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Blue Ridge Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
+1 434-985-3633
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The interior atmosphere belies this little gourmet restaurant. I had the pasta bowl with grilled veggies (I'm normally a vegetarian) with Asian ginger sesame dressing, but I should also have ordered the shrimp, too. (I do make exceptions.) Their tasty hot rolls with butter served with the side salad were perfect. But the creme broulet with fresh berries and whipped... More 

Thank John L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was greeted immediately when I walk in. The service was great, friendly, outgoing. The food was good and great prices. I sat in the bar area, the atmosphere was quiet, different sports on all the TV's. Which to me is impressive. I don't think there was anything that I liked least. This is a great place, whether you want... More 

Thank tbstoy67
Madison, VA
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a special Customer Appreciation lunch yesterday with a friend who has never been to the Blue Ridge Cafe in Ruckersville, Va. We all LOVED our meals - and the 25% discount this week didn't hurt us a bit! My husband and I ordered one of our all-time favorites - Fried Shrimp Platter. This platter is accompanied by a... More 

Thank AnnieMadison_VA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Slipped in for dinner after work. Waitress was the best. Food good and good value. Relaxing atmosphere and overall pleasant visit. We'll be back.

Thank JohnDeere2cyl
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review, I am glad to hear you had a good meal and great service. I look forward to seeing you soon. Chef Shawn More 

Culpeper, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

On a very cold January afternoon, there's nothing like a big mug of coffee spiked with Kahlua! It warmed me from the inside out and made a wonderful lunch even better. We live in Culpeper & always stop here when we go to Charlottesville & have never been disappointed. Me, I enjoy the veggie quesadillas while my husband loves the... More 

Thank liszsy
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Liszsy, Thank you for your nice review, glad to hear you had a great lunch and coffee. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon. Chef Shawn More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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127 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Hearty American fare and seems to be a favorite with the locals. We were passing through and stopped for lunch on a weekday. Staff were friendly and efficient. Plenty of parking in and around. Conveniently located on US 29 a minute or so away from the main Ruckersville intersection. Ordered the dragon burger (in spite of the server trying to... More 

Thank Rhyncus
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Rhyncus, Thank you for the nice review, I am glad you enjoyed your visit and found the Dragon Burger to be just right with the heat balance. Hope you will stop in again on your next trip passing through. Chef Shawn More 

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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We went here for a quick and relaxing meal during a busy weekend stay. The food was good, the soup was awesome. Very clean bathrooms! It was a little difficult to navigate the dinning area, the tables were extremely close together. Overall, it is a good go to for a quick lunch or early dinner.

Thank Vacationers828
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review, I look forward to seeing you soon. Chef Shawn More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

My wife and I frequent this establishment. The food is always great. They have great wings and offer a good seasonal menu option. The staff is always kind and helpful. The bar is great. They have plenty of T.V.'s for any of the sporting events you want and they also have the football package.

Thank Keith R
La Plata, Maryland
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Thanksgiving Buffet served with everything you could want. All selections were cooked to perfection. Especially liked the Salmon. Plenty of homemade desserts also. Our waitress was Emily and recommend highly. Always had fresh drinks and kept the table cleared of our used dishes. With our daughter living in Charlottesville, this has become our go to place when we are in... More 

Thank Kevin B
blueridgecafe, Owner at Blue Ridge Cafe, responded to this review

Kevin, Thank you and your family for coming out for our Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, I am so glad you have a great meal and service. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season. Chef Shawn More 

Central Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We ate dinner as a group of 7 on a busy Saturday night. We were seated in the events room which suited us wonderfully! We were excellently served by a newly-trained waitress. We all received our ordered dishes with special considerations duly noted: different cheese, sauerkraut on the side, etc. One of our party commented they enjoyed the "best ever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 20
American, Bar
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8315 Seminole Trl, Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Ruckersville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-985-3633
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!

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