The 10 Best Restaurants In Morgantown, West Virginia

Photo of Vincent Wood
9 February 2017

Located on the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is a West Virginia college town whose culture and tradition have been largely shaped by the longstanding practice of river trade and the academic influence of West Virginia University. From fusion food to old-world tradition, these 10 restaurants represent the best that Morgantown has to offer.

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Black Bear Burritos

Restaurant, Fast Food
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Black Bear Burritos’ pan-ethnic wraps incorporate flavours and ingredients from all over the globe. The restaurant promotes a vegetarian and vegan friendly message by keeping a completely separate grill for non-meat based dishes and preparing all rice using entirely vegan methods. Specialities include The Lady Cab Driver and the turkey reuben and ingredients for each dish are organic and locally sourced where possible. In addition to delicious food the dining room maintains a distinctly Appalachian atmosphere in which local musicians and artist are regularly invited to perform.

Oliverio’s

Owned and run by the Oliverio family for more than 40 years, Oliverio’s brings old world Italian cuisine to West Virginia with all the tradition and flavor you would expect from such an establishment. Pastas, pizza and salads all make up the standard fare with items like pepperoni rolls and the caprese pizza listed among the house specialties. A West Virginia institution with a long standing customer base, Oliverio’s moved to Morgantown in 2001 and quickly established themselves as one of the town’s favorite restaurants.

Oliverio’s, 52 Clay St. Morgantown, West Virginia 26505, United States +1 304 296 2565

Sargasso

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Sargasso brings international flavours together under a single roof with a fusion menu inspired by the owners’ travels around the globe. When booking over the phone the restaurant inquires as to the specific likes and dislikes of each guest so that the menu can be tailored to individual tastes. But with an array of freshly prepared soups, rabbit hot pot, faro jambalaya and Caribbean peanut roasted chicken, there is likely a dish to please even the pickiest eaters.

Ogawa

Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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Ogawa is Morgantown’s oldest and perhaps most celebrated purveyor traditional Japanese fare, serving up generous portions of sushi made with the freshest fish and thick cut vegetables. Focusing on authentic Japanese flavours, Ogawa’s award winning sushi chef, Korean born Gunn Hong, has poured his knowledge and training into the restaurant to provide delicacies such as the Alaska roll or soft shell crab tempura. Furthermore, the restaurant’s serene, oriental inspired décor creates the perfect backdrop for a delightfully well rounded dining experience.

Regatta Bar and Grille

Bar, American
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Situated on the banks of the Monongahela River, the Regatta Bar and Grille offers up a seasonal menu complete with steaks, seafood and salad. The all you can eat buffet on Fridays and Saturdays boats servings of prime rib and crab legs that are bound to keep customers coming back for more, whilst breakfast and lunch buffets throughout the week offer a selection of salmon, sandwiches and quesadillas among other items. The sophisticated surroundings of the interior décor compliment the food nicely, and an open air patio allows guests to dine with views of the nearby river.

Chaang Thai Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Chaang Thai Restaurant prepares some of the finest Thai cuisine around using the best of fresh ingredients to provide authentic Thai flavours. The décor takes from traditional Thai design and an outdoor deck allows guests to dine in style during the warmer months. Classic dishes such as bamboo red curry or pad si ew are firm favourites, but inspiration is drawn not only from Thai tradition but also from seasonal local produce. Other signature specials include the range of lobster dishes such as lobster panang and lobster mango curry.

Kenyan Café

Cafe, Restaurant, African, $$$
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With a large focus on organic and healthy food, The Kenyan Café dishes out hearty meals from the African continent with a wide array of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free cooking. Speciality dishes include the matoke or mandazi which can be washed down with the authentic Kenyan millet drink. If guests prefer a bit of a spice to their meal they can try some of the Wild Kenyan hot Sauce, containing aged cayenne peppers and Kenyan red peppers, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Café Bacchus

Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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The impressive architecture of the grand old home in which Café Bacchus is situated sets the stage for a charming dining experience. Contemporary American cuisine is served alongside international fare for an impressive selection of dishes. Food is top-notch and always elegantly presented with a menu for brunch, including a selection of exquisite omelettes, lunch, dinner and dessert. Café Bacchus is an idyllic spot for a light lunch or grand meal out.

Lavender Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Taiwanese is not a particularly well known cuisine in the United States but in many ways it is similar to the popular Chinese dishes that have found their way into the cultural zeitgeist of American dining habits. It does however have a very unique twist to it which Lavender Café presents together with its authentic flavours of Taiwan. Chinese dishes such as spring rolls and Thai inspired pad thai noodles are served alongside items such as egg drop soup and Taiwanese fried rice to which bring out the unique indigenous flavours of Taiwan.

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