Cafe Caturra Now Open on Glebe Road

by ARLnow.com September 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm 10,358 29 Comments

Cafe Caturra, a Richmond-based coffee shop/wine bar/soup-salad-and-sandwich restaurant, is now open in the Arlington Ridge Shopping Center. The 3,400 square foot eatery, which features a decor partially made from reclaimed materials, officially opened its doors to customers on Friday.

Located at 2931 S. Glebe Road, Cafe Caturra offers specialty coffees, 24 boutique wines, two draft beers, and 20 bottled beers. The restaurant is offering mimosa specials on Sunday and is planning to eventually offer a weekday happy hour, according to marketing director Melissa Kirkpatrick.

The food menu includes soups, salads, paninis, pizzas, brioche sliders, small plates, cheese, charcuterie and desserts.

The restaurant will be hosting local musicians between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. It also has a local art program that will display works from local artists. Founder Jeff Grant says he hopes Cafe Caturra becomes a neighborhood hangout.

“We’ve built a strong heritage as a gathering spot for people in the communities we serve,” he said.

Cafe Caturra opens at 11:00 a.m. seven days a week. It closes at 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Charles

    Great! Will Cafe Caturra have free wifi? That will make a huge difference.

    And consider do music other nights, too, maybe open mic, and let artists sell their CDs (but not karaoke, Freddies already has that sewn up).

    • HUH

      one of those customers that orders a coffee and sits on their laptop all day, huh?

    • Yes, they will have WiFi, but they were still working to set it up today.

  • CW

    Why are the desserts so cheap??!

  • JB

    Went there on Saturday. Pretty cool place. The ordering and service aspect takes some getting used to (there’s a Yelp review that breaks it down, I won’t repeat it).

    Food portions are on the small side, I think it’s a place where you order a bunch of stuff and just share. We had a white pizza and the pasta with cheese, both were good.

    Bottom line, this neighborhood was desperate for a place like this, and I’ve been waiting 6 months for it to open. The food was pretty good, and the wine and beer selection is great. I liked the design and the outdoor seating is nice also.

    As it’s the only decent place I can walk to…I plan on being a regular.

  • John Fontain

    “The 3,400 square foot eatery, which features a decor partially made from reclaimed materials”

    Reclaimed used to be called salvaged and before that it was called used. I guess used or salvaged isn’t sexy enough to sell charcuterie. I love watching the pretense ooze.

    Sort of like how people now say they “rescued” their dog instead of saying they adopted it. Unless you ran into a burning house or removed a bear trap from a dog’s leg, you didn’t “rescue” a damn thing, you adopted it.

    • CW

      “Reclaimed materials”?

      We’re all just dinosaur poop anyways.

      • John Fontain

        Here is a great example. A crappy, beat up, old desk with missing drawers whose placement in the trash pile has a greenie losing sleep. Greenie labels said desk as “reclaimed” wood and the yuppies will punch the gas on their BMW X5 SUV’s to be the first to pick up it and display it in their condo as a “reclaimed” piece…


    • drax

      Don’t overthink it, John.

      • Doggerly

        I agree with John. I find it cloying and dramatic when someone suggests that we “rescued” our adopted dog. It bespeaks the same self-aggrandizing illogic of the hoarders with houses full of cats, who think they’re “rescuing” them.

        • V Dizzle

          What if the person is a horrible dog “owner”? I guess that wouldn’t be a “rescue” either. Or if you “adopted” the pet, but to make a sandwich? I’m not sure that “adopt” is applicable here either. Just sayin.. I once reclaimed a donut (ate it from the garbage).

        • Frank

          Sometimes people really have “rescued” the dog or cat as opposed to “adopting”. I know several people who foster their dogs/cats long-term that were rescued from a terrible situation, while they await their “adopters”. It’s not dramatic to say someone rescued a pet from euthanasia at a high-kill shelter or from a bad home situation where they were abused. You should be glad that people feel you rescued your dog by adopting him/her.

          Too bad you’re so annoyed by someone’s choice in words when they and you have done a good thing either way.

          • John Fontain

            “Sometimes people really have “rescued” the dog or cat as opposed to “adopting”.”

            This is extremely rare. The vast majority of animals in shelters or in the care of “rescue” groups were picked up as strays or brought in by owners who could no longer care for the animals. And the small number that are actual “rescue” animals are most often “rescued” by Animal Control in response to complaints of neglect, etc. But in those cases, Animal Control are the rescuers, everyone after that are “fosters” or “adopters”. And neither of those parties should feel slighted by those terms. Fostering and adopting are wonderful things to do.

            But unless you were the one that went and took the dog from Michael Vick’s property, you didn’t “rescue” it, you adopted it.

          • Frank

            Not as rare as you think. But since you just want to win the argument over semantics – you win.

          • Doggerly

            It’s just that “rescued” sounds almost as silly as “liberated.” Can you imagine someone asking, “Did you liberate your dog?” It just sounds so over-the-top. Adopting dogs and cats is a good thing. But it’s not like saving kids from starvation or dragging them from burning buildings.

        • Pet Me

          Not to mention that many of those dogs and cats would have been put to death if they hadn’t been ‘adopted’. Sounds like a ‘rescue’ to me.

    • FedUp

      Same could be said of people who talk of “economically disadvantaged people” instead of “the poor”.

    • Neighbor

      I stole my dog. From a family with children.

  • Clarendude

    But…but, isn’t this south Arlington?

    • TheBoss

      Hmm – I didn’t know there WAS a South Arlington? Where is this so-called South Arlington in relation to Spider Kelly’s?

      • Richard Cranium

        Jeez man – not entirely sure. I think it might be all the way on the other side of Tallula.

  • Ginger Harden

    I ate at the one on Grove St in Richmond a few years ago and thought it was wonderful. I was hoping they would come to Shirlington Village but I will most certainly go to their new location.

  • Dan

    I prefer to think of my cat as being “previously owned”…..

    • John Fontain

      Yeah, that’s another good one!

  • PB

    Gotta love Arlington comment boards. Simple restaurant posting turns into a referendum on “reclaimed” vs “salvage” materials, which somehow turns into the right terminology on how to say you “liberated” your dog.

    Fine, they incorporated “used” materials. Does that make you want to go to this place more or less? Or since it’s South Arlington, is it not even worth it?

    • John Fontain

      PB – Their use of “reclaimed” materials has no bearing on my desire to go to their restaurant. I just think it is humorously pretentious when people use words like that to try to inflate their image (it screams insecurity).

      • Hattie McDaniels

        “Reclaimed” denotes something that would have been thrown away otherwise. “Used” doesn’t necessarily have that conotation.

    • John Fontain

      And more importantly, why does the restaurant think prospective customers need to know what kind of materials they used in the first place. Don’t most people go to a restaurant for the food, not because a piece of wood is used or new? It’s just silly.

  • jt

    I was at Caturra over the weekend right after they opened and it is a great new addition to the neighborhood. It’s a nice place to grab some coffee or wine and catch up with friends. The food was good and there was a nice variety in the offerings. The reason why the desserts are so cheap is because they come in a smaller single-serving portion so you might want to get a couple of them if you plan to share. I don’t even live in the neighborhood but it would be worth a drive from N Arlington because everyone there is so welcoming and accommodating.


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