About Michie Tavern

With its white front porch and Colonial architecture, Michie Tavern allows guests to feel like eighteenth century travelers. Open daily from 11:30-3:00, Michie Tavern’s dining room, the Ordinary, offers a cozy environment with servers in the period’s attire. Michie Tavern provides hearty midday fare especially convenient for famished tourists looking to extend their day in Charlottesville. Thus, Michie Tavern’s Southern style buffet is the perfect stop! Whether visitors drove from the nearby apple and peach orchard, Carter Mountain, or hiked the two-mile trail from Monticello, they experience nothing short of delight from the classic pairing of fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, biscuits, and other Southern classics.

Michie Tavern also features various small stores. Providing anything from small trinkets to Colonial and Victorian currency, the gift shop supplies memorable souvenirs for any tourist or history buff. If you loved your meal at the tavern, you can purchase an eighteenth century cookbook to recreate the delicious Southern cooking. Offering additional historical experiences, the Armory is sure to interest guests. This large display of antique firearms, swords, and knives optimizes any amount of space the small shop offers. With such an extensive collection of artifacts, the shop is perfect for anyone interested in U.S. weapons dating from the American Revolution to the late nineteenth century. This quaint shop not only invites adult customers and firearm connoisseurs. Children can take home old bullets from the Civil War as unique souvenirs.

The General Store and Metal Smith Shop differ from the tavern, as they carry traditional Southern home décor and local food products. However, the General Store also displays Colonial and Civil War fashion, providing a joint museum experience and modern mom and pop-style store. This small community of shops alongside Michie Tavern, combined with a day at Monticello, guarantees visitors an exceptional past-to-present adventure.

Location & Hours

683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

The Ordinary is open year-round
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. November-March
11:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. April-October

To see the hours for a particular day, click HERE.


Phone: (434) 977-1234
Website: http://home.monticello.org


How Much Does Dining at Michie Tavern Cost?

Adult Buffet: $18.95
Youth Buffet (12-15) $10.95
Youth Buffet (6-11) $6.95

Vegetarian Buffet Discounted Rate: $10.95
One child under six eats free for each paying adult

Parking at Michie Tavern

Parking is available in Michie Tavern’s parking lot.

Plan Your Day


Start your day off by hiking the two mile scenic Saunders-Monticello Trail or visiting Monticello.

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Michie Tavern, located down the mountain from Monticello, provides hearty midday fare especially convenient for famished tourists looking to extend their day in Charlottesville.

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After your meal, stop in Michie Tavern’s Gift Shop, the General Store, Metal Smith Shop, and Armory.

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Formerly known as Ash Lawn, James Monroe’s Highland boasts a newly revamped guided tour with a collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century furnishings.

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A convenient pit stop to watch the sunset after dining at Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain reinforces an authentic Central Virginia experience complete with homemade cider, donuts, and ice cream.

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After dining at Michie Tavern, come visit the University of Virginia, the site Jefferson coined “the Hobby of [his] old age.”

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