There are too many great restaurants here. The best strategy, if you're feeling indecisive, is to go with your gut. There is no best option; there are twenty-plus best options. The Charlottesville 29 is a great resource for those seeking an overview of highlights. Another good strategy is to walk the length of the Downtown Mall. You'll pass dozens of excellent restaurants. A forthcoming food hall, which we expect will open in 2020, should be another great place to follow your nose.