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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
434-293-3663
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11:30 am - 2:30 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
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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  • 3
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  • 0
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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
Great Recommendation

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Connor H
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Lorton, Virginia
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Lorton, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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123 reviews 123 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 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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Charlottesville
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92 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
72 helpful votes 72 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?