Red Pump Kitchen

4.3
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670 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

We are now taking reservations on Resy.

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. Sunday is our featured wine night. Please inquire about our multi-course Chef's Table tasting with optional wine pairings.

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.

Booking our High-Top seating secures you a seat at our Chef's Table, a high table located in front of our open kitchen in the heart of the restaurant action. This dining experience is one
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tues-Thurs, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(434) 202-6040
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Private dining at Red Pump Kitchen is seamless. From seated dinners to late-night receptions, we offer entertaining options that make hosting your next event a breeze. Our location in the heart of Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall is ideal for entertaining.
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Private party contact
Kendall Moore: (434) 202-6040
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall
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Parking details
Parking Validation for Market St Garage
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LO
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and service outstanding! The ambiance is awesome as well. This place is a must when in the Charlottesville area.

TC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation at Red Pump to specifically have the heir signature meatball dish. We arrived at 6:30 and was told no meatballs because chef decided to use ingredients to make bolognase sauce - Disappointing.

We left and did not eat at restaurant

K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went very early, so as to avoid noise. Drinks, appetizers and (split) 10” pizza. All food was excellent, as was the service. We will go again!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice cocktails. Got the Pink 75 and enjoyed it. Also had a nice salad and the bolognes!

P
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner at Red Pump last Thursday. The food is always excellent and the service was exceptional. This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in C'ville. Using OpenTable makes it so easy to reserve a table. If you enjoy Italian food, I highly recommend you give Red Pump a try.

A
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful meal and experience. Our server Clay was outstanding - knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. The entire staff was customer oriented and welcoming. The food was fresh and well prepared, the menu creative.

K
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location & food with a friendly professional staff.

2
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were from out of town and decided on this restaurant based on past reviews. Phenomenal food great service

HN
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and a laid back atmosphere. Would recommend.

ML
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This review pertains to the summer 2019 Restaurant Week menu, which was 3 courses priced at $39. The first course options we had were both very good. I had a main of branzino served with greens and cherry tomatoes, which was very good. My dining partner had the tagliatelle with lamb ragu, which he said was 'okay'. We were both put off by the noise level, which was ear-splitting, the frequent and excessive stops by waitstaff to ask if we liked the food, and the too frequent water-glass fill-ups, where it was assumed if a glass was half full or less more water was needed (without asking). Finally, I had been looking forward to the house-made gelato for dessert. The other option was blueberry panna cotta (the tiramisu of the 2010s IMO). At an early dinnertime, we found the only gelato was a dairy-free chocolate made with coconut milk and they were out of the fruit sorbet that would have been a great alternative.

I wanted to like this place more; but I don't think it was very good value for $. Had we been able to sit outside (it was 90+ degrees out) that might have taken care of the noise problem but the noise colors the whole experience. I may try again outside of Restaurant Week.

W
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, menu items slightly limited

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. We had great wine and cheese plate, and delicious handmade pasta! Service was amazing!!

HH
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week has yet another winner! Even busy the service was attentive. The food was superb with local ingredients. Definitely a restaurant to visit again and again.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great flavors. We were there for restaurant week Especially enjoyed the appetizer and dessert. surprised however that the white wine they offer was not already chilled. We had to wait as they put it in the frig. Hmm

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clay was a wonderful server! He was knowledgeable about the wines pairing well with food.

AH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Red Pump and highly recommend this delicious and creative cuisine.

AF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great location and great service. Be sure to ask for recommendations on food as some items are better than others.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clay and Kelly were amazing! We had an amazing time . Fun and atmosphere were great!

L
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Red Pump! It is our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville

JJ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prices too high; especially for a glass of vino. I'll recommend, with that red flag.

LR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is outstanding and atmosphere is great with terrific service. Little pricey but well worth it.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Hector was our waiter and is excellent! This is my go to for date night with my love!

c
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service by Hector- helpful, friendly, and timely. Excellent food, lovely evening.

EP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Linguini and clams was flavorless, except for being overly spicy. Parmesan on top did not help—should ask if you want it on seafood pasta.

SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice night out with a friend. The pre-theater meal was a good portion size for the price and I enjoyed the dairy-free gelato. We will be going back for restaurant week.

HF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH friendly staff. Great food. Lounge area is amazing.

BA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is very accommodating and engaging. Food is excellent, the pizza's are delicious! Wine selection could be better as far as pricing, the up sale of them is a bit high. Not enough options to pick a low price wine, they all range from $48-$52. The ambiance is the best, the front of the restaurant allows for the window to be open which gives you the outside feel but are inside. I try to go here every time we are in town to visit. I am excited to try their various restaurants in Charleston, SC next!

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great pizza- we shared it as an appetizer. Skirt steak was amazing as was the bolognese dish. Drinks were a little slow coming from the bar, overall we had a great time and really enjoyed the food!

C
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time!

NL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had close to a perfect meal experience. Our server (Hector I think) was wonderful. Suggested great wine pairings. The sugar snap pea salad was fantastic. Our entrees (Bianca pizza and the ragu) were also both fantastic. A fabulous experience.

PV
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and good food!

S
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I think it's over-priced. The food portions are small. Steak was not cooked to order. The pizzas are good though.

L
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , excellent service. When they didn’t have the wine we ordered, the sommelier recommended a great substitute.

TB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only thing we were a bit disappointed with was the bar service. We ordered drinks that included olives. After waiting quite awhile for the drinks, we were told that the bartender had to go see if they had more olives, which they did not. Many apologies from our server. A restaurant such as this should not run out of olives for drinks! Doesn't make a good first impression. However, the food was delicious and the service was also excellent.

b
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Minimal menu with stuff that is not worth eating. I would not recommend the Red Pump to anyone who is actually hungry for real food.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have eaten dinner here quite a bit and always enjoy it. We went this weekend for a friend’s birthday and while it was noisy we had a nice time. We had a few appetizers including the carbonara pizza which was really delicious. The kale salad was quite large and my husband and I could easily have split it had we known. It was good but not exceptional. I had the home made cavatelli with local mushrooms which we all agreed was the best dish of the night. Local wines were good and the waitress was attentive but not overwhelming. We wish they still served lunch but will definitely be back for dinner.

BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Server Alex was an outstanding and gracious host. It was a fixed price Mother’s Day Brunch, the food quality was phenomenal, so fresh it was like eating straight out of the garden. Kitchen was surprisingly slow.

RE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wine flight was great! Our service was a little slow, and some things we asked for were forgotten. This may have been because our waiter was on his second day. Overall, it was delicious. We ordered Brussels sprouts & meatballs as appetizers and I would highly recommend. We were also there celebrating my friends bachelorette, and they brought out a complimentary champagne for her which was a nice touch.

RW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent meatball appetizer. Unfortunately I ordered the fish which was OLD. Never a good idea in C'ville.

OT
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical Italian food. Limited entrees. More Mediterranean style ! Servers extremely helpful

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