Legend Brewing Co.

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Legend Brewing Co.Legend Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.65/5
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28 Beers
1,716 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

321 W 7th St
Richmond, Virginia, 23224-2307
United States
phone: (804) 232-3446

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @legendbrewingco

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 47
Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Da Boss and I stopped in after a half day d at the Civil War Confederacy Museum (I am a Michigan Yankee residing in Phoenix).

Vibe was good, tons of outdoor seating to go with a spacious indoor brewpub. Seating was available in the front and on a huge back deck. Indoors the brewpub was spacious and inviting.

Quality of the beer was pretty good. Da Boss enjoyed the Winter seasonal and I tried the Brown and Tripel.

Service was solid on a fairly quiet mid-afternoon.

Selection was good ranging from the brewery core beers to several seasonals, imperial versions of core styles, and bourbon barreled versions of their brew.

Food was very good. We both had burgers that were very good and the sides were OK.

Overall a nice brewpub that I would visit again.

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I was just visiting from the north and stopped in and found a place that I know the locals are proud of. Great vibe, great food, great beer, and great people.

Photo of hophead_87
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Good food and pretty solid beer. They also let you try nearly all of their beers in flights!

Photo of CycleHops
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Their Triple is outstanding for the price. The food is what you might expect for a brewery. The scenery and the beer is why I enjoy this place. I would recommend Legend Brewing to any and all of my friends. They give out generous samples for those who want to taste all available brews.

Photo of Shrek
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I remember standing in the alley just outside the tasting room, because there only like 12 seats in the tasting room. Legend was my first beer love in richmond. From those humble beginnings Legend morphed into what you see today. A very nice restaurant upstairs and a nice beer vibe. The Legend brown and IPA were always a mainstay, my favorite was the porter until Tom the owner made the master brewer change the recipe to make it more mainstream. This is the only brewery where I retain a mug the "Beerslayer", the barley wine is my new favorite. There has been constancy issues with food and beer over the years. But I still recommend everyone try a Legend brew. They were the first good craft brewery in Richmond and have stuck around. We all owe Legend our beer respect.

Photo of HellAwaits
1.98/5  rDev -47.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.75

I am a native Richmonder and have never really cared for this establishment at all. The service is slow and the host/waitstaff is curt at best. Unless you are a regular the bartenders will barely give you the time of day. The food is bland and really bad. Beer selection is decent, but then again their beers aren't all that great. The best beer they had was the Porter which is now retired.

If you plan on going make sure you do not overdo it or have a DD with you so you do not have to leave your vehicle overnight. The last time I went to Legend was for a birthday party and we left the car there and took a cab home. The next day we came back to find the back window smashed in and the car had been rifled through. The brewery is in a bad part of town and they have basically zero security (not even cameras). Haven't been back since.

Photo of CraftBeerMe
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

There's two distinct atmospheres to this place - summer with the deck open and young people flock to it, and winter with the deck closed and grizzled older locals are hanging out in a dark room (even with the windows). Most, however, are actually really nice people... just doesn't look inviting when stepping in the door.

That aside, the rest is the same:

Waitstaff don't seem to care about you if you look under 35 or aren't their friends - I have had two occasions where I went with the GF (now fiance), was seated and put in a drink order for both of us, only to wait an hour for a warm and bland beer for one of us while the other had to wait some more.

The beer selection is actually fairly decent, even if the quality of some of the aforementioned beer isn't. However, being as this is a review of the place and not of the beers/beauty is in the eye of the beerholder, I'm leaving it at that.

The menu looks fairly appetizing, the few times I've actually been given one when seated. However, when the food eventually comes out, even if prepared properly, it's usually uninspiring - bland burgers, super greasy fried foods... definitely have gotten a little sick after eating there on at least two occasions.

Oddly enough, I went a few times with my parents, and it's like a 180 degree reversal - beer was still hit/miss, but service and food were good. Still scratching my head about that...

Photo of Rifugium
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I wasn't very impressed with this place at all. Dive bar vibe, or at best an old bar that is way past it's prime, and has never been updated. On the plus side, there are a lot of windows, and the view of the city at night was quite impressive. There was a good-sized bar and plenty of table space, and a separate pool room where smoking is permitted. I know an establishment can't really control its clientele, but the people here were really seedy/trashy, and it was just a pretty uncomfortable experience all over.

