Charlottesville Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Charlottesville

It would be a shame if Charlottesville lacked a vibrant restaurant scene to pair with its delectable wines, but luckily, C-Ville delivers on both fronts. 

Let's start with breakfast. Both visitors and locals rave about Bodo's Bagels, which manages to be fast, cheap and (perhaps most importantly) good with a menu of New York water bagels. For a fuller menu, head to Bluegrass Grill & Bakery, which wins favor with foodies for its homemade biscuits and chocolate-covered bacon. If coffee is all you're after, you can't go wrong with Mudhouse, according to residents. You'll find several locations scattered around Charlottesville, but travelers suggest you head to the original in the historic Downtown Mall

When it comes to lunch and dinner, you'll have just about any cuisine at your fingertips — or should we say tastebuds? For casual bites, locals say you can't go wrong with Dr. Ho's Humble Pie (pizza), Wayside Chicken and Citizen Burger Bar. For a finer dining experience, C & O Restaurant, which has been open since 1976, is a perennial favorite among locals. And it's not just because of the locally sourced menu; the restaurant boasts six unique dining areas, each offering a different ambiance to enjoy the eatery's menu of American classics. Fleurie also wins high marks from patrons for its French cuisine and comprehensive wine list. Just bear in mind that you'll be splurging to dine here. Other favorites include tavola (Italian), Mas Tapas (Spanish) and Milan Indian Cuisine.

Centuries after Thomas Jefferson bought acres of land with the idea of cultivating grapes for wine, the region’s wineries are flourishing. The variations in soil, temperature and light in the Charlottesville area make for a diverse selection, so sampling some of Virginia's best wine is a must-do while in C-Ville. If you want to pick wineries yourself, check out the Monticello Wine Trail, an association of 35 wineries within 30 miles of Charlottesville. Should you want someone else to drive, as well as get help from an experienced guide, recent travelers agree you can't go wrong with Monticello Wine Tours. Oenophiles particularly recommend the company's Western Wine Region Tour, which hits three different vineyards west of Charlottesville.

If you're not into the region's vino, you're in luck: Charlottesville has a host of other drinking establishments, including several breweries and cideries. Locals recommend Blue Mountain Brewery, Champion Brewing Company and Three Notch'd Brewing Company if you're looking for beer. Favorite cideries include Potter's Craft Cider, Albemarle Ciderworks and Bold Rock. If you want to take some local drinks home with you, but can't get to the breweries themselves, stop by Beer Run, a store that sells plenty beer options to-go.

Find the Best Restaurants in Charlottesville

  • #1
    The Ivy Inn Restaurant
    #1 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 956 reviewsTripAdvisor (956)
    $$ | American
    2244 Old Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4817
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  • #2
    Fleurie Restaurant
    #2 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripAdvisor (337)
    $$ | French
    108 3rd St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5224
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  • #3
    Al Carbon Chicken
    #3 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripAdvisor (183)
    $ | Peruvian, South American, Central American, Latin
    1875 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
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  • #4
    Bodo's Bagels
    #4 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1363 reviewsTripAdvisor (1363)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Deli
    1418 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4873
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  • #5
    Public Fish and Oyster
    #5 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 354 reviewsTripAdvisor (354)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Contemporary
    513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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  • #6
    Mel's Cafe
    #6 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripAdvisor (320)
    $ | American, Diner
    719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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  • #7
    Sultan Kebab
    #7 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    333 2nd St SE Suite 110, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5653
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  • #8
    Hamiltons' at First & Main
    #8 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 731 reviewsTripAdvisor (731)
    $ - $$ | American
    101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #9
    tavola
    #9 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripAdvisor (345)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
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  • #10
    Maya Restaurant
    #10 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripAdvisor (407)
    $ - $$ | American
    633 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5543
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  • #11
    Mellow Mushroom
    #11 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 315 reviewsTripAdvisor (315)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza
    1321 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2825
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  • #12
    MarieBette Cafe and Bakery
    #12 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    700 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5254
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  • #13
    Mission BBQ
    #13 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 122 reviewsTripAdvisor (122)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    3912 Lenox Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22901-2660
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  • #14
    Burtons Grill & Bar
    #14 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 523 reviewsTripAdvisor (523)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Contemporary
    Route 29 & Hydraulic Road The Shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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  • #15
    C & O Restaurant
    #15 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 402 reviewsTripAdvisor (402)
    $$ | American, International
    515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
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  • #16
    Bizou
    #16 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 377 reviewsTripAdvisor (377)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American
    119 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #17
    The Downtown Grille
    #17 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 490 reviewsTripAdvisor (490)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Seafood, American
    201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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  • #18
    The Alley Light
    #18 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 202 reviewsTripAdvisor (202)
    $$ | French, American
    108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
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  • #19
    Citizen Burger Bar
    #19 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1179 reviewsTripAdvisor (1179)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    212 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5529
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  • #20
    Bodo's Bagel Bakery - UVA Corner
    #20 of 532 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 111 reviewsTripAdvisor (111)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    1609 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2610
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