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“Truly a wonderful evening” 5 of 5 stars
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Tastings
502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
434-293-3663
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Ranked #47 of 464 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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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.
NJ
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Truly a wonderful evening”
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 a pork cassolet - also excellent. Bill was extremely knowledgeable about the wines - which spanned the globe. He spoke at length to us after we chose our courses to ensure that he choose the best wine to complement not only the foods, but our paletes. The service was also excellent - not intrusive, but very attentive. There are not very many tables, which lends itself to wonderful attention. Bill spoke with us throughout our dinner (and wonderful NewOrleans pecan cake for dessert)...we also spent time with him afterwards looking through the exceptional array of wines for sale. It will be difficult not to choose Tastings for our next dinner in Charlottesville. Thanks to Bill and his staff for making an ordinary Friday - a special evening.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wine lover”
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.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Staunton, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“My favorite wine place!!”
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!!

Visited October 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Looking for a Wine Genius Who Doubles as a Great Chef?”
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 favorite dish at Tastings, and impressively, they are seldom the same.

Bill now uses Mike to create his dishes in the kitchen, allowing him to work the wine shop and restaurant. As one of the most well read folks around, Bill leads fascinating and diverse conversations, especially during happy hour, when many of the movers and shakers of town visit to discuss the day's events.

I especially love to visit during off hours when the wine reps try to sell Bill wine through tasting. They all wind up being the students as Bill dissects every facet of the wine's taste and process.

I did not even mention that the restaurant is called Tastings, because you can get a 1/4 glass, 1/2 glass or full glass of hundreds of wines, from inexpensive to "sure glad I'm only paying for a 1/2 glass of that wine!" ill is great at pairing wines with the meal, but also with each person's personal palate.

A visit to Charlottesville without a visit to Tastings, was an incomplete visit!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“OMG! What A TREAT!”
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 tastes and meal selections. The price was less than we anticipated, but then, we're from NY!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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