Peruse our list of restaurants below. For a more targeted search, filter by category (of food) or region. Charlottesville is well-known for its high density of unique restaurants. At one point, there were as many restaurants per capita here as there are in New York City. Dairy Market, the first food hall of its kind in central Virginia, opened in 2020. The Downtown Mall, a lengthy pedestrian-only mall with plenty of outdoor patio seating, is another excellent place to sit down and enjoy a meal. Many of our restaurants rely heavily, or exclusively, on locally-sourced ingredients.