Where to Eat

The Barbeque Exchange

102 Martinsburg Ave, Gordonsville, VA 22942

(540) 832-0227

The Barbeque Exchange in downtown Gordonsville, VA features hickory-smoked and slow-roasted pork shoulders and spareribs. The meats are dry cured with secret ingredient rubs and then cooked in our specialized wood-burning cooker. The Chicken Halves are grilled over live coals akin to the roadside BBQ’s that the Rotary, Kiwanis, and Fire departments have become famous for serving on Saturdays across the Eastern seaboard.

These anchors are highlighted with freshly baked rolls, cornbread and pumpkin muffins. Homemade pickles, salads, and slaws are served with the sandwiches, and sides include Brunswick Stew, Donna’s Baked Beans, Hushpuppies, Macaroni and Cheese, and even Collard Greens! And don't overlook the desserts, we have homemade cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

The style of service is quick-counter and take-out, with a feel of Virginia genteelness. The rustic building with its white washed tin siding and forest green roof offer a warm inviting feel. The main room lends to a pavilion outdoor feel with its barn-board walls and ceiling fans. Furnished with cedar picnic tables and paper roll coverings lend to the comfortable family experience. The table tops are adorned with a caddie of various homemade sauces. Call-in orders are welcome. We also feature family-size meals and servings by the pound to go! 

Clear Water Fire-Grill

​4276 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508

540 972-0606

Full Service family friendly restaurant. Seafood, Steaks, Fresh BBQ, Sandwiches and Burgers. Fantastic Sunday Brunch Buffet!

El Vaquero West

4266 Germanna Hwy # 102, Locust Grove, VA 22508

540 972-2362

Our Orange location is where it all started! In 2004, we opened our first location, right here in Orange and began the hard work of trying to become the best Mexican restaurant in Orange County! Right on the main strip of N. Madison Road, our Orange location is a convenient lunch stop or easy destination for a great dinner or drinks. Stop by today for an authentic Mexican meal!

Exchange Cafe at Montpelier

13384 Laundry Rd, Orange, VA 22960

540 308-2084

The Exchange Cafe is managed by Gordonsville's award-winning BBQ Exchange, the culmination of a 37-year culinary journey. Craig and Donna Hartman’s lives have been centered around the love of food! Their journey took them from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, to Gordonsville, Virginia. Craig’s love of all things cooking, especially over a live fire, led them to the development of their signature old-school, slow-cooked BBQ.

Inspired by the pit masters they met over the years, from the Catskills to the Rockies, Craig and Donna set out to open a barbeque joint of their own. Craig’s background in fine dining cuisine has honed his palate, and taught him the significance of great food and great company.

Forked on Main

124 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

540 308-7660

Located in the historic Sparks building on Main Street in downtown Orange, Virginia, Forked on Main is a casual, contemporary dining experience that puts a "twist" on classic Americana cuisine.

Walk in the door and you’re instantly faced with the hostess stand and a decision – a fork in the road. Take a right and you enter a light-filled dining room that can seat couples, families or even private parties. Take a left, and you’re ensconced in a lounge, perfect for a casual mid-day coffee, a happy hour drink with co-workers or a night out on Main Street with friends.

Take home a fresh loaf of our signature house-made daily breads.

Innwood Restaurant

19095 James Madison Hwy, Gordonsville, VA 22942

540 832-3411

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Plenty of lunch choices. Homemade soup on the salad bar. Good service. Full breakfast menu also. We are a family owned restaurant and have been in business since 1972! We serve breakfast, lunch & dinner!

Iron Pipe Alewerks

323 North Madison Road, Orange, Virginia 22960

(540) 832-3824

Together this father and son duo, Steve (pictured left) and Zach (pictured right), have teamed up to share with you their love for fresh, flavorful craft beers. They  have been brewing together for what seems like forever in the family garage, and now they are expanding their horizons to share their experiences with you. Zach’s appreciation and passion for hand-crafted beers runs deep. Working extensively within the craft beer market and brewery scene over the last 7 years, Zach has been able to expand his repertoire and refine his skills as a brewer.  Zach carefully selects the grains to develop his recipes with traditional flavors in mind, while at times twisting the rules, looking to extract new flavors. Zach and Steve both studied for the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program), working alongside the guidance of an accomplished master judge. That shared experience has helped them to identify traditional styles by taste, smell, and standards of the brewing process, which help them brew flavorful and quality beers. It's been a long time coming, but the Brewpub is now open and ready to share with you in the Historical 1929 American Silk Mill Factory building downtown Orange, VA.

JB Cakes Bakery & Bistro

26316 Constitution Hwy, Rhoadesville, VA 22542

(540) 732-0300

We serve breakfast and lunch, and there is always a wide variety of cakes, cupcakes, pastries and other treats stocked full in our cases! We also take custom cake orders for your special occasion or wedding day! Please call or stop by so we can create something exciting for your next special occasion!

Krecek Kakes

105 S Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942

(540) 832-6606

Proudly located in the heart of historic downtown Gordonsville, Virginia, Krecek Kakes Bakery & Coffeeshop offers a scrumptious variety of cakes, breads, cookies and pastries baked fresh daily right in our store. Our light luncheon items include made-to-order biscuit sandwiches, grilled cheese on house-made bread, homemade quiches, soup, and side salads. In addition to our yummy treats we also carry a wide range of beverages including coffee, European-style lattes and cappuccinos, teas, and soft drinks. 

La Naranja Cocina Mexicana

182 Byrd Street, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 308-7406

La Naranja serves fresh Mexican food. Lunch, Dinner, Tex Mex, Kids and Beverage menus are available, along with special dietary needs. They are located in the greater Orange, VA area. Try our homemade Mexican recipes such as steak, pork, seafood, and more. We are a family, locally owned restaurant. We are a proud member of the local Chamber of Commerce. For your convenience, catering services are also available!

