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Virginian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
+1 434-984-4667
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 02:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am in town working .. My colleague & I wanted to try something close to the University. I thought it looked quaint & old from website pics.. Basically it is an old bar dive..& personnel to match. The tables are basically plywood with some stain. Our waitress was either very inexperienced or not interested in taking care of us.... More 

Thank kellybO1234AX
Powhatan, Virginia, United States
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Selected this restaurant because of it's history and appearance. Restaurant is charming and clean. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the menu has a good selection. I was expecting the food to be a bit better than average, especially considering the cost. The prices were moderate and what you would expect for above average food. The French onion soup... More 

Thank Terri W
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96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us really enjoyed our lunch here while visiting the University of Virginia. I had a great salad with chicken on top others had a great burgers and BLT. Highly recommend while visiting Charlottesville for a fun place with great atmosphere. Good service too!

Thank Kim W
Legnica, Poland
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant only because I read that it is the oldest restaurant in Charlottesville. With friends, we decided to go there for lunch. The restaurant inside has some 'old' atmosphere, and that's all. We decided to take a sandwich of the day and beer. After receiving our order, the staff only waited impatiently when we leave. Maybe our... More 

Thank Joanna_Bi
Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great staff, a nice spot for a early or late drink. Can get crowded quick, but it's still a good spot.

Thank J S
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Do not order the steak here. Mine had no taste except for salt (more like salty water actually) and was mostly gristle. It was topped with canned mushrooms and onions that added no flavor. My caesar salad had minimal dressing on it (could be a plus or a minus depending on the person). The mashed potatoes that came as a... More 

Thank L S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

If you leave here hungry it's your own fault. Staff very friendly it was like they couldn't do too much for you or enough for you went out of their way to make sure that you were accommodated very clean I would recommend this to anyone but you better come hungry.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Zagreb, Croatia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Delicious, diverse menu,great service, divine. Great lighting seating. Everybody in restaurant looked like a lawyer, business owner, professor...steeped in old charm intellect... but ridiculously reasonable price... I could have spent all day in there enjoying coffee and ambiance.. Special place...

Thank Susan C
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Small little place but somehow they fit everyone in.Our server was so nice. Helped us with the menu. Get the Nachos! A double order! Help us with the area and were to get tickets for the game. We scored lower level seats! When we are back in town we are going back!

Thank William M
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Stopped here with four friends before a UVA basketball game. Sandwiches, fries and beer. Food and service was good, they had a few specials, would come back to try the fish tacos. Range of draft beer, including the excellent DB Vienna Larger.

Thank George D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?