2018 Holiday Drive
Steak, chicken, seafood. Famous for its prime rib. A very popular restaurant on U.Va. football and basketball game days. Reservations recommended.
156 Carlton Road
This eclectic establishment has 600 different beers in stock, lots of it on tap and manages to serve delicious meals three times daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is all made from scratch and menus change weekly. Brunch is served on Sunday, and Saturday breakfast features breakfast tacos. The focus is on organic, local and natural foods. There is a large outdoor seating area. Check the restaurant's website for a schedule of beer tastings, wine tastings, pint night, and live music. There is also wireless internet, and a full-service coffee bar.
16 Elliewood Ave. (The Corner)
Delicious salads and grilled chicken dishes. “Thumbs and Toes,” the buffalo wings platter, are a local favorite.
Located on the Downtown Mall. Does not validate parking. Specializing in southern-style fish, pork, and beef dishes.
Boar's Head Inn
Route 250 West one mile past Route 29 interchange. Turn left onto Ednam. Drive at the light. Entrance to Inn is on the left.
Old Mill Room: Reservations recommended. Call 972-2230 or online.
The Cafe serves soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies daily.
Bistro 1834 open daily for lunch and dinner. The bar is open late.
Birdwood Grill services the golf course. Open throughout the day.
269 Connor Drive (near the Charlottesville Airport)
National chain featuring high-end seafood. Try the bang bang shrimp appetizer.
High-end restaurant located on the Downtown Mall. Innovative, local fare. Try the burger with polenta fries.
U.S. 29 at the Shops at Stonefield
From crisp salads, hearty sandwiches and juicy burgers to aged beef served with seasoned butters and sauces Burtons’ menus cover all the bases. Culinary Director and Executive Chef Denise Baron makes sure to showcase New England seafood, and use other local ingredients whenever possible. Presenting contemporary American cuisine, she’s created an enticing selection that bridges both flavor and presentation. In addition to their core menu, Burton’s offers seasonally-inspired monthly features..
1200 Fifth St. SW, in the Holiday Inn South
Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, one block from the Pavilion.
422 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Simple elegant dining with a separate rooftop bar.
Popular spot for southwestern cuisine. Look for the neon sign that says, "Get in Here."
Coupe De Ville's
9 Elliewood Ave.
Live music; parking garage across the street. Daily specials are a great deal.
Court Square Tavern
500 Court Square (downtown near the court buildings)
Make reservations for larger groups. Runs lots of daily specials. English tavern with more than 100 varieties of beer from around the world. Not much seating.
4372 Ivy Road (on Us Rt. 250, Ivy, 6 miles west, on the right)
An upscale restaurant located outside of Charlottesville, on the way to Crozet. Menu changes daily, serving an array of fresh fish, meats, pasta, vegetarian dishes, and delicious desserts. Fresh-made breads and soups. Reservations not accepted.
412 E. Main St. (on the Downtown Mall)
Southern-style comfort food plus salads, pasta, and make-your-own sandwiches. Quick counter-service. The menu features daily specials, including delicious chicken and dumplings on Fridays. Serves brunch seasonally, but call ahead or check restaurant website to confirm. Try the ham biscuits served on pumpkin bread.
215 W. Water St.
Lively atmosphere. Eclectic, Asian-influenced menu. Wine- and beer-tasting dinners are available each month (call for more information).
1119 Emmett St. (Barracks Rd.) 975-4897
321 E. Main St. (Downtown) 293-2847
201 Connor Drive (Hollymead Town Center) 963-4897
Delicious old-fashioned burgers and boardwalk fries. A popular chain in the Washington, D.C., area, it's the In-N-Out burger joint for the East Coast. Peanuts available to munch on while you wait for your burger. Outdoor seating available in warm weather.
101 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall)
Gourmet American dishes with trendy ingredients. The menu changes frequently, but the crab cake appetizer is a must. Reservations recommended. Patio seating in warmer months. From the Washington Post: "The menu offers nothing terribly surprising, but the generous portions are fresh and expertly prepared."
