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. Other favorites include tavola (Italian), Mas Tapas (Spanish) and Milan Indian Cuisine.

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, Three Notch'd Brewing Company and Beer Run if you want to sample a little bit of everything.

Find the Best Restaurants in Charlottesville

  • #1
    The Ivy Inn Restaurant
    #1 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 919 reviewsTripAdvisor (919)
    $$ | American
    2244 Old Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4817
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  • #2
    Fleurie Restaurant
    #2 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 317 reviewsTripAdvisor (317)
    $$ | French
    108 3rd St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5224
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  • #3
    Bodo's Bagels
    #3 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1318 reviewsTripAdvisor (1318)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Deli, Soups
    1418 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4873
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  • #4
    Al Carbon Chicken
    #4 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    $ | Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, South American, Central American
    1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
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  • #5
    The Alley Light
    #5 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $$ | American
    108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
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  • #6
    Public Fish and Oyster
    #6 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 330 reviewsTripAdvisor (330)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Contemporary
    513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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  • #7
    Mel's Cafe
    #7 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripAdvisor (313)
    $ | American, Diner, Cafe
    719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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  • #8
    Hamiltons' at First & Main
    #8 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
    $ - $$ | American, Asian
    101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #9
    Sultan Kebab
    #9 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 138 reviewsTripAdvisor (138)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    333 2nd St SE Suite 110, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5653
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  • #10
    Mission BBQ
    #10 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 111 reviewsTripAdvisor (111)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    3912 Lenox Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22901-2660
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  • #11
    MarieBette Cafe and Bakery
    #11 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    700 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5254
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  • #12
    Mellow Mushroom
    #12 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 305 reviewsTripAdvisor (305)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pizza
    1321 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2825
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  • #13
    Splendora's
    #13 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ |
    317 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5233
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  • #14
    tavola
    #14 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 326 reviewsTripAdvisor (326)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
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  • #15
    Citizen Burger Bar
    #15 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1140 reviewsTripAdvisor (1140)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    212 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5529
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  • #16
    Maya Restaurant
    #16 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 389 reviewsTripAdvisor (389)
    $ - $$ | American
    633 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5543
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  • #17
    Bizou
    #17 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 368 reviewsTripAdvisor (368)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American
    119 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #18
    C & O Restaurant
    #18 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 389 reviewsTripAdvisor (389)
    $$ | American, International
    515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
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  • #19
    Burtons Grill & Bar
    #19 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 495 reviewsTripAdvisor (495)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Contemporary
    Route 29 & Hydraulic Road The Shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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  • #20
    The Downtown Grille
    #20 of 650 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 481 reviewsTripAdvisor (481)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Seafood, American
    201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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