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Tastings

502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
434-293-3663
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Ranked #25 of 455 restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $30 - $30
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
Charlottesville
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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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NJ
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This place is off the pedestrian mall, and worth the little stroll up the street. I started with Pâté. Entre was grilled quail. My partner had Seafood Louie- a generous portion of crab meats and lobster. The meats were presented with perfect accompaniments. AND, if you like wine THIS IS THE PLACE TO DINE! Our waiter paired wines to our... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I have been to Tastings many times over the years and I should have done a review before this because every one of our meals and the wine selections have been excellent. The restaurant is small in size and is attached to owner Bill Curtis's wine shop but don't be put-off by that arrangement. There is a... More

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