The best way to experience Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s premier restaurants is to dine outside in the shade. It’s also the safest way. Outdoor dining has long been a pillar of our culture, and the options remain many and varied. We’ve been coordinating a diligent response to COVID-19 here in our part of Virginia, and will only continue to heighten the rigor of our practices. If you’d like to learn more about our community’s commitment to your safety, click here for an overview. That being said, please keep in mind... that dining at any of the below establishments is still as fun as ever!

 

Downtown

The Lot

Perhaps the biggest outdoor dining space along the Downtown Mall, the Lot was created to accommodate the need for more outdoor seating. Check it out!

Brasserie Saison

Enjoy a meal at a safe distance from other diners in Brasserie Saison's spacious outdoor patio space on the downtown mall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Friends and Family, We are proud to announce that Brasserie Saison is now accepting reservations! Beginning July 20, we will open our doors for dinner service seven nights a week, with lunch to follow in the coming weeks. We will seat guests on both our patio and indoor dining spaces. Reservations are available via Resy, at the link in our bio. It has been a long road for all of us these past few months, and we are excited that we are able to re-open thanks to all of you! Your support allowed us to see how important restaurants are to our community. In that spirit, we were honored to partner with World Central Kitchen, an organization founded by Chef José Andrés and his wife Patricia to feed frontline workers and food insecure populations, while our doors were closed to guests. Now we are excited to welcome you back! As we all look to the future, while carrying the lessons of this unprecedented time, we hope that the opening of restaurants everywhere will be a welcome sign of what is to come. Thank you to everyone who supported us and the rest of the restaurant community. We cannot wait to see you all here soon! Best Wishes, The Team at Brasserie Saison

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Hamilton’s

Plenty of patio seating. Hamilton's has a central location on the Downtown Mall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Whiskey Jar

Find the Whiskey Jar near the western end of the downtown mall below the Bebedero. In addition to the outdoor seating available here, several "inside" tables are set up next to the fold-away floor-to-ceiling glass front of the restaurant, making these tables the equivalent of outdoor seating in terms of air flow.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Bebedero

Though the Bebedero is located above the Whiskey Jar, its spacious patio seating is located on the Downtown Mall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Corner

The Virginian

Since opening its doors in 1923, The Virginian has remained in its original location, which makes it the oldest restaurant in Charlottesville. They’ve added, you know, modern plumbing and such since then, but much is the same as it was.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Crozet Pizza

Find Crozet Pizza at Buddist Biker Bar down Elliewood Avenue. Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar is the full name of the establishment. Find it just past the Biltmore.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Biltmore

Turn down Elliewood Avenue, pass the parking garage, and you'll soon see the Biltmore on the left. Plenty of outdoor seating.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wineries

Blenheim Vineyards

Enjoy your favorite Blenheim wines on their covered outdoor patio. Reservations recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We are excited to welcome you back to Blenheim Vineyards!⁣⁣⁣⁣ Thank you for your support and patience during this time. ⁣ ⁣⁣ Please follow these safely guidelines when joining us! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Face coverings are required when away from your table. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Please stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Stay home if you are feeling sick or have a temperature⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Please remain at your table ⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Children and must stay with you at ALL times ⁣⁣⁣⁣ • Restrooms are limited to one person unless assisting a child⁣⁣⁣⁣ • In the event of inclement weather we are not able to refund a reservation or accommodate guests indoors or to crowd the covered spaces. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #VAwine #vawinetogether #blenheimvineyards #InThisTogether ⁣⁣

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King Family Vineyards

Wine and the occasional polo match. Also sometimes puppies. There's plenty of space here and, as you'll see, the views of the mountains are completely unhindered.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Plenty of outdoor seating. You'll find a LOVEwork here as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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West Main Street

Maya Restaurant

Plenty of outdoor seating. Make a reservation and enjoy a leisurely meal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Quirk Hotel Charlotesville

Enjoy drinks on the rooftop or a meal at the Pink Grouse!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tavern & Grocery

Find Tavern & Grocery a couple blocks west of the Downtown Mall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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