As far as beer goes, they did have quite a few selections on tap, and available in bottles for take out. But the quality wasn't there. Most of the stuff was just standard swill, with the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine being the only real deviation from the norm, and really the only brew even remotely worth writing home about.

Service was pretty sketchy as well. The bargirl seemed to hate life, and wasn't very attentive. Maybe she was having a bad night, I don't know, nor do I want to. At least the food service was decently quick. Menu consisted of mainly comfort foods, decent burger options...I think I got the black & bleu burger, which was good, but I've had better. I think the wife got the pulled pork which she seemed to enjoy.

Prices were decent, though for the quality of the beer, I'd say not worth it.

Overall, this is a place I'd never want to go back to. Worth a pop in? I guess, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Might as well just get a 12 pack of Bud Lite and go watch WWE in your hotel room instead. Legend has been around for a while, so apparently they have dug themselves into a comfortable and profitable rut with no intention of upping their game or evolving with the craft beer scene.

Photo of McBraniel
4.05/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Good place with a great view of downtown Richmond. The inside atmosphere is just fine, but the time to check this place out is during decent weather when you can sit outside. The beer selection is pretty good, and everything is brewed in-house. The food is decent, and nothing is extravagantly priced. Highly recommended.

Photo of blbarnett3
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

The patio/beer garden is one of the best places in town to have a beer on a sunny afternoon. Legend is the oldest surviving craft brewery in Richmond, and they do a decent job on the beer. The food is standard bar fare, and there's nothing especially notable about it, more's the pity. The prices are fine for what you get. The selection rating is based on the fact that they serve only Legend beer, as you would expect, so you have one example of each style they're currently brewing.

Photo of TmoNyc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located in an industrial section of town, Legend is commercial brewery w/a restaurant/taproom located upstairs. They also had some outdoor patio seating.

The atmosphere was an interesting mix between German beer hall & family restaurant. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable about the beers, and quick to offer up menu suggestions. The food was standard pub fare & was fine, though my particular meal was on the salty side.

The best part of going to a place like this was getting the beer sampler which was $11 for 6 selections. My sampler consisted of the Brown Ale, Porter, Golden IPA, Pale Ale, Smoked Chocolate Stout, & Winter White (seasonal wit beer). Of the 6, the Brown Ale was far & away the best of the bunch. The others all left something to be desired. At least there was enough variety for everyone's pallet.

While not exactly wowing us in any particular way, Legend Brewing Co. was a nice time & won't be harsh on your wallet.

Lastly, the place is really in need of updating the musical selections in the dining room which consisted of mostly pop hits from about 1980-88. No one should have to endure Starship's 'We Built This City' w/their beer/meal.

Photo of PhageLab
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Legend Brewing Company is tucked away in downtown Richmond, with a nice but small brewing operation and a very cozy restaurant attached. The view from the outside deck is breathtaking and well shaded. As for the pub, it is roomy and comfortable, with swords adorning the walls and most of the furniture made of sturdy wood. My girlfriend and I stopped in last weekend and took the tour on a Saturday afternoon. The guy (can't recall a name - tall, big bearded dude) who ran the tour was not only hilarious, but extremely knowledgeable. Next we were seated on the patio, and I had a Cascade dry hopped Pale Ale from the cask and she had a Hefeweizen. The beer and food was quite good, although the selection was limited and the server disappeared at times.

The parking lot is tiny, and I can't imagine what a pain it is to find a spot on a Friday night. Overall though we had a blast and can't wait to come back. Definitely recommend stopping in if you're in town.

Photo of AleYes
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Was here several times recently. Quality rating based on beer, which most of them are decent, several, mostly the seasonals are better than average.

Don't go there for the food. They have been open since 1994, and the food quality has been going down ever since. Fish-n-chips, small greasy portion; new to menu, gyro, don't bother, fake sliced "meat" and not sure what the sauce was. Calimari is good, but they don't use a marinara sauce, and the cajun dish is good.

