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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, the city 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) tasty, 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. For coffee with a side of delectable, freshly baked pastries, head to MarieBette Café and Bakery.

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), Mel's Cafe, Soul Food Joint 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 the Ivy Inn Restaurant.

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 more than 30 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 BreweryChampion Brewing Company and Three Notch'd Brewing Company if you're looking for beer. Favorite cideries include Potter's Craft CiderAlbemarle Ciderworks and Bold Rock.

Find the Best Restaurants in Charlottesville

  • #1
    The Ivy Inn Restaurant
    #1 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 970 reviewsTripadvisor (970)
    $$ | American
    2244 Old Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4817
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  • #2
    Fleurie Restaurant
    #2 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 341 reviewsTripadvisor (341)
    $$ | French
    108 3rd St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5224
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  • #3
    Al Carbon Chicken
    #3 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 184 reviewsTripadvisor (184)
    $ | Peruvian, South American, Central American, Latin
    1875 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
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  • #4
    Bodo's Bagels
    #4 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1370 reviewsTripadvisor (1370)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    1418 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4873
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  • #5
    Public Fish and Oyster
    #5 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 368 reviewsTripadvisor (368)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Contemporary
    513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5541
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  • #6
    Mel's Cafe
    #6 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 326 reviewsTripadvisor (326)
    $ | American, Diner
    719 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4570
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  • #7
    Sultan Kebab
    #7 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | 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 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 740 reviewsTripadvisor (740)
    $ - $$ | American
    101 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #9
    tavola
    #9 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripadvisor (345)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5787
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  • #10
    Maya Restaurant
    #10 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripadvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | American
    633 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5543
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  • #11
    Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville
    #11 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 314 reviewsTripadvisor (314)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza
    1321 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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  • #12
    Burtons Grill & Bar
    #12 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 530 reviewsTripadvisor (530)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Contemporary
    Route 29 & Hydraulic Road The Shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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  • #13
    Mission BBQ
    #13 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 124 reviewsTripadvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    3912 Lenox Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22901-2660
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  • #14
    MarieBette Cafe and Bakery
    #14 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 141 reviewsTripadvisor (141)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    700 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5254
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  • #15
    C & O Restaurant
    #15 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 402 reviewsTripadvisor (402)
    $$ | American, International
    515 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5347
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  • #16
    Bizou
    #16 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 377 reviewsTripadvisor (377)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American
    119 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5031
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  • #17
    Bodo's Bagel Bakery - UVA Corner
    #17 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 115 reviewsTripadvisor (115)
    $ | American
    1609 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2610
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  • #18
    Citizen Burger Bar
    #18 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1188 reviewsTripadvisor (1188)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    212 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5529
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  • #19
    The Alley Light
    #19 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripadvisor (206)
    $$ | French, American
    108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
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  • #20
    Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
    #20 of 533 Places to Eat in Charlottesville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 347 reviewsTripadvisor (347)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Wine Bar
    416 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5557
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