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Ralph Sampson's American Taproom, Charlottesville, VA

Ralph Sampson's American Taproom

4.2
4.2
135 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

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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  • 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

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • 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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What 135 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Overpriced and underwhelming. I paid $12 for steak on my salad and received maybe 3 ounces of meat that was overcooked. We will not be coming back.
  2. SH

    SueH

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was very good and but he food was good, not great. However, for the price, I was expecting the food to be great. The food was better the last time we had dinner here.
  3. JM

    JoeM

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Considering it was before a bball game, the wait with reservations was only 15 minutes. The service was excellent, the burgers very good, the craft beers excellent. A very good selection of Virginia brews and some good out of state. Once the game bound crowd left, it quieted down and was less crowded. There were plenty of big screen tvs to watch games, with closed captioning with the noise in the room.
  4. BB

    BethB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a great waittress and a very pleasant dinner. We enjoyed the Tuesday night wing special as well as other good meals. I loved all the old photos and the atmosphere. The waittress was especially nice and helpful.
  5. RL

    RichardL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant was great but they did not have our reservation that we made through open table. We had our confirmation number/email from open table but not sure what happened. We sat at the bar as the table that was available was right by the exit.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken sandwich and chicken and waffles were delicious!!! Will certainly be worth driving 2 hours to come again!!
  7. AC

    AlexC

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service and food. Only drawback was the noise level - distractingly loud. Conversation was nearly impossible.
  8. D

    David

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, at reasonable prices. We enjoyed our meal, and plan to go back. Sporty atmosphere, but a little too loud.
  9. MM

    MickeyMoose

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    It was not jammed packed but our server was slow getting to the table and between visits. The service from the bar was even slower and they had no glassware and served our beer in cans without pulling the tab. The food was consistent with pub grub. I had a burger and it was cooked to my order. Sorry Ralph I wish you luck but last night was not a stellar performance at the Taproom
  10. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    This was our first experience with the American Tap Room. We ordered the spinach & artichoke dip and then all three of us in our party ordered the fish and chips. We were very disappointed, all of the food was very bland. Given the poor quality of the food we were also not very happy with the price. In our opinion the food is very over priced. We all just had water with our meal and the tab was $73 after we tipped the waitress. We will not be going back.
  11. E

    Ellen

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I had Brussels Sprouts appetizer and Chix & Waffles entrée, both excellent (and I'm a chef.)
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    Hostess didn’t know what an Open Table reservation was and looked like she wanted to be anywhere other than work. Buffet line is no longer offered. Food was mediocre.
  13. LB

    LizB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were seated at a high top, but I thought I had reserved a standard table since we had an infant. Oh well. The food was good and the service was good, but our reservation felt like an afterthought.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sports bar vive with good variety of options on menu for everyone in our party. Everything our group of 4 adults had was very good to excellent. Seated right away with great customer service by hostess and wait staff. We don't live local but if we did we would return regularly and recommend.
  15. EW

    EricW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, fast and the football tickets were an added/unexpected bonus!
  16. KG

    KendraG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was a busy Friday night, but the service was great and they were able to accomodate our large party. We were treated to a visit with Ralph Sampson while we were there! The menu has a good range with something for everyone in the group.
  17. HB

    HowardB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every dish was excellent. Prepared properly, hot, and on time. Server was very helpful and friendly. Ralph made my guest feel great, coming around, chatting, and posing for photos. Great experience.
  18. JR

    JoeR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Ryan and his staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
  19. c

    cheriea

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Lovely servers though the kitchen was overloaded and super slow on the night we were there [post football game, so crowded]. The food was ok - not on our list to return to!
  20. TW

    ThomasinaW

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was very busy for a Saturday night after a football game. Food was so coming out of the kitchen. Server was very engaging.
  21. CV

    CvilleVa

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the Oktoberfest event. Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth bratwurst and wonderful German beers served in cool liter mugs. The atmosphere was very fun with a German music trio, contests, and the servers dressed up for the occasion. We can't wait until next year!
  22. EK

    EllenK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    the host met us at the door was very pleasant and professional. the server was even better,most excellent. the food was good,not great. the ambience was fine at first,but became impossible.it was so loud, even 12 inches away,one could not hear others speaking.too bad..
  23. JS

    JayS

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit and it was great. Our first visit was right after opening and there were a lot of kinks that needed to be worked out in the kitchen as they kept running out of things after we had ordered them. This time they had everything and the service and quality were excellent. There is a large variety of items on the menu and assorted price points to meet most budgets. Our group ranged in age from 13-62 and there was something for everyone. We will definitely return again in the near future.
  24. RS

