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About 3 Penny Cafe

Threepenny Cafe is the perfect spot for relaxing with family and friends and enjoying Farm to Table Cuisine. Join us if what you're seeking is honest food and innovative preparation. We pride ourselves on striving to source the food we put on your plate locally, healthfully, sustainably and humanely. Everything is creatively prepared with an eye to the integrity of the ingredients, letting real flavors shine through.

420 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday & Thursday Dinner: Open 5:00 pm/Last Seating 9:00 pm
Friday Dinner: Open 5:00 pm/Last Seating 9:30 pm
Saturday Brunch 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday Dinner: Open 5:00 pm/ Last Seating 9:30 pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday - Tuesday Evenings Private Bookings Only

Cross Street:
5th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 995-5277

Website:
http://www.threepennycafe.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking in all Main Street Market Lots.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Deloff

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Indoor and Outdoor seating. Our patio area is always pet friendly!

3 Penny Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was phenomenal, she was attentive, very helpful and made the night amazing. The food was delicious and fresh. The ambiance is wonderful and makes a wonderful backdrop for your meal. The cocktail and beverage menu were very well crafted and well thought out. From a former restaurant manager I would give it 5 stars across the board.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in town for UVA Parent's weekend and felt lucky to get a reservation at such a well rated restaurant. It was very disappointing. Service was slow...they ran out of the only beef dish by 7:30pm. Also 4 out of 5 of the entrees were cold. (Frustrating as we waited a very long time for it to be prepared). The outside patio seating had nice ambiance -as the weather was nice. I would not recommend.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The chef never disappoints, always delivers some new creative recipes and menu items. Most recently I had the tomahawk pork chop, the mackerel, and the rabbit. My wine glass never went empty, which is important to me as well. The service is authentic friendly and you always feel welcome, like they are glad to see you, which I think they are. The price point is a clear value that I would say is about $2-$3 per entree less than comparable quality restaurants, and $1-$1.50 less per glass of wine, meaning your meal here is going to be 10%-15% less than elsewhere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was a lovely dinner! The chef is completely committed to local farmers and local food and is very knowledgeable. I stayed overnight in Charlottesville specifically so that I could eat at this restaurant and try the Autumn Olive Tomahawk pork chop and it was so worth it! The execution of the meal was flawless. The staff were personable and the design of the restaurant itself is thoughtfully some (I loved the Himalayan Salt candle holders). In a very crowded market of restaurants, Charlottesville is very lucky to have this chef at this restaurant.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

When I made reservations for Sunday brunch, I let them know that 2 of our 4 meals would be vegan. The hostess was so nice and brought out the chef to discuss options. All servers were very nice and we will eat there again.
We sat outside with dear friends and had a lovely time. The Bloody Mary's were excellent!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great experience! Food was really good and great service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening & the food was outstanding.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Bar area for cocktails very nice. We sat outside by the fountain which was lovely. Two dishes (mushroom starter and salad) were great and the Porkchop was good. Overall seems pricey for what we got to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very well prepared, creatively presented, delicious food. A little more thn I normally spend on a sunday brunch with a friend, but well worth it. Friendly, professional service. Unique flavor palate.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

3 Penny is an incredible restaurant. Chef Jeff is a very talented chef, and the manager, Stephanie, is very attentive and sweet. This is one of the first farm to table restaurants that I have been to that is actually what it claims to be. We were there for brunch, and the variety of options was extensive. There were four in our party, and we each had something different, and all of us were more than pleased with our choices.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Had a lovely evening celebrating our wedding anniversary with the paleo tasting menu. Love the locally sourced, organic ingredients and grassfed meats. Friendly to allergen free needs. Surrounding diners were a bit loud but can happen anywhere. Portions were very small for tasting menu so ended up ordering a steak to share which was amazing. Will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Threepenny Cafe is the kind of place you want to like. Farm to table. friendly staff. Exciting menu. but unfortunately, 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered were just fair or downright underwhelming. The peach soup is a novel idea, something to try once, but I wouldn't get it again. Likewise, the pork chop was fine. Nothing special. anyone half competent could cook something similar at home for themselves. Most disappointing was the Cuban Pizza. I wish i had something more nuanced to say, but it just didn't taste any good. I barely ate half. Overall, I hope this was an aberration, and that we ordered the wrong things, but unfortunately from my four dishes, I cannot recommend threepenny.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food & service. I'll definitely drop in again when I'm back in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had guests over the weekend and booked dinner here. Everyone *raved* about the excellent food (including our vegan!). Add to that the raves over the creative and delicious cocktails, we knew we picked a winner.

