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Arcadia

1700 E. Main St. (17th St.) Send to Phone
Shockoe Bottom favorite stakes its fame on boutique beef.
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Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
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Arcadia Restaurant Review

: Don’t be confused when you see Braveheart Beef emblazoned on the black awnings of this hotspot popularized by Daniel Day-Lewis’ popping in for lunch while portraying Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster. It’s not Arcadia being two-faced about its name, but one of owner John Van Peppen’s star commodities. The Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar veteran became a fan of the boutique beef and practically created a restaurant around it. The brand features in brunch’s Arcadia Benedict and dinner’s house-aged, 12-ounce strip steak and 22-ounce bone-in cowboy cut (each served with a choice of compound butter such as port wine/shallot or garlic/parsley) as well as a tenderloin. But there are plenty of non-beefy options, such as lobster potpie, pork osso buco and vegetarian lasagna at dinner. Lunch could lead to salmon salad, a Rappahannock oyster po’ boy or roasted turkey-and-melted Brie with house-made peach chutney. Consider Virginia State Fair blue ribbon lemon chess pie for dessert. You’ll feel history in this linen-draped setting, what with renovated wood floors and a high, pressed-tin ceiling.

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