"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." - Liberace
THE SOUTH'S BEST RESTAURANT 2018: L'OPOSSUM by Maureen L. Egan
"As the accolades for L’Opossum keep coming—Shannon was named a James Beard Award Best Chef Mid-Atlantic semifinalist in 2016—guests are smitten by his refined and irreverent restaurant, a major player in the city’s dining renaissance."
CONDÈ NAST TRAVELER
10 UNMISSABLE RESTAURANTS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH by Matt and Ted Lee
"Imagine that Liberace, Andy Warhol, and Nick Cave collaborated on a college-town tavern and you have L'Opossum."
HERE'S PROOF YOU SHOULD DIP INTO RICHMOND'S DIVERSE RESTAURANT SCENE by Tom Sietsema
There’s no cheekier restaurant in town than L’Opossum, home to a dim dining room dressed with replicas of Michelangelo’s David, large and small, and a menu that describes a salad as “a tawdry & salacious” mix of mesclun “bound by the frigid embrace” of cucumber with a “happy Thai basil ending.”
GARDEN & GUN
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: WEEKEND DINING GUIDE by Hanna Raskin
"Beeline just south to L’Opossum, an almost surreal exposition on joy authored by the chef David Shannon, equal parts flamboyant and familial—the ham biscuit comes topped with escargots."
THE ROAD TRIP IF YOU WANT TO SHAKE THINGS UP by Brandon Presser
"Dinnertime at gay-owned L’Opossum is like visiting Liberace’s garage sale, festooned with embroidered erotica and suggestive stained glass.."
OUT IN RICHMOND'S OUTDOORS by Dirk Smith
"To fully appreciate the menu of James Beard Award-nominee David Shannon's Oregon Hill eatery, you have to know and appreciate Richmond, Virginia."
THE SOUTH'S BEST RESTAURANTS 2015 (TOP 30)
"This year, we asked our favorite chefs where they're eating, and the short answer is everywhere. We've managed to narrow the list down to thirty eateries that everyone needs to try stat."
THE ELBY AWARDS
2017 Two-Time Elby Winner: Chef of the Year - David Shannon. Restaurant of the year - L'Opossum
"Shannon and his 2½-year-old Oregon Hill restaurant L’Opossum took home the night’s top two prizes: chef of the year and restaurant of the year. This is the second Elby award for L’Opossum, which won best new restaurant in 2015, and the second time in the awards’ six-year history that a chef and restaurant took home both top prizes."
2015 Elby Winner: Best New Restaurant - L'Opossum
"Order a drink. Stew on the interior. Listen to Dusty Springfield. Pore over the whimsically worded menu because it, like the décor, demands your full attention."
RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH / RICHMOND.COM
"L’Opossum, with its flamboyance and gumption, is helping to shake up this town’s already vibrant restaurant scene. Shannon is reinventing food, hospitality and ambience with his own special wit and panache."
Best of 2014
"Chef David Shannon delivers L’Opossum’s unexpectedly delicious dishes, each with a beautiful and creative presentation to boot.”
"I might not be able to explain why, but this feels like the sort of place where Mary Poppins might dine-"
State of the plate "Young Stars"
"L’Opossum: The best new spot in years, a showcase for David Shannon’s talents…Plus, a great bar." — Don Baker
the culture trip
Virginia's 10 Best Restaurants: A Foodie's Ultimate Guide
"Established in 2014 by Chef David Shannon, L'Opossum is an eclectic, award-winning eatery located in Virginia's capital, Richmond."
"L’Opossum is the extra-dimensional spiritual home of food porn… [L'Opossum] and its libertine owner deserve a standing ovation."
"Chef-Owner David Shannon’s sexy fun palace includes dishes like 'Cap’n Dave’s Catch of the Day Adrift with a Wild Rice Studded Sausage Party & an Uninhibited Mushroom Broth.' In other words, a happy riot."
windy city times
"Believe me when I tell you this place has to be experienced to be believed."