18 Best Places To Eat (& Drink) In Abingdon, Virginia

Best Places To Eat In Abingdon, Virginia

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Abingdon, Virginia, has some of the best restaurants in the country!

Don’t believe me? Just ask USA Today.

For the past four years, USA Today has chosen Abingdon, Virginia, as America’s best small town food scene. And when you try the food here, you’ll see why. From upscale dining to fabulous cocktails to incredible dessert, Abingdon has got you covered.

My husband and I recently took a trip to Abingdon, Virginia, and I’m excited to share with you the amazing culinary experience that awaits you. The food is truly phenomenal.

Below are the best places to eat in Abingdon, Virginia:

1 – The Tavern

Built in 1779, The Tavern is the oldest building in Abingdon. Initially built as a tavern and overnight inn, it housed famous guests such as Henry Clay, King Louis Philippe, and President Andrew Jackson.

The Tavern even served as a hospital during the Civil War. If you’re lucky enough to dine on the 3rd floor, you’ll see numbers penciled into the plaster walls that marked the soldier’s beds.

And if the history isn’t cool enough, wait until you taste the food!

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
Ahi Tuna with Rainbow Swiss Chard

Our meal was fantastic, and we enjoyed it so much, that we invited our son and his girlfriend to drive from Boone to try out this restaurant.

My son said this is now his favorite restaurant, beating out Juju in Durham, NC.

Pro-tips:

  • Get a reservation if you would like to eat indoors. The outdoor area is spacious and easier to get a table at.
  • Take my son’s advice and order the Ferracci as an appetizer. It consists of blackened filet tips, fried spinach, blue cheese, and a port wine reduction. It’s enough food to be a meal for two even though it’s an appetizer.

The Tavern
222 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

2 – Rain Restaurant

Rain Restaurant is located in the historic district of Abingdon and offers fine dining in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

I enjoyed the beautiful artwork, the fantastic cocktails, and the amazing food.

The menu has a wide variety of items, including Shrimp & Grits and Rosemary Chicken Linguini.

I ordered the Seared Atlantic Salmon and Butternut Curry Soup, and my husband enjoyed the Blackened Ribeye.

Seared Atlantic Salmon
Blackened Ribeye

The service was fantastic, and the food was outstanding.

Rain Restaurant
283 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

3 – Greekos Grill & Cafe

We really liked our light, healthy lunch at Greekos Grill & Cafe.

My husband got the Greek nachos as a meal and loved the fried pita triangles loaded with chicken, tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, melted cheese, and housemade tzatziki.

I had the lamb platter and enjoyed the rice, salad, pita, and hummus.

Lamb Platter & Greek Nachos
Delicious desserts

Greekos offers mouth-watering desserts. I strongly suggest sampling a few.

Greekos Grill & Cafe
217 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

4 – 128 Pecan

128 Pecan serves lunch and dinner and is a favorite with locals.

I got a sense of how close the community is in Abingdon with how friendly the customers are with each other.

This restaurant is casual and comfortable, with cozy seating indoors and out. 

They offer sandwiches, salads, and burgers for lunch and fancier fare for dinner like seafood, meatloaf, and pasta.

We really enjoyed the Cuban Sandwich and Fish Tacos.

Classic Cuban Sandwich
Fish Tacos & Fries

I love that 128 Pecan gives back to the community by offering free meals at Thanksgiving and other times of the year for those in need.

128 Pecan
128 Pecan St SE, Abingdon, VA 24210

5 – White Birch Kitchen & Juice Bar

If you love locally-sourced, healthy food, you’ll love White Birch. They offer power bowls, wraps, burgers, smoothies, and fresh-pressed juice.

We enjoyed the Birch Power Bowl and Thai Chicken Wrap, two of their most popular menu items.

Birch Power Bowl
Thai Chicken Wrap

The flavor combinations of their cold-pressed juices are unique and delicious. I loved the Pink Punch with strawberry, apple, pineapple, and orange juices.

Majik Moment Marguerita
Pink Punch

They use their fresh juices as a base to make mouthwatering cocktails. My husband had the delicious Majik Moment Marguerita.

