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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
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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 staff were absolutely awesome. The hose recognized that I had my 3 month old daughter with us on Mother's Day and sat us at a table where we wouldn't be directly in the sun. The wait staff were so polite and professional, and our food and drinks were ordered and brought to us very quickly. Everything was delicious and I am so glad I chose to celebrate my wife's first Mother's say here!
We had a delicious Mother's Day brunch. We partaked of sausage and biscuits, frittata and the eggs Bendedict. Everything was very tasty and nicely presented. We also enjoyed a large carafe of peach mimosas. The room is light and sunny. I was disappointed they would not seat us at one of the tables of 4 by the open window because we were a party of 3. Those tables remained empty the entire time we were there. Perhaps those who are actually there with reservations should take precedence?
My entree (squid-ink pasta with shrimp and mussels) was very good, but the entrees for the other four in my party were mediocre. Total cost, with 20% tip, came to $330, which seemed too high for what we ate and drank.
Service was excellent, however, and the server was able to talk the chef into making a small salad for me that wasn't on the menu. There are so many other great restaurants in town that returning here will be pretty far down on our list.
My dining experience was good, but the only thing that ruined it for me was the temperature. Being seated next to the kitchen and with all the windows open, it was incredibly hot. I was very uncomfortable because I was sweating during my dinner. I ended up not finishing my meal and leaving early because I could not enjoy my food in the heat.
The food was really good although quite expensive for the size of the plates and comparable restaurants in the area. The atmosphere was really airport lounge meets old rich white people. Definitely not a hip scene or somewhere you want to hang around after your meal. I don't think I will be back.
Dined for brunch with my husband for our anniversary on a rainy Saturday and it was absolutely fabulous! We moved from DC a little over a year ago (brunch capital of the world ;) and this was without a doubt 5 stars and the best brunch in C-ville so far! I was a restaurant GM for a multi-million dollar restaurant for several years and can say this experience was a refreshing change of pace from some of the other dining experiences we've had. The service was fantastic- our server was fun, energetic, knowledgeable and attentive. The really fantastic part was seeing the entire service staff work as a team and walk through the dining room with their eyes peeled for anyone that needed anything, scanning the dining room for empty plates to be bussed, waters to be filled, guests that needed attention... a restaurant manager's dream :)
Putting my FOH bias aside, the food was absolutely delicious and executed perfectly. Seeing the chef behind the line QAing every dish and sending out perfect plates was so fun to watch. I have celiac's disease and they were super accommodating and I felt like I was in good hands which in itself is worth it's weight in gold. The hollandaise on my Benedict was fresh, perfectly lemony and just the right consistency. The eggs were poached beautifully and they were hot- 1 million brunch points! The house pulled mozzarella was insanely delicious, the micro greens were fragrant and really elevated the dish rather than be a thoughtless garnish. The cocktails were so fun and I so appreciated how they fit into the rustic Italian charm. I could go on for pages because I know first hand how important it is to recognize the GREAT experiences just as often, if not more so than the not-so-great ones. Well done Red Pump- super impressed and cannot wait to bring friends and family for many more weekend brunches (and dinner too)!
My husband and I eat here often and always enjoy the experience. This was my first visit for lunch with a friend. Our server was great, and the food was very good. However, I ordered the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup and felt that the price point was too high. The flavors were great, but for an average size sandwich plus a bowl of soup, the price of $15 seemed excessive. Either lower the price or add another side--chips, small salad--to the plate.
We came at 7:00 for a anniversary dinner. Super nice wait staff and concierge. But waited 15 minutes (at least) for a mixed drink while my wife got wine immediately. Got an fried octopus appetizer that was actually not good - taste ok but way overcooked, especially smaller pieces. Told the waiter and they took it off the bill which was nice. Main courses (roasted chicken and Cioppino) were just ok. The rockfish in the Cioppino was actually cooked to crispy. We really wanted to like Red Pump, but at least on that night, it didn't measure up. We won't be returning.
