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.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:00 pm - 11 pm
Sunday, 5:00 pm - 10 pm
4th and Main Street on the Downtown Mall
$30 and under
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Red Pump Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful spot with great atmosphere. Se ...
Beautiful spot with great atmosphere. Service was great. Scampi was good but overpriced. Pizza Margherita was disappointing (better than most around but still), which was a surprise with that big, fancy pizza oven. My mother's comment: "The sauce is everything and that tasted like Chef Boyardee."
Very interesting menu - limited, but wit ...
Very interesting menu - limited, but with something for everybody. Each dish has something unique about it - not the same old same old. The wine list has reasonably priced wines, also on the unique side. The setting and ambiance are really cool. We love eating at the high tops so we can watch the people on the Downtown Mall. We are repeat customers and will keep coming back!
We made a reservation, and when we arriv ...
We made a reservation, and when we arrived were brought to a miniscule table - so small our party of 3 couldn't fit plates, glasses, and menus on the table at the same time. We asked to be moved and were told there was nothing available. Multiple parties of two were seated at larger, four-person tables after us. Those people must have been more important than us, I guess.
The decor is attractive, the service was ...
The decor is attractive, the service was very attentive, and the wine list was impressive. The food was enjoyable but not distinctive. Red Pump Kitchen seems undecided as to whether it wants to attract diners who would like a relaxed meal, or a young, bar-scene crowd. The menu and wine list leans toward the former but the energetic music and general noise level leaned toward the latter. (Note: Open Table requires a value rating but this is difficult to judge as we went during Restaurant Week, when there was a prix fixe menu.)
We came for restaurant week, my friends ...
We came for restaurant week, my friends and I take advantage of this week twice a year. Red Pump will be on our favorites list. We will be back to try the regular menu and the outdoor seating when cooler. Everything was wonderful, food, wine, service. We all commented that we weren't rushed either.
It was Restaurant Week in Charlottesvill ...
It was Restaurant Week in Charlottesville, so the place was very busy. But even taking this into account, we got lousy service that took twice a long as usual, and our meat was really undercook even though we didn't request rare. Even our drinks were not refilled regularly. All in all, I will not be going back there due to the bad experience
The gnocchi was amazing! I would defini ...
The gnocchi was amazing! I would definitely return if only for this dish. Every other item we ordered was of quality ingredients, but not overly impressive in composition or flavor. You could tell by cooking technique, there is a skilled staff in the kitchen. They simply need inspiration to compete in a town such as this.
Our server was extremely sweet, but service overall was slow. The bar needed at least two staff members, and the manner in which management divided server sections was detrimental to expedient service. Our server was handling tables at the far end of the patio, all the way to the back corner of the dining room.
The decor is beautiful, warm, and inviting. However, the tables were uncomfortable and crowded. The din in the room hindered conversation. The front wall which opens onto the street is a visual delight, but creates an uncomfortable, humid, and buggy environment on a hot summer day.
Overall, Red Pump has potential to provide a lovely experience. They only have a few simple items to address in order to arrive.
I liked the atmosphere when we walked in ...
I liked the atmosphere when we walked in but it is very noisy. The service was exceedingly slow. 30 minutes between each course. The appetizer was delicious but the meal went downhill from there. Vegetables with the main course were undercooked. Meat was too rare. My mistake that I did not request it medium rare but, then again, I was not asked. Ordinarily I would have had it cooked a bit more but the wait had been so long, I did not bother. Will not be returning.
I go to Red Pump quite often and sit at ...
I go to Red Pump quite often and sit at the bar, but this time I took friends who were visiting from out of town for restaurant week. I was excited to have them eat there, but a few of the dishes let us down. The salmon was quite overcooked and the tres leches dessert left much to be desired, namely the unripe pears that were on the plate. But the other dishes were quite fantastic - I could eat the lamb and the chocolate dessert every single day!
We walked in unknowing of really what we ...
We walked in unknowing of really what we were going to experience, and we were blown away by the quality of the food and ambiance. We happened to go during restaurant week so we got a three course meal, and everything was cooked to perfection. The spaghetti sauce was one of the best I've ever had. The lamb was perfectly seasoned and very tender. The dessert was tres leeches and the cake just melted in your mouth. A+ to this restaurant.
This was the second time we ate at Red P ...
This was the second time we ate at Red Pump. It was Restaurant Week which meant a limited menu at prix fixe. Between the four of us we had both main courses which were delicious (salmon and lamb). They have interesting cocktails and a good wine list. Atmosphere is great and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend giving it a try.
Wonderful date night at Red Pump Kitchen ...
Wonderful date night at Red Pump Kitchen! Our food was delicious and arrived in a timely manner. Our waiter was friendly, but not overly involved in our dining experience. My only complaint was our table. It was set in the back corner- near the bathrooms and kitchen line. It was just my husband and myself- we ended up sitting more side by side in this booth because had he sat across from me he would have been right in the middle of wait staff traffic. But dinner and drinks were wonderful- we'll be back!
