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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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 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, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped by the Blue Ridge Cafe while we were traveling back to our home in SC. I had eaten at the BRC a year or so back and enjoyed it and suggested we stop by for lunch. Our waitress was a...young lady, Phoenix, and was very pleasant and attentive. She was able to help accommodate a special request by my husband for his meal and he enjoyed it so much. Everyone was kind, friendly and best of all was the food. It was absolutely delicious. I had to get a to-go box for part of mine that we had when we got to our destination in SC. Will definitely go back again. Was a great meal and a good value. Very enjoyable.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 7, 2022 via mobile

My family and I were enjoying an early Mother’s Day lunch and I believe it was the chef who came out and YELLED at a women playing a game? Machine? Cursing at her and the women was not doing anything from what we observed ....The lady was crying and I came to find out that it was the owner!! My family should not have to hear the owner of an establishment curse and he abusive to a patron . Out family will not be back!!! Shame on youMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

We usually go for lunch but had dinner this time around. The food was excellent as usual. I had the ribeye special, and it was cooked exactly as I liked it. As busy as they were, the service was great, our waiter Edwin was very,...very good. We will be back again soon.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 1, 2022

Dinner out with friends. Food was great, friendly and courteous staff. Always a good meal and a good time.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022 via mobile

We had to send the wings back twice and they only had one server for the whole room. The country fried steak I brought home to my hungry spouse was pitiful. Avoid.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

Stopped in for a nice dinner. We got just what we have always grown to expect. We had the Chicken Alfredo and Meat loaf. It was very tasty as always. Although we have not been there for quite some time. Service was very timely. Would...always recommend it in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022

Tess is an excellent waitress. She exemplifies customer service. Her friendly conversation and courtesy is much appreciated. She makes you feel welcome and like family. The food is always great and the staff is more than willing to accommodate you -- even to the point...of changing the channel on the monitor nearest you so that you can enjoy your selected program which happened to be the rodeo. Thanks Blue Ridge Cafe -- you're the best that Ruckersville has to offer!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 18, 2022

We always enjoy a night out to BRC, Nice menu and I love how they have opened up the back room with the fireplace. Staff is very attentive and friendly.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 13, 2022

Food was good for the money and our server Edwin was great. We were seated promptly. I would recommend the double Chocolate cake for dessert.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022

Very pleasant and efficient service. The food was excellent as always. We were there for lunch, so went back to one of my favorites, built by own burger, and it did not disappoint. My wife had one of her favorites, French Onion Soup. Will be...back again soon.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 17, 2021 via mobile

It is a popular local restaurant, but we can't figure out why. The food was fair but nothing to write home about. The server was very friendly. The beer list was your typical Bud, Michelob and PBR variety. No interesting dishes or spices. Sorry locals,...not a fan.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 25, 2021

My husband and I were visiting in Charlottesville over the Thanksgiving holiday, so we purchased two fully plated four-course meals with drinks and gratuity included. We arrived at the time of our reservation, and were seated promptly, and our drinks were immediately brought. And, from...here, it quickly went downhill... In looking around our part of the dining room, we saw that there were several levels of service offered to the customers. One couple near us were served their second course when we were just arriving. However, they waited...and waited...and waited after that. They waited so long for their entrees that my husband and I were finished and leaving when their dinners finally arrived. Another group of three near us were served the wrong appetizers, and then correct appetizers were sent out - three times to the same table. Two glasses of wine made the rounds of the dining room for several minutes before the waitress found the correct table (in fact, it took two waitresses to finally figure that one out). Our appetizers were initially sent to the wrong table, but we were able to flag down the waitress before she disappeared with them. As for the quality of food we were served...well, it was good. What we got was good, that is. We received no gravy (I noted that other tables were served with gravy boats), I had to ask three times four our bread order, and no drink refills were offered. We finally requested our desserts to go (I did check the bag to make sure they were correct after watching the wine and appetizer debacles), and left. Would we go back on another visit to Charlottesville? I don't know. For the price, the food wasn't that great. And if the gratuity had not already been included, our waitress would have been lucky to get a 10% tip, sorry. Not what we were expecting for almost $50 a person for a holiday luncheon.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 9, 2021

My wife and I had the chance to have lunch at the Cafe today. We have visited multiple times and have reviewed before. Felt I needed to review again, because of how consistently good the food is and how wonderful the service is. If you...are ever in the Ruckersville area, you need to stop here. The menu has many offerings and I have never had anything I wouldn't recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 4, 2021 via mobile

We stopped here for a To Go order during our trip to the area. They had online ordering and carside pickup. The menu is a bit confusing as it states certain foods come with certain things, but then it's up to you to order that...thing as a side (ie mashed potatoes with the meatloaf). I figured I'd add veggies with my meatloaf but didn't know that would cause them to not include the potatoes even though the description said they were in there. Luckily the wife had plenty to share. Otherwise we enjoyed the meal. Salad and Chicken wings were good too. Not overly fancy but nice. Plenty of food included so we had a good amount of leftovers. I'd go back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 13, 2021

I asked for a bar drink to not have ice and was told it could not be served like that. This is not true as I had this before. Also it took time to get our order which was no fault of the waitress but...still not happy. When it can......was not the quality that it is usual.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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I think it's around $30. All you have to do is Google the restaurant and they should have their Easter menu up - or Google them, find a phone number and ask. Their Easter Buffet is to die for!!!
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The Easter Buffet is $27.95 Thanks Chef Shawn
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Yes, Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co. offers takeout services.

Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co. is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4