Orange, VA is a town located in Orange County in central Virginia. It is just 4 miles from Montpelier, James Madison’s famous historic home. It is also just 28 miles north of Charlottesville.
Despite its small size, Orange is home to many great restaurants, including regional American cuisine, Southern cuisine, farm-to-table fare, Italian cuisine, Mexican specialties, and much more.
Below are my top recommendations for the best restaurants in Orange, VA.
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The Inn at Willow Grove
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319 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Burger Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dinner To Go:
Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Order by 4:00 pm)
Provisions Market Table specializes in unique and excellent farm-to-table dishes. They use fresh ingredients and feature seasonal meals. They’re a great location for casual dining or a special occasion.
You can eat a great meal at the restaurant, and you can also buy fresh market items, such as curated meats, cheeses, wines, local beers, teas, vegetables, desserts, and much more.
If you’re a fan of burgers, you will definitely want to stop by on Burger Saturday, when you can order a tasty burger, including beef, lamb, pork, and ahi tuna burgers.
You can also add on ingredients such as Applewood Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Sauteed Mushroom, Belletoile Brie, and Aged Organic Cheddar Cheese.
For lunch, they have a rotating menu of seasonal ingredients. Some of the dishes include the Provisions Salad; Veggie Focaccia; Asian Pork Sandwich; and Chicken, Bacon and Fontina Sandwich.
For dessert, there are a number of excellent options, including Chocolate Mousse, French Toast Bread Pudding, and Cheesecake.
You can view the full lunch menu online.
The restaurant also serves Dinner To Go, with a unique menu every night. Some of the dishes include Crab Cakes, Cayenne Remoulade, with Jasmine Rice; and Vegetable Lasagna with Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Tomato Sauce.
You can view the full dinner menu online.
14079 Plantation Way, Orange, VA 22960
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Wednesday and Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
- Sunday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Vintage Restaurant is located at The Inn at Willow Grove. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in Orange, VA. They feature the freshest ingredients, locally sourced from Central Virginia’s farmland.
The restaurant also has a lovely ambiance in one of the great historic hotels in the area. It’s the perfect place for fine dining and celebrating a special occasion.
They are open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Lunch dishes at Vintage Restaurant include such unique dishes as Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup with Kale, Tahini, and Pomegranate; and Sauteed Saffron Mussels with Spicy Calabrese, Fennel, Parsley, and Toasted Baguette.
You can find a full lunch menu online.
The restaurant is an excellent choice for a great dinner. They feature dishes such as Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue Custard with Pickled Grapes, Butternut Squash, Maple, Hazelnut, Celery, and Fresno; and Vintage Lump Crab Cake with Carrot, Coriander, and Orange & Miso Vinaigrette.
You can find a full dinner menu online.
Vintage Restaurant also serves a decadent Sunday brunch with entrees like French Toast Brick with Lemon Mascarpone, Mixed Berry Compote, Maple Syrup, Smoked Bacon; and Crab & Leek Omelet with Fried Potatoes, Petite Salad, Shaved Fennel, and Truffle oil.
You can find a full brunch menu online.
124 W Main St, Orange, VA 22960
Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday to Saturday: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forked on Main is a second restaurant located at The Inn at Willow Grove, along with Vintage Restaurant (above).
The restaurant offers a more casual atmosphere, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. They also have Happy Hour on Wednesday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Like Vintage Restaurant, Forked on Main offers creative and delicious entrees. Some of their lunch and dinner dishes include Crab Bisque, Artichoke Beignet, Pimento Cheese & Fried Pickles, Shrimp ‘n’ Grits, and Lemon Basil Linguine.
For brunch, you can order such staples as Chicken ‘n’ Waffles, Huevos Rancheros, plus Eggs Benedict.
101 Woodmark St, Orange, VA 22960
- Monday and Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
- Friday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Silk Mill Grille is an American Restaurant in Orange that specializes in great steaks and seafood.
Their lunch menu features dishes like Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Jalapeno Mango Chicken Wrap, Turkey Rueben, and Crab Cake Sandwich.
For dinner, you can order great dishes like Seafood Scampi, Steak Florentine Pasta, and Filet Mignon. They also have a large selection of seafood dishes, like Creole Rockfish, Crab Cake and Shrimp, and Grilled Atlantic Salmon.
You can find a full menu online.
The restaurant features indoor seating, bar seating, and a patio for outdoor seating.
100 Berry Hill Rd, Orange, VA 22960
- Sunday: Closed
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Though the restaurant title is a mouthful, My Avocado Mexican Grille with a Mediterranean Twist is another great place to enjoy a meal in historic Orange.
It is a convenient lunch stop in town. Their dishes include burritos, salads, pastries, and ice cream. You can find a full menu online.
323 H N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960
Lunch and Dinner:
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spoon & Spindle serves some of the best food in Orange. It is located in the historic old Silk Mill building in Orange. They serve lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Friday; and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Some of their lunch and dinner dishes include many southern staples such as Southern Chicken, Catfish or Shrimp Po’ Boy, Etouffee, and Chicken and Waffles. They also feature a wide variety of other entrees, including the Stateman Burger, Denver Risotto, Quail Lewis, Bulgogi, and Southern Parmesan.
You can find their full lunch and dinner menu online.
For brunch, you can order a wide range of savory dishes, such as Biscuits and Gravy, Burritos, Farmer’s Frittata, Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, and much more.
You can find their full brunch menu online.
As an added bonus, they also offer cooking classes with Executive Chef, Zachary Andrews! The classes are great for birthday parties or other special occasions. They feature four-course dinners with pairings.
131 Byrd St, Orange, VA 22960
Open Daily: 6:30 am – 11:00 am
Lunch and Dinner:
Open Daily: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Coopers Cookin and Catering specializes in southern cooking. They feature dishes inspired by family recipes. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Some of their excellent dishes include Cooper’s Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, Pork BBQ Sandwich, and Mac and Cheese. For breakfast, you can get a variety of Omelettes, Pancakes, French Toast, Sandwiches, and more.
You can find a full menu online.
They also offer catering services for special occasions and events.
323 N Madison Rd #A, Orange, VA 22960
- Monday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Thursday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Friday: 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm
- Saturday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Sunday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Iron Pipe Alewerks is a local favorite brewery and pub that specializes in small batch brewing. They are owned by a father and son duo, which is very cool.
Many of their beers are award-winning. Some of the brews on tap include Belgian Wit, West Coast IPA, Munich Helles Lager, and much more.
You can find a full list of beers on tap online.
Iron Pipe Alewerks offers good food along with good craft beer. They are also a brick oven pizzeria serving what some call the best pizza in central Virginia. Some of their pizzas include cheese, buffalo chicken, veggie pizza, artichoke white pizza, and much more. They also have excellent wings.
You can check out their full pizza menu online.
Iron Pipe Alewerks has indoor seating as well as patio dining outside.
The brewery also features live music. You can check out their full calendar of upcoming events.
215 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960
- Monday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
El Vaquero West is a Mexican Restaurant in the town of Orange. They are a family-owned restaurant with five locations throughout Virginia, including restaurants in Haymarket and Manassass.
They have a huge menu of Mexican staples, such as Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Chicken, Steak, Seafood, and much more.
For dessert, you can order some of my personal favorites, like Fried Ice Cream and Flan.
You can find their full menu online.
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