16 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:

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

8 – Foresta

Foresta transported me to a new place the minute I walked in the door. The decor and atmosphere are unlike anything I’ve seen. Think sparkling lights, cozy nooks, flickering lamps, and beautiful art.

Forest Restaurant in Abingdon, VA Thai Pumpkin Soup
Spicy Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup
Forest Restaurant Abingdon, VA Korean BBQ Lavosh Bites
Korean BBQ Lavosh Bites

The food is upscale and inspired by flavors from all over the world. We loved the garlic bread, Thai pumpkin soup, pork ramen with quail eggs, and Korean BBQ bites.

Foresta Restaurant in Abingdon, VA Cocktail
Lost City Margarita
Pork Ramen from Foresta in Abingdon, Virginia
Tonkotsu Pork Ramen

Every taste out of the kitchen is well thought out and so delectable you’ll savor every bite. And don’t get me started on the cocktails! We stayed long past our bedtime savoring the food, drinks, and atmosphere!

190 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

9 – The Girl & The Raven

The Girl & The Raven is more than just a coffee shop – it’s an experience. You’re enveloped in the warm, inviting atmosphere as soon as you walk in.

The Girl & the Raven Coffee Shop Abingdon, VA
The Girl & The Raven Coffee Shop

They have one of the world’s best espresso machines, shown in their delicious coffee drinks.

The coffee beans are roasted on-site, and barista, Zen Moon, makes magic with his coffee creations.

Mocha Latte from The Girl & The Raven in Abingdon, VA
Mocha Lattes
Avocado Toast from The Girl & The Raven Coffee Shop in Abingdon, VA
Avocado Toast

We really enjoyed our breakfast. Owner Hugh Belcher explained how every component of their dishes was well thought out and meaningful, like the purple grits from a historic mill in the Shenandoah Valley.


  • Get a Mocha Latte. I’m still thinking about the rich, deep flavor of the one I ordered.
  • Notice the artwork on the walls by Craig Kosak. He was the first graphic designer for Bill Gates. The artwork incorporates ravens to symbolize rebirth and renewal.

The Girl & The Raven
380 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

10- Luke’s Cafe

Check out Luke’s Cafe if you’re looking for a great meal and a cool rock ‘n roll vibe.

The owner, Luke, is a successful musician with his band Star City Meltdown and has incorporated a rock ‘n roll theme into the decor of his restaurant.

Fish Tacos from Luke's Diner in Abingdon, VA
Fish Tacos
Pasta Dish from Luke's Diner in Abingdon, Virginia
Chicken & Pasta Special

They’re known for their fish tacos and hamburgers. And my husband raved about the pasta and chicken special they had the night we visited.

Hamburger from Luke's Cafe in Abingdon, VA
The Santana Burger
Truffle Cheese Fries from Luke's Diner in Abingdon, VA
Truffle Cheese Fries

I highly recommend the truffle cheese fries and french onion soup as appetizers.

Luke’s Cafe
823 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

11 – Rendezvous International Cafe

Rendezvous International Cafe is a cozy spot in Abingdon for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner. (They open at 7:30 AM and close at 5 PM daily.)

This restaurant has the same owner as Greekos Cafe next door, and the food is equally good. What I like about both of his restaurants is the many healthy options on the menu.

The Mixed Berry Salad comes with fresh blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Rendezvous International Cafe Crepe Breakfast Abingdon, VA
Mixed Berry Salad from Rendezvous International Cafe in Abingdon, Virginia

There are several crepe dishes to choose from, including savory and sweet. We really enjoyed the Strawberry Crepe with Nutella.

They have a fantastic barista, and the mocha lattes were rich and creamy.

Pro-tip: For something sweet, try the macaroons. They come from Macaron Cafe in NYC. They are known experts in how to make this delicious French pastry.

Rendezvous International Cafe
211 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

12 – Spring House

The historic Spring House in downtown Abingdon houses a coffee shop, cider taproom, and tea shop.

I only had time to pick up a lovely pastry from Wolf Hills Coffee, but several locals say their coffee is fantastic.

Likewise, several locals suggested Tumbling Creek Cider which is not surprising as they recently won awards for being one of the top cideries in the country.

Wolf Hills Coffee
Tumbling Creek Cider Company in Abingdon, Virginia
Tumbling Creek Cider Company

Abingdon Teas and Botanicals is also located in the Spring House, and even though I didn’t get to try any of their teas, I’d like to go back and have a cup of tea or buy of bag to take home. Most of their teas are locally grown, so it’s a great place to try tea in Appalachia.

Spring House has a lot of comfy space to enjoy your tea, coffee, or beer, and they offer fun events like paint night, quiz night, and live music nights. Overall, it’s a terrific place to relax and enjoy locally-made beverages.

The Spring House
112 Court St NE, Abingdon, VA 24210

13 – Summers Roof and Cellar

If you’re looking for a top-notch dining experience in Abingdon, check out Summers Roof and Cellar. This restaurant is known for its delicious food and stunning rooftop views, and it books up quickly!

We couldn’t get a reservation for dinner, but we stopped by to see if we could snag a spot at one of the outdoor firepits for a glass of wine. We were lucky – we got there before the dinner rush and enjoyed the views while sipping a cocktail and glass of wine.

Wine and Cocktail at Summers Rooftop Bar and Cellar in Abingdon, Virginia
Mountain views at Summers Roof and Cellar
Dining Room at Summers Rooftop Bar and Cellar in Abingdon, VA
Dining Room at Summers Roof and Cellar

I hope to try the food soon, as the chef and menu are getting rave reviews.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

14 – 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

15 – 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 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

16 – 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

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.

Bon appetit!

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40 Responses

  1. Discover Abingdon’s culinary delights with this list! From cozy cafes to lively bars, there’s something for everyone to enjoy

  2. Next time I plan a trip to Abingdon, Virginia, this list will be my food guide. Thanks a lot for all the hard work in putting together this list of the best eateries.

    1. Thanks so much for reading! Abingdon has such wonderful food choices. I’m going to be adding more restaurants to the list soon.

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

  4. 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. 😉

    1. Chelsea,
      I live in Abingdon and am vegan and Greeko’s and White Birch Food and Juice have a few vegan options on their menus and many things that can be adapted to vegan. Some of the restaurants like The Tavern, Sister’s Grill and JJ’s are happy to make you a vegan meal, especially if you let them know ahead of time. Actually, one of the best vegan meals I’ve had in Abingdon was at The Tavern–and more than once. I did notice that Summer’s Rooftop had a vegan option on their menu recently but I was out of town and didn’t get to try the eggplant stack. The food is good American fare but since we don’t have many ethnic options (Asian, Indian–the closest is in Bristol) that are by nature vegan, eating out and getting something different can be a challenge. But, it is doable.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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.

  14. 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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