Where to Eat & What to Do in Staunton This Year!

Staunton is a quaint and historic town in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It’s near the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and only 20 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast and cabins in Virginia. Staunton is a fantastic place to spend a day or more. From dining out at the best Staunton, VA restaurants to experiencing all the best things to do in Staunton, we have the perfect guide to this fabulous city!

Staunton is just one of the many great towns waiting for you in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. We’re also close to the wonderful city of Lexington, VA, where you’ll find even more fantastic restaurants, shops, and attractions. We hope you take the time to explore the rural countryside, too. There are fantastic artisans along the North Rockbridge Trail, and agritourism in this fertile Valley is growing. From superb wineries, breweries, and distilleries to farms, orchards, food tours, and more across the Valley, you’ll never run out of fantastic things to do when you visit our top-rated Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast. No wonder there are so many exquisite Staunton, VA restaurants! 

If you’re looking for a great place to unplug and get away from it all, there’s no better place than our stunning Inn or getaway cabins in Virginia. We’re conveniently located in the middle of it all – close to all the best Staunton, VA restaurants and other places to eat, drink, and admire the local scenery. You’ll have the time of your life while visiting this storied and diverse part of the state. It is impossible to argue with the stunning beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, and we’d love to be a small part of making your next getaway memorable. Make a reservation at our#1-rated Bed and Breakfast & Shenandoah Valley cabins today!

Two women enjoying a meal at one of the Staunton, VA restaurants near us

Eat at the Best Staunton, VA Restaurants

This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about all the best Staunton, VA restaurants we have at our fingertips. They really do represent the best of the Shenandoah Valley’s agricultural bounty, and the town itself has been rated one of the best foodie destinations in the South. 

In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend your day in the Shenandoah Valley than to be immersed in the food scene. Enjoy some farm tours during the day, do some wine tasting at top Shenandoah Valley wineries, or visit local Staunton breweries, and then end the day with some shopping and a great meal at one of these Staunton, VA restaurants. Below, we’ve listed ten of our favorite Staunton, VA restaurants for you to consider next time you’re in town enjoying everything this town has to offer. 

  1. One of our tried and true favorite Staunton, VA restaurants is Aioli. This restaurant features a delightful range of perfectly executed Spanish-style Tapas and other European specialties in an intimate and charming setting. 
  2. Enjoy a taste of the South alongside a fabulous wine list at Zynodoa, one of the most highly-rated Staunton, VA restaurants. They do a great job of focusing on the seasonal availability of produce and sourcing directly from farms in the Shenandoah Valley. 
  3. You’ll even find a James Beard-nominated chef among the top restaurants in town! The food is exquisite at The Shack, which features a five-course seasonal tasting menu focusing on local and responsibly grown ingredients. 
  4. Lately, we’ve enjoyed several fantastic meals at Gloria’s Pupuseria, a unique spot that features delicious Salvadorean cuisine. 
  5. Embrace a touch of Staunton’s history and dine at The Depot Grille. The food is great, but the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind. It’s located in the town’s historic train station dating to 1902, and features the original floors, reclaimed wooden church pews for booths, and an intricate bar from the Ten Eyck Hotel (1918) in Albany, NY.
  6. If you’re enjoying local agritourism in the Shenandoah Valley, don’t miss a meal at Seed to Tail. They have monthly wine dinners, a sandwich shop, a bakery, and a specialty market, and all their food is locally sourced. Their menu even includes which local producers contributed to each meal for a truly locavore dining experience!
  7. Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner on the patio (weather permitting) at Byers Street Bistro. They also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights for a little added zest for your meal. 
  8. Mill Street Grill is another fantastic choice among Staunton, VA restaurants when you want a casual place to grab a bite to eat in between enjoying all the great things to do in Staunton. 
  9. You may not immediately associate seafood with the Shenandoah Valley, but you’ll change your mind as soon as you eat out at Blu Point Seafood, Co in Staunton. 
  10. Finally, end your day with a sweet treat at Staunton’s The Split Banana Co. You won’t regret it!
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is one of the many great things to do in Staunton, VA

Enjoy the Best Things to Do in Staunton, VA

Eating out at these Staunton, VA restaurants is one of our favorite things to do in Staunton. But we know you can’t just eat all day – you’ll need a way to burn off all the food in this fabulous food lover’s town. Luckily, there are plenty of great things to do in Staunton that don’t involve sitting down for a meal. We’ve listed a few more of our favorite things to do in Staunton below! 

  1. What should you drink with all of those great meals you’re about to enjoy in Staunton? You’ll find plenty to enjoy at local breweries, wineries, and bars in town. 
  2. A simple walk through downtown is one of our favorite things to do in Staunton, VA. You’ll see why it’s been called one of the “20 most beautiful Main Streets in America.” Admire the architecture, do a little shopping, and, of course, visit one of the many great Staunton, VA, restaurants on our list. 
  3. If you don’t have time to tour farms and artisans in the area, one of the next best things to do in Staunton, VA is to visit the local Staunton Farmers Market, which opens for the season in April.
  4. If you look beyond food and drink, there are even more fabulous things to do in Staunton, VA, like antiquing! Staunton is home to nine antique shops and markets for you to shop ’til you drop!
  5. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Staunton and learn more about the history of this charming town. 
  6. Speaking of history, don’t miss the Frontier Culture Museum. It’s the biggest open-air living history museum in the area and a top-rated historical attraction in Virginia.
  7. Another of the top-rated things to do in Staunton, VA is visiting the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum.
  8. For a different kind of history in Staunton, step inside the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriar’s Playhouse, and experience theatre the way Shakespeare meant for it to be experienced. 
  9. Get outside and work off those exquisite meals. There are plenty of excellent hikes in the Staunton area, including those at Betsy Bell & Mary Gray Wilderness Park.
  10. Finally, embrace some of the art scene in Staunton, with a number of art galleries and studios to visit. Glassblowing at Sunspots Studios is one of our favorite local experiences.


Of course, you can’t enjoy any of these fantastic things to do in Staunton, let alone this long list of the best Staunton, VA restaurants, without first securing your lodging. An unforgettable getaway to the Shenandoah Valley is waiting for you this year. Book your room at our top-rated Virginia Bed and Breakfast or luxurious cabins today! 

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