About Red Pump Kitchen
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:00 pm - 11 pm
Sunday, 5:00 pm - 10 pm
Brunch & Lunch coming April 1st
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
Food was fantastic! Must comment on attention from servers. Without being annoying or in our way, we had numerous servers making sure our water glasses were full, checking to make sure everything was in order, if we needed anything else.
We truly appreciated it. We'll be back!
The food at Red Pump is delicious! We had a rockfish and shrimp entree and a kind of beef ravioli, then gelato and tres leche cake. We also had a bottle of local wine: all very good. It was crowded that night (Valentines Day) so maybe more packed than usual. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. I would give it 5 stars overall, but the portions are small, so it doesn't feel like a great value for the cost. I would recommend it, nevertheless, and we plan to go back to Red Pump.
outstanding menu and exceptional service as always. The atmosphere is always exceptional and the staff is consistently attentive without being intrusive. The presentation is beautiful and the portions are filling without being excessive. The gelatto is the best in virginia.
When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a friendly hostess and we were 15 minutes late (childcare issues)! She was very understanding and seated us quickly. We bantered back and forth with the staff and they were very helpful with food selection and drink selection. It was full on the night we went (Valentine's Day) and they had a chef's tasting option (5 courses for $65) so it was pretty loud, but the room is big enough that the noise level was not too intrusive and my partner and I could still chat easily. Overall, a good experience and there are still a few items that I would love to come back and try!
My boyfriend and I took a weekend trip to Charlottesville for Valentine's Day and decided to make a reservation at Red Pump Kitchen for dinner. The location was perfect, right on the Downtown Mall, and the interior was really beautiful with huge glass windows looking onto downtown. We were a little bit late but they were very accommodating. We both really enjoyed the cocktails and both of our entrees as well as dessert, with our favorite being the crispy octopus appetizer we shared. I would definitely suggest Red Pump Kitchen for a date night or special occasion!
We made a reservation about a week ahead on Open Table but weren't made aware that it was Restaurant Week. We chose the restaurant based off the menu but when we arrived we only had the restaurant week menu to choose from which was very limited and overpriced for what it was. I feel we paid twice as much as we should have. Drinks were good.
We came for Restaurant Week. Delicious and properly cooked salmon and lobster (not over-done). Great carmelized Brussels sprouts (look charred but they definitely are not charred). Very tasty creative cocktails. Tall tables and barstools a bit awkward for dining - especially for tall people with long legs. Regular tables a bit close together for my taste. Attentive but proper service. We will come back.
Not good at all. Typical Restaurant Week gimmick. Fixed price: reduced portions served lukewarm; fitting 5 adults tightly at table for 4, elbow to elbow; thank God no one was unduly big. Drinks screwed up and watered down, although prices $3 more than next night at another restaurant not participating in R W. Noise level unbearable and food selection severely limited (no meat option and no alternative menu.)
Summary: Bad. Not worth it.
Great pizza options! Love the atmosphere. The high top tables near the windows are great seats to have the view of the outside mall although the chairs aren't the most comfortable, felt like I was sliding off the seat. Wine from local wineries are available which I thought was a plus, a little pricey though.
This is my second visit to RP and we enjoyed another great dining experience. Blake our server was very attentive. This visit was with friends for my birthday. Love the atmosphere and delicious wood fired pizza. The four of us split a pizza for an appetizer. In this day of fake candles everywhere, the real candles on the tables and bar area, and the real oil lamps on the walls lend an authentic ambience to the room. Good job RP!
I have been to Red Pump Kitchen on several occasions in the past and typically have enjoyed the experience and had good service. On Sunday night (12/18) I had a reservation for a party of three. While we were seated immediately, we did not see our server for almost six minutes. It was unclear who our server was throughout the meal, as it seemed people were rotating. The restaurant was busy but not full to capacity. Our appetizers (Brussels sprouts and beets) were good, but our entrée portions were smaller than I have previously received. Additionally, the entrees were lukewarm. By this time, we did not have time to return the dishes as we were in a time crunch due to delays. My entrée, the carbonara, had fewer tomatoes and almost no pancetta in it as compared to previous times I've dined. I am disappointed in our experience and would like to return, but it seemed like an off night for the kitchen and service staff.
We hadn't been to Red Pump before so thought we would give it a try...before a show at the Paramount. Not a huge place by any means. Nice décor...very warm/inviting. We were seated promptly and then they quickly accommodated our request for a better table. Attentive service. The menu had a good selection, although not a great place if you are on a gluten-free diet. The beet appetizer was really interesting (involving coffee and chocolate). I had the pork cheeks on rigatoni with lemon ricotta. I'm not a huge pasta fan, but this was well-executed. The pork was really tender. Not a huge serving, which is a good thing. The cioppino was fine...they should serve with bread and/or a spoon. The salmon was very good...cooked to order. We ordered a bottle of wine, and the server was good about pouring throughout the meal. We had to run so didn't have time for dessert. Although it was a bit pricey (but competitive with certain other spots in and around the downtown mall), we were glad to have tried this.
One of the worst meals in Charlottesville. My last time there. The service and ambiance are great but the food and wine were a shame. We interviewed a candidate and I was embarrassed. I felt bad to leave in the middle but I should have moved all of us to another place. This is such a great place with a fantastic interior and a great service... get rid of the chef and hire someone who can cook. This could be a jewel in the crown but right now it's a no-go place.
Everything was very nice and delicious. Not sure what all the comments about the noise were. We could here everything fine. And portion size is completely normal. Those comments must be from folks who prefer Cheesecake Factory servings.
Nice place; food and service were good. When I made our reservations on Open Table for 3, we had our pick of times, no problem. However, when we arrived, they seated us at a small table right by the door. We asked if there was another table out of the pathway and cold draft of the door , they replied everything was reserved. Maybe they only cater to larger groups? Not sure but we weren't pleased. We moved on though and had a nice dinner.
We were very impressed with the staff and their willingness to make our dining experience as comfortable as possible. The backless barstools were uncomfortable and hard to tolerate for some in our party, so when another table became available, we were reseated. The food was delicious; however, the entrees were not of equal proportion, i.e., pricier dishes were somewhat smaller than less expensive ones.
Overall, a warm and inviting dining experience for a special birthday occasion.
We were a party of three out for a friends birthday. It was a chilly windy night and we were given a very small table near the front door. We were told that's all they had, so we couldn't move. The size of the actual table would have been better suited for a two person party. If you wanted to buy a bottle of wine, there were a lot of choices, if you wanted a glass of wine, the list was very limited. The entre was good, but on the small side. I'm not quite sure what the vegetable was that was paired with my salmon, but it looked like the ends that you cut off of a carrot and toss out.
They were nice enough to give us a free gelato for my friends birthday, but I won't be going back.
I brought my parents here and had a wonderful dining experience. We ordered a few things to share: the cheese board, the margherita pizza, the eggplant fritti, and the brussel sprouts. Everything was exquisite- delicious, perfectly seasoned, prepared with care. The brussel sprouts, however, were absolutely outstanding. I could have eaten a giant pile of them all by myself. The wine selection by the glass was concise yet had a great variety choices: Spanish, French and Italian. The ambience was lovely and the service was friendly, helpful and informative. I will be back!
Had a great meal here with husband and son. We all really enjoyed the octopus and kale salad appetizers. My son loved the lobster ravioli and I had a beef pasta dish that was great with an amazing mushroom ragu. It's a little loud and the tables are close together, but it's fun to watch kitchen prepare the food, if you get a chance to sit at that end of the dining room.
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