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Tavern on the James

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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280 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590-4979
+1 434-286-3500
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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Richmond, VA
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed with Tavern on the James. I had the turkey breast sandwich with fried green tomato and it was delicious. I had asked if the turkey breast was baked there and you could tell it was freshly roasted. Our servers were wonderfully attentive and all four of us enjoyed our meals. I have just read some of... More 

Thank splitwood
Huntingtown, MD, USA
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by for drinks and the staff was helpful/friendly, but there was no river view... It was nice to sit out on the patio in the sun. The drinks were generous. The interior looked a bit 'meh', maybe more like a bar than a fine restaurant. The menu looked like i had lots of options and the people next... More 

Thank TpRain
Pensacola, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This area is very pretty... Lots of things to see. Historical are also. Lots of cidery's and apple orchards.. .

Thank budjenn
Midlothian, Virginia
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My husband had been here several times for lunch, so we wanted to try the Haddock dinner. Glad we did. A large piece of fish, white,flaky, and very delicious. The light batter was good, but we've had better. Ample-size portion of french fries and they were big and thick, not my favorite, but that's a personal preference. Service was good,... More 

Thank 103PatD
Charlottesville, Virginia
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

When walked in for what we thought would be great place to try out for dinner after afternoon on the James River, both of us hungry, arrived just after 6pm. First thing hit with was major vibe from the "locals" and stares from everyone inside. Really people? Had to actually find the "hostess" who was probably outback smoking. Ended up... More 

Thank CIndyCsml
Charlottesville, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My husband and I stopped for a late lunch today (Sunday 2-4 pm) and decided to sit out on the patio since the weather was so beautiful. We sat for 10 minutes before a waitress (not even the one assigned to our section) asked us for our drink order. I think she felt sorry for us for sitting in that... More 

Thank Jacqumarie
Earlysville, Virginia
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199 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Sign out front on the chalkboard advertises wings for .45 cents. Sat down to order the wings and was told that price was only in the bar area. I am in the dining room, looking directly into the bar, which is three feet away.next three customers all asked for wings. They all left rather than wait for a bar table.... More 

Thank 64Jag
Franklin, Virginia
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108 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch and was surprised at the large menu of great looking options ,Had the chicken pot pie and it was delicious.if in town this is a good choice

Thank raysquay
Staunton, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is the only thing I have ever eaten here it's so dang good I can never even try anything else! BLT with avocado and aioli on jalapeño corn bread..... Amazing! Staff is always great. Wish it was closer so I could eat there more often'

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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We arrived shortly before 1:00, a party of seven and were promptly seated. The waitress promised to see us as soon as she helped her other tables. Not a problem. Returned for drink orders. The place was less than full, but it still took a good while to get the drink order. We placed food orders - some really nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 280 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590-4979
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Scottsville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-286-3500
434-286-3500, just opened a few weeks ago, no web site yet. Should be popular.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?