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Where to Eat in Lynchburg, VA: A Foodie’s Guide to the Local Eateries

Where to Eat in Lynchburg, VA: A Foodie’s Guide to the Local Eateries

Lynchburg, Virginia, is home to a variety of local restaurants serving up delicious, unique dishes that are sure to satisfy any foodie’s cravings. Whether you’re passing through on a road trip or looking to explore the local food scene, Lynchburg has plenty of options. From savory steaks to delightful tea rooms, these are places to answer your question of where to eat in Lynchburg.



Grey’s is a Lynchburg farm-to-table restaurant showcasing local, sustainable ingredients. The menu also boasts gluten-free options, a range of mouth-watering dishes, and incredible hand-crafted cocktails. The menu includes braised chicken nachos, house-made burrata (with Virginia peanut romesco), and exciting daily specials. 

Grey’s caters to vegan and vegetarian diets with diverse options. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. Locals rave about Grey’s Sunday brunch, so check it out.


Market at Main

Come dine at the Market at Main (904 Main St) for a one-of-a-kind experience in a retro diner with an eclectic atmosphere. Indulge in farm-to-table dishes like chicken marsala, Sue’s meatloaf, and Percival’s Grilled Pimento Cheese.

For a nostalgic touch, grab a seat at the old-school lunch counter.


Start your day by choosing from a flight of pancakes (one corncake, one sweet potato, and one buttermilk) or the Jefferson Street cinnamon roll for breakfast. I go for Eggs 03, a delightful twist on classic Eggs Benedict with a fried green tomato and crab cake.

For lunch, Market at Main offers a range of options, including sandwiches, salads, burgers, and soups. Don’t miss out on this must-visit spot in Lynchburg.


William & Henry Steakhouse

Looking for an elegant dinner spot? Look no further than the William & Henry Steakhouse! This classy establishment offers prime cuts of meat, delicious seafood, and vegetarian options, all perfectly cooked.

Want the perfect wine pairing? They’ve got you covered. With an elegant atmosphere and top-notch service, William & Henry Steakhouse at the Virginian Hotel is ideal for a romantic evening or special occasion. Menu suggestions include:

  • The indulgent baked escargot.
  • 40-day aged bone-in William & Henry steak (or Rack of Lamb).
  • A Dirty Chai Martini for dessert.

Reservations are recommended.

Photo from William & Henry Steakhouse IG page.

Ploughcraft Tea Room

Downtown Lynchburg has a cozy dining spot with homemade fare and excellent tea selections you will want to take advantage of. Ploughcroft Tea Room, an authentic British tea room, serves delectable soups, sandwiches, and quiches. But their famous scones (served with freshly made lemon curd and clotted cream) may be the menu’s star item. 

But that’s not all – step into this quaint tea room for an afternoon of traditional high tea with a selection of teas, pastries, finger sandwiches, and more. With friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere, this local favorite is perfect for all ages. Ploughcroft is closed Sunday and Monday.


Shoemakers American Grille

If you’re looking for a classic steakhouse experience, Shoemakers American Grille is the place to go. This historic restaurant serves up juicy steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes in an elegant setting. The attentive service and live piano music create a luxurious atmosphere that’s perfect for a date night or special occasion.

I’m checking out killer menu items like the cream of five onion soup, Rotisserie Poussin with Truffle Butter, and opera cake.

Cocktails are also a highlight at Shoemakers, with unique creations like the “Botanical Cosmos” and the “Lady of Lynchburg,” with Bulleit Bourbon, Amarguina, muddled strawberry, and activated charcoal.

Photo from Shoemaker’s website.

My Dog Duke’s Diner

My Dog Duke’s Diner is a relaxed and charming, family-owned eatery specializing in classic diner cuisine. I love that breakfast is available all day long.

How about breakfast poutine with sausage gravy, smothered fries, cheddar cheese, and two eggs? Of course, a chicken & waffle or Belgian waffle is a great sweet option.

Or for lunch, the spinach berry salad is a terrific healthy option. However, I’d rather have the Freeboard sandwich with crispy chicken, pimento cheese, and bacon on a brioche bun. Be still my beating heart! My Dog Duke’s is open daily from 7 AM to 2:30 PM.

Photo from My Dog Duke’s FB page.

Cinn City

For a sweet start to your day, head over to Cinn City, a local bakery known for its mouth-watering cinnamon rolls. These fresh-baked cinnamon rolls come in various flavors ranging from classic cinnamon and strawberry amaretto to decadent chocolate and blueberry lemonade. 

Not in the mood for cinnamon rolls? Cinn City also offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and coffee drinks to start your day off right.


Where to Eat in Lynchburg: A Local Foodie Paradise

From historic restaurants to modern farm-to-table eateries, this guide has provided a taste of the top dining destinations in Lynchburg. And with so many delicious options to choose from, it’s no wonder Lynchburg has become a treat for foodies traveling through Virginia.


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