Edo's Squid

★★★★☆
  • 411 N Harrison St

    Richmond, VA 23220

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  • 804-864-5488

About Edo's Squid

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 12pm;Sun. 5:30pm - 10pm

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Great menu. Excellent service.

3
★★★★★

Great menu. Excellent service.

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Food is way too salty, service is poor and uncaring. When I got the fried Calamari it was inedible due to the salt. I asked the waitress to bring another. The owner returned with the same plate and said "Thats how it is".

I just got up

3
★★★★★

Food is way too salty, service is poor and uncaring. When I got the fried Calamari it was inedible due to the salt. I asked the waitress to bring another. The owner returned with the same plate and said "Thats how it is".

I just got up

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I have been going to Edo's Squid for a long time. At first I was a little put off by the service and the loud space, but the food brought me back and continues to bring me back. I think the service has definitely gotten better over the

3
★★★★★

I have been going to Edo's Squid for a long time. At first I was a little put off by the service and the loud space, but the food brought me back and continues to bring me back. I think the service has definitely gotten better over the

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This is a small, hole in the wall type of place. I thought the food was very good, especially the rockfish and pasta carbonara. The reviewers that say it is salty DO have a point. A little less salt would be good. I think whoever is

3
★★★★★

This is a small, hole in the wall type of place. I thought the food was very good, especially the rockfish and pasta carbonara. The reviewers that say it is salty DO have a point. A little less salt would be good. I think whoever is

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The food is great, but not necessarily worth the wait or the abominable service.

3
★★★★★

The food is great, but not necessarily worth the wait or the abominable service.

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I really can't give a review of how the food is, but I can tell you that the treatment you will get here is terrible. I have tried to eat at Edo's twice - granted I didn't make a reservation - but one time it was 5:30 on a Thursday night. Anyhow, both times I went up the cramped stairs into the crowded restaurant and waited for someone, anyone, on their staff to greet me. I have no idea who was in charge or who was the host. There were people standing everywhere waiting to be acknowledged. I have never experienced anything like it. Both times I left after waiting for about 10 min. So, the food may be fantastic, but I'll never go back to find out. Edo's - two strikes and you are OUT!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I really can't give a review of how the food is, but I can tell you that the treatment you will get here is terrible. I have tried to eat at Edo's twice - granted I didn't make a reservation - but one time it was 5:30 on a Thursday night. Anyhow, both times I went up the cramped stairs into the crowded restaurant and waited for someone, anyone, on their staff to greet me. I have no idea who was in charge or who was the host. There were people standing everywhere waiting to be acknowledged. I have never experienced anything like it. Both times I left after waiting for about 10 min. So, the food may be fantastic, but I'll never go back to find out. Edo's - two strikes and you are OUT!

Pros: none

Cons: Terrible management, rude (lack of) service

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Made reservations two weeks in advance for my daughter's 21st bday. Been to Edos several times when in town. Always loud and crowded, which I've overlooked in the past because the food is OK, but this time was ridiculous. Waited 20 min just to speak to the hostess who was too busy clearing tables. Told that we would have to wait another 30 min. Talked with young person closest to management-type. Told that this is the way it is as we looked at several empty, uncleaned tables in front of us. Not a single apology or conciliatory remark -just excuses. I was pissed at this don't give a damn attitude and took my family to another resturant where we spent $400.

So, what's the point of taking reservations?

I'll will never return to this establishment because of this experience and the attitude of the staff. I would never recommend Edos to anyone. The food is good (I didn't say great) but certainly not worth the hassle.

Besides being horrendously mismanaged, the place is dirty and in certain violation of city fire laws.

PS. Had to give one star to publish.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Made reservations two weeks in advance for my daughter's 21st bday. Been to Edos several times when in town. Always loud and crowded, which I've overlooked in the past because the food is OK, but this time was ridiculous. Waited 20 min just to speak to the hostess who was too busy clearing tables. Told that we would have to wait another 30 min. Talked with young person closest to management-type. Told that this is the way it is as we looked at several empty, uncleaned tables in front of us. Not a single apology or conciliatory remark -just excuses. I was pissed at this don't give a damn attitude and took my family to another resturant where we spent $400.

So, what's the point of taking reservations?

I'll will never return to this establishment because of this experience and the attitude of the staff. I would never recommend Edos to anyone. The food is good (I didn't say great) but certainly not worth the hassle.

Besides being horrendously mismanaged, the place is dirty and in certain violation of city fire laws.

PS. Had to give one star to publish.

