Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Food & Drink
  3. Restaurants

821 Cafe: A popular choice for students and locals

See also

A brick building with a small red door at the entrance, 821 Café offers more than meets the eye. Upon entering, patrons are greeted with booths on both the left and right of the restaurant, tables down the middle, and a bar at the far end. It looks like a cozy old-time diner with a twist, as many people who frequent 821 Café are local Virginia Commonwealth University students. The restaurant, located at 825 W. Cary St., is situated right outside of VCU campus.

The restaurant has a wide variety of food items ranging from breakfast, which is served all day, to burgers and sandwiches and even pasta dishes. All of the items are priced affordably, allowing for patrons to receive a good amount of food at a fair price.

Some popular dishes include the sweet potato and black bean burger ($7.25), the vegan chili ($5.50), or the nutella stuffed French toast ($6). Breakfast items are served with a choice of rosemary potatoes or grits, fruit, or some type of bread. Lunch and dinner items are served with a choice of vegan chili, fresh fruit, potato chips or French fries, coleslaw, or herbed orzo.

Because 821 Café serves cheap and delicious food items, it is often crowded, and you may have to wait for a little while to be seated. The restaurant can be loud at times, especially in the middle of the day during the lunch rush. But get there early enough and you'll be treated to some great food at a pretty great price.

And don't forget to check the chalkboards located right inside by the door for daily specials, desserts, and beverage choices. In addition to regular sodas, coffee, tea, and water, 821 Café has a wide selection of beers and the perfect mimosa to go with your brunch.



  • Corned beef
    Find out how to prepare a classic corned beef recipe in a slow cooker
    Slow Cooker Tips
  • Left handed eating
    Find out why you should never eat with your left hand
    Wives Tale
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Natural solutions
    Natural beauty: All natural solutions to life's little beauty headaches
    Natural Solutions
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!