The brunch menu is absolutely amazing. Between the two of us we ordered quite a few different dishes and shared everything. The food came out on time and our server did a great job. It was also nice to see the head chef taking time to speak with guests! Perfect day to sit out on the patio for brunch.
We had a large group of 12 and we had to wait a long time for the table and then to order drinks. Once the manager noticed, she turned around our whole evening with complimentary appetizers. The food was delicious and the space is beautiful. Friendly staff. We will be back on our next visit to Charlottesville! What a great spot!
Food was tasty but not as described on the menu. The couscous with inhouse smoked salmon was not smoked but poached. The chicken and waffles was supposed to be a fried chicken thigh. It was two over cooked chicken tenders. Definitely not a thigh. The waffle was dry and not enough reduction at all. Barely a drizzle. But our server was lovely.
My husband had Chef five course prefixed menu. Everything was delicious and had a good amount portion. You can tell the chef was very talented and patient of what he does. It was one of our awesome Chef tasting experience.
The service was great also. Our waitress was good, the General Manager and Chef came to deliver each course and explain of how they made it and what ingredients they used.
We were so happy with everything from that restaurant.
Had a close friend and wife visiting so took them ( 3rd time to Red Pump) because previous meals were excellent and ambiance was very nice. Salmon was excellent, except that it arrived only slightly warm, suggesting it had set on the counter a bit before being taken to our table. That said flavors and appearance were excellent. Also liked the Kale salad!
We went for lunch on a Saturday. It was only a brunch menu available at that time. Though I wasn't necessarily in the mood for brunch, it was delicious. I had potato latkes with eggs and a side of bacon. Each bite was amazing. Would like to try their dinner menu.
One of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. Lobster tortellini is delicious. Interesting cocktails (love the sage gimlet). Great atmosphere. Get a table along their banquet if you can. Bar service was a bit slow the evening we were there otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable birthday dinner.
Really great. The menu changes seasonally, so the roasted chicken I had did not include the sweet potato puree, which was initiatlly a bummer. But our server noticed it, brought fresh bread and garlic oil, and then gave us our desserts at no cost. This is a sign of a very well run restaurant. I would definitely recommend it. Took my wide there for her birthday, and they brought her dessert out with a candle! (And no cheesy singing by the staff, just gracious and fun.)
One of the best meals I have ever had. Worth every penny spent. The House pulled mozzarella was to die for. Wait staff was impeccable and always attentive, very friendly and made sure everything was just as it needed to be. Had trouble choosing what to eat because everything on the menu looked incredibly good. Great variety of options all with fresh ingrenidents. This place is a must when in Charlottesville if you're looking for a nice meal with a great atmosphere and great food.
Waiter didn't have a clue about food or their menu...wasn't sure our salmon could be served medium and said he had never tasted rose wine. Wait for food was very long. Gnocchi was a small portion with lots of greens vs the entree size pasta we expected. Disappointing.
We were seated over 20 minutes after our reservation at a tiny 2 top with high slippery seats. Manager noted our distress and reseated us, which we appreciated. The waitress was friendly and generally attentive. The eggplant appetizer was very good but both main courses were very disappointing. Gnocchi was dry and tough, as was the lobster tortellini. Will not return.
I was in Charlottesville for a girl's weekend to celebrate my birthday and came here for dinner at the recommendation of a colleague. While the food is fantastic, it's the service that is really noteworthy. One of my friend's meal wasn't all she'd expected so they very graciously brought her a second entree at no charge. My bellini took a little while to come out and they graciously comped that for me. I hadn't even thought to complain about the wait so that was really impressive. In addition, in celebration they brought us glasses of champagne and a dish of chocolate mousse to celebrate my birthday. Our server, a young UVA student, was a delight. He was so charming! It was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a while. I loved it and definitely recommend Red Pump.
The young woman bartender seemed more interested in chatting and laughing with her friends at the bar than mixing our drinks - took more than 15 minutes for them to show up even though there were only a dozen or so diners in the restaurant early Sunday evening.
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.
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