Downtown Charlottesville Restaurants
Choose Downtown Mall or West Main for closest restaurants; Midtown and the Corner are closer to the University. Greater Belmont is to the south of the Mall. *open for lunch on Saturday Price key (dinner for 2 excluding alcohol) $ less than $25 $$ $26-$40 $$$ $41-$60 $$$$ $61-$85 $$$$$ $86 + Downtown Mall *Al Dente $$$ 925 Second Street Phone: 434-295-9922 Tues-Sat: Lunch 11:45-2; Dinner 5:30-9:30 Sunday brunch: 11:45-3 Multi-regional Italian dishes served in a warm friendly atmosphere. Bread baked fresh daily, handmade pastas and desserts, extensive wine list. Also serving lunch and brunch. In the Ix building. *Baggby's Gourmet Sandwiches $ 512 E Main Street Phone: 434-984-1862 M-F 11am-4pm; Sat: 11am-3pm Gourmet Sandwiches & Subs. Homemade Soups, Salads, and Frozen Yogurt. Eat in, carry out or Cafe Dinning. Sandwiches come in a brown bag with your name on it just like mom made for you. *Baker's Palette $$ 126-B Garrett Street Phone 434-295-3009 T-F 6am - 5pm; Sat. 6:30am - 3pm With croissants, pastries, egg wraps and granola bars, this Garrett Street patisserie livens up life on the southside. Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. Lunch offerings and cakes to take away or order for special occasions. Bang! $$$$ 213 Second Street SW Phone: (434) 984-2264 5:30pm-2am every day; Kitchen closes at 9:30 Sun-Th Delectable Asian flair to small meal menu, lots of fresh fish, homemade entrees, local produce and meats. Extensive martini menu and other fine offerings from the full bar, all served in a vibrant atmosphere indoors or outside on the patio. Bashir’s Taverna $$ 507 E Main Street Phone: 434-923-0927 Lunch:Tu-Th 11:30am-3pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Fri 6-10:30pm with live music; Sat 6-10:30pm featuring Belly dancing Mediterranean food prepared by the gregarious Bashir. He knows nuances - even in a simple side salad. Tapas and other delectables, sometimes with music, sometimes with bellydancing, always top-notch! The Bean $ 1 SNL Plaza Phone: 434-962-9703 7:30am-2:30pm M-Fri. Coffee spot for working folks tucked away in the SNL building at the end of Market Street, across from Pavilion, serving Shenandoah Joe coffee, sandwiches, bagels, fresh fruit, and mini pizzas. *Bizou $$$ 119 W Main Street Phone: 434-977-1818 Lunch: M-Th 11:30-2pm, Sat 11:30-2:30pm;Dinner: S-Th 5:30-9pm, F-Sat 5:30-10pm Nouvelle cuisine, a long bar and an exposed kitchen let you watch the chefs create with French flair. Bizou is a casual bistro diner featuring upscale down-home cooking with ever changing array of fresh fish, pork and beef dishes. It offers simple but sophisticated fare. Interior features red booths and old black & white movie posters. Outdoor dining when weather is nice. Reservations not taken.
Blue Light Grill and Raw Bar $$$$ 120 E Main Street; Phone: 433-295-1223 Open 7 days; Kitchen 5:30pm-10pm; Bar 4:30pm2am. Terrific seafood specialties with a wonderful, extensive wine list, microbrews and delicious appetizers. Comfortable seating and cozy bar scene. Full raw bar. *Bluegrass Grill & Bakery $ 313 2nd Street Phone: 434-295-9700 Sun 8:30am-2pm; Tue-Sat 7am-2:00pm Breakfast & lunch, ―Down-home holistic‖ food – fresh baked breads, fresh veggies, meat & taters, sandwiches, great omelets. Breakfast served all day. Humongous portions, plates packed with grits and biscuits. Try the pesto omelet--it's divine. The Box $ 109 2nd Street SE Phone: 434-970-2699 Dinner, lunch, late night Far East cuisine. The Box offers made-to-order noodle bowls and other Asian-flair dishes that are sure to impress. Don't miss their equally as impressive cocktails, including the orange sake bomb! C&O $$$ 515 E Water Street Phone: 434-971-7044 5pm to 2am daily The town's oldest fine dining establishment offering intimate dining upstairs and a downstairs pub. The eclectic menu shows French Provincial, American Southwest, and Pacific Rim influences. *Cafe Cubano $ 112 W Main Street (York Place) Phone: 434-971-8743 M-W6:30am-5pm; Th-F 6:30am-7pm; Sat 7am-7pm; Sun 8am-5pm Classic Cuban paninis and breakfasts and coffee to help you recover from Friday night on Saturday morning. Cassis $$$$ 210 W Water Street Phone: 434-979-0188 Tu-Sun 5pm-close Up-scale American bistro cuisine with a French twist. The menu abounds with staples of French home cooking: beef burgundy, duck confit, country pâté and steak frites. Patio dining available, weather permitting. *Chaps Ice Cream $ 223 E Main Street Phone: 434-977-4139 M-F 8am-7pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 11am-9pm Homemade gourmet ice cream with no artificial ingredients. Food off the grill includes burgers and sandwiches, doughnuts, diner fare and great cakes.
