Where to Eat in Covington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Leida Jutras

Covington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,961, making it the third-least populous city in Virginia. It is surrounded by Alleghany County, of which it is also the county seat. Located at the confluence of Jackson River and Dunlap Creek, Covington is one of three cities (with Roanoke and Salem) in the Roanoke Regional Partnership. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Covington with Alleghany county for statistical purposes.
Things to do in Covington

1. Cucci Pizzeria

562 E Madison St, Covington, VA 24426-2133 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 540-962-3964
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Cucci Pizzeria

Cucci's Pizzeria beings fresh, authentic Italian cuisine to Covington. Made from traditional recipes and from scratch daily, we've got exactly what you are looking for. We bake fresh bread each morning, as well as cut the freshest produce for the salad bar each day. Our menu is comprised of traditional Italian and Sicilian style pizza, as well as deep dish and calzones to meet any pizza craving you may have. Each pizza has our delicious homemade sauce which is fresh and light creating the perfect base for all of our pizza offerings. In addition to our variety of pizza options, we make a mouthwatering eggplant parmesan, spaghetti with meat sauce, and a wide selection of Italian sandwiches and subs. Enjoy a bottle of wine or a selection from our choices of bottled beers to complete your meal. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority here at Cucci's Pizzeria. As a family owned and operated business, we welcome you with open arms into our casual and cozy restaurant to enjoy a delicious and authentic Italian meal. We hope to see you soon, ciao!

Reviewed By dpguin - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Everyone we met in the area spontaneously recommended Cucci's Pizzeria as the place to eat. I'd had meals here many, many years ago but had forgotten how good it was.

We needed to seat a table of 16 so called ahead. When we said we had a large group, they responded that all their large group rooms were taken and this was on a Monday night. Apparently they don't consider 16 a large group. They were packed but had plenty of staff to cover the needs and then some. They had lined up tables so we were all seated banquet style. Of note, they did not automatically attach the customary tip for a large group. How refreshing and I believe they received more because of it.

We were seated immediately, drink orders were taken and shortly thereafter meal orders. We were able to split the checks. The staff was organized and friendly. First many of us made our way to the salad bar. The offerings were fresh and generous with a wide selection of dressings. I ordered the chicken parmesan despite being turned off of it at a NY restaurant. Cucci's redeemed the dish for me. A large chicken cutlet, breaded and fried to perfection sit on a bed of spaghetti and marinara sauce. It was impossible to eat it all, take out boxes were provided. Refills of drinks were frequent.

Whether you go for the pizza, sandwiches, salads, turnovers, or pastas, Cucci's is the place for you. They were voted top 10 in Virginia's best pizza.

2. The Ice Cream Store

231 N Court Ave, Covington, VA 24426-1535 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 +1 540-690-2306
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Ice Cream Store

The Ice Cream Store is a sit-down, made to order, restaurant. We serve all beef hot dogs, hamburgers and cheese burgers, hand-pulled pork barbeque with our homemade sauces. We also have chicken salad croissants and fries that are "Air Fried" with no grease and no trans fats to worry about. Hershey Hand-dipped Ice Cream is also served in cones, cups and hand-spun into shakes. We even have sundaes and have been known to make a few banana splits.

Reviewed By Lisa S - Pearisburg, Virginia

Just around the corner we found a small ice cream shop serving 20+ flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, plus small sandwich baskets.
We went with BBQ, which the server says is homemade. This is served with a few different flavors of BBQ sauce and was pretty good. The fries were hot and crispy and even though they came out of the freezer, they tasted fresh.
Now ~ the ice cream. We tasted plenty of flavors on the bitty spoons and ended up with Orange Dreamsicle and Rocky Road in sugar cones. Delicious.
The place is clean, and small with just a few tables, but you can take your ice cream and walk around the downtown. The server/cook was very nice and personable and the place had steady traffic for a Sunday night.

3. Cat and Owl Steak and Seafood

110 Karnes Rd, Exit 21, Covington, VA 24426-6234 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Steakhouse Dinner +1 540-862-5808
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Cat and Owl Steak and Seafood

Reviewed By worldtraveler24153 - Salem, VA

What a friendly place! And interesting and good menu selections. Perhaps the choices are not as healthy as they can be, but the salad bar was good (fresh tomatoes from their garden!) and grilled prime rib was excellent. The service quite exceeded any and all expectations. I plan to go back as soon as I can.

