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In a Nutshell

  • Spicy menu of Cajun, Caribbean & Southern cuisine
  • Featured on Man v. Food
  • Rotating taps and craft beers

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People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents inner-system quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with spicy eats: for $10, you get $20 worth of cuisine and drink from Caliente, located in the Museum District. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.

Caliente heats up hunger receptacles with a menu featuring the spicy tastes of Cajun, Caribbean, and Southern cooking. Initiate digestive sequences with slow-cooked jerk chicken quesadillas ($9.50) with various cheeses and a salsa of tropical fruit, or try Caliente’s "Stupid Wings" ($15), a batch of fire-spitting wings featured on the TV show Man v. Food and capable of reducing taste buds to mumbling shells of their former selves. Other entrees include the grilled bratwurst ($7.50)—a beer-braised meat cylinder served with sauerkraut—or the Louisiana purchase that is red beans and rice with andouille ($12.95). Cool down cuisining with homemade desserts such as key lime pie ($5) and piña colada bread pudding ($5) enriched by a coconut-rum hard sauce.

Unlike saunas or steam rooms, Caliente is an ideal place for a hot meal with the whole family. The restaurant rotates its taps to keep customers updated on libations and features a showcase of more than 50 bottles of craft beers and Belgian ales. A brunch menu pleases late risers and super-early-to-bedders with french toast, omelettes, sandwiches, and more from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.


Style Weekly mentioned Caliente and Gayot reviewed the restaurant. Reviews are varied on the food, but reviewers praise the beer and wine selection and outdoor patio; Yelpers and eight Citysearchers give Caliente an average of three stars.

  • A quesadilla with chicken, for example, delivers more of a slow, smoldering burn than a melt-your-eyeballs inferno. A swell microbrew selection washes it all down. Desserts ignite excitement, too, be it the signature piña colada bread pudding with coconut rum hard sauce or a fudgy chocolate-chipotle cake. – Gayot
  • We go to Caliente just about every week. The specials are always fresh, creative and , most importantly, delicious. The stuffed jalapeno poppers are great because they are fresh jalapenos, which means that they are HOT jalapenos. The pina colada bread pudding and the frozen chocolate goo are the best desserts anywhere in town! The sandwiches are not your run of the mill bar food. In short, we love this place! – foodsnaab, Citysearch


Pasta served Cajun-style with crawfish and andouille sausage. A southwestern chorizo and black-bean sub. Steamed mussels wallowing in a Thai-style broth of lemongrass and green curry. Though these dishes hail from different global culinary traditions, they are united on Caliente’s menu by one shared feature: spice. The passion for all things piquant drives Caliente’s chefs to forgo focusing on one specific cuisine and instead look to the traditional recipes of various cultures to find the spiciest of eats. The kitchen buzzes with chefs architecting dishes from ingredients such as alligator fillet, lotus root, and fresh basil, infusing a zing into noshes via sauces forged from habanero peppers or the tears of a fire-breathing dragon.

Customer Reviews

Excellent food, good service. Great variety on the menu. I's more like a bar/sports bar ambiance so expect it to be a little loud.
Jesse S. · January 19, 2015
Go during happy hour, $2.50 beers till 7!
Nathan S. · January 16, 2015
Food was good, service was good as well.. clientele friendly... perfect place to hangout with friends or a double date and the rest of the place is background and white noise..
Ivan A. · October 11, 2014
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    The Museum District

    2922 Park Ave.

    Richmond, Virginia 23221

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