Home-cooked food, plenty of tasty desserts. When all other restaurants on the Downtown Mall are busy (e.g. Virginia Film Festival time), this is a great refuge and sure to have immediate seating.
Horse & Hound Gastropub
625 W. Main St.
Pub atmosphere with outdoor seating. Thirty-one beer options at last counting. Draught flight tastings available. Wine list. Wide selection from burgers to braised lamb shank; fish & chips to pan-roasted salmon.
Lazy Parrot Grill
532 Pantops Shopping Center (off the 250 Bypass)
Casual sports restaurant. 10 TVs available. 30 flavors of chicken wings. The indoor smoking area is very large.
Burgers, salads, steaks, cheesecake of the day. Tavern setting. Family atmosphere.
633 W. Main St.
An upscale restaurant featuring southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and catfish. Features a $12 Tuesdays menu.
American bistro fare. Wide variety of choices from meatballs to South American tilapia. Bar open until 2 a.m. daily.
Michie Tavern ("The Ordinary")
683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.
Lunch only. Check the restaurant website for seasonal hours.
The rustic but comfy dining room known as the Ordinary features period-costumed wait staff. Fare includes fried chicken, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes and biscuits, all-you-can-eat. The Circa 1784 tavern is good place to take family after touring Monticello.
109 W. Main St (Downtown Mall)
Typical bar food plus one or two more upscale specials. Check out the fried green tomato salad. Live music. Dave Matthews played here back in the day. Pool tables upstairs. Outside seating available.
Old-fashioned diner. Great for a casual, inexpensive breakfast.
The Point at the Omni
817-6767 (Omni Hotel)
B/L/D $10/$12 and up
Breakfast buffet daily and lunch buffet Monday-Friday. Lunch buffet includes soup, salad, and pasta. Dinner menu includes seafood, steaks, duck, and chicken. Reservations recommended for dinner and for parties of 6 or more at lunch. Parking under the Omni.
301 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)
Interesting international cuisine. Pool tables. Dancing. Outside seating available.
www.revolutionarysoup.com (The website lists all the soups they make, but not necessarily what’s available on a given day.)
108 Second St. SW (Downtown Mall) 296-7687
104 14th Street NW (The Corner) 979-9988
Delicious soups made daily, sandwiches, and salads. Check the restaurant website for hours.
Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar
2335 Seminole Trail (29 North just before the river bridge)
Seafood (obviously), steak, chicken, and pasta. Dishes include paella, crab cakes, and she-crab soup.
St. Maarten's Café
1400 Wertland St. (Corner)
This Caribbean-themed joint pronounced St. Mar-TENS, has a varied menu from seventeen different kinds of burgers and lots of bar food, to panini, pasta, scallops, chicken fajitas and salads. See website for other daily specials.
South Street Brewery
106 South St. (near the Water St. parking garage)
Microbrewery, home of a number of award-winning brews. Offers contemporary regional cuisine. Burgers and some international dishes.
Starr Hill Brewery
5391 Three Notched Road
Crozet, VA 22932
Local micro-brewery. Offers "Tours and Tastings" Saturdays. Tours start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. Live music.No.3 (Three)
1517 University Ave. (on the Corner)
Sandwiches, awesome salads, music entertainment nightly.
1521 University Ave. (Corner)
Burgers, sandwiches, and nicer entrees like spinach and artichoke pasta and chicken with baked apples. The bar is popular with law students.
2203 Jefferson Park Ave. (next to Durty Nellys)
Known for having the best fried chicken in the area, Wayside also offers potatoes and gravy, hush puppies, rolls, vegetables, oysters, and other side dishes. With its small seating area, it's used mostly for takeout.
West Main-A Virginian Restaurant
333 W. Main St.
Owned by the same company that runs The Virginian. Live music downstairs. Table Pac-man video game.
227 W. Main St.
Traditional Virginia Piedmont cuisine. Focusing on dishes "our great grandmothers would be familiar with."
Wild Wing Cafe
820 W. Main St. (near Amtrak station)
Wings at varying spicy levels, chicken, grilled foods. Huge projection-screen and lots of TVs.