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Parallel 38
Parallel 38

Parallel 38 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://p38cville.com/
  • Phone: (434) 923-3838
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

    Thursday - Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

    Monday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Parallel 38
Parallel 38 will be the first to create an atmosphere where all the iconic regions within this parallel will merge. It will not only be a place to relish great food, amazing wine and fantastic beverages, but will also serve as a destination to discover and share the pleasures of these unique regions. A contemporary yet casual environment will allow guests to explore the sometimes perplexing world of wine without pretension. Our wine program will offer over 70 wines by the glass, along with 100 bottles from handpicked boutique wineries with an assortment of over performing staples, exotic varietals and unexplored regions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Brought five friends, most I think liked it. I'm vegetarian. The veggie dishes were all a bore, 'cept gnocchi, and everything rather expensive, prob. won't be back. Phil Mandelkorn"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Delicious and interesting food and wine, lovely service, quieter outside. We loved the little dishes to share. I almost never go out to eat -- it's almost always disappointing. This? This is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best hummus, labneh, and cocktails I have literally ever had in my life. It's a beautiful and perfectly clean space and the service is phenomenal. You will not be disappointed here!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant - sourcing and preparing food thoughtfully, safely, deliciously. The staff is knowledgeable and being well trained. The space is beautiful, but not human friendly. One feels exposed in the center of the room tables, by the unmitigated glare of the setting sun, by the too high ceilings, and the endless reverb of the loud, but indistinct music. I love this place, but wish I could get a little more cozy with my own self and with the conversations I am sharing with those with whom I dine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Reading the recommendations on Parallel, it did not disappoint. the small plates are wonderful way to try a lot of combinations of items. Service is very attentive and friendly. The wine selection is very board and well thought out. great place for after a movie to have dessert and wine. outdoor patio will be the place when the weather is a littler cooler. Overall great job."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Parellel 38 had a very nice atmosphere but overall we were very disappointed in the food. And we are foodies! The food had little flavor and the portions were small but expensive - even for tappas. We ordered 6 dishes to start for 4 people and only one was good. We stopped ordering and left hungry because we were so disappointed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Very interesting menu of small plates. Everyone one we tried was very good. Excellent wine list - many by the glass. We will go back!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is fabulous. Interesting and creative use of spices, combinations and tastes. The wine list complements the food well with a very good selection of wines by the glass. I will return. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were a little surprised to learn the restaurant served small tapas-style plates. So a little more expensive than expected; however, the food and drinks were all innovatively prepared and tasty. Bronzini and lamb were deliciously prepared. Portions were small so we ordered a second plate of the bronzini. Scallops were perfectly cooked though the marinade a bit overpowering. The greens with the scallops were also a bit too spicy. Flat bread was great."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything about the food at Parallel 38 was wonderful. My only complaint is with the hostesses. We had made a reservation, and as we were walking to our table, we asked to sit at a booth, as my mom walks with a cane and the booth was much higher (therefore more comfortable to get in and out of) than the stand-alone tables. While there were ample open seats, the hostess said they were unavailable, as it was University of Virginia graduation, and they needed the space for large groups. However, less than 10 minutes later they seated a two-top of young women where they could have easily sat us. It annoyed us, but we would happily recommend the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I love this restaurant - it was a great addition to the Charlottesville restaurant scene. We will definitely be back! The shrimp is my favorite thing on the menu. The goat cheese creme brulee for dessert was also amazing!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Came here after UVA final exercises -- what a great experience! Great drinks, great food. Just a great choice."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The restaurant was great as a semi-formal celebration dinner. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the food, both the options and quality. Very impressive! The lamb strip loin is amazing! Our server must have been new to the industry, and made rookie mistakes like opening our wine at the bar instead of at our table, not letting the French press coffee steep long enough and then pushing it so fast it was full of grounds, things like that. Nothing horrifying, but when you pay that much, you expect to pay for excellent service, not just food. But he was very nice and overall it was a very enjoyable experience. We will go back again, I'm sure."