brunch plate of eggs and potatoes

Best Brunch in Charlottesville

Whether you seek a cadenza or a little hair off the dog that bit ya, Charlottesville has a robust array of breakfast and brunch offerings for “morning after” gatherings. From rough-and-tumble to refined, here are six recommendations sure to rekindle your spirits and restore you along the road to recovery. 

1. Blue Moon Diner

Open and welcoming on the same spot on West Main where it has served sojourners for two decades, Blue Moon is a hippy greasy-spoon with a hip vinyl collection. Enjoy all-day breakfast, homestyle lunch and dinner dishes, sweets, drinks and weekend brunch specials. The vibe is artsy and the menu is satisfying– this is an iconic Cville spot.


606 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2. Guajiros

If you’re craving a little Cuban spice, we recommend Guajiros for a zesty and casual brunch get-together. Hovering over the train tracks beside Drewary Brown Bridge on West Main Street, Guajiros is a worthy successor to the hallowed space of several extinct  hot spots, from The Cotton Exchange to L’etoile. A compact entry places you at the “Miami” coffee bar where you place your order from a menu of a dozen plus breakfast and lunch items. The breakfast bowl or breakfast tacos exotically deliver nutrition and taste. Absolutely order the fried plantains that melt in your mouth like Bananas Foster, and top it off with a cafe con leche or sparkling wine. You can enjoy these in several intimate rooms, upstairs or down, with views onto Cvlle’s railroad tradition. Afterward, we bet you’ll be game for a siesta.


817 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22903

3. Tip Top Restaurant

Up on Pantops you’ll find one of Charlottesville’s most popular restaurants, the Tip Top. Serving breakfast all day, as well as a broad menu with Greek inspiration, this is as close to an old-school, orange-roofed Howard Johnson’s dining experience as you’ll find anywhere. Led by Terry Vassalos, scion of Charlottesville’s 1960s-era mediterranean infusion, Tip Top is frequently bustling and always satisfying.


1420 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22911


4. The Nook

Bustling indoors and out on the Downtown Mall and well-known as one of John Gresham’s favorites, The Nook has been tightening-up the hungry and hung-over in Charlottesville for over three generations. The Nook’s menu is loaded with comfort food and American classics, and indoors you will view a fascinating portrait-history of “The Hook.” You always receive service with a smile here as you begin your road to recovery.


415 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

View The Nook’s Menu


5. Tavern & Grocery

With this recommendation we’re taking you uptown, but don’t worry, not all the way uptown. Just to 333 West Main where the Bloody Mary’s are cool and spicy and the Mimosas are like a spring shower. Their brunch menu is among the most refined in Charlottesville, the atmosphere at once both engaging and distracting,  and the setting’s soft natural light won’t betray your blood-shot eyes. This is a pleasant place for a weekend launch.

View Tavern & Grocery’s Menu Here. 


333 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903


6. Ace’s Barbecue & Biscuit

On any given weekend, this is where students, their parents, alumni and townies-who-know go to find restoration in the form of fluffy, caky biscuits, gravy and smoked meats. The food is so delicious, you’ll swoon upon entry. Never fear. Approach the counter, place your order from over a two dozen tantalizing options, and repair to your table where a server will bring your meal. And, if you have a stirring for a little hair off the dog that bit ya, there’s a bar too.

View Ace’s Menu here


600 Concord Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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