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Ten, Charlottesville, VA

Ten

4.7
4.7
828 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Ten is a modern Japanese tapas style restaurant, centrally located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.

Since 2006, Ten has served a variety of both traditional and original cuisine.

Chef Pei Jen Chang sources ingredients from the finest local, regional, and international sea and farm purveyors, and strives to offer fare that will appeal to the gamut of culinary palates.

Our bar menu boasts an extensive wine list, an assortment of imported and local craft beers, as well as one of the largest collections of sake in Virginia. In addition, we offer a unique selection of libations, such as hand-crafted Asian inspired cocktails, assembled using inventive, authentic ingredients, or a 'Sake Flight', which allows for the subtle, intricate flavors of three selected varietals to be experienced.

The meaning of the Japanese word 'Ten' is 'heaven' or 'celebration', and our highest goal is to create an elevated, adventurous, and intimate dining experience, where lasting memories will be made.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 295-6691

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pei J. Chang

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    2nd Street SE

  • Parking details

    Ten is located on the pedestrian mall in Downtown Charlottesville. Convenient parking is available in the Water Street Parking Garage and in an open-air hourly lot, both at the intersection of 2nd St. SE and Water Street. We validate parking for the Water Street Garage. An additional metered lot can be found two blocks west of the Water Street Garage, free after 6:00 PM.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 828 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. p

    patron

    Mississippi

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Clever drinks. Great sushi
  2. F

    Freeman

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sushi and with amazing service Definitely a date night vibe type place!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great restaurant. The ambiance was great, quiet enough to talk but still very lively. I had a grey goose martini which was perfect. My husband and I shared edamame, gyoza, miso soup and a few sushi rolls. The gyoza and miso were fine. The sushi was sublime. We had chocolate cake and green tea Mochi for dessert. The mochi was fanatastic. Price was also very reasonable. We certainly will be coming back!
  4. RH

    RobinH

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    A bit to hip and pretentious for us. Food was good, not great. Drinks were good. Service was fair - waiter was a bit over the top/verbose and a couple of mistakes were made with our order. Also, we made a reservation for two and asked last minute if they could change it to three. They said no, which was completely fine, except that several tables that could accommodate 3-4 people were empty when we arrived and stayed empty for the entirely of our stay. Poor form and we won't be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jack was very nice and very knowledgeable. We will go again!
  6. D

    Donnie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A Marvelous dining experience. Very interesting menu.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great except it forever to get drinks from the bar
  8. JG

    JaneG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I never write reviews on here but if you’re celiac do NOT go here. We had two dishes marked gluten free on menu that turned out to have gluten—after we had already started eating (i had told waiter i had an allergy). i have a severe gluten allergy and was extraordinarily sick afterwards. felt that the host was dismissive because i wasn’t having an on-the-spot reaction. i even think i heard him say that he wanted to get me out of there before i had a reaction. he told me, condescendingly, that i should have told the waiter about my allergy, and when i told him that i had, he didn’t know what to make of it. most restaurants are up front as to whether or not they can serve me, and i don’t expect every restaurant to have options for me. i just expect honesty and respect, and was not given either last night.

    TenResponded on September 7, 2022Hey Jane, I am sincerely sorry for your experience on Saturday night. I will be reaching out via email in hopes that we can discuss further.

  9. k

    katied

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best sushi. We love this place. Great cocktails and ambiance. Appetizers are amazing. Definitely have the lobster tempura and steak skewers to start. Highly recommend!!!
  10. HK

    HopeK

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVED TEN!! It lives up to the hype, and feels like you're eating under stars.
  11. RP

    RoseP

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi, just expensive (although not surprising, we’re a small town—really good sushi is going to be expensive!).
  12. BI

    BobI

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ten was very very good. The ambiance is exceptional. The server was very knowledgeable and was able to help direct us as first time diners. The food was good and the beverages excellent. A definite go to in Charlottesville! Will be going back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience! Great food, presentation, atmosphere and service. Loved every moment until the bill came. Be prepared to drop some cash. Won’t be a monthly staple.
  14. p

    petitegourmet

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have eaten here often. Frankly, I was disappointed this time around. Imagine being told that they were out of any sparkling wine to be had by the glass. My wife like sparkling but certainly didn’t want a full bottle. TheTen hamachi appetizer was good, but remains exceptionally chintzy for $18. The seaweed salad was bland . The sushi was fresh, but they are overdoing the sauces, many of which seemed on th sweet side, and sadly distracted from the taste of the fish.
  15. LA

    LaurieA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first visit to Ten on Tues 8/9. Our server Jack was great. He was knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions on our food choices. Tried some new things we had not thought of. Our table was at the window so we could people watch. Everything was just amazing. Thank you to Jack and the rest of the staff! Planning our next visit to Charlottesville and another stop at Ten! 🥰
  16. b

    brigid

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely delicious, can’t wait to go back!!
  17. SS

