Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Richmond Restaurants — By on December 8, 2010 8:21 pm


Has it really been since the 24th of August that I have written anything?  Time flies when you get a full time job…

I apologize for my tardiness in updating this blog but I have exciting news!  EatingInRichmond has earned me a special invitation to a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse tasting with area media!  How could I decline?!

I’ll set the scene:

It was a seasonably appropriate early October evening (I know.  It has been a while since I’ve posted).  The sun was setting over Stony Point Fashion Park and as I pulled into the parking lot and entered the large wood-paneled airlock, which felt comfortable because it reminded me of a humidor and I love cigars, I knew that something delicious was about to be served to me.  The lights were low and the theme was large wine bottles and dark wood.  This is my type of joint.

All romanticism aside, the evening was extremely pleasant.  The reason Fleming’s had us members of the media in to taste their food was to promote a new Fall-inspired menu and wine pairing program that has won a sack of awards for being awesome.

I will be the first to admit that I often poo-poo chains for being cookie-cutter and classless, but Flemings does a superb job of feeling elegant and classy and offering attention to detail that doesn’t feel like a corporate mandate.

Lump Crab Louis Wrap

The new menu items are mostly seafood based an range from refreshing lettuce wraps with crab, bacon and avocado to hearty and filling roasted mushroom ravioli and prime grade New York strip steak.

More impressive than the steak or any of the foods alone was the wine pairings.  The first course, a crab lettuce wrap with bacon and avocado, was paired with a Sanford, Santa Barbara County, 2007 Chardonnay which struck a beautiful chord with the smokiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the avocado.  I won’t pretend I know a ton about wine, but the combination was complex and delicious and as the wine poured throughout the evening, the pairings kept impressing a novice like myself.

Long story short, if you’re at Stony Point–or even if you’re not –and looking for a meal that is delicious, filling, and paired perfectly with an extraordinary wine selection, check out Flemings.  I will most certainly be back in the very near future.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments

  1. Vickie Kiehm says:

    CUSTOMER REVIEW: Yesterday I had the worst experience I’ve ever had at this establishment. I WAS (and I do mean WAS) a very current patron of this restaurant, but I will never eat there again. The staff were the rudest I’ve ever experienced on this day. I was refused service because I had attended to wait either at the bar or on the patio until they were open for the evening. Apparently they thought I had been drinking (not true) because I slipped on a curb while getting out of my car. I was told they would not allow me to eat their last night. Even though I’ve always enjoyed the food there, the food is overpriced and the quantity of the food makes the price not worth it. It is good food though and I have always enjoyed it. BUT NO MORE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE EMBARRASSED IN MY LIFE. They have lost a good customer and I intend to spread the word to everyone I know. Instead I ate at the Bistro at Stony Point Parkway for the first time and it was excellent. FLEMINGS will never get my business again. And by the way, there are far better steakhouses in Richmond, Va: Top of the list Buckheads off Parham Rd., Morton’s downtown, and as always Ruth Chris on Huguenot Rd. Flemings is just the one closest to my location !

    • vickie kiehm says:

      REVISED REVIEW: ONE OF THE BEST ! AND THE WAITSTAFF AND MANAGERS ARE TOP SHELF !! MY HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE WAS ENTIRELY MY FAULT AND I WAS AN IDIOT TO PUBLISH SUCH AN AWFUL REVIEW. THEY TREATED MY HUSBAND AND I TO A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE TRYING TO ACCOMMODATE, AND I OWE THEM $200 FOR THE COST OF THAT MEAL AND ALL THE TROUBLE THEY WENT TO. PLEASE FORGIVE ME FLEMING’S.

Leave a Comment