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Tastings

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American, Wine Bar
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502 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5302
+1 434-293-3663
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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:30 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Northern Virginia
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

We had an excellent dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville tonight. The brussel sprout salad and fried oyster appetizers were great. The vegetarian wild mushroom entree was delicious. The duck and lamb were perfectly prepared. The wine pairing that was recommended to us was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Also, it is located inside a wine store which was... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Just off the downtown mall. Favorite place for locals. EVERYTHING on the menu is great. Get on newsletter to enjoy Owner Bill's humor and expertise and food/wine parings. Stamped parking ticket for Market St Garage.

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Virginia
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

We went here on a recommendation from friends - who frequently go there for dinner. We were told the food was excellent in a very casual environment, with the owner being extremely wine-friendly. Our expectations were exceeded on all accounts. Appetizers were wonderful - some of the best fried oyster - moist and tender. Entrees were bison short ribs and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

Simply the best wine selection in c-ville. There is a bottle for everyone from a simple Muscadet to a top Bordeaux.

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Thank kevinJ75
Staunton, Virginia
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100 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

This restaurant is located next to the down town mall with the largest selection of wines I've ever seen !! . Food and service is excellent , gourmet type food not burger king!!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Disclaimer: This is my "Cheers." I first found Tastings of Charlottesville about ten years ago. I found Bill Curtis, the proprietor, knew more about wine than anyone I had ever met. He still is! Beyond his wine shop is an intimate 30 person restaurant. Bill turned out to also be the best chef in Charlottesville. Everyone I know has his/her... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

This place is off the pedestrian mall, and worth the little stroll up the street. I started with Pâté. Entre was grilled quail. My partner had Seafood Louie- a generous portion of crab meats and lobster. The meats were presented with perfect accompaniments. AND, if you like wine THIS IS THE PLACE TO DINE! Our waiter paired wines to our... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I have been to Tastings many times over the years and I should have done a review before this because every one of our meals and the wine selections have been excellent. The restaurant is small in size and is attached to owner Bill Curtis's wine shop but don't be put-off by that arrangement. There is a... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

We enjoy the Tastings experience of a wine shop owner with a passion for good wine with good food, and his small, cozy (ok, maybe a bit pizza parlor-ish) restaurant sharing space with the wine shop. If you want fresh ingredients cooked right, and the opportunity to try any number of wine samplings with your food, this is the place.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2013

We have been coming to Tastings for three years, and have never been disappointed with either the cuisine or the service. The front part of Tastings is a medium-sized wine store with a broad collection of wines from all over the world. Offerings range from the modest to Super Premium categories. Bill, the proprietor, is very knowledgeable and can offer... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
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
Description
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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