Golden Leaf Bistro
Set in the historic Tobacco Warehouse district, Gold Leaf Bistro presides over an attractive red-brick building rich in old-world charm and surrounded by interesting local heritage. Inside, the look is upmarket and elegant. The menu champions seasonal ingredients from local producers, and you’ll find it hard to choose between the various delicious signature dishes and classic favorites, try the marinated pork tenderloin for its delicate flavors or the Atlantic seared stuffed salmon that’s served with creamy risotto and a zesty lemon aioli.
Golden Leaf Bistro, 215 Craghead St, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 791 3191
Joe & Mimma’s
Come to this family-owned eatery that has been around for 40 years for a cozy setting and some of the best Italian cooking in town. You’ll find the menu packed full of all of your Mediterranean favorites, including pizza, pasta and calzone combinations as well as delicious seafood and an array of veal dishes. Anyone after a lighter lunch or something for the kids may prefer the panini offerings that include pesto chicken and prosciutto and Fontina, all served with healthy greens from the abundant salad bar.
Joe & Mimma’s, 3336 Riverside Drive, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 799 5763
The recently opened The 616 brings a new eating experience to Danville through its partnership with around 20 different local farms of the region in order to offer bona fide farm-to-table dishes. Served in the dining room of a beautifully restored heritage building, the daily changing menu features delicious vegetarian and vegan options, and there is also live music and performances during the weekend. Alternatively, come to Sunday brunch for the buffet bounty served with eggs, breads and a spicy Bloody Mary.
The 616, 616 N Main St, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 797 3463
O’Kelly’s Deli & Pastries
For a more casual lunch option, try O’Kelly’s sandwich shop that does a mighty fine job of selling tasty baked treats fresh out of the oven. The doughy doorsteps are stuffed with a great variety of fillings, from BBQ pork to ham and Swiss cheese, or try the house salads followed by a wonderful Danish pastry for dessert. These speciality sweets change most days; come on Monday for a cherry and walnut combo or celebrate the start of the weekend with Friday’s coconut cream.
O’Kelly’s Deli, 877 Piney Forest Rd, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 836 7970
Steaks on the Square
Super sirloins and tasty T-bones are what they do best at Steak on the Square. A family-friendly joint where the best cuts of meat will take pride of place on your dining plate. Work up an appetite before tackling the melt-in-your-mouth rib-eye complemented by a side of twice-baked potatoes and a healthy dose of greens from the salad bar. Aside from steak, the restaurant boasts an impressive wine list along with a friendly staff who can advise on the best cuts and a decadent dessert option for anyone still with an appetite.
Steak on the Square, 112 Westover Dr, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 792 9663
Adjacent to Danville’s Historic North Theatre, Thai eatery Moon River is the perfect pick for a flavorful fill before an evening show. The bistro is helmed by Parichat Mongkhonkham who runs several Thai restaurants in the region and is a pro at whipping up authentic Thai dishes along with Asian fusion and New Orleans inspired recipes. Start with the marinated chicken on bamboo skewers before digging into a perfectly prepared Thai curry rich in spices and coconut milk. The ambience is sophisticated and serene, complemented with dark wood tables and cream seating set under high ceilings, and you’ll often find musicians entertaining guests as they eat.
Moon River, 629 N Main St, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 791 2939
This long-standing stalwart of Italian cuisine is a fine-looking affair. Step inside and you’ll find a capacious red-brick outfit with fashionable exposed walls and low-level funky light fittings. The menu lives up to expectations by producing fresh, unfussy Italian favorites. The porcini ravioli is a rich and creamy plate of deliciousness, and the XL pizzas are big enough to feed an entire family. In the warmer months, enjoy your meal out on the screened patio that overlooks the adjacent river, a good place for a post-lunch stroll once plates are cleared.
Frank’s Italian, 1959 Memorial Dr, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 792 6157
Step back in time at Mary’s Diner where little has changed in décor or dishes for half a century. Run by the daughter of the original owners who opened it in the 1950s, the cafeteria serves comforting home-cooked fodder, which warms soul and stomach. There’s dribble-worthy steak and gravy and lovingly prepared mac ‘n’ cheese, which can be followed by some naughty-but-nice fruit cobblers or warming banana pudding.
Mary’s Diner, 1203 Piney Forest Rd, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 836 0132
Me’s Burgers and Brews
Run by a mother-and-daughter outfit, this gourmet burger joint provides a relaxed neighborhood ambience. Top quality ingredients dominate the menu. 100 percent Angus Reserve beef, locally sourced lamb and free-ranged chicken are used in the menu’s hearty dishes. Book lovers will enjoy the burgers that are each named after a famous literary character such as The Agatha Christie with mystery mushrooms, Swiss, basil mayo and fresh spinach.
Me’s Burgers and Brews, 215 Main Street, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 792 0123
The Brown Bean
Blink and you’ll miss this intimate little restaurant, but it’s an unsung hero of Danville’s lunch scene. You’ll find this lunch spot attached to the Gingerbread House so that hungry shoppers can rest and refuel on the fresh, daily changing specials before continuing to shop. Options include cheesy quiches and fresh salads, chunky vegetable soups and a selection of yummy sandwiches served on soft, doughy bread. The laid-back setting and their delicious coffees and pastry selection make it a good tea stop too.
The Brown Bean, 1799 Memorial Dr, Danville, VA, USA, +1 434 791 2700