The Charlottesville Area

Restaurants in The Charlottesville Area

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.

For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in whole ham to bring home.

Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine.

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

Classic dishes like rack of lamb (paired with local wines) are served in an intimate period dining room.

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.

The juicy pulled-pork platter draws ‘cue fans from across the state. Sides of sugary baked beans and heaps of crispy fries don’t hurt either.