Dining & Gourmet Hot Spots
Charlottesvilleís 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!
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.
Fry's Spring Station
Fry’s Spring Station is located in an historic 1920’s era service station and specializes in hearth-baked pizzas, fresh salads and creative entrees, including fried chicken, pasta and pork BBQ. Fry’s offers a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options. The food is complimented by a large selection of draught and bottled craft beers, including those from our many local breweries and cideries. Fry’s also offers specialty cocktails and wine options that are sure to please.
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.
Ivy Provisions is conveniently located near the intersection of US 29 and 250 and specializes in creative and addictively tasty sandwiches and salads. IvP also offers a curated selection of local foods, coffee, snacks, house-made dips and spreads, sweet treats and much, much more. IvP also offers a unique selection of sodas, spritzers and juices and a wide variety of craft beer and select, value wines from around the world.
Kardinal Hall is a modern take on an Alpine-inspired beer hall & garden. Located in the historic art-deco Coca-Cola building built in 1939, the repurposed warehouse & bottling plant is situated in the Midtown area of Charlottesville, Virginia. Featureing a heavy emphasis on community, our large open floor plan inside, and large outdoor area create a perfect gathering space for parties both large & small for friends, co-workers, and families. We offer an enjoyable, casual environment with farm to table food, top quality beer on tap, wine & cocktails, all paired in a truly unique setting.
The best confections you will ever enjoy! Offering hand-crafted chocolates, made-in-store fudge, the perfect caramel apple, corns and brittles, and Original Recipe ice cream. Since 1947 Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana having earned a reputation for providing high quality products and excellent service. We offer the finest quality, traditional down-home confections and ice cream that are kitchen made fresh from premium ingredients and original recipes.
MarieBette Cafe & Bakery
MarieBette brings a unique experience to Charlottesville, in that we are both a bakery and a restaurant. In our café area you are invited to purchase breads, pastries, sandwiches and coffee—to take home or enjoy in our casual café space. We also offer full breakfast, brunch and lunch menus available in our sit-down dining room. We believe that the local bakery is the heart of the community and are proud to provide Charlottesville with the most basic of human needs—good bread and a place to gather and connect.
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.
Shadwell’s Restaurant offers a wide variety of American fare in a comfortable atmosphere with great service. Known for the “Best Crab Cake in Charlottesville”, Shadwell’s specializes in steak and seafood, celebrating the traditions of the Chesapeake in Thomas Jefferson’s backyard. Shadwell’s offers a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Conveniently located near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Pantops, Shadwell’s has three private rooms and a full-service bar that is perfect for happy hour or a seated meal with friends and family.
The Farmhouse at Veritas
The Farmhouse’s eight guest rooms and suites are adjacent to Veritas Vineyards and Winery in Afton and reflects the style and charm of its 19th Century beginnings blended with the comfort of modern day amenities. Our goal is to provide top level dining and service in a relaxing yet luxurious atmosphere. Every detail of The Farmhouse – from the well-appointed guest rooms to the farm-to-table, Chef prepared breakfasts and dinners – showcase the bounty of Nelson County’s food, scenery, and perhaps most importantly, its wine. The Farmhouse at Veritas is a guest’s home away from home.
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