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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Charlottesville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Charlottesville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (1042)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Ten is a modern Japanese tapas style restaurant, centrally located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.

Since 2006, Ten has served a variety of both traditional and original cuisine.

Chef Pei Jen Chang sources ingredients from the finest local, regional, and international sea and farm purveyors, and strives to offer fare that will appeal to the gamut of culinary palates.

Our bar menu boasts an extensive wine list, an assortment of imported and local craft beers, as well as one of the largest collections of sake in Virginia. In addition, we offer a unique selection of libations, such as hand-crafted Asian inspired cocktails, assembled using inventive, authentic ingredients, or a 'Sake Flight', which allows for the subtle, intricate flavors of three selected varietals to be experienced.

The meaning of the Japanese word 'Ten' is 'heaven' or 'celebration', and our highest goal is to create an elevated, adventurous, and intimate dining experie
Top review
LyleB
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing service, food and ambience. Cannot wait to go back.
A photo of Public Fish & Oyster restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2458)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Public Fish and Oyster serves only the freshest and responsibly sourced seafood. We believe in the complete dining experience and our knowledgeable staff is eager to provide you with the best dining experience Charlottesville has to offer.
Top review
Wrenvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great oysters - even in this season. Great service.
A photo of The Local restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2406)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Come visit and experience The Local!

We believe everyone should experience meals that feature delicately prepared fresh local ingredients in a great atmosphere. In our corner of the world, everyone's a Local. EAT, DRINK, & BE LOCAL.

Note that when selecting outside, you will be in a covered area.
Top review
HEcCvip
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Great service and they had a wine special, 50% off any bottle under $75!!
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4.7
4.7 (372)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Black Cow Chophouse is Charlottesville's spot for steaks, chops, fine wines, modern & classic cocktails and fun times. We feature a huge daily selection of both dry-aged and non dry-aged local and nationally sourced beef, as well as pork, game and lamb cuts. Our beverage program is carefully crafted and our hospitality is second to none. For the budget conscious, visit during our daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6:00 for Charlottesville's best steak deal and discounted drinks. We take our food
Top review
Yinzah
Dined 7 days ago
Best steak frites in the game. Can’t be beat!!!!!!
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4.6
4.6 (2092)
$31 to $50
American
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Duner's, brought to you by Ten Course Hospitality, is a casual fine dining restaurant located five miles west of Charlottesville in the village of Ivy, Virginia. Our menu changes daily, allowing our chefs to use the best ingredients seasonally available. We have an extensive wine list, a full bar and a very experienced service staff. Established in 1983, our goal has always been to serve great food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our portions are generous, our ingredients are the finest and we want everyone who walks in the door to become a regular customer!
Top review
KathrynJ
Dined 4 days ago
Duner's is our go-to for special occasions and it never disappoints. We had gazpacho and the whitefish tostado for apps---both excellent---and the soft shell crab and Farmer's Spread (locally sourced steak, potatoes, and garlic scapes) for entrees. The crab was tasty if a bit overcooked; the steak was perfect. And dessert here never disappoints (mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwich this time). It IS noisy when busy, but we've always found that the great food and service are worth it. We'll definitely continue to dine there.
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4.4
4.4 (213)
$30 and under
Southern
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Rapture features playful, farm-to-table Southern cuisine in a swank-but-cozy atmosphere. We have outdoor dining, billiards tables, and live music several nights a week.
Top review
WhitfieldObservervip
Dined on May 21, 2024
Delicious, and marvelous outdoor dining on a Pleasant evening.
A photo of matchbox Charlottesville restaurant
4.4
4.4 (187)
$30 and under
American
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
From its prime perch in The Shops at Stonefield, matchbox will delight neighborhood workers, visitors, and residents with a casual, welcoming spot for a quick weekday lunch, lively happy hour, bottomless weekend brunch, and dinner for both date nights and groups. Owned by Maurice Kelly, a technologist and former Navy Intelligence Officer turned restaurateur, Matchbox Charlottesville opens this winter, boasting artisanal pizzas, creative American bistro fare, and a come-as-you-are vibe.

A definitive element of the Matchbox dining experience is the custom pizza oven that fires up signature thin-crust pizzas within minutes, and its surrounding pizza bar that offers a front-row view of the action. The bar at Matchbox is a focal point of the dining experience.. Hand-painted murals from local artists add further context to the neighborhood, and bring in a touch of personality as well.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Was a great place to eat. I told my family to go. I would go again.
A photo of The Good Sport restaurant
4.3
4.3 (83)
$30 and under
Pub
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
The Good Sport delivers classic tavern fare, local craft beer and a sense of familiarity in a warm and relaxed setting – the perfect pre- and post-game spot, or a reprise after a long workday. This gathering place serves up comforting classics, such as Wagyu Brisket Slider with hydro watercress, fresh grated horseradish crème and shaved onion, along with a classic Fried Chicken Sandwich, with kimchi slaw, chili crisp mayo and pickled cucumbers. A large selection of signature cocktails, as well as whiskeys, local wines, and other spirits rounds out the bar experience. Valet parking is available, free for the first two hours with validation. Street parking is also available without a permit after 5pm daily and on the weekends.
Top review
DaveOvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
We had a very special birthday celebration for our 89 year old mother. You guys made it even more special with the extra attention, special free dessert and overall care and attention. The burgers were great and overall we highly recommend TGS!
A photo of Ralph Sampson's ATR restaurant
4.2
4.2 (298)
$31 to $50
American
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
BIG FLAVORS FOR THE BIG GAME (FROM THE ORIGINAL BIG MAN)
Whether you’re pre-gaming with burgers and wings or celebrating a big win with premium steaks and seafood, our menu has you (and your team) covered.

LOCAL EATS, LOCAL BREWS (FROM A LOCAL LEGEND)
Proudly featuring “Ralph’s Big Juicy” — a citrusy India Pale Ale made in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

“IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE”
An upscale sports bar experience years in the making conveniently located in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Top review
Fishnduck
Dined 7 days ago
Great brunch. Food and service were great. We’ll be back. Hoping to catch 50 there!
A photo of The Ridley restaurant
4.0
4 (441)
$30 and under
Southern
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
The Ridley is THE destination for upscale-casual dining and fresh seafood offerings in Charlottesville, Virginia. Located within The Draftsmen boutique hotel, The Ridley combines convenience and accessibility with an unparalleled dining experience. As one of Charlottesville’s Black-owned restaurants, the concept pays homage to Dr. Walter N. Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from The University of Virginia and receive a graduate degree from any major, historically white public university in the South.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was great and our server, Shelly, was super attentive. We had a delicious Father’s Day brunch and can’t wait to go back!
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