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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” (191 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 had a 30 minute wait for the table, but it was well worth it. Two beautifully grilled pork chops, served with mac and cheese and a cornbread muffin. On the other plate, a deep-fried chicken breast and wing, also with mac and cheese. And...More

Thank phat_dawg_21
Reviewed 6 days ago

We found this place by accident on our way to Norfolk and I am glad we did. The place was packed and we had to wait about 50 minutes to get a table. The food was relatively inexpensive and was really good. Most entrees are...More

Thank Kutsudon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

...but you have to!! Whoever said, "good things come to those who wait," was definitely talking about Mama J's. Catfish, fried chicken, mac 'n cheese, collard greens and cornbread are all prepared in the southern way we remember. Best piece of advice is save room...More

Thank JohnLucy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine soul food in a bistro and you'd get Mama J's. Everything we had was spectacular. Fried chicken was crisp and juicy; mac 'n' cheese had great flavor and body; the fresh greens were some of the best I've had; and the cornbread was moist...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was every thing other folks said it was. I had the catfish; wife had the chicken; both complemented with collards & mac/cheese. At the end, neither of us had room for dessert---so we carried out peach cobbler and bread pudding in portions big...More

Thank Pickle911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This relatively small restaurant is a gem. We were there in September 2015 and greatly enjoyed it. Traveling from North Myrtle Beach NC to Fredericksburg VA we decided to stop there again since it is only a few blocks away from I95. It turns out...More

Thank Joel T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bones in the fish. Service was slow. Fish was undercooked, and soul food faves, greens, mac and cheese, rice and gravy left a lot to be desired. Desserts were def homemade, moist and tasty. Cornbread was good.

Thank Nudasha G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was a secret held by the locals. If you are looking for home made soul food, this is the place to go. The catfish is amazing and the portions are huge. You have to be patient because there will be a wait, no...More

Thank PoorEd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being from the south I have been disappointed at the lack of real soul food here in Richmond. I mean real soul food with butter, fat back, and grease. We had the fried chicken and the fish and i was having flash backs to church...More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great cozy restaurant with super friendly and attentive staff. I had the catfish with a corn muffin and I was pleased. They don't seem to cook with a lot of salt or seasoning which is great for people looking to have some...More

Thank wanderlust8237
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Lana S
What are their hours?
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
Looking to visit Richmond next month. Which hotels are within walking distance? Thanks in advance!
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
We are staying at the Jefferson. Is Mama J's convenient to this hotel?
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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