Charlottesville and Albemarle County are well-known for their high density of unique restaurants and this foodie destination offers a variety of cuisines. Chefs are passionate about sourcing fresh ingredients locally and changing their menus seasonally. The area is also home to a thriving craft beverage community of cideries, breweries, distilleries and 40 wineries that form the Monticello Wine Trail. Read below to learn more about some of the destination’s newest culinary offerings!

Dairy Market

Dairy Market
Opened in Charlottesville in December 2020, Dairy Market is Central Virginia’s first food hall, located in the historic Monticello Dairy Building at 946 Grady Avenue. Dairy Market is a gathering space where visitors can order from a dozen food stalls serving a variety of cuisines. The space is also home to Starr Hill Brewery, a cocktail bar, several shops, and a full-service restaurant serving South and Central American dishes. Through the year, Dairy Market also hosts community events, inviting guests to enjoy wine tastings, live music and more.

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Marigold by Jean-Georges
World-renowned Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened Marigold in 2021 at Keswick Hall. The restaurant features local, organic ingredients and the menu changes seasonally. Much of the fresh produce is grown on a nearby farm. Marigold is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with 130 indoor seats, 20 bar seats and 70 outdoor seats. Reservations can be made at

the ridley

The Ridley
The Ridley opened in 2020 in Charlottesville’s Draftsman Hotel on West Main Street. It is one of the city’s Black-owned restaurants, named in honor of Dr. Walter N. Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from The University of Virginia and receive a graduate degree from a major, historically white public university in the South. The Ridley opens at 7 a.m. every day and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Menus include a variety of American dishes and fresh seafood.

the wool factory

The Wool Factory
The Wool Factory is a renovated, historic textile mill that offers a variety of dining options at Broadcloth, Selvedge Brewing and The Workshop. Broadcloth is The Wool Factory’s most formal dining experience with a menu that reflects Virginia’s freshest seasonal offerings. Selvedge Brewing offers a menu of casual dishes, elevated with local ingredients. Try local mushroom tacos, wings from River Oak Farm, a smashburger with crinkle-cut fries and more. The Workshop is a boutique wine and coffee shop offering small-batch wine, locally roasted coffee, fresh baked breads and pastries.

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