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Rapture

3.8
53 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Rapture features playful, farm-to-table Southern cuisine in a swank-but-cozy atmosphere. We have outdoor dining, billiards tables, and live music several nights a week.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(434) 293-9526
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeremy Coleman
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Private party facilities
We can accommodate parties of 15-45 in our banquet room (with a dedicated bar). We can offer a limited or prix-fixe menu, or guests can order off of our regular menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd St NE
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Entertainment
Live music most Wednesdays.
DJs and live bands on the weekends.
Dance club on the weekends. Salsa on Sunday nights.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 53 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delighftul Sunday brunch for a birthday celebration. Great staff, very friendly to our kid-filled group. Will definitely recommend!

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Gave it a try. Sounded interesting. Food was ok. Not spectacular. A bit salty in fact. We had the beet humus. Different. Split a salad which was good. The scallops was on a bed of white beans. Also had the pork belly. Not bad. Not great. Table next to us ordered a bottle of wine which could not be opened since the cork was dry and crumbled into the bottle. They tried on another bottle and it did the same. The sandwiches looked good. Maybe I should have tried those.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Took us an hour to get food after we were seated for Saturday brunch at noon...super loud and noisy. Needed drink refilled more than once. Food was good but not great.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food and great service. Every dish outperformed expectations - the brussel sprouts especially!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Utterly amazing food! Not a quiet setting, but super fun!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and drink, attentive wait-staff, friendly reprieve from a chilly evening!

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Good service. Ok

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and loved the pool tables - Great place!

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2017

These people should win an award for food photography. Pictures on Open Table looked great, and the menu sounded interesting. We arrived and were greeted by a rather dismissive hostess to start with. We were seated at a table where the AC unit was dripping water on us throughout the meal. I asked if my crab scramble could be made with egg whites, and I was told that the kitchen was far too busy for that. I make egg whites for breakfast every morning, it takes all of 30 seconds to separate 3 eggs...so basically they just didn't feel like doing it. The food came out bland and unappealing. There was no discernible amount of crab in my crab scramble, and my boyfriends biscuits and gravy were dry and had little flavor. Overall just not a place worth visiting in a town with so much great food. Big disappointment.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Rapture was just ok. The service was good but the food was mediocre. I liked that they had a bunch of seasonal options and that their menu was unique, but in my opinion, it lacked flavor. I would be willing to try it again but it wouldn't be at the top of my list to tell friends about.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Wonderful service and southern food with a fun twist!

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2017

Great fried green tomatoes and cocktails. Lovely waitress. Did not care for the atmosphere - it felt like a dirty college bar.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Jackie, our server was very good & tried hard, but, the food was a disappointment.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

We had our Finance Team Meeting there last week and ate outside. We had a great time - the weather held up for us and it wasn't too warm. Waitress was wonderful and food very good.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Great food! Fantastic outdoor seating!

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

While this restaurant had a contemporary atmosphere, it's overall vibe was sterile and lacking in warmth. The food was so-so, and it did not help that a family member upon exiting the restroom experienced the waitresses joking about our party. So, we won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Good food, reasonable proportions. No sign it is really farm to table. Waitress was very good. They handled the sudden drop in people coming with more grace than most places would. Hard cider was really good. Wish they had more local beers on the menu. Prices were really reasonable. Overall, very glad we went. Would go again with friends but it wouldn't be my first choice for romantic conversation with a significant other.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2017

First visit to Rapture. Most people were dining outside but we chose an inside table. Staff were not aware of our reservation when we arrived. Waited a while to be seated because most staff were too busy taking things outside to other customers. Once seated, took several minutes to get someone to take our drink orders. Waited a good while to get our waters & were finally able to order. Was not surprised that it took a long time to get our food. Chicken fingers were over-done & dry due to the little amount of flattened meat inside the breading. Tater tots were in a container full of grease at the bottom. Very small portion of potatoes with an equally small omelet. Portobello burger was literally an un-seasoned, un-marinated chewy mushroom on a pretzel bun with plain mayo and a un-ripened tomato slice that was almost white. Older, darker building with musty smell. Hoped for a better experience coming from Richmond to try this place, but was very disappointed.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Our waitress could not have been bothered to help our table. Drinks were never refilled and food took over an hour to appear. 4 burgers, 1 salad and 2 pb&js.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Service was not good.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Next to paramount

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Good experience, would go back, but would like a few more items to choose from for entrees.

