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About Red Pump Kitchen

We use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create Tuscan inspired dishes. Our dishes include pizzettes, antipasti, seafood and a selection of homemade pastas. Italian and Virginia wines make up the dynamic wine list. Our craft cocktails are made-to-order and use the freshest possible ingredients.

The bistro-setting features an open kitchen with a classic wood burning oven, a full service bar, and outdoor seating. Our Chef’s Table is available for group dining for parties of 8-10 guests and features 4-course prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings. Sunday and Tuesday are our Featured Wine Nights.

Red Pump's Tuscan cuisine is a pleasing combination of the highest-quality ingredients and the caring preparation by our chefs who take pride in the dishes they present.

401 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday, 5:00 pm - 10 pm Dinner
Saturday & Sunday, Brunch 11:00- 2:00 Brunch / 5:00 pm - 10 pm Dinner

Cross Street:
4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 202-6040

Website:
http://redpumpkitchen.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Validation for Market St Garage

Executive Chef:
Lee Hendrickson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact laurie@redpumpkitchen.com

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Red Pump Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (18)
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Fun (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed our brunch very much. The barman was very helpful and the Waitress was just super. Then there was the food which just blew us away. Beyond a great experience! Cannot wait to return again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

An exceptionally happy experience with impressive food and easy, warm service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing server, did a great job describing the meals. The food flavors were delicious, fun, and refined all at the same time. Highly recommend.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a nice time, it’s a cool spot to eat at!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great meal, the ambiance is nice and the service was fantastic. Clearly the owners have very good taste on all fronts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved everything about this place the food, the service, the ambience was all great. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the seating arrangement. I don't enjoy when restaurants put tables side by side so close to each other against the wall. Makes for a somewhat uncomfortable experience and sometimes feels like I'm having dinner with people I don't know. Everything else was excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Overall, I really like RedPump but it seems that there always seems to be one thing that annoys. Sometimes it is the service but that seems to be getting better. This time it was my entree...a single braised short rib of beef with barely five bites of meat on a skimpy ring of mashed potatoes filled with spinach....at $28.00. Doubt the food cost was even 20%. I am willing to pay much more if the value is there. Also, the wines list seems to be dominated by their own wines from Pippin Hill

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Thought menu limited... only complaint

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Met my mother and her friends here for a small birthday celebration. The food the wonderful, the service was excellent and they were in no hurry to get us out the door. They checked on us often and were glad we enjoyed our stay! Would recommend this to anyone looking for somewhere with good food, but casual enough to just walk in after shopping the Charlottesville antique markets in downtown!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The waitstaff was very friendly and accommodating. Great ambiance.You have to see their "living wall".
The Kale Caesar salad was the best part of the meal. The buccotini and cappelini pasta dishes were good but not great.
Prices are a bit steep but for a special occasion I'd return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I have eaten here a few times and have had great experiences each time. This visit was just as awesome. Kimberly was our server and helped make our evening even more superb. In fact, we gave her a hug as we left at the end of the night. We do not live in Charlottesville but were visiting Richmond on this visit. We decided to make the hour drive just to eat at Red Pump. We both commented how enjoyable the evening was. I finally had the gnocchi which was exceptional. My wife had the salmon and really enjoyed it. We also devoured the Brussel sprouts appetizer, which is quite possibly one of the best Brussel sprouts appetizers we've had in a long time. I could go on and on about Red Pump since we are big fans (even having our wedding at Pippin Hill which part of the group that owns Red Pump). Additionally, we were seated next to two diners that proved to be very challenging for the wait staff. Everyone that interacted with them did so with a high level of professionalism, patience, and grace. Kudos to all of the wait staff for this! We will definitely return and will make sure to request to be seated at a table where Kimberly is working.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful meal and beautiful space. My go to restaurant to show off good food in cville!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went as part of restaurant week and had a wonderful meal. Flavors were fantastic. I couldn’t finish my entree as it was so rich. But of course I still ate dessert which was amazing. Great place to go to for any occasion

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great meal for Restuarant Week! Great service and wonderful food!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Red Pump is amazing. The food is fantastic and the service is always on point. One of the few restaurants in Cville that I have had consistent, impeccable service.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is delicious and incredibly creative! The service is amazing. Overall, a fantastic experience every time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went because it was Restaurant Week, but wished we’d discovered Red Pump long before. The service was excellent and the dishes creative. The portions were a little smaller than some other restaurants, but I always say, “I’d pay more to be served less food,”since finishing an overloaded plate makes me feel stuffed. The only things I thought less than excellent was the noise level. I wish restaurants would just bite the bullet and get carpeting and acoustic walls and ceiling.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of the best meals that we have had in C'ville. Service was fantastic! Make sure you save room for dessert! A must when visiting the Downtown Mall area of C'ville.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Red Pump has become a favorite of our and our friends. The apps are great and well planned. The meatballs were like eating in my grandmothers kitchen. Perfection! The entrees are portioned perfectly. Culturally, we have become accustomed to large portions when dining out but the entrees are just enough so you’re able to enjoy one of the house made desserts. I recommend Red Pump to everyone and will continue to do so!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Perfect date night spot with amazing food and a great ambience. If you’re looking for a great, quiet place to have an awesome meal Red Pump is the place.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of our Cville favorites....consistently excellent food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We just love this restaurant and try to go once a month. The manager, TC, is very good. The wait staff is friendly and the food delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I had been there before and thought it was pretty good for the ambience, food, and value but I had a much different opinion this time.

