The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Brasserie Saison


111 East Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 202-7027

Why Brasserie Saison?

Originally conceived to fill a Charlottesville void with Benelux-style food designed to pair with beer, Brasserie Saison has evolved into a restaurant that stands out less for its style of cuisine than its overall excellence. From Chef Chris Humphrey’s food, to drinks, to service, Brasserie Saison – a European-style brasserie touched by Charlottesville – is among the most polished restaurants in town.

Owner Hunter Smith also runs Champion Brewing Company, which brews Belgian-style beers specifically for the restaurant. Also stellar are wines and cocktails, with one of the best bars in town, led by Wil Smith, 2021 C-VILLE Best Bartender.

What to Order

Below is a list of our suggestions, recommendations from the owner, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a local chef or personality has named a Brasserie Saison dish as one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Brussels Sprouts Salad
  • Steak Tartare
  • Crispy Scallops
  • Moules Frites

Owner’s Picks

  • Steak Tartare
  • Moules Frites
  • Cassoulet
  • Coq au Vin

Five Finds on Friday Picks


The 2019 Charlottesville 29


The 2019 Charlottesville 29 is here, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in the Charlottesville area, what would be the ideal 29?

For each restaurant entered, a guide explains why it was selected, and includes ordering tips from the restaurant’s chef/owner and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where other chefs or personalities have named a dish from that restaurant as one of the best in town. Where and what to eat in Charlottesville: The 2019 Charlottesville 29.

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