You could easily spend a lifetime trying to sample all of Virginia’s incredible restaurants. The Old Dominion is home to some of the most delicious eateries in the entire world, and we couldn’t be prouder. Unfortunately, popularity has a way of attracting tons of diners and often a wait list. Fret not, though, because the following iconic restaurants in Virginia are always worth the wait.
1. The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Paris
The Ashby Inn can be found in a quaint village known as Paris. Living up to its name, this small town features a fantastic restaurant known as the Ashby Inn & Restaurant. This restaurant has a reputation for offering one of the best dining experiences in the D.C. area. Photographed above is a delicious entree of marinated duck breast and mushrooms. Address: 692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130.
2. Peter Chang, Charlottesville
Peter Chang has such a strong following that there are now several locations throughout Virginia. This authentic Chinese restaurant wows diners with entree items featuring unique spices and flavors. Despite the fact that locations tend to be in non-descript buildings, what awaits inside is truly a memorable experience. The Charlottesville location can be found at 2162 Barracks Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
3. A Chef's Kitchen, Williamsburg
A Chef's Kitchen in Williamsburg is fine dining with a twist. In addition to a delicious, gourmet menu, diners can watch the chef prepare courses right before their eyes. This transforms the meal into an interactive dining experience, where you can expect to learn about gourmet cooking. You may even learn a few industry secrets! Keep in mind, reservations need to be made at least a few months in advance. Address: 501 Prince George St, Ste 102, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
4. Byrd & Baldwin Bros, Norfolk
Traditionally a steakhouse, Byrd & Baldwin Bros. serves all sorts of fantastic entrees. Located in a beautifully decorated historic building, this restaurant offers a menu as delicious as its decor is tasteful. It's the perfect place for a special evening out, and you'll want to be sure to dress in your finest. Rest assured that the effort is worth it, though, as this is without a doubt one of the most iconic restaurants in the area. Address: 116 Brooke Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510.
5. The Inn At Little Washington, Washington
The Inn At Little Washington is perhaps the most iconic restaurant in Virginia. It's here that diners can expect a personalized menu, featuring some of the freshest and most local ingredients available. Photographed above, for example, is a breast of pheasant stuffed with truffles. The presentation is nothing short of art, and you'll remember your meal here for years to come. Address: 309 Main St, Washington, VA 22747.
6. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville is the definition of farm-to-table dining. Situated in a gorgeous, garden-like setting, this dining space offers guests an experience of fine produce and even finer presentation. Photographed above are two beautiful (and delicious!) creme brulees. Address: 42461 Lovettsville Rd, Lovettsville, VA 20180.
7. Heritage Restaurant, Richmond
Heritage Restaurant in Richmond offers a little bit of everything, but what it's most beloved for are the fantastic pasta dishes and a flair for Southern comfort food. Photographed above is the best of both worlds: homemade risotto. The drink and brunch menu are equally impressive and on weekends, you can expect this local treasure to be packed. Address: 1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220.
8. Trummer's On Main, Clifton
Trummer's on Main has an exceptional reputation for all things beef: bourbon-glazed sweetbreads, BBQ and steaks. Other menu items are equally exceptional, especially when paired with a wine picked out from the restaurant's own cellar. It's a dining experience that won't leave you hungry, especially should you dare to order dessert. Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA 20124.
9. The Tavern, Abingdon
Next time you pass through southwestern Virginia, be sure to stop by the Tavern in Abingdon. This local favorite offers some of the finest fare in the area. Located in a beautiful historic building, this kitchen is known for its fantastic German food as well as seafood. The crabcakes, photographed above, are one of the most popular orders. Address: 222 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210.