Tavern & Grocery

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249 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Tavern & Grocery offers modern interpretations of classically inspired dishes served in a modern update of a restored early 1800's boarding house. The building was a grocery from its inception in 1820 all the way until 1973, and was also a tavern, boarding house, and restaurant along the way. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, with much of our produce is grown on our own farm during the spring, summer, and fall. We even have our own flock of laying hens and use as many of our own eggs as possible! Sunday brunch is a must see with both classic brunch dishes as well as creative reinterpretations and perfect bloody marys. Our bar focuses on creative craft and classic cocktails, as well as wine, serving the best examples of many varieties with a large selection of wines offered by the glass. We have a very nice selection of beer, both on tap in in bottle, that the most discerning will love.
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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for my birthday on Open Table but the restaurant didn’t get the reservation. Happily, they accommodated us without question on a very busy Friday night. Despite a long wait, the food was outstanding and the service friendly, if overwhelmed. The manager noticed our wait, and proactively reached out to make sure we were happy. Thank you for making what could have been a very poor experience into a delightful dinner.

EP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited wine by glass and limited dessert selection.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was confused and slow. We were not sure who our server actually was thought our experience. Asked for the check and when it arrived it was wrong, again it took some time to flag a server down to correct it!
Menu read pretty well needs help on the execution many the thinnest, tasteless hollandaise I’ve ever had on both the Benedict and the hash? The culinary team is trying they just don’t appear to have the skills.
It’s a shame as we loved the atmosphere, exposed brick wood table makes for a great vibe!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drink were great. It was pretty high energy and we enjoyed our time talking and watching everything and everyone. Will definitely return!

s
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The server forgot about my table - twice. I had to ask to order drinks - twice and had to ask to order dinner, then to order dessert, then get the bill. Then the bill was wrong. It was so incredibly loud that me and my friend were sitting next to each other almost shouting. Luckily it was our monthly girls get together and neither of us were in a hurry. The food was good, but extremely pretentious and the portion sizes were ridiculous. I love pretentious food - but it was a bit much. I won't be back...

GW
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went to Tavern & Grocery for the first time during Restaurant week. The food was delicious and creative. There were 4 of us and we all tried different things. I had a lovely farro salad with pesto and heirloom tomatoes, mushroom risotto, and an outstanding smoked chocolate budino. Everything was a taste treat. I definitely want to go back and try the full menu. The inside is a bit loud due to the exposed brick, but it's very cool and their is a speakeasy downstairs.

The only downside was that our waiter kept reaching across the table in front of two (in the face of) of our party to reach the other two, rather than going around. Seating is a bit tight, but it was annoying.

c
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers - corn-peach gazpacho and halibut ceviche - were wonderful. A chicken breast dish and a salmon dish were both quite good, but not special. The desserts - a plum parfait and I frankly don't remember what the other was- were both superb.

KW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited during restaurant week. Had pre dinner cocktails at Lost Saint. Dinner was fabulous.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great local and fresh food experience in a wonderful old Charlottesville building.

m
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is creative and exquisitely well prepared. We double dated and enjoyed many dishes that we split among us: all was perfect!
Service is attentive!
A place to recommend! Well worth the price!

JE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Read the reviews from others on open table, Made reservations in advance, This is a neat older revived place, Table was just big enough Eat off of for two. Kinda sat in the middle but glad we did since it was under A/C.
Listen to and ordered what the waitress recommended and it was spot on. The food was Very exceptional. Did not expect this good of a meal from here, cocktails were also very enjoyable.
Nice place to enjoy a meal ! Roughly 100 bucks but well worth it.

Thank you Chef

PW
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared food. Excellent wait staff. All in all we fully expect to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and so charming!

IR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. In a city with a lot of brunch options this one stands out. The food was delicious. Coming back for dinner soon!

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious food - service/server was slow and somewhat inattentive. Had to ask for coffee refills and creamer multiple times eventually had to ask someone else. Brunch menu is affordable and tasty!

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great service, and nice ambiance. Was relatively slow considering it was a Saturday night. The foie-gras and duck was cooked to perfection. Absolutely delicious.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I wanted to turn my nose up at the snooty menu and unusually expensive food. But I can't deny that our meal, while insanely pricey, was beautifully prepared and presented and very, very tasty. I'm rarely in a position to drop this kind of money for a night out, and I'm still not sure that even the excellent food we got was commensurate to the price we paid. Still, if you go here, you'll come away having enjoyed a superb meal.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The eggs were unbelievable, both in the soft scramble and the eggs Benedict. They were actually light and fluffy and so delicious.

KA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our service was a bit slow...but it was not the servers fault. There just wasn't enough staff on at the time. We will definitely go back soon!

CD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Tavern and Grocery several times since Ashley Sieg Williams purchased this restaurant and it has been a wonderful experience every time. The food and presentation is amazing and the ingredients are fresh and seasonal! I love the atmosphere on the main floor for dining and the service is always excellent. I like to go to the downstairs bar to Lost Saint to see Billy for a night cap. This is the perfect way to end a wonderful evening.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had Sunday Brunch with my daughter.

WS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We reserved the seat then got called by the hostess to say we would have to sit outside. No problem. Then we had to ask for a server because no one came. The manager had to come take our order. So we only got checked on once. Then had to ask for our check, twice because the first one was not ours. Food is great. But hard to be under staffed on a Friday and say you didn’t expect it.

AW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little find with great food and friendly service! Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Tavern and Grocery. Service was prompt and the food quality was excellent. We will be back!

G
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very attractive restaurant. Windows on all sides and nice interior. The food is very pretty. Lots of colors and displayed beautifully. The vegetables taste very fresh and plentiful. There are very pretty sauces to accompany the dishes. Everything tastes good, but nothing we had was great. The staff is very friendly.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration for a young friend’s graduation. Food was excellent and wait staff was helpful and didn’t rush us.

S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The quality of the food is excellent, and the service was good. However, the prices are high and the portions are small, not a good value. However, the larger complaint is the ambiance. If they are going to serve “fine dining” caliber food, they ought to have an atmosphere to match. They have crammed so many tables into a small room that it is hard to get in and out without bumping into other diners. With most or all of those tables occupied, the noise level is overwhelming, and the room is very warm. It could be so much nicer.

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great graduation brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Graduation/ Screw your custom weekend.

D
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, convenient location, beautiful building, but average service.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner thank you. Cocktails were delightful and the scallops were nice

AF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to The Tavern & Grocery, and we were thrilled. The staff was great and the food was marvelous. I highly recommend the cavatelli and mushroom risotto. Every bite was delicious and I can't wait to go back.

WD
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went in for Sunday breakfast with friends. We had reservations for 11:45 and were promptly seated. The service was outstanding as was the food. This is one of our favorite places for Sunday breakfast.

VK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The quantity was less. Food was good.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice patio seating.

J
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time patron. Overall very nice. Food was very good. Cocktails are over the top! Would recommend

C
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very good food, but service extremely slow. Ate there on a Saturday evening. Nice ambience and
pleasant server, but it took 50 minutes to get our main course. If you go there, don't have anything to get to after dinner, or give yourself an extra hour.

TC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Our burgers were not cooked as ordered. They were delicious but all cooked the same way, medium well, when ordered medium and medium rare. Fries were great. We were first seated by the door and the server accidentally knocked a glass of water into my lap and off the table. Staff graciously moved us to a different table. Thank you.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful for brunch!

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