Postbellum

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1323 W Main St, Richmond, Virginia, USA, 23220

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers separate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free menus; ask the host. Choices include peppered cashew cheese appetizer, tofu bahn mi, bbq tofu entree, kale salad with smoked king mushrooms and cashew cheese, romaine salad with vegan blue cheese, brussels and fingerling potatoes. Seasonal menu. Open Mon 12:00am-2:00am, Mon-Sun 3:30pm-2:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by susanh

Save Room for Dessert - Edit

I dined here in early August 2017 with my sister.

We ordered the frites with the cilantro ranch to start. The frites were perfectly crisp and were seasoned with salt and black pepper. They weren't greasy, which was a pleasant surprise. The cilantro ranch (yes, vegan) was creamy and herbaceous. It wasn't runny like other vegan ranch dressings I've had, and held up well to the frites. We devoured them.

For my main, I ordered the vegetable panini with the vegan option (which omits the mozzarella I believe). The sourdough bread was thinly sliced and provided an audible crunch with each bite. The vegetables were too few, but provided a nice balance to the sharp flavor of the arugula. The tomatoes were served at their peak of ripeness and brought some needed brightness to the dish.

When I ordered the panini, the server offered me a couscous or a citrus salad as a side and noted that both were vegan. I chose the couscous salad. It was served cold and was dressed simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The couscous side also contained diced cucumber, which was the predominant flavor of the salad. The cucumber lightened up the couscous and made it a good pairing with the sourdough of the panini.

For dessert, we tried the dark chocolate brownie, which is served with house-made, frozen, coconut cream and a bananas foster caramel. The flavors of bananas foster were delicious, but were overpowered by the sheer volume of the coconut cream and the brownie. The coconut cream was indeed frozen, and was difficult to eat because of it. Once I managed to get my spoon through the cream, I found it unremarkable. The brownie was everything I had hoped for: crunchy in parts, gooey and fudgy in others, and perfectly sweet. It's large enough to share. The brownie doesn't benefit from the coconut cream, but the bites with the bananas foster caramel were sweet and salty and chocolatey and rummy and banana-y and incredible. I liked it.

I will be returning to this restaurant and look forward to seeing what their next season's menu will feature.

Pros: Vegan options clearly labeled, Thoughtful menu, Pleasant atmosphere

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more vegan options than most restaurants - Edit

I've liked most of the things I've tried.

Pros: menu clearly labeled

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removed vegan items - Edit

Used to have great stuff. Got rid of it. Weird.

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Postbellum - Edit

Edit: since my last post, they have changed the chef and menu. There are still vegan options, but less than there used to be. Most of the items I wrote about previously are no longer on their menu. They post the menu on their site, so I suggest looking at that before you go.

I've been here several times for dinner and brunch and it's been great every time. My favorite items are the vegan nachos, mock duck wings, and the pickle plate. They make vegan cheeses and dressings in house.

Original post: This is definitely one of the top places in Richmond I would recommend for vegans. Especially for brunch since those options can be limited and Postbellum's is so good.
Updated from previous review on Friday September 25, 2015

Pros: Vegan specific menu, Multiple vegan brunch options, The nachos!!

Cons: Can be loud on busy nights

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sophisticated but good - Edit

I had the tofu entree (a little spicy but good, and VEGAN) and the apple pie (too bad it wasn't gluten free). The place is a little dark (you don't really see your food) and noisy. It was saturday night. Nice space though.

Pros: vo, vegan o, gfo, tasty

Cons: noise, dark

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few options but incredible. - Edit

There aren't a ton of vegan options despite the separate vegan menu, but they have really perfected what they do offer. Expensive but completely stellar and creative vegan dishes. Love the truffle fries.

The waitress said they always have one vegan dessert.

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Great Innovative Veggie Options - Edit

My new favorite non total veggie restaurant in Richmond. Whatever they do to the smoky mushrooms, tofu, and grits, they should keep it up because its delicious. Its always consistent and they also have a great beer selection! They also are thoughtful and take the time to print up separate menus with vegan and vegetarian options




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Great restaurant - Edit

Just got back from an excellent vegan meal. We had the peppered cashew cheese to start and tofu banh mi for dinner and both loved it. This was a great find and wish we had time to go back again.

Do ask for the vegan menu since it makes things easier.

Pros: Friendly and attentive staff, Fresh, local produce

Cons: A bit on the noisy side

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A Vegan Treat in Downtown Richmond! - Edit

Decided to try Postbellum as it’s in walking distance to Richmond’s Landmark theater where we had a program to attend Saturday night. Arrived at 6PM and were amazed to find it practically full but luckily got the last high-top table in the bar area. A great beer list and a good selection of wine as well. Separate menus for gluten-free, vegetarian, and a vegan- which I ordered from. I chose the Kale salad with cashew cheese and smoked mushrooms, and the tofu banh mi, (a Vietnamese sandwich) which based on the price, I thought would be small… wrong! The filling was wonderful and while I’m not a white bread fan I did eat the sandwich “as is” since I was really hungry. My carnivore date ordered a pork dish and the waiter gave him my dish by mistake; he didn’t even realize he was eating tofu till I pulled it away from him! Spicy and delicious!! The salad was wonderful and the kitchen prepares its own smoked mushrooms which are served in a wide variety of dishes … those mushrooms are absolutely meaty and to die for. I can’t imagine how early one has to arrive to be sure of a table (no reservations taken unless it’s for a party of 6 or more I think) … and a noisy crowd. Anxious to return and get more of those mushrooms and try another vegan dish or two. What a wonderful addition to Richmond’s growing restaurant scene … so unusual to find a vegan menu in the city with such innovative choices.

Pros: separate vegan menu, interesting and innovative items, big portions/reasonable priced

Cons: noisy, no reservations/hard to get a table

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