Restaurants in Virginia
Virginia restaurants offer everything from traditional American cooing to southern cuisine, to international flavors and styles. Whatever your appetite, you’ll find a meal you’ll enjoy. Restaurants in Virginia are serving up some of the most delicious home-style southern food, including Sally Bell’s Kitchen in Richmond – where President Eisenhower once dined. Their aesthetic even includes a cardboard lunchbox tied with butcher’s string.
Richmond is home to some of the best restaurants in Virginia. Along with Sally Bell’s Kitchen is Jamaica House and Carena’s Jamaican Grille. In historic Fredericksburg, you can dine outside at Bistro Bethem. Take a load off from shopping, for some people watching complimented with garlic muscles or an artisan cheese plate. Great fish can also be found in Virginia restaurants, like the trout at The Local in the Blue Ridge Mountains. True to its name the restaurant uses local produce and fish to create unique dishes. See more recommendations below.
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.
Pick up a picnic of crab salad sandwiches.
Less than a mile from I-95, Sally Bell's bakes on the premises all manner of Southern breads, pies, and cakes, but it's the white cardboard lunch boxes, tied with butcher's string, that have locals lined up 10 deep at midday. In addition to your choice of dainty sandwiches (the pimento-cheese or
Pour on the sauce at this corner bbq joint, famous for serving the town’s best barbecued pork sandwiches.
Despite its location on the ground floor of an office building, this French-American restaurant evokes the serenity of the countryside with expansive views of the surrounding forest and Fairview Lake.
The menu is full of locally sourced dishes (quail with vanilla-bean sauce).
Attack your dinner with a crab mallet and an oyster knife.
In season, cozy up to the Victorian fireplace for grass-fed-beef meatloaf and pecan pie.
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.
The 2010-opened resto may serve pillowy beignets and slow-cooked jambalaya, but its soul-satisfying offerings (braised-pork-shoulder sausage infused with cayenne, anyone?) plumb the depths of Louisiana’s complex cuisine.
The revolutionary spirit prevails after 5, when 18th-century fare like Brunswick stew and Welsh rarebit are accompanied by colonial-style entertainment and family sing-alongs.