Petit Pois

Pois201 Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 979-7647

Why Petit Pois?

Many Charlottesville restaurants have seasonal menus. In a town so committed to local sourcing, Mother Nature demands it. But, few restaurants transform themselves with the seasons as much as Petit Pois, the more casual and affordable sibling of Fleurie. It’s like several restaurants in one. In winter, it’s the closest thing in Charlottesville to a French bistro, serving hearty French classics, faithfully prepared, in a cozy 25-seat dining room. In warmer months, a 65-seat patio at the center of the downtown mall draws crowds for optimal people-watching, epic lunches, and breezy dinners of lighter takes on locally-sourced French fare. Any time of year, there are few spots in town as reliable for a great meal.

What to Order

Though the menu changes seasonally, some dishes are year-round fixtures. Below are our favorites, the chef’s picks, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a chef or personality has named a Petit Pois dish one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • French Onion Soup
  • Chicken Liver Mousse
  • Cheese Burger
  • Skate Wing
  • Steak Frites
  • Panisse

Chef’s Picks

  • French Onion Soup
  • Chilled Pea Soup with creme fraiche and shaved radish
  • Moules Marinieres (Prince Edward Island Mussels with beurre blanc, mirepoix and grilled bread)
  • Tuna Nicoise Salad (hard boiled Polyface egg, tomato, green beans, potatoes, Nicoise olives, mustard vinaigrette)
  • Bourride (aromatic shellfish broth with fennel, saffron, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp and scallops, grilled bread and rouille)
  • Profiteroles (Pate au choux with house made vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce)

Five Finds on Friday Picks

petit pois soup