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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Brewery
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“That rare gem of a brewery that not only has great beer, but also AMAZING food & views! Very family friendly. A must see.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Hip tapas restaurant with outstanding food as well as a world-class Spanish wine collection and wonderful cocktails. No reservations but worth the wait. Eating at the bar is even more fun.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“An absolute local's favorite. The line is usually pretty long but it goes by quickly and it's cheap...but SO good!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Quaint setting on the Historic Downtown Mal in Charlottesville. Intimate space, yummy eats and drinks.”
  • 56 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Locally sourced farm to table restaurant set in the Belmont subdivision in downtown Charlottesville.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Best Italian restaurant in town! They don't take reservations but they have an amazing little bar in the back and you can order appetizers while you wait for a table.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nationally recognized when Food Network Named Crozet Pizza as one of the top 50 best pizza pies. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Wood fired neapolitan pizza! They don't take reservations but there a little art shop next door that sells local hard cider to sip on while you wait for a table!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Sometimes you just need a good burger and fries. Citizen Burger is located on the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville. The food is yummy and if the weathers nice grab a table outside and watch the town pass you by. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“The C&O is a must go if you like a very historic place. It is very unique and memorable. You can choose from 6 different dining rooms ranging from casual walk-ins to upscale and special. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“If you're on the downtown mall, this place has great Southern-inspired food, a rockin' music scene (some nights of the week), and, you guessed it, a large selection of whiskey.”
  • 39 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A local favorite! Guaranteed to get a tasty brunch, lunch, & dinner. Has a nice bar to hang out at. Can be a little crowded at times. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a consistent winner for great chefs and legit food. It's as basic as 2 rooms with tables and a bar at front. No decor theme or recent renovations. It's a little more $ but the free homemade bread and thought out menu keep the reputation year after year. Closed M/T/ (possibly W:-) ”
  • 14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A skybar in Charlottesville? Well, it's an open air rooftop bar off the Downtown mall.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Brunch - WORTH THE WAIT! Our favorite brunch spot. Gina's fave - Southern Belle. Erik's fave - Hungry Norman. Get there before 10AM if you can, otherwise it'll still be worth ~45 minute wait. ”
  • 27 locals recommend