Tavern & Grocery

4.4
377 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 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! Saturday and Sunday brunch is a must with both classic brunch dishes as well as creative re-interpretations, and, of course, the perfect bloody mary. 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 and in bottle, that even the most discerning will love.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 377 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! Husband got the halibut which was cooked perfectly, I got the bison skirt steak which had such great flavor. One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I've ever had! What ever you do get a side of the grits, they are out of this world!!!!! There was an amazing guitar duo playing and they made the experience even better! We will definitely be back the next time we are in the area!

JM
vipJoanM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was super professional and the food and wine was FANTASTIC !

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vipTravelingwahoos
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Nice menu options and tasty cocktails.

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VivianL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Guys looking for a place with amazing food and drinks with perfect manly atmosphere? Come here.

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easy9
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in the area ! It is never less than fantastic & Joe is one of the most creative chefs we have come across in the US as we travel frequently to many larger cities. We go often because his specials are never cease to amaze. It is a great place to have a private party or celebration in one of their 2 private dining rooms and the speak easy in the basement is a special way to end the evening. Thank you Joe & T&G for making a night out with friends or family so special !

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vipeelizabethf
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern & Grocery was absolutely wonderful! Great wine, delicious food, attentive service, and the best ambiance of any restaurant I've been to in Charlottesville. Very moody and romantic, with candles lit everywhere. We will be back!

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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED everything about this place, Wonderful setting, excellent service and fabulous food. What more can you ask for? (Also very respectful of social distancing with COVID)

MJ
vipMarkJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch

MC
MoreCheesePleese
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time! Our server was very attentive and helpful. She recommended an amazing cocktail. The scallops were absolutely perfect and the fries were delicious. We had a reservation at 9:15 but were tired and asked to sit at the bar about an hour earlier and ended up staying there for dinner. Host was wonderful and accommodating to our early request. Would highly recommend this beautiful place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drew was an AWESOME waiter! We were celebrating our 50th birthday and the ambience was also great!! Loved our evening!

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BillP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Charming old building with multi-levels including full bars. Owner & wait staff courteous & attentive. Historic venue.

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CLoowho
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was our server. He was knowledgeable and fun. Our dinner and wine were superb! We will definitely go back!

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vipPortie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a day of wine tasting around Central VA, we wanted something different and the fun, delicious cocktails were perfect. The gravlax appetizer was delicious and the bison and risotto main courses were both lovely and tasty.
This place is cute- we were in nice shorts and shirts and felt at home but dressing up would not feel out of place either. We saw several people poppng in to buy wine and getting helpful suggestions from a gentleman there.
Our waiter was attentive and made good suggestions- very friendly.
Everyone was very respectful of the mask and space protocols.
We had a great experience.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The food won’t let you down but the service will. There’s multiple reviews that we hadn’t checked before coming. It wasn’t our first time here, just the first since COVID. Usually it is nothing but great overall but this time was different. We waited over an hour for our food. Over 20mins before anyone came to give us waters. Never checked to see how things were. We were hungry when we arrived and starving by the time our food came. I’ve never walked out on a restaurant but I really contemplated it this time. after our bad experience, we looked online at the reviews before paying because we were told a “large party came in” and that is what caused the delays. When we checked the reviews it had been multiple people explaining the EXACT experience we had. Obviously not just a bad night. There was a point where our waters were empty for over 30mins as well as we waited. Overall, not the Tavern&Grocery we USED TO enjoy. We will likely check how the current reviews look next time before even considering returning in the future. Sadly disappointed

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NKPM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. One of the best meals I have had in a while. The drinks were excellent as well. The staff was super friendly and just added to the whole experience. I would highly recommend.

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mitchh
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Billy was great! We had halibut, scallops and bison. All were great dishes. Cocktails were fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible time! The hostess was able to seat us early and our server was very attentive. Food was world class! Can’t wait to visit again soon.

TJ
TaylorJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambience and location! We had the best night!

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vipBrian
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was fine, but the menu was disappointing. We love Tavern and Grocery, but the flavors and choices were not up to their standard.

