25 Essential Restaurants in Charlottesville, Virginia

Known for scenic wineries and steeped in early American history, Charlottesville, Virginia has a simmering food scene that’s totally worthy of a road trip. In a town where many of the best restaurants are known as ‘institutions,’ new faces and new flavors are making their presence felt in a surprising variety of delicious ways. From the bold Oaxacan menu at Conmole in Belmont to the ethereal beauty of the plates at Broadcloth, Charlottesville has plenty of hidden gems if you know where to look for them.

2. Dairy Market Charlottesville

The historic Monticello Dairy Building reopened in 2019 as a sprawling food hall with wide-ranging options for Filipino fare (Manila Street) to soul food (Angelica’s Kitchen), plus local beer (Crozet’s Starr Hill) and ice cream (Remington’s Moo Thru Ice Cream). You can easily spend a day here nibbling and shopping your way through the dozens of food and artisan vendors, making this the perfect destination for any foodie.

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