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Tavern & Grocery, Charlottesville, VA

Tavern & Grocery

4.3
4.3
769 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

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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 769 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MP

    MPDH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful! We were greeted by smiling faces! Coffee could have been hotter but overall was a wonderful brunch!
  2. KK

    KatieK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, unique and accommodating to gluten free diet. Excellent service. Must try!
  3. KB

    KBNd

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to celebrate my grandparents 57th wedding anniversary, and everything was excellent!
  4. SO

    SkyehodO

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Eggs at Brunch - good and great bloody Mary’s - home fries were soggy over cooked and over salted -
  5. PW

    PhyllisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A little chilly though, one friend kept his coat on. Bathroom could use a deep cleaning.
  6. MK

    MeganK

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Our carrot and brussel sprout appetizers were good, entrees were just okay. My risotto was under cooked and lacked flavor. Our server seemed distracted and almost rude, my step-mother asked for a wine list and he sat it down at the opposite end of the table and just took the cocktail orders. The restaurant was not busy, nor were we slow while ordering. Once our first drinks arrived and we’re finished early during the meal, we were never asked if we would like another drink. I couldn’t find our waiter to even flag him down. All of this can be attributed to an off night bc we have dined here before and overall enjoyed the experience. However, another server appeared to be doing a great job with his tables when the owner/boss came out and yelled at him in front of all of us because he had not heard the bell to run some food. I’ve worked in restaurants and understand the importance of everyone chipping in to keep the restaurant running efficiently, but for the boss to yell at a server in the middle of a dining room - to the point that I heard her - is so distasteful. Especially as this boss seemed to just be drinking her glass of red wine. I can forgive almost anything at a restaurant, but not disrespectful management.
  7. KB

    KatherineB

    Greensboro

    220 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    220 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy. Especially enjoyed the scallop crudo and the duck entree. Will be back.
  8. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    I never had an experience like this at any restaurant. We were seated at 7:00 for our reservation and sat there without anyone coming over to us for 20 minutes. At 7:20 the seating host came over and asked if we were ready to order. To this point nobody had come over to ask if we had questions about the menu, wanted to see a wine list or to even say "Hi, I am xxx I will be your server tonight". So we said we would like to see a wine list which he dropped off and then went back to seating people. 15 minutes after this (and still no waiter/waitress),I had to go to the front and ask the host again if anyone was going to wait on us. He didnt seem concerned and came over and took the order. Our appetizer came out at around 8:00 (so an hour after we were seated), and still no waiter or any other communication. At 8:30 our meal finally came out (both dishes cold). When the meal was delivered we asked for the check out of fear of never having anyone come back. In the end, the food was fine, but cold...and still no waiter. It was honestly the strangest experience I have ever had at a restaurant to the point my wife and I were waiting for someone to come around with a video camera and say we were on tape for a new show seeing how long people will sit at a restaurant and be completely ignored. Needless to say, we will never go back.
  9. N

    Nashmama

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Limited, expensive menu with small portions. Over-rated. Slow service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Home football game at UVA. Very nice Bloody Mary and Mimosa. Quaint spot with good breakfast choices and good service.
  11. k

    kbucko99

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quickly becoming our favorite brunch restaurant when we visit Charlottesville! Food is delicious, building is historic and fun, just great all-around!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner at Tavern and Grocery. Dining room beautiful with exposed brick and wooden beams, old hardwood floors. Had the beet salad and duck. Great wine list. A little noisy, but not too bad.
  13. B

    Bernie

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good Under staffed but you wouldn’t know it, our hostess/waitress/bartender was right on time, we were never lacking for anything Kudos to the staff
  14. KB

    KimB

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great as always. Only one server working but he covered the whole room smoothly and promptly. Food awesome as always. Music was a touch loud at times but overall great evening.
  15. DW

    DavidW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Viviana gave us great service….too bad the food took to long to come, it was cold. The fish was dry. We probably will come back because of Viviana and because the nice ambiance.
  17. NH

    NadimH

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was excellent. Place was not kid friendly, and the bartender was rude. We had a two year old with us and the food was taking a while. So we went to the bar to see if we could grab a couple of orange slices fire the hungry boy. Bartender said no and actually took the orange slices off the bar and hid them below.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal. The duck was outstanding!
  19. BM

    BlueMoon

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Flounder dinner was great. Wine and beer were very good. Duck dinner was half raw and accompaniments were minimal and not tasty - very disappointing meal. Would have asked for it to be returned but was with a large group of friends. Filled up on their extra french fries instead.
  20. JH

