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Basic Necessities

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2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958-2304
+1 434-361-1766
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Springfield, Virginia
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2016

Come and enjoy. Maybe 6 tables. Wonderful service. A huge wine selection with not bad prices. Half the fun is finding the place between a hardware store and a car wash. Then, walking thru the garden, petting the cat and entering the small shop in the front. Being greeted like old friends...............Someone had been cooking something wonderful and surprising the... More 

1 Thank Ladybugexplorer
Salisbury, Maryland, United States
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

OK, just how good can a grilled cheese sandwich be? See for yourself and stop by to visit this unique, out-of-the-way hole-in-the-wall. Decorated like your grandma's and run by caring people who are genuinely interested in the fact that you will enjoy your meal. Secret to this grilled cheese, garlic (yep), high quality cheeses, mayo and bread to kill for!... More 

1 Thank Lucille S
Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2016

I had been told to try this place by at least two other people who don't make random, unfounded recommendations about food. Today I ordered a meal that included the salad that I believe was called their "standard salad" or something close to that and smoked salmon and the meal was wonderful. This restaurant is very small and I almost... More 

1 Thank MrLarry2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Basic Necessities has been just that for many years. The best locally made bread, great wine selection, delicious lunches and dinners, and lovely people to boot. There's always a good reason to stop in.

1 Thank Martha G
Chestertown, Maryland
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574 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2016

We're always looking for a different to eat on our way down to visit daughter and grand kids in Lynchburg... and usually hit Alcohol Alley, aka Rt 151, in Nelson County about lunch time. While it's a little off Rt 29, it's worth the exploration. I had read about Basic Necessities a couple of times, but never really saw it... More 

Thank Hokie67
1 review
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. I consider myself a food snob and I can tell you if this tiny restaurant (it only seats a dozen or so) were in a bigger town you would never get in. On my visit I had sea bass. My wife had a chicken dish. I would eat there every week if it weren't 120... More 

Thank Bill H
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

Cute place, great food and great service. Cute place, great food and great service. Cute place, great food and great service.

Thank Stephanie2505
Nellysford, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2015

No one has mentioned the fact that you can hear one another talk without raising your voice. Again. No one has mentioned the outside eating area when the weather is great. Our favorite meal has been the crab cakes...up and down the east coast there is none better. Of course, there are plenty of other delicious entrees to satisfy our... More 

1 Thank betty-the-cook
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2015

I went with my family and friends for Sunday brunch. There was only one other table in the small restaurant area but it took too long to be seated, have our order taken, and to receive our order. The portions are tiny and prices are expensive. I don't mind paying higher prices when dining out, however, my meal was $20.00... More 

1 Thank Shines78
Waynesboro, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2015

This is a great place for food and wine when on the road and visiting in Nelson County. I love going here with my wife great food and wine and a great place to unwind

1 Thank Kevin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Cafe, French, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958-2304
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Nellysford
  • Phone Number: +1 434-361-1766

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