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 food, to drinks, to service, Brasserie Saison – a European-style brasserie touched by Charlottesville – may be the most polished restaurant 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. For a heightened experience, head downstairs to the tiny restaurant-within-a-restaurant The Coat Room, where you’ll enjoy your own dedicated server and bartender, among other perks.

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

  • Endive Salad
  • Seven Hills Beef Tartare
  • Crispy Scallops
  • Pork Cut
  • Raclette Sandwich 
  • Buttered Popcorn Pudding

Owner’s Picks

  • Pork Schnitzel Sandwich and Simple Greens Salad
  • Spicy Thai Curry Mussels
  • Gravlax
  • Country Paté
  • Epoisses Cheese and Dubbel bread plate with pickled apples
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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.