About Parallel 38
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.
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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Parallel 38 Ratings and Reviews
The restaurant was not crowded which was ...
The restaurant was not crowded which was good for our group. The service and the food were excellent. It was a bit pricey but if I wanted cheaper, I could have gone to MacDonalds !. The pork belly dish was a special favorite.
There was nothing notable about the rest ...
There was nothing notable about the restaurant. The service wasn't that great, and it was slow. We went at 7pm on a Saturday and the place was basically empty. We've been here twice, and don't plan on coming back.
Parallel 38 was what we had hoped for: ...
Parallel 38 was what we had hoped for: nice ambiance; prompt, friendly service; and a variety of freshly prepared tapas/mezes. It was pleasant dining outside. I would recommend it to friends. My only criticism was the inside: the kitchen smoke hung in the air of the dining room. The dining area also felt rather cold and cavernous. Since we were able to sit outside, these drawbacks didn't impair our enjoyment of the evening. But they do merit some attention.
Everything we have tried here has been g ...
Everything we have tried here has been great, with standout favorites being the asparagus and the pork belly.
Acoustics are a challenge in this high m ...
Acoustics are a challenge in this high metal ceiling room with no fabric to soften and on this evening, not many people either. We were one of three tables occupied, none of whom resembled heavy metal enthusiasts. Nevertheless the hard driving music pummeled away and while the food was good and the service shy, but efficient, we finally requested a change of volume and suggested maybe even a change in genre in a desperate attempt to focus on our conversation. I could swear to you they turned it up. Won't go back.
Good place to escape the kids
Went here for our 16th Anniversary; first time without kids since our last anniversary. The service was great, food was good, and I liked the look of the restaurant. Good wine list. Prices were comparable to the location. They gave us a free glass of Champaign because it was our anniversary, which was a nice touch.
Delicious, quick, and fun!
I particularly recommend the artichokes, the sirloin steak, and the gnocchi. All delicious!
Great restaurant. Excellent tapas, lots ...
Great restaurant. Excellent tapas, lots of great options.
Incredibly personalized service and atte ...
Incredibly personalized service and attention to detail. We were so full but could not stop tasting everything! Highly recommended!
You'd expect better hummus at a Mediterr ...
You'd expect better hummus at a Mediterranean location, really no flavor. All the other things we tried were average at best and way too salty. When sitting outside its weird because people are watching you eat as they wait in line to the movie theatre. Why not put up a fence or higher shrubs? Not going back since way too many better options in town.
We had a terrific dinner at Parallel 38 ...
We had a terrific dinner at Parallel 38. The food is very fresh and everything tasted great. We order the manchego cheese, meatball flat bread, lamb skewers, mussels , hummus, olive pate and tzatziki. Loved it all! Wish they would open a restaurant in Dallas! Our waitress was great too- she was sure to bring us the pita bread when we ran low. Can't wIt to go back when we are in Cville.
Very good tapas
The food was very good but know it was small plates. Was pretty loud, that kinda hurt the ability to a conversation.
Wine from the Tap
This restaurant has wine from the tap! The wine appears to be of good quality however, the white wine comes to the table around room temperature. The Food is excellent. We have tried numerous dishes on the menu and have not been disappointed with the quality. Highly recommended. However, if you want white wine, get a bottle so it will be chilled.
Great place to stop while on vacation.
We wish we lived closer as we would be here all the time.
food was exquisite and Olivia served very well. Justin introduced himself and made it even more special.
Great Food - Service started very slow
We did a cmplete tasting of the menu (we were really hungry). Service was very slow to start - sat down and didnt have a visit from our waitress for 10 mins. Finally we asked another waitress to assist - which she gladly did. Hummus and Tapanade were off the charts good- Naan bread was legitamately baked on prem. Swordfish was incredibly tender and succulent. MUST GET THE CAULIFLOWER- wow still cant figure out the spices but really good. Also - la,b skewers ....amazing - juicy done perfectly , not dry at all. Space is bug and echoey... So be prepared to speak loudly. But overall great... And amazing wine list!!!!
Nice Place for a Special Occasion
Food was excellent and service was very good. Parallel 38 is a bit pricey but worth it for special occasions.
Absolutely delicious! Server was very kn ...
Absolutely delicious! Server was very knowledgeable about menu and wine list. We will definitely be going back soon.
Parallel 38, Great all around
Parallel 38 definitely competes with the best tapas spot (mas tapas) with its wide selection of Italian, mediterranean and middle eastern inspired small plates. Set in the Stonefield development, which is kind of a bummer because I feel it belongs in a cool neighborhood like Belmont, Parallel 38 definitely impressed. The best things I had were the MTO flatbread, the Lime Gimlet, and the chorizo pasta dish. Service was fine. Really like the decor and vibe. Since its tapas and there are a couple dishes per person, it can get a little pricy as each plate is around $10. Looking forward to a return trip soon.
Okay, but the service and HVAC need work
The food is good though Mas is WAY better for tapas. When we sat down, my wife actually thought there was a helicopter landing on the building. It turns out it is the HVAC system buffeting that they "can't do anything about" which, of course, means, "we don't want to spend the money to fix it". They agreed to move us and the sound improved but it could still be heard. My cocktail was excellent and the highlight of the meal, for 14$ it better be. The tapas were okay, but just good enough to leave you wondering what they could be. Our server was good until she disappeared at the end of the meal not even offering us dessert. We heventually had to flag down another server to get our check.
Small portions at an expensive price
The waitress was nice, service was good. A la carte menu. Do not go there hungry. Have to order multiple items for a substantial meal. Had to ask for more pita bread just to quench appetitie and use for portions. More for an expensive date if you want ambiance, not a family. Very difficult to hear the waitress because of the echoing environment and music.
