Tanglewood Ordinary “Need to know” page, updated 10/3/2019


Note—>another Special historical event Oct 10, Thursday
Please see below; special pricing and tickets are required!
Reservations are always a goooood idea!  
Oh,Yes, people are now making Thanksgiving 2019 Reservations.  Call, text or…e-mail (but it’s slow).

See more news below including about a Channel 6 visit from Greg McQuade or click here!

Fine FamilyStyle Dining at its best since 1986, same place, same style of food and service and…same owners!  That’s 33 years and counting.  Jim & Anne Hardwick and our great staff thank you for your patronage, past & future.
Regular days & hours are
Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday we are Closed unless you need a private party
Thursday – Friday – Saturday open 5 – 9 PM
Sunday open Noon – 8 PM. More below on reservations, etc. Quick note for calls and text messages: 804-FIVE FIVE 6 – 3284.

We take reservations until closing under our honest hours policy.   Catering and quantity pickups/deliveries can be arranged for most any time or day—please get in touch with enough advance notice to set it up right for you 😁.
🍗🍗🐓🐓Our birds, beans and beef (and more) thank you 🐓🐓🍗🍗

Some good news on special dietary needs: Always a challenge with a limited menu like ours, but we are working on some simple plate oriented options, for vegetarians to start with.  For now, please advise us when making reservations.  It can be hard to help without notice on many things.
We generally have some entrees & sides among our “daily FamilyStyle table offerings” that are just happen to be gluten-free anyway, but to avoid disappointment, there’s that advance notice thing helping out again 😉, since many of our menu items are made up in large quantities before we open.

Jim’s editorial comments:
Grandmother serves many each day and starts cooking early!
Somebody rated us down in a review a few months back because they said we served them “too fast, so they could not possibly have cooked it to order”.  Huh?
Do you want your Green beans cooked only a few minutes earlier, nice n crunchy (like Harry Potter and with ketchup) or do you like them “done 50 miles ago” as the RTD review said in June 2016, while raving about what she found?
As the the warden in “Cool Hand Luke” famously said, “What we have [t]here is a failure to communicate…”.  After laughing we decided that reviewer needed to patronize Cracker Barrel—only slooow freezer to table practiced there.  We’re kidding, don’t sue us.

PLEASE see the note about google messaging (and more below)—very soon, those google business messages will NOT reach us, as we have chosen not to share your or our privacy with them by using a new “app”, demanded under a new google protocol (yawn).  Please use regular phone calls or TEXT messaging to our main phone number,
804-Five Five 6-3284
instead (actually we love a text, over a voice mail if you don’t reach us by phone live).
Keep your dining habits from Big Data’s clutches!
Currently we do not receive messages from ANY 3rd party reservation service or web site—please don’t let them fool you into using them; we will not hear anything.
For a reservation at Tanglewood Ordinary, we need
—>Your first & last name
—>the time on any hour or half hour we are open and
—>the number of guests.
—> any special requests or needs (varying advance notice may be needed)
We also love it if you split your count between those needing high chairs, anything special, etc, and those who can use regular seats.  You can make resvs at any time, but we’ll try to warn you as soon as possible if seating is limited during the time you ask, especially if time is short.  Please read on for more helpful information below, general and special information you might find useful.

SPECIAL NEWS for this week: TANGLEWOOD ORDINARY WAS FEATURED FRIDAY NIGHT 9/20 DURING THE WTVR 6, the “Eleven O’clock NEWS”, on the segment called
with Journalist GREG MCQUADE!

Click Here is the link
I HAVE A STORY Channel 6

Warning, NO MAKEUP WAS USED.  Very scary, extreme caution advised for sensitive viewers

Richmond Magazine ran a nice story on us in May 2019  We hope you will support this fine print & on line publication, as they are supporting their local readers and businesses.
Click HERE for a link to the story.  We extend particular thanks to Rich Malkman, Publisher and to writer Gary Robertson, who also sometimes portrays a certain talented but often cranky figure from America’s literary past, named after the 19th century nickname for safe water depth for steamboats on the Mississippi.  Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Jim would be proud of him.

ASK ABOUT details of OUR NEW return discount offer; In short you get 10% of today’s dinner value to use when you return for another visit within the specified time frame.  Only a few terms & conditions apply and our goal is to make it easy to use.

Special event information will be HERE

New Thursday Night Historical Dinners

Visit Tanglewood Ordinary on Thursday September 12 for our
Music of WWII Event
Click here to learn more and to buy tickets on Square’s secure site

RESERVATIONS taken all days, not just on Holidays or for big groups—
 await confirmation after making a text or em request.  Be sure to give us your full name, the time on any hour or half hour and the number of guests with a separate number for high chairs or other special seating, thank you!  If you need any special arrangements, please let us know well in advance and await confirmation, as always.

