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105 Grill and Pub
105 14th St. NW (on the Corner)

Far-Eastern Takes on gastro pub classics prepared by "Chef Hollywood."

Asian Express
909 W. Main St.

Chinese and Japanese sushi. Take out, eat in, or delivery for a $10 minimum.

Asian Fusion
175 Seminole Court

Delicious Asian buffet. Request your favorite kind of sushi at the sushi bar. Also includes a make-your-own noodle grill with plentiful fresh veggies and meat. Offers a student, senior and military discount with ID.

Bamboo House Faculty Fave
4831 Seminole Trail/29 North (well north of town)

Chinese/Korean. Credit cards accepted.

Bang! Faculty Fave
984-BANG (2264)
213 Second St.
D $15

Fusion tapas. Absolutely delicious food and fantastic martinis. Don’t miss the chocolate desserts. From the Washington Post: "The rock shrimp tempura is stunning with its cool ginger slaw and is big enough to share. So are the Asian doughnuts. The three golf-ball-size creations arrive piping hot alongside homemade coconut ice cream and on their own are worth the drive to central Virginia."

Cafe 88
923 Preston Ave.

Known for having authentic Asian cuisine.

Chopstix Express
1841 Seminole Trail (Route 29 N)

Eat in or take out, no delivery.

C-ville Coffee
1301 Harris St. (near Rt. 250 East, across the street from the tennis courts.)

Asian noodle bowls served for lunch and dinner.

Downtown Thai Student Favorite
111 W. Water Street

Delicious authentic Thai cuisine located just off the Downtown Mall. Choose your level of spiciness. If you can handle level 10 or above, they will put your picture on the wall.

East Garden
120 Riverbend Drive (Pantops Shopping Center 250 E.)

Flaming Wok
1305 Seminole Trail

Korean, Chinese, Japanese (hibachi). Sushi.

Hibache Grill Supreme Buffet
1185 Seminole Trail

Gigantic Asian buffet that also includes other foods like pizza. Offers coupons and other promotional discounts. Call restaurant for details.

Jade Garden
1139 Fifth St. SW

Chinese take-out.

Korean House Faculty Fave
221 Carlton Road Suite 8

Small Korean restaurant with delicious food. Try the spicy chicken bulgogi or the dolsat bibimbap.

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
1864 Rio Hill Center (Next to TJ Maxx)

Japanese/Chinese fusion. Doesn't serve sushi. Wonderful tea selection.

Lee's Cafe & Take-Out
1980 Rio Hill Center (inside Kroger's)

Japanese, cafe seating or take-out.

Lee's Grill
1395 W. Main Street

104 14th St. NW (Corner)

Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Deliveries available.

Lime Leaf
Rio Hill Shopping Center (near Dick's Sporting Goods)

Very good Thai food.

Marco and Luca’s Noodle Shop Faculty Fave
112 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall) 295-3855
107 Elliewood Ave. (The Corner)
176 Zan Road (behind Chili's)

This restaurant only offers a few items, but it does those items well. The main attraction is the dumplings, but there are also noodle dishes, hot buns, and soups. A student/townie favorite. Cash or check only.

Ming Dynasty
1417 Emmet St (close to the law school)

Non-fat and vegetarian options. Chinese. Eat-in, Carry-out and Delivery.

Miyako Faculty Fave
112 W. Main St. (York Place on Downtown Mall)

Japanese. Sushi and hibachi. Serves lunch on select weekdays. Call restaurant to confirm.

Noodles & Company
2035 Bond St, at the Shops at Stonefield

Noodles and Company serves dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – prepared to your liking. Japanese pan noodles to Wisconsin mac and cheese, something healthy or something indulgent.

Oriental Express
3440 Seminole Trail Suite 107 (just south of Airport Road on the west side of R 29) .

Chinese + Sushi. Located near the Charlottesville Airport.

Pad Thai
156 Carlton Road (next to Beer Run)

Panda Garden
979-7150 and 979-8449
380 Emmet St. (next to the Econo Lodge)

Chinese. Daily lunch buffet.

296-6399 and 296-6503
115 Fourth St. NE

Chinese. Lunch buffet $5.25. Delivery and takeout available. Free delivery with minimum $10 purchase.

Peter Chang's China Grill Student Favorite
2161 Barracks Road

Recently opened by a famous Szechuan chef. Located close to the Law School. Try the fried eggplant appetizer.

Red Lantern
221 Carlton Road (Belmont area)

Lunch and dinner Chinese specials every day; big and small special sizes are available for portion control.

Sakura Steak and Seafood
237 Connor Drive (in the Hollymead Town Center, near Target)
Japanese-style steaks and seafood.

Shang Hai
312 Pantops Center

Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechwan selections. Lunch buffet.

Shun Xing
1770 Timberwood Blvd. (Forest Lakes)

296-9090 and 296-1825
2006 Holiday Drive

Szechuan and Mandarin. Standard Chinese takeout menu. Delivers. Online printable coupon.

Taiwan Garden
295-0081 and 295-1051
2171 Ivy Rd., Suite 9

Chinese. Free delivery with a minimum order of $8 if you are nearby.

Tara Thai
1107 Emmet St. N. (Barracks Rd. Shopping Center)

Thai. Good, dependable Thai. Friendly service.

Taste of China
612 Albemarle Square

TEN Faculty Fave Student Favorite
120B East Main St.

Modern, upscale Japanese dining and a faculty favorite. Sample menu items include premium wagyu beef, varied kushiyaki skewers, blue fin tuna otoro, vegetable tempura, North American lobster with miso butter, pork bara, and chicken tatsuta. The bar menu features an extensive list of proprietary Sake. Ten also features an extensive wine list, and specialty cocktails using unique ingredients such as the "Ten" which is comprised of sake, vodka, aloe juice, and sweet Japanese plums called momokochan. There is outdoor seating on the downtown mall when the weather is nice.

Thai '99 Student Favorite
2210 Fontaine Ave. Ext.

Thai '99 II
915 Gardens Blvd. (behind Pier One on 29N)

Traditional Thai dishes. Carry out available.

Tokyo Rose
2171 Ivy Road Suite 13

Japanese cuisine and beers, sushi specialties, lighted dance floor, Karaoke, private party room available. Catering available.

Yuan Ho
977-7878 and 977-5868
117 Maury Ave. (near intersection of JPA and Fontaine)

Chinese food and Asian grocery. Take-out, delivery. Lunch specials. Catering. Coupons and menu online.

Zzaam! Fresh Korena Grill
1232 Emme St.

Korean food with a Mexican twist. Make it like you like it. In the former Arch's Frozen Yogurt building.


"Even if it didn't look this good, Ten would be worth a visit. Chef Bryan Emperor, who will represent the United States at the international Sushi Awards competition in London this October, goes beyond the usual tuna and salmon. He offers more-intriguing selections such as escolar, Japanese snapper, ankimo (monkfish liver) and three kinds of shrimp."

— Jane Black, The Washington Post


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