Laura Ann's Cafe

152 Caroline Street, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 308-7797

This restaurant is in honor of my late sister, Laura Ann, who passed of cancer a few years ago. She enjoyed being around family, friends and good food. In her memory, welcome to our family. Southern Comfort Food Homestyle Cooking Relaxed & Friendly Atmosphere. We will cater your event for you. Drop us a line by filling out the form below, stopping in to our location, or by giving us a call. We would be happy to help make your event an even bigger success!

Mario's Pizzeria

153 E Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 672-3344

Ermes, the new owner, is well-known and loved in the Lake Monticello area, where he has cooked for and helped to manage Villa Nova Italian Restaurant for the last 9 years. He is talented, friendly, hospitable, and makes an awesome pizza. Great made from scratch in-house artisan loaf served free-of-charge to each guest table, too.

The Market at Grelen

15091 Yager Rd, Somerset, VA 22972

(540) 672-7268

Grelen's Casual Cafe, Farm-to-table Lunch

The Market at Grelen is all about local! Many cafe ingredients either come from the Grelen Garden or ​from other local farms and businesses. The result is a delicious, fresh, unique menu with seasonal specials.   The Grelen ice cream is one of our best sellers and made on property using Grelen-grown fruit when available.  The drink menu boasts an excellent selection of VA beer, wine & cider as well as locally-sourced non-alcoholic options.   

Please note...no outside food or beverage is allowed on the property, including the Grelen Trails. The Grelen Cafe can make lunches trail ready and "to go."

Palladio Restaurant

17655 Winery Rd, Barboursville, VA 22923

(540) 832-3824

The Palladio is a high-end Italian cuisine in a white-tablecloth setting on the grounds of a historic wine estate. The elegant balance we value in wine, the quality of celebration inherent in its welcome, inspire palate harmonies that are Virginian in resources and Northern Italian in perspective, in country dining of vivacity and refinement. 

Provisions Market Table

319 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960

When we began planning Provisions Market Table, we focused on creating a place for people who love to eat and drink, to cook and to entertain. A Market full of treasures: curated meats and cheeses, unique wines and beers, a collection of teas, and a larder of the ingredients chefs prize and home cooks seek. A Table where friends and family linger while enjoying a menu designed for the day, the time, and the season.

Stop in for lunch, to nosh after work, for burgers on Saturdays, to dine on the weekends, or for one of our Sunday suppers. Call on us for your catering needs, or stop by and pick up tasty treats. The Market is open, and the Table is set.


12267 Old Gordonsville Rd, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 661-7261

The Real Food story starts around 1993 when a food obsessed southern girl and a reformed vegetarian dropped out of their respective college and grad school programs and started working with food. 7 restaurants, 1 culinary school, 1 wedding, and 2 children later Paul and Sarah Deigl are on a mission to provide their community with real food. Real Food provides full-service catering as well as eat-in or take-out lunches. As chefs, we are trained and required to put our customers' health and safety above all else.

OPEN FOR LUNCH  | monday thru friday  |  11am until 2pm

Red White Bleu & Brew

4207 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508

(540) 412-0820

Located in Locust Grove, Virginia on Route 3 in the Lake of The Woods Plaza II, across from the main gate of the Lake of the Woods community, Red White Bleu & Brew is a neighborhood cafe & gourmet shop featuring beer, wine and cheese from local sources, as well as domestic and international offerings. Grab a seat at the bar or one of our tables inside or outside in our beer garden to enjoy morning coffee and pastries to late night dining. Locally owned and operated, an emphasis is placed on service, quality, and creating a welcoming, community atmosphere.

The Light Well

110 E. Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 661-0004

Located in Historic downtown Orange, Virginia. The Light Well serves lunch, dinner, and brunch in a casual atmosphere. The Light Well offers the finest selection of locally-roasted coffee from Orange Roasters, over 40 choices of beer, and a seasonally-updated wine list including the best local Virginia wines.

The first brewery in Orange VA is now pouring its own in-house hand-crafted beers! Inspired by Willow Spring’s crystal clear water, bubbling from a hidden spring in Orange County which has provided refreshment to man and wildlife alike for hundreds of years, our beers are all brewed using local water sources nature has graciously provided to us.

Owned by and located in the back room of The Light Well restaurant, Willow Spring Brewery is now in operation.  Brewer Dave Ganoe, also the chef of the Light Well, is currently offering 4 original recipes


14079 Plantation Way, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 317-1206

Vintage Restaurant at The Inn at Willow Grove Our Forbes Travel Guide four star-rated restaurant Vintage features regional American cuisine “with a twist” from menus that change regularly to showcase the freshest flavors of the seasons, sourced locally from Central Virginia’s farmland. Serving lunch, dinner, gourmet pub fare and a decadent Sunday Brunch, Gourmet Tapas Wednesdays, Three on Thursdays, and special menus for holidays and celebrations, Vintage Restaurant makes every day a special occasion.
Vintage Restaurant enjoys a home at the garden level of the historic Manor House at The Inn at Willow Grove. In addition to the pub and main dining room, the restaurant features more intimate settings, including the Chef’s Table, the Sun Room and The Hall.

Wise Guys Burgers & More

118 E Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 661-9794

Locally owned and operated comedy-themed restaurant serving burgers, hot dogs, fries, soups and salads. Featuring gluten-free bread options, sweet potato fries and desserts including Lucy and Ethel's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and W.C. Fields Pecan Pie. Coming soon... the "No-Bull" Veggie Burger.

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