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 makes 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.

Charlottesville 2019 Best Food Truck: Côte-Rôtie


Fans of the NBA in the ’80s and ’90s may recall writers’ efforts some years to give the league’s MVP award to someone other than Michael Jordan. No one doubted that Jordan was the most valuable player on the planet. And yet, whether out of boredom or just to do something different, pundits would sometimes find a reason to give the award to someone else.

Those pundits might find it uninteresting to give the same food award to the same recipient year after year. And yet, among an excellent crop of food trucks and stands in Charlottesville, one continues to stand out. Talented as they may be, the greatest virtue of Côte-Rôtie’s Peter and Merrill Robertson is not their talent. It’s their passion, which shows in everything that comes off their truck. Côte-Rôtie serves food made by people who love to eat for people who love to eat.

As in 2017 and 2018, the winner of the 2019 Best Food Truck or Stand is Côte-Rôtie.