Top 10 Lunch Spots in RVA

By Matt Friedman, RVA Editor

1. Citizen


909 E Main St, Lower Level Courtyard, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Citizen FB

Citizen is tucked away in a lower level courtyard of a downtown office building, but if you can find the restaurant you will be happy with whatever you order. They serve breakfast all day (try the huevos rancheros), tortas, and salads.  The sides are healthy and delicious.

2. Garnett’s Cafe


2001 Park Ave Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Garnett’s FB

For such a small and cozy cafe, Garnett’s offers a wide variety of sandwich goodness. The Big Daddy (roast beef, ham, turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato, dijon, and mayo on toasted Italian bread) and the Croque Monsieur are popular choices while the black-eyed pea salad and the French potato salad are good side options.

3. Lunch


1213-1215 Summit Ave, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Lunch FB

Lunch: the name says it all. At this Scott’s Addition eatery, you can get breakfast until 3:00 p.m. as well as some of the best salads and sandwiches in town. Don’t forget to try the deviled egg of the day.

4. Union Market


2306 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Union Market FB

Union Market is a popular lunch destination — and for good reason. The soups, salads, and sandwiches are excellent. I highly recommend the chicken tarragon sandwich with chicken salad, ginger plum jam, crispy chicken skins, and avocado. If you don’t have to go back to work, saddle up at the quaint bar area with a draft beer.

5. Perly’s


111 E Grace St, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Perly’s FB

The Perly’s slogan is “Yiddish for Delicious” and I agree. This downtown Jewish deli has some of the best pastrami and matzoh ball soup you will find outside of NYC. For dessert, Seinfeld fans will want to try the babka (cinnamon takes a backseat to no babka!) and the black and white cookie.

6. The Black Sheep


901 W Marshall St, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: The Black Sheep FB

The battleships are legendary at the Black Sheep. These extra long subs come filled with everything from chipotle roasted pork shoulder to jerk barbecued chicken to fried chicken livers. If the battleships are too intimidating for lunch, you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

7. The Continental


5704 Grove Ave, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: The Continental FB

The Continental – located in the Libbie/Grove area in The Near West End – is never hurting for customers. The delicious sandwiches, burgers, and salads keep the locals coming back again and again. The club sandwich is big enough for two meals.

8. Millie’s Diner


2603 E Main St, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Millie’s FB

Millie’s has been serving Church Hill’s lunch crowd since 1989. They offer wraps, sandwiches, omelets, and salads.  A local favorite is the Devil’s Mess – an open-faced omelet of spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and mild curry, finished with melted white cheddar and avocado.

9. Franklin Street Market


1711 E Franklin St, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Franklin Street Market FB

Franklin Street Market serves pizzas, sandwiches, fried chicken, and authentic Korean Bulgogi BBQ. Boxed lunches are filling and under $10. The market also has several good beers on tap so get your growler filled during lunch.

10. Toast


7007 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Toast FB

Toast is always a good option for lunch. The menu features interesting starters like fried pickles, shrimp and crab nachos, and bacon Gouda beef sliders to go along with a nice variety of sandwiches and salads. The Sloppy Joseph with Moroccan lamb and chorizo, grilled fennel, and garam masala aioli on brioche is an upscale sloppy Joe at its best.


If you liked this post, you might also enjoy 30 Delicious East Coast Donut Shops and 20 Awesome Mid-Atlantic Breweries To Check Out

At Scoutology, we scout your city so you don’t have to. You’re going to love the Scoutology Network.

The following two tabs change content below.

Matt Friedman, RVA Editor

Matt "Chop" Friedman is a food, craft beer and pop culture enthusiast living in Richmond, Va. When Matt is not hanging out with his wife, Ashleigh, or Nellie, their Labrador puppy, he likely is waiting in long brewery lines for limited-release 6-packs or exploring RVA to find the next great restaurant! Matt Friedman is the genius behind Chop Culture

Latest posts by Matt Friedman, RVA Editor (see all)

VIP Deals, Sales, Gift Cards

VIP Deals, Free Meals, Gift Cards

VIP Deals, Gift Cards, VIP Passes