Best Restaurants in Richmond

Local Love
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated restaurants in Richmond. 

Pizzetta 211
Pizza · Outer Richmond · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

The "farm-fresh, razor-thin pizzas" served at this "quaint" "neighborhood gem" "are beyond delicious" , according to the keepers of "one of the great hidden secrets" of the Outer Richmond; to avoid the "drawback" of waiting to get into the "postage stamp-sized" space, diehards arrive "early" , when there's still room "to watch" their food being made – "you realize where your dollars go" that way.
Chapeau!
Bistro · Inner Richmond · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

Known for emerging from the kitchen to "greet his guests" , chef Philippe Gardelle demonstrates "equal parts charm and culinary skill" at this "welcoming" Inner Richmond "date spot" , serving "classic French bistro fare" in all its "bold, savory and creamy" "perfection" alongside "wonderful regional wines" ; most consider it a "great value" (the early-bird special in particular is "a steal" ), leaving the "cramped" conditions as the sole drawback.
Burma Superstar
Burmese · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

The "exotic flavors of Burma" are showcased at this "destination" chainlet where the seemingly "flown-in-from-Rangoon" offerings are both "flavorful" and "inexpensive" (the "sublime" tea-leaf salad is a "must-order" item); given its "ridiculously popular" status, expect "ever-present" lines, but those who "believe the hype" are willing to "endure the wait."
Ariake
Japanese · Inner Richmond · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.2

"Generous cuts" of "brilliantly fresh" sushi plus a variety of "gorgeous" specialty rolls and cooked dishes ensure this "cozy" Inner Richmond Japanese is often "packed" ; since the prices "won't break the bank" , regulars "forget the menu" and allow "charming" chef-owner Jin Kim to choose for them.
B Star
Asian · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

When it comes to "delicious, innovative Burmese food" , this Inner Richmond "little sister" to nearby Burma Superstar "shines as brightly as her sibling" , delivering "exotic, fresh and delicious" dishes including a "must-order" tea-leaf salad; although it "can get crowded" and there's "often a line" , the "speedy service" and "original' cocktails ensure it " never disappoints."
Mandalay Restaurant
Burmese · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Those who "don't want to wait two hours" for the popular Asian spots on Clement Street head for this "well-appointed" , "reasonably priced" Inner Richmond "stalwart" where "delightful" Burmese food is delivered by "accommodating" staffers; expect a bit of a line on weekends – while you used to be able to go "without a reservation" , "those days are over."
The Richmond
Californian · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

"Fine dining for a terrific price" is on offer at this Inner Richmond "find" whose "friendly chef" turns out an ever-changing menu of Californian dishes "prepared lovingly" and with "flair" ; the "gracious" staff's "attention to detail" is further reflected in a prix fixe option "you can't beat" , a "very good" and "affordable" wine list and the "laid-back" atmosphere of the "unassuming yet sexy little dining room" , making you "glad that you came."