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 - 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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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
Great pizza options! Love the atmosphere ...
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 enj ...
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!
We drove from Richmond and ate at Red Pu ...
We drove from Richmond and ate at Red Pump Kitchen after a Pippin Hill Winery stop. Not our first vist and we always enjoy our meal there. We loved that ELizabeth Spencer wine is the house wine !! We loved how all the waitstaff work as a team.
I have been to Red Pump Kitchen on sever ...
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 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.
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