The Top 10 Weekend Brunches in Charlottesville, VA

Photo of Madison Orlow
18 December 2015

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.

Bloody Mary | © Viewminder/Flickr


Restaurant, American, $$$
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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

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


Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, $$$
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Whiskey Jar
Whiskey Jar | © Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr
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

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

Bluegrass Grill & Bakery

Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Shrimp and Grits
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Bluegrass Grill & Bakery serves up options that diners would struggle to find at any other eatery. The specials change, but different types of pancakes being served up at Bluegrass have included birthday cake pancakes with buttercream, Princess Leia cinnamon roll pancakes, and Nutella-espresso-chocolate chip pancakes. The innovation expands to savory options including cilantro lime tofu hash and spanakopita omelets. For an extremely memorable brunch with enough options to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, go to Bluegrass Grill & Bakery. Just be sure to come prepared because this spot is cash only, and the popularity of the establishment sometimes causes a wait.

Commonwealth Skybar

Restaurant, American, $$$
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The brunch at Commonwealth Skybar includes all the southern classics you could ever crave. Whether patrons are in the mood for fried green tomatoes with crawfish remoulade or BBQ shrimp and grits, they are never unsatisfied. The menu also includes several gluten free options that sound just as scrumptious as the rest. Sunday brunch is served until 5pm, so those who love relaxing the day away still have plenty of time to enjoy southern cooking and cocktails.

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

Aqui Es Mexico

With every option costing less than ten dollars, Aqui Es Mexico serves up flavor on a budget. Diners frequently recommend the beef or lamb barbacoa, which is only served on weekends. Enjoy your meal with the homemade tortilla chips, and of course, some margaritas. For those who struggle to find good Mexican food in the heart of Virginia, look no further than Aqui Es Mexico and add some spice to brunch.

Aqui Es Mexico, 211 Carlton Rd, Charlottesville, VA, USA +1 434 295 4748

Blue Moon Diner

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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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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