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1609, New Kent, VA

1609

4.3
4.3
46 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
At 1609, we pay homage to Virginia’s rich horse racing history by proudly applying age-old culinary techniques to create unique blends and flavors that capture the essence of the Commonwealth. From Sir Archy, considered the father of All-American Thoroughbreds, to 1973 Triple Crown Champion, Secretariat, we recognize the grit and determination of the Colonist, as well as the renowned Virginian owners and trainers. That said, there is nothing more personal than breaking bread and sharing memories from home. Through our signature Southern cuisine and flavorful fare, we proudly honor individuals from seven nations coming together to share their racing experience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Southern), American, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 557-5593
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Here at 1609 at Colonial Downs and Rosie's Gaming Emporium, our expansive and unique setting allows us to offer facilities to accommodate group dining with intimate dinner suites, restaurant buyouts, and banquets in our ballroom. Our spacious venue also allows us to host meetings, tradeshows, executive break outs, team building, birthdays, receptions, weddings and more. Our dedicated special events team is looking forward to helping you plan a fun and exciting outing! Contact Noel Mahler at (804) 557-5478 or nmahler@colonialdowns.com
  • Neighbourhood
    Richmond
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available at no charge.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 46 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

46 Reviews
  1. LarryR

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    1609 Restaurant is possibly the best restaurant in New Kent County. This was our second dinner there and the quality and quantity of the food is exceptional. Amanda, our server, is very personable and attentive without being intrusive. The entire staff is friendly; your are greeted with a smile and warm "hello!". I had the shrimp and grits for dinner. Five large grilled shrimp were tender with a smoky flavor. The grits were well cooked yet firm and not mushy. I had the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. It was a huge serving. The cake was moist and dense with a deep chocolate flavor. Ask for a table at the window overlooking the track. Even when there are no races, the view over the two ponds is wonderful with Canada geese coming and going. I realize this restaurant is at a horse racing track but that takes nothing away from the restaurant. If I could request any changes it would be table cloths and dimmer lighting.

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  2. garyz

    Richmond

    133 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Really really disappointing. Food was cold. Prices were a bit high. Waitress was kind but we had to wait a very long time for each item. Pork shank was way too salty and clearly leftovers from previous evenings. Vegetables tasteless. We opted out on dessert. It’s a casino! It is not an inviting restaurant as pictured on open table. Oh, and lots and f cigarette smoke at the entrance. So much so our clothes smelled of tobacco smoke when we got home. They really need to do some major changes.

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  3. PaulaT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding and our server Amanda was amazing! We will definitely be back!

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  4. DaleD

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Ok..................................................just ok

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  5. ShaunH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was outstanding. This was our second visit and it was just as good as the first.

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  6. DeeM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience Eric and his wife were a great team!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food option in New Kent. Food quality, presentation, and service were excellent. Limited menu options (surprised to see there was no steak or pasta option). Prices are a bit high. The hourly announcements from Rosie’s downstairs were a little annoying. Overall, glad to have an upscale food option in New Kent!

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  8. PatriciaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was very impressed by 1609. I will probably come again. The waiter was excellent!

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  9. DaveC

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant has a long way to go in order to reach "casino" style luxury. Didn't mind spending $20 per plate for Thanksgiving dinner BUT what we received was NOT a $20 meal! 6 adults, 1 child ate at a cost of $320 while 6 adults at a Casino in a neighboring state had a 4 star all you could eat buffet for $118! You tell me what's wrong with that picture. While we LOVE Rosie's being available in Virginia we will not return to 1609.
    1609Responded on December 4, 2019
    Hi Dave, thank you so much for your feedback. We are sorry to hear your Thanksgiving meal did not did not meet your expectations. We take your input with serious consideration and will discuss further with our team. We hope you had a great holiday and would love to make things right if you give us another chance.

