Fall has officially arrived, making the Downtown Mall and other outdoor locations in Charlottesville and Albemarle Country prettier than ever. With colorful foliage and crisp, sunny weather, outdoor dining is a great way to enjoy the many restaurants the area has to offer. Whether you are looking to eat a nice dinner, a casual meal, or a light brunch, there are plenty of restaurant destinations that offer safe, covid-friendly measures in order to make your visit as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. To make your experience even more exciting, visit Tonic or Passiflora — two new restaurants in the Charlottesville area.

The Downtown Mall

The Bebedero

If modern Mexican cuisine and delicious cocktails are what you are in the mood for, The Bebedero uses a combination of the freshest ingredients to create a variety of colorful dishes including tacos, empanadas, and grilled white fish. With a reservation, this restaurant is available for indoor dining as well as patio seating. Enjoy Bebedero for Sunday brunch as well!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Whiskey Jar

With locally grown food that is prepared by hand, this classic southern restaurant offers a great selection of American food including grass-fed burgers, pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, fried chicken, and more. The Whiskey Jar specializes in whiskey and bourbon, adding a fun element to this southern pub. With outdoor patio seating and live music events, this restaurant is a great location for dining this fall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bang!

This restaurant is the go-to restaurant in Charlottesville if you are looking for Asian-inspired tapas. Their menu is vegetarian friendly, and they offer gluten free and vegan options. There is seating on the back patio with tables that are socially distant, as well as carryout options.

Ten

Ten Sushi has a menu filled with incredibly fresh sushi options, as well as a variety of hot and cold ala carte items. There are plenty of dishes on the menu that provide options for vegetarians and non-seafood eaters. This restaurant offers indoor seating — perfect for a night where the weather doesn’t permit eating outdoors. Satisfy your sushi cravings and visit Ten for a cocktail and delicious sushi roll.

Main Street

Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

Located on Main Street, this Mediterranean restaurant offers a unique, comfort food menu as well as an open patio venue and indoor seating. They are available for tableside service and curbside pickup Monday through Saturday. This is also a great place to go for lunch!  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Maya Restaurant & Bar

Gaining inspiration from southern cooking, Maya uses seasonal, local ingredients to create a variety of authentic, comfort food dishes. Available for patio dining in their comfortable, outdoor atmosphere, you are sure to enjoy this outdoor dining experience.

Little Star

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Little Star provides guests with the ultimate experience of Mexican and Spanish cuisine. With a variety of small dishes, this restaurant is perfect for trying new foods and enjoying a casual dinner with friends in their inviting dining room. There are also options for curbside and carryout.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tavern and Grocery

Available for both dine-in, take-out, and even delivery, this farm-to-table, American restaurant offers a great variety of classic tavern dishes in a unique, historic atmosphere. This restaurant is also perfect for a Sunday brunch.

Albemarle County

Pippin Hill Tasting Room

At Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, you will find yourself being in the perfect location that seamlessly intertwines the luxuries of food and wine. At this vineyard-to-table, enjoy fresh, local, and delicious food that includes a variety of seasonal plates, sliders, soups, and salads. While you enjoy your food on the lawn, relish in the beautiful valley views that surround the vineyard.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Smoked Kitchen and Tap

Located in the heart of Crozet, Smoked Kitchen and Tap offers warm and comforting handcraft sandwiches and burgers, farm fresh salads, and slow-smoked barbeque. They even make and bottle their own barbeque sauces. This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, Wednesdays through Sundays, with safety protocols in place.

Tavern on the James

Visit Tavern on the James in Downtown Scottsville for an American, pub-style dining experience. From a classic grilled ham & swiss sandwich to a juicy burger made from local meat in Central Virginia, this restaurant will satisfy your cravings for a quintessential American meal. This restaurant is available for indoor and outdoor dining.

Clifton Inn Restaurant

This hotel, with its mid-century detailing and panoramic views of the Monticello mountains, offers a dining experience that is rich in heritage. With an award-winning wine list and a menu that is distinctive to the Mid-Atlantic region, this restaurant offers seasonal dishes that incorporate local ingredients, many which are grown from the Chef’s own garden. Consider booking a stay at the Manor House or one of their garden cottages to relish in the full experience of the Clifton Inn, filled with history and modern charm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Michie Tavern

Recently honored as 2020 Virginia Restaurant of the Year, Michie Tavern, located on Thomas Jefferson Parkway, offers some of the best Southern fare food in the area. This restaurant, with a rustic tavern setting, is rich in southern culture and really gives guests an experience of the 18th century. There is spacious indoor seating and many outside options available.

New Restaurants

Tonic

This neighborhood café, new to The Downtown Mall, provides guests with clean and simple seasonal dishes that focus on healthy, local products sourced in Charlottesville. With a variety of small dishes for a build-your-own snack board, soups and salads, sandwiches, and sharable plates, this new restaurant is a great spot to visit for a more causal eat. Tonic is currently available for outdoor seating, sit-down dining, and takeout.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Passiflora

Located at the former location of Commonwealth Skybar and Restaurant, this new Baja Mediterranean inspired restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and is available for walk-ins and reservations. Passiflora adds a new element to the downtown mall and provides guests with an open space to dine while enjoying a Tex-Mex meal and a fresh tequila or rum-based drink.

During this time, many of us may find ourselves confined to our homes and workspaces, looking for a safe, enjoyable way to spend our free time. With the many restaurants Charlottesville and Albemarle County have offer, take a moment to relish in delicious food, enjoy the company of friends and family, and experience the best of what Charlottesville’s food culture has to offer.