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Virginian Restaurant

1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
+1 434-984-4667
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good46%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“mac cheese” (18 reviews)
“potato cakes” (10 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place has been on the Corner, across from UVA for at least 35 years. It has a nice variety of food, light and tasty fare that is perfect for lunch. My personal favorite is the pimento cheese sandwich...the perfect amount of bite! Came back...More

Thank wahoowa1213
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Our server was really friendly, it had an authentic college-town ambience and good local beer on tap, and was inexpensive. But the food wasn't great. We had the mac-n-cheese, which was bland despite claiming to be made from pimento cheese; crab cakes, which were mushy...More

Thank nsl22017
Reviewed 5 April 2018

First off, we have in the past had many delicious pub meals with mac & cheese here; we insisted our friends needed to go to The Virginian. This is why our recent brunch experience was so shocking. We were a party of four adults, and...More

Reviewed 27 March 2018

We figured that any place that's been open since 1923 must be doing something right so we gave this place a try and we really enjoyed it. Nothing fancy, just good, homecooked food. I had the crabcakes and the SO had the steak with sauteed...More

1  Thank lrish
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Not much for décor but it makes up for it with authenticity. A real college restaurant that serves good food at very reasonable prices. It was at times loud, crowded and "unglamorous" but so what.... The food was good -- I had the ribs, which...More

Thank George S
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Visiting Charlottesville last week we enjoyed our meal at the Virginian, conveniently located on the Corner (near UVA's Rotunda.) As a student (many years ago) I enjoyed many fun evenings at the Virginian -- after all these years it's still a happening place.The food is...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018

Certainly a warm, pub-like atmosphere with well worn wooden booths. Food was hot, fresh and plentiful. Pimento grilled cheese was as advertised. Positive feedback on the mac and cheese.

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 23 November 2017

This place had good food and friendly waitresses, but if felt kind of small and noisy in the beginning. The food wasn’t particularly amazing, but it was good after a visit to UVA and before a visit to Monticello.

Thank Mateo S
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This is student food, so what do you expect? The mac and cheese wasn’t anywhere near as good as promised, but all the food was fine. Service seemed a bit rushed and distracted, but it was very busy.

Thank Micaela M
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We had a great meal here on a rainy Thursday night while visiting Charlottesville. Our waitress was very friendly, gave some good menu recommendations, and kept us topped off with fresh drinks without us having to flag her down to ask. Will definitely stop here...More

Thank dkraige
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-984-4667
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