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Jun 29, 2011 09:16 AM

seeking recomendations for a great restaurant in Charlottesville, VA

We are visiting Monticello this week-end and would appreciate your recommendations for a great restaurant in the area for lunch with a nice ambiance and good food with reasonable prices.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. It depends what you mean by nice ambience and good food. Do you want elegant and upscale? Comfortable and accessible? Either way, if you only have time for one meal, be sure to go to the downtown (outdoor pedestrian) mall. It's the heart of the action, and very charming.

    For nicer atmosphere but still with character I like the Inn at Court Square -

    For casual outdoor seating, decent burgers or grilled ham and cheese, try Miller's (a Charlottesville institution) or The Nook. Miller's has an amazing friend green tomato salad. Sounds weird, tastes great.

    For brunch with atmosphere try l'etoile for the higher brow (Sunday only) or Blue Moon Diner for the lower (Sat and Sun).

    Hope that helps! Happy to answer any other questions...

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

    1. if you can get in, the restaurant at the barboursville vineyards isn't far and is LOVELY.

      the downtown mall is charming but i've personally had lousy luck with food there. admittedly i'm not a local - just visit a lot from richmond. so maybe i just order wrong. :
      )i like maya in charlottesville. i know they do a brunch that's delicious (the vegetable potato cakes with smoked salmon are to die for) but i don't know about lunch. not far from the mall.

      1. You might also like going to the Main Street Market and eating at Orzo and perusing some of the great little shops. Not near Monitcello though, which is a bit out from Charlottesville.

        Not too far away is the Belmont area. I have been to the Local there, which is good, but I don't believe is open for lunch, but not 100% sure.

        Main Street Market
        140 S Main St, Smyrna, DE 19977