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Tavern & Grocery, Charlottesville, VA

Tavern & Grocery

4.5
4.5
698 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.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 293-7403

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Ashley Sieg

  • Private party facilities

    We have several options for private events, and can accommodate parties of 6 in a private dining room, up to 80 in two renovated rooms upstairs, or 120 for a full restaurant buyout.

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    4th Street NW

  • Parking details

    Parking is available directly behind (and touching) our building, along with ample street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 698 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Great for Brunch

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Charlottesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JI

    JeffI

    Jacksonville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food!
  2. JE

    JoanneE

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming decor, wonderful food - please try the grilled Brussel sprouts! The service was very good too!
  3. JP

    JPEats

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always reliably good. Small outdoor seating area is also nice. Wait staff very accommodating.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed brunch. Our servers were very kind and attentive and the food was all tasty and nice portions.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely restored Inn with lots of character. Service friendly and timely. Food very good. The only issue we had was the limited menu with mostly non traditional choices. Other than that great experience! Would go back again
  6. VA

    VAgolf

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great atmosphere, friendly servers. Downstairs bar fun.
  7. MK

    MeganK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, food was incredible - highly recommend the beet salad and risotto.
  8. AB

    AlexB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The food was ok, but over priced. My breakfast potatoes were burnt. Our server cared more about her conversation with the bartender then anything else. She also didn’t tell me that soda refills were not free. Our coffee mugs were dirty. Only real good thing I can say is that the place was cute.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice rustic ambiance. Brunch food was excellent. I enjoyed the music by Berto & Vincent very much.
  10. f

    frenchfoodie

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch spot! We were there with a fussy toddler, and the staff was so wonderful and accommodating. The food was fantastic, ambiance great. Towards the end a guitar duo started playing, very pleasant volume and really added to it.
  11. b

    bkeeperinvermont

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super nice staff. Very helpful and kind. Great food.
  12. BM

    BrannetteM

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server was great. The food was pretty good. The atmosphere was great!
  13. j

    jojo

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Graduation:)
  14. J

    Joycem

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sat us in the basement near bathroom when plenty of main fl seating.
  15. MP

    MauricioP

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Graduation
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very limited graduation menu at a high fixed price. Food was ok, but frankly well below expectations - particularly for the price. Sort of struck me as a “catered” meal effort at some fund raiser event. Night before we had a far superior meal at a competitor that was superb across the board and far cheaper. Might give it another try with a full menu, but they really missed the opportunity to impress us with a fairly weak effort for a high price. Many other good choices in C’ville.
  17. DA

    DANAT

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I never give a bad review but unfortunately this disappointed on most fronts. It took half hour before our drinks even arrived. Appetizers were decent. Dinner meats were heavily salted (hamburger) and overall the experience wasn’t enjoyable which was a disappointment given it was a graduation weekend dinner for four in a city where there is amazing dining at every turn.
  18. P

    Peter

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The food was uneven in quality. When your best fare is the French fries, there is a problem with the food. The food prices also were far in excess of the food quality. The service was attentive and fine at first, but it trailed off significantly as the meal progressed. Plates and glasses were left on the table long after they were finished. But worst of all were the pieces of plastic — one small and the other large — that were in the soup. Eventually the waiter told us that the plastic was from a broken mixer used in the kitchen. He further said that the restaurant would not charge us for the plastic-laiden soup, but when the bill arrived — delivered by a waiter trainee on her first night of work rather than our waiter or the manager — the billed included a full charge for the soup. Talk about adding insult to injury. For all these reasons, I encourage the restaurant to commit itself to high quality food and service and potential diners to find another restaurant in Charlottesville until that is done. This advice come from a person who is engaged in the hospitality business — a high-end B&B — who knows the quality of meals and service that can and should be delivered to patrons.
  19. B

