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About Red Pump Kitchen
We use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create Tuscan inspired dishes. Our dishes include pizzettes, antipasti, seafood and a selection of homemade pastas. Italian and Virginia wines make up the dynamic wine list. Our craft cocktails are made-to-order and use the freshest possible ingredients.
The bistro-setting features an open kitchen with a classic wood burning oven, a full service bar, and outdoor seating. Our Chef’s Table is available for group dining for parties of 8-10 guests and features 4-course prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings. Sunday and Tuesday are our Featured Wine Nights.
Red Pump's Tuscan cuisine is a pleasing combination of the highest-quality ingredients and the caring preparation by our chefs who take pride in the dishes they present.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday, 11:00- 2:00 Lunch 5:00 pm - 10 pm Dinner
Saturday & Sunday, Brunch 11:00- 2:00 Brunch / 5:00 pm - 10 pm Dinner
4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall
$30 and under
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Red Pump Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
The Red Pump was a good choice. Friends had recommended it some time ago and we weren't disappointed. The staff was very friendly and the service was efficient. The specialty cocktails that we had were excellent and tasted wonderful. The entrees we chose were very good and tasted like homemade. The restaurant is a bit loud but not overwhelming so.
Our party of four had reservations here on a Friday night. Since the restaurant was running a bit behind since it was rainy outside and people were taking their time dining, we were offered glasses of sparkling wine at the bar. Our dinner here was very good...we shared two appetizers which was plenty. We all chose pastas for our entrees...the gnocchi, the tortellini, and the carbonara. All were well prepared, tasty, and a nice size portion. We shared two orders of the three ice creams...they were delicious. Our server and the staff here were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.
I was looking forward to dinner we had reservations and were seated promptly Our waitress was fairly knowledgeable and took our orders we received a cocktail and appetizer both were very good. It ends there she brought a second drink and we did not see her again customers were coming and going getting their orders After over an hour my husband asked a waiter to check on our dinner , the manager came over and said there was a mix up and our dinner would be out shortly Next someone brought food to our table but it was not ours! We paid for the drinks and left. I would not go back there
I don't know that I've had better service in Charlottesville than that provided by our server Matt. He was absolutely on point about everything from attentiveness to timing to drink and food suggestions. We would go back to see him alone! The food and drinks were very good and the indoor open window table gave a nice vibe. Just a really nice overall experience for a first timer. We'll be back!
Our first time there! Wonderful decor and lightingg creates a wonderful ambiance! Delicious scallop entree, ginger craft cocktails, pippen hill wine and a trio of tasty homemade gelatos-all tasty as can be. Excellent service..
Pricey... a great special occasion place.
We were in town for a wedding. Wanted a restaurant on the walking mall which is a very cool place. Red Pump is a pretty cool place. We got there early and sat at the bar for a drink before we got a table. Nice casual bar, good brews on tap and decent wine list. The young barkeeps behind the stick were great. Dinner was good. Service was good. My wife's steak came a little rarer than she liked. It was mooing. They cooked her another steak. The could've chucked her steak back on the grill and brought it back. The steak she got back was a pretty fatty cut. The first one was better. but it was tasty none the less. I had the scallops, which were really good. A nice light meal. But not skimpy. Overall a nice place to have a casual meal.
This was a very disappointing experience. We were barely finished with our starter when a waiter tried to serve our main courses. He stopped short of dropping them on top of the starter plates and another waiter came and whisked away our barely finshed food. Turned out the main courses he tried to deliver weren't even ours. After another 10 - 15 minute wait our food was served. I ordered pasta Carbonara. The egg on top was ice cold and the pasta was pretty gummy. I also noticed there was no pancetta in the dish. I pointed this out to the waiter who agreed and said he would ask the cook. He came back and said the cook told him he put it in the dish. I asked again if he could see it anywhere on the plate and he agreed it wasn't there and walked away. After our main course dishes were removed another waiter went to place more food on our table - again it was for someone else. We decided against dessert after the disappointing meal thus far. When we received the bill it was for the full amount, even though the largest component of the pasta carbonara dish had been missing. When we pointed this out the waiter said they were going to give us free ice cream to make up for that, but we didn't want dessert, so he brought the bill. After a tense few minutes he decided it was best to bring us a new bill with the carbonara removed. No apologies, terrible service, terrible attitude.