*Christian's Pizza $ 118 W Main Street Phone: 434-977-9688 Open 7 days; 11am-10pm every day A friendly, lively atmosphere combined with delicious, fresh pizza available whole or by the slice. *Court Square Tavern $ 500 Court Square Phone: 434-296-6111 Mon-Sat 11:30am-midnight Tavern with over 100 varieties of bottled beer from around the world, plus a nice selection of beer on tap. Hearty pub food at reasonable prices. Downtown Grille $$$$$ 201 W Main Street Phone: (434) 817-7080 Lounge opens at 4pm. M-Th 5-10pm; F-Sat until 11pm; Sun until 9pm Upscale steakhouse downtown with a notable list of single-malt scotches. Serves only the finest in Midwestern corn fed beef and fresh seafood, including live Maine lobster. Extensive wine list. *Downtown Thai Restaurant $$ 111 W Water Street Phone: 434-245-9300 Tu-Sat: Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5-10pm; Sun: 5-9pm Among traditional Thai specials, healthy jelly cubes adorn the Thai iced tea. Late nights, takeout and catering, too. enoteca $ 401 E Main Street Phone: 434-974-9463 M-Sat 3pm-midnight; Sun 3-10pm A sleek Italian wine and panini bar with 40 wines by the glass and half glass, 80 by the bottle, and all available for retail sale at 35% less. Authentic menu with bruschette, salads, panini, cheese and salumi plates, desserts, and espresso. *Eppie's $$ 412 E Main Street Phone: 434-963-9900 M-Sat 11am-9pm. Closed Sun. Quick, fresh fare: meat and veggie combination plates, meal-sized salads, kids' selections and more. *Escafe $$ 227 W Main Street Phone: 434-295-8668 W-Sat 11am-2:30pm Tu-Sat 5:30pm-11pm Sun- 11am-2pm 5:30-9pm Revolving menu features seasonal comfort food with an eclectic twist, all reasonably priced and enticing.
Fellini's No. 9 $$$ 201 W Market Street Phone: (434) 979-4279 Tu-Sun Dinner 5:30-10pm; Brunch Sun 11am-2pm; W-Sun Late night menu 10pm-1am Local favorite featuring a refurbished building and traditional Italian dishes. *Five Guys Burgers & Fries $ 323 E Main Street # B Phone: 434-293-2847 Dinner; Lunch The name says it all. This award-winning burger joint moved south from DC. *The Flat $ 111-A E Water Street Phone: 434-978-FLAT 11am-8pm T-Th; 11am-11pm F; 10am-11pm Sat. Closed Sun & Mon Walk-up window behind the Jefferson Theater for savory and sweet crepes, locally roasted coffee, and world-class hot chocolate. Fleurie $$$$$ 108 3rd Street NE Phone: 434-971-7800 Mon-Thur 5:30pm to 9pm; Fri & Sat 5:30-10pm Upscale Modern French dinner in small romantic setting. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. Gravity Lounge $$$ 103 First Street Phone: 434-977-5590 Dinner Gravity Lounge has come on strong as a downtown music venue to reckon with, offering in addition a wide selection of books, computer stations, and art displays. This swinging music venue serves dinner in addition to hosting concerts. *Guadalajara $ 805 E Market Street Phone: 434-977-2676 M-Th 11am-10pm; F 11am-11pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm The granddaddy of Mexican food in Central Virginia and home of the neon margarita. *Hamilton’s at First and Main $$$ 101 W Main Street Phone: 434-295-6649 M-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-10pm. Hamilton's is the perfect spot for a quick afternoon lunch or a romantic evening dinner. Contemporary gourmet American cuisine emphasizing trendy ingredients. The frequently changing menu includes fresh meats, game, crab cakes and always vegetarian ―blue plate‖ special. Bright, lively atmosphere features an arty modern décor. Reservations recommended.
