There is nothing better than a good meal, so on Saturday when I needed a pick-me-up, I grabbed a best friend and my mom and headed to The Boathouse for the first time.
The original location, directly on the James River, set the bar high for atmosphere. This location, however, meets the challenge with it’s raw bar and sushi assortment. My brother’s company, Karn Custom Woodwork, did the design and, of course, I have to brag on that. The booths have the softest brown leather while the large circular tables are surrounded by luxe arm chairs. Blown glass pendant lights hang from the ceiling and exposed white brick adds a more polished urban look. The front windows roll up, like a garage door, in the summer and make for a posh outdoor patio. The wait staff are attentive, and strive to give you the luxurious experience without the pretentiousness.
This menu has a little something for everyone. Sushi, steak, salads, and excellent seafood. While there oddly isn’t a pasta option, I’d say that the chef does a good job integrating different tastes. We personally sampled the cheese board, spinach crab dip, pie mussels, New York strip steak, pizzkookie, and apple cobbler. Both my mother and my best friends ate appetizers for their meals and were happy with the portions. The New York Strip was well cooked and topped with herb butter and onion rings while sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was heavenly to finish all of that with French press coffee and a half-baked chocolate chip cookie dessert and an apple cobbler. Prices are somewhat higher, but a very good value for the product.
This restaurant is incredibly versatile. Some diners there were dressed for a fancy date night and others were casually enjoying their family time. With an urban, modern interior and a great menu, this restaurant will be on my personal favorite list.