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Virginian Restaurant

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American, Bar
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1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
+1 434-984-4667
10:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Germantown, Tennessee
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105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals suggested the Virginian to us, and we're so glad we took their advice. Great food & friendly, helpful service. I can see why this place is popular among the college crowd!

Thank MemphisLawyer
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been here many, many times over the 30 something years since graduation and this time found it disappointing. Lackluster service, out of several items (wheat bread), and good but not great food.

Thank Cathy H
Meadowview, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fast friendly service and the food was delicious. Smaller pub style restaurant within walking distance of other shops.

Thank David M
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I am in town working .. My colleague & I wanted to try something close to the University. I thought it looked quaint & old from website pics.. Basically it is an old bar dive..& personnel to match. The tables are basically plywood with some stain. Our waitress was either very inexperienced or not interested in taking care of us.... More 

Thank kellybO1234AX
Powhatan, Virginia, United States
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Selected this restaurant because of it's history and appearance. Restaurant is charming and clean. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the menu has a good selection. I was expecting the food to be a bit better than average, especially considering the cost. The prices were moderate and what you would expect for above average food. The French onion soup... More 

Thank Terri W
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97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Four of us really enjoyed our lunch here while visiting the University of Virginia. I had a great salad with chicken on top others had a great burgers and BLT. Highly recommend while visiting Charlottesville for a fun place with great atmosphere. Good service too!

Thank Kim W
Legnica, Poland
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I visited this restaurant only because I read that it is the oldest restaurant in Charlottesville. With friends, we decided to go there for lunch. The restaurant inside has some 'old' atmosphere, and that's all. We decided to take a sandwich of the day and beer. After receiving our order, the staff only waited impatiently when we leave. Maybe our... More 

Thank Joanna_Bi
Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great staff, a nice spot for a early or late drink. Can get crowded quick, but it's still a good spot.

Thank J S
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Do not order the steak here. Mine had no taste except for salt (more like salty water actually) and was mostly gristle. It was topped with canned mushrooms and onions that added no flavor. My caesar salad had minimal dressing on it (could be a plus or a minus depending on the person). The mashed potatoes that came as a... More 

Thank L S
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

If you leave here hungry it's your own fault. Staff very friendly it was like they couldn't do too much for you or enough for you went out of their way to make sure that you were accommodated very clean I would recommend this to anyone but you better come hungry.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1521 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2636
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-984-4667

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?