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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
+1 434-293-3663
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Wine Bar
$$ - $$$
502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We recently felt like a change from our usual food favorites and decided to re-try Tastings on the Downtown Mall for the first time in ages. Why we waited so long I do not know because this unique little establishment should be among the top-ranked...More

Thank jtflgf
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We love Tastings. The menu is thoughtful and alsways has seasonal specialties in addition to favorites—the crab casserole is fantastic. Best fried oysters I’ve had anywhere. And, as befitting a restaurant that’s in a wine shop, there are amazing wines by the glass or by...More

Thank emmajane7
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Don't be deceived by the outside of this nondescriptive building or locale Walk inside past all the many bottles of wines you will find a modest restaurant. Tastings is the place to come with an open mind and experience. There is a regular menu and...More

1  Thank FredOH69
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite places in Cville. Im surprised this doesn't get a higher rating. The ambience is interesting since you're sitting in the back of the wine store with a great selection. There were six of us so we shared Sauterne with the foie...More

Thank Lynn M
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Only open for dinner three nights a week, the service is slow, and it is a tad expensive but ... the food, and the wine, its worth it! Bill always has the right wine to compliment your dinner selection!

Thank rmiami2252016
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Great overall experience in this small gem in downtown area. Bill does a fabulous job in presenting fine meals and a great wine selection. We sat outside and let the quality meal and wine take over, and our indulgence paid off. Don't forget to check...More

Thank PatrizioDC
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I am a professional chef who was invited to lunch at Tastings while visiting foodie friends in Charlottesville. I ordered the gazpacho. It was very nice but not the traditional dish of Andalucia in southern Spain (I am of Spanish heritage). It was light and...More

Thank 81Vicki2013
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Walk through the wine store, pick a bottle and have it served along with excellent food from a serious menu. Who says good food and wine can't be fun? It happens here.

Thank Edward H
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Terrific ambience alongside a parking garage. A nice selection of wine to be had with your meal or for purchase. The food is a delightful spin on French and regional specialties. Very attentive service and a meal to be remembered.

Thank AdriennePhilly
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is my favorite place in town. I love Bill Curtis, the owner, cook, wine expert, waiter and friend. It's a wine shop with a great little restaurant. It's a place where you can sit and talk and get a good meal. Great vegetables, seafood,...More

Thank gregwall1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-293-3663
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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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