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
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Red Pump Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
We hadn't been to Red Pump before so tho ...
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 Charlottesvill ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 an ...
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 frien ...
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 wond ...
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 s ...
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.
Took our son out for dinner here on a bu ...
Took our son out for dinner here on a busy Friday night. Enjoyed superb lobster tortellini, excellent thin crust pear and. Russel sprout pizzete, and Carbonara. Not crazy about the mussels on a slice of toast. Server was superb.
Fun location on the downtown mall.
Dinner at the Red Pump on 10/22/16 was ...
Dinner at the Red Pump on 10/22/16 was fantastic. We had the Lobster Tortellini and sides of beets and Brussels sprouts. All were very good! The atmosphere was energetic without being deafening and the service was outstanding. Our server's name was Lori (not sure of the way she spells her name) and she helped make the overall experience that much better. She was very knowledgeable and attentive while also being personable and a joy to interact with. I hope to return soon. Joe R.
Good food, pleasant service, but boy was ...
Good food, pleasant service, but boy was it loud! Two friends and I had an 8:15 reservation on a Saturday night --the restaurant was full (we had to wait a few minutes past our reservation time for the table) and very noisy. We had to shout across the table to hear each other. The waitperson told us it was better in warm weather, when the French doors stay open and the noise doesn't bounce off the walls.
The food and the service were excellent! ...
The food and the service were excellent! A bit pricey for the amount of food provided, and I wish there were more choices on the menu, especially salads. Loud enough to have to strain your voice to talk to table-mates.
We were visiting Charlottesville for the ...
We were visiting Charlottesville for the weekend and someone recommended Red Pump to us for dinner. We loved it!! Everyone was so nice and the food was fantastic! We went with our older teens and had an amazing meal. The brick oven pizza was a big hit and the whole Bronzino was cooked to perfection! We would also recommend the brussel sprouts - yum! The open kitchen made the place lively and fun. We will be back!!
We've been to Red Pump several times. As ...
We've been to Red Pump several times. As always, the food was terrific, the hostess was very nice and professional, but the waitstaff, all very pleasant, were a mess. We had four different people bringing different items out, the service was slow and haphazard and there was not really a concept of working as a team. So I'm torn, as this has not been our experience, and again, the food was terrific. It will probably be a while before we go back.
Red Pump had some great flavors going on ...
Red Pump had some great flavors going on. Small menu but good variety. The pasta's were very good and pizza came out hot and fresh. Waitress needed to smile more, was a little uncomfortable. It seemed slow for a Sunday night but we walked out happy and content.
Loved it. We were visiting my daughter ...
Loved it. We were visiting my daughter at school for parents weekend.....No Not UVA. Made the drive from Harrisonburg because I wanted something different and upscale yet hip. Read the reviews a week or so prior and decided to take the plunge even though previous reviews noted smaller portions and bad acoustics. The quality of the food far outweighed the portion sizes . I thought they were adequate...we all eat too much anyway! Burratta and Brussel Sprouts were fresh and tasty as starters. The entrees were creative and presented beautifully. Wine, equally satisfying. The noise level...very lively...just how we like it. Fantastic dining option
My brother and I made reservations to at ...
My brother and I made reservations to attend an afternoon meal at 5PM on 24SEP2016 and were greeted promptly and seated in the beautiful dining room that was highlighted with casually elegant artwork, bar, and background music lent a sophistication to this Charlottesville, VA Italian eatery. I order the local cheese plate, eggplant fritti and the agnolotti. I especially liked the agnolotti which was filled with sausage, served with charred mushrooms and microgreens. Service was a bit inattentive at first as I had to ask for more crostini with which to enjoy the fromage plate. The food more than made up for this. Well executed thoughtful and seasonal creations make this a must visit when in town for a UVA game.
Quite disappointing. Too precious and se ...
Quite disappointing. Too precious and self congratulatory about the pedestrian menu choices. Mini martini with chunks of ice, wine not the year advertised on the menu, unwelcoming hostess, uninformed staff. So
Many other good places in Cville why bother with this place?
We had a great dinner at Red Pump. It w ...
We had a great dinner at Red Pump. It was a nice evening and packed inside, so we ate at an outdoor table on the walking mall. My soup and pasta were both excellent. Good service, if a bit slow at first. Would definitely go back.
I love Red Pump and was excited to come ...
I love Red Pump and was excited to come in for dinner. We try to come in for dinner every time we are in town. My fiance and I brought our parents here for a nice dinner (we are getting married in Cville very soon). The food was good, but the quality of the service has definitely declined since we were there earlier this Spring. There were a number of miscommunications among the staff about simple things. First, in the reservation we had asked for a table along the couches and the hostess tried to seat us at the front of the restaurant. Once asked, they were able to move us to a table along the wall. Second, some of the servers should not have been serving in a high end restaurant without more training. They missed basic cues, and struggled a bit. I was disappointed in the service during this visit, but are optimistic that it was just an off night and not a general decline of the restaurant.
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."
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