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  10. BrettF

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    What was advertised as a “Thanksgiving Feast” was far less than that. The paltry portion of turkey featured white meat that tasted a processedand dollop of near-minced dark meat. Gravy tasted like it was from a jar. If there had been some white bread under it, it would have been an adequate open-faced turkey sandwich at a diner. Sides were better—the cheddar grits were delicious as were the homemade mashed potatoes. But overall for $19.99 what we ended up was not a bountiful Thanksgiving feast like what was pictured in the ads, but a diner-quality turkey dinner at a price point well above what a diner should charge. $5 dollar soft drinks just added insult to injury. Service was energetic if inexperienced. She tried hard. The restaurant itself lacks atmosphere. No effort to create a Thanksgiving atmosphere. No effort to make this feel special. I’d have been better off with the excellent burger and fries available downstairs. Very disappointing.
    1609Responded on December 4, 2019
    Hi Brett, Thank you for letting us know know about your Thanksgiving meal. We’re so sorry that your experience did not match your expectations. This is on us. Your feedback helps us get better. We take your feedback with serious consideration and will discuss further with our team. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanksgiving

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  12. DeborahH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a wonderful evening. This was a first experience and our family had different Thanksgiving experiences this year because children had moved away from home. This was the first year our whole family was not together. It felt very different for sure, but we had a great meal and service. Everyone was very nice and polite.

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  13. AudieD

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were there for the Thanksgiving Feast. Everything when we got there was great fast service, took order right away. Then it went downhill. Everyone in the restaurant got their food before ours. Server kept the tea coming and the biscuits. About 50 min after we got there the manager comes over tells us order was not put in at all. Tells us she will put a rush on it and we will get free dessert. 28 min later we got our food and it was cold. I mean it was pretty good but after waiting that long I was expecting a hot meal. We ate most of it because we were so hungry. So the waitress comes over to take our dessert order and we ask for that to go. And I ask for the manger to come over she never did. But the waitress came over and said she comped our, our meal. I said tell her thank you. On the way out the manager was walking right toward us and she turned her head and didn't even look at us. I said mam she kept going. All I wanted to do was tell her thank you. And we would have give the restaurant another try. Well decided not too. It was so aggravating we didn't even play the slots as much as we would have on the way out which we had planned to do. I don't know if this was a isolated incident or what but I will not return to eat there. But I will go back and play some slots.

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  14. GayleK

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! So glad to have a new place to eat in New Kent.

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  15. SandraW

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everyone we dealt with were excellent and provided a very nice experience.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice. Good. Tasty.

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  17. JamesJ

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great!!! Lovely place to dine...

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  18. SharonJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time dining here, it was great! A wonderful dining experience.
    1609Responded on November 7, 2019
    Thank you for the kind message Sharon, we hope to see you again soon!

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  19. EdwardS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We'd heard the food was expensive and of questionable quality but we had to try it. We were the only patrons in the restaurant at 6 p.m. the day we went. The server was absolutely wonderful and very helpful. The food, however, left much to be desired. The 'southern' greens are NOT our forte and on my wife's plate (of course). Yuck! And her 'roasted chicken' was nothing more or better than any rotisserie you can buy in Food Lion! Definitely nothing to write home about. My shrimp and grits were OK. I've had so much better from both a savory and properly cooked perspective at other more reputable restaurants. My shrimp were overdone and as tough as I'd ever experienced in my half dozen times choosing shrimp and grits (since I really don't like grits...coming from PA). The server was very congenial and supportive but, unfortunately, was not in charge of the kitchen. I'm certainly glad we weren't there when the place was full. The kitchen on the first floor is head and shoulders above the 1609! I do not recommend the current restaurant.

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  20. AliceS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is top notch. The food was very good. I doubt I’d order tuna poke again though. My brother and sister-in-law showed up unexpectedly and the hostess quickly made room for them which was very nice.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, excellent staff, Gracie did a wonderful job!

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  22. chucka

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good but service was slow and unorganized at first. Some sniping between waitresses. Perhaps picturesque during the day, we dined at night.
    1609Responded on October 28, 2019
    Thank you so much for your message. We appreciate your feedback and will share this with our service team. We hope to see you again soon.

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  23. DonnaP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great experience I would def go back and recommend it to my friends

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  24. MALCOLMH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1609 has a wonderful & friendly staff, will give good recommendations as for menu choices. Prices really good, and the atmosphere & ambiance was perfect for a date night. Definitely will be making reservations again in the near future.

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  25. Lisa0805

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have already told people about our visit. Great time! Especially with Gracie our excellent server. Don’t lose her, she was awesome!

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  26. MarshallF

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the second time in three weeks, I have dined at 1609. The hospitality and food value is awesome. It is a very nice diversion.