Good food but noisy...
We like this place and have been there two times. The service and food is good but it's not a place to go for intimate quiet dining. The place is quite noisy because of the layout and lack of carpet or walls to absorb sound.
Consistent quality across the board with ...
Consistent quality across the board with a few stand out dishes such as the grilled asparagus to wow the palate.
Always a good time
Food is very different. Portions are respectable and the favors and diversity of spices are top-notch. Parking can get a bit rough. Never enough at Stonefields but not restaurants fault. Eclectic wines paired w different dishes can make for a fun evening. Definitely recommend.
It was a nice place to eat. Food was goo ...
It was a nice place to eat. Food was good but slow getting to the table. It's a very noisy place making it hard to hear people talking even at our own table. Staff was friendly.
Good food- small portions and overpriced
We ordered a cheese plate and barely had enough for each of us to taste each one but that is it. Also they brought out and poured the wrong wine. The food was very tasty but not worth the high prices. Go here if you have a company expense account and don't care how much you pay.
We made reservations for a post-movie dinner. We were seated immediately, and offered to check our bulky coats. We were pleased to find out that on Wednesday, they have buy one get one specials. We were served quickly and efficiently, although they could have spread out the timing of the small plates a bit better. The restaurant has high ceilings and little to absorb noise, so it did get a bit loud as the evening wore on. We prefer to go here in Spring and Summer when we can sit outside.
Fun evening out
I like Parallel, but I don't love it. Our service was excellent (and our server in particular was incredibly kind and thoughtful), so zero complaints there—I'm just not a huge fan of the food. I feel like it's high quality, but portions seem to be all over the map and the larger items that are meant to fill you up a bit, like the pizzas, don't wow me. More pros: Parallel is incredibly accommodating for larger parties and their drink selection is impeccable. Draft wine! Awesome beer selection (though very few on tap)! Excellent cocktails! I think this may be a personal preference rather than any issue of the restaurant's. We had a lovely evening and appreciated every aspect of the service.
Lunch on a rainy day
Can only comment on lunch. Food was good , not as creative as I expected but could have been our selections. Our waitress was very sweet and helpful. It was a rainy Saturday and the restaurant was almost empty. Pleasant enough to sit and chat over lunch. Just don't think I can give a real assessment. Would like to try for dinner.
Interesting mediterranean-oriented restaurant with great choices like veggies, skewers, pasta, etc. We had a variety of dishes and everyone was tasty and nicely prepared. The service was excellent. I found it a bit pricey for small plates as we only had two drinks and the bill was around $50 pp. However we would return
Excellent place-food, wine, the service! ...
Excellent place-food, wine, the service! We always like coming here!
Loved sampling the tapas with my husband for Valentine's Day. The chorizo and shrimp with fennel was the best thing I have eaten in a long time.
Great service, knowledgeable staff, very good food. The server was pleasant and helpful, attentive, but not too much. Fun atmosphere. Will go again.
Food was good, not fantastic.
It has a cool atmosphere and I love the decor. Food was good, not fantastic but the servers were nice. Whiskey sour was delicious and the gnocchi was awesome. I would probably not bring my kids here and I'm not sure how often we will actually be back just because of the price point.
Good food, great service
Had a great time at Parallel 38. Good food, but a touch overpriced. Excellent service.
Very Good Mediterranean Food
We had a great meal at Parallel 38 while vacationing in the area. Our waitress recommended 2-3 plates per person. Since we were pretty hungry, we opted for 3 each, and ended up taking home a lot of food. The pita and dips were excellent, as were the brussel sprouts, and the citrus potatoes. The flatbread was not at all what we expected, but still pretty tasty. The only miss of the night was the gnocchi. Parallel 38 also has a really nice wine list. Overall it was a really tasty meal, and not too expensive. Would definitely recommend it.
When this restaurant first opened, we felt like we ordered a bunch of food but still left hungry. Not anymore; we have now been back twice in the last two weeks and had great experiences both times! The menu has been expanded and includes diverse dishes to satisfy any palate, even picky eaters like our daughter. We had hummus, labneh, meatballs, brussels sprouts, meatball flatbread, pork belly (the best!), and chocolate panna cotta. I would order them all again. Our son is now a big fan of pork belly; it was his first time to try it. They also were kind enough to bring extra pita bread and olive oil for our daughter, who only otherwise ate the hummus, brussels, and meatball flatbread. I can't wait to go back!
Best I have been to in Charlottesville in YEARS YEARS I TELL YOU Our waitress was amazing FOOD All great time!! Thank you
Always Something New
My wife and I had a pre Christmas dinner at P38 with our visiting daughter from Santa Monica and our son from Charlotte. Both thought the food was amazing especially the risotto, the spicy tuna and the skirt steak. Both commented that the portion sizes were larger than what they were used to at their local tapas restaurants and the prices were much more reasonable than what they normally encounter. I agree with them and can't understand when a reviewer complains about P38's portions or prices. One of the great aspects of P38 is the constantly changing menu. It's fun to try new things. A highlight of the evening for me was when I asked our server Olivia (who did a great job of taking care of us) for a good port in lieu of dessert. Justin Ross, the Owner/Manager, showed up with a fortified wine he suggested I try. Forget the ports or sauternes this wine was truly spectacular. I believe it is called a Mistelle from the Cognac Region. It is a blend of grape must and Grand Champagne Cognac and aged thirty years. This wine defines complexity and is really worth trying. My only problem is now I need to find a supplier for home consumption.
I do not know about all the listed categories but we always enjoy the food, service and ambiance at Parallel 38. The format is small plates and we have always found them to be interesting and delicious. The decor is chic and while the atmosphere is lively, you can converse comfortably.
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