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
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."
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!
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