Pasture - Charlottesville
Pasture - Charlottesville

Pasture - Charlottesville

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pastureva.com/
  • Phone: 4349732270x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 29 & Hydraulic
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pasture - Charlottesville
When I think about southern food, a few things come immediately to mind: sharing, fresh ingredients, family and friends, and conversation around the table. here at pasture, we hope to bring all of those things together for a newer experience in southern dining. instead of the more traditional large portions, we have put together a menu of small plates and some big plates to share and be enjoyed by the whole table. we use the best products we can from a group of some of Virginia's best farmers and producers. local ham, Virginia cheeses, fresh fish and shell fish, meat, and vegetables all make their way onto our menu seasonally. - Jason Alley
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Pasture - Charlottesville reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (11)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Pasture a consistent pleasure
    ElsieCAVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We always have a great dining experience at Pasture whether we're in the mood for burger, a small plate, or a gourmet meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love rhe small plates!
    NoraTVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    With a group of five, one of whom was a toddler, Pasture's small plates offer an appealing variety of tastes. The sauted spinach with chopped eggs was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The fried clams are the best this side of tidewater and the grits and black-eyed peas were new to us and reminded us of the low country. And though it is not listed on the cocktail menu, the bar made a dynamite Sidecar. And Pasture has a great selection of draft beers and wines.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Ideas, Poor Execution
    Alric
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The menu had interesting dishes or ingredients, but the execution of many dishes was off, in my opinion. Starters: Grilled and Chilled Asparagus: Good. Great light aioli. Marinated gulf shrimp: Excellent. Great acidity balance. Ham cured pork rib: Interesting. Sauce was fine standalone, but the ribs need a brighter, punchier sauce to cut through the fat and salt. Entrees: Seared fish of the day (cobia): Mediocre. Crispy salty sear on fish but extremely overcooked. The vegetables were utterly unremarkable – and I think not seasoned. House made noodles: Mediocre. Pasta was just terrible – gummy and grainy. Sauce separated, very greasy. Pancetta undercooked leaving big fatty hunks. Dessert: Lemon buttermilk pie: Great dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly staff! Delicious food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Being a relative newcomer to Charlottesville I've been trying to find a place that I can take out of town guests and be assured of a great time. I've finally found it in Pasture. They never fail to greet me warmly, seat me in a timely fashion and delivery tasty southern fare in a pleasant manner. It doesn't hurt that in a city of folksy, overdone spots this place is sleek and beautiful. Get the pork ribs with Alabama white sauce and the pimento cheese! Interesting cocktails and local beer round out a fun menu that doesn't break the bank. Love these guys!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed Service, Rude Waitress
    LLTS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A group of two couples went out for Restaurant Week. This was my second time at Pasture, following poor (not the price!) lunch where an undisclosed fiery mustard had my eyes streaming while a staff member told me that there was nothing hot in it. I saw the RW menu and a tempting Lemon Buttermilk pie and decided to give it another try. Big Mistake. Our waitress a pretty, lean, 40s blonde woman clearly had better things to do than to wait on the likes of two paying couples. We were rushed from the moment we sat down. The Evening of Hurried Service culminated with a debate with the Waitress over a 3/4inch overcooked steak that was ordered medium. It wa tough, dry, at the edges with only a memory of pink in the middle. The pie was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great restaurant week experience! We made reservations and did the fixed menu with wine pairings. It was great. All the desserts were to die for and so were the chicken fried mushrooms. Our group really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friend's for food
    EGPS
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very timing to seat us (we had a reservation) and immediately be served. The service was exceptional with lots of team work among the staff to bring our orders, remove "dirtly" dishes in a very timely manner, continually checking to see "how we were doing"...including the "manager"......a bit noisy but we were able to hear (our party of 4) each other pretty well. Definitely not a romantic venue but it suited the needs of my spouse and our friends purpose very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant Week Menu
    Operagoer
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We remembered it was Restaurant Week after we had decided to go to Pasture. We were so happy that we did! I am in the food business, so they always send out a few munchies from the kitchen to make sure that we do not go away hungry. Fat Chance! We decided on the wine pairing for only $14 with the dinner. There were 3 nice pours and the wines were tasty and interesting. We both had the yellow tomato gazpacho for apps. The pairing of the ham and crabmeat balanced the acidity perfectly. We had salmon and steak for entrees. We loved the crunch on the salmon. The steak, with a delicious housemade steak sauce was done just to order and really tender. Strawberry shortcake parfait and lemon buttermilk pie were superb. Service outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Local Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My wife and I visited Pasture during Restaurant Week. We were greeted promptly by the waiter who explained the special prix fixe menu. We both drank water, but it looked like they had a nice wine list. The food was good -- fresh locally-sourced ingredients with new twists on classic Southern and American food. My only complaint would be that the place was noisy. The interior is almost all hard surfaces and the half-full dining room was still quite loud. We'll worth a try, and I know we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    figdill
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I guess one cannot expect much from southern food. It was OK, but sounded a lot more interesting than it turned out to be. Also don't like the hard austere style of chairs and tables - too much like a cafeteria.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Deal
    NoraTVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Pasture is always good and we wanted to try their Restaurant Week menu and pricing. My first course was the tomato gazpacho with ham and crab garnish; the second course was the salmon on a bed of corn and black eyed peas; and the third course was pot de chocolat. All items were seasoned and cooked perfectly and served fast, which was an added benefit because we were eating with a toddler. Others in our party had mixed green salad or peanut hummus, chicken country captain, and strawberry shortcake and buttermilk pie. All selections were great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW!!
    PatMakVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    A colleague and I were looking for a place for a working dinner, and Pasture was recommended. This was a fantastic experience from start to finish. From the pork rinds to the ribs to the chops, it was a meal to remember. The ribs were outstanding, the layers of flavor that were packed into these tender meaty pigcicles was unbelievable. We wound up ordering an extra serving of them. I will definitely be coming back, and have already recommended it to several friends and co-workers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Southern Cuisine
    1685penn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant was one block from our hotel and boy did we luck out. Dinner was superb! My two daughters had the fried mushroom (which she raved about) and the salmon over mixed greens. I had the pork chop. All were first rate. For dessert we had the shortcake with strawberry jam: one of the very best desserts I've ever had. Would definitely go back to sample more of their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasture is Pure Pleasure
    LeslieavaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Delightful decor to begin with, clean, airy, turquoise and white; the wood paneled sustainable wood bar is awesome. The food was incredible. One of the best salads I've ever eaten (forgot the name), with Romaine and radishes and all kinds of green veggies. Fried clams were delish. My husbands black seabass very tasty. We shall return SOON.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very nice restaurant
    PamRVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I loved the restaurant but thought it was a little pricey. The food was very tasty and the service was wonderful. I would probably go back and also recommend it to a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu limited
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The staff was very friendly and the service very good. What we ate (3 salads, fried clams and a crabcake) was very good, but the menu was very limited - we had a hard time finding something to order. It was heavily weighted to spicy food with gravy. I would recommend reviewing the menu online, and if there are items which appeal to you then you will probably enjoy the experience. If not, don't waste your time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for foodies
    cvillefoodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The dishes had a lot of unique flavors and you can tell the owners/chef take pride in what they offer. I had grilled asparagus with a dill cream sauce, pickled veggies, and chicken served with a tomato-curry sauce on a bed of rice. Everything was delicious for everyone at the table. My only complaint has to do with the venue. Be warned that if it is sunny out at dinner time they do not currently have shades so people facing the window can get blinded by the sun. The temporary solution is to provide customers with sunglasses. Also, the decor is a little TOO minimalist, but maybe that is just my preference. Overall, I recommend going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rmclarkVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    farm to table offerings that were nice. The atmosphere is clean and bright if a bit bland.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daffodil
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Late Mother's Day dinner with my daughter. Ordered the special, soft shell crab. The entree was one small crab on bread. It looked more like an appetizer portion. Not much for $22.
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  • Excellent Dining Experience
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a wonderful celebration dinner at Pasture. The staff couldn't have been more accomodating even during a busy graduation week-end. Our waiters recommendations were right on point and all the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Pasture - Charlottesville reviews archive.
  • Just Really Good Food
    deedav
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    After getting mixed reviews from friends on online, I was a little nervous about Pasture, but I knew my husband really wanted to go so I made reservations for his birthday. I'm so glad we did, because it was delicious! We were there at 6:30 on a rainy weeknight, so no crowds, but the food and cocktails were fantastic and the waiter was very knowledgeable. We ordered 1 snack and 4 small plates to share; it was the perfect amount of food. We might have ordered one more, but after the waiter saw it was my hubby's Bday, they brought us out a lemon buttermilk pie with a candle at the end of the meal. A very nice touch at a really great restaurant! My only complaint is that they brought out all plates at once. Ask them to be more spread out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal
    GlobalTravelerNDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Restaurant is located in a nice new mall so parking is not an issue. Food was good and I enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • minimalist decor - great food
    diner1
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Had dinner here for the first time and was so intrigued by the appetizers that we ate a variety of those and never got an entree. Each was delicious, well prepared, and our server was very good. The happy hour is also a good find with one of the best bartenders we've met. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Had a great time at pasture. Really friendly service. Tasty cocktails. Get the surry! Perfectly cooked spice crusted fish over apples and cabbage. Nice addition to Cville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates
    NoraTVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    From the friendly, helpful waitress and her single-glass wine recommendation, to the wonderfully-prepared small plates, to the fresh-brewed decaf coffee, the dinner at Pasture is always anticipated and enjoyed. My favorite for a small plate is the Brussels sprouts with butternut squash!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Anita
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The hearty kale salad was particularly tasty. The bloody marys were crisp and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive from Philly!
