10 Top Places to Eat in Staunton, Virginia

Staunton, VA is a charming small town near the Shenandoah Valley. It’s located right next to Waynesboro, which is also worth a visit when you’re in the area! 

Despite their small sizes, both towns are filled with a large variety of fabulous places to eat. 

You’ll find a nice selection of local breweries, wine bars, burgers, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, and just about anything else you could be in the mood for!

Many of the restaurants in Staunton are centered around Beverly Street. As a bonus, the town closes Beverley Street to traffic for outdoor dining and shopping from April through October. This creates the perfect outdoor café atmosphere in this cute town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley!

Below are some of my top recommendations for the best places to eat in Staunton, Virginia. 

Be sure to check out my favorite restaurants and things to do in nearby Waynesboro!

The Shack

The Shack is one of the top restaurants in Staunton. It’s a great place to find locally sourced foods and ingredients. They specialize in creative dishes made from local farms. 

The Shack is located in, well, a small boxy building. The interior reminds me of a cute and cozy tiny house. It has multi-colored wood beams accenting the walls, mismatched chairs, and a smart use of its limited space. 

Their menu is small and constantly changing, but it includes an eclectic mix that ranges from burgers to pizzas, to inventive pastas and appetizers. 

Some of their dishes include Yellowtail Crudo (with Citrus, Fermented Chili, and Herbs); delicious Roast Brussels Sprouts (with Parmesan, Chili Butter, and Sorrel); and Potato Gnocchi (with Charred and Smoked Onion Butter, Black Garlic, Sage, and Parmigiano). 

Remedy Burger

Remedy Burger is in the heart of downtown Staunton on E. Beverly Street. As you can guess from the name, this is your spot for some of the best burgers in town!

Burger, fries, and beer on the outside patio at Remedy Burger, one of the best restaurants in Staunton, VA.
Source: Lauren Reed (Remedy Burger)

In fact, burgers, fries, and sodas are pretty much all they specialize in. But they definitely know how to do it right!

The burgers are big, juicy, and 100% original! There’s the Ballard Burger, with bacon, pimento cheese, and roasted garlic mayo; the Burners Blue Burger, with with a sweet and tart combination of mango chutney, blue cheese,and arugula; and their surprisingly awesome veggie burger: the Brocolli Burger, with broccoli, parmesan, onions, and American cheese.

No mouthwatering burger would be complete without a side of fries, and Remedy Burger serves up regular French Fries, Truffle Fries, and for the full appetite, the Bacon Cheddar Cheese Fries

The Green Room

The Green Room specializes in wine, beer, and cider, but they also have sandwiches and other light dishes available. 

Drinks and tapas at The Green Room in Staunton, VA.
Source: Lauren Reed (The Green Room)

The decor is fun and modern, with exposed brick walls and comfy seating, which makes it a great hangout spot with friends after work. 

On the menu, you’ll likely want to start with one of their drinks, which includes craft beers that cover Kolsch, IPAs, Wheat Beer, Stouts, and Lagers. 

They have a wide variety of beers to choose from, including many local Virginia beers as well as unique brews around the country, like The Lucky Cricket (a Japanese Rice Lager from Florida.) 

Once you’ve picked your drink of choice, pair it with a light dish from their menu. They have a nice selection of foods that range from typical wine bar fare (Cheese Boards, Charcuteries Boards, and Hummus Bites); plus more unique dishes like Salmon Bites, Salmon Toast, and Loaded Tater Tots. 

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, they do offer a great selection of creative sandwiches like the Mambo Italiano (with chorizo, ham, salami, spanish pickled peppers, and red onion); That’s My Jam (with prosciutto crudo, arugula, and spicy plum chutney); and the Bocadillo (with chorizo, manchego, and spanish pickled peppers.)

Yelping Dog Wine

As you can guess by the name, Yelping Dog Wine is a wine bar in downtown historic Stauton, right off E. Beverly Street, and right across the street from Remedy Burger!

They were even voted the number one Wine Shop in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine, so you know you’re in for a treat when you stop in for a visit!