Pro-tips: 

  • You can get a fresh-pressed juice or alcoholic juice cocktail to take home.
  • After your meal, walk to the Washington County Courthouse. It was built in 1868 in Greek Revival and Italianate styles. It also has a gorgeous signed Tiffany stained glass window dedicated to those in Washington County that served in World War I.

White Birch Kitchen & Juice Bar
170 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

6 – Sister’s American Grill at the Martha Washington Inn

One of the perks of staying at the Martha Washington Inn is the complimentary gourmet breakfast offered each morning at the Sister’s American Grill.

First, you’ll be seated in the lovely dining area and then brought a hot breakfast plate. All guests receive the same meal, but the menu changes daily.

But don’t worry, even if you aren’t staying at “The Martha,” you can still eat dinner at the Sister’s American Grill.

We did and enjoyed the Pecan Crusted Salmon and the Beet Salad.

Pecan Crusted Salmon
Beet Salad

You can enjoy dinner inside the dining room or in one of the stunning outdoor dining areas.

Pro-tip:

  • Overnight hotel guests receive a $25 gift certificate to the Sister’s Restaurant.
  • You can reserve a table by calling 276-619-5271.

Sister’s American Grill at the Martha Washington Inn
150 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

7 – Anthony’s Desserts

I was told by several locals that I needed to try this dessert shop out.

I’m so glad I did. Anthony’s is a cute and charming shop loaded with gourmet baked goods and hand-dipped ice cream.

It was difficult deciding which luscious treat to try, but I went with the chocolate beauty below. Sorry, I can’t remember the name, but it was a culinary masterpiece.

If you have the chance, I strongly suggest you satisfy your sweet tooth here.

Anthony’s Desserts
284 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

The locals suggested several other restaurants that I didn’t get a chance to try. Since this town has won so many awards for its amazing food, I hope to be back to try these top dining spots. They include:

  • The Peppermill – Housed in a historic home with a large front porch where you are welcome to dine with your dog. Guests rave about the BBQ Nachos, Chicken Salad, Chicken Quesadillas, and cocktails.
  • Chick-N-Little – It may not look like much from the outside, but this cozy restaurant is a hidden gem. They serve homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Guests rave about the Chicken Biscuits and Pimento Mac & Cheese.
  • Foresta – Offers a fantastic dining experience. The inside has gorgeous decor, and the menu features upscale fare like scallops, ribeye, filet mignon, and incredible cocktails.
  • The Girl & The Raven – Award-winning coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch, including fresh-pressed juices and cocktails. They have indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as a drive-thru.
  • JJ’s Sports Bar – Guests love the atmosphere and food at this friendly local sports bar. Favorite dishes include the JJs burger with deep-fried jalapenos and pimento cheese. Other favorites include Crawfish Fritters and Fried Green Tomatoes. They also have a great selection of draft beers.
  • Luke’s Cafe – This eatery has a retro flair with lots of rock ‘n roll memorabilia and great music. Guests rave over the Reuben and Pastrami Sandwich, Fish Tacos, and Crab Cake Sandwich.
  • Bonefire Smokehouse – Locals rave about the food and service. Favorite dishes include brisket, ribs, collard greens, potato salad, and cornbread fritters. Some claim that they have the best BBQ in the country.

The Best Vineyards & Breweries In Abingdon, VA

8 – Wolf Hills Brewing Co.

Wolf Hills Brewing is a great place to go for a beer in Abingdon. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and dogs are welcome at the outdoor seating.

We loved enjoying a beer while we listened to the band outside. And the beer selection is excellent, with something for everyone.

Live music at Wolf Hills Brewing Co.

Our favorite beers were the Blackberry Gose and the Creeper Trail Amber Ale.

Abingdon VA Brewery - Wolf Hills Brewing Co.

They sometimes have a food truck on-site, which is excellent if you want something to eat with your beer.

