Restaurants in Charlottesville
From Mexican fusion to traditional Southern comfort food and everything in between, restaurants in Charlottesville offer a range of cuisines beloved by the college town’s eclectic inhabitants. The hip student district known as The Corner houses an impossible variety of restaurants at every price point. Spring through fall, take advantage of the outdoor seating on the pedestrian-only mall to people-watch as you tuck into a meal worthy of the most cosmopolitan big-city restaurants.
One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville is El Tepeyac, a cozy bistro that serves up a mix of Mexican-Salvadoran cuisine, including handmade pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran tortilla filled with a mix of cheese, ground pork and soft queso con loroco. Glas Haus Kitchen, a nationally acclaimed, James Beard Award-winning Charlottesville restaurant boasts a rotating seasonal menu. C & O Restaurant, a fine dining establishment helmed by a star chef and features local favorites like Steak Chinoise and new classics like Cioppino with mussels, snapper, shrimp and lump crab. Ace Biscuit & Barbecue is a hole-in-the-wall that serves delectable Southern classics like fried chicken and waffles. For a frosty mug of beer, visit Champion Brewing Company, famous for its hoppy flagship Missile IPA.
Dishes at wood-beam–ceilinged The Local showcase homegrown ingredients, as in Blue Ridge Mountain brook trout with Cajun rémoulade. Virginia gets its own section on the wine list.
A former drugstore that's now known for jazz and blues.
Dave Matthews, who was born in Johannesburg—and who formed Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville in the early 1990s—might enjoy the "boerie burgers" at the Shebeen, a South African restaurant.
At the intimate Clifton Inn, the decadent rusticity of the rooms—claw-foot tubs, Mascioni linens, fireplaces, but nary a ruffled window treatment in sight—is echoed in the innovative comfort food of its chef, Dean Maupin, who pairs perfectly seared quail with espresso-poached pears, and orange wi