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Michie Tavern, Charlottesville

(3.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Michie Tavern, located in Albemarle County, Virginia, is a Virginia Historic Landmark that was established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, though in Earlysville. The Tavern served as the social center of its community and provided travelers with food, drink and lodging. It remained in operation, in the Michie family, until 1910, when it came to be owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1927, the Tavern was purchased by the Josephine Henderson, who had it moved seventeen miles from Earlysville to its present location, close to Monticello.The tavern is proximal to several other notable historic attractions: Monticello Ash Lawn-Highland University of Virginia
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  • Came down to VA today to see friends and met them here for lunch- a colonial inspired setting with costumed staff, all pleasant and cheerful, serving up a cafeteria style buffet. Grab your tray and fi...  more »
  • The buffet was pretty good, the selection is very limited as in fried chicken with some sides and they bring you more of whatever you want to your table. Fun for a 1 time visit  more »
  • This is such a tourist trap. The food is marginal at best. The best part of the meal was the peach cobbler for dessert.  more »
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  • Can I give less than 1 star? This place is a tourist attraction near Monticello (which is wonderful). There is a reason there are no pictures of the dining hall or happy diners on the website. It is a cafeteria - with public school (I went to public school) quality food. There's a weird system of getting the food and getting refills - you go through the line once and then they bring you refills. They super over charge for the food - $18 - unless you can eat a lot - not a good value. Kids seem to like it. Not a tavern.
  • This place has the best buffet of, comfort food. They come around and ask if you would like more of what you had or something new. Great service by terrific people.
  • We were recommended to go to Michie Tavern by the Charlottesville Visitor Center. We were a bit underwhelmed by the overall experience. We weren't originally told that it was a buffet and we probably wouldn't have gone if we knew it was $18/person as neither my wife nor I eat a lot of food. The food, however, was pretty good (even though there are limited options). The staff was super friendly and helpful. They are very attentive to your needs at the table and offered many times to get us a second plate or drink refills. We also enjoyed the atmosphere before heading to Monticello. A good stop if you're not concerned with price or if you're really hungry and can destroy a buffet!
  • The pulled pork is superb, and the staff were quite friendly. Overall though, it felt like an 18th century cafeteria where the gift shops were more the emphasis than any historical aspects of the building (which, is not even on the original site of the structure). I may go back for special events, but once was about enough for me, especially given the price for a meal, beer, and dessert (~$25/person).
  • Wonderful place to visit!! Miss Teresa was an absolute joy during our tour of the old tavern. She is such a sweet lady and really made our visit special. She made a sweet gesture for our son for his 13th birthday that was falling on the day after our visit. This will be something that he will remember forever and I hope she knows how much it meant to my son. Its easy to tell she loves what she does! The ladies working in the artillery and silver shops were wonderful and kind as well. Just an all around wonderful place. We had a late lunch at the tavern. They had the best fried chicken that I believe I've ever had! I was too full to eat the dessert, I hear the peach cobbler is wonderful. Great meal!!