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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 Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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.