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About Permanently Closed - Parallel 38
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Parallel 38 will be the first to create an atmosphere where all the iconic regions within this parallel will merge. It will not only be a place to relish great food, amazing wine and fantastic beverages, but will also serve as a destination to discover and share the pleasures of these unique regions. A contemporary yet casual environment will allow guests to explore the sometimes perplexing world of wine without pretension. Our wine program will offer over 70 wines by the glass, along with 100 bottles from handpicked boutique wineries with an assortment of over performing staples, exotic varietals and unexplored regions.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Stonfield Shopping Center. Corner of 29 and Hydraulic Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We like the mezze menu with the ability to order several dishes of smaller size with the opportunity to taste several. The food is delicious and the service good. We're sorry to hear that they're closing as they are/were the only restaurant in Charlottesville that served Mediterranean food.
It was probably a fluke, or just a bad night. When we arrived, there were many open tables but all "reserved"--we were told the wait would be 30 minutes. So we went on Open Table and reserved for 13 minutes later. When our reserved time arrived, despite a reservation we were told that there were no tables, so again we waited. Once seated, the "small plates" of food were interesting, if slightly overly salty in some cases for our taste (i.e., the Gyro). The ventilation in the room was insufficient, and there was a charred smell. The high ceiling leaves it on the noisy side, and hard to hear quieter conversation. All that said, we will go back to see if it was just a "bad night" on the seating and to try some interesting dishes we didn't order the first time around. Good concept, interesting food ideas.
We went there for a family member's birthday luncheon and it was delightful. The waitstaff was accommodating and friendly (even with our 16 month old party guest). The food was delicious, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you, Parallel 38, for helping to make it a joyful birthday to remember!
The food was pretty good, ambiance was nice--great decor with modern flair, not so loud that you can't hear your friends talking but enough of a buzz that you don't feel self conscious. We were in no hurry but food service was disturbingly slow, our drinks took forever to come out, our waters were never refilled (until I got up to find a hostess), and one item wasn't served until we were literally walking out the door. It was asparagus. Asparagus does not take 2 hours to cook. My husband and I have both waited tables and it's not easy to get less than a 20% tip from us (at the very least!) but this was not a great experience. I should add, everyone was quite pleasant--it's just that we were largely ignored.
We've been to Parallel 38 many times. The quality of our food recently is not up to the standards we've come to expect there. Lamb skewer was overcooked and tough. The steelhead trout serving was smaller and not as tasty. And the restaurant is always too noisy for us, something we've been willing to overlook for the good food and service.
I visited Parallel 38 on October 7 around 7pm with my husband and another couple. The place was about 3/4 full and the noise level was unreal. We moved to the bar area hoping that the wall divider would cut down on the din, but we could not hear each other talk. We ordered two appetizers, 3 glasses of wine and a cocktail. The bill was $67.00. Our waiter was really nice but harried -- it took about 20-25 minutes to get our drinks, but the food came within 10. We left and went to dinner elsewhere.
The food was great. The service was okay -- it was a bit slow given how few people were there. It seems a little bit like the space here is too big. There's a lot of empty space between tables (which is not, in itself, a bad thing) and there were a number of empty tables at 7:30 on a Friday night.
In any event, the meat skewers were fantastic. Probably could've used a bit more pita with the spreads but that was no big deal. My beer was good; my date's watermelon margarita was too sweet.
Restaurant is so-so. I ordered the crispy cauliflower and beef tartare, the crispy cauliflower portion size was good and the cauliflower was flavorful. However, the portion of beef tartare was ridiculously small and the bulgur wheat mixed with it was undercooked. Furthermore, for a restaurant that puts emphasis on local ingredients, its wine and beer list included no local spirits. Starr Hill beers and Bold Rock ciders were both excluded from the beer list, and notable local wineries like Barboursville, Ducard Vineyards, and Trump Winery were also all missing from the list! Charlottesville and most of Piedmont VA has a vibrant beer and wine scene so there really isn't any excuse for this. Also, my beef tartare had oxidized, indicating it wasn't freshly prepared. The gnocchi that my boyfriend and mother ordered was quite good, although the risotto my friend ordered was slightly overdone. The building is very nice, and the location is convenient for going to movies or weekend shopping. However, for $110 for five people, you'd expect to not leave feeling hungry.
I have dined at Parallel 38 several times, and the food is always superb. This is a tapas-style restaurant which offers small tastings of many eclectic dishes, making it easy for dining groups that have diverse culinary tastes. The only difficulty you will find with the menu is deciding when to stop ordering. My only complaint (and it is a minor one) is the background noise. This is another of those increasingly popular high-ceilinged places that reflects noise too well. If this is an issue for you, ask to sit outside, weather permitting. Great place!
Parallel 38 is one of our favorite restaurants in town. My husband has been a chef in Charlottesville for over 30 years and Parallel 38 is always our first choice. When we asked our 5 year old daughter where she wanted to go for her 5th birthday she said P38 without hesitation. The entire staff made our little chef's birthday a very special event. Thank you to the waitstaff, kitchen and mangers for making it a night to remember!
A restaurant is only as good as the head guy (or gal) in the kitchen and when a restaurant changes chefs things may change for the better or for the worse. Luckily with Johnny Garver now in the kitchen things may be getting better. Having worked closly with the proir chef he has hit the ground running. He had helped create one of the best items on the menu, the steelhead trout. This fish is more like mild Alaskan salmon and not to be missed. He has added a sauteed shrimp dish with tomato, garlic, fennel and feta. Another winner. The wine list is one of the best in town with a great selection of varities and prices. Service is always very good and our server, Madeline took great care of us.
Parellel 38 offers delicious fresh food on small plates. This is not a place you want to go to if you are hungry and looking for a hearty meal. I do not recommend the restaurant for families with young children. This is perfect for foodies who want to dry different dishes and for couples who want to grab something small and leave room for dessert. Speaking of dessert, the Lemon Olive Oil cake is delicious. I recommend it with the french press coffee.
My birthday dinner was celebrated here last night. We took advantage of the Happy Hour drink and small plate prices at the bar before being seated at our table. We also visited on a Wednesday which was a buy one get one free small plate night. The food was generally good. My risotto was so so because the scallops (which we paid extra for) were so overdone that they were hard and dry. I would not order them again. The calamari was delicious and the best of the dishes we ordered. Because of the restaurant's location, those high ceilings without any noise buffer made it seem very noisy. We could not hear the music but heard much of the clanging in the kitchen. This was another negative point in our dining experience here. It was much quieter in the bar area. I finally heard the music while in the ladies room. So should we return we would probably opt to ear outdoors if it is not too humid. I would probably return only with friends who might enjoy the selections offered or just take advantage of the Happy Hour drink and dine on a much limited menu as that was the best deal with a much more conversation friendly atmosphere.
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