Eats & Drinks: Upscale Dining
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Upscale Dining

Boar's Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive (off 250 West)

C & O
515 E. Water St. (under the Pepsi sign)

Upscale food in a casual atmosphere. French/American. Vegetarian options. Reservations accepted but not necessary.

220 West Market St.

Artisanal Mediterranean. "Camino draws its inspiration from the timeless rustic cooking of Southern France, Italy, and Spain, complimenting it with a sophisticated yet comfortable dining environment...focusing intensely on traditional regional techniques and ingredients while maintaining a clean modern approach to presentation.It takes the place of the now closed Il Cane Pazzo and is owned by one its former employees. Just north of the downtown mall right next door to Vinegar Hill Theatre.

Clifton Inn Faculty Fave
971-1800, 888-971-1800
1296 Clifton Inn Drive

Delicious food served in an historic southern inn owned by Mitch Willey, an alum of the Law School and the Darden School of Business. The culinary team offers a collection of dishes for guests to create their own Charlottesville fine-dining experience. Choose from a multi-course combination of worldly flavors to please your palate. Select wines from Clifton’s award-winning cellar for each course. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Grille
201 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Steak and seafood.

Duner's Faculty Fave Student Favorite
250 West (Ivy, 6 miles west of Charlottesville)

Fresh-made breads and soups. Reservations not accepted.

Fleurie Faculty Fave
108 Third St. NE (side street off the Downtown Mall)

Modern French.

Hamiltons' Faculty Fave
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.

Inn at Court Square

The Ivy Inn
2244 Old Ivy Road (1 mile west of UVA)

In an 18th-century tollhouse. Reservations recommended. Seasonal and regional menu, with items like crab cakes, quail, rack of lamb, and salmon. Catering available.

Keswick Hall
701 Club Drive (Keswick)

Jazz nights.

The Local Faculty Fave Student Favorite
824 Hinton Ave.

Maya Faculty Fave Student Favorite
633 W. Main St.

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar
416 W. Main Street (in Main Street Market)

Mediterranean-inspired menu and extensive wine list. The website boasts a dedication "to nurturing the Central Virginia creating wholesome meals and using fresh local ingredients...." A 10% Tuesday program gives back 10% to local charities. The bar is cozy and relaxed. Service is excellent. Will deliver boxed lunches with a minimum of 10 meals. Event hosting and catering available.

Palladio Restaurant
(540) 832-7848
17655 Winery Road, Barboursville

Cuisine from Northern Italy served with Barboursville wines. Overlooks the vineyard. Reservations suggested for lunch, required for dinner.

Restaurant Pomme Faculty Fave
115 South Main St. (Gordonsville, about 30 minutes from Charlottesville)
(540) 832-0130

Classic French cuisine by Master Chef Gerard Gasparini. Reservations encouraged.

The Silver Thatch Inn
3001 Hollymead Drive at 29 North

Contemporary cuisine. Has won awards from Wine Spectator. Reservations recommended.

293-3663 and 971-9463
502 E. Market St. (just off Downtown Mall, near the Market St. parking garage)

Wine shop and restaurant. Many seafood and poultry dishes, such as lobster bisque and grilled duck salad. Reservations recommended.

Tavola Faculty Fave Student Favorite
826 Hinton Ave. (Belmont)

This is intimate rustic Italian dining at its best. Emphasizing creative, local and seasonal foods, Tavola, "food table" in Italian, delights. The sea scallops, served atop a leek and beet risotto melts in your mouth. Finished with a white truffle oil, it is a perfect dish. If pasta is what you crave, the linguine alla carbonara was the best we've had. The wine list features small batch, artisanal producers. Service was impeccable. No reservations.

TEN Faculty Fave Student Favorite
120B E. 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.


Restaurants come and go. To get 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.


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