Restaurants

A number of outstanding restaurants are nestled in Orange, Virginia and the surrounding towns. Whether you are seeking a quick, casual meal after a long day of traveling, or an elegant feast paired with the perfect wines, our Virginia bed and breakfast is near many attractive options. For your convenience, we have listed some of our favorite regional Virginia restaurants below. When you arrive at the Holladay House, you may peruse our collection of menus to help you make your decision. We are happy to make dinner reservations for you!

 

Elmwood at Sparks

Elmwood at Sparks (only 1 block away!): Melding quality Virginia products with innovative dishes, Elmwood at Sparks offers a distinct local dining experience. Hundreds of our guests have eaten here and all have returned with great reviews. Executive Chef Randy Cooper showcases his blend of American and French training, and seeks out the finest ingredients from local purveyors. Chef Cooper updates his dinner menu each week, so each visit is a wonderfully unique treat!

Open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 3pm, and dinner Thursday-Saturday, 6:00pm to 9pm.

Pomme (9 miles, 10-15 minute drive): Master Chef Gerard Gasparini prepares the finest in classic French cuisine, featuring entrees for every palate. Our guests love the sophisticated yet casual atmosphere, the professional service, and the creative menu.

Open for lunch Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30am to 2:30pm, dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Palladio (13 miles, 15-20 minute drive): Executive Chef Melissa Close brings the finest authentic Northern Italian cuisine to central Virginia. With commanding views of Barboursville Vineyards, Palladio Restaurant is a regional gem that attracts visitors from across the state. Palladio is unique for its four course dining experience, with each course accompanied by the perfect Barboursville wine.

Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday noon to 2:30pm, and dinner Friday-Saturday 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Reservations required. Palladio is CLOSED in January.

Inn at Meander Plantation (8 miles, 10-15 minute drive): Stunning Blue Ridge mountain views at this eighteenth-century plantation create the quintessential Virginia dining experience. The Inn at Meander Plantation serves hors d'oeuvres at 6pm and a prix-fixe 5-course menu at 7pm. Virginia wine flights are available.

Open for dinner Thursday - Saturday.

Vintage (2 miles, 5 minute drive): Fully-restored historic mansion with a sleek contemporary interior design.  Executive Chef Scott Meyers brings his unique twist to an intensive farm-to-table philosophy while Executive Pastry Chef Arnaud Chavigny brings his skills most recently honed at the Ritz in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  All menus change with the bi-weekly to guarantee the freshest most authentic flavors possible.

Open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday 5:30pm to 9:00pm, Sunday until 7pm.

The Light Well (2 blocks away!): Coffeehouse by day, tavern by night, the Light Well is the neighborhood spot where people come and let their hair down. Casual locally-sourced fare, great beer selection, wine, and cocktails. Live music on Fridays showcases the best musicians of the Virginia Piedmont, the Shenandoah Valley, and beyond. Acoustic, Jazz, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, and Country - it's all there!

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday - Saturday starting 7am; breakfast and lunch on Sundays.

Silk Mill Grille (1/2 mile, 2-5 minute drive, 15 minute walk): Silk Mill Grille offers a casual dining experience rich in Orange County’s history. Located in a former silk mill (which produced most of the parachutes used by U.S. troops in World War II), dinners are affordable and the atmosphere unique. Steak, poultry, seafood, dinner salads, and sandwiches are all on the menu.

Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Red's (1 mile, 5 minute drive): The family who made Gordonsville the "Fried Chicken Capital of the World", is now serving up made-from-scratch southern fare in Orange!  Seriously good fried chicken, fried fish and all the traditional sides are made fresh every day from their family's long-standing recipe traditions.  See why Gordonsville is known for their "Fried Chicken Festival"!

Open Monday-Saturday 11a - 8p.

Gusto di Vita (3 blocks away): A small drive-through specialty drink kiosk with a huge selection and friendly fast service. Gusto di Vita offers specialty coffees (including espresso, cappuccino, etc), iced beverages, smoothies, high-end teas and more!  Grab biscotti, doughnuts, and other treats along with your drink.

Open Monday-Friday 7am to 5:30pm and Saturday 7:30am to 2:30pm.

It’s About Thyme (20 miles, 25-30 minute drive): It’s About Thyme offers delicious European country cuisine, superior service, and creative Old World décor. This is one of our favorite places to eat on those rare occasions when we have spare time!

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 3pm, and 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

Foti’s Restaurant (19 miles, 20-30 minute drive): Hailed by the Washingtonian in 2006 as one of the “100 very best restaurants,” Foti’s serves contemporary American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Owner and chef Frank Maragos refined his talents at the famous Inn at Little Washington, and his culinary creations and superior service speak for themselves.

Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday 5:30pm to 9:30pm, and Sunday all day. Serves lunch Tuesday to Friday 11:30am to 2pm.

The BBQ Exchange (10 miles, 10-15 minute drive): The BBQ Exchange is the culmination of a 37-year culinary journey Craig and Donna Hartman have taken from the Culinary Institute of America to Gordonsville, VA with experiences from the Rockies to the Catskills and lots of stops in between. Craig's love of all things cooking, and especially over a live fire, led them to a deep love for old school, slow-cooked BBQ. Featuring hickory-smoked and slow-roasted pork, beef and chicken with a ton of homemade sides, pickles and desserts!

Open 11am to 8pm daily.

Stonefire Kitchen (12 miles, 15 minute drive): Tori and Carl Tremaglios, the founders of Oregano Joe's Restaurant in Charlottesville, and chef Jeremy Butterfield, former sous chef of Palladio Restaurant, have developed a little gourmet sandwich shop in between the Town of Orange and Barboursville, Horton and Burnley vineyards. Using mostly locally-sourced ingredients, the changing menu offers sandwiches, salads, soups, sides, lunch/dinner entrees, box lunches, gift baskets, and picnic baskets.

Open 11am to 7pm daily.

Thai Culpeper (19 miles, 20-25 minute drive): Located in the historic Lord Culpeper Hotel on South Main Street, Thai Culpeper is a fusion of Old Virginia architecture and Asian cuisine. Boasts an extensive selection of common favorites as well as several delicious chef specials. 
540-829-0777

Open 11am to 10pm Tuesday - Sunday.

Main Street in Orange County

Hazel River Inn (19 miles, 20-25 minute drive): Chef Peter Stogbuchner has assembled an intriguing selection of regional fare, including Virginia bison tenderloin and honey & orange quail. The building itself is rich in history, having served as a Civil War jail for both the Federal and Confederate armies.

Open 11:30am to 2:30pm, and 5:30pm to 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Bavarian Chef (15 miles, 20 minute drive): Authentic German menu in an Old World atmosphere. Meals are hearty, rich, and delicious. The extensive selection of German beers is a nice compliment to the meal. 540-948-6505.

Open Wednesday-Saturday 4:30pm-9pm and Sunday 11:30am to 9pm.

El Vaquero West (1/2 mile, 2-3 minute drive, 15 minute walk): El Vaquero West is a local favorite. Serving authentic Mexican fare, prices are affordable, service is fantastic, and the food is delicious. Great place to go for lunch or a casual dinner.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Los Agaves (1 mile, 3 minute drive): Los Agaves features authentic Mexican cuisine.  Fresh, made-from-scratch selections include favorites like burritos and enchiladas.  But the menu is also bursting with Mexico City-style dishes such as tortas, sopa de mariscos and halbondigas en chipotle.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.