Henry's Restaurant $ 310 E Main Street Phone: 434-295-7550 M-Th 11am-3pm; F 11am-9pm; Sun 8am-8pm Home-cooked dinners like hamburger steak, meatloaf, pork chops, roast beef. Homemade soups and salads. All homemade desserts including carrot cake and fruit cobblers. They also have a 50's style lounge at behind the building at 309 E. Water Street. *Himalayan Fusion $$ 520 E Main Street Phone: 434-293-3120 Dinner; Lunch The menu at this Downtown gem consists of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian dishes. Great lunch buffet! il Cane Pazzo $$$ 220 W Market St Phone: 434-293-2323 Dinner; Late Night Next to the Vinegar Hill Theatre. Italian eatery. Inn at Court Square $$$ 410 E Jefferson Street Phone: 434-295-2800 Lunch M-F 11am-2pm. Dinner F-Sat 5-8:30pm. Serving upscale southern cuisine in the oldest house in Downtown Charlottesville, built in 1785. Dine inside or on the front porch. Java Java Downtown $ 421 E Main Street Phone: 434-245-0020 Fair trade coffees, fine atmosphere, and free Internet. *Marco and Luca's Noodle Shop $ 115 W Main Street (York Place) Phone: 434-295-3855 Mon-Sat 10:30am-8:30pm; F 10:30am-10pm; Sun noon-4pm Inexpensive and fast, this is a great place for dumplings, noodles and soups, Asian style. The expanded sit-down eatery is tucked away in York place, providing a quiet spot for a simple lunch or dinner. Melting Pot $$$ 501 E Water Street Phone: 434-244-3463 Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri 5-11pm; Sat 4-11pm; Sun 4-9pm A unique fondue spot in the Holsinger Building offers much more than cheese and chocolate. American, meat and fish. *Milano Cafe $ 100 W South Street Phone: 434-220-4302 7am-7pm everyday Take a trip to the Italian Riviera with these authentic Italian coffees, gelato, pastries, and pastas.
*Miller's $$ 109 W Main Street Phone: 434-971-8511 M-Sat 11:30am-2am; Sun 12:30pm-2am A former Main Street drugstore (you can still see the faded painted sign above the entrance) with an old wood bar and tiled floor. Sandwiches, late-night menu and soon to be famous musicians (Dave Matthews). Live Jazz downstairs, pool tables upstairs. Miyako $$ 112 W Main Street (York Place) Phone: 434-984-3000 M-Sat 5:30-9:30pm Japanese fare. *Mono Loco $$$ 200 W Water Street Phone: 434-979-0688 Lunch: Tue–Sat 11:30am–2:30pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am–2:30pm; Dinner: Sun–Mon 5–9pm; Tue-Sat 5–10pm Cuban flair. Festive nouveau décor and upscale menu including daily seafood specials, gigantic burritos, green and red salsa, crab meat quesadilla, spiced-up seafood and savory meat dishes. Monsoon $$$ 113 W Market Street Phone: 434-971-1515 Everyday 5-10pm A cozy old house with a sleek, modern interior and intimate dining spaces. Or sit outside. The food is beautifully prepared and a nice mix of traditional and unusual Thai and Asian fusion dishes. Just the right amount of spice to make everything sizzle! Beer and wine. Mudhouse $ 213 W Main St Phone: 434-984-6833 Sip on a Cappuccino or wake up with a Mudcup at this oft-packed coffeehouse serving up satisfying coffee, smoothies, and homemade pastries. Free Wi-Fi. *Nicola's Veggies $ 2nd Street NW M-Sat, 10am-4pm Healthy food menu based on nutritional consultant Donna Gates' book The Body Ecology Diet. Quinoa salad, cultured red cabbage salad, wraps, fresh juices, and Kifir smoothies. *The Nook Restaurant $$ 415 E Main Street Phone: 434-295-6665 Breakfast, lunch, dinner. After a change of ownership and a make-over, including a full bar, this local institution is ready for the next 50 years. Family friendly, great cheeseburgers, a large selection of beers and wines, and breakfast 7days a week.
