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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
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Ranked #36 of 454 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $30 - $30
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It's a wine shop. It's a restaurant. It's both! Don't be surprised if the gentlemen that sells you your wine, takes your dinner order also cooks the delightful meal and brings it to your table. Old school with a culinary twist of deliciousness.

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Belmont, North Carolina, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We came on a recommendation from a friend and were quite pleased. There was a large selection of interesting dishes including a grouper and an interesting paella, We were able to split two appetizers, 1 large salad and 2 entrees between 4 people with one shared desert and left feeling quite satisfied. The owner helped us to pick out a... More

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

If you love wine, and want to eat a tasty meal in the rustic atmosphere of one of Charlottesville's greatest wine shops, then this is the place for you. If your traveling for business as I often do, this is a nice place to feel like an insider when you're in Charlottesville. Good food, no-pressure atmosphere & service. It's good... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had the worlds best lobster bisque and great salad and tried several regional wines last week. The wine store seems to be the main focus but that doesn't mean that they have forgotten the kitchen. They also do a good catering business.

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Northern Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We had an excellent dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville tonight. The brussel sprout salad and fried oyster appetizers were great. The vegetarian wild mushroom entree was delicious. The duck and lamb were perfectly prepared. The wine pairing that was recommended to us was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Also, it is located inside a wine store which was... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Just off the downtown mall. Favorite place for locals. EVERYTHING on the menu is great. Get on newsletter to enjoy Owner Bill's humor and expertise and food/wine parings. Stamped parking ticket for Market St Garage.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We went here on a recommendation from friends - who frequently go there for dinner. We were told the food was excellent in a very casual environment, with the owner being extremely wine-friendly. Our expectations were exceeded on all accounts. Appetizers were wonderful - some of the best fried oyster - moist and tender. Entrees were bison short ribs and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Simply the best wine selection in c-ville. There is a bottle for everyone from a simple Muscadet to a top Bordeaux.

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Staunton, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This restaurant is located next to the down town mall with the largest selection of wines I've ever seen !! . Food and service is excellent , gourmet type food not burger king!!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Disclaimer: This is my "Cheers." I first found Tastings of Charlottesville about ten years ago. I found Bill Curtis, the proprietor, knew more about wine than anyone I had ever met. He still is! Beyond his wine shop is an intimate 30 person restaurant. Bill turned out to also be the best chef in Charlottesville. Everyone I know has his/her... More

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