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About Back 40

With a desire to feature the seasonal bounty of some of Virginia’s finest independent farms; Timbercreek Farm owner, Sara Miller, and chef Tucker Yoder collaborated to open BACK 40 at Timbercreek Market in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Timbercreek Farm is focused on raising animals in their natural environment and maintaining a farm that is pesticide and herbicide free. Chef Yoder enjoys the challenge of creating exceptional menus featuring only local ingredients. He and his staff work to achieve a zero waste food policy. This creative collaboration of producer and chef is focused on providing delicious meals carefully crafted from quality, locally grown food providers.

PLEASE NOTE: parties of 6 or more will be confirmed with a phone call. You must provide a credit card number to hold your reservation.

722 Preston Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4400
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Service Monday - Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM
Dinner Service Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5 PM to 9 PM

Cross Street:
Preston Ave and 8th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 202-8052

Website:
http://back40restaurant.com/

Catering:
From finger foods to a 5-course meal, our talented team of chefs can create a menu just for you. Timbercreek is available for full service catering, too. Please note that our menus are inspired by the seasons and local offerings, however your imagination is the only limitation. Visit our website for more details and sample menus: timbercreekmarket.com/catering.

Parking Details:
We know our lot can fill up quickly. Free parking on the streets along side the building or on Albemarle Street along the train tracks just behind our lot.

Executive Chef:
Tucker Yoder

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Exclusive farm-to-table dinners offered throughout the year. Check website for dates and details on how to reserve.

Back 40 Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (13)
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Local Ingredients (8)
Organic (8)
Romantic (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Authentic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Healthy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Tucker Yoder is an accomplished chef, specializing in local meats and seasonal vegetables. Very creative menu.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was frowned in salt. What they called an Oyster Steak was a very different cut and very tough with lots of tendons. Oyster steaks are very tender

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was perfectly seasoned, fresh and seasonal.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

So delicious !!! Atmosphere is perfect. We were treated so well and I loved everything we ordered!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Back 40 was hands down the best restaurant we've eaten at in Charlottesville! Great wine list, friendly & knowledgeable staff and the food was amazing! We can't wait to go back!
Thank you for making our night special!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great inspiring food!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This localvore restaurant has inspired cuisine based on superb local ingredients. It is, first and foremost, about meat, although other choices are on the menu and the side vegetables are wonderful. It is the best new restaurant in Charlottesville.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Outstanding experience each time we have gone. A real gem for Charlottesville.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had an absolutely delicious meal. The food was perfectly prepared, the dishes were interesting and unique, and the flavors were quite diverse. Yum.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

What an overall wonderful experience! We had heard grand things about Back 40 and they did not disappoint. A gem in Charlottesville. Take note of the ceiling sculpture and inquire about its origin. There are beautiful stories behind the creation of Back 40.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We are pretty serious duck fans and felt the duck was just ok. It didn't have much flavor. The steak was great but a little over priced.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fantastic food.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Waiter was unresponsive and uninformative. Food Issa good bit nothing outstanding except liver mousse. Good enough, hope they shore up some of the gaps. Good wine list that is different and reasonably priced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Third visit and plan to keep it on my Charlottesville "go to" restaurant list. Very easy to park, beautiful rustic interior, OUTSTANDING cuisine and a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best farm-to-table restaurant in Charlottesville. The grassfed and finished bone-in ribeye is outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Perfect, relaxed service and homey atmosphere. Wonderful, truly local foods. Never liked brusselsprouts til I had them oven roasted there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very nice space. Quiet with lots of space between tables. Almost an intimate feel. Service was very friendly. Good was all delicious particularly the beef and chicken. Nice wine selection very fairly priced. All in all a very nice meal. We'll be back.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Since I work in the business, very rarely do I ever write a review, especially in my hometown. But I can't resist writing a short bit on how excellent BACK40 is. Chef Tucker is the master in the area at combining comfort-food techniques with new-age creativity. This is equally a spot for those who don't tend to branch out, as it is for those who enjoy trying something new. The ingredients, as a whole, are better than anywhere else in the area - they really are cooking as seasonally as you can in 2017 while still staying relevant. The bar program is based on a larder built by the kitchen and bar team that makes for cocktails that actually pair with food - that's a first. Wine program doesn't match the food program, but that's the only flaw I could possibly find. Service and atmosphere is always warm, and it is the only place in town that you can feel like you're eating at home. Top three restaurant for value in Cville. Visited three times so far - will be back for more!

