Restaurant week starts later this week! It’s the semiannual event we’re always looking forward to. We love to eat (who doesn’t?) and C’Ville is a great place for foodies. Restaurant week allows us to try 3 course meals at delicious restaurants at an affordable fee, and that’s something we’ll never pass up!
If you’re in Charlottesville from July 13-July 23rd, you’re in luck! Don’t miss trying out one of the many participating restaurants. Below are our suggestions for each price point.
25 Dollar Menu Restaurants
Junction– This historical building, once a turn of the century saloon, has been remade to a southwestern restaurant with a modernized Old West feel. They use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious dishes, and for restaurant week, we think the Watermelon and Jalapeno Gazpacho would be a great starter. We’d follow it with the herb Marinated Top Sirloin, and finish with the Coconut Honey Panna Cotta. All of the options look great- it was hard for us to choose- we suggest bringing a friend and sharing to taste more options!
Public Fish and Oyster– This is always one of our favorites! They feature fresh, east coast oysters and seafood, craft beer and cocktails. They are even donating one dollar of each sale during restaurant week to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The vibe is light and airy, and it’s just a lovely place to be. For a starter, we’d get the clam chowder (yum!). We’d try the daily fresh fish for our main, and the Key Lime Pot De Creme for dessert. Our mouths are watering as we scan this menu!
Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen and Brewery– This newer restaurant is the new site for the well loved Three Notch’d Brewery beer. We suggest visiting for the beer alone, but of course the food is great, too. They are pairing with Monticello for their fresh ingredients for the week, which we think makes this an extra special pick for restaurant week. We think the Crispy Creamy Polenta looks great to start. The Monticello Bowl would be our choice for the main, and we couldn’t pass up that beer brownie for dessert! On July 19th, they are doing a special event that is a preview for the Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival. They’ll feature a 3 course, beer pairing menu, a farmer meet and greet, live music, and more. Sounds like a fun way to enjoy Restaurant Week!
35 Dollar Menu Restaurants
Brasserie Saison– We always feature Brasserie Saison when we have the chance- their food is just too good. It is also conveniently located on the downtown mall. The restaurant week menu (and their typical, everyday menu) is filled with the most local and fresh ingredients. There are also several gluten free and vegetarian options. We couldn’t pass up the Smoked Trout Toast appetizer, the Summer Squash Risotto, and the Local Peach Gelato, but honestly with all of the options, it’s hard to choose!
Tavern and Grocery– Our last choice we are featuring for this price point is Tavern and Grocery- a spot near Farm Bell Kitchen. This restaurant is unique and offers local, in season food. They source their food from local farms and take pride in that. They also have a fantastic, extensive wine list. For restaurant week we’d love to try the Summer Squash and Peach Salad, the Grilled Pork Loin, and the Peach Crisp to finish it off!
Whew! It was tough to look at those menus and pick just one thing from each course. And it was even hard to decide on only three restaurants for each price point. We wish we could try multiple restaurants each day on restaurant week with all of the great offerings.
We hope this list helps you make a choice- and we hope you stay with us during restaurant week. Don’t forget that when you do stay with us, it always feels like restaurant week, because we offer you a three course, delicious, fresh breakfast every morning!