Whether you’re a foodie or just plain hungry, Charlottesville area restaurants have something for everyone. From down home country cooking to authentic French cuisine, C’ville’s got it all, and we’ve compiled a list by area below to help you in your search for the perfect meal:
Location: Downtown Mall in Charlottesville
Zocalo -Tastes of Spain, Mexico, & South America infuse the menu at this chic bistro with tropical cocktails The C&O Restaurant – Celebrated country French fare & a deep wine list in a serene setting amid brick walls & barn wood Alley Light
– Offers French small plates, boards & shareable dishes, with a handsome bar for cocktails & wine.
Red Pump – Upscale eatery featuring local, seasonal Mediterranean & Italian dishes in a stylish, open interior
Location: Belmont in Charlottesville (the hip neighborhood closest to the downtown mall, but these do not take reservations)
Mas Tapas – Buzzy Spanish eatery offering tapas & wine in an industrial-chic setting with a lively bar & patio Tavola – Simple yet stylish bistro serving classic Italian dishes & wines by the glass, 1/2 carafe or bottle Junction – Southwestern cuisine with a modern saloon and a large open outdoor space Lampo – Happening spot with rustic-chic decor offering updated Neapolitan-style pizza & snacks
Location: Main Street near Downtown Charlottesville
Oakhart Social – Bright, modern restaurant offering New American sharing plates, plus craft cocktails, wine & beer Orzo – Industrial-chic spot serving area-sourced Mediterranean fare plus wines in the Main Street Market Public Fish & Oyster – East Coast seafood, including a raw bar, craft cocktails & microbrews in a rustic-chic space Maya – Locally sourced Southern fare & imaginative cocktails offered in a refined exposed-brick setting
Location: Crozet & Rt. 250
Duners – Smart, long-running eatery offering a seasonal menu of creative New American fare Crozet Pizza – A local favorite featuring pizza, calzones, salads, and local craft beer Smoked & The Rooftop – Casual BBQ at Smoked; Small plates, wood-fire pizza, craft cocktails, and unmatched mountain views from The Rooftop The Boar’s Head Inn: The Old Mill Room – Upscale, white-tablecloth experience as AAA’s Four-Diamond designation in recognition of its culinary artistry, distinct ambiance, and superior service.
Location: Nelson County (some options close to Stay Charlottesville properties in Afton)
Blue Mountain Brewery (closest option to Afton Mountain Vineyards) – Mountain brewpub with American eats, their own brand of beers & occasional live music Basic Necessities (small bistro located south on 151 in Nellysford. Reservations required) – Cozy venue serving casual French cafe fare, such as sandwiches & salads, plus a wine & cheese shop Devils Backbone Brewery – Lodge-like brewpub serving its own lineup of lagers, pilsners & ales with an inventive pub fare menu Wild Wolf Brewery -Craft brewery with a beer garden & gastropub creating Southern grub with area-sourced ingredients
(Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) – Franco Belgian dining with modern & elegant feel
The Fitzroy (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) – Warm, stylish venue for American fare such as steaks, salads & sandwiches plus ample beer & wine Bizou (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) – Classic Virginia dishes. French culinary techniques. Multicultural inspirations. Committed to sourcing food locally and sustainably The Bluegrass Grill & Bakery
(Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) – Homey cafe with big windows serving American breakfast & lunch, plus homemade breads & pastries
Beer Run (Charlottesville, downtown area) – Hundreds of beers are the draw at this store/pub also serving such American bites as bison burgers The Oakhurst Inn (Charlottesville, UVA area) – Coffee drinks, breakfast & lunch in a homey building with a patio at the Oakhurst Inn Peloton Station
(Charlottesville, UVA area) – a cycle-centric tavern and bike kitchen with a casual atmosphere
(Charlottesville, downtown area) – Charming eatery with outdoor seating, serving European-style breakfast & lunch fare & cakes – recommended for small groups of 2-4 people
Ace Biscuit and BBQ (Charlottesville, downtown area) – Humble BBQ spot with all-day breakfast platters & sandwiches, plus local beer & from-scratch sauces
These are our picks, but did we miss your favorites? If so, tell us all about them in the comments below.