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great menu! We love to try new and interesting food, and the tapas sized dishes made it easy for us to share a wide variety of food. Great service. The dishes came to us as they were ready so it seemed like we had a steady stream of food coming to us the whole time. Trendy atmosphere with open kitchen, not a good choice for romance (not a problem for us, it's all about the food). I think my kids would like it, but they are 11 & 13 and not too picky. Didn't ask if there is a kids menu. We both had to drive to pick kids up at 2 locations afterwards, so didn't get to check out the wine list - next time!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "the service was excellent, food came out promptly. However, the food is just ok. The portions are tiny, even for tapas, and the price is high. The mixed drinks are not really that good, but they do have a great wine list. For tapas I will stick with the local restaurant "Mas", they have great food with appropriately sized tapas portions at good prices. And, their cocktails are tastier."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Parallel 38. The variety of food choices is wide but every dish is fairly expensive when you consider how little food you get."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The flavor combinations are surprisingly divine and the wine list impressive!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food tasted great and was beautifully presented but this place puts the "small" in small plates. Dropped $85 and left there hungry. Don't see the value. This place is a great benefit to the frozen yogurt shop across the street"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Good find -- veggie tapas is nice although a bit overpriced.. without alcohol, we all ended up spending about $30 each which seemed like it was a lot! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I will only write a review when a restaurant is really good or really bad. I'm pleased to report Parallel 38 is really good. My wife and I recently attended a wine dinner at this newly opened restaurant and the meal was excellent. We decided to return and to see if ordering off the menu would produce the same positive experience. Everything we had was terrific. I have not been a gnocchi fan but I am now. Highly recommend the small lamb chop, the shrimp, the panzanella and the white anchovies. This is a tapas restaurant so if you have ever written in a review "the portions are too small", it's probably not for you. The prices are reasonable for the portion size and food quality. Our server, Johnny, was excellent. Will return soon."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food was expertly prepared, drink list was fantastic! This is a tapas restaurant, so plates will be small (and prices somewhat higher for the relative portion size), but everything we had (besides the goat meatballs, which were dry) was delicious!!! I highly recommend the anchovies, sea bass, olive tapenade, any of the cheeses. It was a super-fun restaurant/atmosphere, and the service was AMAZING (a welcome change for normal Charlottesville Restaurants). It was a bit pricey, but pretty much on par with what you'll get at an upscale restaurant around town anyways. I would definitely recommend this place as a "must try once" at least! It definitely gives "Mas Tapas" a run for its money, without the wait and hard-to-find parking!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Parallel 38 offered a great array of vegetable and protein dishes. I especially enjoyed the zucchini & tomato dish with lebneh as well as the lamb tartar. I would also highly recommend the lemon olive oil cake! Personally, I would reserve this restaurant for special occasions as it is a bit pricey."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "He was incredibly helpful and attentive. One of the most polite and engaging servers I've ever had."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Tapas style has always been our favorite and Parallel 38 was above and beyond our expectations, the food was amazing and the drinks were creative, beautifully crafted...and unparalleled. Sorry, had to do it. Truly amazing dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant on our first visit - everything was exceptional. On the second visit, ordering many of the same items, I would only recommend it with qualifications."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great Location and Great Service. Food was "ok"...nothing remarkable. Way overpriced for tiny portions (even by Tapas standards). Our party of 2 paid $100, but left hungry."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a tapas place so the two of us had maybe 6 plates + dessert - shrimp + chorizo, lamb chops, scallops, etc. I can honestly say each and every plate was delicious. I didn't care for dessert, though, which was a goat cheese creme brulee. It seemed from the menu like they were trying a little too hard to squeeze the Mediterranean theme in. The poached pears apparently have dehydrated olives, etc. I do like a savory dessert, but the goat cheese overpowered the custard. The place is in the movie theater shopping center on 29, so the atmosphere is miles away from being on the downtown mall, but I think the quality of the food makes up for that. There were a couple tables of groups and the set up seems good for that FYI."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We visited on a rather quiet Tuesday evening and had a nice meal. The wine list was was decently extensive and had more than the usual cast of characters. The Greek whites we chose turned out to be very nice. The special soup was a tad salty for my taste but had excellent flavor regardless. In my mind the labneh stole the show. Very attentive waitstaff make this a nice spot to share small plates."