Charlottesville, Virginia


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

168 Votes - "Best For Food"
77 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


Charlottesville boasts both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the University of Virginia in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown. Charlottesville’s dining is concentrated in the Downtown Mall where visitors can also find historic buildings, over a hundred shops and arts all accessible by a local trolley.

Our team sampled 12 of the 30 restaurants in one day, where the farm-to-table movement has taken over. Local chefs use ingredients right from the farmers market and nearby farms, wineries and ranches like Brookeville Restaurant’s fried green tomatoes, The C&O’s cheese and produce, and Tavola’s local wines. Our team additionally enjoyed Bizou, Positively 4th Street, Tempo, Belmont BBQ, and MAS.

At the University of Virginia, look for the Rotunda, The Lawn and Beta Bridge, local landmarks with significance among students. Tour Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe’s homes; visit the home and Gardens of Monticello and a number of historic markers; and attend a concert in a variety of venues. Visitors will also enjoy local parks, farms, vineyards and breweries.

Mountains, creeks and forests provide the perfect setting for any outdoor outing whether hiking, biking and camping, or taking on rafting, kayaking, tubing or canoeing. Ski and snow board in the winter, hike the Appalachian Trail, view nature in Shenandoah National Park, or golf on beautiful courses. See what else makes Charlottesville such a livable town in its reviews.

There are only two places where I plan my visits around meals: NYC and CHARLOTTESVILLE! They have something for everyone and always with a local spin!
Reviewed by amckeithen
on April 20, 2012
Wonderful selection of food! Great Restaurants!
Reviewed by Debra101
on April 20, 2012
Awesome town, awesome people, awesome location, awesome food! I love living here!
Reviewed by dsmith1234
on April 20, 2012
Charlottesville has the most restaurants per capita of any city (even NYC). The possibilities for food are endless! I've never been let down by any breakfast, lunch, or dinner that I've had in Charlottesville.
Reviewed by CaitlinCasassa
on April 20, 2012
Charlottesville truly boasts the BEST (and most unique) food on the earth. Local eateries offer the most eclectic meals and more often than not they strive to keep things local and organic. And fun fact: Charlottesville has more restaurants per capita than any other town or city in the whole US! With offerings from kabob shops to steak houses to tapas it's hard to even know where to start when it comes to taking on the food scene in C-ville!
Reviewed by acv5dc
on April 20, 2012
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