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Mama J's Kitchen

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415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
+1 804-225-7449
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was it worth the 45 minute wait to get into Mama J's - oh my goodness yes! We had a crowd of 8, so that is what took a while, but worth every minute. If you grew up in the South (or just like eating that way) this place is for YOU. Awesome fried catfish, mouth-watering marinated pork chops (an... More 

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Thank Robert J
Midlothian, Virginia
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Catfish, mac and cheese worth fighting for and unbelievable yams. Chantel will take such very good care of you. Could not decide on dessert-so I tried three. The peach cobbler will make you want to slap your mama.

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1 Thank Peppy1211
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our service was great! The waitress always had refills available and never let our cups go empty. I got the fried chicken, seafood salad, and Mac and cheese. All of it was freaking amazing! The shoutout goes to the seafood salad. Lots of seafood with great flavor. Cornbread was great, wish I got more. Fried chicken was lightly breaded but... More 

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Thank Ryan W
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little restaurant in Richmond. Don't hesitate to stop when driving by! Pork chops really tasty.

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Thank Paulo L
Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love to support soul food restaurants but this place left me a little disappointed. I've been hearing great reviews from friends and strangers so I decided to take my fiend up on the offer to meet here for lunch. They were out of several items. I order trout which tasted like catfish (which I do not like) so I... More 

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1 Thank shaboo323
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always heard the name but plenty of times people also told me I'd be wasting my time and to try croaker's spot instead. I tried CS and wasn't impressed at all. I was kind of skeptical about trying MJ but I finally did and I fell in love instantly. You get a lot of food, but it's not too... More 

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Thank Stacey H
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice atmosthere good vaule nice portions good friendly service Went with my wife she also was pleased I would recommend this restaunt .

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Thank Ted S
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a Saturday lunch. The food was outstanding and I would highly recommend the fried chicken and catfish! It is the best I had ever had! The service was outstanding and the establishment is clean and well-run! Highly recommend and if I am in Richmond again, I am coming back!

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Thank mbracho9665
warrenton virginia
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the third time I've been here, but the waits just get longer and longer. I love the food and my son picked this place as the only place he would go for his birthday dinner. The staff was friendly enough. Don't waste time on the wings... not that good. The mixed drinks were very weak. The fish, pork... More 

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Thank mwallace79
Sandston, Virginia, United States
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111 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best Collards ever! All the food was good. The service was a little slow and it is small and loud. I had the Mac and cheese, seafood salad and collards. The collards had a sweet taste, loved them. Their corn muffins we're good too! Happy hour is real popular, long waits just at the bar.

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Thank Cindy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?