Easy one of our faves in C'ville. Could not recommend more highly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This restaurant just served me the best fish I have ever eaten, a pan seared mullet. But more importantly, I learned why it was the best fish ever, and why this restaurant/chef is unique and merits acclaim. He sourced the mullet from a supplier that has a controlled aquatic environment that provides a cleaner and purer food source for the mullet. So the mullet tastes better not only because of the chef's cooking skills, but because the fish is a better fish because it's food source is better. This chef is involved and has input on the upstream sources for all major menu items. Another example is that my salad came with a few bits of guanciale. What is guanciale you may ask (I did not know either)? It was explained that the chef buys an entire pig and butchers it himself, using the whole animal head to toe in various ways on the menu. Again, the pig came from a local producer that the chef knows, has visited the farm where the pigs eat forage and acorns in a free range forest environment rather than penned up and fed slop. Guanciale is a "bacon" made from the pig jowl. On the prior visit my wife had lamb bacon in her omelette. It turns out the lamb was locally sourced from a uniquely large 180lb lamb breed and the chef cured his own lamb bacon. My big point is that what ends up on your plate is excellent and unique because the chef starts way upstream with a better product and better sources that he has a relationship with and influence over what that animal eats and the environment in which it lives. One more recommendation.....order the mushroom salad with melted cheese! Cheers.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 7, 2017

This was a fabulous find, and instantly one of our favorite spots in C'ville. One of our party is an adventurous vegan, and asked the server to just ask the chef to whip up something vegan and serve it with chef's recommended pairing of wine. The resulting meal was proclaimed "spectacular!" He said it was easily one of the best meals he's ever had. In fact we all raved about our meal and the drinks. Truly a gem! Go, you'll not regret it!

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vegan, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food here is really good and it's great that so much of it is locally sourced. Friendly staff and a great place to relax with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 2, 2017

My wife and I were visiting from VA Beach and found 3 Penny on yelp. We were really impressed with their commitment to local sources and seasonal ingredients. At one point the bartender walked outside to trim fresh herbs to use in cocktails. We were there for brunch. I got the shrimp and grits, it was amazing. Only complaint is I wish the dish came with toast to soak up the delicious sauce in the bottom of the bowl. My wife ordered the croque madame and was equally as impressed. We will recommend it to anyone we know going to Charolettesville.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 18, 2017

My husband and I love coming here for brunch, lunch, and dinner. It's one of Charlottesville's gems!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I enjoyed 3 penny cafe. Appetizer was very good, drinks and desert were awesome! The main course, however, was just mediocre. Portions are not too big (which is OK). We ordered a steak, specifically asked for medium/medium-well and we got medium rear or even rear in some spots... I do understand that you can really feel the quality of the meat but dislike rear meat. Duck was OK, I feel it was a on the rear side.
Service was great! People are just really friendly and helpful

