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
I have dined at Parallel 38 several time ...
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 resta ...
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 ...
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.
My birthday dinner was celebrated here l ...
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.
Terribly disappointed. First experience ...
Terribly disappointed. First experience was amazing this time it was terrible. My server checked on me 1 time in a 45 minute period. Didn't get one dish I ordered. My drink was terrible. Very disappointing.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!!!!
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.
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.
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
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