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“Changed but still good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Ridge Cafe

Blue Ridge Cafe
Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Ruckersville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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 needed - from the kitchen to catering and menu planning. And, the Hayes' daughter, Elizabeth, actually christened the cafe with her birth just 12 hours before the scheduled opening. The first banquet room was opened in 1997 just after their son, Nicholas, was born. Both children have grown up working with and around food at the cafe and catered functions. His years of experience in the field, and being in the right place at the right time, enabled Chef Shawn to make his dream come true. He enjoys preparing a variety of different foods, but his specialties are American fare and Italian cuisine. In addition to his role as Chef, Shawn is also involved in every other aspect of the Cafe, including managing the catering and banquets, the business office and designing the menus. Shawn and the Cafe are also known for their support of and dedication to the local community. The Blue Ridge Cafe is located on Route 29 (south bound lane) in Ruckersville, VA, just north of Charlottesville. Surrounded by the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, visitors to the Cafe are sure to enjoy the atmosphere. Whether for lunch, dinner or socializing over drinks and appetizers, the Cafe offers its customers delicious food, a full-service bar and a wide variety of Virginia wines. The Blue Ridge Cafe is the perfect place for gathering family and friends. So, if you'd like to experience Chef Shawn's knack for making even simple foods spectacular, stop by the restaurant or call to book your next catered affair today!
Charlottesville, Virginia
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451 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Changed but still good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

This was a smaller family style restaurant with great food at great prices. Now split to a bar side (I know, more cash influx, but....) and food, the meals are still good, but the bar side while having the same food, has a bar atmosphere. Blue Ridge fish is great. Foot of onion rings is amazing.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Stanardsville, Virginia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is a family restaurant that is consistant.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

When we go here, we know what to expect, the food and service is always good. The new area in the restaurant is lovely.

Visited July 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Quality not so much...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

Greene Co., Virginia is a quaint little county with limited eating options. I've heard recently that this restaurant is under renovations. We hope the menu also gets a renewal. It used to be one of our local "go to" spots, but last visit was not so good. Looking forward to improvements ahead. We really want to go back!

Visited December 2011
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Orange, Virginia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice Spot in Ruckersville”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

This is a small restaurant with a nice sports bar attached that has good food, great service, and the addition of Chef Shawn has made a nice update to the quality of the food. I'd love some new chairs, though!!!

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Cary, Illinois
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

We had been driving by the Blue Ridge cafce for several days as we travlled between our rental log cabin and Charlottesville. We always saw cars in the lot. We decided to try for dinner. There is both a restaurant and a sports bar, we couldn't decide and then finally selected the cafe...turns out you can order from either menu regardless of where you sit (why didn't the greeter tell us this?). Great warm rolls with your salad. Good steaks, pasta, and crab cakes. Friendly server. Also quite busy with locals...so must be good!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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