    JeffreyH

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We have dined at Tavern Grocery four or five times since we discovered it about two months ago. They only complaint I have is that the Braised Bison Short Ribs I ordered last night were tough and tasteless. All the other food choices were 4 or 5 Stars. I am very disappointed that the scallops were removed from the menu. More menu choices would help.
  21. RW

    ReneeW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great other than so was seated right in the sun.
  22. J

    Jodie

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We received our appetizers before wine and the. Waited over an hour for our main course. It was only 2 of us. Our food came out cold and then only one of us got our meals delivered back with warm protein but still cold sides on our plates. I finally left cash for the one dish plus our wine and app and left after an hour and 45 minutes. Very disappointing. The lovely hostess sat us, took our order and was tending bar all while checking on patrons. Unacceptable staffing issues. Don’t bring in a table for 12 when you have reservations that expect a certain level of service…. being served a meal
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We arrived on time for our reservation, stood at host stand for 10 minutes while the hostess took reservations for next day brunch, meanwhile line of diners was 25 deep out the door, presumably with reservations. Finally got to our table which was a high top…I reserved a standard table…hostess got cranky about it upon being questioned. Ok…we took the high top. It was fine but not as expected. Service was painful as there were only like 3 waiting tables. They did the best they could. What I found mind boggling was their vodka selection: the bartender had chosen to eliminate Tito’s and yet kept Stoly - a Russian vodka. Speaking of bartenders, she was as slow as molasses in January and could use some help! Food was amazing - fish and bison were delicious. Service was meh but they just need to hire more waitstaff all around. I will go elsewhere next time I visit Charlottesville.
  24. LM

    LindaM

    Atlanta

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner as always! The lobster bisque was yummy! Bison also good. Very consistent food and service.
  25. RW

    RWinVA

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Horrible! Severely understaffed on a Wednesday evening. Our waitress said she typically works the brunch shift, and clearly didn’t know how to handle dinner service. We had to flag down the manager twice—once to order (bottle of) wine, the second time to order dessert. Waitress delivered the check without offering a dessert menu, and while we were still eating. Ridiculous and unacceptable! Food was OK. Bison quite good, but duck was bland as could be, and cobia was dry. I regret bringing my guests here. Only positive was nice ambiance, but that doesn’t cut it in Cville where there are many places that offer ambiance alongside real service and good food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was slow but otherwise good
  27. T

    Terri

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Warm and welcoming staff. Cozy atmosphere.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an awesome experience for our Meetup group!
  29. ES

    ESBUSA

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food, great service, meh on the coffee. Have had the same brand of coffee at other location and it excelled. Both times here the coffee was disappointing.
  30. A

    Alan

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Absolutely horrendous experience!!..Waited 45 minutes after ordering for our meals… food lackluster overall and toast served burnt and inedible. The experience with the manager left a lot to be desired; I was patronized, told that this is the way food is served and from the tone of his voice and mannerisms my family and I felt as though we were a charity case. I have experienced gastronomy from around the globe, interacted with and shared meals with all cultures and consider my palate wide ranging with experience- however the way my family and I were treated, unfortunately this will be a last time experience! On a positive note the only shining light in this establishment was the server who was a model of kindness, sincerity and calm disposition.
  31. F

    Fitz

    New England

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will definitely go back. Wonderful dining experience
  32. NF

    NaplesFoodie

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have been to Tavern & Grocery previously and were impressed. Overall food was well prepared and tasty but service seemed a bit out of sync.
  33. LE

    LEEPS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    It’s a lovely place to have dinner. But the food was disappointing. Too spicy dishes, and an expensive fish and chips.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    One of the waiters was kind of lost and very slow but other person was pretty responsive and quick. Other than that experience was very good
  35. AL

    ALPS

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great looking place. Interesting menu, good service and cocktails. While there was care and attention to the entrees, they just seemed to have missed the mark. Sorry to say, there was a garbage smell throughout the restaurant.
  36. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we arrived, we were taken right to our table. Our server was prompt with our drink order. Our food came out hot, and it was delicious. Would go again!
  37. CT

    CarlottaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very flavorful, we were seated promptly, the waiter recommended a good beer that complimented our meal. It was a wonderful experience and I will definitely share with others.
  38. R

    Retiree

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How lucky can you get? Our last night in Charlottesville with our family following a wedding and on a half hours’ notice, they took our request for a table for 8. When we arrived they not only had our table ready, but it was in a private dining room. The service and quality of the food actually exceeded the wonderful ambience. And we were greeted as warmly when we left as we were when we entered. It was a delightful dining experience.
  39. JH

    JeffreyH

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great. A hidden gem
  40. RC

    RickC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always delicious. One of the best restaurants in Cville.

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
  • 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 4.3 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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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