Downtown Staunton Restaurants: Where to Go For Fine Dining

Downtown Staunton Restaurants: The Joy of Fine Dining

Ah, Fine Dining!

There is just nothing better than a meal that is a visual delight and a culinary blend of flavors.

We’re proud to say that Staunton features some of the best restaurants anywhere. Your biggest decision while visiting with us will be where to eat.

That’s why we want to share with you three very different restaurants; all of which shine with their own style of culinary magic, temptations and delights.

Staunton Restaurants–First Up, The Shack

The Shack, Staunton RestaurantFirst, The Shack with Chef Ian Boden. Patrons call the food, “decadent and refreshing!” as well as “brilliant.” Southern Living voted The Shack as one of the South’s best new restaurants in 2014, and that’s just one of many stellar reviews.

In fact, Ian is currently one of 20 semi-finalists for 2017 Best Chef: Mid Atlantic by the The James Beard Foundation. Finalists will be announced March 15, 2017.

With offerings like maple quail, grilled leg of lamb and rare seared escolar, The Shack tempts you with unusual fare that is a culinary sensation, while taking pride to use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, including meats.

Open Wednesday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 10:30-2 p.m., The Shack is fine dining at its best!  Reservations are highly recommended.

Why You’ll Love Staunton Restaurant Zynodoa 

Next, Zynodoa touts their food as “inspired southern cooking.” And, indeed it is. With side dishes such as artisan cheeses and buttermilk mashed potatoes contrasted with citrus molasses brined chicken breast, duck liver mousse, and Polyface Farm BBQ wings, Zynodoa offers a farm-to-table experience that will delight your senses and please your

Staunton Restaurant Zynodoapalate.

Praised in the Philadelphia magazine, Virginia Living and USA Today, to name a few, you’ll be hard pressed to find a culinary experience more enjoyable. Zynodoa also uses local sources for their menu selections.

Zynodoa is open Sunday-Tuesday 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Everybody’s Favorite, Mill Street Grill

Finally, we come to the Mill Street Grill. A longtime favorite in Staunton, Mill Street offers up “The best ribs in the Valley.” Barbecued baby back ribs are slow cooked until tender then brushed with their homemade barbecue sauce.

Staunton Restaurant Mill Street GrillFrom Greek salads, artichoke chicken, Cajun shrimp, charbroiled salmon filet to filet mignon, this is American cuisine
at its finest. With over 20 years of gratifying local palates, Mill Street has expanded its audience to include discriminating tourists.

Mill Street also offers a Sunday brunch. It’s one of the few restaurants in town that does. With a variety of dishes that include waffles to quiches, it’s a satisfying way to start your Sunday.

Hours at Mill Street vary slightly depending on the season, but generally, they are open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday-4 p.m.-10:30. Sunday brunch is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with Sunday evening hours 4 p.m.- 9:00.

So there you have it. Three of Staunton’s most enjoyed restaurants. Have you tried any of them? We’d love to hear your experience.

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