Some of Charlottesville’s most authentic restaurants have a delicious Greek influence due to a significant immigrant infusion to Charlottesville in the early 70s. The Cavalier Diner is one such place, founded by longtime restaurateurs Nick and Margarita Vlavianos, and run today by their daughter, Risty.
The delectable Greek influence here is unmistakable. Within a classic offering of American “diner” cuisine, Risty serves a sumptuous array of omelettes, waffles, sandwiches, spanikopita, soups and salads to townsfolk and UVA students and families alike. The atmosphere is bustling and sonorous. The whole day lies ahead of you, and the Cavalier Diner is an excellent way to start. Whether you’re passing through town or your staying awhile, a visit to The Cavalier Diner is an efficient way to immerse yourself in authentic Charlottesville culture and a delicious meal to remember many miles later.