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I would have loved this place, but the staff did not seem to love their job, they were not attentive. We went for brunch, it wasn't busy, our server was more engaged in the other staff and himself than us. It took me 5 minutes to get someone's attention to get me another spoon. When our server brought the bill, he hadn't asked if we wanted anything else, which we did want coffee (which had not been offered or suggested by the server for our meal). We went somewhere else for coffee and dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Threepenny cafe is simply a pioneer in the way it so genuinely and thoroughly sources food from local, sustainable, and organic farms. Unlike so many other "farm-to-table" restaurants that buy from a few local farms and source the rest through distributors, Threepenny is as authentic a farm-to-table experience as it gets. In fact, having had personal experience with many of the pioneering farm-to-table restaurants nationwide, I can say with 100% confidence that Threepenny ranks among the best. Not only are the ingredients the highest quality, which is critical for anyone concerned about their health, but the way they are creatively prepared is exquisite. On top of all that, the price points are outstanding. There is no over-inflation like you see at so many farm-to-table restaurants. The prices at Threepenny are fair and reflective of the quality you are receiving on your plate. Don't pass up the chance to go here if you are in Charlottesville, and even if you have to travel to get here... it will be worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Organic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Flavors were pretty outstanding. We both had the blue crab spaghetti dish. Our appetizer was also wonderful. Wine most excellent (pinot noir). Service on point. A very minor observation is that we would have enjoyed more vegetarian/vegan options. And yes, we knew the menu didn't offer much in the way of folks who are more plant based. We went before the crowds start and it was very quiet and intimate. Overall, a really lovely evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We sat outside. It was a lovely night. Our server was new and very friendly! Service was great across the board -- server, hostess, bar tender, etc. Everyone enjoyed their food. Will go again for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The chef is very creative and his dishes worked well. Delicious flavors with great ingredients.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This is our second trip to 3 Penny and it won't be our last! We especially enjoyed their Sunday brunch and specialty cocktails. Everything was fresh and delishious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Fabulous locally-sourced food. Lovely conversation with Chef/Owner. We were there to share our anniversary with friends, and they had flowers on the table for us, and champagne was also brought to the table.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Everything was very good. We both ordered the spaghetti with crab and asparagus and it was delicious. My friend is Italian and doesn't usually like pasta in American restaurants but she loved it. Service was perfect. It can get noisy but it wasn't very crowded so it was fairly quiet. We had a lovely evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Lovely local cuisine. The lamb was fantastic but there are also very tasty vegetarian options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

An honest "farm to table" restaurant. We ate family style. Great selection of wines and beer. We ordered 7 of the 8 available appetizers, which were all great. We were still hungry so added an entree and a pizza. The pizza crust is unique (sort of a toasted whole grain flat bread) and was delicious. Really, everything was delicious. We will go back the next time we're in CVille.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed the food, it tasted great. Service was excellent. We sat outside on the patio as it was beautiful day. Meal had really nice presentation but the portions were small. We took a walk after our lunch to buy ice-cream as we were all still hungry. Lots of good things to say about this charming restaurant. However, most restaurants when you order French Toast you receive 4 half slices. Here they serve just three half slices of very large bread, but still not enough to fill you up for a brunch.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Three Penny was fantastic! I would highly recommend this place for brunch. The fresh cocktails were amazing! Great service as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Fabulous brunch all around! Excellent service and the food was delicious!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The staff was extremely courteous and attentive, asked us numerous times if everything was OK. It was my wife's birthday and they made it very special and told her several times to have a great day.

Would recommend to anyone looking for good food and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The use of locally sourced ingredients in creative dishes was very well done. The combination of vegetables with the meats and spicing was spot on. We will include 3 Penny among our favorite restaurants in C'ville.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Very nice Easter breakfast
Excellent huevos rancheros and sticky bun( must try!! And don't split it with your group you will want the whole thing!!)
My husband loved the scallops and grits ( and my sticky bun !)

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This is the third time eating here. It is very close to my granddaughters apartment. Sheturns 3 on the 18th. The maple bacon grits are phenomenal. My daughter and partner love the French press coffee. I had pork eggs Benedict. The pork was slightly tough and didn't have much flavor. I would definitely go again. I like being able to make a reservation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Ambiance and service were good. My gnocchi were dense and chewy and my husband's lamb chops were all different temperatures. Half were medium well and half were blue. No one asked how he wanted them cooked. $25 a plate is a bit much for food so poorly cooked.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was fabulous, servers so friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our brunch before visiting the vineyards.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Naples)·Dined on March 15, 2017

3 Penny is our favorite restaurant. We know everything we eat there is REAL food and delicious. I like the serving sizes - not so huge you feel overwhelmed. Just the right amount to be satisfied but not gluttonous. The bread pudding and chocolate cake were amazing!! The pork chop is always fabulous. This time I wanted something a little lighter so I had the flounder - it was very flavorful. When I go out, I want to have something I would not make myself. It's always a special time at 3 Penny.

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals
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