*Peking $ 115 Fourth Street NE Phone: 434-296-6399 Daily 11am-11pm Typical Chinese food, delivery in and around downtown. Now new special dumplings and lamb dishes. Petit Pois $$ 201 E Main Street Phone: 434-979-7647 M-F Lunch noon-2pm; M-Sat Dinner 5:30-10pm Classic casual French Bistro Fare from the owner of Fleurie. *The Pointe Restaurant $$$$ 235 W Main Street (at the Omni) Phone: 434-817-6767 Daily 6am--10pm Atrium and greenery create an airy, contemporary atmosphere. American with some French and Italian influences. And a 6:30am breakfast buffet! *Rapture $$$ 303 E Main Street Phone: 434-293-9526 Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat 12pm-4:30pm; Dinner Mon-Sun 5:30pm to 10pm. Bar open until 2am Thirtysomethings gather at this hip, dark bar for drinks and fiery billiard games. Food as basic as burgers, as exotic as Thai. Thriving music scene and dance floor. Mallside patio. *Revolutionary Soup $$ 108 2nd Street SW Phone: 434-296-7687 Mon-Sat 11:00am -8:00pm Choose from a slew of enticing soups made daily—just the ticket for a quick lunch. Don't forget to try the grilled cheese. Sandwiches and salads also available. *Sal's Caffe Italia $$ 221 E Market Street Phone: 434-295-8484 M-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun noon-8pm Italian pizza from a brick oven plus subs, pasta and outdoor seating. *Shebeen $$$ 247 Ridge/McIntire (behind the Omni) Phone: (434) 296-3185 Sun-Thurs 11am to 10pm // Pub is open 11am to 12:30am Sun-Thurs & 11am to 2am on Fri- Sat Exotic South African menu with full bar. Lots of unusual offerings in a friendly, lively setting right off of the downtown mall. Live music offered occasionally.
*Siips $$ 212 E Main Street Phone: 434-872-0056 Mon-Wed 11:30-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11:30-11pm; Sun 11-9pm, brunch 11am -3pm Upscale wine bar on the Mall features over 75 wines by the glass, plus a full lunch menu and an evening menu that includes risottos, pasta, escargot, antipasta, and dessert platters. South Street Brewery $ 106 South Street Phone: 434-293-6550 Mon-Sat 4:30pm-2am; limited menu until 12:30am on weekends In-house brewed beers. Eclectic cuisine including chicken and seared tuna with Asian vegetables. Splendora's $ 317 E Main Street Phone: 434-296-8555 Splendora’s Gelato Cafe is a locally owned and operated gelateria and dessert cafe specializing in authentic, artisanal Italian gelato, Italian espresso drinks, and dessert specialties. *Tastings of Charlottesville $$$ 502 E Market Street Phone: 434-293-3663 Lunch Tues-Sat 11:30-2:30; Dinner Tues-Thurs 6-9 Fri-Sat 6-9:30 No whining about the wine selection here: 125 wines available by the glass and half-glass to pair with entrees that will really get you in touch with your palate. Over 2000 selections by the bottle, with only a $5 corkage fee added to the retail price for service in the dining room. American & Continental Cuisine featuring the freshest local produce and meats. Ten $$$$$ 120-B E Main Street Phone: 434-295-6691 Dinner: Tues-Sat Upscale sushi spot over Blue Light Grill flies in fresh seafood from Hawaii and other exotic ports for diners' culinary edification. Kobe beef on unique petrified-oak grill adds to the allure. The menu features a variety of hot and cold ala carte items and offers many choices for vegetarians as well as non-seafood eaters. *Timberlake's Drug Store $ 322 E Main Street Phone: 434-295-9155 8:30am-5pm M-Fri; Sat 9am-5pm Way back behind the cosmetics and shampoo is oldfashioned soda fountain and lunch counter. Freshly squeezed lemonade, authentic milkshakes, grilled sandwiches, plus homemade soups and chili. Finish it off with a double-dipped ice-cream cone. An honest-togoodness time machine.
*Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar $$ 434 E Main Street Phone: 434-293-9947 Noon - Midnight, Mon-Sat The Downtown Mall's most inventive teahouse with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine and over 80 exotic loose leaf teas. Good vegetarian specials. The Upstairs $$$$ 225 W Main Street Phone: 434-872-0072 Dinner Upscale steak and seafood place: Prime beef, fresh wild seafood, an extensive collection of wines and a fine selection of spirits. Ventana $$ 117 5th Street SE Phone: 434-245-8262 Tu-Sat, 4pm to 2am Mexican restaurant/bar on the Mall. Try the Seafoam Margarita. X-Lounge $$$ 313 Second Street SE Phone: 434-244-Thex Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30-1a.m. Late night menu until 2a.m Offers a menu of 25 tapas-like small plates to share: grilled ahi tuna with eggplant caviar and dark chocolate mousse with candied lime zest. Specialty cocktails and martinis. Zocalo $$$ 201 E Main Street Phone: 434-977-4944 Tues-Sun 5:30-2am Latin specialties (and great mojitos). Features the largest outdoor patio on the mall. Starr Hill *Blue Moon Diner $$ 512 W Main Street Phone: 434-980-6666 Monday-Friday: 8am 'til 10pm Saturday: 9am 'til 11pm Sunday: 9am 'til 3pm for brunch Classic old diner on West Main with an artsy twist. Burgers, breakfast, brunch, dinner Continental Divide $$ 811 W Main Street Phone: 434-984-0143 Sun 5-9:45pm; Mon-Th 5-10:15pm; F-Sat 5-10:45pm ―Get in here!‖ enjoins the neon sign in the front window. Gets crowded real fast. It’s become a favorite with older college students and young professionals who want a nightspot a little farther away from campus. Margaritas and southwest fare.
L'Etoile $$$ 817 W Main Street Phone: 434-979-7957 Lunch 11-2:30 Tues-Fri; Dinner 5:30-9:30 Wed-Sat Fine Virginia cuisine with a French touch using local ingredients. Exceptional wines. Right across from the Amtrak station. *Feast! $$ 16 W Main Street Phone: 434-244-7800 Mon-Sat 11:00-3:00 Café and gourmet grocery with offerings of specialty cheese, antipasto, caramelized onion and Gruyere tarts, and fancy sandwiches in the purple West Main Market. Committed to supporting locally produced foods. *Horse and Hound Gastropub $$$ 625 W Main Street Phone: 434-293-3365 Lunch 11-2 Tues-Fri; Dinner 5-10 Tues-Sat; Brunch 11-3 Sat-Sun Relaxed atmosphere, great selection of imported beers, and English-Style pub food. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Maya $$$ 633 W Main Street Hone: 434-979 6292 5 to 10pm Sun-Thurs; 5 to 11pm Fri & Sat Fresh, local, seasonal fair in honor of the old southern kitchens. *Mel’s Café $ 719 W Main Street Phone: 434-971-8819 M-Th 10am-10pm; F-Sat 7am-2:30am A main feature on Main Street with basic burgers, chitlins on Fridays and Saturdays, liver and onions, barbeque ribs, and other mouth-watering hard-to-beat treats. *Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar $$$ 416 W Main Street Phone: 434-975-6796 Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-2;Siesta & WiFi Tues-Sat, 2- 4; Dinner Tues-Sat from 5:30pm The West Main Market's first full-service restaurant, serving up Italian, Spanish, Greek and some North African cuisines. Look for assorted pastas, whole fish, and their Tunisian braised lamb! Si Tapas $$ 709 W Main Street Phone: 434-202-0234 Sun-Thurs 5-10, then late night menu /Fri-Sat 5-11, then late night menu Charlottesville's version of Richmond's Sí Tapas--think bacon wrapped dates and little plates--with a music venue upstairs.
*West Main $$ 333 W Main Street Phone: 434-293-2605 M-F 11am-10pm; Sat 11am-3pm; Sun 10am-3pm; bar open til 2am Casual American cuisine with drink specials every night. 16 oz. Delmonico steak might be the biggest in town. Apple bourbon chicken is another crowd pleaser. Brunch both Saturday and Sunday. *Wild Wing Café $$ 820 W Main Street Phone: 434-979-9464 11am-2am everyday Hot wings and buckets of cold beer; BBQ, late night, sports pub. *Zinc $$$ 420 W Main Street Phone: 434-245-9462 Lunch Tues-Sat 11:30-2pm Dinner Mon-Sun from 6pm, Bar open until 2am Fri and Sat Classic French bistro fare with a British twist. Live music. Late night bar scene on Friday and Saturday.