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Market at Main

14 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (13)
  • Great for Brunch (12)
  • Kid-friendly (10)

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Discover a true local gem at Market at Main. This Lynchburg eatery is steeped in tradition, starting with the building itself. Market at Main occupies a space that dates back to the 1880s, changing hands and appearance with each successive owner. When the owners purchased the space after 2007, they painstakingly restored it to honor its history, from 19th-century wide wooden floors and a reclaimed wood counter, to two huge double doors, inspired by the venue's original look and feel.

Since opening in 2009, Market at Main has delighted diners with warmth and hospitality, as well as delectable dishes. The restaurant features three menus, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each menu is bursting with homemade goodness, from dozens of eggs Benedict options to homemade soups and flame-broiled burgers. Dinner selections are incredibly hearty, featuring everything from classic Southern specialties to fresh seafood platters.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Tuesday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am
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Phone number
(434) 847-9040
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Wine
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on June 28, 2014

Started with no reservation and statement "we don't take reservations". Had asked for quiet corner booth. We got none of these. Their menu on your site and the one we received did not agree - not even close. Table was dirty (filthy) and sticky. At this point we left, leaving a two dollar tip for water and bringing us a wet towel to wipe table.

5.0Dined on June 5, 2014

Lynchburg is an ideal family dining choice! One traveling from NC and the other from Crimora. Market at Main was chosen based on the website, history and reviews. It clearly did not disappoint! Who could resist dining in a building who's history has been so perfectly preserved? A treat, indeed!! We were serviced beautifully by Kelsey (sp) who was both attentive and knowledgeable. The menu was extensive and delicious..meatloaf being the favorite. Cheers to the chef for the best carrot cake on the planet!!! To make this even more special, I have no doubt that my grandfather frequented that building when he lived in Madison Heights. I know more Market at Main dining is in our future!

3.0Dined on April 19, 2014

The restaurant has a unique feel to it. We were seated next to the kitchen area and you could listen to the cooks as they are loud at times. Our waitress was excellent. I had the chicken salad sandwich on the wheat berry bread and it was very good. I would not spend the extra money to get the fruit as a side as it was not very good. My husband had breakfast and enjoyed his meal. I was somewhat annoyed there was only one cashier for paying your meal check as I ended up behind a group of 8 students, each paying individually on one bill. I guess the other cash register is only used for individuals walking in as they rang up someone buying cookies as I was waited to pay my bill.

4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Go here! Don't wait! Wonderful wait staff, and excellent on the basics.

2.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Unfortunately could not get what was on the menu, I ordered fried clams for appetizer and I got oysters instead, no salmon
available at 6pm the server told us that they run out the night before (valentines day)
I will try another time for lunch they offer a good selection of sandwiches .

4.0Dined on February 8, 2014

I love Market at Main! This is truly the only place in Lynchburg to get a good quality breakfast. That being said I do not mean to diminish the quality of the restaurant and how great the food they serve is. I tried both the Eggs Chesapeake and Sweet Potato Pancakes on this visit and they were both excellent.

This being said, they had no idea that I booked a reservation on OpenTable. This being a complaint mentioned by other reviewers I would assume they do not check OpenTable on regular basis or even use the service.

2.0Dined on December 13, 2013

We have been to Market at Main for breakfast and lunch several times since they opened, but recently went for dinner to listen to a band we enjoy. I don't know why it was different, but the quality of the food at night was very disappointing. My husband ordered the reuben - which usuall is outstanding - but it was dry and flavorless. I ordered the pork medallions with the apple brandy glaze, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought the glaze would be "saucy", but not only could you not see it you couldn't even taste it. I thought it would have a sweet flavor, but it was basically just a grilled pork chop without the bone and a fair amount of gristle. We likely will not be returning for dinner.

3.0Dined on November 1, 2013

Even though we had a reservation, arriving 10 minutes early, we had to wait over 40 minutes, very disturbing. The hostess had NO consideration for reservations, she sat people as they arrived.

4.0Dined on September 15, 2013

Although the restaurant was Sunday morning busy, we were seated right away thanks to our Open Table reservation. Our server was friendly and efficient, and the food was just great. Everyone in our party left pleasantly satisfied.

3.0Dined on September 8, 2013

You was okay. Standard brunch fare...nothing all that great, but it wasn't bad or anything.

1.0Dined on September 6, 2013

This was our first time at the restaurant and I was excited. The atmosphere was nice but that was about it. After ordering, about an hour into our wait, we asked the waitress how much longer would the food arrive and there was no apology or thanks for our patience. She said, you can leave if you want. With a response like that, you would expect the food to be amazing but sadly, it was not. The crab cakes were soggy, the broccoli tasted like it was frozen and drenched in a horrible sauce and the Mac and cheese was just ok. The waitress said they were not prepared...on a summer, Friday night downtown...really I highly doubt that I'll be visiting again in the future. So disappointed. I expected so much more.

4.0Dined on September 28, 2012

You DO NOT need to have a reservation to dine at Market at Main. I called in advance to confirm my reservation and ask about a dress code. I am sure the staff had a good laugh. Market at Main is a casual, friendly, neighborhood gathering place. The staff was great,food very good, and abundant, reasonably priced portions were served. Try the fried green tomatoes. It was evident that Market at Main is a favorite gathering place for locals. We were sorry that we could not return there for breakfast. Our server mentioned items on the breakfast menu which were mouth watering. Market at Main was our favorite dining spot during our three day stay
in Lynchburg.

2.0Dined on September 22, 2012

Good breakfast but don't go there for dinner.

4.0Dined on June 8, 2012

Market at Main has a fun atmosphere in a historic building. Fresh ingredients and a broad menu highlight the chef's talents. The staff is energetic and friendly. Great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Eat at the counter for a diner experience, or sit at a table and relax with friends.