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“kind, tasty & open 7 days”

Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co.
Ranked #1 of 31 Restaurants in Ruckersville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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!
Reviewed August 30, 2014

Finding a good, non-fast food restaurant that's open 7 days a week is a challenge between Madison & Charlottesville, so the Blue Ridge would be a standout just for its opening hours. However, I was doubly pleased to arrive as a solo diner and be treated royally (thanks, Betty!). My salad was especially fresh, and the rest of my meal just fine. Will plan to return when I'm visiting the area.

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Shawn H, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co., responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2014

Thanks for your kind words, Dunyazade! We're thrilled to hear that we impressed you with our hours, service, and food. Stop by anytime - we look forward to serving you again next time you're in the area! Best, Shawn Hayes (Owner)

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visit Blue Ridge Cafe often for lunch or dinner, and - when our daughter and son-in-law moved to Ruckersville - we introduced them right away to your dining delights!

ALL the food we have ever had at Blue Ridge Cafe has been scrumptious. We can go for a decadent lunch of fried shrimp (always hot and fresh!) or a light dinner of a salad wrap and baked potato. Blue Ridge Cafe's menu has so many options to choose from, no matter what you're in the mood for, it's there..

The waitstaff (read - Betty!) are wonderful and so accommodating! And their Royalty Rewards Program keeps sending us good coupons. All in all, Blue Ridge Cafe has become our family's "go-to" restaurant anytime someone says, "Let's go out to eat!" We know we will all have a delicious meal at a reasonable price and leave happy. What more can we ask?

Annie and Mack Rowe, Madison, Va.

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Shawn H, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co., responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2014

Wow, thanks so much for the great review, Annie and Mack! We're honored to have earned your family's loyalty and appreciate you joining us again and again. We're thrilled to hear that no matter the mood, we have something for you! I will certainly share your wonderful feedback with my team. It's always a pleasure to serve you, and we can't wait to see you again! Best, Shawn Hayes (Owner)

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went in for the Seafood. Had the Beer Batter Fish on our last visit. It was YUMMY and the service was great. Love the owner, Shawn Hayes. My husband, Charlie works next door and he eats here all the time. Great Lunch deals!! Cheaper than fast food and much healthier!!

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Shawn H, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co., responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2014

Thanks for your great review, Patricia! We are always glad to serve you and Charlie. Can't wait to see you again next time! Best, Shawn Hayes (Owner)

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

Very nice servers good food and very peaceful and clean !!!!!!! and restaurant part is very quiet
and the bar is a fun atmosphere

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Shawn H, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co., responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2014

Hello Lewis! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoy our food and atmosphere. Thanks for your great review - I really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Shawn Hayes (Owner)

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

everything was great from server, food, price. Thank George Foley The review asks for more info, but I don't know what else to say. Try this restaurant. We had a great experiance

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Shawn H, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co., responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2014

Thanks for your kind words, George! I'm thrilled to hear that your family had a great experience at our restaurant - all four generations of them! I really appreciate you taking the time to review our restaurant. Can't wait to see you and your family again! Best, Shawn Hayes (Owner)

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