Inside is wide-open and can get rather noisy even with a small crowd. The outside patio is nice, but not during the hot Richmond summers. Overall atmosphere is comfortable and people are friendly.

Go Friday evenings for the cask ales.

Photo of Boto
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped by during vacation. The inside looks like converted industrial space, yet still has a decent pub feel. It is light and airy. The outside patio also looked nice. Menu was standard pub fare. We just had appetizers, which just rated an OK. The sandwiches that some others got while we were there looked substantial. Service was quite a bit slow, which was surprising since they weren't busy. The beers were decent, although rather unexciting. Parking was very limited. The place wasn't anywhere near full, but the parking lot was.

Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A few years back, my wife had arranged a brewery tour with the brewmaster, jon Wampler, and I had a great time. We stopped in during a recent quick getaway to Richmond to check out houw Legend was doing. And they are doing quite well.

They have 10-12 of their usual house beers on tap (Pilsner, Pale Ale, Porter, Golden Ale, Brown Ale, etc.) along with one on cask and several other special brews (a quad and smoked chocolate stout, neither of which sounded to great on a 95+ degree day). Their beers are above average to very good generally with the porter and lager being their standouts.

There restaurant/bar area is very open and pretty large. Their outdoor patio is enormous but not shaded except by table umbrellas so we took a seat inside at a table to beat the heat. the long bar was very full, even at 3PM on a Saturday.

We ordered some nachos and a couple of their house brews. The service was good and the portions a bit small for $9 on the nachos. At least the nachos were made with actual melted cheese rather than crappy canned cheese sauce, which seems to be more and more the norm at beer establishments. The 16oz beers were $4 during happy hour, so I imagine they are $5 normally, a bit high for a brewpub on premises.

The atmosphere was pretty lively with a lot of folk, young and old, having a pretty enjoyable time on a hot Saturday afternoon.

I'm glad we stopped, but it is not the easiest place to find or get to, so make sure you google up some directions. Legend is a good honest brewhouse. Recommended.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A: This is a rather large wide open area for seating in the bar area. They also have outdoor seats available on the deck. Gives you a really nice city/James River view.

Q: Beer is fresh and the tap lines are clean so you are getting the full taste of the brews.

Ser: Should have been better but it could have been worse. Waitress knew a little about the beers when she did come around. She was quite friendly, just a tad slow with refills.

Sel: They had 7 beers on tap. 6 of the beers were regular year round beers and 1 seasonal and the Golden IPA was on cask dry hopped with Citra hops I believe. I only tried the Golden IPA on cask because I enjoy cask beer a ton. It was quite good.

Overall I enjoy heading here when I am back in town. I have heard a mix bag of opinions about the beers. I cannot quite remember the beers, this is going back 10 years now, but the IPA I had on cask a few weeks ago was great.

Photo of bgildea
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Legend Brewing Company is the only brewery in Richmond VA. The actual site has a bar/restaurant along with all of the brewing equipment.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Legend is very pleasant and upbeat. Most nights there will be a band playing while you enjoy your beer/meal. Bands are typically of the blues/country genre, and while this is arguably my least favorite genre, I did find myself enjoying the music for the most part. The bar area also has a decent amount of regulars who are more than willing to reiterate that fact to you, especially if they've been at the bar for a while. There is also a smoking room which is a nice benefit for any smokers out there.

Quality: I'll reserve this for the quality of beer only. I've never had an issue with the quality of beer that I've had on tap at Legend. This shouldnt be surprising, considering they are brewing it meer feet away from where I am drinking it.

Service: The service at Legend is pretty good. The wait staff is generally attentive, but occasionally they seem to space out and get caught up with each other (usually on slower nights). They tend to know the beers they serve along with the key talking points about the beers. However, the wait staff that I've encountered don't seem to be beeradvocates per se and are much more Legend advocates.

Selection: The selection at Legend is fairly limited. The last time I was there, there were 7 beers on tap. Legend has 6 staples and 1 seasonal beer. I would prefer more selections, but I understand with limited resources comes limited selection. That being said, any beer drinker should be able to find something enjoyable from one of those 7.

Food: The food at Legend is ok. Definitly stick to the pub grub stuff sandwiches burgers etc. I've strayed away from that food, and have never been overly impressed. However, if you're coming to Legend for the food and not the beer, then you've already made a mistake.

Value: The prices at Legend are very reasonable. Nothing is going to break the bank here and beer prices are on par with any microbrewery.

Overall: Overall Legend is a good place to go to enjoy a local beer in Richmond. In fact, it's the only place to go to enjoy a locally brewed beer. The atmosphere is great and the beer, while limited in selection, is very good. I'd recommend trying Legend just for the beer alone. The food is sufficient, but in my opinion, I'd rather be filling my belly with Legend beer than Legend food.

Personal Favorites: Legend Brown Ale, Legend Porter, Legend ESB (if they have it).

Photo of dragonWhale
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

On my adventures east every year I venture forth to the den that is home of Legend Brewing Co. They have a mug club and average beer. It is the swill we all hope to quaff one day. Crow pudding. Most of their regular offerings are decent. Sadly, they consistently have other beers on draft that are of poor quality for exceptional styles. This is always true. Their barley wine is terrible. Their quad last year was mediocre. Their tripel was probably chimerical. Their brewers imagination is terrible. At least from the evidence with which I've been presented.
Their only saving grace up until this point was Jenny, the bartender of 14.5 oz pour fame. Amazingly, every beer she poured would be 18 oz, with only 14.5 in the glass. She was loud, annoying, and hung the fuck over. But she was my Legend. Now, she is gone, fired. And now, after a sad last visit, I bid adieu to one of the worst brewpubs I hope I ever visit.
Never again will I see a man slumped against the wall in the bathroom, vaguely haunched over the urinal, asking, "Is everyone okay?"
Jenny, it's over.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

I came in here on a sweltering late September afteroon. The outdoor seating was open, but with temps still in the mid to upper 80's, I chose to sit inside. Unfortunately, it seems the AC was not turned on because it was a bit stuffy in there too. Oh well.

A very open bar area. Booths along the outside and tables scattered in a very particular pattern in the middle. The place is nonsmoking but the smoking room lets out quite a bit of the aromas of a cheap nite club as smoke and old smoke waft. The whole place was just dirty and grungy. This place is in serious need of either a renovation or a good cleaning. Sticky tables, sour smells, dirty floors; yuck.

Service was serviceable. Not much to gripe about I suppose. The place was pretty empty on a Wed afternoon. My glass was dirty (had lipstick on it) and I asked for a different beer; both requests were met with fervor.

Selection was poor. I know this is a brewpub that serves their own beer, but atleast have something decent on draft. Nothing unusual at all. LAger, Pilsner, Brown, Porter, Golden, PAle, and Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest is a nice seasonal but the beer was gross. How about a cask of something "draft room" only.

I dont think I will come back here. My expereince just wasnt pleasant. MAybe I was in a cantankerous mood, but I was annoyed at a lot of stuff.

Photo of tchenery
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Legend is great for what it's good at. The beers are delicious and if you're wondering what to do on a sunny 70 - 80 degree day, Legend is your answer. They always have something going on and the patio is the best place to grab a beer and a sandwich. I rated the atmosphere a 4 because of their patio. The indoors atmosphere could be amazing but it just seems empty when it's not bustling and when it is bustling there's a definite trade-off in service.

The food is OK. I would stick to the sandwiches, burgers, etc. but apparently they revamped the menu not too long ago and have added raw-bar selections.

They have a pretty stelar mug club but I've been on the list for about 3 years now and have almost given up hope on that. The brewery tour is pretty cool, but it's all downstairs away from the eatery. I'm pretty sure this brewery was built back when Virginia laws required breweries to establish in zoned-industrial spaces, so it's a bear to get to but once you're there it's great.

The beers are delicious. Stick to the Brown Ale, Golden Ale, or seasonal (especially if its the Hopfest, White Ale, or Maibock).

Sunday bluegrass cannot be beat.

Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

made a Friday lunchtime stop before a visit to nearby Belle Island and Maymont

located in a commercial/industrial area south of the James River, the large wooden deck at Legend offers a nice view of downtown Richmond, and was at near capacity on the first unquestionably nice weekend of the season, while the inside remained nearly empty, shady and open with a hall-like feel, lots of wood and tiled floors

selection was decent for a brewpub, and included six drafts of their regular lineup and a few seasonal bombers available for in-house or carry out - a tripel, hefe, and their hopfest, as well as bombers of their regulars

the bartendress was nice and all, but I did a hell of a lot of waiting considering how empty the inside was - wait to get noticed, wait for my food to come out, and wait to cash out, an hour and a half visit just for lunch

food was entirely disappointing and, probably the most lackluster veggie burger I've had - full of rice and empty of flavor, with a sad piece of wilted lettuce and a hard bun, the small hill of sweet potatoes chosen as a side were alright, but fries would have been a better choice, the menu did provide plenty to choose from as well as a nice raw bar linuep

probably won't make much of an attempt to return, but I'd give it another shot if circumstances place me in the neighborhood with some time to kill

prices are in line with what you'd expect, but overall value for goods received suffers

Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A pretty little place in an otherwise rather grimy section of Richmond, on the South Side of the James in a largely industrial area. The pub itself, however, is pleasant and airy, with lots of windows and an outside deck with a good view of Downtown. The beer is quite tasty (the Golden and Pale Ale are my favorites, though the Brown Ale is quite respectable). The food is serviceable, not spectacular, but simple and cleanly executed. The menu is about what you'd expect from a brew pub. The service was a problem when we visited - it was chaotic and we were ignored at the host stand and ignored again at out table for a long time. One of the staff, who appeared to be some kind of manager, found us and made a great save - she was very friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful. But it still took about 45 minutes to get out food out of the kitchen.

Still, it was a fun experience, with a good atmosphere and tasty beer. So who can complain?

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I have been to this beautiful place three times now and never have I ever been disappointed. You know why? Because Jenny is there. She is a whirling dervish of magic.
8 standards on tap, last time i was there they had an imperial ipa, this time they had a tripel, a quad, and a barleywine (15%) which was shocking. the barleywine wasn't bad, the quad and trip both pretty good, but no ipa on tap this time. sad, but i can forgive them this once.
large outdoor patio in the summer, large open space inside, little smoking room to the side of the bar. the beer quality is alright. i have heard to never eat the food though. The kitchen does look a little gross.
We were enjoying the Jenny show when my friend FB went to use the facilities. When he arrived in the bathroom, he found a man slumped against the wall, nearly on his knees, kneeling over the urinal and peeing. FB said "Hello" The gentleman blurted "Is everyone alright?" FB said "Yeah, I think everyone's alright out there." But it was the way he said it that made it so beautiful, as if he were talking to his wife on the phone, and he was late again for supper, cold macaroni on the table, kids in bed. He then returned to the bar and drank from his mug. Oh, yeah, did I mention they have a mug club?

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Dumb luck and poor management got us here and a driver willing to disregard standard parking procedures got us a space. In is in, baby.

The location sat at an angle to the corner so that there were two entries, one nearest to the street that opened onto an upright piano and a private room to the immediate right. To the left was a veritable sea of standard restaurant tables followed by the snaking wooden bar. Had we entered from the parking lot, the m.d.s. would have been to the immediate left with the outdoor patio on a wrap-around left. The kitchen was at the left end of the bar with the lavs down a short passageway. A glass cabinet filled with logo items sat to the L of said passageway. It was a big, wide, open space with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.

Beers: Lager; Pilsner; Brown Ale; Porter; Golden Ale Seasonals: Hefeweizen; Vienna Lager; Doppel Bock plus lots in BTs to go.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Tucked a little out of the city of Richmond, my wife and I got here right before 11 AM on Saturday, right before they opened. They still let us in and waited on us immediately since it was so hot outside. Very nice. I tried the sampler and a Belgian for $7 from a bomber bottle. Only negative is that there are no other beer selections than the Legend brews themselves. I had the wings and my wife had a sandwich and the food was really good - one of the best meals we had while visiting Richmond. Definitely stop in here at least once if you're from out of town.

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Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, VA
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.