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Continental Divide

$$ - $$$
Southwestern, Mexican, American
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811 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4531
+1 434-984-0143
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
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All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a local and this is one of the long-standing gems in what has become a foodie town. It's where I go for a great margarita, and a great plate of Mexican food that has a southwestern influence (and a few dishes have a hint of Asian fusion .. more later). Their motto is "Too Small, Too Noisy, Too Crowded,... More 

Thank Edward F
Vienna, Austria
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468 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Continental Divide last night for the first time in many years and it was as good as ever. Good margaritas and nachos, excellent enchiladas and carnitas, we were not disappointed. It's a pretty small restaurant and I don't think they take reservations so make plans accordingly.

Thank LivingInWien
Charlottesville, Virginia
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Continental Divide is known for great Mexican, but the margaritas are the best in Charlottesville. They do not take reservations though, so it's hard to get in on busy nights.

Thank gamblefamilytravel
Winter Haven, Florida
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280 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Went on first night in town. Loved the nacho appetizer. The tuna dinner was delicious, as were the enchiladas. Tiny restaurant with great ambience and employees. Highly recommend.

Thank 63Kathyd
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Our friends recommended this restaurant. The menu is very very limited. We are picky eaters, so we looked at the menu and were horrified! Our waitress was very good at explaining our questions and was very patient! We ended up getting the tacos and fajitas. Everything was so good and nothing was spicy! I HATE SPICY! This place was great!... More 

Thank foodlovinboy
Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

As locals, we come to this restaurant at least once a month, and are never disappointed. The place opens 5:00, and people wait at the door even before that, and the place packs very quickly, so be sure to get there early. There margaritas are good, and they have a big drinks menu. We always get the red hot blues,... More 

1 Thank Karen R
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75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the small restaurant is super popular and gets packed quickly... But for good reason!! It's worth the effort to find a good time to go. Really delicious, high quality, local ingredients makes this Tex-Mex menu incredible. We shared the Santa Fe enchilada and carnitas tacos. Both delicious and paired perfectly with a house margarita. Quick and friendly service top... More 

Thank Maria B
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016

The food is absolutely delicious and while the kitchen staff is not always the most flexible, it's usually only when they're busy. Plus what they serve is pretty damn good as is. Love any excuse to eat here! The service is great and the value can't be beat.

Thank Amy G
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit and it will NOT be my last. The food was GREAT! They are known for their margaritas! I see why!! They were delicious!

Thank Shonda H
Colonial Heights, Virginia
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119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2015

Dinner on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 First time eating here. Delicious BBQ-ed meatloaf accompanied by mildly spicy mac-n-cheese. I am a meatloaf fan, so am very critical when it comes to this hearty staple. Basic meatloaf coated with sweet BBQ sauce--I prefer mine with ketchup or tomato sauce--but the BBQ flavor paired very well with the green chili spiced mac-n-cheese...mac-n-cheese... More 

Thank leftypicker

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Southwestern, Mexican, American
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 811 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4531
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-984-0143

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?