List of Charlottesville Restaurants in the University-Train Station-Downtown Area

A Map:


The map above shows the Marriott at 1201 W. Main st.

Amigos 100 14th St. NW. 244-4005 The Corner 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, Outdoor Dining

Baja Bean Company 1327 W. Main St. 293-4507 The Corner 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 Outdoor Dining

Bang! 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 packed.

Al Likes Basil Mediterranean Bistro 109 14th St NW, Charlottesville (434) 977-5700 The Corner '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.

Biltmore Grill 16 Elliewood Ave. 293-6700 The Corner 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 Outdoor Dining

*Blue Bird Café*now the Horse and Hound Gastropub 625 W. Main St.

Outdoor Dining

Bodo's W. Main St. Opening Soon The Corner 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. 971-9181 The Corner 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 Outdoor Dining

Café Europa 1331 W. Main. 295-4040 The Corner

Carmello's Ristorante Italiano 400 Emmet St S, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2425 (434) 977-5200 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. 979-6370 The Corner 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 Outdoor Dining

College Inn 1511 University Ave. 977-2710 The Corner 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

Continental Divide 811 W. Main. 984-0143 Midtown �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

Coupe DeVille's 9 Elliewood Ave. 977-3966 The Corner 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 Outdoor Dining

Al Favorite Eastern Standard 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. Outdoor Dining

Three Another Capshaw place. 1517 University Ave. 984-4653 The Corner

Lemongrass 104 14th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903-2715 (434) 244-8424 Thai. Across from Basil's. Ida Lee loves this place.

L'etoile 817 W. Main. 979-7957 Midtown 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 Outdoor Dining

Littlejohn's 1427 University Ave. 977-0588 The Corner 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

Mellow Mushroom Under the Red Roof Inn. 972-9366 The Corner

Al Favorite Michael's Bistro 1427 University Ave. above Littlejohn's. 977-3697 The Corner 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! Outdoor Dining

*Northern Exposure* Gone - Now a BBQ joint

O'Neill's Irish Pub 1505 University Ave. 293-2029 The Corner 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

Sakura Across from Orbit Billiards. 923-0238 The Corner 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

Al Favorite Savour Eclectic Contemporary Classic Cuisine 1250 Emmet Street North Charlottesville 295-2220 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.

Al Favorite Shebeen 247 Ridge/McIntire Road. 296-3185 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. Downtown Bottled Wine and Linen Napkins Outdoor Dining

St. Maarten's Cafe 1400 Wertland St. 293-2233 The Corner 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

Al Favorite South Street Brewery 106 W. South St. 293-6550 Downtown Mall 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. Downtown

Southern Culture 633 W. Main near Amtrak. 979-1990 Midtown 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 Outdoor Dining

Al Favorite *Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery* Gone to Crozet, sans restaurant and music hall! 709 W. Main near Amtrak. 977-0017

Tastings 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

White Orchid 420 W. Main near Amtrak. 297-4400 Gone. Haven't tried the replacement place.

Other Areas

Rhett's 29N, East side of the Rivanna River Neighborhood restaurant 'feel', good food emphasizing seafood, convivial bar. About $20.

-- AlWootten - 23 Aug 2005
Topic revision: r17 - 2018-11-20, AlWootten
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