The Top Weekend Brunches in Charlottesville, VA

Cafes and shops on the pedestrianised Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Cafes and shops on the pedestrianised Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Madison Orlow

There’s truly nothing better than spending a relaxing weekend with friends and family enjoying good food and cocktails. This feeling of bliss has led to the rise of brunch as America’s favorite meal. Charlottesville restaurants serve up the finest locally sourced foods, making it a food hub in Virginia, and brunch has certainly not been overlooked. With these delicious options, Charlottesville is about to become your favorite destination for a delightful Sunday.

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Bloody Mary Cocktail in glass with garnishes. Tomato Bloody Mary spicy drink on black background with copy space.

Bizou is known for serving upscale food in a relaxed and comfortable environment since 1996. Brunch is the optimal time to check out this French fusion restaurant. The menu is divided into savory and sweet sections with enough options to satisfy everyone’s brunch cravings. Enjoy the varied and creative menu options paired with a Bloody Mary, a pomegranate mimosa, or a pear-thyme bellini. If the weather is nice, snag a spot on the patio or simply enjoy the cool vintage interior of the restaurant.

Hamiltons’ At First and Main

Enjoy a cup of coffee at Hamiltons’ At First and Main

Featuring Virginia’s finest produce and specialties, Hamiltons’ At First and Main serves up the best of the state. Southern comfort is at it’s finest for brunch, including the option of cornmeal waffles with Creole Sauce, corned beef hash, creamy grits, and biscuits. Furthermore, brunch is one of the more affordable meals to enjoy Hamiltons’ with the same quality of food, presentation, and service. For those who don’t believe that brunch is complete without a cocktail (or three), try the orange and thyme soda with bourbon or the biggie mimosa.

Hamiltons’ At First and Main, 101 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA, USA, +1 434 295 6649


From Coffee Beans to Coffee

All coffee fanatics would be amiss if considering missing out on the local coffee bar, Mudhouse. This fun, eclectic coffeehouse serves up homemade pastries along with their own roasted coffee, which you can even have ordered to your house. Beginning as a coffee cart and eventually expanding to having several established locations in the Charlottesville area, Mudhouse exemplifies how brewing up quality leads to success. Enjoy a casual brunch at Mudhouse and take advantage of the fun environment, including free Wi-Fi, chessboards, and books.

The Whiskey Jar

Whiskey in glasses on wood background

The Whiskey Jar claims that their food is ‘nothing fancy’, but the locally grown, hand prepared food served is always exquisitely executed. The fact that the chef is also a farmer is evident in the quality of the food he provides to his patrons. As indicated by the name, whiskey is plentiful on the menu here, along with a couple of traditional brunch cocktails making for a boozy brunch. The ambience of The Whiskey Jar is cozy and inviting, making it a perfect place for a relaxing and quality brunch.

The Whiskey Jar, 227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA, USA +1 434 202 1549

Petit Pois

For fans of quaint atmospheres or outdoor dining, try the romantic Petit Pois on the Downtown Mall. The impeccable attention to detail extends from the food to the atmosphere, with lovely background music and attentive, but not intrusive, service. If you’re craving something sweet, don’t miss the brioche French toast with crème anglaise. The menu includes a savory selection of frittatas, grilled shrimp, and sausage béchamel. For a trip to France, without the cost of airfare, enjoy brunch at the Petit Pois.

Petit Pois, 201 East Main St, Charlottesville, VA, USA, +1 434 979 7647

Oakhurst Inn

Located in a beautiful and historic part of Charlottesville, The Oakhurst Inn is described as ‘a little oasis’. For those who don’t need a place to stay, it also serves as the ideal location for a weekend brunch. The menu is eclectic and inspired with twists on traditional breakfast food options. Patrons thoroughly enjoy the duck hunt sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon and the housemade coconut almond granola. The side options sound as delectable as the entrees, so they are perfect to complement a meal.

Oakhurst Inn, 100 Oakhurst Circle, Charlottesville, VA, USA +1 434 872 0100

Blue Moon Diner

For lovers of traditional diner food with slight creative flair, Blue Moon Diner is the brunch spot for you. The décor features an eclectic assortment of artwork adding to the cool atmosphere. Breakfast is served all day, and lunch options begin being served at 10am. Omelet lovers can try out the regionally inspired Denver, Nordic, and Mediterranean omelets. Those who prefer to dine on lunch food will love the golden beet salad and the burgers. The Blue Moon Diner also has a full bar adding some boozy bliss to brunch.

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