Dining & Gourmet Hot Spots
Charlottesville’s growing reputation for world-class chefs and a flourishing wine industry gives our small city an excellent array of dining choices, from casual gourmet bites to seven-course meals at fine-dining establishments and historic inns. In the late summer and early fall, dining al fresco is a delightful way to soak up the ambiance of our Historic Downtown Mall and enjoy street performances and people-watching. The Downtown district alone has more than 50 locally owned restaurants, often made from locally grown food. Be sure to visit the following dining hot spots on your next trip to Charlottesville.
Serving the finest Roast Prime Rib, Certified Angus Steaks cooked over a live charcoal hearth and a wide array of seafood in an intimate candlelit atmosphere since 1965. Enjoy cocktails, fine wine and piano music in the Sportsmen's Lounge. The Aberdeen Barn also features two well-appointed banquet rooms for special events. Serving daily from 5pm.
Beer Run, close to downtown, is both a gourmet restaurant serving local, all-natural, organic food and coffee, and a specialty craft beer and wine store featuring one of the most amazing beer selections on the East Coast. Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and our sensational Sunday brunch. We feature 17 rotating drafts, one cask-conditioned ale and stock a fantastic wine selection with many local, organic and biodynamic offerings. Beer Run has been featured in
Travel + Leisure online, the Washington Post and was voted by Imbibe Magazine as one of America's Top 100 places to have a beer.
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Bold Rock Hard Cider is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, utilizing locally harvested apples to craft their award winning hard cider. Their Cidery is open daily at 11 AM and offers an introduction to their delicious beverages with a complimentary tour or tasting. Grab a pint or flight afterwards and head out to their expansive back patio overlooking the Rockfish River. Bold Rock also features a menu full of great lunch fare and don’t forget a 6-pack or T-shirt on your way out. Their friendly staff will even carry a case back to your car!
No matter where you are in Charlottesvle neighborhood, you'll find fantastic food at your neighborhood Domino's. Pick up the phone, go online, or stop by today! Charlottesville locations: 1157 Millmont Street; 341 Towncenter Lane; 508 Stewart Street; 1147 5th Street; 325 Four Leaf Lane; and 41 Ford Avenue in Stanardsville and 66 Joshua Lane in Palmyra.
The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. An elegant, private dining room is also available with seating capacity of fifty, and standing for cocktails and appetizers of eighty-five. Whether the event is a special celebration or a business function, we offer only the highest quality in food and service.
Our mission is to offer Feast! customers the best in service and quality, to be a vital and responsible business - independently owned and operated - that is a viable alternative to huge, corporate groceries and that develops the unique character and economic advantages that independently owned businesses offer to the community. We carry an amazing array of delicious foods, many locally grown, for eating in our cafe or to take home to your own kitchen.
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurants
Open since 1988 we have served Charlottesville with our family recipes of great tasting Mexican cuisine. We have four great locations in the Charlottesville City area for your convenience. Our four locations are located on East Market Street; Greenbriar Dr., & Rt. 29; Fontaine Avenue next to UVA; and Pantops. We would love to have you visit all of them at your convenience. Visit the website and find photos of our delicious Mexican cuisine including a full detailed menu with pricing, specials, contact info, and special events that may be coming up at any one of our locations.
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
Nestled inside the Main Street Market at 416 West Main Street in Charlottesville, Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar offers a menu and wine list that fuses the culinary and viticultural traditions of Italy, Greece, Spain and the South of France. Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar celebrates the exciting synergy of food and wine and the sparkling flavors of the Mediterranean. Our menu is complemented by an extensive wine list that covers the breadth of the Mediterranean, featuring an outstanding selection of wines by the glass as well as rare wines at exceptional values from our Wine Shop.
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant
Near Jefferson's Monticello, Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant is one of the most distinctive bed and breakfast inns offering the finest dining and lodging. Our 13 unique guest rooms, all with private baths and working fireplaces, are charming and romantic with antique furnishings. Our three candlelight dining rooms have been serving the finest culinary delights since 1977 to locals and overnight guests. In a quiet setting on 50 acres of grounds with flower gardens, meadows and a pond, Prospect Hill is the perfect setting for your visit, wedding or corporate event.
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar features the freshest seafood, certified Angus steaks, pastas, chicken, duck, pork and delicious sandwiches. We serve American cuisine with hints of southern and French influences using the finest ingredients. Rhett's offers a full service bar with exceptional wine selections including Virginia wines. Come and enjoy a nice lunch or dinner in a warm casual atmosphere. Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am-2:30pm. Dinner is nightly from 5pm. Appetizers and Raw Bar are available all day. Brunch on Sunday's from 10am-2pm with homemade sausage gravy, crab cakes benedict and much more. Located on 29N across from Sam's Club and The Doubletree Hotel.
Splendora’s Gelato Café is a locally owned and operated gelateria and dessert cafe specializing in authentic, artisanal Italian gelato, Italian espresso drinks, and dessert specialties. Splendora’s Gelato Café maintains a growing book of gelato recipes that includes traditional Italian favorites like Pistachio and Hazelnut, American-style flavors like Cookies and Cream, and seasonal specialties like Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Stick. Splendora’s offers between 24-36 gelato flavors every day, including many dairy-free* sorbettos.
Tavern on the James
Open 7 days a week, serving lunch and dinner (hours vary). Patio dining for up to 40 guests; dining room features lower level and upper level dining for up to 80 guests; bar area can accommodate 75 guests; upper level banquet hall can accommodate up to 80 and a pleasant sunroom for 10-15 people. Our menu features American cuisine with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and daily and nightly specials. Our bar is a full-service bar and features 7 large screen televisions. Ample parking and are located within walking distance of many other shops and most notably the James River.
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