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Tastings

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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
+1 434-293-3663
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18:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Wed 11:30 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely good selection of many wines I could not otherwise find in Charlottesville. I frequently go in looking for wines I cannot find and am almost always delighted to see what I am looking for, even for some very small productions

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Thank Brendan W
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tastings Restaurant in downtown Charlottesville is unique among Cville restaurants in one respect and unusual in another: (1) the front part of the big open room is a wine store, and a very good one; any bottle of wine for sale in the store is available in the restaurant in the back part of the room for an additional charge... More 

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Thank charl0ttesville
Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tastings is one of the favorite restaurants of my wife and myself. A visit to Charlottesville is not complete without going there. We enjoyed lunch there on Friday November 11. It is a French Bistro type atmosphere and the owner chef, Bill, is a superb host and incredibly knowledgeable about food and wine, especially that of France. My wife had... More 

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Thank ChamL
Arlington, Virginia
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25 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had nice dinner at Tastings two years ago. Went this Sat night and service was terrible and food mediocre. It took one hour forty minutes from seating until entrees delivered. Very tempted to just get up and leave. Appetizer was slow, salad was slow, no apologies, water glass sat empty for over an hour. Owner served us wine shortly after... More 

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Thank pauljryan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We just ate at Tastings tonite and were somewhat disappointed. There was one waitress for the whole restaurant! We waited 15 minutes to get rolls for our table and that was only when we asked for them! Service was very poor, food was expensive and only ok. We will not be going back. Too many other good choices around but... More 

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Thank Lauren M
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

3 out of 4 great meals isn't bad. And the majority of my meal was exceptional. I ordered a rare steak and it was served medium well. Disappointed? Yes, but the gazpacho was so delicious, the salad dressing sumptuous and vegetables so extraordinarily tasty I lived with it. The wine selection, since this is a wine store as well is... More 

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Thank Caroline Y
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Looks like a wine store that serves food, but it's really a fine wine store that serves gourmet food. Our annual visit here includes multiple wine tastings and a three course meal. Morels in puff pastry to start, bison short ribs, followed by sweets and a "stinky" cheese plate with port. Wonderful.

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Thank Lynn M
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

It seems like whenever we're in Cville we have lunch at Tastings. There are so many great restaurants but we just love Tastings. The food is excellent and so carefully prepared and the wine selection is the best in the area. We enjoy having a flight of wines with our lunch so we can try more than one. Today my... More 

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Thank tabueker
MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

It's important to book early if you are looking for a restaurant for Final Exercise weekend for UVA. We had a reservation for 7 and they were able to accommodate our group in the front part of the restaurant They have a set menu for the weekend with a vegetarian option. The food was exceptional and the wait staff was... More 

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Thank Gary O
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

My wife and I were in town for my 40th College Class Reunion (1976) at the University of Virginia. We have eaten here many times before and go back whenever we have a chance. This time we had three friends with us who had not been here before. This was another great experience. Our friends were questioned us at first... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-293-3663
Description
When Tastings started in 1990 it was the only fully integrated Wine Shop/ Wine Bar/ Restaurant on the East Coast. About twenty years later, there is still only a handful of establishments in the U.S. such as Tastings. Besides being an outstanding wine shop in its own right as well as a fine restaurant, Tastings offers a large selection of wines by the glass. Wines are offered in flights for experimentation with a meal for a modest fee over the retail price of wines in the shop. Tastings' restaurant serves simple, direct cuisine that allows each customer a gustatory and educational experience in a friendly but professional fine restaurant.

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