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“Over prices, small portions”
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Ranked #148 of 553 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd Street SE
Description: The Japanese word ten can mean “heaven", “above" or “celebration" and the dining experience at TEN modern Japanese restaurant is all of these things.TEN approaches traditional Japanese dishes as if they were works of modern art. The superior ingredients are the building blocks of inspiration and the plates are crafted to please both the palate and the eye. Superior products are used and the seafood arrives daily from fishing auctions in Japan and Hawaii. Beyond the incredibly fresh sushi, the menu features a variety of hot and cold ala carte items and offers many choices for vegetarians as well as non-seafood eaters.The bar menu boasts an extensive list of Sake, carefully selected in conjunction with specialty importers and a prominent Sake sommelier. Ten also features an extensive wine list, and specialty cocktails using unique ingredients such as the “Ten" which is comprised of sake, vodka, aloe juice, and sweet Japanese plums called momokochan.The restaurant's dining room was designed by Formwork of Charlottesville and is divided according to dark and light. The gently lit front room celebrates a twenty foot high ceiling and grand windows to create a space inspired by the night sky. Muted colors diminish perception and create a "boundless" spatial sense. The subtly reflective ceiling panels pick up a shimmering starlight effect from the dimmed “candle" sconces. The "night" space also includes the beverage bar, which is accented with luminous glass tube "bouquets" and other shimmering light effects. Intimate, high backed booth seating adds to the nocturnal mood of this space. The brighter "day" seating area is inspired by air travel, clouds. The sushi bar is rendered as a crisp white box, softened with a warm olive wood. Bright iridescent fabrics highlight the banquette seating and the relatively low ceiling is punctuated by twelve-foot high coffers at varying the "day sky" feeling of the space.
Crazzzzs
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397 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Over prices, small portions”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I took my daughter and 3 of her friends here. The beef entree was probably the best. The sushi rolls were a little on the expensive side and a little smaller than what we have had in Hawaii, CA, and in northern VA. A little too much Korean kimchi influence across the menu.

Visited April 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent sushi! I'll be back!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

One of my colleagues suggested Ten for a dinner out with some girlfriends. I never would have seen it on the downtown mall since it's located on the 2nd story of one of the buildings. Once you walk up, you're transported to a totally unexpected and funky atmosphere. We loved everything we tried, but the tempura appetizers were amazing. I'll be back!

  • Visited May 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best sushi in Charlottesville”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Charlottesville! Yes, it's expensive, but I think you get your money's worth! I also tend to get a drink, appetizer, and meal when I go. It's more of a hang out/enjoy the atmosphere and try new things restaurant to me. If you're after basic sushi rolls, there are more economic options. I'd recommend for a date/fun evening with friends/company meal. Everything here is delicious. Plum wine is my favorite, although the Well of Wisdom sake is fantastic. Be brave & try a random appetizer before your main!

My rating is off because I'm not sure if they have outside seating or not. I am thinking no, which is why I marked that low. There is also a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant; I am not sure they have an elevator.

  • Visited May 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Sushi!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Been wanting to try it for sometime now. Got the chance and enjoyed every minute. The three chef's are very creative and listen to you likes. A little pricey. Fish was extremely fresh.

  • Visited November 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Drinks a Bit Pricy”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

The sushi is pricier than the alternatives nearby, but it is also of better quality. The food was very good and you can rely on real crab and lobster every time. The drinks, however, are what really get you. My SKYY martini was no different than across the street, but cost twice as much.

  • Visited May 2014
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