definitely a great spot close to VCU campus.
By Dhruv S. at 2015-12-26
Awesome little coffee shop in the heart of the Monroe Park campus. Great selection of "fun-flavored" lattes as I like to call them. I've never had the chance to try their batch brew since I always fall for something like a birthday cake latte or snowflake latte (a twist on a white mocha).
I'd like to to try more items at Greenbriar but the unique hours never match my schedule and so I find myself frequenting Rostovs or Lamplighter just as often.
Customer service here is great as well and very helpful and courteous when ordering and bringing out your beverage of choice.
I'd highly recommend if you're in the area and want a sweet, dessert coffee fix!
By Kayla P. at 2015-03-11
I love this place! It's so cozy and welcoming and there's also free wifi, so it's my go-to place to sit and sip coffee and study between classes. They also occasionally play some indie tunes (stuff like Vampire Weekend and Foster the People) and I enjoy it because I feel like it really matches the laid-back coffee shop vibe.
Greenbriar also has a vast selection of drinks, both tea and coffee/espresso based - plus you can substitute soy or almond milk if you want. (My favorite is the birthday cake latte with almond milk.) Along with that, they have seasonal beverages, which put me in the spirit of the season quite nicely. For example, during the fall, they had a cardamom coffee blend that was delicious!
As for the food, I became vegan recently so I can't really eat a meal there anymore other than a plain bagel but I've tried their sandwiches and they are pretty good! The smell of the food, however, lingers and I feel like a smell like it after I've stayed in the cafe for awhile. Not much of an issue, but I feel like I needed to mention that.
By Christian A. at 2016-04-29
Over $6 for a dirty chai, they forgot the espresso, and 3/4 of the cup was foam...There are plenty of other coffee places around this area, I'm going to choose another place next time. If you aren't looking for food, Rostov's is right down the street
By Justin S. at 2015-07-13
This place is totally a perfectly hidden little gem. I going to eat here as much as possible. Lunch is definitely affordable and the coffee is actually really good. Almost better than Lamplighter, which is next door. I have gotten the bistro sandwich and the chicken souvlaki wrap, and both were absolutely amazing. So much flavor and a large portion with healthy sides.