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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Best food and wine experience on the mall

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

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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George Town, Grand Cayman
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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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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

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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State College, Pennsylvania
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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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Lorton, Virginia
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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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The veal chop was particularly recommended for lunch and was very good, cooked perfectly and tender. The bread freshly out of the oven was nice. The owner offered a glass of wine that paired nicely. The service is good and it is a wine store with good selection. A very nice lunch

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McLean
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

A great experience because you can select a bottle of wine and drink it with your meal. Being infrequent travelers to Charlottesville, we always seem to find our way back to Tastings. Most recently, we sampled the foie gras with fig reduction, fried oysters (plump, juicy, very light breading-yum!) and steak frites along with a great bottle of South African... More 

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Charlottesville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Kind service, warm atmosphere, and a tasty lamb burger for lunch. The best part is meandering through the wine shop after lunch and checking out all of the selections.

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As a Brit visiting Charlottesville I was surprised by the honesty of the old world/grand mere style of food;sincerely French and good value.The wine choice is limitless because the owner has put together a unique collection of European and American bottles.While it is true he will steer you towards the high end stuff, there is good value to be found... More 

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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?