Europa opened in September 1998, bringing Richmond its first ever tapas restaurant. The menu of close to two dozen selections was an instant hit with guests, offering an entirely new experience in dining. Popular items on our menu include seared rare tuna, crab stuffed shrimp, Spanish meats and cheeses and beef hangar kebobs. Add to that a full selection of traditional pasta dishes, entrees and our signature dish, paella, and its easy to see why Europa gives diners one of the most interesting menus Richmond has to offer. An extensive bar, wide selection of European and American wines and Sangria made in house complete an experience like none other.
We also offer private events for your special occasion or business needs. We specialize in business and pharmaceutical dinners, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and bridal parties. We can accommodate cocktail parties from 15 to 200 guests and seated dinners of up to 75 guests in one of our two newly remodeled private dining rooms.
We serve dinner nightly Sunday-Thursday from 5pm-10pm and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Free parking is offered across the street in the four story brick parking deck from 5pm-11pm.
Executive Chef/Restaurant Owner Michelle Williams has a background that includes all facets of the food service industry. She began her career at the Tobacco Company Restaurant where she acted as hostess, cocktail waitress, and night auditor. She attended VCU and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, completing a 6000 hour Chef’s Apprenticeship program at The Butlery Restaurant learning every aspect of the kitchen. She then became the Sous Chef at the Island Grill in Shockoe Slip as a part of a two person team fully responsible for all areas of the restaurant. After a year she began a catering division for the company and was named Executive Chef. In 1995 she along with her partners started Richmond Restaurant Group and opened their first Restaurant The Hard Shell. In 1996 Michelle received the prestigious award of Top Five New Chefs in Virginia. She continues to be the Corporate Executive Chef of Richmond Restaurant Group and Operating Partner today.
Jared began his career in the restaurant business at the early age of 14 working at La Votre bakery. He went on to work in many restaurants learning everything he could about the business. Over the years he worked from dishwasher, to doorman, to bartender. He attended VCU and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College studying Restaurant Management. He found his calling while at Awful Arthur’s where he worked for the company as bar manager and then general manager. He knew he wanted to open his own seafood restaurant and went on to conceptualize The Hard Shell. Today he continues as an Operating Partner for Richmond Restaurant Group.
Tony is the Operating Partner at Europa and has been with the company since 2001. He graduated from Salem High School in 1993. Tony was an Air traffic Controller in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1998. After completing two tours in the Persian Gulf he attended Virginia Tech before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University. While with Richmond Restaurant Group Tony has been involved with many aspects of the organization. He was part of the team that helped open The Lucky Buddha, Cha Cha’s Cantina and deLux. He worked his way from bar manager to assistant manager to general manager, before becoming a managing partner.
Richmond Restaurant Group
In 1995 Michelle and Jared Golden partnered with Ted Wallof to create the Richmond Restaurant Group and open The Hard Shell. They have received many awards with The Hard Shell including Best New Restaurant and Best Seafood Restaurant. After much success with their first venture, in 1998 Richmond Restaurant Group went on to open Europa. Europa has also been awarded high marks including Best New Restaurant, Best Wine List, Best Business Lunch and most recently Best Tapas Restaurant. In 2000 the team added The Hill Café to their list of accomplishments. The Hill Café has become one of Richmond’s favorite neighborhood restaurants, consistently receiving awards in that category. In 2007 they opened deLux Diner and Lounge in the fan district. It combines classic diner elements with a modern flavors and elegant decor. It has become a mainstay in the neighborhood serving contemporary American cuisine. It is consistently voted Best Burger in Richmond along with Best Ladies Night and Best Lounge. The latest addition to the family is Water Grill. It opened in 2009 and is located in Richmond’s Carytown district. Water Grill features fresh local and regional seafood, hand cut steaks, chops and extensive raw bar.
RRG also opened and operated two other successful restaurants, The Lucky Buddha and Cha Cha’s Cantina. Both of these restaurants were sold to former employees and continue to be mainstays in Shockoe Slip.
RRG continues to look for new locations to expand their restaurant holdings with additional locations expected in 2011 and 2012.