Wondering where to eat in Fredericksburg, Virginia? Check out this list of my favorite Fredericksburg restaurants!
My sister lives in neighboring Stafford (I’ve covered our favorite Stafford restaurants already if you want to check those out) so when I visit, we seek out every good restaurant we can find. To help you out if you ever find yourself in Fredericksburg, Virginia, I’ve compiled this list of our favorite restaurants to hit up.
From famous pizza people drive hours just to try to great steaks, seafood, and the most authentic Mexican food we’ve found in the area – this list has something for everyone.
Oh, and even though it’s not technically a restaurant, I’ve added my family’s favorite snack stop too.
7 Must Try Fredericksburg Restaurants
175 Cambridge St. // +1 540-479-1886
Garaffa’s Pizza serves, hands down, the best pizza in Fredericksburg. In fact, people drive hours just to try their pies, which feature fresh sauce made in-house every morning.
Garaffa’s is one of those classic neighborhood pizza joints that’s family-owned and operated and uses recipes passed down for generations. Apparently, the recipe for the sauce was brought to America by the owner’s grandfather.
Everyone raves not only about the sauce, but also the crust—the perfect combination of crispy and soft, not too thick and not too thin.
If for some (crazy) reason you’re not in the mood for a Garaffa’s pizza, the place has also made fans with their homemade pasta dishes. Their menus feature different specialty pastas throughout the week. I also can’t wait to try their homemade meatballs.
As great as the food is here, the friendly service also keeps people coming back time and again.
813 Caroline St. // +1 540-899-0969
Soup and Taco serve the most authentic Mexican-style tacos in the area. Each order of tacos comes in two soft flour tortillas, sprinkled with Pepper Jack cheese, and topped with jalapeño crema.
Soup and Taco also serve two different soups each day; their famous tortilla soup and a homemade soup of the day that rotates throughout the week.
You can also order larger entrees, called platos fuertes. Options include a tortilla encrusted tilapia dish, chimichangas, chipotle shrimp enchiladas, green chicken enchiladas, carne asada, or a chicken molé dish (check out the photo below). To wash it all down, they feature ten different kinds of margaritas you can order along with your meal!
Make sure to save room for dessert—the menu includes coconut flan, fried ice cream, and tres leches cake, among others.
318 William St. // +1 540-940-2614
Fahrenheit 132 is a chill spot with sidewalk seats. Locals flock here for choice steaks & seafood, plus craft cocktails, wine & local beer. Inside, the place has a more upscale vibe. This is actually my family’s go-to spot for anniversary and birthday dinner celebrations.
The menu changes daily, as they feature dishes made from the freshest ingredients and take pride in sourcing local ingredients first.
Start your meal with an appetizer, like the Chesapeake-style crab cakes made with lump Maryland blue crab, Prince Edward Island mussels in a bourbon cream sauce, bacon-wrapped shrimp, or the filet mignon tartare.
For your meal, their butcher cuts include a NY strip, center-cut sirloins, a filet mignon, veal tomahawk, and even a prime Australian Kobe Cowboy. Intended for two people, this steak weighs in at nearly two pounds!
Every stake comes with the vegetable of the day and your choice of a side dish. Choices include rosemary mashed potatoes, sauteed garlic green beans, braised mushrooms, hand-cut fries, and more!
Look for their Delmonico rib eye. Pair it with the truffle mac and cheese and black-eyed peas for a guaranteed incredible meal.
Not in the mood for a steak? Other options include a New Zealand rack of lamb served over Indian-style rice and Chilean sea bass pan-seared and topped with lump blue crab meat, asparagus, and a beurre blanc sauce. On my next visit, I plan to try either the sous vide duck breast served with a spiced blackberry reduction. Or maybe I’ll jump for one of the seafood options, like the diver sea scallops or this whole lobster.
Also, make sure to stop in and take advantage of their happy hour. It runs 4-6:30 for patrons seated at the bar. Happy hour features include 1/2 priced specialty cocktails, discounted appetizers, and serious discounts on wine by the glass.
260 Warrenton Rd. // +1 540-372-7585
Paradise Diner serves a mix of American, Greek, and Italian food. That might seem like a lot at once, but it works, and locals love it. This is my sister’s favorite place for a country-fried steak. And remember, we’re from Oklahoma—we know good country fried steaks!
The menu at Paradise Diner changes regularly, but you can always expect to find Greek dishes such as their stuffed cabbage with lemon cream, Greek spaghetti, or moussaka.
On the more international side, look for rotating specials like the shrimp Creole, roasted pork with a pineapple cherry sauce, or a London broil topped with mushroom gravy. Other days, you might find eggplant Parmesan, lamb shank with Greek salad, crab cake sandwiches, or fried calamari. Keep coming back and you might be offered Porterhouse pork chops, roasted turkey breasts with stuffing and gravy, a fried oyster dinner, or even a broiled filet of salmon stuffed with crab meat.
Paradise Diner also serves a full breakfast menu with choices including waffles, French toast, pumpkin hotcakes, breakfast sandwiches, and several types of omelets. Next time I go, I want to try the crab cake Benedict or the fried chicken and waffles.
633 White Oak Rd. // +1 540-371-9988
Charlie’s Crab House has been family-owned and operated by the Bourne family for more than 20 years. Here, you’ll found the heaviest crabs for the best price, always perfectly cooked and impeccably spiced.
This is a great place to steam a bushel of crabs before hosting a cookout or crab boil at home.
Be aware that this is a seasonal restaurant. They operate from May to September, crab season. I recommend checking whether they’re open online before making the trip. Also, when they run out, they close down shop. So, if you’re planning a big party, pre-order or at least call ahead to make sure they have enough.
Charlie’s also regularly deals in other seafood, including oysters. Check their Facebook page (link above) to see what they have at the moment.
10013 Jefferson Davis Hwy. // +1 540-300-7001
Gourmeltz used to be a truck, but they got so popular they opened a brick-and-mortar spot. Another veteran-owned business, this Gourmeltz cranks out gourmet artisan melts featuring plenty of interesting twists on traditional grilled cheese. Options include the Southern cookout melt filled with house-smoked pulled pork w/house BBQ sauce, cheddar mac & cheese, caramelized onions, and sharp cheddar.
There’s also the fiesta burger melt with not one but two hamburger patties, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, pico de gallo, and pepper jack cheese.
These are just a few of their many options—there’s surely something here for every eater.
Gourmeltz also has a dozen beers on tap. They also served us these crispy fried duck wings that went perfectly with our drinks!
Military, veterans, police, and firefighters can get a 10% discount every day.
350 Lansdowne Rd. // +1 540-371-1776
Strangeway Brewery is the best place in Fredericksburg for beer lovers. They have a ton of brews on tap, including several unusual options of the sour variety.
You can often enjoy live music here. If you’re hungry, there’s typically a rotating selection of food trucks to choose from. They’re also a dog-friendly establishment.
1219 Jefferson Davis Hwy. // +1 540-850-7707
Though not technically a restaurant, The Popcorn Bag is a fun little shop that serves about 60 flavors of popcorn.
You can mix flavors to create options like a loaded baked potato, chicken and waffles, sausage biscuits and gravy, coconut curry, pizza, and beer or buffalo wings and ranch. They even feature rotating seasonal flavors. My niece loves the black-tie—a mix of Oreo and marshmallow.
Definitely stop in and invent your own combination. Or, let the staff help you come up with suggestions for some of the most popular mixes. Their large bags make for great gifts as well.
Which of these Fredericksburg restaurants do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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