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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
434-293-3663
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Description: When Tastings started in 1990 it was the only fully integrated Wine Shop/...
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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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent wine recommendations with good food as well

Bill, the owner, is a great font of knowledge about wines from around the world. Tell him what you ordered for food, the type of wine you like, and he will pair it with the perfect wine. No prices are mentioned so you might have a surprise when the bill comes. Food is good but not great. Lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
64Jag
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Earlysville, Virginia
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Earlysville, Virginia
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93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Bill, the owner, is a great font of knowledge about wines from around the world. Tell him what you ordered for food, the type of wine you like, and he will pair it with the perfect wine. No prices are mentioned so you might have a surprise when the bill comes. Food is good but not great. Lots of daily... More 

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Thank 64Jag
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Have given up commercial ground meat, but had this lingering memory of the Best Hamburger I've had in Charlottesville: Tastings burger with fresh chives. Went in for one, and Bill said they didn't make them anymore, BUT if I wanted one, they would make it for me. That's the signal sign for a great restaurant. Highly recommended. I love their... More 

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Thank saulamca
SALISBURY
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In town for Delbert McClinton concert at the Jefferson Theatre, we stopped in at Tastings for a tasty lunch. A very extensive wine selection and knowledgeable staff helped us enjoy a very nice meal. Personal attention made it all the better. A good lunch stop.

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Thank ROBERT B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful wine shop that serves delicious dinner. I do not know if they serve lunch. They always have a great menu and I personally feel is is a very well kept secret. A little pricey, but for the atmosphere and excellent service and quality food it is worth the cost. Might need a reservation. It is right... More 

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Thank Charles D
Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

This is basically a wine shop with a small restaurant on the side. So, the wine list is impressive. In addition to what is generally for sale, they maintain an off menu wine list that is as high end as you like. The daily menu features the classic preparations of whatever is fresh. The execution is always spot on. The... More 

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Thank Vafarmer
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

If you want wine this place is great! Excellent selection and knowledgable staff. This is a friend's favorite place but i have found the food less than average. Really struggle when folks want to Eat here.

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Thank Jeanne M
George Town, Grand Cayman
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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Tastings is a little restaurant with a wine store up front and a restaurant in back. It was the first time I had been there. Even for a person who does not drink, the staff seemed very knowledgeable. My friend does know his wines and had eaten there earlier in the week. The prior time, he had a flight of... More 

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Thank rcwcfa
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Great food and a sommelier to help with wine choices. Varied menu that changes almost daily depending on availability. While this looks like a wine store ( and it is) the dining atmosphere is cozy, casual but elegantly prepared food with wine pairings is not to be missed.

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Thank Lynn M
State College, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

You must find this place and know that it is at the back of the wine shop and behind the full bar. The chef finds what is fresh and seasonal and delivers it with panache. The waiters are attentive and helpful. Take their recommendations on wine, especially a flight of three wines, usually for around $12-15. Save room for dessert,... More 

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Thank clmspas
Lorton, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Tastings is a small restaurant and wine shop. The ambience is relaxing and friendly, the food superb, and the wine offerings outstanding.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-293-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?