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  27. SherryL

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We will go back. I think they are still pretty new and improving. We had the 50 cent Oysters which were very fresh and tasty but tiny. My husband had the Crab Cakes which were delicious with no filling! I had the Shrimp and Grits which were okay but needed some Cajun spice in my opinion. They were a little bland. The wine was very good and so was the Velvet Cheesecake Dessert and the Coffee was fresh. Not quite as good as I was hoping but still a nice dinner over all. I was surprised that the only beef on the menu was a Hamburger.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Fantastic Rachael! We will definitely be back! Try the Meatball app, crabcakes, and crunch cake!

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  29. JoyceB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, incredible service, delicious food. THE BEST EVER!

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  30. Unity2019

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My thoughts were the food was horrible and for what we got and paid $ 94 Short ribs there was no bone in them and it tasted like roast beef Shrimp and grits was like a soup And $17 dollars fo one crab cake that was like a crab ball Would of been better if there was more selection to choose from like Steamed oysters on a half shell Steak possibly Only thing that tasted good was the drinks Hopefully this feed back will help in the long run we will definitely not be coming back and will definitely let anyone know the same

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  31. BrandonC

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual, the service was excellent and friendly. The view is nice. The meatball appetizer is enough for two (maybe more) and is yummy! The crab cakes are loaded with crab meat. The chocolate cake and salted caramel cake were great. My only quibble would be that the entrees and sides might have a little more diversity. Overall, definitely recommended!!

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  32. NoraO

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for this amazing experience and we will definitely do it again 👌

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  33. IrisD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress Rachel was excellent. Courteous, pleasant, well informed about cocktails, menu.

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  34. TomD

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Presentation of our fried oysters was wonderful as was the crispy rib appetizer. Overall I look forward to coming back and trying some other items on the menu. Happy hour drinks were great.

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  35. trevorP

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I liked the the food and ambiance. Overall very good. Had a large party and they had extreme difficulty splitting the check. But overall very good

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  36. JulieB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was very good. A steak choice on the menu would be nice. A few people in our party want a steak entree but there was no option. Desert was awesome.

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  37. Frenchy

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my third visit to 1609 and I am going to try every entree. So far the crabcake, salmon with roasted root vegetables and the shrimp and grits have been outstanding. The view of the revitalized Colonial Downs racetrack is stunnning. If you live in or around the New Kent area you will be so pleasantly surprised at the caliber of this restaurant. Or if you don't and want a fun afternoon at Colonial Downs go make some bets and end the evening with a very enjoyable dinner.

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  38. MikeG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was amazing. Meatball was great. Shrimp and grits were different, not my favorite.

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  39. Cowboy

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is over priced for what you receive and level of knowledgable food service. No salt or pepper available unless you ask, no butter with the hard overbaked biscuits, grits and carrots were under cooked with the 30.00 entree, and for 17.00 crab cake appetizer only one crab cake. And a dirty, food covered dish on our table we were to use for our bread. Has the potential to be a very nice place if you have seasoned, knowledgable staff in place for cooks and service team.

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  40. KenH

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is the second time my wife and I have dined at 1609. We both agree that the food and drinks are very good . The overall experience , service, ambiance, etc. Extra Good. I made my reservation thru OPEN TABLE, that was fine, but friends who wanted to join us a few days later got the no reservations available message. I mention this only because Friday night we were greeted at the entrance with a sign that said ..reservations available.. You might consider an alternative way to make reservations ..phone number or your website. We live in Brickshire and look forward to many more dinners at 1609..Thanks, Ken Hislop

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1609 is rated 4.3 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for 1609

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy, New Kent, VA 23124

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Southern), American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available at no charge.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 557-5593
  • Private party facilities
    Here at 1609 at Colonial Downs and Rosie's Gaming Emporium, our expansive and unique setting allows us to offer facilities to accommodate group dining with intimate dinner suites, restaurant buyouts, and banquets in our ballroom. Our spacious venue also allows us to host meetings, tradeshows, executive break outs, team building, birthdays, receptions, weddings and more. Our dedicated special events team is looking forward to helping you plan a fun and exciting outing! Contact Noel Mahler at (804) 557-5478 or nmahler@colonialdowns.com
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