    RandyS

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Excellent service, good food, sitting outside was nice except music was way too loud. Could not hear the person across from me. Server had someone turn it down, but it was turned up again. We had reservations; but only choice was to sit outside. Missed seeing Ralph.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Came in after the season opening uva football game. Great vibes, clean space, and yummy food. Server was a little hard to hear because of wearing a mask. But all in all it was a great experience. The pretzel is a must order. Will def be back.
  26. CW

    CatherineW

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner after a UVA win. Having a reservation made it easier although during the time we arrived not everyone had reservations and did not have to wait. Hannah was our server and she was very attentive to what our needs were. Her service was impeccable hopefully we’ll get her next time we dine. We plan to bring exchange students to the mobile game and dinner after. Hopefully they will have lasting memories of both.
  27. C

    Cameron

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cannot thank Ryan and the staff enough for turning the place upside down after I left my phone there on Friday night! They were so helpful and went out of their way numerous times, over a couple of days, to stay in touch with me and help me, and eventually found my phone! They’re my heroes! That’s customer service!!
  28. DS

    DeniseS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding dining experience last night. Ordered crusted Salmon and Salad with Shrimp. Both were very good. Drinks were refreshing and dessert brownie very tasty. Even with the music and we were sitting in a table facing the bar, we were able to have a nice conversation and hear each other. It was quieter than my last fine dining experience. The staff worked hard to ensure our food and experience was enjoyable. They were on target last night. Also found out I can bring my puppy next time and sit on the patio. A winner all the way around as far as I'm concerned.
  29. T

    Tishe

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Waited for 15 minutes after being seated for a waiter- even reminded hostess. No one ever checked on us. Moved to the bar and were served quickly. Unfortunately this happed on our previous visit as well.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Had Saturday night dinner at R. Sampson for the first time. Staff was friendly, efficient. Menu was a step up from bar food so ranged from burgers to steak to fish. Had fish and chips which were good, not greasy. Spouse had lobster Mac and cheese which was also pretty good. But honestly it was too noisy. The music was just too loud even for a sport bar atmosphere. Couldn't hear the host, wait staff, or each other.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was impeccable. Great ambiance and the best restaurant in Charlottesville! Ralph Sampson’s is a must try!
  32. JD

    JenniferD

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Decent food but a little pricey for what it is. Sports on TV's. Music was a bit loud to have a conversation with someone across the table. Our waitress seemed very harried.
  33. e

    elsthe

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was very nice but I can't remember her name. Prices are a little high. Really good French fries just wish I dad gotten more!
  34. DB

    DrBColwellAdams

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    There were 3 of us. My food was fine. However, both my friends had some complaints about their food. The vegetables were not grilled long enough and the cauliflower was not cooked long enough. I will come back again.
  35. N

    Neal

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Second time we have been there and this time we were very disappointed. Had to ask about our food after seeing others served that arrived well after us. One plate came cold the other they forgot to put the side dish (the meal with an empty little bowl on it ). The cold kabobs not as tasty as first time. The waiter didn’t check if we if needed more water or additional drinks even after needing to wait longer for food ( waiter forgot he had taken our order/didn’t out the order in). No apologies for the long wait.
  36. TS

    TimS

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Had a great meal the first time we were there. The second time the fried chicken was over cooked and the chips were stale. Great waitress though.
  37. FC

    FrancesC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff and our waitress was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.
  38. c

    cooperfam

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our food was very good, although the dinner salad portions were a little small, in my opinion. But they were tasty! Highlight was the white chocolate bread pudding that was more than enough to share. Very pleasant server.
  39. RE

    RichardE

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding and great beer selection. Terrific, attentive wait staff. Highly recommend Coach Holland meatloaf. Best collard greens I have had in a long time.
  40. GO

    GregO

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    I love that Ralph has lent his name to a Charlottesville eatery - he deserves all the recognition he can get for his positive impact on Charlottesville and UVa. The restaurant is a good upscale sports bar, food was good but not remarkable, and our major complaint being there at noon on a Sunday was that the music was turned up way too loud - we could barley speak to folks at our own table. Such music levels might be appropriate on Friday/Saturday evenings when the bar gets packed, but it was way over the top for a purely dining experience.

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Ralph Sampson's American Taproom is rated 4.2 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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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

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • 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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