    Beth

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    This restaurant is struggling from shortness of staff and quality of service and food for the price. Currently I do not recommend Tavern & Grocery.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It feels like a very special place to experience. The atmosphere is like a cute house not a restaurant. You really are treated like a guest. It’s small and comfy, they think about small details like fresh cut flowers and small lamps at each table. It’s super stylish with a mix of old and touch of modern. The food was great, we had the salmon tartar (absolutely delicious), duck breast, and the thyme creme brûlée. My husband had the old fashioned cocktail and he loved. I had the local sparkling wine suggested and I really enjoyed. The music is just perfect for the ambiance. I never felt rushed just wanted to stay longer and we will be back!
  21. M

    Matthew

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    This was how we ordered! Cocktails, appetizers, entree. 10 minutes later the appetizers arrive at the table. I asked for my cocktail. They said it will be a few minutes. Meanwhile the bartender made and delivered drinks to three other tables. Also taking a few minutes to chat with people at the bar and offering to buy them another round. Still no drink (house old fashion and a ginger ale). With now a cold appetizers in front of me, they deliver the ginger ale and said the drink was on its way. Drink arrive, tasted the appetizers with the drink and set the appetizers aside to finish the drink. A few sips and then the entrée arrived. I asked her what was wrong at this table. I could have done McDonalds for the same dining experience! THE REST OF THE EVENING WAS VISITATIONS FROM MANGERS . Still they asked for a 18% tip as their suggested tip!
  22. h

    happy

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    innovative delicious food. good service. Friendly bartender who helped with wine suggestions
  23. MS

    MarianneS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    great setting. - helpful attentive staff - wonderful food.
  24. DH

    DavidH

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town for a wedding. Would definitely go here again. Very nice historical building and an enjoyable dining experience.
  25. w

    wine4foodie

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service, as always!
  26. TC

    TraceyC

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Arctic Char, Atlantic Cod and Brussels Sprouts with rice pudding for dessert. All of this was amazing. Only recommendation is to offer heating up the rice pudding for those who like it warm vs. cold. Service was excellent. The ambiance with soft jazz music playing in the background made for a great date night for my husband and I.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our brunch. Have busted several times now. I highly suggest making a reservation.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service and food horrible
  29. JS

    JSL1

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! Thank you!
  30. AT

    AllyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit, my sister and I from the Midwest and myself from the DC area. The meal was exceptional, so far as the meal, beverage, and presentation are concerned. The service was excellent also and we did not have to wait long for our order. The dining service in many places is a crapshoot these days with staffing issues and food quality that is average. This was a welcome treat. Oh, and did I mention the music? It was an additional spice to the already awesome experience. We will be back during our next visit to Charlottesville. Many thanks.
  31. JH

    JulieH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, great food, excellent cocktails. Faye the bartender was awesome
  32. KS

    KineS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The interior and the service is super nice. The Brusselsprouts and the duck breast were the best on the menu.
  33. LF

    LaraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, fantastic drinks and lovely service!
  34. D

    Diane

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They had live music that precluded any thought of conversation. Fortunately, it was a perfect day for sitting outdoors. They were gracious in our request to be seated in a manner that was unexpected.
  35. MC

    MichalaC

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch experience!
  36. M

    Marshy

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous spot!! Great food, great ambience - went for dinner and brunch, both terrific.
  37. MB

    MartinB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Table seating was very exposed to the chill of every front door opening which made dining very uncomfortable. Bison was not cooked to satisfaction. It arrived cold. The best part of the dining experience was leaving the chilly table to move to the bar after the meal. Wonderful barman (service and stories)! I’ll return, but will eat at the bar next time.
  38. d

    dfever

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and delicious food. Really great night with our Hoo and his girlfriend.
  39. L

    Lauren

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This cozy and authentic spot is a real neighborhood gem! Great for a date or a small group.
  40. s

    sullivans

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food and coffee were cold and the service was not good. Had to seek someone out every time we needed something.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.5 stars by 698 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Tavern & Grocery

333 W Main St Charlottesville, VA 22903

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available directly behind (and touching) our building, along with ample street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Ashley Sieg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (434) 293-7403

  • Private party facilities

    We have several options for private events, and can accommodate parties of 6 in a private dining room, up to 80 in two renovated rooms upstairs, or 120 for a full restaurant buyout.

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