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Lovingston Cafe

165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949-2340
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Ranked #2 of 7 restaurants in Lovingston
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Café
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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78% Recommend
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English first
Willow Grove, Pa.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a delightful supper there, that is until the bill came for the meal. My wife wanted to have a glass of 'blush wine" with dinner. The waitress told us that that kind of wine was only available by the bottle. She suggested one that was listed at $11.95 on the menu. We ended up sharing some of the... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have been eating here for about 15 years in our driving from DC to NC. They always have great food and it's much better for you than eating fast food. Lovingston is a beautiful little town and you suddenly feel like you're in a Walton's episode.....love it.

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Lubbock, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

If you're driving between Raleigh-Durham NC and Harrisonburg VA, the Lovingston Café is a good place to stop for a meal. There is variety, friendly service, a clean and pleasant environment, and it's right on the highway for easy in-and-out.

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Lovingston, Virginia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Good for occasional visits - the bar can be friendly, if you don't mind delving into the local color. The bartender is great.

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South Kent, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We were driving along Route 29 in VA, looking for a place to eat, when I spied a sign for the Lovingston Cafe. Not wanting to eat at fast food places, we gave it a try. Well, it far exceeded our expectations. The decor is the first thing you notice--it's different, arty, and fun. The menu had lots of options... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

There are not a lot of restaurants in Lovingston, so this one stands out. It is small, but the food is good. Many of the locals eat there, so the staff knows the regulars. Prices are reasonable.

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Richmond, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Saturday weekend specials for the last couple of weeks has included a strip steak which we both ordered and both agreed was horrible. Absolutely no flavor whatsoever, we tried to figure out what was wrong with what would normally be a decent piece of steak. It was decided it tasted as if it was injected with water or was... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is the 3rd time we've eaten at TLC (The Lovingston Cafe). Always delicious!! They make the best Reuben sandwich I've ever had. The corned beef is super tender and the sandwich just melts in your mouth. It's worth the 1 1/2 hr trip up there. This little restaurant is the gem of Nelson County!! Not to be missed!!

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Chapel Hill, NC
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We've been eating here several times a year since it opened whenever we travel US 29. In fact, we plan our travel times through the area to enjoy the food and have never been disappointed. The menu changes somewhat on a seasonal basis with daily special. My very all time favorite is the ham and pea soup. We usually split... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My wife and I make the trip to Lovingston from Charlottesville (about 45 minutes) on a fairly regular basis. We haven't had everything on the menu yet, but that's our goal. We've never been disappointed.

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