South and Central

946 Grady Avenue . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 202-1945

Why South and Central? 

Steakhouses can be polarizing. While some love them, others prefer restaurants with offerings more elaborate than a piece of meat they could grill at home. South and Central, the Latin American steakhouse in Dairy Market, offers the best of both worlds. For meat-lovers, there’s an a la carte menu of well-sourced steaks and sides. But, for others, there’s also an array of dishes displaying the passion of a talented chef.

Kelvin Barrera is from Honduras, and he draws inspiration from the two regions that give the restaurant its name: South and Central America. Steaks are cooked over a wood-grill, which Barrera says is vital to their flavor, and the best vantage point is the bar alongside his open kitchen, where dinner comes with a view. But, there’s not a bad seat in the house, in the large, airy room, decked nearly all in white. Will Richey’s Ten Course Hospitality runs the show, assuring the service does justice to the food.

What to Order

Steaks are cooked to order, so you’ll probably be happy with your favorite cut at your preferred temperature. Below are our recommendations, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where chefs and personalities have named a South and Central dish one of their favorites in town.

Our Picks

  • Picanha
  • Skirt
  • Steak & Eggs (Brunch)
  • Mariscos

Five Finds on Friday Picks