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by Outer Banks Press

About TAPA RIO

Family has always guided my food loves, and the dinner table is where we gathered, spoke, laughed and sometimes cried. When I met TAPA RIO'S proprietors, the Acosta family, I fell in love with their spirit and verve for what is good and precious in life. Their mutual love of cultural immersion through gathering at the dinner table made us an instant business match. 

 

The name TAPA RIO (“top of the river”) is derived from our eponymous location with its panoramic views of the Rappahannock River. The word “TAPA” holds a double meaning for us: it not only means "top," but it offers a sincere nod to our tapas-style shared plates reminiscent of those offered in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Chile. You’ll also find a full bar plus a carefully selected list of imported wines and beers that wonderfully complement our menu items. 

 

Our team’s commitment to service may strike you as unique. Dining is brasserie-style: casual, moderately priced, and without any pressure for you to order all at once. We encourage you to hold onto your menu and order rounds of shareable dishes. We serve food quickly, as soon as it’s ready, hot and fresh from the kitchen. You’ll find that our flavors are fun, unique and bold — and, we combine those flavors with a commitment to make your visit memorable. 

 

We welcome you to experience TAPA RIO. Whether you’re sitting next to our cozy fireplace in the winter or dining out on the patio in warmer weather, our food, service and river views will entice you back again and again. We hope you will always remember dinner with the TAPA RIO Family! 

 

Buen Provecho! 

John Csukor, Executive Chef

From our Diners

1

Cynthia S. ~ Scenic views・Great food・Romantic Atmosphere

Beautiful views, the best service we have ever had in the area (thank you to our waitress, Carolina) & delicious food. They were willing to bend over backwards to make sure my vegan husband was well fed & there were plenty of options for this vegetarian gal. Bonus is they are open later than most places around here too. Can't wait to go back & eat on the patio overlooking the riverside!

2

Laura V. ~ Creative Cuisine · Romantic Atmosphere

“Great food, quick service, beautiful location!! My husband from Spain was trained to cook there, and he gives this place a thumb’s up! We will be back!!

3

Tim B. ~ Cosy Atmosphere · Romantic Atmosphere · Stylish Interior · Large Wine List

“Delicious tapas and fantastic service paired with an extraordinary wine list and beautiful vistas. What a great addition to Fredericksburg’s new restaurants.”