Our Regular hrs reminder for “non-holidays”:

FYI regular hours Sunday Sept 1, closed M-Tu-Wed the following week as usual

Thursday – Friday – Saturday 5 PM – 9 PM
SUNDAY Noon – 8 PM
{Private parties other days/hours, just ask}
Reservations requested & taken, on any hour or half hour during those times

Click here for The Basics file for our regular days and hours.


We now welcome reservations AT ALL TIMES & DAYS for ANY size party, made on the half hour during our open times.   It definitely helps us serve you better & more quickly.   Please ask about Group Rates and easy bill splitting (if needed)—the former can save you $ and the latter WILL save you time.  We love our groups!


CLICK HERE for–Our regular days DINNER PRICE LIST (catering & takeout quantities information available, just ask)
Updated August 29, 2019.


Please make note!  We will soon be moving the restaurant website to
NEW look & feel – more information – clear format!


•••In fact you may start using that address now and you will be forwarded here until the new site is constructed•••
A click to reach the new Tanglewood site from ordinary.com will be on there indefinitely, too

{Sorry if you missed our most recent Historical Visitor}
Our Next one is Edgar Allen Poe!
Thursday OCT 11, 2019

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Please feel free to send text messages to our main phone number, but please be sure any important message you send is clearly acknowledged or answered.  Caution: We have experienced delays in both email and voice mail delivery, and even with texts recently (very poor Internet service where we are; slow 1.5 mb Verizon DSL is our only option)

Please note: Google Business is now forcing the use of their privacy-suspect “app” in order for a business to receive customer messages.  PLEASE use our textable telephone number (same as our main number!) for messaging TW, or simply call.  We WON’T receive your google business messages or from any other 3rd party site or application.  Keep it simple, call or text (only use email from this site if time is not a factor) to TW directly.  Thanks!

PLEASE take note for all visits to TW
–if you have special needs we MUST know those in advance: allergies or similar dietary specifics, high chairs, access for a wheelchair, larger guests unable to use booth seating, etc.
We cannot claim to be specialists in niche menu items but often can make accommodations for some concerns, but we need that advance notice.
And please take note: On Holidays, in particular,
we often CANNOT quickly, or at all, fix these things “day of”; help yourself & us by noting them with your reservation request, so that we can discuss any challenges & solve them (we hope) in advance

Other information follows

CLICK HERE for–A Brief introduction to Tanglewood Ordinary–Our Tanglewood Video (prices shown in the video are out of date—many thanks, NOT, to Adobe for making an update almost impossible)


•••••> (CLICK HERE) to view our “THE BASICS” file; Revised 20181018
a good place to learn about our group rates and about easy separate check/bill splitting — easy when we do it the easy way


CLICK HERE to send us an email If your questions are not answered on this page (please use the HOLIDAYS email link above for HOLIDAY event inquiries, thank you!) Don’t forget calling or texting to our main phone number as well, if time is a factor (email is good for details & asking questions, but it can be SLOW getting here) We like texts more that voice mail since they are faster & easier to check 😉


If you do not receive a prompt response, please call or send a text–no means of contact is 100% error free!  We have experienced some odd slow slow email delivery problems, and even some affecting our voice mail capability, so we ask that you let us know if you do not receive prompt attention after sending an email.  Text messaging to our main number works even faster!


[Regarding Private Parties & Catering.  Please tell us as much as you can in the email so we can respond helpfully, especially if you are asking about a catering or banquet with unique requirements (most are that way).  The more you tell us, the more we can help and faster.   Email is great for general inquiries, setting up private parties, catering, and big events, especially well in advance.  But!!  Please remember that email is “not the fastest”,  so if time is short, please contact us by phone or, even better,  same number by text: 804-556-3284, since we can get text messages even when there is noise around during times we’re open etc]  HINT: Text messaging works better than leaving VM if we don’t answer.


Attention, 2019:  updates are in process for a lot of this information, and a new web site is in the works, so please stay in touch.


During our updating process, some menu items on this site may not work. Please be patient while we work through getting our site modernized and all information up-to-date.


For now, this page will be your best source of current information. We urge you to take a vantage of the links below.


CLICK HERE for–THE BASICS information (Good place to start for new customers; will be updated from time to time)


CLICK HERE for–Our BEER & WINE PRICE LIST (this does get out of date often, so please ask your server for more information)


CLICK HERE for–Our regular days DINNER PRICE LIST (catering & takeout quantities information available, just ask)


The Price List (non-holiday) (will appear as a PDF file in a new window)
Catering information
Groups information & Ticket splitting for groups
Our Tanglewood Plate dinners