List of Charlottesville Restaurants in the University-Train Station-Downtown Area
The map above shows the Marriott at 1201 W. Main st.
100 14th St. NW.
The authentic Mexican cuisine here gives Guadalajara a run for its money. Monday lunch
specials and cheap margaritas on Tuesdays in this expanding empire. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm,
Fri. 11am-11pm, Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. On the Corner at 1145 Fifth St. SW,
Baja Bean Company
1327 W. Main St.
Two levels of California Mex with flair in the college part of town. Margaritas to die for.
Interesting collection of paraphernalia graces the walls and ceiling. Very long lines on Cinco
de Mayo. Daily 11am-2am. 1327 W. Main St. 293-4507. L/D $6 Single menu. Corner
Between Water Street and South Street, across from South Street Brewery.
This is a tapas bar, with many selections around $8. Fancy martinis though these aren't
my thing. Big with the young crowds--not crowded during dinner but around 10pm it is usually
Basil Mediterranean Bistro
109 14th St NW, Charlottesville
'Lebanon, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Morocco all under one roof!' With a 50 page beer menu
which must be seen to be believed, Belgium and much of northern Europe goes under that roof as well. Free parking in the garage across the street.
16 Elliewood Ave.
I like the vine-covered outdoor patio with relaxed atmosphere. I've never eaten inside but I understand it is
interesting wood and stone.
Grilled chicken, renowned salads, weekly specials-and, of course, beer. Daily, 11:30am-10:30pm.
16 Elliewood Ave. 293-6700. L/D $6/$13. Corner
*Blue Bird Café*
now the Horse and Hound Gastropub
625 W. Main St.
W. Main St.
A Charlottesville institution. The owner has reportedly been paying ~$3K/month rent for about seven years while he readies this branch, reportedly open now.
Buddhist Biker Bar & Grill
20 Elliewood Ave.
In a quaint old brick house at the end of vine-covered Elliewood Avenue. The �good karma� menu
includes crab bisque, gourmet salads, rosemary chicken, beef with redeye gravy-all festively
prepared with innovative touches. Mon.-Sat. 5pm-2am. 20 Elliewood Ave. 971-9181. D $20. Corner
1331 W. Main.
Carmello's Ristorante Italiano
400 Emmet St S,
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2425
Across from the John Paul Jones Center, Carmello's has been around for years. This isn't fast food but the service
is good. The atmosphere is candlelit and cozy. Good northern Italian food competently made, you won't find
adventurous cuisine here. The bread is excellent and abundant. Our group of 20 had a fixed price dinner, a choice of
soup or salad for a starter, Vegetable Manicotti, Chicken Sorrentina, Veal Piccata or Salmon Angelo with New York cheesecake or Gelato for dessert. Chianti and Pinot Grigio accompanied the meal. I had the chicken, two sauteed chicken breasts topped with ham, tomato, mozzarella and demi-glace. It was very good, an abundance of food nicely blended in flavors. There was a side of spaghetti. The soup and cheesecake were very good.
Chesapeake Bagel Bakery
1309 W. Main St.
Made-from-scratch bagels, chunky homemade muffins, soups, salads and desserts. Breakfast
all day. Corner: Daily 6:30am-4pm. Barracks: 6:30am-7pm. Barracks Road Shopping Center and
in the Red Roof Inn on the Corner. 984-6325, 979-6370. No smoking. B/L $4. Barracks Road SC
1511 University Ave.
An institution on the Corner. Ever popular with the college crowd. Cozy interior in dark hues.
Pizza, gyros and subs. Also serving breakfast. Delivery after 11am. Mon.-Sat. 7:30am-2am,
Sun. 8:30am-1am. 1511 University Ave. 977-2710. B/L/D $6/$7. Corner
811 W. Main.
�Get In Here!� commands the neon sign in the window, and you�d better do it early if
you want a seat in this popular Southwestern-style eatery. Crowded and boisterous with
nationally acclaimed food and lizard-tattooed waitstaff. Spicy, colorful entrées are subdued
by soothing hues on the long walls. Mon.-Thurs. 5-10:15pm, Fri.-Sat. 5-10:45pm, Sun. 5-10pm.
811 W. Main St. 984-0143. D $8/$12. Starr Hill/West Main
9 Elliewood Ave.
Except for the green awning out front, the secluded �Coupe�s� is easy to miss. Inside, it�s
an ornate hideaway that feels a little like a troll�s lair. Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken
plus daily specials. Acoustic music late-night on the outdoor terrace. Mon.-Sat. 4pm-2am.
9 Elliewood Ave. 977-3966. D $7. Corner
Downtown Mall, across from the skating rink
Good food, but I come here Sunday nights ca 10pm when the Hogwaller Ramblers play for free.
Draft beers limited--Newcastle Brown and Starr Hill Mojo are the best bets.
Another Capshaw place.
