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The Ordinary at Michie Tavern

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683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA 22902
+1 434-977-1234
11:30 - 15:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ever been to Monticello? If you have, it's a good bet you'll remember Michie Tavern along the way on the single lane road less than a mile from the entrance to Jefferson's beloved home. Wow! The food at The Ordinary is a perfect sampling of what might have been served during the early days of America's young independence. The fried... More 

Thank saipandiver
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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314 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are ever in the Charlottesville area during lunchtime, you need to try Michie (pronounced Mickey) Tavern. I have read the reviews on this website and you do make some good points. Yes, it has a limited menu and yes, it is kind of expensive, but don't let that stop you. People line up (literally) for the food. In... More 

Thank Steven W
Milton WV
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155 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Before going to Monticello I thought it might be interesting to go to Michie Tavern for lunch, it being on the way and an original 18th century building ( turns out just the front building is original). With limited offerings ( I should have read ahead) it tasted ok. We did miss the rush at lunch, and appreciated the costumed... More 

Thank Lspdoll
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96 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought my husband and I need this experience after reading all the wonderful reviews. We arrived around 11:45 which was just before the crowd. 15 minutes later the place was packed, so if you don't want to wait, arrive early. You get a tray and walk through a buffet line serving yourself. The menu is limited-green beans, beets, creamed potatoes... More 

Thank Sweetie51
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a lot of variety or healthy choices. Mostly cafeteria style food, friend chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. fairly basic food. KFC is better or Bojangles is better if you want friend chicken!

Thank Jennifer Lockam... S
New Britain, Connecticut
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in October and was told lines are insanely long that month -- no kidding (waited a couple hours) but the food was excellent inside -- fried chicken is the specialty (also have BBQ, I believe)

Thank Eva C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ordinary is both a culinary and historical experience: enjoy 'down-home' cooking (excellent chicken and southern-style side dishes), in an old-fashioned, wood-hewn environment. Dine on pewter plates, drink from pewter mugs, and pretend that its 1780 and you've popped down with the family to the Local.

Thank lyndele
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though the chicken is very good, there's no way I can eat $18 worth of chicken, and as the previous review stated, drinks and desserts cost extra. You can save $2/person by showing your Monticello ticket.

Thank carol2034
Long Island, New York
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fried chicken, brisket and all sorts of veggies including beets, mashed potatoes, beans etc in abundance with multiple servings for about $18 plus tax and tip. You pay extra for cider or beer but otherwise an interesting experience below the Jefferson Monticello home.

Thank drmojo48
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, The food here was awesome, especially the friend chicken and biscuits. The waiter was also very attentive. No complaints from me.

Thank Tim G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-977-1234

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?