Red Pump Kitchen

4.6
633 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 not to be missed by foodies and restaurant lovers!
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BA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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RE
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The hostess was under trained and abrupt. We were early, Space was available and she was downright rude.

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OR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We had an 8:30 reservation, and we felt like we were being a little rushed.
While we all found items to our liking, the menu is a bit limited.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Always a good experience

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and had a very enjoyable experience.

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EB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Wait person mixed up one of our appetizers and we had to wait another 15 minutes for chef to prepare the correct one.
Also, we asked to take the unfinished entree home and never received it.

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant atmosphere and delicious food! We had the carbonara pizza, fish and meatballs and shared the 3 dishes between the 3 of us. The wine and beer and cocktail selections were excellent and interesting. Our server, Hailey, was most gracious. It was a delightful evening!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent!

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MA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Pump Kitchen has great food and it's in a great space! The critique I hear most often are that the portion sizes are small for the amount you pay.

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BH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place - an added benefit are the large windows facing the mall that are opened when weather allows. The wine list is extensive, with terrific variety, and the menu is somewhat small but, again, with impressive variety. Last - but certainly not least - the food is absolutely superb. We enjoyed brussels sprouts as an appetizer (don't miss), and our entrees were the poached (in olive oil) salmon and the skirt steak. We'll gladly pay the price for this type of preparation and presentation and will make this one of our go-to places.

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GT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brussels sprouts were amazing! I could make a meal off of those. My pasta with pine nuts and mushrooms dish was tasty and an interesting combo. Service was top notch. Great ambiance for dinner date or girls trip. Our favorite food experience in Charlottesville!

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s
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We visited with two other couples and we were very dismayed by the poor service and average qualify of the food. As a former server, I rarely complain and am understanding of what restaurants have to deal with. But the restaurant was not very busy, the server was terrible and the food was just...average. It's hard to get excited to return to a restaurant where it took 30 minutes to receive your drinks after ordering and 30 minutes to get your credit card back from the server.

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Z
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Such a cheerful place with inventive cocktails, widely appealing menu and warm servers. One of the best in Charlottesville.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal at Red Pump Kitchen!!! Highly Recommend!!

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing dinner! I chose the Salmon, and I usually do not gravitate to that at a restaurant but I am so glad that I did. Best dinner we had in a long time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and really liked the space. Maybe a little pricey but their pastas are handmade and meats are locally sourced I believe.

Would certainly eat at Red Pump again, but not on a weekly basis

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DZ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were outstanding. Highly recommended. The portion sizes were on the small side, but were sufficient.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed taking advantage of the Chefs Choice Wine flight.
The food could have been better.
The place is noisy...we had to shout at each other.
Service was great...we had a kind waitress who found out the important wine info questions we asked.
Recommendation:
Have a printed list of the wines offered for the wine flight...it would make the overall experience much better.

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MF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer was sufficient to share; the pasta in the Lamb ragu dish was fresh and tender and portion was just right; panna cotta for dessert was also perfect. Service was friendly and efficient without making you feel rushed. Better than we expected.

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D
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Dinner with extended family including out of town relatives. Food was excellent. Setting was lovely; windows open on a beautiful evening which helps maintain a good noise level. Service was less than ideal, unpleasant waiter really impacted the experience.

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CB
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience here was absolutely amazing! The atmosphere was intimate but also engaging. The food was phenomenal, and the service was outstanding. Our waiter, Hector, was patient, helpful and very knowledgeable about the wine and food. I would 100% recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

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C
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tagliatelle alla chitarra and it was fabulous. Lamb ragu was light and flavorful. Pasta was cooked perfectly. Another in our party had the pizza - also great with wonderful crust. Red Pump Kitchen is worth a visit.

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AS
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, different from usual, true gourmet country Italian at its best.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance was great as usual. Large party next to us was unusually loud and noisy; restaurant may not be the best venue for larger parties due to the relatively small size of of the dining area. Several couples next to us got up and moved when another table became available due to the noise. Otherwise, the food , ambiance and service was great.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely experience that began from the moment we entered and were greeted by the manager I believe. Our server was delightful and the food was fabulous. The atmosphere was so gracious. Hope to visit again.

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

While we love the food there, the noise level is a problem to the point you can barely here the person across from you. In addition, the high tables cause you to hit your legs/knees when sitting down.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and interesting menu! Our server Hector did a super job of recommending wine pairings and took great care of us. We arrived earlier than our reserved time, but we were immediately accommodated by a gracious hostess. We will be sure to return!

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great server! Very nice young man. Two small children in pj's were running amok. When you pay these prices for a nice meal, you want a certain atmosphere. Food was well prepared, well-served, except the beets. The ground nuts seemed to contain bits of shell. Otherwise, really delicious. Great cocktails! Much to recommend, but somewhat inconsistent.

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a phenomenal time... our server was incredibly fun, accommodating, and professional. The food was divine! We loved the ambiance. I would return in a heartbeat -- and intend to!

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Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We all had a great meal , our waiter Josh lacked luster

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MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a date night. The bread was amazing, as were the sprouts and the seasonal burrata. The pasta and pizza were solid, but I wasn't blown away - I wouldn't say they were worth $17 and $25 respectively. The service was excellent and the ambiance perfect. We had a great time, but probably won't go back for awhile due to the price.

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OB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is perfect for a fancy date night!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the staff was incredibly accommodating for us with our 15 month old daughter. Delicious Italian food, homey and rustic. We took advantage of the Sunday wine deal and enjoyed a fantastic Boudreaux. Would definitely dine here again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, cocktails and wine, knowledgeable and energetic service, outstanding decor. Would highly recommend

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LC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The Rockfish was cooked perfectly and the recommended Pinot Noir paired perfectly. Highly recommend.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the most disappointing Valentine’s Day meals I’ve ever had. Food was bland, tasted premade, and came out way too quickly to be made-to-order. There were just four small pieces of lobster in the lobster dish, the pasta dish was as much onion as pasta, and there was way too much truffle on the mushroom toast, which was also cold. Staff started cleaning up before we were finished and was drinking/hanging out at the bar before we had left. Way overpriced, lights were way too bright, music was way too loud — just a terrible experience for an expensive Valentine’s Day meal.

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Waitress rushed us and was not respectful/polite. Food was good but small portion size. Spent a lot but left the restaurant still hungry.

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GT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I throughly enjoyed our Valentine's Day meal. The wine selection was very good as well. Our servers and hosts were very friendly and truly added to a very memorable experience.

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