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Amazing everything. Pork starter was gorgeous steak out of this world. Very interesting and delicious local wine

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Back 40 is an intimate restaurant with only a handful of tables. The decoration is nice and we loved the ambiance. The waiter was responsive and knowledgable. However, the food wasn't great for the price. I ordered my steak medium rare per the recommendation of the server (otherwise I would have ordered it rare). It came out medium well and was dry with no red whatsoever. My wife's pork also came out overcooked. The drinks were great though. I can't say I was super impressed overall but might give it another shot down the line.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Somewhat awkward service and a little slow, but that's to be expected of a new restaurant. You could tell that the menu was very well thought out. They had a vegan dish (it was ok, really acidic) which is a perk for our family (one vegan, one vegetarian). Well curated menu and a lovely atmosphere - definitely felt like a special meal.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Best meal I’ve ever had and VEERY affordable for the quality.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Organic, Business Meals, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Foodies - this is your place. Fabulous craft cocktails and absolutely delicious food that starts at local farms. Be sure to ask your server what they recommend - you'll want to try it all!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful food! One of the best meals I've had in 2017. Definitely plan to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful food, Tucker Yoder is amazing! Every bite was delicious. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Oxford)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is a lovely new restaurant. We few like we have found a little gem in the heart of Charlottesville. The only problem will be that it will become so popular we won't be able to get reservations..The staff and food are both top rate and the dining area is on the intimate side, which is so hard to find these days. You are guaranteed to have a very nice evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was our second meal at Back 40 and everything has been wonderful. It is a very intimate setting, quiet and comfortable. The service has been great both times and the food has been outstanding. The local cut steaks are excellent as are all of the local foods you find on the menu. It is the best farm to table restaurant in Charlottesville.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Although this was a definite fresh farm to table restaurant, there were some issues. I am not one to usually complain about price to food ratio, but the duck was $30 and was literally 5 bites. The wine list was very creative for a small list. The bottle I wanted to order was out of stock. One of our guests at the table ordered chicken and a piece of beef came out. The wait staff recognized the problem before serving the beef and comped the beef and eventually brought out the chicken after the rest of the group had finished their dinners. I believe they have great potential, but this was not the night that the reached it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Had no idea that this was their 3rd day in operation! Food was exceptionally creative, which makes sense given the back story. A little hard to find, as there if no signage. p.s. Born & bred San Franciscan, so have well-educated taste buds, and this Chef rocks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Best dinner in Charlottesville! The restaurant is comfortable and classy. The service was wonderful and the staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable. The cocktails were unique, fun, and delicious. Chef Yoder's menu was impressive and the the dishes we ordered were perfectly well rounded, portioned and were out of this world tasty. What a treat, all the way around. Fresh, local, and inspired food at a great price. Thank you Timbercreek Farm and Back 40!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 29, 2017

A great find in Charlottesville. Excellent food - you can pick out your meat from the adjoining butcher shop - vegetables done perfectly, meat done as you like it and a great selection for dessert. Charcuterie selections to start were a standout.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Great place for outdoor dining. Everything was fresh and tasty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was very good and the wait staff was friendly and helpful. It was unique to dine in a "market, but it actually made it more fun. Hats off to the chef, it was a memorable meal. I have already recommended to a friend that this is a local place to dine.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. Great food, service, and farm-to-table ambiance.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Had my husband's surprise party there, and it was spectacular!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Spicy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Our dinner was unbelievably excellent in every regard ! From the service to the portions to how my meat was cooked-spices and temperature, to the noise level (quiet and lovely)....

Recommend as one of Charlottesville's best !!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Our first visit... my cut of steak not near as good as partners. Sides could use a little better seasoning and cooking times. Excellent start and with some tweaking could be superb. We will be back for second visit. Service and atmosphere excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2017

This restaurant is about meat, and offers excellent cuts. The sides reflect a farm to table ethic and are superb. The setting is unpretentious, but the food is excellent and the staff is very nice. A great addition to the local restaurant scene.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Amazing meat from the owners' farm. About 10 tables.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2016

We continue to dine at Timber Creek market because of the evolving menu that always outshines other foodie restaurants in Charlottesville. We applaud Sarah Miller for her commitment to a local sustainable farm to table dining experience with careful attention to the menu and presentation. We absolutely love this restaurant and continue to visit as often as we can for a Friday night date.

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