It took someone almost 10 minutes to get our drink orders (The restaurant was half full)

The server did not introduce himself when he finally made it to our table.

The meal prices are not in the range they should be for what the food is.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

After reading reviews on yelp we expected better food and service. Its really is too bad since we are new to the area from Chicago and live right on the mall only 600 feet away. We were hoping to make it "our restaurant ". My husband ordered the pizza- Meh. It was underwhelming . The sauce was sweet. No need to add sugar to tomato sauce! It's a pet peeve of mine. I ordered the Orecchiette with sausage. It had almost no flavor. I asked the for hot pepper flakes, just to give it some flavor. Actually I had to ask for the hot pepper flakes twice since the waitress would not bring it the first time. When I asked the second time her attitude was that of being very put out I asked, all while my Luke warm pasta was getting cooler. As for the service it was much worst then the food. We watched our server walk pass us without looking once several times. It almost became a joke how badly she ignored us. We watched her attend her three other tables five to six times each to our one time. We could not get her attention as we needed, more drinks from the bar, hot pepper flakes, cup of ice. Also the whole staff needs to work together . There was a hostess moving silverware around the restaurant ignoring and walking past our table at least 15 times without simply picking up our empty dirty plates on our small cramped table. We watched the hostess and waitress as the restaurant emptied out clean EMPTY tables, wipe them and dress with new silverware and plates before waiting on us and clearing our table and asking if we needed anything. Terrible service !!! She never once asked if we needed anything after she dropped our food. What we thought would be "our restaurant " sadly we will never patron again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

nIce restaurant, kinda expensive (100 for two). Food was good, correctly portioned.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was our first time in Charlottesville and this restaurant was very highly recommended. The decor is nice. Very friendly wait staff. My partner got the beef which was excellent. My scallops were over-cooked and rubbery. I did not have the heart to send them back since we were having such a great time with the waitress and everyone. It is an okay place but I think you could find somewhere better for that kind of money

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very good gourmet pizza. Delicious salad. Nice ambiance. Just wish they had a little wall or second doorway to enter. It was a cold night and whenever the door was opened we got a surge of cold air.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went for a birthday brunch. It is festive and pretty, but I left hungry. Maybe that was my fault, because I ordered the salmon salad which was delicious but modest. I would recommend it, but order enthusiastically!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 9, 2017

All food was incredibly fresh, seasoning was inspired yet subtitle, and entrées creatively combined ingredients to highlight flavors and textures.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

For the level of expense, we were shocked at what did not go well. We have had fantastic lunches there in the past. My date’s drinks were not on point. Both dishes were overly laden with salt. To their credit, they did comp the dessert. The check was almost $200. This meal did not stand up to the cost. Because of this, we are not likely to return. The service was stellar.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Lovely dinner and fantastic service. Place is still too loud to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We really enjoyed the appetizers, especially the broccoli sprouts. Even our broccoli sprout hater loved them. The pancetta and Asian pear made the dish.
My pork tenderloin was tender and very flavorful and a nice portion size. Order it medium. Another in the group liked his scallops, but the dish left him hungry.
Our only complaint is the tiny and uncomfortable table size. I think they are trying to turn two tops into four tops. Stop it! You might do well to specifically request the banquet or the high tops.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I have some pretty good meals there before but last week we ordered a 5-course tasting menu. It was excellent. Good variety of food, beautiful presentation, wonderful bites. And we had the wine pairing, too, which they seemed to be putting together on the spot and it worked out quite well. A very nice surprise that the kitchen can make more than just the "standard" (but good) menu.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Cville favorite

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really disappointing experience. After our first visit months ago, which was OK, we decided to introduce friends to the restaurant. The first problem encountered was a noise level so high that we couldn't hear one another talk. Then the salads arrived with a delicious dressing but with wilted greens. My shrimp and pasta dish tasted fine but the shrimp were overdone. The other three entrees were either disappointing or worse: Pizza was dry, and a pork and pasta dish so greasy it was almost inedible.

Needless to say we passed on desert , apologized to our friends, and vowed never to return.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Just visited Red Pump for dinner this week, a first time visit. I will definitely be back! The food was exquisite, the service sublime, and the ambience just right.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was lovely as usual...little loud to hear each other talk😜

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I just LOVE Red Pump! We only discovered it this summer and have been about 6 times in 2 months. We take all our out of town visitors to Red Pump and everyone has raved about it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food. Must try the Brussel sprouts w/Asian pear! Outstanding!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great atmosphere, great wine, very good food & service. Go for the beef short ribs, it's a winner!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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