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“This place is special”
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Ranked #145 of 545 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd Street SE
Description: The Japanese word ten can mean “heaven", “above" or “celebration" and the dining experience at TEN modern Japanese restaurant is all of these things.TEN approaches traditional Japanese dishes as if they were works of modern art. The superior ingredients are the building blocks of inspiration and the plates are crafted to please both the palate and the eye. Superior products are used and the seafood arrives daily from fishing auctions in Japan and Hawaii. Beyond the incredibly fresh sushi, the menu features a variety of hot and cold ala carte items and offers many choices for vegetarians as well as non-seafood eaters.The bar menu boasts an extensive list of Sake, carefully selected in conjunction with specialty importers and a prominent Sake sommelier. Ten also features an extensive wine list, and specialty cocktails using unique ingredients such as the “Ten" which is comprised of sake, vodka, aloe juice, and sweet Japanese plums called momokochan.The restaurant's dining room was designed by Formwork of Charlottesville and is divided according to dark and light. The gently lit front room celebrates a twenty foot high ceiling and grand windows to create a space inspired by the night sky. Muted colors diminish perception and create a "boundless" spatial sense. The subtly reflective ceiling panels pick up a shimmering starlight effect from the dimmed “candle" sconces. The "night" space also includes the beverage bar, which is accented with luminous glass tube "bouquets" and other shimmering light effects. Intimate, high backed booth seating adds to the nocturnal mood of this space. The brighter "day" seating area is inspired by air travel, clouds. The sushi bar is rendered as a crisp white box, softened with a warm olive wood. Bright iridescent fabrics highlight the banquette seating and the relatively low ceiling is punctuated by twelve-foot high coffers at varying the "day sky" feeling of the space.
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This place is special”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

A wonderful upstairs restaurant with real Japanese food.

1 Thank VaEnjoy
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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143 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Excellent food. Cool downtown scene.”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I love this place with its chic, modern Japanese cuisine and ambiance. The food is just terrific. To start we had the rock shrimp with spicy aioli and the age dashi tofu. We then had the maguro with crème fraîche and the salmon. Then we had the oxtail wontons and the green tea soba. We've had their sushi in the past and it is also terrific. The decor (esp. the lighting) is creative and modern. They have an amazing selection of sake and the wine we chose was also excellent. We will return to Ten again and again.

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank Andiamo_38
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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426 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“The food is fine but you could starve in this restaurant”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

We took my son here for his birthday some time ago and not only did the dishes come out slowly, but the portions were so small that we paid a small fortune to leave hungry. We proceeded to go back to the house and eat leftover spaghetti and meatballs. You should not be hungry after spending more than $150.

Thank wombat1223
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Charlottesville, VA
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Ten is, in fact, a 10”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

I was skeptical of sushi in central Virginia, but Ten does it beautifully. I haven't eaten it in Japan, but I have in New York and elsewhere, and this place is right up there.

Thank AlexCallaghan
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Arlington, VA
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Expensive yes, but so worth it!!”
Reviewed December 1, 2011

My husband and I went on our date night to Ten and as avid sushi lovers, we had high expectations. Let me just say, the food was spectacular. True it is rather expensive, but the quality was top notch so it was worth the extra cost. Would you want to eat cheap sushi? No. We ordered several of the rolls and some salmon nigiri, and I had the delicious poke don (diced tuna and avocado over sushi rice). The fish was so fresh and the salad with ginger dressing was big enough for 2 people to split. The chocolate lava cake I had for dessert was the perfect finish to this great meal. Don't bother with the martinis, they were way overpriced and they weren't that special. Combined with the funky atmosphere, we are definitely going back to Ten again! Oh and in regards to some of the other reviews - we found both the hostess and our waitress to be perfectly friendly and knowledgeable.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Smithsh2
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