Pros: good fish selections

Cons: poorly managed, loud, overly crowded,thouhtless staff

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Mehh... Methinks this place is just OK. I had been set up for a great experience and the most fabulous seafood that could be found in all of Richmond, Virginia. Expectations were high but it was a huge let down considering my experience at Edo's. I'll let you judge...

My boyfriend and I decided to check out Edo's Squid because of the rave reviews online and from the hotel concierge suggestions. We started at the bar while waiting for our table. The bartender was no help in choosing a quality chianti in the 30 dollar price range. He could not describe any of the Italian wines listed and seemed somewhat belittling. We were rescued by the host who seated us promptly. At our table, waitress recommended a fabulous Chianti. We followed up with the broccolini and squid salad appetizers. In short, the broccolini with pine nuts and garlic could make a believer out of any anti-vegetable child. The squid salad was not memorable but decent enough to satisfy.

However, the real kicker was in the disappointing entrees. My boyfriend ordered the medium rare hanger steak with marinara pasta while I had the rockfish with olive oil, garlic, and pine nut pasta. When the waitress brought our dishes, I was ecstatic to see how beautiful the dishes looked but little did i know that looks would be deceiving. The steak seemed seared beautifully and the baked rockfish was seeping with juices. I took one bite of the rockfish and it was entirely TOO SALTY! Normally, I would dilute the saltiness but all I had was salty pasta topped with mushy garlic and pine nuts. I had to ask my bf for a second opinion. He took a bite and immediately reacted with a sour face.

We almost never send food back but this situation was a no brainer. My bf requested that the waitress to return the dish. She came back to our table saying the restaurant had found nothing wrong and would NOT remove the item from our bill. Her exact words were that " I cannot remove a perfectly good dish..." It was disgusting and I told her that I would not replace the rockfish. I will not return or recommend this restaurant considering how they handled the situation. It seems like Edo's is great for the hypertension lover. After writing my review, I noticed that others on yelp also remarked about the OVERLY SALINE dishes and had to come back to add these closing remarks. So there you have it!!

1
★★☆☆☆

Mehh... Methinks this place is just OK. I had been set up for a great experience and the most fabulous seafood that could be found in all of Richmond, Virginia. Expectations were high but it was a huge let down considering my experience at Edo's. I'll let you judge...

My boyfriend and I decided to check out Edo's Squid because of the rave reviews online and from the hotel concierge suggestions. We started at the bar while waiting for our table. The bartender was no help in choosing a quality chianti in the 30 dollar price range. He could not describe any of the Italian wines listed and seemed somewhat belittling. We were rescued by the host who seated us promptly. At our table, waitress recommended a fabulous Chianti. We followed up with the broccolini and squid salad appetizers. In short, the broccolini with pine nuts and garlic could make a believer out of any anti-vegetable child. The squid salad was not memorable but decent enough to satisfy.

However, the real kicker was in the disappointing entrees. My boyfriend ordered the medium rare hanger steak with marinara pasta while I had the rockfish with olive oil, garlic, and pine nut pasta. When the waitress brought our dishes, I was ecstatic to see how beautiful the dishes looked but little did i know that looks would be deceiving. The steak seemed seared beautifully and the baked rockfish was seeping with juices. I took one bite of the rockfish and it was entirely TOO SALTY! Normally, I would dilute the saltiness but all I had was salty pasta topped with mushy garlic and pine nuts. I had to ask my bf for a second opinion. He took a bite and immediately reacted with a sour face.

We almost never send food back but this situation was a no brainer. My bf requested that the waitress to return the dish. She came back to our table saying the restaurant had found nothing wrong and would NOT remove the item from our bill. Her exact words were that " I cannot remove a perfectly good dish..." It was disgusting and I told her that I would not replace the rockfish. I will not return or recommend this restaurant considering how they handled the situation. It seems like Edo's is great for the hypertension lover. After writing my review, I noticed that others on yelp also remarked about the OVERLY SALINE dishes and had to come back to add these closing remarks. So there you have it!!

Pros: Cute setting

Cons: FOOD is way TOO SALTY. Service is NOT accommodating

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Love it!

2
★★★★☆

Love it!

Pros: Nice food

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I went with 2 friends. After you get past the steep climb up what appears to be a back door stairwell and go past the broom and dust pan on the door, you burst into dining room with nice small bar, small tables, and a few longer tables in middle surrounded by brick walls. Call ahead or you??ll sit at the bar for 15 minutes waiting for a table on weekdays and lots more on weekends. The natives are friendly and it is nice to catch up with real people.

