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Mekong Restaurant

Mekong RestaurantMekong Restaurant

Taps: 50 / Bottles: 55
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
99
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.79%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

6004 W Broad St
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-2222
United States
phone: (804) 288-8929

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mekongrva

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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$

We would've missed this spot on a recent vacation to the area - had it not been for Beer Advocate. After seeing the buzz, we had to check it out - and I'm very happy we did. The exterior is unassuming and then some, you'd never know the interior of this strip center joint's got an amazing selection of beers. I looked over the menu for a good thirty minutes prior to ordering a full pour. The owner, An, is super cool - and our bartender was as well. They don't mind pouring small samples of a couple brews - so I did get a chance to try a few things other than the two full beers I had. Apparently they do a lot of big beer dinners, too. Also - the food is fantastic. We ate the lunch special and it was awesome - those around us said that everything on the menu was good. This is a world class beer bar - with great food. What's not to love?

04-17-2014 20:06:04 | More by Mantooth
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TheMadKing

Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I live less than a mile from Mekong in the West End suburb right behind it. I have to say, that Mekong being so close is probably one if the best things about my house haha. Seriously, the environment is awesome, the beer list is constantly rotating yet An always seems to have at least one of my favorite IPAs (Double Jack, Sculpin, Dirtwolf) or one of my favorite stouts. An, the owner is one of the most welcoming people I have met, and Tommy at the bar is the man and provides excellent service. The crowd is always a group of eclectic people and it is just a great place to be.

My only complaint would be the turtle slow service you get if you don't sit at the bar, but that's only a problem if you're in a rush. Ultimately, if you're in the West End, go to Mekong and get a drink.

03-27-2014 18:31:58 | More by TheMadKing
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Being from Northern VA, I only get down to Richmond occasionally; and had missed visiting Mekong Restaurant until now. The reason is it is located on a commercial strip in the far outskirts while I am visiting the downtown area. In other words, at has to be a destination on its own, and it is not really worth the side trip.

It is very busy on this Friday evening, but large so there was no problem sitting at the bar. Nothing to say about the restaurant itself, above average but not great.

The beer selection is very good, but they do not own any pint glasses. Everything is in servings of 12 oz or less, so the $5-7 prices are high for the city which has many alternatives. There are many local Virginia beers, which makes the high prices more questionable considering what I can get at home in a pricier suburb of DC.

I only had a bowl of egg noodles with seafood, very basic and also good but not great. Perhaps I am spoiled by the many fine Vietnamese restaurants within a few miles of my home. In Richmond this may be exceptional.

The service was very hurried, almost rude. They assumed I did not know anything about either craft beer or Vietnamese food, which I do on both counts.

03-16-2014 00:03:29 | More by jfmorey
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hodsongolf

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I really can't put into words how great this place is. the beer offerings are the best around period and the food is unbelievable. I swear they put something in that Pho that makes you crave it at least once a week. A word to the wise though, this place is on "island time" which makes it even better so don't expect to dash in & dash out because they won't let you (and why the heck would you?) We live an hour away and go there any chance we can get. Beer is the answer! This one's for you Tien-your the best!

03-09-2014 19:34:38 | More by hodsongolf
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marcngin

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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
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Stevo1968

New York

4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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uvachief

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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jonesmr

Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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CraftBeerMe

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
99 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.