Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar

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Contemporary American
When Tastings started in 1990 it was the only fully integrated Wine Shop/ Wine Bar/ Restaurant on the East Coast. About twenty years later, there is still only a handful of establishments in the U.S. such as Tastings. Besides being an outstanding wine shop in its own right as well as a fine restaurant, Tastings offers a large selection of wines by the glass. Wines are offered in flights for experimentation with a meal for a modest fee over the retail price of wines in the shop. Tastings' restaurant serves simple, direct cuisine that allows each customer a gustatory and educational experience in a friendly but professional fine restaurant.
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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

So this is a true hidden gem. A very unassuming space, that needs no context as the food, and wine pairings are spectacular. It’s slightly off the main strip; however full of locals.

BS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Go for the wine ! The food ranges from good to excellent (they have great ingredients but not always the best preparations). But regardless of what you eat -- they will find wines to go with the food to match your palate and your budget. Really fun to experience all kinds of new tastes with the most knowledgeable wine advisors in town.

DC
Washington DC
306 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Bill Curtis's Tastings is the best place to drink wine in Charlottesville. If you're a wine geek, just tell Bill what you like, and you will be amazed at what he comes up with. If you're a wine beginner, he will walk you through many choices to help you figure out what you like.

The cuisine is uneven -- sometimes OK, sometimes great. We particularly like the morels in puff pastry, which are usually super, but last time, they were too winey. But...come here for the wine, rather than the food!

MB
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and wine were pretty good . I would not say great, but pretty good. The restaurant looks dirty , dark, dingy and dated, I wish the owner Bill would put some money into the outside patio and the interior with updates and a good cleaning. Honestly it looks like Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue is needed in this establishment . Overall I am glad we experienced it since we live only less than a block away.

C
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bill and his staff are a treasure....always a fabulous experience....:)

SD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner; enjoyed the lobster bisque, the seafood paella and our wine pairing.
Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and the owner/chef is a gem!
We will be back!

W
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and well-prepared. A lot of menu choices. Excellent wait staff. Great wine selections

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at tastings and it was lovely. We enjoyed having someone recommend a good wine pairing with our meal and we got to try wines we wouldn't have purchased ourselves. The food was fantastic. Overall would highly recommend for a nice night out.

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great concept! Excellent food. Pick your own bottle from the wine shop. Great suggestions for delicious wines. Loved it.

DC
Washington DC
306 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Tastings is the best place in Charlottesville to sample fabulous wine with dinner. Chef Bill has some cellar treasures that he can dig up, and it's worth the time and expense. The cuisine is fine, and the service OK, but you go to Tastings for the wine!

S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After we sat down the waitress asked if we wanted anything to drink.
We asked for a wine menu and were told if we wanyed a bottle, pick a bottle from the very large selection they have and it was priced at the retail price plus a small corkage fee
If we wanted a glass, describe the type of wine you like and what you planned to eat, and would make a choice to let you try from the over 100 bottles that were open. The actual bottles change day to day.

For our meals my wife and I choice from the specials that were on a blackboard. We both had seafood/fish which tasted fresh with a taste sauce.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good but very limited options. Only vegetable or salad option was Brussels sprouts. Lots of crab meat. The mushroom soup I had was excellent. The wine that was recommended was a great paring with our meal. The decor was very outdated. I’m glad I went but won’t be rushing back.

BO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having dinner with dear friends

KC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Tastings and it is now our favorite restaurant in Cville! We loved the cozy, QUIET atmosphere and the food and wine were both outstanding. I highly recommend it.

l
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Such a gem! Extraordinary wine shop and delicious restaurant. Don't be a hurry - it's an experience!

KP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all thought the food was delicious and presented well but the serving portions were quite small.
The size of the restaurant and lower ceilings than many other resaurants make it a comfortable, cozy and relaxing place to dine. We highly recommend it!

SB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is always excellent. Bill, the proprietor, does a great job listening to our wine preferences, assessing the food that we've chosen, and delivering perfect wine choices.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish was over cooked. Otherwise a perfect evening.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tastings never disappoints in the quality and choices of fine food. A bit pricey even for Charlottesville but a better value than many other restaurants that charge just as much on the downtown mall.

T
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, and a unique opportunity where you can dine inside a wine shop. Best of all, rather than perusing a wine list, you can choose your bottle of wine from the store's stock, with a minimal $7 corkage fee. We'll be back.

DC
Washington DC
306 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bill Curtis (owner) has a cellar beyond compare. Diners can grab a bottle from the wine shop, or ask Bill to dredge up a cellar treasure. The cuisine is also far more refined than the decor would suggest. We has pasta with escargots, mushrooms in puff pastry, and a lovely apple tart -- all paired with phenomenal Burgundies. Just let Bill make his recommendations!

