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Aberdeen Barn
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.

Beer Run Faculty Fave
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.

The Biltmore Student Favorite
16 Elliewood Ave. (The Corner)

Delicious salads and grilled chicken dishes. “Thumbs and Toes,” the buffalo wings platter, are a local favorite.

119 W. Main St.

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.

Bonefish Grill
269 Connor Drive (near the Charlottesville Airport)

National chain featuring high-end seafood. Try the bang bang shrimp appetizer.

Brookville Student Favorite
225 Main St.
(located above Escafe)

High-end restaurant located on the Downtown Mall. Innovative, local fare. Try the burger with polenta fries.

Burton's Grill
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

Commonwealth Restaurant Student Favorite
Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, one block from the Pavilion.
422 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Simple elegant dining with a separate rooftop bar.

Continental Divide Student Favorite
811 W. Main St.

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.

Duner's Student Favorite
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.

Escafé Student Favorite
215 W. Water St.

Lively atmosphere. Eclectic, Asian-influenced menu. Wine- and beer-tasting dinners are available each month (call for more information).

Fig Bistro
1331 W Main St.

Cajun-inspired restaurant, located on the Corner.

Five Guys
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."

310 E. Main St. (located below street level from the Mall, on street level from Water St.

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.

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.

Lord Hardwicke's Inn
1248 Emmet St.(near the Law School)

Burgers, salads, steaks, cheesecake of the day. Tavern setting. Family atmosphere.

Maya Student Favorite
633 W. Main St.

An upscale restaurant featuring southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and catfish. Features a $12 Tuesdays menu.

Michael's Bistro & Taphouse
1427 University Ave. (The Corner)

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.

The Nook
415 E. Market St.

Old-fashioned diner. Great for a casual, inexpensive breakfast.

Oakhart Social
511 W Main St.

Small, sharable American fare. Vegetarian options available.

The Point at the Omni
817-6767 (Omni Hotel)

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.

Public Fish & Oyster

513 W Main St.

Seafood dishes made with ingredients from local farmers. Features east coast seafood, raw bar, craft beer and cocktails. Offers indoor and outdoor seating.

301 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Interesting international cuisine. Pool tables. Dancing. Outside seating available.

Revolutionary Soup (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.

Tavern & Grocery
333 W. Main St.

Owned by the same company that runs The Virginian. Live music downstairs. Table Pac-man video game.

The Virginian Student Favorite
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.

Wayside Takeout and Catering
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.

Whiskey Jar
227 W. Main St.

Traditional Virginia Piedmont cuisine. Focusing on dishes "our great grandmothers would be familiar with."

Wild Wing Cafe Student Favorite
820 W. Main St. (near Amtrak station)

Wings at varying spicy levels, chicken, grilled foods. Huge projection-screen and lots of TVs.


Restaurants come and go. For the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, see the list in the back of C-Ville Weekly, (Dining Website) or check out, which offers surveys and rankings of local restaurants. For true-blue foodies, the Hook's food blog, The Dish, offers breaking news on dining and food.


"Across the board, Charlottesville's food scene is inventive, diverse and brimming with talent."

— Jane Black, The Washington Post



"Like flower power and Pearl Jam, the microbrewery phenomena naturally broke its West Coast boundaries and filtered east. Charlottesville loves a good buzz as well as any other town; but until recently our only brew pub was the grandfatherly Blue Ridge Brewery, owned by the grandchildren of William Faulkner, a legendary American writer and notorious drunkard. Like Faulkner, Blue Ridge is now history, but that patriarch of Pilsner has begotten not one, not two, but three—count ‘em, three—local breweries. Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery, South Street Brewery, and Monticello Brewing Company all compete for the same group of drinkers who don't mind shelling out three bucks per glass for a sudsy gourmet libation."

—John Borgmeyer,
C-Ville Weekly


Looking for chain restaurants? Although not generally listed here, Charlottesville also has popular chains like Chili's, Ruby Tuesday, Applebee's, Red Lobster and more.

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