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Ralph Sampson's American Taproom, Charlottesville, VA

Ralph Sampson's American Taproom

4.2
4.2
81 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
BIG FLAVORS FOR THE BIG GAME (FROM THE ORIGINAL BIG MAN)
Whether you’re pre-gaming with burgers and wings or celebrating a big win with premium steaks and seafood, our menu has you (and your team) covered.

LOCAL EATS, LOCAL BREWS (FROM A LOCAL LEGEND)
Proudly featuring “Ralph’s Big Juicy” — a citrusy India Pale Ale made in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

“IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE”
An upscale sports bar experience years in the making conveniently located in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 422-8093

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 81 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charlottesville

    Great for Lunch

  • Charlottesville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. WM

    WillMN

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service, relaxing and fun vibe!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The host and wait staff were top notch. Our meals were delicious. Our second time there and we will definitely be back!
  3. MM

    MsMagenta

    Richmond

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good, consistent dining experience. Great burgers and fries. Desserts are huge, so highly recommend sharing.
  4. AF

    AliceF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very nice and attentive. We had so many questions and substitutes and he made sure everything was as we ordered.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ordered the filet mignon, mashed potatoes and asparagus. The food was excellent but we did have to ask for hot mashed potatoes because the original ones were lukewarm. The service was friendly and good.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The service was not good. I know everyone is short staffed but They ignore you. They also charge per soda refill. Food was good once we got it. They forgot the appetizer and desert.
  7. SP

    ShariP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaden is such a friendly and helpful person. My daughter and I enjoyed the food and drinks.
  8. JS

    JimS

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We visited within the first two months of opening. Restaurant has potential. Unfortunately the food was pretty salty and/or over seasoned. Food also took a long time to come out of the kitchen. Service was good. We hope in time the kinks will be worked out in the operation.
  9. b

    bullwinkle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Central location with easy parking. Great vibe -- friendly, easy going. Delicious food and wonderful service. Good air circulation for those worried about COVID -- high ceilings with large, open window panels. Highly recommended!
  10. TC

    TammyC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Service was very good. The food was ok, but you can get the same entrees elsewhere for much cheaper with larger portions.
  11. AC

    AleenC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we were there for saturday brunch with a DJ who was spinning some great tunes. everyone liked their meal and the service has been great every time we’ve eaten there. the manager usually comes over to check in and make sure we are satisfied. great to have this as a new go-to option in cville!
  12. JC

    JC93

    Tallahassee

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food with creative drinks. Still bringing on new beers and food items. The chicken and waffles was good. Burger and hoagies were very substantial. Good happy hour 3-6 specials.
  13. MA

    MACme

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was excellent and the cocktails were amazing. Was a little disappointed the food was good, but average. General ambiance is bright and noisy. My husband wears hearing aids and it wont be a place he can enjoy because of the level of background noise. Still a fun night out with the girls!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The staff is outstanding!! Friendly, responsive and understanding. This is a nice restaurant. The outdoor patio was charming.
  15. k

    katherine123

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great new addition to Charlottesville! Great food. Wonderful staff. And a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights which adds so much to the vibe without being too loud. Great music by the DJ- always a crowdpleaser. And Ralph Sampson has been the draw to bring in ALL of Charlottesville. How nice!
  16. B

    Bill

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We looked forward to our first visit to Ralph's new house! The reservation system worked well, we were expected and immediately seated. The Server seemed new at both the restaurant and to serving but she had the right attitude. My wife ordered fish and chips and I ordered the kabobs on rice. I asked for the kabobs to be cooked medium, they came out VERY well cooked. Both dishes were fine, not fantastic. The ambience was excellent and we felt like we really were in Ralph Sampson's restaurant, the memorabilia on the walls was great, clearly UVA alumni are coming! Plenty of TV screens and the beer and drinks menu was generous. Pricing was maybe a little on the high side but no complaint. It seemed that much of the Server staff was inexperienced so that variable needs to be monitored and coached to keep it heading in the right direction (and I understand the issues with COVID). It seemed management was striving for diversity in its team which is highly appreciated. A successful Black-owned restaurant will be a very good thing for Charlottesville and it appears the ingredients are all there for Ralph's Taproom. I think success for Ralph's Taproom will depend on the quality of service and the quality of the dishes coming out. We want this restaurant to succeed!
  17. DR

    DeeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, I think her name was Jordan was great! Very helpful and kind. This is my third time going and the food was great this go around. Not sure who the chef was today but they did wonderful
  18. C

    Chrystal

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love eating here. Try to come here when in Charlottesville.
  19. m

    maryf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We were seated promptly, all the wait staff were very attentive to our questions and requests and my 'off them menu' request was handled professionally. The food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering and looked appetizing. Not everyone in our group liked their dinners, and the pasta was a bit overcooked. The place was clean and I thought the decor was attractive.
  20. n

    natureboyag

    Philadelphia

    75 reviews

    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    New restaurant that seems to be finding its way, but overall very solid. Great service and the food, while standard kind of ale house fare, was tasty,
  21. s

    shanna

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great service. I wish I would’ve gotten our servers name- she was awesome. The only down fall was they could accommodate our reservation seating request because people were sitting there already. Other than that, great! No complaints.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Admittedly I came in with low expectations. I had looked at the menu and thought for the type of food the prices were high. I got the lobster Mac and cheese and my husband got the chicken and waffles. Both were outstanding and well worth the price. We lived in Boston previously and this is the most lobster I have ever gotten in a lobster Mac dish for a lower price too. My husband tried the house beer and he (as a big IPA fan) loved it. The servers were just lovely everyone there is so friendly and quick to help. We will definitely be back!
  23. S

