Where to Eat in Staunton: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

The city planners in Staunton, Virginia, were very careful to preserve the town's heritage, keeping power lines and cell towers out of view in the historic districts, allowing nothing to interrupt the charm of local restaurants and shops operating out of original Victorian storefronts. Staunton is also the home to the Frontier Culture Museum, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the American Shakespeare Center, staging plays at the world's only replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse.
Things to do in Staunton

1. Zynodoa

115 E Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401-4324 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 38 +1 540-885-7775
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 678 reviews

Zynodoa

Reviewed By RDC72 - Windham, Maine

Our meal was terrific and memorable, but what really made this dinner a standout was the service. Meg was friendly and professional, informative and easygoing, and we enjoyed our visit so much because of her. The farm-to-table approach was very appealing to both of our palates-my husband is a vegetarian, I am not-and we loved every bite.

2. Aioli

29 N Augusta St, Staunton, VA 24401-4219 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 34 +1 540-885-1414
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Aioli

Reviewed By ElaineAndGreg - Chesterland, Ohio

Aioli is a wonderful restaurant in downtown Staunton that is notable for both its creativity and simply terrific food.

We’ve visited Aioli several times when visiting Staunton to see performances at the Blackfriars Theater. It’s essentially a Mediterranean restaurant serving both tapas and full entrees. This restaurant has a little more of a Moroccan influence than you might see at, say, a Spanish tapas place, and that introduces a number of offerings and flavors that are well worth trying.

The exterior is unremarkable, but don't let that concern you. The location is also convenient, being just off of the primary street (I believe it's Beverly St.) through the center of Staunton. The restaurant itself is on N. Augusta street, more or less across from the movie theater.

Inside, Aioli is nicely decorated with bright oil paintings around the room and a bold color scheme with lots of red and black. It conveys a feel that is both comfortable and sophisticated. Although a relatively intimate space, the tables are not crowded together and it was easy to communicate within our group.

At our most recent visit we had the charcuterie platter, quail, bruschetta (three types), and a kind of Moroccan sheep sausage that tasted wonderful. Our service was quick.

They have many European and American wine offerings and we had no trouble finding a glass to complement our meals. The price was very reasonable given the quality of the food we received.

We would highly recommend Aioli if you are visiting the Blackfriars or if you are just looking for excellently prepared food with a distinct Mediterranean feel.

3. Mill Street Grill

1 Mill St, Staunton, VA 24401-4305 Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Gastropub, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 42 +1 540-886-0656
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mill Street Grill

Mill Street Grill is a medium-priced, full-service restaurant located in the Shenandoah Valley. Already an established name, Mill Street Grill is also a name synonymous with quality. At Mill Street Grill everything is made fresh daily and based on our own original recipes. We feature homemade soups, sauces and dressings made from the finest ingredients, with hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, garden salads and the best barbeque ribs in the Valley.Full Gluten free menu avaliable as well as Vegeterian items. We balance good quality food with fast, fun, efficient service. All served in the cozy confines of a turn of the century flour mill. Customers always get their money's worth at Mill Street Grill. From our opening 1992, our goal has been to be the most consistent restaurant in the area, and our large numbers of regular customers prove that we have succeeded. No one is a stranger at Mill Street Grill, because we treat our customers better than family.

Reviewed By Jim A

We were in town to see a play & picked this place due to Trip Advisor reviews -- and we're glad we did! Casual but comfortable atmosphere, friendly service (shout out to Rachel), and great food! We thoroughly enjoyed our meals (my wife said her salmon was grilled perfectly) and there were other wonderful aspects too -- delicious homemade bread (three types), homemade whipped butter (blackberry butter on the night we visited), & an after-dinner surprise too! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, & we will go back (we want to try the ribs).

4. Yelping Dog Wine

9 East Berverly Street, Staunton, VA Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks +1 540-885-2275
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Yelping Dog Wine

Wine and Gift store specializing in gourmet cheeses, meats, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Wine sold by the bottle or by the glass. 50 Craft beers available as well!