We had a wonderful 2004 Barolo which we opened at the bar and enjoyed with the meal. Excellent bread greeted us at the table with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The starter Squid in white wine, garlic, arugula and pine nuts was excellent. The arugula salads had olive oil, pine nuts, and a generous supply of shaved high quality parmesan. My friends had a generous portion of Gray Tile Fish and I had sauted Soft Shell Crabs in olive oil, pepper, and garlic. The food was well prepared, seasoned, and hot. Mine came with wonderful pasta and marinara sauce. My friends had the garlic and oil which they said was excellent. We finished with tiramisu which was dense and flavorful. They used quality mascarpone cheese and didn??t cut it with whipped cream. The cocoa powder was thick and had a bite.

The waiter service to our table seemed a bit patchy, but not bad. A little more attention would have been nice. The extra help was solid and made up for some mistakes by circling back on the waiter. I kept hoping for pepper grinder over the salt and pepper shakers on the table. In general the kitchen is kicking out some 5+ start food and staff will not dump it in your lap. Considering the prices, the food is bargain. I??d go back in more often if I lived nearby. It is definitely worth the trip even it is just to say ??you??d never imagine what a great restaurant I found behind broom and dust pan in Richmond.?

2
★★★★★

I went with 2 friends. After you get past the steep climb up what appears to be a back door stairwell and go past the broom and dust pan on the door, you burst into dining room with nice small bar, small tables, and a few longer tables in middle surrounded by brick walls. Call ahead or you??ll sit at the bar for 15 minutes waiting for a table on weekdays and lots more on weekends. The natives are friendly and it is nice to catch up with real people.

We had a wonderful 2004 Barolo which we opened at the bar and enjoyed with the meal. Excellent bread greeted us at the table with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The starter Squid in white wine, garlic, arugula and pine nuts was excellent. The arugula salads had olive oil, pine nuts, and a generous supply of shaved high quality parmesan. My friends had a generous portion of Gray Tile Fish and I had sauted Soft Shell Crabs in olive oil, pepper, and garlic. The food was well prepared, seasoned, and hot. Mine came with wonderful pasta and marinara sauce. My friends had the garlic and oil which they said was excellent. We finished with tiramisu which was dense and flavorful. They used quality mascarpone cheese and didn??t cut it with whipped cream. The cocoa powder was thick and had a bite.

The waiter service to our table seemed a bit patchy, but not bad. A little more attention would have been nice. The extra help was solid and made up for some mistakes by circling back on the waiter. I kept hoping for pepper grinder over the salt and pepper shakers on the table. In general the kitchen is kicking out some 5+ start food and staff will not dump it in your lap. Considering the prices, the food is bargain. I??d go back in more often if I lived nearby. It is definitely worth the trip even it is just to say ??you??d never imagine what a great restaurant I found behind broom and dust pan in Richmond.?

Pros: Reasonable prices and excellent food

Cons: Little noisy and staff is variable

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I went here when l was on holidays to richmond and l can't believe how nice the food was , l'd recommend anyone to go here

2
★★★★★

I went here when l was on holidays to richmond and l can't believe how nice the food was , l'd recommend anyone to go here

Pros: best food l've ever tasted

Cons: none

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I have been a customer of Edo's for years, and not once has my experience been less than perfect. That statement is a lot especially coming from me. I have the deserved reputation from anyone who has ever dined with me of being the pickiest diner on the planet. I have sent more food back in my lifetime than I have probably eaten. I can't help it, I am a food snob, and there are likely only about a handfull of restaurants in which I have never sent anything back. Edo's in one such establishment. True, no one goes to Edo's for the service, and if you do, you will be dissapointed. That is, until the food arrives at the table. Words can not describe the euphoric experience of a bite of Rockfish, and let me tell you...the porkchops will knock your socks off! Honestly, porkcops are about the last thing I would ever order while out at a restaurant, but one night, by chance, my husband did. He offered me a bite, so I accepted, and to my delight it was heavenly. Juicy and unbelieveably flavorfull! In fact, I don't think I have ever tried a dish there that didn't make my eyes roll back in my head from culinary ecstasy.

A caveat or two: Parties of more than four are pointless as you won't be able to hear everyone, and you will be required to order family style, which dampens teh experience. Do not bring guests with you who can't stand loud, busy, crowded restaurants. Sorry, that's just the way it is. It is popular and small. If you DON"T care for garlic, go to Olive Garden or some other "BS" cheap-o americanized italian place. Do not expect good service or stemware ... you won't miss it anyway. And for god's sake, don't bring lamb sausage guy, he'll ruin my buzz.

