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Red Pump Kitchen

4.4
4.4
660 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tues-Thurs, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri & Sat 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 202-6040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Kendall Moore: (434) 202-6040

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall

  • Parking details

    Parking Validation for Market St Garage

  • Additional

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

What 660 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LO

    LaurieO

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  2. TC

    TCT1

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    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
  3. K

    Keswick2

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 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!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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!
  5. P

    Pippin

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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.
  6. A

    Annie

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 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.
  7. K

    Kathy

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location & food with a friendly professional staff.
  8. 2

    2235567890111213141516171

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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
  9. HN

    HeatherN

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Great food and a laid back atmosphere. Would recommend.
  10. ML

    MaryannL

    Central Texas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  11. W

    Will

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, menu items slightly limited
  12. VT

    VeronicaT

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    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!!
  13. HH

    HHIrepeat

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 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.
  14. MH

    MaribethH

    1 review

    4.0

    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
  15. L

    Luv2dine

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay was a wonderful server! He was knowledgeable about the wines pairing well with food.
  16. AH

    AlexH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  17. AF

    AliceF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  18. BS

    BethS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay and Kelly were amazing! We had an amazing time . Fun and atmosphere were great!
  19. L

    Liza

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Red Pump! It is our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville
  20. JJ

    JoeJ

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Prices too high; especially for a glass of vino. I'll recommend, with that red flag.
  21. LR

    LizR

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is outstanding and atmosphere is great with terrific service. Little pricey but well worth it.
  22. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. Hector was our waiter and is excellent! This is my go to for date night with my love!
  23. c

    cvillellk

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service by Hector- helpful, friendly, and timely. Excellent food, lovely evening.
  24. EP

    ErickaP

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 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.
  25. SB

    ScoopB24

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  26. HF

    HannahF

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SUCH friendly staff. Great food. Lounge area is amazing.
  27. BA

    BrettAshley

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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!
  28. KC

    KateC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 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!
  29. C

    Cathy

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time!
  30. NL

    NLynnB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 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.
  31. PV

    PVEDBQ

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and good food!
  32. S

    Spyke

    Greensboro

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 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.
  33. L

    Linda

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  34. TB

    TBFilly

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 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.
  35. b

    bruce

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 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.
  36. k

    kwsva

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 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.
  37. BA

    BillA

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 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.
  38. RE

    RachelE

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  39. RW

    RichardW

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not your typical Italian food. Limited entrees. More Mediterranean style ! Servers extremely helpful

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Red Pump Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tues-Thurs, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri & Sat 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking Validation for Market St Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (434) 202-6040

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Kendall Moore: (434) 202-6040

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