Dog lovers will also appreciate that the wine bar is named in honor of the owner’s three dachshund dogs. They also host wine tastings on Wednesdays, with donations going to local animal rescue groups. 

Their wine selection is extensive and includes bottles from throughout Virginia and the U.S., as well as a good selection of international wines. 

They have a menu of small dishes and sandwiches to go with your favorite wine. There is an extensive selection of different cheese plates to choose from (including gouda, brie, goat cheese, and cheddar). 

The eclectic sandwiches include The CFO (with shredded swiss, chevre spread, fig preserves, and rosemary butter spread); the saucy Guac N’ Goat (with guacamole, salsa, chevre, and colby jack); and the mouthwatering The Melt for cheese lovers (with cheddar, swiss, caramelized onions, meatballs, and cayenne pepper aioli). 

But if you love hot dogs, you have to try the perfectly named The Yelping Dog, which is a hot dog stuffed with cheddar cheese and served with your choice of toppings! 

If you have room for dessert (and what goes together better than wine and chocolate!), then order the Flourless Chocolate Torte or an assortment of chocolates made locally in Staunton! 

Make sure to stop by on Fridays from 5 pm to 7 pm. Their special Happy Hour is known as “Yelping Hour”, and features discounted beers and wines plus 10% off in-house wine bottles. 

Bijou Staunton

Bijou Staunton is a cute little bistro on W. Beverly Street in downtown Staunton that’s definitely worth a visit. Their specialty is their incredible soups, which are also featured at the Staunton Farmers Market. 

The interior of Bijou Staunton, one of the best restaurants in Staunton, Virginia.
Source: Bijou Staunton

Their soups are rich and delicious. Some of their incredible, flavorful soups include the Creamy White Chicken Chili (with organic chicken, organic white beans, cilantro, corn, chilies, lime tortilla chips, sour cream, and sriracha); Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili (with lime, cilantro, organic black beans, and organic tomatoes); the Pear and Carrot (with curry spices and pistachios). 

These soups are especially delightful on a cold or rainy day. 

Beyond just soups, Bijou Staunton also features delicious salads like the Orange and Feta Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, which includes carrots, red onion, mint, arugula, and red pepper flakes. 

And to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the delectable and unique Vanilla Ice Cream which is made with olive oil, fig or lavender balsamic vinegar, flaky salt, and a chocolate almond mini muffin.

Accordia Natural Wine Bar & Bistro

Accordia Natural Wine Bar & Bistro is another fabulous wine bar in the heart of Staunton. As you can tell, if you’re a wine lover, you have no shortage of excellent options in town! 

Bottle of wine and slice of quiche at Accordia.
Source: Accordia

Accordia features around 600 low-intervention wines from around the world. They pick a new wine list of 8 wines weekly. They also have a great selection of beer, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks plus a full menu with homemade food and items imported from Europe.  

Accordia features a lovely tapas menu that includes Jamon Tapas with Manchego, Rock Melon Tapas, and Smoked Salmon Tapas. 

You’ll also find a nice choice of seasonal soups, salads, and sandwiches on the menu, plus cheese and charcuterie boards. 

And for dessert, Accordia serves an incredible Pot de Chocolate (French chocolate custard), Tiramisu, and a French Port paired with nuts, dried fruit, and cheese. 

They frequently host special events like Guided Global Wine Tastings on Tuesdays and Fridays, New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Chocolate and Wine Pairings, poetry workshops, live music, and much more. You can find the latest events on their Facebook page.  

Be sure to also check out their other restaurant in town, Cosette Café. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Everything is homemade, including baked goods like focaccia, challah bread, and scones. 

And when you go, be sure to try the Pannukakku pancake from Finland (a specialty of their chef, Leo!) The cafe also hosts a monthly series of wine dinners. 

Ubon Thai Restaurant Inn

Ubon Thai Restaurant Inn is an unlikely combination of a beautiful Victorian Home and Inn, plus fabulous authentic Thai cuisine. 

The dining rooms are actually in the beautiful Victorian home, which is full of character and period decor and details.

Their extensive menu features all of the classic Thai dishes, including Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Soup, and of course, my favorite, Sticky Rice & Mango with coconut for dessert.

You can also book an overnight stay at the Victorian Home. The rooms are comfy and homey. It has the feel of a charming Bed and Breakfast but with fabulous Thai food right down the stairs in the main dining room!

All of these features make Ubon Thai a great destination for both a meal and a room during your next visit to Staunton! 

Byers Street Bistro

Byers Street Bistro is another excellent bistro in the heart of downtown Staunton. They specialize in southern cooking, and it’s a great place for all of your favorite comfort food!

Burger and fries on the outside patio at Byers Street Bistro in Staunton, VA
Source: Byers Street Bistro

The inside has two levels and a good amount of seating, plus there is an outside patio with seating when the weather is nice. 

Their menu includes southern favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes (of course!), plus delicious twists on popular dishes, like Pimento Bacon Hushpuppies and Savannah Sprouts (Brussel sprouts with bacon, candied pecans, and honey thyme vinaigrette). 

They have a large selection of more casual dishes, like sandwiches (Club Sandwich, Shrimp Tacos, and Prime Beef Sandwich), plus burgers and pizzas. 

You’ll also find a selection of entrees that include something for just about everyone, such as Fish & Chips, Chesapeake Crab Cakes, Homestyle Meatloaf, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. 

As an added bonus, Byers Street Bistro also has a special membership called the Full Moon Society. It began in 1994 and includes your very own engraved pewter mug, a special t-shirt, plus special events and parties throughout the year. 

Aioli Restaurant

The deliciously named Aioli Restaurant will transport you to the beautiful blue Mediterranean with its fabulous cuisine!

In particular, the restaurant focuses on Spanish tapas, Southern French cuisine, and Italian coast cuisine. It’s a winning combination!

Because of these three focuses, the menu is eclectic, but it’s filled with plenty of tasty options. 

The Spanish-inspired tapas range from the more typical, like a Charcuterie Platter and Hummus with Grilled Pita, to the more exotic, like Bacon Wrapped Quail (with date goat cheese, orange segment, balsamic reduction, and apricot sauce) and Salmon Gravilax (with scallion bilini, pickled julienne cucumber, lemon crème fraiche, and capers). 

For a heartier entree, you’ll find one of my favorite Spanish dishes on the menu: Seafood Paella (with Spanish rice, grilled sea scallops, clams, tomato sauce, and white wine)!

Other main courses include a nice variety of dishes that include a Parmesan Truffle Risotto; a savory Pan Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast (with butternut squash, parmesan risotto, sautéed vegetables, and blackberry reduction); and a flavorful Pork Tenderloin (with roasted potato, caramelized onion, crispy bacon, sautéed Brussel sprouts, and a green peppercorn caramel sauce). 

As you can tell, each of the dishes at Aioli Restaurant is creatively prepared with a unique combination of savory and sweet ingredients that give popular dishes a new spin. 

For dessert, don’t miss the delectable Dark Chocolate Mousse (with raspberry coulis and orange tuile)! 

Taste of India

As you can guess, Taste of India is a great choice for great Indian cuisine in Stauton!

They feature a large menu filled with top Indian dishes like Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Tikka Masala (a personal favorite – the sauce is so flavorful!), Lamb Vindaloo, and much more. 

You’ll find an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes as well, like Baingan Bharta (baked eggplant with onion, ginger, and tomatoes) and Chana Masala (cooked chickpeas with a spicy thick gravy, chopped onions, tomato, and cilantro).

The menu is extensive, with many vegetarian, seafood, chicken, and lamb dishes to choose from. And don’t forget to order a side of naan bread, which is one of my favorite parts of Indian cuisine!

They also have a great selection of Indian desserts to choose from, such as the flavorful rice pudding Kheer and Ras Malai (Homemade cheese patties with a sweet cream sauce, cardamom, and pistachios.)

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