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Mekong Restaurant

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

47 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
130
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
Taps:
50
Bottles/Cans:
55
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Mekong RestaurantMekong Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

6004 W Broad St
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-2222
United States

(804) 288-8929 | map
mekongisforbeerlovers.com

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 130
Reviews by Hanzo:
Photo of Hanzo
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bierpapst
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was one of my most surprising restaurant visits in the last few months - although I had heared of it before. Basically I came for the food - which was excellent Vietnamese cuisine at a very good price - and took the vast beer selection as an add-on. But once we saw the beer list (which we had to ask for) we were inspired to do beer and food pairings. Our lunch experience was so good that we decided to return for dinner, when the place was a bit crowded. Service was as good as at lunchtime. Beer and food just fantastic (a term I rarely use).

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Photo of Macsimus
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beer and food nirvana !

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Photo of Barracudas
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Unbelievable selection of top beers on tap from around the country, as well a big bottle selection. Huge, busy restaurant with large bar area too. The food is fantastic and the service is as good as it gets. Try the Pho Thai and the fresh spring rolls.

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Photo of carterbt
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of lillitnn92
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of dwoolley1
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Boone757
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of bilstin
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Jenebauer
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cobratrooper
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of elkinbrown
4.49/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of atrocity
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Devman171
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NicDacey
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of RedBaron73
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
96 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.