Restaurants in Virginia

Housed in the old post office building, this family-friendly restaurant serves generous plates of comfort food, everything from cheese fries to lasagna and create-your-own sundaes. The real stars here are the sandwiches—some 20-plus varieties.

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

Grab stick-to-your-ribs fare like Virginia ham and biscuits and broiled catfish at this family-style venue.

Attack your dinner with a crab mallet and an oyster knife.

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.

In season, cozy up to the Victorian fireplace for grass-fed-beef meatloaf and pecan pie.

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

Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains just an hour west of D.C., the 1829 Ashby Inn is home to an acclaimed New American restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Sidewalk tables and a long, railroad-style dining room give this eatery a continental flair; book a table for two and lunch on artisanal cheeses and garlicky mussels.