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Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar
Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar
  • Address:
    502 East Market
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tastingsofcville.com
  • Phone: (434) 293-3663
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Tastings does cater locally. Contact 434-293-3663 for a personal consultation or email Bill at billcurtis@tastingsofcville.com.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar
When Tastings started in 1990 it was the only fully integrated Wine Shop/ Wine Bar/ Restaurant on the East Coast. About twenty years later, there is still only a handful of establishments in the U.S. such as Tastings. Besides being an outstanding wine shop in its own right as well as a fine restaurant, Tastings offers a large selection of wines by the glass. Wines are offered in flights for experimentation with a meal for a modest fee over the retail price of wines in the shop. Tastings' restaurant serves simple, direct cuisine that allows each customer a gustatory and educational experience in a friendly but professional fine restaurant.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and wine are outstanding, but it's the owner who makes this nook glow with particular warmth. A marvelous character who welcomes you into his home. Have dined at Tastings several times over the years and never been even MILDLY disappointed. EVER"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tastings is a quirky little place with a real charm. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Service was friendly and prompt. The food focuses on outstanding ingredients and simple preparations that highlight the flavors without a hint of pretension. The mushroom soup was outstanding with a French onion soup base and black trumpet mushrooms. My wife's fried oysters were perfectly done. She had the mushroom plate for her entre, almost a vegetarian plate except for bacon included in one of the components. I had the medallions of leg of lamb. Both were great dishes with beautifully chosen side items. Best of all were the wine selections by the glass recommended by the sommelier -- perfect and not always obvious choices."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Fantastic wood - and a shocking selection of wines professionally selected with great taste by the owner. All around a superb dining experience in a relatively informal setting. Top choice in downtown Charlottesville."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I was intrigued with the comments about wine recommendations and the intimacy of the place...it was everything I had hoped...wine paired perfectly with food perfectly prepared....I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We really enjoyed the ambiance and combination of selecting wine from the retail shop to pair with our dinner. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The menu was very eclectic and ambitious, some of our selections were excellent some missed their mark. However it was an overall fun experience and we will return next time in Charlottesville."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "As always - fabulous wine tasting to go with outstanding dishes. Great place, great service."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This is a small hole in the wall place with excellent food and a great wine selection. The owner will come to your table and suggest wine pairings that are right on the dot. No fuss, no attitude, just great wines and delicious food. We were very happy we came here during our weekend visit to Charlottesville."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I used reviews for restaurants in Charlottesville to find a place where the food was good and the atmosphere was one that would allow pleasant conversation. We hit the mark with Tastings! We had a lovely evening catching up with our college son and his friend. We never felt rushed and it was quiet enough for good conversation. The food was also very good and it was fun to talk to the owner about wine choices. We are not wine connosieurs and he never made us feel lesser than because we didn't know our wine. He genuinely wanted us to have a great experience and to help us find something we would like."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Lots of good wine choices; we had four. Excellent wild mushroom entree and Sherwood Farms filet. Service was attentive and we had good conversations with long-time owner Bill."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I made a reservation for 6. I came in 30min early to let them know we were going to be short a person, possibly two, but I was not for sure. Immediately, I was made to feel as though our group was an issue for them. Come 6:05 we had still not been seated and I had to ask him to seat us. The room was empty other than one table of 4. The menu was on a chalk board, which we could not see from our table. We had to get up and walk over to the board in order to choose our food. The staff was unfamiliar with the menu. I will say food was very good, no complaints there, but the overall experience was uncomfortable. We have so many great local restaurants around C-Ville where the food and service is excellent. This is not one of them."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Tastings is a regular for us due to the exceptional wine flights and knowledge of the owner about wine. The food is reliably good, but was exceptionally tasty tonight. Service, which can vary in friendliness and efficiency was high on both. Great place to pick a flight and ask Bill (owner) or waiter/waitress to suggest food to go with it. You will enjoy the adventure and maybe learn some new and interesting food and wine information"
    Dined on 8/24/2013