Taps: 50 / Bottles: 55
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
3.99/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
The beer kilamanjaro of Richmond, soon to be expanded by it's beer sensi, An Mekong. If you have any questions about the beer, ask for An, as entertaining as he is knowledgeable, he'll tell you all he knows, and then some. And oh by the way, the food is pretty darn good as well! Try the appetizer sampler, the Pho and the Grilled Specialties. And make sure you pair it with something daring from among their 50 or so taps.
02-23-2014 16:41:43 | More by marcngin
4.18/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mekong seems like an average Asian restaurant on first impression. However, when you walk back to the bar you will see why it's rate so highly. The selection of craft beers is outstanding. I was there on the first night of firestone walker tap takeover. what an amazing experience. The atmosphere was a social as you can believe. I was in town on business and the regulars made me feel like I was just there yesterday. The food was amazing. The staff was very knowledgeable about the beer selections. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend and even make it a point to go again if even driving through the area.
01-25-2014 19:45:43 | More by Stevo1968
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Total hole in the wall but a hidden gem in Richmond. Located near Libbie and West Broad Street. Don't worry if you don't speak the language...the menu is in English also. Fantastic food variety but amazing beer selection. One of the best I've ever seen. Tons of beer on tap. Many of the local breweries and quite a few hard to find smaller batch breweries. Something for every palate. I love spicy food with a nice stout. Great for lunch or dinner. Many release parties as well.
11-29-2013 14:49:55 | More by uvachief
4.51/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
I was fortunate to finally make it to Mekong when my Roanoke beer sons and I went up to Richmond for the Hardywood Park GBS release on 11/16/13.
I had been forewarned that their tap list was impressive and I was not disappointed. I'm not sure how many taps they have but in RedNeck terms, it was a shit load. We all settled in to trying various Hardywood brews and they were all on point. You could tell they take pride in serving great brews properly (no tap line funk, great glassware, ect).
The service was outstanding without being overbearing, when you needed food/brews they were there Johnny on the spot.
Everyone enjoyed the food with me ordering an appetizer of pork dumplings. I love spicy foods and the dipping sauce (I asked for spicy) was deliciously HOT. Spot on in my book.
My only tick on the place is that it's 2 hours north of me and I could not convince them to pull up stakes and relocate to Greensboro, N.C. (sigh).
I had a blast there and wish we coulda stayed longer but we had to mosey over to Hardywood for the GingerBread Stout release. Thanks to my Roanoke sons (Kenny, CJ, and Chris) for turning me on to this fantastic place. Perhaps my old ass will make it back up that way onced again.
11-23-2013 12:49:40 | More by RedneckBeerz
4.84/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
At Mekong, Beer is the Answer!( Review from my 11/16/13 visit.)
This place is a Vietnamese Restaurant with an awesome beer selection. They always have a large selection of Belgium and Belgium style beers on-top. They even have some sours and beers that I rarely see at other beer bars.
Every time I visit Richmond, VA, I have to stop here. The wait staff is friendly and the bartenders are very helpful at recommending beers.
The food pairs well with Belgium beer. They have a really good pho and make your own spring rolls.
The beer prices are very reasonable for what you get.
If you are ever in central virginia, MEKONG is a must.
11-18-2013 02:34:05 | More by jonesmr
4.83/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It's hard to find a place with a wide variety of beers in the Richmond, VA area that are truly a wide variety and are not just pandering to the mega-produced and/or faux craft drinkers. An & crew has taken a Vietnamese restaurant with great food and atmosphere and transformed it to a beer Mecca.
Recently, he's re-configured the bar to now have 50+ taps, plus many different bottles. His 4 white-boards of draft beer listings contain beer, brewery, price, ABV, and sometimes a note about flavor... while containing many beers listed on each board. They're usually updated as soon as a keg has kicked.
The selection runs the gamut from your IPA's to your Red ales, Lagers to Sours - he keeps a few beers around, but rotates many of the taps. I've never seen any mega-produced anything served there, though the running joke is he'll find a bottle of Zima if anyone wants. Not only are the beers craft, but most score high points in ratings as well.
Depending on who you know and how busy they are, you can usually find An, Qui, or one of the other crew members discussing beer... and possibly pouring you ridiculous stuff you won't find on a menu. If it's your birthday, you even get the 64 oz birthday snifter filled with your choice (or theirs... depending on what they want to do). Otherwise, you'll get beer served in it's proper glassware; few shaker pints.
The food is excellent as well. Though most bar/restaurants in this area pair with good ol' American classics, you can't go wrong with crispy spring rolls, clay pot chicken, pho, and plenty of beer.
The only thing that might stick out is that if you go when it's busy, there's a good likelihood you may have to wait for a table, and wait for a bartender if seated at the bar... but usually they take care of you when they get to you.
10-06-2013 20:09:22 | More by CraftBeerMe
4.65/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is awesome! It's a Mecca for Virginia beers, Belgian-style ales and hard-to-finds. The staff is generous with the tasters, but you'll never be disappointed with a full pour. Everything is of the highest quality, perfect representations for each style, and the prices represent a tremendous value. Pair all of that with some top-notch Vietnamese food and you've got a guaranteed winning outing.
09-11-2013 03:14:40 | More by BeccaHuber
4.48/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Easily one of the best beer bars in Virginia, if not the country. And I think the title of "bar" is maybe misleading as this really is a good Vietnamese restaurant that has a stellar tap selection.
I can't say enough about the tap list. Last night we had selections from Cigar City (yes -- six taps of CCB alone), as well as local breweries. Great selection of Belgian style ales including sours. Rare one-offs, too, such as the Kong Krush (DIPA made for Mekong). If you don't find something on tap that you like, maybe you should reconsider your beer geek status.
The food is excellent. Everything is appropriately spiced and the entrees are filling. There is something for everyone, too, including vegetarians. The carmelized tofu hot pot is not to be overlooked even by the more carnivorous type.
Service is more or less hit or miss; I remember it being a hit years ago when I went here a few times with grad school comrades. However, last night was a bit of a miss. I know for many of the servers language is a barrier and I am sympathetic to that. However, we would have liked another round last night but felt like we were being hurried out; the server brought the check right after he cleared our plates. There were plenty of tables open and no line at the door -- not sure what the rush was. But given all of the other pros of this place, I can live with this hiccup.
This is not only a great beer place but is unique in that the food served is not your standard pub fare -- a real gem of a place. If you are in RVA for any length of time, you are missing out if you do not make this one of your stops.
08-18-2013 17:38:26 | More by Zraly
4.66/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $
A must visit! An, the owner, now has fifty taps to please. Local brews from Hardywood, COTU, among others. The best list of Belguim's and Sours on tap. I am always amazed at the turnover of what is on tap as it constantly changes. The food is wonderful, big portions and great flavors. The special nights here are amazing. Barrel week was awesome! I only wish I could go everyday of the week. In fact I will be eating lunch there today and enjoying some beer I have never tasted!
08-13-2013 13:05:48 | More by JWing
4.21/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great place to go to. Had a lot of variety and a very friendly staff. I had wokey jack and a sour beer. Food was good as well was better than I thought it was going to be. It was very mellow tho not a very lively bar, but then again I went around 2PM.
07-24-2013 20:18:22 | More by Cody101
Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
99 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.