Wolf Hills Brewing Co.
149 Deadmore St SE, Abingdon, VA 24210

9 – Abingdon Vineyards

If you enjoy a glass of wine, don’t miss Abingdon Vineyards. This 13-acre vineyard is beautiful, and the outdoor area alongside the creek is very relaxing.

Abingdon Vineyards, Virginia
Abingdon Vineyards

You can enjoy flights or glasses of wine, and they also have several picnic tables if you want to bring your own food.

Honeysuckle Wine from Abingdon, Vineyards, VA
Honeysuckle Wine
Wine Flight from Abingdon Vineyard in Virginia
Wine Flight

All of the wines were delicious, but the Honeysuckle wine was our favorite. We bought a bottle to go.

Pro-tip: Bring some water shoes if you’d like to play in the creek. My husband and I couldn’t resist wading in the water.

Abingdon Vineyards
20530 Alvarado Rd, Abingdon, VA 24211

10 – Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet

I didn’t get a chance to go inside Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet on my visit to Abingdon, but I heard so many great things from the locals that I snapped a picture and made a note to go back on my next trip.

Katbird's Wine & Gourmet in Abingdon, VA

The shop is known for its extensive wine and beer selection, which features rare and hard-to-find varieties.

They are also known for their terrific selection of imported cheeses, lunch meats, jellies and spreads.

Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet
230 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

11 – Tumbling Creek Cider Company

This is another recommendation from the locals that we didn’t get a chance to try.

It’s a charming spot in downtown Abington where locals love the ciders, wine, and coffee. The ciders are made with rich apple flavors from southwest Virginia apples, pressed in-house, and fermented on-site.

Tumbling Creek Cider Company
112 Court St NE, Abingdon, VA 24210

Abingdon is truly a foodie paradise. Whether you’re looking for a five-star dining experience or a casual meal with friends, you’ll find everything you’re looking for here.

It’s no wonder Abingdon has been named USA Today’s best small town food scene for several years in a row. From farm-to-table restaurants to cozy cafes, there’s something for everyone.

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28 Responses

  1. These best places to eat and drink in Abingdon, Virginia, are fantastic! There are so many great places to visit.

  2. I hope to get to Virginia someday. Looks like there are a lot of cool places to eat and drink in Abingdon! I wonder if they have any plant-based and vegan options! That’s always my struggle when I travel. 😉

  3. I can see why Abingdon, Virginia, is considered America’s best small town food scene! Everything looks amazing – I can’t even pick just a couple. I want to try all 18 of the best places to eat! A fabulous destination for travel foodies!

  4. Love Abington! And I agree this quaint little town is a foodie paradise. The locals are welcoming and friendly. We love to visit this little gem of a town and enjoy the sites and adventures around the area. Great review!

  5. I like food but I enjoy going to local wineries and breweries better. Love the list of where to get a good local drink in Abingdon, VA. First time I’ve heard of this small town 🙂

  6. The food in Abingdon, VA looks amazing! White Birch Kitchen looks like they may even have several options I could eat, even on a restrictive diet. Thanks for the info!

  7. These places look great, especially The Tavern and the Sisters American Grill. I love historic places, and love it when you can eat there! We are planning on going east for our annual road trip next summer. I will keep this area in mind for sure!

  8. So many cute looking restaurants in Abingdon. I don’t think I’ve been to Virginia before but I’ll have to check them out and see if any of them have vegan options. Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a great list of restaurants in Abington VA! Do you know if any offer vegan options? White Birch Kitchen looks like it would be a possibility!

  10. I have never heard of Abingdon Virginia before! I love all the great, unique places to eat. No wonder it’s been the best small town food scene! I’d love to spend a week eating here 😉

  11. There are so many great places to eat and drink in Abingdon, VA, but I think my first choice would be Abingdon Vineyards because it looks very relaxing along the picturesque creek. It would be fantastic if they offer tours too.

    1. Abingdon Vineyards is very beautiful. I didn’t ask if they did tours. What a great question.

  12. Wish I had these places to eat and drink in Abingdon VA list sooner! I was just visiting VA! Definitely will keep them for future reference 😊

    1. That’s awesome that you got to visit Virginia. I hope to explore the state more in the coming months.

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