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Dot's Back Inn

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
+1 804-266-3167
09:00 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had not been to Dot's in quite a while and decided it was time to go back. I'm glad we did, my husband, not so much. I got the basic cheeseburger and fries. The burger was great! Juicy and flavorful. The fries ( I guess I forgot) we not like normal fries. Small cut up potato chunks that were... More 

Thank pchandler212
Mt. Pleasant, TX
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164 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered the MacArthur Chicken and Pasta, which was very good, but the star was the Chili and Chips that my wife ordered. It had a taste that I have never had in chili. We both really like it. The decor is World War II era. Lots of 40's and 50's photos on the wall. A great place to get... More 

Thank Frank H
Huntsville, Al, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Quaint little restaurant in an older neighborhood. I ordered the Muriel Thornburger. It was amazing, one of the best burgers I have ever had. The bacon makes it great. The bacon has incredible flavor that permeates throughout the burger. I have returned 5-6 times as my business take me near Richmond. Dot's is small, so expect wait times during peak... More 

Thank R1020BIdavidz
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I understand that restaurants are full on Friday nights, no real complaints there. Waited for 40 minutes, but didn't really know the area enough to go anywhere else. With that many people waiting, I figured they were waiting for something spectacular. I honestly didn't know it was a featured on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. Finally sat and ordered. At... More 

Thank Brenda E
Richmond, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Dot's Back Inn has a long, beloved history on the Northside of Richmond, and, it was once featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It is a very casual "dive" in terms of atmosphere, but the food is chef-driven, so usually perfectly executed ups ale items that you might not anticipate. This morning, I enjoyed Oysters Benedict--6 plump, perfectly... More 

Thank Susan R
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118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We returned for another lunch and weren't disappointed. A Diners, Drive ins and Dives recommended place. Pork chop special over grits very good, not at all greasy and the tuna melt very good. Gets quite busy so you may have a wait

Thank Dianne S
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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250 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My daughter-in-law took us to this place today. She said, "It's been around forever." I sort of like these kinds of places because I grew up in this environment. You would think that a place that has been around for this long is definitely doing something right. Hmmmmmmmm. I had ordered the Mushroom Swiss Burger, others a onion Swiss Black... More 

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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Consistent good food, great service, and reasonable prices. Featured on an early season of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives plan on waiting for a table during peak dining hours.

Thank ZenHeron
Richmond, Virginia
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We decided to try this place after a couple friends mentioned it as being a good place to eat. The food was just okay. We ordered burgers and chicken sandwiches- both were pretty bland and the waitress said she was going to bring us ketchup and mustard and then just brought us ketchup- guess it was too much trouble to... More 

Thank travelbuff0701
Manassas, Virginia
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

One thing about dining in Richmond, VA is that outside appearances can be deceiving. Dot's is a very unassuming looking establishment in a Richmond neighborhood. The building looks like it was built in the 1940's or 50's and would be right at home in some gritty Hollywood feature. The food is another story. I decided to be adventuresome for a... More 

Thank Mark L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4030 Macarthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4051
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-266-3167

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?