Reviewed By PoppyC64 - Fishersville, Virginia

Staunton, Virginia offers so many wonderful shops...... and this has been our destination for a couple of years to enjoy a girl time together. Great selection of wines, delicious food and friendly knowledgeable servers. A lovely shop ......highly recommend.

5. Thai Staunton Restaurant

1000 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401-5017 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 540-414-8880
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Thai Staunton Restaurant

Full service restaurant with patio seating and full bar, featuring authentic Thai cuisine and drinks. Our diverse and flavorful menu has something for everyone, from mild to hot, vegetarian or not. Our friendly staff awaits the opportunity to serve you in a truly traditional atmosphere with Thai decor. Carry-out and delivery available.

Reviewed By Anita L - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Immediately caught off guard by the ridiculous prices. As if those weren't enough, they automatically add in a 20% tip and the service wasn't that good. To cap off the trip, several in our family that usually love Thai food decided maybe they don't even like it anymore after eating here. I know Staunton doesn't have a lot of choices, but certainly avoid this place!

6. Byers Street Bistro

18 Byers St, Staunton, VA 24401-4226 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 35 +1 540-887-6100
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 597 reviews

Byers Street Bistro

Reviewed By cmecamp - Catlett, Virginia

We tried this place for lunch , good service , good food and a fairly quite place for a rainy afternoonThank you for your visit! Please come enjoy another rainy afternoon with us!

7. Edelweiss Restaurant

19 Edelweiss Ln, Staunton, VA 24401-6953 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 540-337-1203
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 523 reviews

Edelweiss Restaurant

Reviewed By Bravaencore - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Family and friends have raved about this restaurant, so I was really looking forward to going. The decor is really fabulous and makes for a fun outing. I think my selection for dinner just turned out to be a poor choice. The Jagerschnitzel consists of three slabs of breaded pork fillet which totally covered my plate, drenched in mushroom and onion gravy. For me, it was too much of one thing. I would have preferred less meat and a bit of potatoes on my plate. And I wasn't wild about the family-style side dishes. Another reviewer said that the green beans tasted like they came from a can and I agree. For dessert, we split a cheesecake three ways and it was divine. I wish I had more room for dessert!

8. Clocktower Restaurant & Bar

27 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401-4202 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 8 - SGD 30 +1 540-213-0665
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 359 reviews

Clocktower Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By MGreen0001 - Alexandria, United States

Saturday, January 13, 2018 Late evening seating This restaurant was recommended by an employee at our hotel. The service was very good; attentive but not intrusive. Food was very good; not great, but very good. Definitely worth a try if you're in the area.

9. The Depot Grill

42 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton, VA 24401-4258 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 540-885-7332
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 569 reviews

The Depot Grill

Reviewed By Love the Shen V... v - Winchester, Virginia

Great place to eat. It was really a very nice interior, and the food and service was very good. Will go back!

10. The Pampered Palate Cafe

26 & 28 E. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 540-886-9463
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

The Pampered Palate Cafe

Reviewed By GreenUnicorn - Southern NJ

We needed to take a lunch break while touring the historical homes and sights of Staunton, and the Pampered Palate looked like a cute local place for lunch. We enjoyed the local atmosphere....many people seemed to be regulars.

There is a dining area upstairs in addition to the tables downstairs. I discovered the upstairs as the ladies' room is located there!

Service was friendly and efficient. We each ordered a glass of a local wine at a reasonable price to go with our luncheon sandwiches. My husband's Crowle, Turkey with muenster, had fresh ingredients, but the multi-grain French bread overwhelmed the rest of the sandwich. I can't remember exactly what version of a Turkey sandwich I had on a Kaiser roll, but every bite was delicious! Both of us chose fresh fruit as the side to our sandwich. Our side of cole slaw was very tasty!

We greatly enjoyed our lunches.

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