This recent addition to Charlottesville' ...
This recent addition to Charlottesville's downtown pedestrian mall is a real gem. Delicious food, great atmosphere, nice wine list, pretty decor. Highly recommend. We have been 3 times and each time was great. Be sure and make reservations as it is popular.
Food was excellent. Lobster tortellini i ...
Food was excellent. Lobster tortellini is to die for. Interesting appetizers that could be a meal for a smaller appetite. Atmosphere is very nice and has a good energy. Our server was very attentive and got us in and out in one hour so we could get to a show at the Paramount. Would love to return to sample the interesting cocktail menu.
Our second time visiting Red Pump. and it was fabulous (both times!). Service is impeccable and the food is incredible! Our Server, Kimberly, was very friendly and she suggested the perfect wine for our dinner. We also had a chance to talk to Chef Lee for a few minutes, what a nice guy!
This is one of our favorites in Cvlle. W ...
This is one of our favorites in Cvlle. We like the high top table by the window and enjoy watching the activity on the Mall. Food is good but pricy....a bit garlicky. As with many Cvlle restaurants the glass of wine was stingy and expensive. The waiter claimed it was 8oz. Our test at home suggests it couldn't have been even 4. He did pour an additional amount when quizzed, but having to quiz the waiter ruins the moment.
The food was absolutely dynamite!
We were starved after a day of hiking and visiting wineries with no food. We chose to do both small plates/appetizers and entrees. The appetizers were inventive and extremely flavorful without being too large. I recall a grilled mushroom dish with a chevre fondue that was clearly the best. There was also a shrimp and beets dish that was delicious. For entrees, we got lamb chops and the ribeye. I was pleasantly surprised by the ribeye when it came out sliced and pre-sauced. While I'm typically a beef purist, I was delighted by this treatment of the meat. We also tried some cocktails when we first arrived. Their take on an old fashioned was fun and yummy, but I didn't care for the sweet bourbon drink.
best in C'ville
We were thrilled to get a reservation at Red Pump over UVA graduation weekend.
Many weeks after I made the reservation, I was told it would be prix fixe, but to our surprise, we liked choosing between two selections for each course. With the limited menu, everything was bound to be delicious, and indeed it was. Our waiter was outstanding. Not only did he make excellent wine suggestions, he understood our needs, mood, and sense of humor.
It was one of the most enjoyable meals I've had, certainly the best in Charlottesville.
Noisy, bustling and friendly with mainly ...
Noisy, bustling and friendly with mainly young clientele (but some oldies too!). Small menu but beautifully cooked in a kitchen which is open to the restaurant itself. Ice cream dessert is to die for! Excellent service - friendly, attentive but not overbearing.
Definitely a keeper.
The wine and beer selection was pretty s ...
The wine and beer selection was pretty small, and the choices were't good..kinda like you let a non-drinker pick the list. My biggest complaint was that I made a reservation for 4 and was still seated at a high top table when many regular tables were empty. The portions looked small, but in reality they filled me up nicely. The staff was a little too eager and didn't have a good sense of what a business meeting was and that when we are engrossed in talking business we shouldn't be bothered.
Solid choice on the downtown mall
Red Pump Kitchen consistently offers well conceived and executed food in a lively atmosphere. The Pizza Funghi is a standout and the eggplant fritti is a tasty treat. The wine and beer list is reliable if a little on the pricey side. At $40/person for dinner with one drink and no dessert, I wouldn't give the place high marks for value. But it's reliably tasty and well located at the heart of the downtown mall. We'll probably be back again in the not too distant future.
Quite the disappointment
Our group of 6 overall was unimpressed with the experience at Red Pump Kitchen. Our waitress was new and had not been properly trained to know what the menu descriptions meant, such as "scorched pearls." And she did not go to seek the answers to the 3 questions she didn't know, despite having said she would check.
We enjoyed the CAuliflower appetizer with tahini nd the Gnocchi with Guanciale. The Lobster Tortellini (which was really tortelloni) was deliciously rich. The quantity of lobster, however, was not impressive, especially considering the price in the high $20's for 6 tortelloni. The grilled branzino was perfectly cooked. The Kale Caesar salad was declared inedible by 5 different lovers of kale, having little of the traditional Caesar dressing flavors except some lemon and the flavor of the kale itself being very strong (despite the fact that it appeared to be either black Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale, both usually soft, mild, and scrumptious.)
The pizza was quite flabby; the coffee-roasted beets included golden beets that were hardly cooked and red beets that were perfectly cooked as well as delicious dressing; the spaghetti was fine.
The time lag between appetizers and entrees was inexcusably long.
We were disappointed that the menu selections available that night did not live up to the level of the menu on the website, their website disclaimer notwithstanding. Most of the 6 of us, despite having a wide variety of food interests, experienced that disappointment, since we had all been excited by the sample choices on the website.
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