We had the loveliest dinner at Red Pump Kitchen this week! Our server was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. I had the lobster tortellini and it was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The burrata salad appetizer was excellent as well. Highly recommend this restaurant!
My husband and I recently spent a weekend in Charlottesville where we stayed at the Omni downtown and enjoyed the convenience of the downtown mall. I noticed this restaurant on the first day, and, since we love anything Italian, I checked out the menu and other reviews online before making reservations for the following evening. The weather was absolutely perfect for dining al fresco, so we were happy to secure an outside table. We were so impressed by how friendly the staff was - from the hostess, to the bar tender, to the server, and to the manager who stopped by as well. The food was outstanding as well - we enjoyed the Kale Caesar Salad, the mussels, and the lobster tortellini. All beautifully presented and very delicious. This place is definitely on my list for a return visit the next time we're in the area. I highly recommend it.
Had a BOGO coupon for Red Pump, so went there before a movie. Thursday evening, so not real busy at 6:00 pm. Super friendly host seated us right away at a window hi top table. We like to people watch on the mall. We each ordered a pizzette, which is a thin light pizza. Mine was very good, but my wife chose one she ended up not liking. She just ordered wrong. Our waiter offered to bring her a different one, since we were on schedule for the movie, she soldiered through. Our waiter Matt could not have been nicer. We will definitely return to Red Pump!
Great service, nice atmosphere. One of our dishes (lobster pasta dish) was outstanding. Delicious Italian Chardonnay, one of the best I've ever had. Margherita pizza was very disappointing, didn't seem to match the culinary quality of rest of menu - it was more of a generic cheese pizza than a margherita pizza and crust was lacking doughiness.
Wine and drinks were great. Portions were a bit small, and my salmon was a tad overcooked, but the food quality was great. It was also restaurant week and they apparently had changed the menu a few times to accommodate regular customers so the kitchen was a bit overwhelmed.
I have given this place multiple opportunities and the service has been terrible every single time. The food is an incredibly tiny portion and lacking in the flavor department yet super overpriced. The coconut panna cotta was insanely good though. The cocktails are also delicious. So maybe this place would be good just for cocktails and dessert.
This restaurant was a huge disappointment. After finding out that they were owned by the Pipin Hill Farm folks we had high hopes but this place fell short. To start, our party ordered mussels and the kale caesar, both were meh. The dressing on the kale was unpleasant, I actually appreciate anchovy in my caesar but this was funky, and not in a good way. Apparently they ran out of bread at 8:30 pm so all of the broth from the already small portion of mussels went to waste. I'm not sure how a restaurant that serves pizza runs out of bread...seems like a good kitchen could find a suitable substitute especially when the description of the mussels includes a featured bread.
Entrees were also equally disappointing. For the price the portions were quite small. One in our group ordered scallops which were great but there were no accompaniments and no additional sides available on the menu....this diner left hungry. The roasted chicken was fine, but again for the price, portions were small. The hanger steak was a huge disappointment. It was served medium rare as ordered but had so much char on the outside it just tasted burnt. The hanger was supposed to come with chimichurri but was served with nothing that even came close to resembling chimichurri, so there was nothing to hide the overly charred steak...should have sent it back. The pizza my 3 year old ordered was good but came out 10 minutes after the other entrees, this is something a good restaurant should be mindful of when serving young diners.
