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“A Terrific Find!”
Review of Cavalier Diner

Cavalier Diner
Ranked #186 of 596 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Breakfast, Brunch Lunch & Dinner
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Picture yourself after a long, very tiring day - it's 7 pm - you're hungry and not sure where to go. The lights of the Cavalier Diner attract you and you wander in - to be cheerfully greeted by owner Risty and seated at the table you see on the right in the photo above. That's what happened to us last night and we are oh, so glad it did!

We were amazed by the extensive menu, which offers pretty much every comfort food and special you could imagine. And the service - it was PERFECT! We met our waitperson, Carolyn, and became old friends instantly. She took wonderful care of us from the moment we were seated.

My husband had a taste for spaghetti, so he chose it and received a large dish of tasty pasta smothered in homemade Marinara Sauce. It came with a very nice house salad and in-house-made wonderful warm biscuits - yummy! I chose the mushroom swiss burger, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions and served with mounds of crispy potato chips and a pickle slice. To two weary travelers, this all tasted SO good! Everything was prepared fresh and delicious - and the prices cannot be beat anywhere!.

We just enjoyed sitting in the relaxed friendly atmosphere, eating our dinner and listening to old friends converse around us. It was heaven sent, and Carolyn was the perfect wait person, making sure everything was just the way we liked it.

For some reason, we had never tried this restaurant, which has probably been in Charlottesville for many years, but owned for the past 8 years by Risty, who was very much in evidence all evening.

Now we know where to go to get a good meal at a very, very reasonable price - and we WILL be back!

Annie and Mack Rowe, Madison, Va.

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Aristea V, Owner at Cavalier Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

It was SO nice to meet th both of you the other evening, and thank you so very much for your kind words and comments! Carolyn and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Breakfast was really good; seriously tasty and very digestible. Friendly staff served us well, NOT TOO NOISY, so conversation was viable. Prices are believable. DO try Cavalier.

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Aristea V, Owner at Cavalier Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to write and your kind comments! I get comments all the time about how less noisy the Diner is compared to other restaurants- you can actually have a conversation over the good food! Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

A long-standing C'ville tradition. Good, basic food, with some additional offerings. Good service, as well as good food. I've generally been there for breakfast --- standard fare. I think they deliver.

1  Thank William H
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

A good diner experience, with eggs and bacon and bottomless coffee, as you'd expect. Only drawback is that it's 10 or 12 bucks to eat breakfast here.

1  Thank Sam B
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

My wife had a procedure this morning and was hungry just for eggs and sausage and coffee. You got it-BREAKFAST !
We were there after the lunch rush. It was fairly quiet, and they had country music in the background. This place was clean, friendly and cheap eats. We just got the ala carte with coffee. They do have huge platters of everything, but we just wanted some light fare. The coffee was still fresh and they actually had Splenda and e did not have to beg for it. The waitress was attentive. We had a great small lunch/breakfast. This is a UVA student and family hangout, as well as the usual suspects-the locals. All was tasty, good and fresh. Eat here.

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