JV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem in Charlottesville, with one of the best wine lists in the mid-Atlantic region (the restaurant doubles as a wine shop). The wines are priced at wine shop rather than restaurant rates and you have a wide selection of unique, generous wine flights. The owner will come to the table to make recommendations. The food is French-bistro style and always high-standard. The ambience is traditional and homey — not fancy. Tastings has many loyal, long-time customers. It also hosts the Charlottesville Wine Club on selected weeknights.

JC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was very friendly. The food was good and the wine was excellent.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been there in a while. Still excellent food and great wine selection

v
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tastings understands the way food and wine should be prepared and served. Bill is the owner/chef and he has some great people assisting him now, which means he can pay more attention to the kitchen. The food is very rich. This is true of almost every dish, so if you don't like rich food, you might not like the selection here. But for an occasional indulgence, it is spectacular.
Thankfully, there are several vegetarian choices, and I had the mushroom (with cream of course) soup and the melange of seasonal mushrooms, which came with a variety of small interesting vegetable sides, all of which I loved except the cabbage. No matter. There was plenty of food. My companions loved the soft shell crabs, and other meat dishes that I don't remember. But we had a relaxed, 2 hour plus dinner at which we could talk without yelling, because although there were others there, everyone spoke with quiet respect for the lovely ambiance that is Tastings.

KL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dinner was delicious! Wine pairings did not disappoint and we appreciated that our server let us sample various wines to find the perfect match!

L
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner as usual and with Bill’s special expertise with the wine selections !!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I really don’t understand why people are giving this place such low ratings, I have been with my family three times over the course of a year (we do not live in Charlottesville). Each time we learn something new about wine and try something incredible from the kitchen. I can understand how your first visit can be intimidating because there is no wine list but please trust the owner or staff, they are incredible knowledgeable. We also do a wine flight to try new things and talk with the waiter about which wines we liked more than others. You can also walk through the wine shop and pick your own bottle which they will open for you. We always have had a great time!

JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was provided, as always, by Bill Curtis and friendly staff. We love being able to select from the Wine Shop's extensive and varied offerings exactly the right fine wine to go with a meal - and being charged a very minimal corkage fee is a decided plus. I only regret not being able to find room for the mouthwatering chocolate mousse to end the meal! Next time for sure.

DB
Wilmington
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The real perk here is the owner, Bill. He will personally make recommendations for wine pairings to compliment the wonderful food. This spot is great for nice food and quiet conversation.

RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and wine - real treasure

A
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit. Red wine flight very good. Shad roe was the best I have ever had. It’s difficult to find so it was a special treat. Next visit will be for soft shelled crabs.

OT
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to experience good food and a wineshop full of wines to pair dinner with. Had a very nice meal with help of very knowledgeable staff recommeding wines to go with appetizer and entree. Owner/chef/wine expert is part of the experience as he checks on the customers. The restaurant is combined with a wineshop which has a tasting bar so you can go in to shop and taste wines without trying the restaurant. Try it once; you will go again.

l
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely and intimate restaurant inside a wine shop.
We had the morel puff pastry, morel soup and trout to start.
All were wonderful. Salad is simple and perfectly dressed.
Scallopers with risotto and crab casserole for the mains. Again,
smiles all around. The real star of the dinner was the wine. Not only
were we guided with selection but also we learned something. A very pleasant
and unique experience. We look forward to dinning at Taste again.

u
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place seems like the restaurant is more of a hobby in relation to the wine shop. The food is good but not amazing. Fried oysters delicious but served with mayonnaise and cocktail sauce. Brussels sprout “salad” was roasted, not shaved and served warm. And $18 ! For “large” serving of “salad”. Server very nice - but food was slow coming out. Wine selection is awesome though. I remember why I don’t come here regularly. For the price many better restaurants in Cville.

C
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom soup was superb and his wine options are unbeatable.

TP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First timers to the restaurant and very eager to return. Food was very good but the wine is the reason to go and return again.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing meal last Saturday: fatty Hot Pot meats, tasteless Texas Red Deer special, odd "mushroom soup" that was more French Onion and soggy bread than mushroom. Salads were simple but perfectly chilled and refreshing, roasted veggies with deer were delicious. We opted for a bottle that the owner, Bill, suggested, but were disappointed (flat taste, thin feel). I'd advise ordering by the glass.

BO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was absolutely delicious and the wines amazing.

JO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and wine suggestion

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