4. Trani's Grille

333 Thacker Ave, Covington, VA 24426-2264 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 540-962-5504
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Trani's Grille

Reviewed By LJBPage - Luray, Virginia

This little unassuming place, situated in a small strip mall in a tiny Virginia town, serves sandwiches as good or better than I've had anywhere. Ever. The owner and staff are welcoming and friendly. The casual restaurant is neat and clean. But the star is the food. We shared a meatball sub and a sausage and pepper sub. The meatballs were tender and flavorful, covered by a terrific marinara and melted cheese that covered the entire length of the sun. We selected provolone, however there were other choices. The sausage and pepper sub was built with sliced Italian sausages, sautéed peppers and onions, again in a terrific sauce which was offered in Mild, Medium or Hot. We elected to go with the Medium and again chose provolone as the cheese, which was perfectly melted over the whole length of the roll. The ROLLS were so fresh, soft and warm with a slight crust. Definitely quality bread. I have not had better in the North End of Boston or in NYC. The fries were hot and good. The onion rings exceptional. Don't miss this gem if you are in the area. They are closed on Tuesday's so keep that in mind. This is a real "keeper"!

5. San Juan Restaurant

1005 Valley Ridge Rd, Covington, VA 24426-6347 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Dinner, Lunch +1 540-962-5450
Excellent
41%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

San Juan Restaurant

Reviewed By RunnerWes - Millersburg, Ohio

Not the best and definitely not a 5 but it is good Mexican food. We stopped as we were passing by on camping trip on Cinco. Have to have Mexican and a margarita on Cinco. It was packed and very busy and loud inside. But the service was good and the food and prices were good. I would recommend this place. It's looks like a dump from highway but not as bad inside. I hade combo 22 and my wife had shrimp Fajitas, both were good. Margaritas were not the best, not homemade that is for sure.

6. Main Street Shoppe

352 W Main St, Covington, VA 24426-1517 Waitstaff Soups, Italian, Pizza Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 540-962-3377
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Main Street Shoppe

Reviewed By niteowljune - Huntersville, North Carolina

Visiting the area while celebrating our anniversary and out sightseeing...ran into this cute little restaurant. ORDER the Cucci bread for your sandwich...oh, YUM. Owner found out we were celebrating our anniversary and sent us home with dessert!

7. James Burke House Eatery

232 W Riverside St, Covington, VA 24426-1217 Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch +1 540-965-0040
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

James Burke House Eatery

Reviewed By Nancy H - Fredericksburg, Texas

While visiting family, we ate lunch at this beautiful old home in Covington, VA. The service is friendly and the food very good. Locals love this place and everyone knows each other, chat among the tables, greet everyone. A small, friendly, place to meet and eat.

8. Downtown Diner

348 East Main, Covington, VA 24426
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Downtown Diner

Reviewed By Trearch - Frankfort, Kentucky

Downtown Diner is exactly what you remember a diner was supposed to be! Friendly, no frills, good food at an amazing price. We were so tickled to stumble onto this place traveling back to Kentucky. The lady working was taking care of the whole place -- a couple tables and multiple take out orders. She was kind and took good care of us. The food tasted just like homemade. I ordered the 3-salad plate with chicken salad, green salad and egg salad. The plating was nicer than I anticipated and it was all as good as if my momma made it. The prices were exceptional, especially my husband's meal. (He may have gotten a ribeye sandwich?).

9. Fudge Street Cafe

109 E Fudge St, Covington, VA 24426-1612 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 540-962-4700
Excellent
51%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Fudge Street Cafe

Reviewed By Trish_mpt - Brookfield, Wisconsin

We stopped here on our 9 hour road trip. The staff was extremely friendly. We enjoyed the lunch buffet which had lots of food including:stuffed peppers, chicken legs, sausage, soup, salad bar, French toast, macaroni and cheese, buttered noodles, and dessert bar. Price was $11.99 for adults and $6.99 for kids 5 and under eat free. The rest of the group ordered from the menu and also liked their sandwiches. They had very nice and clean facilities as well.

10. Subway

584 E Madison St, Covington, VA 24426-2133 +1 540-962-0146
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Alan B - New Concord, Kentucky

Excellent, professional customer service co-located w/BP Gas Station - lowest priced gas in Covington.

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