    Summer

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening. Even was able to take a picture with Ralph! Great food, absolutely great, friendly and helpful server!!! We will definitely be going back!
  24. E

    Elizabeth

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for an early dinner with our son (6 yo). The atmosphere was wonderful. Relaxed yet refined. Some memorabilia but not over the top (we felt the right mix). The food was wonderful (ask for the jalapeño tarter sauce with the crab cake!) and the cocktails were just as good. But the best was the staff. Smiles, attentive but didn’t hover, and knowledgeable about the menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal you won’t regret a stop here and will be really pleased if you come during happy hour ;)
  25. MP

    2MPLiving

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent place for a special occasion. Pricing is a bit expensive for frequent visits with this current economy but that may be to tailor to a specific population
  26. CB

    ChristopherB

    Richmond

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our server was very nice and was working hard to make sure we got everything we needed, but the kitchen is a bit of a mess. While the food is pretty good, my fish and chips were dropped off by an expediter with no cole slaw, nor acknowledgment that it was missing. I had to ask a couple of times about it, and was informed that they were out of it. Really....So I picked another side and waited a long time for that. Then when one in the party ordered decaf coffee, we were informed that they were out of that, lol. Good grief.
  27. VE

    ValarieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Great service & amazing hot food! Reservation was ready as soon as we arrived, no wait! DJ was playing an great mix of music. Loved this place & cannot wait to return!
  28. ED

    EleanorD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely ambiance, and great menu options, awesome drinks.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a great new place. Lots of nostalgia surrounding Ralph and UVAbasketball.
  30. DG

    DanaG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Ralph Sampson's restaurant. The food was great and our server, Jacob, was fantastic. We highly recommend!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service prompt arrival of food great experience. Will be repeating.
  32. D

    Dave

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great and food and serving areas were very new a clean as one would expect.
  33. MI

    MITCHELL

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Don’t go. Overpriced! Too loud! Staff not trained yet! Save your money. Go somewhere else.
  34. CR

    ChrissyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    On Mother’s Day with my son I visited. Host staff was lovely. My server was lovely. The food was delicious. AND WE GOT TO MEET RALPH SAMPSON in person. What a great experience. Will definitely go back again and again.
  35. T

    Turner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We arrived about ten minutes late for our reservation but were able to be seated immediately. Loved the ambiance and food. It arrived promptly and was well seasoned! Even the drinks were a winner and not overly priced. Diverse crowd for Charlottesville, so it was a win all around. The servers were all great. Our main server couldn’t tell us much about the menu, which is something we always rely on when trying new restaurants, but other than that, we’ll be back!
  36. SH

    SueH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations for dinner at Ralph’s but arrived 1/2 an hour early because we finished our errands in town sooner than expected. We checked in with the hostess to let them know we were there and they seated us early which was great since we had our 2 young grand children with us. The hostess, Labrea, was wonderful in helping us decide if booster seats or a high chair would work best for the kids. The waiter, Ethan, was also awesome! When we realized there was no fruit options on the menu for our granddaughters, he included some from brunch with their meal for free. Then when my husband’s steak did not come out with everyone else’s meals, he apologized profusely and gave us a coupon for a free appetizer. The manager also came to the table to apologize and took the cost of the meal off the check. The food was very good too; especially the ribeye steaks and the desserts. We felt bad that our grandchildren started getting a little loud at one point and Ralph told us not to worry about it because the restaurant was all about family. He said his young grandchildren were about the same age and get loud sometimes. I highly recommend Ralph’s. We are already planning to return.
  37. WW

    WilliamW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, and we were impressed. Excellent, attentive service. Food was excellent- the crab cake was probably the best in Charlottesville. It isn't inexpensive- about on the same level as the restaurants on the Downtown Mall, but easy parking. And Ralph himself was there. We didn't have a chance to talk with him, but several groups did as he "worked the room". We will be back.
  38. D

    Drjane

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This was our first visit and we were not thrilled with the food. The jumbo pretzel was good as an appetizer. The side salad needs some work for sure. The entrees are mostly heavy foods which is mot my taste in dining. The slab bacon is very fatty which is a turn off for me personally. The decor is nice, seating is great, service was good but we will not be back for dinner. Maybe a drink and appetizers in the bar.
  39. C

    Chrystal

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was beautifully and tastefully decorated.
  40. JT

    JaniceT

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We made reservation for 2 o’clock, weren’t told it would be brunch menu or abbreviated menu, went with the buffet. The food was not fresh, the eggs were hard, the biscuits were hard in the warmer. Our server was great she had a great personality and was attentive. I thought for the price of the buffet it was not up to standards.

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Ralph Sampson's American Taproom is rated 4.2 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Ralph Sampson's American Taproom

973 Emmet St N Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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