American in Charlottesville

Michie Tavern

Built in 1784, this place spreads a filling Southern-style lunch buffet.
Modern American in Charlottesville

The Local

The Local has earned many fans for its locavore-loving menu (try roast squash with goat cheese or roast duck with blood-orange gastrique) and the elegant, warmly lit interior (exposed brick trimmed with colorful oil…
American in Charlottesville

Blue Moon Diner

Serving breakfast all day, the Blue Moon is a festive retro-style diner that also has Virginia beers on tap and live music (Wednesday through Friday nights). Pancakes come decorated with unusual portraits.
Mexican in Charlottesville

Continental Divide

This fun, easy-going spot has no sign (look for the neon 'Get in Here' in the window) but is well worth seeking out for its Mexican fusion fare – tacos with slow-cooked pork, tuna tostadas, nachos with bison chili –…
Southern in Charlottesville

Whiskey Jar

The Whiskey Jar does neo-Southern comfort food in a rustic setting of wooden furniture, where waitstaff wear plaid and drinks are served out of Mason jars. There's great barbecue and a huge (125 varieties!) whiskey …
American in Charlottesville

Citizen Burger

On the pedestrian mall, Citizen Burger serves up delicious burgers and microbrews in a buzzing, brick-lined dining room. The ethos is local and sustainable (organically raised, grass-fed cows, Virginia-made cheeses …
Modern American in Charlottesville

Oakhart Social

The stylish new kid on the block serves creative seasonally inspired small plates (grilled octopus with garbanzo puree, sweet and crispy pork-belly salad) as well as wood-fired pizzas in a handsomely laid-back setti…
American in Charlottesville


Inside the Main Street Market, Feast! is a fine spot to load up on picnic fare, with wines, cheeses, fruits and other temptations, plus fresh sandwiches (made to order from 11am to 3pm), soups and salads.
Italian in Barboursville


Situated on the scenic estate of Barboursville Vineyards, Palladio serves a creative, seasonally inspired menu of great Italian dishes, with suggested wine pairings.
Cafe in The Piedmont

Market at Grelen

This lovely market serves tasty sandwiches, salads, homemade ice cream and donuts. There's also a Sunday brunch.