Charlottesville Insider

Whether you're a foodie or just plain hungry, Charlottesville area restaurants have something for everyone. From down home country cooking to authentic French cuisine, C'ville's got it all, and we've compiled a list by area below to help you in your search for the perfect meal:  
Location: Downtown Mall in Charlottesville
Brasserie Saison - Franco Belgian dining with modern & elegant feel
Zocalo -Tastes of Spain, Mexico, & South America infuse the menu at this chic bistro with tropical cocktails
The C&O Restaurant - Celebrated country French fare & a deep wine list in a serene setting amid brick walls & barn wood
Alley Light - Offers French small plates, boards & shareable dishes, with a handsome bar for cocktails & wine.
Hamiltons' at First and Main - New American dining & full bar plus an extensive wine list in a sophisticated yet casual setting
Red Pump - Upscale eatery featuring local, seasonal Mediterranean & Italian dishes in a stylish, open interior
Location: Belmont in Charlottesville (the hip neighborhood closest to the downtown mall, but these do not take reservations)
Mas Tapas - Buzzy Spanish eatery offering tapas & wine in an industrial-chic setting with a lively bar & patio
Tavola - Simple yet stylish bistro serving classic Italian dishes & wines by the glass, 1/2 carafe or bottle
Junction - Southwestern cuisine with a modern saloon and a large open outdoor space
Lampo - Happening spot with rustic-chic decor offering updated Neapolitan-style pizza & snacks
Location: Main Street near Downtown Charlottesville
Oakhart Social - Bright, modern restaurant offering New American sharing plates, plus craft cocktails, wine & beer
Orzo - Industrial-chic spot serving area-sourced Mediterranean fare plus wines in the Main Street Market
Public Fish & Oyster - East Coast seafood, including a raw bar, craft cocktails & microbrews in a rustic-chic space
Maya - Locally sourced Southern fare & imaginative cocktails offered in a refined exposed-brick setting
Location: Crozet & Rt. 250
Duners - Smart, long-running eatery offering a seasonal menu of creative New American fare
Crozet Pizza - A local favorite featuring pizza, calzones, salads, and local craft beer
Smoked & The Rooftop - Casual BBQ at Smoked; Small plates, wood-fire pizza, craft cocktails, and unmatched mountain views from The Rooftop
The Boar's Head Inn: The Old Mill Room - Upscale, white-tablecloth experience as AAA's Four-Diamond designation in recognition of its culinary artistry, distinct ambiance, and superior service.
Vivace - See our article on Vivace here: Restaurants That Won't Disappoint
Location: Nelson County (some options close to Stay Charlottesville properties in Afton)
Blue Mountain Brewery (closest option to Afton Mountain Vineyards) - Mountain brewpub with American eats, their own brand of beers & occasional live music
Basic Necessities (small bistro located south on 151 in Nellysford.  Reservations required) - Cozy venue serving casual French cafe fare, such as sandwiches & salads, plus a wine & cheese shop
Devils Backbone Brewery - Lodge-like brewpub serving its own lineup of lagers, pilsners & ales with an inventive pub fare menu
Wild Wolf Brewery -Craft brewery with a beer garden & gastropub creating Southern grub with area-sourced ingredients
Sunday Brunch/Breakfast:
Brasserie Saison (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) - Franco Belgian dining with modern & elegant feel
The Fitzroy (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) - Warm, stylish venue for American fare such as steaks, salads & sandwiches plus ample beer & wine
Bizou (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) - Classic Virginia dishes. French culinary techniques. Multicultural inspirations. Committed to sourcing food locally and sustainably
The Bluegrass Grill & Bakery (Charlottesville, Downtown Mall) - Homey cafe with big windows serving American breakfast & lunch, plus homemade breads & pastries
Beer Run (Charlottesville, downtown area) - Hundreds of beers are the draw at this store/pub also serving such American bites as bison burgers
The Oakhurst Inn (Charlottesville, UVA area) - Coffee drinks, breakfast & lunch in a homey building with a patio at the Oakhurst Inn
Peloton Station (Charlottesville, UVA area) - a cycle-centric tavern and bike kitchen with a casual atmosphere 
MarieBette (Charlottesville, downtown area) - Charming eatery with outdoor seating, serving European-style breakfast & lunch fare & cakes - recommended for small groups of 2-4 people
Ace Biscuit and BBQ (Charlottesville, downtown area) - Humble BBQ spot with all-day breakfast platters & sandwiches, plus local beer & from-scratch sauces
These are our picks, but did we miss your favorites? If so, tell us all about them in the comments below.