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 five recommendations sure to rekindle your spirits and restore you along the road to recovery. 

1. Blue Moon Diner

Re-opened in 2020 in 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.


606 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903


2. 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


3. 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


4. 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


5. Cavalier Diner

Be sure to check out the Cav Diner’s special offer for Charlottesville visitors. This quintessential diner is owned and operated by Risty Vlavianos, a second generation restauranteur with impeccable Greek credentials. On the main drag as you come into town and near many hotels on the north side, the Cav Diner’s atmosphere is always bustling and the dishes savory and restorative. Indeed, this is a virtual clubhouse for the Cavalier faithful. Best known for their breakfasts, it doesn’t take a Wahoo victory, however, to enjoy their cakes, waffles or best-in-town Greek Omelette. 

View Cav Diner’s Menu Here. 


1403 N. Emmet St. N. Charlottesville, VA 22903

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