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Blue Ridge Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
+1 434-985-3633
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I try to get to Ruckersville at least 5 or 6 times a year to go antique shopping, and we always have lunch at the Blue Ridge Cafe! It was recommended to us by one of the antique shop owners the first time we came several years ago and we wouldn't go anywhere else! We love it.... More 

Thank Beth S
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Beth, Thank you so much for your wonderful review, so happy to hear that you and your friends enjoy the food and shopping here in Ruckersville. Please ask for me to come out of the kitchen so I can say hello and thank you in person. See you soon, Chef Shawn More 

Advance Mills, Virginia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great local restaurant. The food is casual American, the atmosphere is welcoming and the staff is friendly. Great spot to meet friends. Pub dining also available in a sports bar setting.

Thank Dee G
Ruckersville, Virginia
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88 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enough seating for a party of 8 to sit comfortably. The salmon on my salad was delicious, but I did not care for the Nachos appetizer. The children loved the bunny tracks ice cream dessert.

Thank Ereina
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I love to go to Blue Ridge Cafe. The staff are always very pleasant and helpful. This time my husband ordered the Rib Eye Steak which he enjoyed tremendously. I ordered the rib eye sandwich which was little overcooked. I will not order it again but the menu is extensive so I will try something else.

Thank lovetodance4
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review, we are glad to here that you enjoyed your dinner, We look forward to seeing you soon. Chef Shawn More 

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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Saw the corned beef and cabbage special promoted on their website, and arrived at 5pm without a reservation. I was seated promptly and served promptly, but noticed the dining room filling up quickly. I got a generous portion of corned beef, moist and tender, with boiled red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage cooked just right, all nicely seasoned and well-presented, with... More 

Thank virginia10miler
Ruckersville, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner one evening with a business associate. Our steaks were cooked perfectly. (medium rare for me, medium for him) veggies were crisp, just a over all good filling meal.

Thank Mike J
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The interior atmosphere belies this little gourmet restaurant. I had the pasta bowl with grilled veggies (I'm normally a vegetarian) with Asian ginger sesame dressing, but I should also have ordered the shrimp, too. (I do make exceptions.) Their tasty hot rolls with butter served with the side salad were perfect. But the creme broulet with fresh berries and whipped... More 

Thank John L
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I was greeted immediately when I walk in. The service was great, friendly, outgoing. The food was good and great prices. I sat in the bar area, the atmosphere was quiet, different sports on all the TV's. Which to me is impressive. I don't think there was anything that I liked least. This is a great place, whether you want... More 

Thank tbstoy67
Madison, VA
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We enjoyed a special Customer Appreciation lunch yesterday with a friend who has never been to the Blue Ridge Cafe in Ruckersville, Va. We all LOVED our meals - and the 25% discount this week didn't hurt us a bit! My husband and I ordered one of our all-time favorites - Fried Shrimp Platter. This platter is accompanied by a... More 

Thank AnnieMadison_VA
1 review
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Slipped in for dinner after work. Waitress was the best. Food good and good value. Relaxing atmosphere and overall pleasant visit. We'll be back.

Thank JohnDeere2cyl
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review, I am glad to hear you had a good meal and great service. I look forward to seeing you soon. Chef Shawn More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$20
American, Bar
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Ruckersville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-985-3633
Chef Shawn Hayes, owner and chef of the Blue Ridge Cafe, has a real passion for food and creativity. He believes that good food, well prepared and offered at a reasonable price keeps his customers coming back. And, it's true!

Virginians and travelers have been enjoying Shawn's cooking since he and his wife, Rita, opened the Cafe's doors in 1995.

Dreaming of being a chef in the hospitality industry since age 12, Chef Hayes pursued his ambition and received a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1988.

Since then, he and his family have dedicated days, nights and weekends to ensuring the success and quality of their business. Rita assists Shawn wherever she is needed - from the kitchen to catering and menu planning. And, the Hayes' daughter, Elizabeth, actually christened the cafe with her birth just 12 hours before the scheduled opening. The first banquet room was opened in 1997 just after their son, Nicholas, was born. Both children have grown up working with and around food at the cafe and catered functions.

His years of experience in the field, and being in the right place at the right time, enabled Chef Shawn to make his dream come true. He enjoys preparing a variety of different foods, but his specialties are American fare and Italian cuisine. In addition to his role as Chef, Shawn is also involved in every other aspect of the Cafe, including managing the catering and banquets, the business office and designing the menus. Shawn and the Cafe are also known for their support of and dedication to the local community.

The Blue Ridge Cafe is located on Route 29 (south bound lane) in Ruckersville, VA, just north of Charlottesville. Surrounded by the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, visitors to the Cafe are sure to enjoy the atmosphere. Whether for lunch, dinner or socializing over drinks and appetizers, the Cafe offers its customers delicious food, a full-service bar and a wide variety of Virginia wines.

The Blue Ridge Cafe is the perfect place for gathering family and friends. So, if you'd like to experience Chef Shawn's knack for making even simple foods spectacular, stop by the restaurant or call to book your next catered affair today!

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