1517 University Ave.
104 14th St NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2715
Thai. Across from Basil's. Ida Lee loves this place.
817 W. Main.
Contemporary Virginia cuisine with French influences. Unique beers, fine wines. Historic
setting across from Amtrak station. Patio dining available. L Tues.-Fri. 11am-2:30pm;
D Wed.-Sat. 5:30-9:30pm. 817 W. Main St. 979-7957. L/D $7/$16. Starr Hill/West Main
Bottled Wine and Linen Napkins
1427 University Ave.
New York deli serving buxom sandwiches (plus salads and hot muffins) �round the clock.
Favorite late-night haunt of weary grad students and post-frat-party revelers. Daily,
24 hours. 1427 University Ave. 977-0588. No smoking. B/L/D $5. Corner
Under the Red Roof Inn.
1427 University Ave. above Littlejohn's.
This favorite was closed for a while, not sure it is open yet.
Microbrews, mucho portions and inventive ingredients on the diverse menu. Watch the Rotunda
from the upstairs outdoor balcony. Candlelight and fresh flowers offset the dark wood booths.
Local art displays change monthly. Live music Sunday-Wednesday. L Mon.-Fri. 11:30-2:30pm,
Sat. noon-2:30pm; drinks/light lunch Mon.-Sat. 2:30-5:30pm; D Daily 4:30-10pm. Bar until 2am.
1427 University Ave. 977-3697. L/D $4/$15. Corner
An NRAO favorite...you might find someone you know here!
- Now a BBQ joint
O'Neill's Irish Pub
1505 University Ave.
As close to the real Blarney thing as it gets hereabouts-wood walls, green marble bar and
tabletops and mahogany chairs. Food just as you�d expect: corned beef and fish and chips.
Darts and pool tables upstairs. Daily, 11am-10pm. Bar until 2am. 1505 University Ave.
293-2029. L/D $6/$9. Corner
Across from Orbit Billiards.
Expanded multi-level sushi and noodle bar beside the train bridge on the Corner. Glass-walled
tatami room provides a nice view of 14th Street. Brass and wood and great Japanese prints.
Daily 11am-10:30pm. 105 14th St. 923-0238. L/D $7/$14. Corner
Eclectic Contemporary Classic Cuisine
1250 Emmet Street North
Lunch: 11:30-2 M-F
Dinner: 5:30-10 p.m. M-Sat.
This new restaurant seats just under one hundred, with wood floors and a central fireplace, black dining chairs and white tablecloths. The feel is open and modern. The menu is inventive without being weird; our party of 20+ had an excellent dinner here with many positive comments. We remained until closing.
247 Ridge/McIntire Road.
The South African veldt in Charlottesville, with piri-piri sauce, mango chutney and boboti
(South African meat loaf--recommended by Al). Draft choices include Guinness from the full
bar (with televisions). Live music often.
Mon.-Sat. 11am-2am, Sun. 11am-10pm. Vinegar Hill Shopping Center. 296-3185. <$20.
Bottled Wine and Linen Napkins
St. Maarten's Cafe
1400 Wertland St.
Hot wings, UVA drinking scene, no windows, but abundant Caribbean motif. Open seven days with
late-night menu until 1am. Daily, 11am-2am. 1400 Wertland St. 293-2233. Br/L/D $5/$13. Corner
South Street Brewery
106 W. South St.
Rockin� international menu including things like ribs, chicken pitas, goat cheese pastries
and excellent burgers. Home of World Beer Cup gold medalist JP Ale and other award-winning
brews. Live music Mondays and Wednesdays. Mon.-Sat. 4:30pm-2am. 106 South St. 293-6550. D $9.
633 W. Main near Amtrak.
This popular spot with big outdoor patio recently revised its menu to focus on �upscale,
down-home cookin�.� Be on the lookout for classy versions of regional favorites like Charleston
shrimp �n� grits and corn and crab chowder. D Sun.-Thurs. 5-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 5-10:30pm. Br Sun.
11am-2:30pm. 633 W. Main St. 979-1990. Br/L/D $6/$16. Starr Hill/West Main
*Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery*
Gone to Crozet, sans restaurant and music hall!
709 W. Main near Amtrak.
502 East Market St.
Unique full service wine shop, wine bar and restaurant under one roof. 125 wines available by the glass and half glass, over 2000 selections
by the bottle, plus "samplers" of 4-5 different wines available with your meal. American and Continental cuisine. Lunch (11:30-2:30)
and dinner (6:00-9:00/10:00), Tuesdays to Saturdays only. At corner of 5th & East Market at the east end of Downtown Mall, adjacent
to parking garage. $20 and up. Phone (434) 293-3663, Web site
420 W. Main near Amtrak.
Gone. Haven't tried the replacement place.
29N, East side of the Rivanna River
Neighborhood restaurant 'feel', good food emphasizing seafood, convivial bar. About $20.
- 23 Aug 2005