Southwest Virginia is known for its mountainous terrain and scenic rural landscapes, but due to the rolling pastures and bucolic farmland, you’ll find that fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients are always on the table at restaurants in Southwest Virginia. Containing 18 counties and dozens of hidden foodie gems, Southwest Virginia is a massive graphic area too big to cover in one article, so don't miss Part 2 of the Southwest Virginia Dining Guide.


white birch juice and food restaurant abingdon

White Birch Food & Juice Bar, Abingdon—Locally focused juice bar serving cold-pressed juices, healthy juice shots, and craft smoothies along with healthy menus for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

Gillies Restaurant, Blacksburg—Restaurant near Virginia Tech campus serving traditional breakfast fare like pancakes and scrambles as well as Southwestern dishes like the breakfast burrito or lighter breakfast items including granolas and yogurts.

The Front Porch on Main, Tazewell—Located in a historic Victorian-style home in Tazewell, breakfast menu includes regular fare like pancakes, French toast, and Eggs Benedict, as well as specialty ‘morning snacks’ like Grilled Banana Bread and Cinnamon Fried Apples.

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Draper Mercantile Restaurant, Draper—Restaurant at the historic Draper Mercantile Trading Co. Sunday brunch made from scratch using local, organic ingredients whenever possible.

622 North, Blacksburg—Restaurant, wine lounge, and bar in a beautifully renovated Victorian home in Blacksburg’s historic Downtown District. Saturday & Sunday brunch with dishes like the Pancake Club Sandwich, Kentucky Hot Brown made with French toast, and Chicken & Waffles.

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Burger Bar

Burger Bar, Bristol—Classic diner in Downtown Bristol that has been crafting fresh, juicy burgers since 1942. Also known for their homemade milkshakes.

Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque, Pounding Mill— Eclectic restaurant inside an old dairy barn and silo. While the barbecue is the main attraction, they also have fresh fish, lobster, crabcakes, and steaks. Closed for winter, November through March.

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The Palisades Restaurant

Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston—Contemporary Southern restaurant located in the former Pyne’s General Story, a historic landmark building. Source most of their meats, fish, and produce from nearby purveyors in the New River Valley, providing fresh fare whiles supporting local businesses. 

Graze on Main, Wytheville—Eclectic restaurant in the Bolling Wilson Hotel that focuses on classic fare with a Southern twist. Casual but elegant dining option in Wytheville.

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Blackbird Bakery

Blackbird Bakery, Bristol—24-hour bakery (Closed Sundays) in Downtown Bristol known for their wide array of homemade pastries, desserts, and specialty beverages.

The Family Bakery, Gate City—Family bakery serving a daily selection of seasonally-inspired desserts, including donuts, cakes, cupcakes, pies, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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Sister's American Grill at the Martha Washington

Sisters at the Martha, Abingdon—Restaurant & classic bar in the lower level of the Martha Washington Inn in Downtown Abingdon.

Rain, Abingdon—Modern restaurant and bar that highlights local ingredients. Serves classic cocktails with a twist.

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Local Craft Brews

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Creek Bottom Brewery, Galax—Small-batch brewery, restaurant, and craft beer market that produces six year-round craft beers and multiple seasonal ales.

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For Wine Lovers

Iron Heart Winery at Fariss Farms

Iron Heart Winery, Allisonia—Family-owned farm, winery, and overnight retreat nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Currently producing Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Rose, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Chambourcin wines.

The Chateau Morrisette Winery, Floyd—Pet-friendly winery in the Blue Ridge Mountains open seven days a week for tastings April-December and Friday through Sunday January-March. Try The Black Dog, a popular red wine blend at the winery.

Plum Creek Winery, Tazewell—Appointment-only winery in Tazewell that produces 14 fruit-flavored wines like plum, peach, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, and apple.

Mountainrose Vineyards, Wise—Winery built on former coal lands, creating rich wines from grapes grown in the distinct soil, from reds and whites to blush wines and a hard apple cider. Offers tours and tastings 7 days a week.

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Visit these restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more in Southwest Virginia, and find more awesome food experiences around the Commonwealth to eat & drink what you love in Virginia!

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