For a city of its size and scale, Downtown Richmond has an amazing cultural and performing arts scene complete with multiple theater companies, live music venues, a ballet, symphony, and art galleries. You don’t need to travel far to enjoy these amenities.
These 5 walkable “Dinner and a Show” experiences are perfect for your next date night!
Address: 420 E Grace Street
Price Point: $$$
Voted the Best Downtown Restaurant by Richmond Magazine, Julep’s offers a fresh mix of flavor that captures the flair of Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah. The professional and friendly staff, elegant atmosphere and charm of this historic building create a hospitable setting for an exquisite date night in Monroe Ward.
When: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 pm
Where: Coalition Theater (8 W Broad Street)
Improv, stand up, sketch... our teachers do it all! Watch our teachers do what they do best (and what they teach)! Tickets $10.
Saison (American Classic)
Address: 23 W Marshall Street
Price Point: $$
This hip hangout in Jackson Ward features unique beers and seasonal cocktails and draws its flavors from the American South, Central America, and Caribbean heritages. From steak tartare to pork schnitzel, Saison strives to create a fresh, seasonal expression of the dynamic world we all find ourselves in.
Chicken & Biscuits
When: Opens Friday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 pm (See website for all performances)
Where: Virginia Repertory Theatre - The November Theatre (114 W Broad Street)
A feast of love and laughter — this raucous family comedy will feed your soul. Rival sisters prepare to bury their father when a family secret arrives at the church, throwing the proceedings into comical chaos. Join the Virginia Repertory Theatre for the East Coast Regional Premiere of Chicken & Biscuits, hot off its Broadway run! Tickets start at $50.
LaGrotta Ristorante (Italian)
Address: 529 E Broad Street
Price Point: $$$
Since 1994, La Grotta has been serving delicious Northern Italian cuisine downtown. In true Italian fashion, La Grotta provides guests with flavorful plates, professional and friendly wait staff, and a warm, enticing atmosphere. La Grotta, meaning “The Cave”, is built to resemble a wine cellar, giving a cozy feel to your delectable Italian meal.
Legends on Grace – René Marie
When: Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8:00 pm
Where: Rhythm Hall at Dominion Energy Center (600 E Grace Street)
Dominion Energy Center in downtown's Financial District hosts a night of music and an up-close and personal conversation with Jazz legend, René Marie. René Marie has built her career on the foundation of truth-telling songs rooted in Jazz traditions laid down by leading ladies of past generations. She's the rare Jazz vocalist who has put songwriting at the very heart of her enterprise, addressing the human condition through an unvarnished personal lens. Tickets start at $42.
Juan’s Cantina (Mexican)
Address: 11 W Broad Street
Price Point: $
Enjoy a wide variety of mouthwatering options like street-style tacos and enchiladas in their brightly-painted dining room in the Arts District. But the main attraction will be the rooftop terrace, where guests can also enjoy a selection of fresh small plates, like ceviche, an ice cold cerveza, and some sunshine.
When: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 pm
Where: Gallery 5 (200 W Marshall Street)
“Escalera Day” is the first annual pop event and show from Richmond based and Latin owned design studio Escalera Studio. Some of your favorite local artists will be performing in promotion of the first release for our streetwear line Escalera. Come out for a night of music and celebrations featuring our familia, Johnny Ciggs, Sap Evans, DuctTape Jesus, Scuml°rd & Cauzndefx and Sunstoney. Admission is $10
Patio Thai (Thai)
Address: 103 E Cary Street
Price Point: $$
This cozy restaurant with a beautiful courtyard garden in Monroe Ward transports you out of the city and offers traditional fried rice, curry and noodle dishes to excite your palate. Steamed dumplings, grilled salmon curry and rama chicken are just a small taste of their diverse menu.
Studio Two - In the Night and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
When: Saturday, Nov. 1 -Thursday, Nov. 6
Where: Richmond Ballet (407 E Canal Street)
Studio Two explores the triumphs and trials of love. Under a starlit sky, three couples dance to Chopin’s soothing nocturnes in Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. Witness young love, enduring commitment, and contentious drama in this stunning masterpiece work of the 20th century.
Additionally, October 1-2, the 2nd Street Festival offers various local food vendors and a jam-packed set of great music and celebration in Jackson Ward. And from October 7-9, the Richmond Folk Festival hosts many food vendors and three days of live music and performances across six stages on downtown Richmond's riverfront. Both offer great opportunities for Dinner and a Show!
Downtown Richmond has a plethora of exciting shows and culinary experiences in which to enrich yourself! Make sure to check out our full list of restaurants, as well as some of our favorite theaters and music venues downtown!