Overall, the service could use a lot of improvement. It was hard to track down our waiter on multiple occasions and the restaurant wasn't even busy. We opted to skip dessert. The only good thing we had was the bottle of Pippin Hill wine...but the entire experience was enough to deter us from our planned trip to Pipin Hilll Farm and Vineyard.
Maybe because it was Sunday?? Not sure, but for a place that is so highly reviewed and recommended I don't get it.
Like the girl with the curl...when she is good, she is very very good but when she is not, you are disappointed. We eat here fairly often and sometimes it is really wonderful. Last night they didn't have it together. Service was very slow from the bar and kitchen and food was ok not great. Waiter was nice but he kept saying sorry to all his tables.
We had been to Red Pump one time before about three months ago and the first visit was thoroughly enjoyable. Not so this time. I had the lobster bisque which barely tasted of lobster at all. It I didn't know what it was supposed to be I probably would have had a hard time figuring it out. My roasted half chicken was just ordinary and the carrots that came with it were hard and crunchy. My husband had the house pulled mozzarella which was pleasant but the black lava salt was a little too salty. His rigatoni salsiccia was excessively salty such that he couldn't finish it. It was also hard to find any significant sausage in the sauce either. Our waitress was somewhat pleasant but not overly attentive. We ended up leaving her more of a tip than intended just because we didn't want to wait around for change. Overall, the second visit to Red Pump will likely be our last.
My wife and I chose to dine at Red Pump to celebrate our 4th anniversary. It was a Thursday night, and the restaurant was not very crowded. It was unfortunate to find out the tasting menu is not offered all the time. This may have been listed somewhere (e.g. the Red Pump Kitchen website) and I just missed the detail. Either way, we had a good time. Servers were friendly - but drinks were slow to come out and our entree wines ended up coming out 5 minutes after the plates arrived - odd for a slow night. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend, but it has not been added to my "must return" list for Charlottesville eateries - unless I'm convinced the chef's tasting menu is a must have. Thanks for a wonderful meal!
We were really excited to try out the menu as so many dishes sounded great, but we were left wishing each dish had a bit more wow factor. The staff was great as was the atmosphere, but sadly the food was just "okay". The cocktail list looked fun and I'd certainly go back to try that out, but I probably wouldn't for dinner.
Everything was outstanding. The pizza was so delicious. Had it as an appetizer. They had me at farm to table with a wood fired oven. Also had the steak, pasta and both delicious. The Pippin Hill Zero white wine was so delicious as well. Perfect with the pizza. I would go back again and again.
Our experience at Red Pump was fantastic. While waiting for our table to be ready, we enjoyed the Speziata cocktail (highly recommended if you're a tequila fan) and Pippin Hill wine (also owned by the owners of Red Pump). We were seated at a table by the front window, which was opened to the downtown mall on this vibrant Friday evening. The beet tartare appetizer was beautiful and tasty. For our entrees, my mom ordered a rigatoni with cream pesto and sausage. I chose the squid ink pasta dish with mussels and shrimp in a garlic/oil sauce. It was flavorful and very light, appropriate for a summer evening! Our server and every staff member we encountered were pleasant and accommodating. We cannot wait to go back soon!
We went on a relatively quiet night. Service was good as evidenced by a waitress who stepped in to help out when she realized our waiter was busy (hope they share tpis.) Ambiance is good but nothing special. Would imagine it could get loud when full.
We shared the octopus which made me remember why I prefer calamari, not to mean it wasn't good octopus.
I had poached salmon, because they were out of scallops, with a carrot puree and pickled cabbage. The salmon came out at room temperature (was supposed to be hot) but was quickly replaced when I mentioned it. The fish was good, the puree not very exciting and it turns out I don't really like pickled cabbage, my problem not theirs.
My wife had a very good pizza whose ingredient s she doesn't remember (sorry) but it was unusual and very good.
Maybe it had more to with our tastes not meshing with their menu but it's hard to give them a really good rating. It wasn't bad either so you might want to give it a try.
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