The Charlottesville 29

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

Below is the 2018 The Charlottesville 29, answering: if there we just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? Further background is here. The guide for each restaurant 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. To be eligible, a restaurant must have been open since January 1, 2017, and must have a Charlottesville postal address.

Where and what to eat in Charlottesville:

The 29

Ace Biscuit & Barbecue
Down home Southern cooking from chef Brian Ashworth, cooking in his wheelhouse
Guide

Al Carbon
With rotisserie chickens and Mexican street food, one of the best values in town
Guide

The Alley Light
A grown-up lounge and 2015 James Beard semifinalist for nation’s best new restaurant
Guide • Full Article

The Bebedero
Traditional Mexican food in a dazzling setting with expertly crafted drinks
Guide • Full Article

Beer Run
A beer bar, store, and eatery, Charlottesville’s quintessential family restaurant
Guide •  Full Article

Bizou
Gussied-up comfort food and sophisticated specials in a diner-like setting
Guide Full Article

Bodo’s
Feeding bagels to 6,000 people per day, Charlottesville’s signature restaurant
Guide • Full Article

C&O
The heart of Charlottesville dining, in Dean Maupin’s expert hands
Guide • Full Article

Duner’s
An old-school institution with huge portions of rich, classic, delicious fare
Guide

Fleurie
Brian Helleberg’s serene downtown temple of sophisticated French cuisine
Guide

Hamiltons’
The Hamiltons’ lasting tribute to the New American restaurant renaissance
Guide

The Ivy Inn Restaurant
The Vangelopoulos’ unequaled fine dining experience
Guide • Full Article

Lampo
Outstanding Neapolitan pizza, panuozzi, well-sourced Italian, and a stellar bar
GuideFull Article

MarieBette Cafe and Bakery
Breakfast and lunch in a little slice of Paris on Rose Hill Drive
Guide

Mas
Iconic Spanish tapas bar where it feels like a party any night of the week
Guide Full Article

Maya
The standard-bearer for Charlottesville’s signature Southern/French cuisine
Guide • Full Article

Mel’s Cafe
Mel Walker’s comforting soul food and charm at prices that can’t be beat
Guide

Milan
The most polished Indian restaurant experience in town
Guide • Full Article

Oakhart Social
Charlottesville’s exemplar of the new generation of great urban restaurants
Guide • Full Article

Pad Thai
Mom-and-pop serving up real homestyle Thai cooking
Guide • Full Article

Peter Chang’s China Grill
Flagship restaurant of a man some call the nation’s best Szechuan chef
Guide • Full Article

Petit Pois
The closest thing in Charlottesville to a French bistro
Guide • Full Article

Public Fish & Oyster
A spot-on coastal oyster house, right here in Charlottesville
Guide • Full Article

Revolutionary Soup
Will Richey’s counter-service joint with great soups, and even better sandwiches
Guide

Sultan Kebab
Real, delicious Turkish cuisine from hummus to manti to kebabs
Guide • Full Article

Tavern & Grocery
A versatile and welcoming tavern, with great food, drinks and cheer
Guide • Full Article

Tavola
The Keavenys’ warm Belmont storefront serving ingredient-driven Italian fare
Guide • Full Article

Ten
Sleek, serene, and transporting, Charlottesville’s favorite luxurious escape for sushi
Guide

Zocalo
Consistently excellent Latin-infused cuisine centrally located on the Downtown Mall
Guide • Full Article

 

(Note: The 2017 Charlottesville 29 is here and The 2016 Charlottesville 29 is here.)