Central and Western Virginia Restaurants

Since Charlottesville is a college town, most restaurants are very casual. You will need reservations for popular fine-dining options like the C&O, and business casual is more appropriate for these upscale venues.

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  • 1. Bodo's Bagels

    $ | Downtown | American

    You may have to wait in line at one the three locally owned locations, especially at breakfast, but locals swear these are the best bagels south...Read More

  • 2. Boudreaux's Restaurant

    $ | American

    Ever eaten gator bites or buffalo crawfish? Be sure and try them at Boudreaux's. What started as a project in business marketing for a pair...Read More

  • 3. C&O Restaurant

    $$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    Don't let the exterior fool you: behind the boarded-up storefront hung with an illuminated Pepsi sign is an exemplary restaurant. The formal...Read More

  • 4. Carlos Brazilian International Cuisine

    $$ | Brazilian

    High on a hill with a spectacular sunset view, this lively restaurant has French, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian dishes. Sit in the Olinda...Read More

  • 5. Clementine's Café

    $ | American

    This lively downtown eatery was voted "Best Live Music Venue" in a reader's poll in a local publication and is also lauded for its great sandwiches...Read More

  • 6. Continental Divide

    $ | Downtown | American

    Without a neon sign in the window of this locals' favorite says "Get in here" you might miss this small storefront restaurant. The menu is...Read More

  • 7. Crozet Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    It may look like a shack, but this red clapboard restaurant 12 mi west of Charlottesville has been serving up what is renowned as some of Virginia...Read More

  • 8. Dave's Taverna

    $ | Greek

    Get a bird's-eye view of Harrisonburg from the rooftop dining area at Dave's, an award-winnning and family-owned local favorite. Like many casual...Read More

  • 9. Depot Grille

    $$$ | American

    Located on the historic riverfront, Depot Grille offers classic American favorites including steaks, pasta, chicken, pork barbequed ribs, and...Read More

  • 10. Duner's

    $$$ | American

    This former motel diner 5 mi west of Charlottesville fills up early, and since they don't accept reservations, be prepared to wait up to 30...Read More

  • 11. Hamdingers Food Cart

    While you're strolling the downtown pedestrian mall, pick up a gourmet nosh from Hamdingers Food Cart. This one-man show makes global cuisine...Read More

  • 12. L'Auberge Provencale

    $$$$ | French

    Tucked away in the small town of White Post is a slice of Provence in a historic inn. L'Auberge Provencale is the epicurean getaway of choice...Read More

  • 13. Mac 'N' Bob's

    $ | American

    The enormous growth in seating since 1980, from 10 to 250, testifies to the popularity of this establishment in downtown Salem, as does its...Read More

  • 14. Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant

    $ | American

    A homey restaurant with plenty of booths, Rowe's has been operated by the same family since 1947 and enjoys a rock-solid reputation for inexpensive...Read More

  • 15. Shoemakers

    $$ | American

    This elegant steak-and-seafood house is in the converted tobacco warehouse district known as the Bluffwalk. With warm exposed brick walls and...Read More

  • 16. The Cellar

    $ | Mediterranean

    A gathering place and watering hole near the Virginia Tech campus, this storefront restaurant serves eclectic, inexpensive dishes. Try the Greek...Read More

  • 17. The Homeplace

    $ | American

    Bring a big appetite with you on the drive up and over Catawba Mountain to get to the Homeplace. Famished Appalachian Trail hikers in grimy...Read More

  • 18. The Palms

    $ | American

    The original building, circa 1836, served as a public library and debating hall before becoming a retail space. In the Victorian era, it was...Read More

  • 19. The Roanoker

    $ | American

    Fried chicken isn't on the menu every day, but when it is, the smell entices you from the parking lot. This local gathering place has been serving...Read More

  • 20. Violino Ristorante Italiano

    $$$ | Italian

    Homemade pasta—about 20 different kinds—fills the menu in this cheery, yellow-stucco restaurant in the city's Old Town. Owners Franco and Marcella...Read More

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