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Positive Vibe Cafe

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2825 Hathaway Rd # 23225, Richmond, VA 23225-1725
+1 804-560-9622
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Olympia, Washington
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just to reiterate, this is a business dedicated to training and employing people with disabilities in food services. That being said, my service was excellent every time I have eaten there. Also, every single bite of my food was delicious. They gave me an increased love for brussel sprouts.

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Thank Doug H
Mechanicsville, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

You want one of a kind restaurant? Give Max's Positive Vibe Café your lunch or dinner time! Garth Larcen and his son, Max, opened this as a teaching restaurant for very capable young adults with special needs to learn culinary and hospitality skills in an environment that fostered success, encouragement and paid hours. The variety of dishes served are those... More 

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Thank Donna H
Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We were a group of 13, from teens to seniors, celebrating Christmas a week early. Our waitress Kia was terrific. She was very friendly and outgoing. One teen tried oysters for the first time. he didn't like them but others who shared his plate did. The rest of us were very happy with our meals. Two required gluten free food... More 

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Thank Noreen B
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

If you live in or visiting Richmond you must experience Positive Vibe. It was started a number of years ago when the owner wanted to create a restaurant training experience for his special needs son, Max. I dine there each month with a group of retired corrections officials. We are always cheerfully greeted by a couple of guys in wheelchairs.... More 

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Thank Murray E
Tucson, Arizona
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612 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 679 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I love Positive Vibe and always try to visit when I'm in town. I fully support their mission, but I go back for the food. They always have something interesting on the menu to try. The selection is diverse, with choices to satisfy everyone including vegetarians and people with gluten restrictions, plus daily specials. The dining room is casual with... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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198 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We eat out a lot because we travel so much. This is by far the BEST restaurant we have visited in a long time. The food was superb. Chef Ernie Labrecque is a Food Artist. His presentations are so beautiful that you don't want to mess them up by eating them, but when you do.....ohhhh, every bite is superb. The... More 

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Thank GranNan04
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Love the cafe. Really nice people that work there. Great feeling. Caesar salad was so so. Vegan burger was nice because it was really handmade. Needs a little more flavor though. Again, really nice people

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Thank kittycat14
Richmond, Virginia
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166 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Swung by for lunch by myself before volunteering at The Clothes Rack. I knew the mission of Positive Vibe, but wasn't really sure what to expect in the food department. Mission: training and employing people with disabilities in order that they enjoy the satisfactions of being gainfully employed and fully contributing members of our community. I was greeted at the... More 

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Nellysford, VA
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404 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

Established to provide a training school in the culinary arts for people with disabilities, it has now trained 1000 people in food service. The great chefs of Richmond share their recipes and talents to make this one of the hidden gems of Richmond. Easy parking and right off Chippenham Parkway and Forest Hill Avenue, this brightly decorated restaurant is a... More 

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Glen Allen
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

The restaurant trains and employs people with disabilities in order that they enjoy the satisfactions of being gainfully employed and fully contributing members of our community. They are absolutely wonderful and provide excellent service. But the best part is the food. Delicious and not very expensive. I will definitely go back and you should try it.

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Thank Mary O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2825 Hathaway Rd # 23225, Richmond, VA 23225-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-560-9622

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?