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The Ordinary at Michie Tavern
Ranked #10 of 568 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed 8 August 2014

While visiting Monticello we were looking for a place to take a heat break. Almost bypassed this restaurant after reading some of the negative reviews. We were glad we did not. We thought the food was great, the service friendly and efficient, and the overall experience worth recommending. We were able to time our dining after the main lunch crowd departed so our wait was minimized. Yes, this place is a bit touristy (in a fun way) not of itself but because of its' convenient proximity to Monticello. You pretty much have to pass by it on the way. The establishment does not hide the fact that this is a southern cafeteria style buffet which has probably evolved to facilitate service to the masses within a limited space. Therefore, it is a mystery why some of the reviewers complain this is a cafeteria or buffet style of dining. Comparably, we also ate in Williamsburg with full service at nearly double the cost with similar ambiance but did not find the food quality necessarily any better. Our fried chicken was tender, tasty, and not over-seasoned. Perhaps a little pricey, we think it still offers pretty fair value given the location, offerings, and old tavern ambiance.
As for Southern cooking, well I grew up on the stuff and am still alive and kicking. Either you like it or you don't. And yes, though they use sugar and salt and fat, so do the European chefs last time I checked. I think it is more about volume, exercise, and exercising restraint. Everything in moderation... two trips thru the buffet line does not make it half priced or add value unless you are packing a saddlebag. And the stewed tomatoes (delicious) with cornbread are probably far more healthy than the very trendy bacon wrapped double cheeseburgers with supersized fries and diet(?) sodas so many people are willing to fill their families up with these days.

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Thank steve m
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I had discovered this gem three years ago and was looking for an opportunity to come back. Michie tavern offers a southern style buffet in a historical setting. We were seated right away and enjoyed the wonderful southern hospitality. I am not a big stewed tomatoes fan, but their rendition is amazing! I skipped desert in favor of extra helpings of the fresh mashed potatoes, fresh biscuits, and stewed tomatoes. After lunch we strolled the property and were treated to an opportunity to play some old fashioned games. What a treat!

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Thank humphr1d
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Michie Tavern is closely located to Monticello which made it a great place to stop for lunch. The staff is very polite , welcoming and very helpful. We were traveling with a baby and a small child and had many staff members ask if we needed additional help. The food is buffet style fried chicken, pulled pork, green beans, etc with waitresses available to serve second portions.
After lunch we strolled through the different gift stores on site. Very fun lunch, great food and atmosphere.

Thank movingexperiences
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We were steeped in history all around us we savored a delicious lunch. We enjoyed conversations with several of the staff as we explored the entire property and historic buildings. A delightful place to bring family and friends for lunch or hold a special event.

Thank K H
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

The food was fine, stewed tomatoes, fried chicken, cornbread, black eye peas etc...I would suggest going into town instead and or some local resturants on the outskirts of town. You can find the same thing with cheaper prices

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Thank bbpoms98
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