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Parallel 38

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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2055 Bond St Ste 180, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1878
+1 434-923-3838
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We ate at the bar - but the wine menu, beer menu and food were many. The wine was great and food too. Outstanding service from the Bar staff too!

Thank Jeffrey H
Durres, Albania
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is a superb experience. Wonderful Mediterranean inspired food fantastic service and great service. We enjoyed our dinner immensely

Thank LeRoy C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Went for night out with the wife. No problem getting a reservation, although school still hadn't started from the break. First complaint was that the drink menu on their website was tremendously out of date per our server, so they didn't have what I was planning on ordering. Wine selections were good, however. Like most tapas type places, you order... More 

Thank joecisdrlove
Berkeley, California, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This restaurant has the best "bang for your buck" food in Charlottesville. The prices are extremely fair for the quality of the food, and the food is always amazingly delicious and varied. The food is based on a theme of the 38th Parallel, which goes through Charlottesville, Spain, Italy, Greece, and parts of the Middle East. The wait staff is... More 

Thank Teresa H
dekalb, illinois
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341 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

When we entered this attractive restaurant we were struck by two things: the restaurant's exhaust fans could not keep up with the cooking smells in the room and the incessant, loud music was not conducive to happy dining. The menus contained some interesting looking items. The six we had were fair to good. The 'small plates' lived up to their... More 

Thank peter t
Marlton, New Jersey, USA
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance! Unique cocktails and fare. Highly recommend if you're looking for something new to try.

Thank Jason M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely to be able to choose smaller dishes in an American restaurant, where usually we have to share. The ideas for the fare come from countries (roughly) along 38 latitude, so a wide range of choice. We would highly recommend the mushroom dish, also the spiced prawns.

Thank heyjudederbys
Arlington, Virginia
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161 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

A mistake. Tapas arrive one by one regardless of how they were ordered; some items are clearly not really meant to be eaten in isolation. Awkward. Oh, and pricey. Only spreads seem to be a good deal; initially they bring a small amount of pita (too small), but then they refill continuously (without additional charge). Wine prices are outrageous.

Thank windows_out
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Wonderful Mediterranean tapas dinner with nice wine selection- great atmosphere- but is just loud! Can accommodate celiacs very well! Waitress very knowledgable and friendly!

Thank Denyse J
Charlottesville, Virginia
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497 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Place advertises "Mediterranean" style sandwiches and small plates. There are only 4 different sandwiches- chicken, beef, pork and veg- on the menu and it has a variety of small plates. Caution! All of the sandwiches are pretty spicy. For 11-13$ you get a pita the may actually be a bit black from the toaster they warm them up protein is... More 

Thank samtrip12345

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2055 Bond St Ste 180, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1878
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-923-3838

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