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2017

Were seated in a booth patched with black duct tape. The service was good, but the food was only ok: good beer special, good salad, but pulled pork egg rolls dominated by peanut sauce, steak over cooked, mashed potatoes cold. With so many other good restaurants in Charlottesville, likely our first and last visit.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

We went for lunch on Boxing Day so can;t really comment about too much as pretty sure its different in the evenings. We did really enjoy the food and they had a good beer selection. As we told the manager, the only problem was that all their choices just sounded great so it was hard to choose.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Delicious food and our server was attentive and funny and overall great.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Very interesting appetizers and very good mains. The cheese grits are great, as is the shrimp and grits. The "egg roll" however is too greasy and lacks true flavor. The chicken wings were large and spicy. There is live music after 9 on some nights.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Rapature is one of my go-to restaurats, consistently good food and especially good service.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Best Hamburger ever and I love their sweet potato tots! I went to this restaurant because of the great location and the southern food menu. But when I got there, just felt like having a hamburger. What a great surprise. One of the best I have had in a long time. Very juicy and rich, and satisfying. Also my first time to have sweet potato TOTS. Wonderful bullets of goodness and adds that southern touch to an amazing burger. Service was good , even though very busy. The wines by the glass also excellent and interesting. Had a Washington Pino Noir, that was perfect with the burger. Chicago has some great burger places and I would put this burger up against many of them!

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2016

Food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2016

I had a burger and it was very good. A lot of flavor. Nice place.

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3.0Dined on September 19, 2016

Good stop for lunch on our travels from Virginia to North Carolina. Nice place on the pedestrian mall. Very good seafood gumbo. Fish and chips pretty greasy compared to others. I would go there again.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Outside dining at Rapture; it is right on the walking Mall, which with the weather nice (for August) was a must. Well, then again, there are the street musicians that might not be the background you wanted to have for your sweetee..... Waiter was fine. Main dishes seemed a bit on the dry side and the sizes of the meals seemed to be on the "smaller portion meals" now required to keep America slimmer.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2016

We went for Sundaybrunch and it was outstanding. We had a delicious unique appetizer, fried green tomatoes In a crab meat succotash and Eggs Benedict. Service was fast and efficient and all in all it was a great experience.

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2016

The marquee and the menu communicate something completely different than what this restaurant is. Make no mistake: it's a restaurant/pool hall. And there is nothing wrong with that. But it is not an upscale, classy restaurant, so don't be fooled, like we were, by the book's cover.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Gluten "free" but is not celiac friendly. Per our wait staff who knew the difference we decided to eat elsewhere. Looking around the prep and cooking areas, it was a good choice!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

FABULOUS orange pancakes; outstanding wait person, Kylie

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Food was good but could have used a little more flavor. Service was very attentive.

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2016

the menu was disappointing, I would have expected more for a weekend when 1000s descend on Charlottesville for a special occasion like graduation weekend. The only thing they had were brunch items. Great if I wanted breakfast at 2 pm.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was creative with some surprising flavors, all very accessible and delicious. I continue to be interested in what the chef will come up with next. We've come a couple of times in recent months and been highly satisfied both times.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2016

I went to Rapture with a friend for the Restaurant week deal ($28 for 3 courses), and it was a great choice!! We both ordered different things for all three courses so we could try a bit of everything. In short--the food was notably fresh and the flavors complex. I ordered the seared trout for my main course, and it came on top of a delectable cream sauce with cubed sweet potatoes and some of the best, most tender mushrooms I think I've ever eaten. Tasted like an upscale comfort food with its warm, aromatic flavors and totally hit the spot!

Also, in addition to the R-week deal our dinner fell during the daily happy hour which was an amazing deal--beers on tap half off and their house red and white at only $4 a glass. Thanks Shandy for the amazing service!

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