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annar
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For all three of us, it was our first time at T&G. The food was delicious and sized just right. Service was very good, welcoming but not intrusive. Highly recommend making a reservation for this special dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious!

JP
JosephP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a potentially bad experience turning out well because of a restaurant that values customer satisfaction. First of all the cuisine is outstanding, with a great selection of cocktails and wine. This story is about service. We were at the restaurant over 3 hours, and the food order was obviously delayed. When we got the dinner our (overworked, overwrought) server told us our entire meal was comped, were short chefs in the kitchen(We insisted on paying for wine and cocktails, they were delivered in a timely manner). We left almost apologetic to the server, who obviously bears the brunt of customer dissatisfaction. Bottom line: We will go back!

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lovedmymeal
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful evening on Saturday. Our table for 8 was in a private room - which was cozy and perfect. All of the food was delicious as were the drinks. We loved knowing there was something for everyone in our group (from delicious hamburger and fries to out of this world scallops). Our waiter was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. We will look forward to returning!

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CarrieR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The sangria was disappointing. The downstairs bar area was our favorite part. Our servers there were Amazing.

SB
vipSteveB
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meal with a UVA buddy. Poached eggs in eggs Benedict done perfectly. Quiet, cozy ambience. One small disappointment, however. I lived a few years in Spain, and when I ordered sangria, some fruit was in the glass. Yours, no fruit, just punch.

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foxnail64
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was delicious, portions were small and lacking. Reservations were made well in advance, yet off-the-street patrons were given better tables. Worst of all was the service itself. Cannot recommend.

SB
vipSpoiledByJimsCooking
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Food was fantastic, service safe and swift. Awesome sangria!

CO
CatieO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend - every plate was fantastic and unique!

CG
CharlesG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for a date night. The downstairs bar is a happening scene. They have plenty of table tops there you can grab without a reservation and the decor is cool. Perfect for meeting your friends out or taking your lady friend. The ground floor and upstairs have tradition restaurant seating. My wife and I sat there. The service was excellent and the food was solid. I recommend the quail appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. The place was so cute and the food was great. Actual tableware not plastic like other places during COVID. Highly recommend.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Risotto was undercooked and the predominant flavor was store bought chicken broth.
"Sticky pudding" dessert was basically 3 muffins (did not taste fresh) with a carmel sauce poured on top.

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FoodDood
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great unique venue. Service was great! Be sure to re-read the food descriptions, the food didn't quite match the descriptions.

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LuvCville
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I had a late dinner at Tavern and Grocery this past Saturday night. We had to change our reservation last minute and they were able to give us a new reservation without any problem. We sat outside on their front patio (sidewalk). It was a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.

The host was great and our server couldn't have been more accommodating. I had scallops - they were broiled perfectly and were sweet and delectable. My friend had a sirloin strip that he said was perfectly cooked and tender.

While the food was delicious, the staff at Tavern and Grocery are what makes this such a special place to dine. I couldn't have been more pleased with the service I received there. I can't wait to return.

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vipBarbiI
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I totally enjoyed the lovely restaurant. Music was playing, service was attentive but not overbearing. Wine selections was great I tried a glass of a terrific local sparkling wine and a red from Portugal from recommendations from the bartender. Both were terrific. If I lived in Virginia I would be back.

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ericav
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Duck Ramen is my favorite...also a great wine list!!!

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Davemander
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, outstanding service and very good food at reasonable prices. Don’t skip this one next time you’re in downtown Charlottesville.

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Stephanie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For an almost $400 dinner, the service was slow and was confusing as to who our waiter was & the food was only ok. The duck was inconsistent for the 4 people eating it. Two portions were barely edible. Two were great. Not an acceptable ratio. The desserts that were very tasty were little bigger than a postage stamp.

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vipRaven
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Full menu, very happy

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StreetDawg
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Great service, great food options. Came in late, really wanted the chicken & waffles, but it was sold out. The waffles with berries were extremely good, not to mention to scramble eggs I had on the side. Absolutely delicious. Food came quick and the mimosas were very good. Really enjoyed brunch.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tavern & Grocery using the Order Online button. Tavern & Grocery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 293-7403.

Tavern & Grocery is rated 4.4 stars by 377 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.