Places to Eat in Luray, VA

Having vacationated a couple times in Luray, Virginia, I now feel empowered to opine upon its consumables. Also, this seems like the best way to remember where I want to eat next time.

Tip: If you’re there on a holiday weekend, call your intended restaurant to make sure they’re keeping their posted hours. It’s a tiny town. Sometimes they apparently assume that no one is going to want to eat and just close early without warning. We assumed that restaurants would be open during their advertised hours, and that’s how we ended up at Uncle Buck’s. Don’t let it happen to you.

Places We’ve Eaten

  • Gathering Grounds
    Coffee bar and eat-in/carry-out cafe – delightful atmosphere, polite staff, fast service, yummy food.  Our favorite spot. The desserts are skippable, but the coffee and non-desserts more than make up it.
  • Artisans Grill
    Somewhat upscale food, a little heavy on the grease, and they didn’t have most of the advertised desserts (I normally don’t care, but the sign said pineapple carrot cake, I saved room, and then they crushed my hopes and dreams).  We ate here once and probably won’t again.
  • Uncle Buck’s Restaurant
    Just don’t.  Read Dar’s detailed TripAdvisor review and eat anything else you can lay hands on.

Places We Want to Eat

  • Shenandoah Kitchen
    The restaurant at The Victorian Inn, which looks like a completely innocuous small B&B from the outside, but apparently hides shiny noms inside.
  • Purple Door Cafe and Patisserie
    Another coffee and pastry shop and cafe. They too post nomsome-looking things on the Facebook. Maybe I shouldn’t go … they keep mentioning cinnamon rolls.
  • West Main Market
    Deli with some interesting sandwich options.
  • Fairview Grocery
    Apparently “grocery” means “deli” in Virginia, but the things they post on the Facebook look enticing. I really wanted a delicious homemade pulled pork BBQ sandwich, but we ended up checking out Artisans Grill instead (which, to be fair, also had homemade pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, but I still bear a pineapple carrot cake-related grudge).
  • Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant at the Mimslyn Inn
    I would be inclined to try this, but they don’t have anything my vegan travel companion can eat, so I’m unlikely to get to.


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