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Blue Ridge Cafe

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American, Bar
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8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
+1 434-985-3633
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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La Plata, Maryland
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanksgiving Buffet served with everything you could want. All selections were cooked to perfection. Especially liked the Salmon. Plenty of homemade desserts also. Our waitress was Emily and recommend highly. Always had fresh drinks and kept the table cleared of our used dishes. With our daughter living in Charlottesville, this has become our go to place when we are in... More 

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Thank Kevin B
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Kevin, Thank you and your family for coming out for our Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, I am so glad you have a great meal and service. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season. Chef Shawn More 

Central Virginia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner as a group of 7 on a busy Saturday night. We were seated in the events room which suited us wonderfully! We were excellently served by a newly-trained waitress. We all received our ordered dishes with special considerations duly noted: different cheese, sauerkraut on the side, etc. One of our party commented they enjoyed the "best ever... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I go to Blue Ridge Cafe often . We find the environment very nice.On this visit we both had a sandwich, ham and turkey with cheese on bread that is dipped in egg and cooked . Delicious. With fries. We have had many of the items on the menu and have also enjoyed their holiday buffets a... More 

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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A large dining area with large servings of typical country cooking, a bit sloppy and full of meat, very few vegetarian options.

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Thank CR_in_the_US
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I recently ate at the Blue Ridge Café when returning to Charlottesville, VA after visiting the Luray Caverns, Luray, VA. The food was very good! I had the French Dip beef sandwich - oh my.........the BEST I've every had! The beef was Provlone cheese and baked in French bread which gave the bread a slight crispness. I... More 

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Thank Eliza H
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The salads are excellent, as are the hamburgers. The service is always good, and the Chef, Shawn Hayes takes a personal interest that customers are happy

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Bellevue, Washington
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230 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Chose this place because of other reviews and while it wasn't the BEST it was good! I chose the 1/2 club with 2 sides...french onion soup & Ceasar salad. The sand looked good but was seriously lacking in the toasting department. I was surprised that the ceasar came with cucumber, tomatoes and egg wedges?? The soup needed a bit more... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted real cooked food, not fast food, near our b & b with a wine bar. This was the ticket! Big portions, as per American standards, of healthy delicious food. Good wine in generous glass portions. A fine meal, with fun 1950's music coming from the bar.

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Thank happycamper914
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We always have a personable time eating. The waitress, Carol, is excellent and always has a funny tale to tell. The food is great. We keep coming back.

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Thank krayshade
Ruckersville, VA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

With a pretty wide selection of good food, there's something that everyone will enjoy here! Look for their Seafood Special week late summer. The connected sports bar and grill is a great choice as well!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Ruckersville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-985-3633
Description
Chef Shawn Hayes, owner and chef of the Blue Ridge Cafe, has a real passion for food and creativity. He believes that good food, well prepared and offered at a reasonable price keeps his customers coming back. And, it's true!


Virginians and travelers have been enjoying Shawn's cooking since he and his wife, Rita, opened the Cafe's doors in 1995.

Dreaming of being a chef in the hospitality industry since age 12, Chef Hayes pursued his ambition and received a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1988.

Since then, he and his family have dedicated days, nights and weekends to ensuring the success and quality of their business. Rita assists Shawn wherever she is needed - from the kitchen to catering and menu planning. And, the Hayes' daughter, Elizabeth, actually christened the cafe with her birth just 12 hours before the scheduled opening. The first banquet room was opened in 1997 just after their son, Nicholas, was born. Both children have grown up working with and around food at the cafe and catered functions.

His years of experience in the field, and being in the right place at the right time, enabled Chef Shawn to make his dream come true. He enjoys preparing a variety of different foods, but his specialties are American fare and Italian cuisine. In addition to his role as Chef, Shawn is also involved in every other aspect of the Cafe, including managing the catering and banquets, the business office and designing the menus. Shawn and the Cafe are also known for their support of and dedication to the local community.

The Blue Ridge Cafe is located on Route 29 (south bound lane) in Ruckersville, VA, just north of Charlottesville. Surrounded by the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, visitors to the Cafe are sure to enjoy the atmosphere. Whether for lunch, dinner or socializing over drinks and appetizers, the Cafe offers its customers delicious food, a full-service bar and a wide variety of Virginia wines.

The Blue Ridge Cafe is the perfect place for gathering family and friends. So, if you'd like to experience Chef Shawn's knack for making even simple foods spectacular, stop by the restaurant or call to book your next catered affair today!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?