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Jun 13, 2011 04:48 PM

Restaurants in Charlottesville, VA

I am moving to Charlottesville in a week and would appreciate any recomendations for fine dining, casual lunches and great weekend breakfasts. Thanks!

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  1. So many great ones to choose from! We're obviously biased but like to think there's a lot to find here: .

    Personally, my favorite fine dining these days is outside of town at Fossett's, but innovative tasty southern near-fine dining at Brookville on the downtown mall. Best Italian in town at Tavola.

    For weekend brunch/breakfast, most popular might be the Blue Grass Grill & Bakery or Blue Moon Diner, though I find Blue Moon underwhelming. Good artisan bacon, though. Tons of places serving brunch, though. l'etoile is a favorite.

    Casual lunch – grab good locally sourced sandwiches, salads, and soups at Revolutionary Soup, or join the Bodo's Bagel craze.

    Blue Moon Diner
    512 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Revolutionary Soup
    104 14th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Blue Moon Cafe
    714 Lee St E, Charleston, WV 25301

    Keswick Hall at Monticello, Keswick, VA 22947

    1. We had a very nice dinner with friends at the Local in Charlottesville just a few weeks ago. It's not on the downtown mall but in a small neighborhood square with some other interesting-looking restaurants there. The Local specializes (as you might guess from the name) in locally-sourced foods.

      1. i've liked brunch at maya
        you have to get tacos from la michoaca (sp?)
        and had a recent nice dinner at duner's. looked like it'd be terrible but it wasn't .
        i live in richmond but have visited friends so i don't have too much to offer. sorry. i do know people like tavola also.

        4 Replies
        1. re: AMFM

          La Michoacana definitely has the best tacos in Charlottesville, but don't expect much if you're moving from anywhere west of Louisiana. We still have a long way to go with our Mexican food in this town...

          1. re: mastomillers

            my brother - who lives in cville now and who i visit - lived in LA and thinks they're fab. so.... while i doubt they're the best anywhere, i still think they're pretty good. :)

            1. re: AMFM

              LA? Crazy talk, I tell you! Best tacos and burritos in the country are from San Diego to San Francisco, in my opinion, definitely including LA. Micho is better than a lot of places out there but the good ones out there put Micho to shame.

              1. re: mastomillers

                i'm sure - but he had 8 years in DC and ATL in between. not saying they're better than LA - just that they're closer than he even found in those big cities. and he was pleasantly surprised, with low expectations for a small town like cville is all.

        2. We highly recommend Beer Run for breakfast, lunch and brunch or even a casual dinner. The best beer selection in town, available any time they are open, and the food is damned good.

          Local favorites include Continental Divide, Bizou, C&O, L'etoile, Maya and The Local. L'etoile and C&O would be considered fine dining. The others are just tasty.

          Bodo's and Marco & Luca are great for inexpensive bagels and dumplings, respectively. Christian's has great pizza by the slice. Don't expect NY style. My favorite is the avocado feta.

          Where in Cville will you be living? Neighborhood may influence suggestions, though nothing is more than 15-20 minutes away.

          Continental Divide
          811 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

          119 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

          Marco & Luca
          112 W Main St Ste 15, Charlottesville, VA 22902

          L'etoile Restaurant
          817 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

          1. You might read up on these threads:,,,,

            All have very good information. I don't know that I can type any more than I did on those threads. I was recently at Orzo Wine Bar and it was great. All the food was really good.