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“Half Way to Paradise”

Tavern on the James
Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in Scottsville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 434-286-3500, just opened a few weeks ago, no web site yet. Should be popular.
Reviewed October 16, 2013

My Bride of 33 years and myself have stopped there on numerous occasions coming or going to C'ville and have been blown away by the food and service each time.

The Johnstones
Dowdy's Corner VA

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Thank McKinnon J
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

After a full day of floating the James River and fishing my buddies stopped in for a cold beer and hot sandwich. Had the Philly cheese steak and boy was it good. We sat outside on the patio and had a great time talking about the one that got away. The place was pretty well packed, and we still got great service outside. This place has a pretty good selection and is reasonably priced. We will be back next year for the annual fishing trip and our stop to the Tavern on the James.

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Thank drumsrock
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We had the homemade chicken pot pie and fried pickles. It is worth visiting this restaurant just for the fried pickles. The restaurant is clean and ambiance is great. This was our second visit and the food and service was great both times. This used to be a grocery store and has been converted to a restaurant with great success.

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2  Thank Albequerque
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Came here for birthday, and it didn't disappoint. Food was excellent as was the service. We never felt rushed so we relaxed and watched other patrons play corn hole. Desserts were so good we ordered 3. Portions were big, enough for lunch the next day. We sat outside but did check out the inside and it was well designed. There's a bar area in back, separate from the dining area so you can choose to have a quiet meal or go in the bar area and watch sports or sit outside and enjoy the weather.

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Thank dmccec83
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Our party of seven converged on the unsuspecting and kind folks at Tavern on the James for Sunday dinner, based on feedback from other friends that had enjoyed the food there. We were pleasantly surprised with the look and feel of this restaurant that sits in the historic section of Scottsville, a small town lying on the James River where Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna counties converge.

This renovated early storefront location retains exposed brick and beams and the wide plank floors of days gone by, and the collection of local art works is surprisingly good (though some pieces are a bit on the steep side).

Our party had a variety of beer, wine and cocktails, and everyone was pleased with their selections. I had a mojito (my favorite summer drink) and found it quite refreshing, with a new ingredient I couldn't quite place, but which gave this drink a great added sparkling flavor!

Dinner selections ranged from the simpler fish and chips, a very generous haddock filet with homemade potato chips that were magnificent, to a more complex Fiji Chicken, that included various bell peppers, red onion, and grilled pineapple over a bed of rice pilaf and smothered with mozzarella cheese. There was an order of the tuna filet that was perfectly cooked to medium rare, a grilled salmon salad with balsamic marinated tomatoes, and crab-stuffed shrimp served in a lemon butter sauce that was quite tasty and rich. Lastly, another member of our party had the French cut pork chops with pickled green beans and a Marsala portobello mushroom sauce. All the entrees were very well priced and portioned were more than generous.

We ordered a couple dessert selections "to go" and had them later. While not personally a fan of bread pudding at all, I found this one to be quite tasty and others in the party found it to be among the best they have had. I found the pecan pie to be fine, but not spectacular - perhaps the addition of some bourbon or chocolate would take this to the next level of flavor.

All in all, though, we were thrilled to find a restaurant of this caliber and quality practically in our backyard. T chef came out to meet us, and was exceedingly grateful for the business and humble to a fault - nice to see in this age of celebrity chefs who do much just for shock value, with results not always spectacular. This food is more complex versions of basic, good food, and I found this to be quite a nice experience in the most unexpected of locations......

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Thank Jim H
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