Mekong Restaurant

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Mekong RestaurantMekong Restaurant
BA SCORE
97
world-class

45 Reviews
Reviews: 45
Visits: 116
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 55
Cask: N
[ 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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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 116
Reviews by Hanzo:
Photo of Hanzo
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Arriving at Mekong for lunch on a Saturday left me very skeptical, but I do not judge books by their covers. Headed in and was promptly seated at the tables near the bar. The place looks like your average Asian restaurant, but with beer signs thrown in to try to depict beer being their focus, place seemed slow and quiet for a Saturday afternoon. Finally ten minutes later someone came by to take our drink order. I order my beer and an appetizer, followed by entrees for my wife and I.

The food itself was very fresh, tasty and hot. I cannot complain about that or their massive beer selection between bottles and draft. Had a few beers and had planned to order one more but the waitress had already dropped the check off without asking if I wanted anything else, so I had to flag her down to order my final beer and have my check adjusted. Felt like I was being rushed off, which would be excusable to a degree if they were busy which they weren't.

I certainly would go here fairly often if I were closer than two hours away, but as it stands I won't be back until some Richmond BAs have an event there, they tell me that is when the place comes alive and is best experienced...but as far as just stopping in for a bite to eat and a few beers, I can think of many places that do it better.

Also, they need to go for their off-site license. There were several bottles I would have bought to take home if I could have.

EDIT: I have gone back since this review and had a much more enjoyable experience, when you go when they are busy it is a whole different atmosphere. (1,575 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JamesStreet
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Typical looking restaurant from the outside and upon entering. Sat at the bar and the draft board blew me away! Lots of wild ales, several goses, and plenty of IPAs and stouts. Bartender Phillip was prompt and cool and An, the owner, was nice enough to chat with us and show us the brewery next door, The Answer brewpub. Overall, this place is a must stop if you're ever in Richmond. (386 characters)

Photo of atrocity
4.85/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm not sure what the origin of the Mekong location is, but it looks like it might have been a brewpub in a former incarnation; at the very least, the bar would indicate that. Otherwise it looks like an Asian restaurant, or at the very least, a strip-mall restaurant. I found the decor and atmosphere pleasant but not special.

The service is exceptional considering that we're not talking about fine dining. The staff seems eager to please, and happy in their work.

The draft list is extensive and well-balanced, although they do lean towards what's popular at the moment (currently IPAs). They care about the beer and use specialized glassware for each style.

The food is varied as well, really quite good, and surprisingly affordable. Not unlike another reviewer on BA, I'd have to rank their Phở as possibly the best I've ever had, and if not, at least second best. ($6.95 for a large bowl of Phở Do Bien - you'd better try it!). I'd go just for the food, but the fact that they have great beer makes it an even stronger destination.

One thing I should point out is that you don't need to eat. You can just stop in at the bar and just hang. There's usually a crowd, and they don't seem to care that they're surrounded by the dining room of an Asian restaurant. In that way it's quite unique, and even a bit surreal.

Mekong is certainly worth a visit whether you like Asian food or not. And I should also point out, it's not that far from Strangeways Brewing either. (1,477 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Devman171
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NicDacey
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Hands down my favorite bar to visit. An is one of the friendliest and generous people you will ever meet in your life. He and his slew of beer nerd followers will give you a memorable experience every time! (206 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of RedBaron73
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A must go to when in Richmond. Beer selection is incredible food is great. (75 characters)

Photo of GFish
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ZosoIII
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Spreetaper
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of EJXL
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of kristougher
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of macher0
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is awesome! I visited Richmond for work and met Precog640 for an in-person trade and a beer. Tons of great beers: IPAs, sours, BA stouts, and everything in between. I chatted it up with the staff and they were great, definitely knew their stuff. I assume if you needed a recommendation, they could take care of you. This is THE spot in Richmond and probably the region. (380 characters)

Photo of pgirerd
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of hophead_87
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Awesome selection! Can't go wrong and they always have rare selections. (71 characters)

Photo of Roccova
4.05/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of usfmikeb
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of woodchip
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of alexkwilhelm
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Hrodebert
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Very good food, and awesome beer selection.
Also very friendly staff.
Had a great time here. (92 characters)

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Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
97 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.