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Ten, Charlottesville, VA

Ten

4.6
4.6
847 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 847 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 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

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlottesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Special Occasion

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. HJ

    HughJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ten is awesome. The food is fantastic. Servers are great. Get over if their specialty cocktails made w Japanese spirits.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch service, superb ambiance, and superior sushi
  3. RW

    RWinVA

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrific! Never acknowledged my partner’s birthday. Waited over half an hour for a drink. Bungled our wine. Courses served in the reverse order we requested. One course forgotten entirely. When asked for dessert, said “no”…on a birthday. I’ve dined here many times—not sure what’s happened to this place. Waiting for management to respond to my email…wonder if they will? Avoid at all costs.

    TenResponded on November 11, 2022Hey Ryan, We are so sorry to disappoint you last night. Your experience is certainly not indicative of the standard that we aspire to. We left you a voicemail and will try again tomorrow as well. We hope that you would be amenable to allowing us the opportunity to make this right for you. Sincerely, The Team at Ten

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So many choices but stumbled onto this and was truly pleased. Great everything. Certainly be back.
  5. JP

    JenniferP

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food was great! Unfortunately, service was not. We ordered cocktails and then a bit later we ordered an appetizer. The app came before the drinks. Then we ordered a bottle of bubbly and our main dinner orders. We got the dinners and were nearly done eating and still did not have the bubbly. We eventually just canceled that. Our waiter didn't really come around much. We had to ask for someone to get him so we could order the bottle in the first place.
  6. MP

    MeyP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very rush, I want to relax while I eat.
  7. MN

    MichaelN

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The sushi and sashimi were both outstanding, if a little pricey. Our server was fabulous and very accommodating of our needs. The restaurant was dark, making it difficult to read the menu without aid of a cell phone light. We were a little pressed for time (our fault, not Ten’s) and look forward to returning to enjoy the experience more.
  8. MA

    MattA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best sushi ever!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great sushi
  10. LP

    LauraP

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good sushi but ask to sit in main dining not by sushi bar. We got stuck by the busy back area near where food is prepped and wait staff maneuver around guests using the rest rooms that are also located there.
  11. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with excellent service and fantastic atmosphere
  12. DK

    DKMA

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great vibe in the dining room. The sushi was super fresh. The rock shrimp was delightful - sweet and spicy. The miso Sea Bass unreal. I also loved the Sake that the server recommended.
  13. WL

    WL2022

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had an amazing anniversary at Ten. The waitress was super friendly and read my request for a bouquet of flowers for my wife and bought it herself. The food came out quick, was delicious, and the atmosphere was so cool!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Definitely not worth the amount we spent. They ran out of 6 raw and cooked items which ended up touching over half the actual menu but of course we were only informed after we had placed our order. It left us questioning if we should leave but our server had already sent through the few items they had left. The service was so slow and nothing felt cohesive. Would never recommend to anyone
  15. JJ

    JJackson

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot! Waiter was so knowledgeable and helped us make perfect choices. Amazing that this spot is in the ville!
  16. CD

    CraigD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive and even helped some of our friends secure another 4 top. Thanks!
  17. C

    Christine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Sushi and drinks are delicious! Bartender was backed up so my food arrived before my beverage.
  18. G

    Glenmorian

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had the Omakase - she sushi, me sashimi - splitting a spicey tuna roll platter to start. Fabulous! Can't wait to go back, Favorite restaurant in the area.
  19. JF

    JerryF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The service was very slow to start. Once the order was taken the service was fine. The food was very good. The food almost came out too fast but again the food was all very food.
  20. p

    patron

    Mississippi

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Clever drinks. Great sushi
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. RH

    RobinH

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 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.
  24. 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!
  25. D

    Donnie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A Marvelous dining experience. Very interesting menu.
  26. 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
  27. 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.

  28. 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!!!
  29. 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.
  30. 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!).
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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! 🥰
  35. b

    brigid

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely delicious, can’t wait to go back!!
  36. 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!
  37. 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).
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

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 4.6 stars by 847 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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