Hints: Order off the specials boards on the walls. They are more expensive, but worth every penny, and typically large enough to share. Do make reservations. Try to get seated next to a window. Be kind and chill with the waitstaff and they will reward you with pretty great service.

2
★★★★★

I have been a customer of Edo's for years, and not once has my experience been less than perfect. That statement is a lot especially coming from me. I have the deserved reputation from anyone who has ever dined with me of being the pickiest diner on the planet. I have sent more food back in my lifetime than I have probably eaten. I can't help it, I am a food snob, and there are likely only about a handfull of restaurants in which I have never sent anything back. Edo's in one such establishment. True, no one goes to Edo's for the service, and if you do, you will be dissapointed. That is, until the food arrives at the table. Words can not describe the euphoric experience of a bite of Rockfish, and let me tell you...the porkchops will knock your socks off! Honestly, porkcops are about the last thing I would ever order while out at a restaurant, but one night, by chance, my husband did. He offered me a bite, so I accepted, and to my delight it was heavenly. Juicy and unbelieveably flavorfull! In fact, I don't think I have ever tried a dish there that didn't make my eyes roll back in my head from culinary ecstasy.

A caveat or two: Parties of more than four are pointless as you won't be able to hear everyone, and you will be required to order family style, which dampens teh experience. Do not bring guests with you who can't stand loud, busy, crowded restaurants. Sorry, that's just the way it is. It is popular and small. If you DON"T care for garlic, go to Olive Garden or some other "BS" cheap-o americanized italian place. Do not expect good service or stemware ... you won't miss it anyway. And for god's sake, don't bring lamb sausage guy, he'll ruin my buzz.

Hints: Order off the specials boards on the walls. They are more expensive, but worth every penny, and typically large enough to share. Do make reservations. Try to get seated next to a window. Be kind and chill with the waitstaff and they will reward you with pretty great service.

Pros: Flavorfull dishes, cheap options, great wine, consistency

Cons: Service, crowded,

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My husband and I went to Edos Squid for dinner the night before I was to be induced with my second child. We had the most amazing meal. I can't exactly remember all that we got. But we sampled a couple appetizers and some fish and each had a meal of our own. It was all so wonderful. We had wonderful service and the price was right!! I would recommend Edos to anyone especially if you like to try new things.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Edos Squid for dinner the night before I was to be induced with my second child. We had the most amazing meal. I can't exactly remember all that we got. But we sampled a couple appetizers and some fish and each had a meal of our own. It was all so wonderful. We had wonderful service and the price was right!! I would recommend Edos to anyone especially if you like to try new things.

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Easily the best Italian in Richmond. Small, non-pretentious, very busy. Family style for larger groups, great for birthday groups. Great wine - reasonable prices (even on the wine.) Make a reservation unless you are okay with chilling out at the (very small) bar for 30-40 min prior to dinner. Fridays and Saturdays packed - especially when students are in. Best stuffed Rockfish, Eggplant Parmesan, and Best EVER Pasta Carbonara.

2
★★★★★

Easily the best Italian in Richmond. Small, non-pretentious, very busy. Family style for larger groups, great for birthday groups. Great wine - reasonable prices (even on the wine.) Make a reservation unless you are okay with chilling out at the (very small) bar for 30-40 min prior to dinner. Fridays and Saturdays packed - especially when students are in. Best stuffed Rockfish, Eggplant Parmesan, and Best EVER Pasta Carbonara.