    SwineyJHooves
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The charm of southern hospitality truly rang through at Pasture. A friend and I drove from Richmond-my friend lives in GA and I live in PA, so the half way meet up was in itself a treat. Our sole purpose of traveling to charoletsville was to have lunch at this restaurant . We were successful in getting lost and called the restaurant for directions. The manager that answered the phone was patient, friendly and oh so helpful. When we finally arrived our greeting was warm and our service was proficient & enthusiastic. Couldn't ask for more! Our lunch was precisely what we expected. Delicious, simple, and inspired. It's exciting to see farm to table restaurants in a mall setting. What a great time! Such a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't leave without having
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Don't leave without having the lemon pie!! All the food is consistently outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Seathree
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very fresh atmosphere and very kid friendly. A bright ambiance with white & teal accents, delicious food with a smokey flair. The staff was a bit soft spoken. I was with 2 elderly guest and they had a hard time hearing the special, being asked for refills, etc. The croquettes and chips & dip was fun and delicious! The clean atmosphere & clean bar make for a surprisingly relaxed environment. The service was timely and the food delicious. Incredibly kid friendly which made it easy to dine with a 3 year old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great soup special
    NoraTVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The special soup was cauliflower potato curry and it was special, as the soups hqve been at every visit. What will they do in the spring and summer? Maybe serve cold soups, which, I am sure, will be delicious! The small plates are the perfect size and we enjoyed the fresh, sweet fried clams and the brussels sprouts and squash, with tiny, little pecans as a garnish. The special wines are also highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Pasture is exactly what Charlottesville has needed. A reasonably priced restaurant that feels relaxed and hip. The food( mostly local) was fresh and inventive without throwing in something extra just to be weird. My ribs were perfectly cooked and the Alabama white was new to me but really tasty. The burger was the best I've had anywhere. I had the surry cocktail, our very polite server's suggestion, and loved ithe smoky take on a bourbon and ginger. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    Waiki
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food at Pasture was fresh, delicious, and well prepared. Since everything is priced a la carte, the cost can add up, however.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife and found the dinning experience very good (we dine out frequently). The service was top notch(5 star) and the food well prepared and tasted great. We will definitely visit again. Wayne
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great time at pasture. Friendly greeting from the hostess and bartender made us feel like regulars, which is always nice. Our server was attentive and able to answer our menu queries. The Steak tartar was incredible. The Salad was a little overdressed but very tasty. I had the chicken country captain for my entree and loved it and my husband had the steak which he deemed delicious. We are looking forward to introducing our friends to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond the food
    DIningwithFriends
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The eclectic menu was very good. The food excellent. The decor did not reflect the food sophistication and price point. The wait staff was inattentive. We had a party of 6 and were seated at a large table with another dinner party. Our waiter was happy to add a 20% gratuity to our bill. Luckily, one of our party noticed it. The food, although excellent, was not enough to out weigh the lack of decor and wait staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally decided to try Pasture
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Finally decided to try Pasture on Valentine's Day. We got several of the small plates (pork ribs in white sauce, Brussels sprouts, and the Romanesco special) and a burger to share - all were really delicious! They also had an impressive selections of wine and a long list of beers on draft. After we left, we both commented on how nice all of the staff were. A little loud because of the high ceilings and lack of barriers between tables, but overall, a great experience. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Kcgrt
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First time @ Pasture. Loved it. Will return as often as we can & will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Having only lived in Charlottesville for about a year I haven't really found a place the felt like "my place" but I think we have a winner with Pasture. I've been a few times and the service is always friendly and not stuffy, which I like. The food is great. Interesting but not crazy and if you're with someone who will only eat a burger they've got their version of a Big Mac. I can't say enough good things about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    e2m2n16
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was great, server was very helpful. There is a lot of space between tables which is really nice-we didn't feel squished in at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected...
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The ambience was not great as other reviews have indicated but I was hoping for good food. They were out of the appetizer we wanted but they did comp us on another one. Unfortunately it wasn't very good and still had nuts in it which I had asked not to have since I am allergic to them. Luckily I found them before it was an issue. The entrees were about the same. My pork was over cooked and the seafood stew lacked seafood. It was worth a try but we won't be going back. Charlottesville has many much better options for the same money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic