When we first moved to Staunton, VA with our grand idea to create a luxurious Staunton B&B we decided to get to know the best downtown Staunton restaurants. After all, guests desiring 5 star luxury accommodations would also want to dine in 5 star restaurants. Well we soon discovered that our guests were in luck. The best restaurants are also walking distance from Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast. Below is a list of our favorites and what to expect when you dine at these fine restaurants.
Berkeley House’s List of Best Restaurants in Downtown Staunton, VA
Aioli Mediterranean Cuisine – Aioli is definitely a treat. Said Rhafiri is an amazing chef. He’s from Morocco and brings many very tasty Mediterranean dishes to our town. Said prepares Tapas and mouth watering entrees. One of our favorite entrees is the Pan Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast. We’ve tried duck all over the world and Aioli’s is right at the top. Aioli is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Phone: (540) 885-1414. Location: 29 N Augusta Street (3 Blocks from Berkeley House).
Emilio’s Italian Restaurant – If you’re looking for authentic Italian or Sicilian Cuisine, Emilio’s is the place. Emilio is another great chef and you have an opportunity to taste his fine cuisine for lunch or dinner. Chef Emilio has a large menu selection of Antipasti, Zuppe, Insalate, Pasta, Secondi (Vitello Alla Saltimbocca is one of Jeff’s favorite mains), Sides, and Dolci. You’re not going to leave hungry from Emilio’s. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Sunday and reservations are recommended. Phone (540) 885-0102. Location: 23 E Beverley St. (2-1/2 blocks from Berkeley House).
Mill Street Grill – If you gotta have ribs, Mill Street Grill is your place. As it says on their site, “We are well known for our Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, which are tender, fall off the bone, and glazed with a barbecue sauce that we make ourselves.” Of course, you can get appetizers and sides but we have to warn you, their portions are very large. The atmosphere is quite lively; the restaurant used to be an old flour mill and has very high ceilings. Mill Street Grill is open from 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. Sunday and they don’t take reservations. Phone: (540) 886-0656. Location: 1 Mill Street (about 5 blocks from Berkeley House).
The Shack – Ian Boden is Staunton’s classically trained chef and this small 26 seat restaurant is where he performs his magic. His menus are constantly changing and on Fridays and Saturdays you can even order a three or four course prix fixe menu with a series of starters, entrees and desserts. Ian also makes one of the best burgers on the planet. The Shack is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. and has a special brunch from 10:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays (you’ll probably be too full from your breakfast at our B&B to partake). Reservations recommended. Phone: (540) 490-1961. Location: 105 S. Coalter St. (1-1/2 blocks from Berkeley House).
Zynodoa – The Indian name for Shenandoah is Zynodoa and they sound almost the same. This is a must try farm to table restaurant and almost everyone’s favorite pre-show and post- show (Blackfriars Playhouse performance) restaurant. Zynodoa offers inspired southern cuisine in a stylish, metropolitan setting. They change their menu frequently but always have the most delicious cornbread as a starter dish. There may be prix fixe options as well. Zynodoa is open from Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Phone: (540) 885-7775. Location: 115 E Beverley St (just over 1-1/2 blocks from Berkeley House).
That’s our top five favorite downtown Staunton restaurants in alphabetical order. There are certainly other places to eat within walking distance of Berkeley House. We list some of them below.
Other Staunton Restaurants to Consider
Baja Bean Co. Restaurante Y Cantina – Mexican cuisine open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 885-9988. Location: 9 W Beverley St.
Byers Street Bistro – Southern style American cuisine open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 887-6100. Location: 18 Byers St.
Clocktower Restaurant – Mostly American cuisine open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 213-0665. Location: 27 W Beverley St.
Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery – Healthy options cuisine open daily for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Phone: (540) 885-4755. Location: 7 S New St.
Depot Grille – American cuisine open daily from 11 a.m. Phone: (540) 885-7332, Location: 42 Middlebrook Ave.
Gloria’s Pupuseria – Authentic Salvadoran cuisine open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Phone: (540) 280-1142. Location: 300 N Central Ave.
Shenandoah Pizza & Taphouse – Craft pizza place open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 213-0008. Location: 19 E Beverley St.
Snapdragon Pho – Vietnamese cuisine open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 712-0262. Location: 12 E Beverley St.
Table 44 – American cuisine open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch. Phone: (540) 885-5026. Location: 300 Church St.
Taste of India – Authentic Indian cuisine open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Phone: (540) 213-8882. Location: 105 W Beverley St.
The Pampered Palate Cafe – American cuisine open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Phone (540) 886-9463. Location: 26-28 E Beverley St.
Yelping Dog Wine – Wine bar with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and light fare open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m., from 12 p.m. on Sunday. Phone: (540) 885-2275. Location: 9 E Beverley St.
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