Pros: Best Food, Best Prices

Cons: Busy, Sometimes there is a wait

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Well, to start, we didn't have a reservation, BIG mistake. We stood around in the doorway for an hour, OUR mistake, while everyone gazed at us over their food like a circus side-show that only got attention because it took up space in front of them. When we finally got seated, we were attended to rather quickly, though it took some time to get drinks other than the water offered. But the big problem was the food, and mine sucked. I ordered the lamb sausage, and I'm used to lamb, like the lamb at the store, or at other restaurants that is not overly spiced. Sausage to me means big with lots of meat in the sausage, like say oh I don't know, Italian sausage, or German sausage. You know the kind that overfills a bun, or comes by itself, but is big enough to slice into mouth full chunks. Yeah, wrong answer; I got three tiny long worm-like dog terd shaped strands of meat accompanied by a pile of navy beans (yuck). The lamb was spicy and didn't taste like lamb. I was furious and very mad, especially since the waitress didn't even check up on us until everyone, but me, finished their meals. She never bothered to stop by the table and check up on us, and tracking her down would've taken a congressional subpoena. When she asked me why I didn't like it I told her. When she asked what kind of lamb I was expecting or what I was used to, I told her (something bigger than my neighbors dog-terd). She told me that it was prepared the Italian way and implied that it was obviously my fault I didn't like it, not the foods fault for being so small and unappetizing. I could have fit the entire meal in a ziplock sandwich bag. The plate it came on was the plate used for the new york strip, yeah that kinda what I had in mind, but in lamb. My friends dish had 5 times the food in a smaller plate. To make matters worse, they didn't even comp the meal!!!!!! That's right, I paid for it, only because I get reimbursed for meals. I tell my friends and coworkers not to go. I'll never go back!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Well, to start, we didn't have a reservation, BIG mistake. We stood around in the doorway for an hour, OUR mistake, while everyone gazed at us over their food like a circus side-show that only got attention because it took up space in front of them. When we finally got seated, we were attended to rather quickly, though it took some time to get drinks other than the water offered. But the big problem was the food, and mine sucked. I ordered the lamb sausage, and I'm used to lamb, like the lamb at the store, or at other restaurants that is not overly spiced. Sausage to me means big with lots of meat in the sausage, like say oh I don't know, Italian sausage, or German sausage. You know the kind that overfills a bun, or comes by itself, but is big enough to slice into mouth full chunks. Yeah, wrong answer; I got three tiny long worm-like dog terd shaped strands of meat accompanied by a pile of navy beans (yuck). The lamb was spicy and didn't taste like lamb. I was furious and very mad, especially since the waitress didn't even check up on us until everyone, but me, finished their meals. She never bothered to stop by the table and check up on us, and tracking her down would've taken a congressional subpoena. When she asked me why I didn't like it I told her. When she asked what kind of lamb I was expecting or what I was used to, I told her (something bigger than my neighbors dog-terd). She told me that it was prepared the Italian way and implied that it was obviously my fault I didn't like it, not the foods fault for being so small and unappetizing. I could have fit the entire meal in a ziplock sandwich bag. The plate it came on was the plate used for the new york strip, yeah that kinda what I had in mind, but in lamb. My friends dish had 5 times the food in a smaller plate. To make matters worse, they didn't even comp the meal!!!!!! That's right, I paid for it, only because I get reimbursed for meals. I tell my friends and coworkers not to go. I'll never go back!!

Pros: None

Cons: Fire hazzard, unclean cooks, not friendly

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I just went to Edo's Squid for the first time last Sunday. I read reviews of Edo's Squid and on numerous sights everyone agreed the food was great, but the service was aweful. Well, knowing that, we set our expectations low on the service in order to not spoil the evening, but was happily surprised at getting great service as well as great food. The only issue that we had was the smoking. The restaurant is small and you sit close to your neighbors, so if someone is smoking - everyone is smoking. I hope they consider making the restaurant smoke-free.

2
★★★★☆

I just went to Edo's Squid for the first time last Sunday. I read reviews of Edo's Squid and on numerous sights everyone agreed the food was great, but the service was aweful. Well, knowing that, we set our expectations low on the service in order to not spoil the evening, but was happily surprised at getting great service as well as great food. The only issue that we had was the smoking. The restaurant is small and you sit close to your neighbors, so if someone is smoking - everyone is smoking. I hope they consider making the restaurant smoke-free.

Pros: excellent food, fun atmosphere, interesting menu items

Cons: smoking, tables very close together

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This is a sister restaurant to Mama Zu's and is located on the second floor above Stuffy's Subs in the VCU area. Just an outstanding space - and they take reservations. Ask for a windown table. You can smell the garlic as you walk up the steps. Go for the chalkboard specials, and if you like fresh fish this is your place. An outstanding place for a celebratory dinner. Not fancy at all, but a terrific ambience. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

This is a sister restaurant to Mama Zu's and is located on the second floor above Stuffy's Subs in the VCU area. Just an outstanding space - and they take reservations. Ask for a windown table. You can smell the garlic as you walk up the steps. Go for the chalkboard specials, and if you like fresh fish this is your place. An outstanding place for a celebratory dinner. Not fancy at all, but a terrific ambience. Highly recommended.

Pros: fresh fish entrees, wonderful place to celebrate

Cons: can be a little noisy due to all that brick

 

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