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Ralph Sampson's American Taproom, Charlottesville, VA

Ralph Sampson's American Taproom

4.3
4.3
163 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 32 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

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

    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

Experiences

  • ATR Galentine's Day Menu (February 13th)

    $45.00 per person

    Feb 13, 2023 only
    Enjoy some AMAZING divalicious cocktails and a 3 course menu on this one night only event! Bring your girlfriends and singing voices cause @DJDessiree will be on the 1s and 2s spinning tracks from your favorites Divas including Beyoncé, Arianna, Mariah and Lady Gaga. See you Monday, February 13th from 5-10pm!
  • "Love and Basketball" Valentine's Day Dinner

    $45.00 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2023
    ATR will be bringing the movie "Love and Basketball" to your Valentine's Dinner this year! Grab your loved one and indulge in our 3 Course Menu and wine pairing! Sip on our "Quincy Old Fashioned" and "Monica's Margarita" as you listen to DJ Nelly spinning the "Love and Basketball" soundtrack! Menu available February 10th through the 19th!

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What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Good for groups

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. DD

    DedraD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed the menu and the food looked as good as it tasted! Our service was great, too. We will be back for sure!
  2. RB

    ReneeB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends getting together before women’s UVA game! Wish we took a picture with Ralph, who showed up with family while there but didn’t want to bother him 😊 he did speak to us.
  3. SM

    SarahM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and even got to meet Ralph Sampson. Delicious burger!
  4. DM

    DianeM

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great and our waitress did a good job however I ordered a drink from the bar right when I sat down and we were done with our appetizer and most of our dinner before the drink arrived. Fun atmosphere!
  5. D

    Dean

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ralph's is our go to place before a UVA game and we have tried a lot of things on the menu and have been impressed. Our service has always been good and timely.
  6. JR

    JuliaR

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service - good food, and a nice place to meet up with friends.
  7. DC

    DeanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is the first thing you notice and the food is wonderful! A great time!
  8. s

    suzyw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice dinner. The place was packed before a uva basketball game. Food came out super fast and our waitress was maybe overwhelmed but she did a wonderful job. We will return!
  9. MF

    MarkF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time here! All three times have been great! Great service and awesome food!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were greeted by a very nice young lady (host). We had reservations and were able to get a booth which was nice. The food was pretty good. I wouldn’t call it great but it was good. The noise level was a bit of an issue, had to raise my voice just to speak with my friend that was directly across the table. Our server was very outgoing and had a good personality. Overall, we enjoyed our first dining experience at Ralph’s American Taproom. It’s a very ideal place to go before attending a game and look forward to going back sometime. Go Hoos!
  11. H

    Hoos73

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    A somewhat limited menu and relatively high prices were the low points but we had great service and really enjoyed the interior of the place which helped offset. Though we had vegetarians and limited diet folks within our group, everyone did find something on the menu that worked for them.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy Ralph’s!
  14. SM

    SaudaM

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Enjoyed new years we’ve there the food was good. I had the brussel sprouts, shrimp and grits, bread pudding. wine flights. I thought it would be busy but surprisingly it wasn’t. It was a very nice intimate dining experience with some good dj background music.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Restaurant didn’t seem to tell the servers about the New Years prepaid special. Shrimp and grits was very undercooked. Steak frites was ok. Would not recommend for any occasion other than going to watch a game at the bar.
  16. L

    Lovetodineout

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our expectations were higher based on the descriptions and reviews that we read. The food wasn’t bad but it definitely was not great, service was fine, and prices were higher than they deserved to be — solid 3.0 stars. It’s not unlike other bars that serves dinner, nothing special.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Meat lovers praised the meat loaf; chicken sandwich was a hit; vegetarians liked the kabobs (spicy!). Short on staff but those present were very friendly and hard working. First time dining there. Will likely go back.
  18. GM

    GregM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal, very nice place. Would love to see more memorabilia for sale. Food was excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great dining experience at Ralph’s! Delicious food (don’t ever skip the Nashville hot chx fingers!) great service (thx Kya!) and everyone is always welcoming and accommodating. Can’t wait to go again!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sports bar with memorabilia from local icon Ralph Sampson. Excellent Greek salad with grilled chicken. Other people in our party enjoyed chicken sandwich and burgers. Very fun atmosphere and very convenient spot for pre game meals/drinks for UVA basketball at nearby John Paul Jones arena. Will definitely be back!
  21. RS

    RodS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our go-to neighborhood place. Best burger in town. Service always friendly and welcoming. Cons: wines are marked up a bit much and shrimp and grits get a pass. A good visit always
  22. D

    Donna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time being at the taproom. The meatloaf was sooo good. The bloody mary was great also. I will be back.
  23. r

    richardt

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Took 18 min to get a glass of wine and glass of beer - 30 min to get a hamburger and rush and chips
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was very helpful
  25. u

    uvabarry

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at Ralph's this week. GREAT and fast service. Very good food. Highly recommmend
  26. E

    Eliz

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food at reasonable prices. we had the salmon and a burger. It was a bit loud but it was a night after a home UVA basketball game so we expected it would be this way. The staff was very welcoming and attentive. Will definitely come back when i am in town.
  27. u

    uvabarry

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was much better than I expected. Service was great- friendly and prompt. Food was very good- especially the Brussels sprouts which were very tasty. Prices were ok. Nice touch to have Ralph stop by each table to chat for a few minutes. Heading back there again this week.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is my second time dining at Ralph. The food is good and tasty. Love the meatloaf dish, collard green was a bit greasy and to much salt. Other than that I always enjoy my meal.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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!!
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 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.)
  40. 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.

FAQs

Ralph Sampson's American Taproom does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Ralph Sampson's American Taproom is rated 4.3 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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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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