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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 - 22:00
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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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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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123 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed this place - great pub fare and a nice urbanesque atmosphere. We didn't have any beer, but overall, we had a wonderful experience.

Thank 1happykat
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this gem by accident. Taking the back roads to Virginia beach. Stopped for lunch. The food was fabulous. The bartender was great. I ordered prime rib The chef/owner came to and said how big would you like it. Made to order how awesome is that and it is also locally sourced.

Thank Lawrence C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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68 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are expecting a view of the James River...not here. Compliments go to the owners on the extensive renovations on the interior. The service was very timely and friendly. The food was just ok. Possibly will go back at some time in the future but other restaurants in the area are better. Seems more like a place for the... More 

Thank George M
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived on a busy Friday night and throughly enjoyed our dinner. Attentive service, amazing food! Amanda was a delightful server, constantly checking on the slightly backed up kitchen and refilling our drinks with ease. The crab stuffed mushrooms had great creamy flavor and bacon on top. The pork tenderloin with duck sausage was a touch dry but the mint sauce... More 

Thank Genvieveda
New Kent, Virginia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is the first negative review I have ever written so bear with me. I didn't pick this restaurant and I didn't pay the bill so I wasn't comfortable complaining about my meal. I ordered the white chili and grilled cheese sandwich. I swear the chili was Campbell's bean soup with canned navy beans and ground chicken. There was absolutely... More 

Thank PatchesNewKent
Richmond, VA
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

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 7 November 2016

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 

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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?