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Mama J's Kitchen

415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
+1 804-225-7449
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“catfish” (192 reviews)
“peach cobbler” (47 reviews)
“greens” (114 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on a Saturday afternoon - about 4 - and had a 45 minute wait. Since it was scorching outside and we were lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, we had a coke. What impressed us even before we sat down...More

Thank svdbylv
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family had and I are in Richmond every year for our Conventions and we love eating at Mama J's. There is no reservations and the wait time is pretty long so do yourself a favor and order for pickup! We love the fried catfish,...More

Thank Jenjen0531
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family and I have been trying to get into Mama J's kitchen for quite a while, and after 1 1/2 hours we finally got in. The place is rather small, but there is enough room to sit and eat comfortably. Nice and friendly staff....More

Thank Carl D
Reviewed 6 days ago

45 minute wait, but was worth every minute. Crab soup- excellent and well seasoned; greens-excellent and savory; chix wings-excellent and crispy; spare ribs-mmmmmMm. My bro in law preferred the blackened trout over fried. Buttercream cake...guess? Excellent! Large slices. Rum cake was ok for me but...More

Thank NicoleinWF
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My colleague and I were leaving a conference in downtown Richmond and decided to check out a local restaurant before driving back to Northern VA. I checked Trip Advisor and saw that Mama J's was nearby. I had the best fried chicken I've had in...More

Thank burkws
Reviewed 1 week ago

I read all the good reviews on Tripadvisor, so I went there for Sunday brunch. Told there was a 45 minute wait, so I decided to take out. After 40 minutes, I got 2 small pieces of dark chicken which were quite dry. For $8,...More

Thank Value-checker
Reviewed 1 week ago

Richmond is blessed with so many great restaurants and Mama J's is a treasure. On a recent visit I was even able to see the "boss" and I thanked her for creating this wonderful place. The catfish and seafood salad are awesome and that is...More

Thank CaymanMarineLabFan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many as were covered by glass. No germs here. CLUB sandwich was very filling My friends salad plus chicken was too much for him to Finnish.

Thank Baileyh0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like good home cooked food? This is the place! Good service and clean. Not very big so plan your visit so you do not have to wait too long for a table. You can always order take out. A good feature .........all items are alacart.....so...More

Thank Marion I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to Mama J's and I'll happily be returning. Always hear great things & all are true; great food, service, and atmosphere. The crab soup was delicious, as were the sides. Their ribs are tasty if you like baby backs, I enjoyed them, but...More

Thank Mandarinlady
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Lana S
27 March 2017|
Response from trueandlivinggod1 | Reviewed this property |
Blessings. Hope this will answer your question to your satisfaction. Hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m... More
28 July 2016|
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Response from Ley74 | Reviewed this property |
Marriot, Hilton Gardens. Other side of the convention center. Enjoy.
cheryl i
24 July 2016|
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Response from ladukart | Reviewed this property |
Yes in fact check to see if the hotel shuttle will take you there. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-225-7449
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