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Tavern on the James

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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280 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590-4979
+1 434-286-3500
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Both food and drink wete outstanding. Our bartender/waiter Tana did a great job. The pot roast gets a thumbs up!👍

Thank rodbadeen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time here and loved it! The food was awesome and the music was jumping!! It was blues night and it was so much fun! A bit of a drive to find it but worth the trip! This place is very family friendly! I recommend the Angus Sirlon I wish I took a picture. A real must... More 

Thank BeckyPaup
lithia springs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were driving through the town and found the tavern. We ordered two of the Sunday church specials and had enough food for 4. The food was good and service ok.

Thank Kingsoftravel
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very professional and care about their customers family friendly and all of the above have to try the appetizers good parking lot event friendly

Thank Adrienne B
Earlysville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017

The river is beyond the parking lot. But that's okay. The food was fine! I totally enjoyed the Reuben sandwich I had for lunch. Very nice and just the right amount of Swiss cheese and sauerkraut so as not to overtake the generous portion if meat. Great selection of sandwiches and lots of lunch specials very reasonably priced. This place... More 

Thank rhohner
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

i visited this place a few times and was always pleasantly surprised with how good the food and service were. i also liked the fact that i was able to enjoy sports on tv while eating dinner. it seems this place is very popular with local folks, so i think that is also a statement that the food is good... More 

Thank 24gregoryd
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

We really enjoyed this place - great pub fare and a nice urbanesque atmosphere. We didn't have any beer, but overall, we had a wonderful experience.

Thank 1happykat
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Found this gem by accident. Taking the back roads to Virginia beach. Stopped for lunch. The food was fabulous. The bartender was great. I ordered prime rib The chef/owner came to and said how big would you like it. Made to order how awesome is that and it is also locally sourced.

Thank Lawrence C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

If you are expecting a view of the James River...not here. Compliments go to the owners on the extensive renovations on the interior. The service was very timely and friendly. The food was just ok. Possibly will go back at some time in the future but other restaurants in the area are better. Seems more like a place for the... More 

Thank George M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Arrived on a busy Friday night and throughly enjoyed our dinner. Attentive service, amazing food! Amanda was a delightful server, constantly checking on the slightly backed up kitchen and refilling our drinks with ease. The crab stuffed mushrooms had great creamy flavor and bacon on top. The pork tenderloin with duck sausage was a touch dry but the mint sauce... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 280 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590-4979
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Scottsville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-286-3500
434-286-3500, just opened a few weeks ago, no web site yet. Should be popular.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?