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American, Wine Bar
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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
+1 434-293-3663
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Tastings is a small restaurant (about 40 seats), but the noise levels are good. The food is always excellent, and it's always a pleasure to talk to chef/owner Bill Curtis about wine, which Tastings has in abundance.

Thank charl0ttesville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Extremely good selection of many wines I could not otherwise find in Charlottesville. I frequently go in looking for wines I cannot find and am almost always delighted to see what I am looking for, even for some very small productions

Thank Brendan W
Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Tastings Restaurant in downtown Charlottesville is unique among Cville restaurants in one respect and unusual in another: (1) the front part of the big open room is a wine store, and a very good one; any bottle of wine for sale in the store is available in the restaurant in the back part of the room for an additional charge... More 

Thank charl0ttesville
Lynchburg, Virginia
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Tastings is one of the favorite restaurants of my wife and myself. A visit to Charlottesville is not complete without going there. We enjoyed lunch there on Friday November 11. It is a French Bistro type atmosphere and the owner chef, Bill, is a superb host and incredibly knowledgeable about food and wine, especially that of France. My wife had... More 

Thank ChamL
Arlington, Virginia
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26 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Had nice dinner at Tastings two years ago. Went this Sat night and service was terrible and food mediocre. It took one hour forty minutes from seating until entrees delivered. Very tempted to just get up and leave. Appetizer was slow, salad was slow, no apologies, water glass sat empty for over an hour. Owner served us wine shortly after... More 

Thank pauljryan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We just ate at Tastings tonite and were somewhat disappointed. There was one waitress for the whole restaurant! We waited 15 minutes to get rolls for our table and that was only when we asked for them! Service was very poor, food was expensive and only ok. We will not be going back. Too many other good choices around but... More 

Thank Lauren M
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

3 out of 4 great meals isn't bad. And the majority of my meal was exceptional. I ordered a rare steak and it was served medium well. Disappointed? Yes, but the gazpacho was so delicious, the salad dressing sumptuous and vegetables so extraordinarily tasty I lived with it. The wine selection, since this is a wine store as well is... More 

Thank Caroline Y
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Looks like a wine store that serves food, but it's really a fine wine store that serves gourmet food. Our annual visit here includes multiple wine tastings and a three course meal. Morels in puff pastry to start, bison short ribs, followed by sweets and a "stinky" cheese plate with port. Wonderful.

Thank Lynn M
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

It seems like whenever we're in Cville we have lunch at Tastings. There are so many great restaurants but we just love Tastings. The food is excellent and so carefully prepared and the wine selection is the best in the area. We enjoy having a flight of wines with our lunch so we can try more than one. Today my... More 

Thank tabueker
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

It's important to book early if you are looking for a restaurant for Final Exercise weekend for UVA. We had a reservation for 7 and they were able to accommodate our group in the front part of the restaurant They have a set menu for the weekend with a vegetarian option. The food was exceptional and the wait staff was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-293-3663
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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