    StephanieS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the food & service greatly! We will definitely return. Also cocktails were fabulous!
  18. PR

    PhillipR

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    For the price I honestly was expecting more, but they did give us a birthday present which was nice (volcano cake with vanilla ice cream).
  19. M

    Michael

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Ten is an enigma. The food here would be considered very good if the place were located in New York or LA. In Charlottesville, VA it is downright exceptional. To find stuff like ankimo (monkfish liver) and perfect Santa Barbara uni in a rural southern college town is crazy. But we did. We ordered a ton of food and it was all good to excellent. Even the green tea mochi dessert. Best I’ve ever had. My only food related complaint was that the chu toro was really no more than solid blue fin tuna - without the fat content to qualify for the “toro” designation. So why not a glowing (pun intended) recommendation? Because the place is so &$@?%#¥ dark that we couldn’t make out our food! When I brought it to the attention of the server, she agreed! That’s it! No offer to enhance the lighting. We ate our entire meal under the glow of my cell phone flashlight! I seriously could not have identified the fish without it! Dining on sushi is such a visually aesthetic experience but you would think the chef’s here were ashamed of their creations. At one point another diner came to our table to ask me to turn my flashlight off. I thought I was getting punked! Anyway, Ten has great food but it’s no place to take your parents or anyone who actually cares to see what they put in their mouth.
  20. N

    Nolagirlintexas

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food was fantastic but service was horrible. We sat for long stretches and no explanation of food served. Have not had that poor service anywhere in a long time.
  21. JB

    JimBobVA

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ten is always very good, a family favorite for birthdays & special occasions, and this last visit was no exception: great sake & drinks, & many varied cooked & raw dishes… there was lots of sharing, & we all had a wonderful time! Thanks, Jack! thanks kitchen/floor teams! We’ll keep coming back!
  22. CR

    CReynolds

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A little bit of an off night but still great
  23. D

    Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Will be going back. for sure.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, and fantastic food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was top-notch. Service was great.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was really good! Our server was so kind & great, but unrelated to her service, the restaurant was pretty slow. Food took a while to come out after ordering. It was worth it though! Our sushi was excellent, so were the chicken skewers. I’d skip edamame next time and try something else.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent sushi as always!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The AC was broken and they didn’t tell us until after we ordered our drinks so it was very hot
  29. SS

    SarahS

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and appreciate the GF options!
  30. V

    Virginian

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ten is always reliably excellent. We have been going there for probably 15 or so years and have never had even a mediocre experience. Love this place!
  31. JM

    JodiM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about our experience. Tried the salad and it was delicious, however difficult to eat. I would suggest a small salad bowl and a serving utensil just to make it that much easier.
  32. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ten never disappoints with the fresh sushi. The cocktails are unique and fun combinations. I always enjoy the dinning experience but it can get pricey.
  33. MS

    MillerS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of the best nights out in Cville! Thanks for all your hard work, TEN!
  34. LR

    LizR

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Love the Chief’s choice. New waiter seemed a little lost but food and atmosphere were terrific as always. Price is high but food quality is excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Food!
  36. SW

    SuzanneW

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 4 different sushi rolls & 2 beef skewers—all were delicious & we look forward to returning. Nice ambience for a date night and/or with family. Our server was very attentive & helpful.
  37. K

    Katana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Ten and it was a wonderful experience! I would go back again, especially to try more of the sushi rolls and the chef’s recommendations
  38. UY

    UnionYes

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    When host seated us he said someone would bring us the drink menu. Didn’t happen. So when waiter showed we asked for one and when he brought it we had to say “give us a minute to look at it and come back.” Ordered a cocktail listed on that menu. Waited returns and says they “can’t make” it. (??) Ordered a different cocktail. Food (a platter of 6 sushi rolls) arrives before any cocktails. 45 minutes after we placed order for cocktails (and those rolls) — when all but about 6 pieces of sushi have been eaten (I.e., we are more than 3/4 finished with the meal)— the cocktails arrive. In hindsight we should have refused the food for mail we got and had time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. (Instead , I told waiter to take my cocktail back to the bar and off the tab. My dinner companion kept hers but couldn’t finish it because it tasted wrong.) photo shows our platter when drinks arrived.
  39. D

    Delicious

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely first visit to Ten - will certainly be back. Tried multiple things from the menu and it was all delicious. Also had some wonderful and creative cocktails. Service was very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend.
  40. L

    Lenore

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Miso soup is excellent. The chef’s recommendations are hard to best. .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ten offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 295-6691.

Ten is rated 4.7 stars by 828 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 25 times today
Google Map for Ten

120 B. East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Street SE

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ten is located on the pedestrian mall in Downtown Charlottesville. Convenient parking is available in the Water Street Parking Garage and in an open-air hourly lot, both at the intersection of 2nd St. SE and Water Street. We validate parking for the Water Street Garage. An additional metered lot can be found two blocks west of the Water Street Garage, free after 6:00 PM.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pei J. Chang

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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