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Loved the cheese selection and the tapenade and hummus platter was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I really enjoy Parallel 38. I've only been there twice now - but the food is very tasty and the atmosphere is such that it allowed three women (in reunion mode) to converse most of the night without much interruption. (Admittedly, I left an additional tip because we stayed for about another hour after we paid the bill - while we noshed and drank water.) The only complaint I have is that I would like to see a larger variety of wine by the glass (ala the former Sips on the Downtown Mall). Too many Italian reds. I understand the focus is on the 38th parallel - please provide us with more variety. Otherwise, a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I really didn't know what to expect on my first visit, but I was totally blown away by the amazing flavors of my dishes. After my first bite, I melted. I didn't want the meal to end! The service and decor were the cherry on top of my experience. I will absolutely recommend this restaurant to all my friends!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a Gintonic, which came with a beautiful charred orange, and a Jamey was a Ginger, which was the perfect modern whiskey cocktail. We ate in the dining room which was cozy and much more intimate than I expected. The room has great energy but we had no issue speaking to each other. The Wine list is amazing with selections from all over the world ranging from $7 to $70 a glass but it is the FOOD that steals the show. Everything was delicious and the next thing was always better than the last. Standouts would be the gnocci, gambas, and the most amazing pork belly I have ever had. Combine all this with phenomenal, sincere service and you not only have our new favorite tapas restaurant but possibly our new favorite restaurant overall."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food at Parallel 38 was excellent, and my two friends and I really enjoyed that aspect of our dinner. We were all surprised, however, at how small the portions were, given the prices. I went with a friend who is Spanish and a friend who has lived in Europe for several years, and I think it is telling that they thought the prices were high for the size of the portions. Additionally, the service was friendly but mediocre. The model of our waiter entering orders on a tablet and an expeditor bringing the food worked well, but the waiter was not as attentive as we would have liked. I would recommend this to someone looking to have a pleasant, slow evening out and where the occasion merits spending $75-$100 on dinner for 2 plus 1 or 2 drinks."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This is a small plates Mediterranean restaurant. The interior is stark, loud, but the service was excellent. Most of the dishes were interesting but the flavoring was bland. The serving portions were small even for small plates. Compare to Mas, the tapas restaurant across town, Paralled 38 does not give you much for your money."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were just in town for the evening to attend a sporting event the next day at UVA. Staying close by turned to Open Table to see what was close and casual. The claim of extensive wine list (it is) and the Tapas Style approach to the menu caught our attention. Reservations were easy and so was parking. The whole concept of the 38th Parallel was fitting and perfect. The selection of wines and food from the 38th, with a strong influence from the Mediterranean region, worked. Very interesting, eclectic mix. Our server was just 5 stars, and was so friendly and helpful. The same is true of the owner, and in house wine sommelier. Knowledgable, friendly, proud, warm and engaging. He's a pro, and it show."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I enjoy Tapas and would recommend this restaurant. I would not say it was outstanding but certainly good. The wine list was exquisite and the service, except for a delay in my wife receiving her entree, was outstanding. The building design is the popular warehouse style. So if you looking for a good time with a bunch of friends, then this is the place. But if you prefer a quite, romantic place, this not the place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The menu was very limited for a small naltrexone restaurant. We ordered the meatballs and they were over cooked and rubbery, the octopus was okay, not very seasoned. Everything else was okay, nothing was great. It seemed very expensive, the decor is very simple, seemed to be lacking something. The menu gave no descriptions with the wines so I asked our server who said he didn't know. He also kept coming by to tell us how needy his other tables were and how busy he was, it was very odd. Our food came out so fast that we were felt rushed because he table was so small and they kept asking if we were done with our other food, even when we still had some on the serving plates."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This was my first time at Parallel 38. Host was very gracious, we had reservations and were easily seated. We were meeting u with a friend and had to wait a little bt. Our waiter was good, not great. Asked if we wanted to order a wine, and whle we were looking at the menu taking a sec, just walked off (didn't say, I'll be back or anything to that effect). Cheese plate was small but good. Humous and red pepper appetizers were very good, not great. OK for a post movie quick bite, but doesn't beat Mas or Bang for my buck."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Did not check out menu prior to coming which we should have, the food was not really what we liked and we were hoping for more of a meal. The waiter was nice and professional but probably could have helped sell us on the food better. We really wanted the mozzarella salad but the mozzarella balls were not set enough to be served yet which was a disappointment for us. The hummus was abit sweeter than we are use to."
    Dined on 2/21/2014