Where to Eat in Buena Vista: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

Buena Vista (/ˌbjuːnəˈvɪstə/ BEW-nə-VIS-tə) is an independent city located in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,650. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, along with surrounding Rockbridge County, for statistical purposes.
Things to do in Buena Vista

1. The Red Hen

11 E Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450-2528 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner +1 540-464-4401
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 274 reviews

The Red Hen

Reviewed By Clifford K - Lexington, Virginia

Wonderful cuisine with imaginative menu and LOCAL sourcing. Interior is amazing. The historic little building was once the billiard room annex for a hotel! Great woody interior and some historic carpentry work. Lovely intimate atmosphere.

2. Sweet Things

106 W Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450-2123 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Sweet Things

Reviewed By Enderly31 - Lexington, Virginia

It was with great anticipation that I ordered a regular black and white milkshake and my husband a regular cookies and cream. The help was pleasant, but couldn't agree as to who was going to make the shakes. Upon settling the matter, the shakes were completed in record time and we were on our way. What a let down. Neither of us could tell that ice cream was an ingredient in our respective shakes. Mine was little better than chocolate milk and my husbands was unidentifiable. After several sips we just trashed them. $10.00 thrown away. Save your money.

3. JJ's Meat Shak

1607 Magnolia Ave, Buena Vista, VA 24416-3201 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 540-261-1489
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

JJ's Meat Shak

Reviewed By BobH22 - Lexington, Virginia

JJ's Shuckin Shak is open right next to JJ's Meat Shak, and it is the real deal! A fantastic and plenitiful low boil seafood meal with crab legs, shrimp, sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. They have other seafood delights as well. Only open Friday and Saturday nights at the moment.

4. Southern Inn Restaurant

37 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2522 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 42 +1 540-463-3612
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Southern Inn Restaurant

Located in Historic Lexington, Virginia, Southern Inn Restaurant is a successful mix of casual, but elegant dining. Proprietors George (chef) and Sue Ann Huger offer a contemporary, seasonal menu utilizing local produce, meats and other products, as well as fresh seafood and in-house baked goods.

Reviewed By Fludoc

Went there for dinner. Service was prompt and friendly. Oyster appetizer was excellent although a bit small. Great sauce and about 5 small but perfectly done oysters. Liver entree was large with 3 nice slices of liver. Onions a nice touch, bacon would have been if the strips were done just a bit more. My wife got the mozzarella appetizer that was also very good. She opted for the sirloin entree. Great potatoes, fresh green beans and tender beef. Once the mozzarella was generous my wife ate less than half of her entree. We asked to have it boxed up. The server returned to tell us someone had tossed it out. Did not offer to replace or comp the dish. Lots of good dining places in town that would have done the right thing. Next time in town will not give them another opportunity to trash our food

5. Pronto Cafe & Gelateria

26 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2523 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 540-464-1472
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Pronto Cafe & Gelateria

Pronto is a modern and airy caffe offering delicious LavAzza coffee and espresso, fresh baked goods (bread, croissants, pastries), sandwiches, salads, soup, and, of course, amazing homemade gelati. Check out Pronto on facebook and twitter at ProntoGelateria. Open 8am-8pm everyday (except Tuesdays-- closed Tuesdays). Pronto opened in Oct. 2012 and is owned and operated by Lexington natives Francesco and Meridith Benincasa.

Reviewed By GreenUnicorn - Southern NJ

We stopped at Pronto for my iced coffee and some baked goods for my husband. Friendly staff, clean and bright interior. Pronto was a very popular spot the afternoon we were there, especially the ice cream area. We loved the small town feel Pronto....the antithesis of a national chain coffee shop.

6. Don Tequila

2255 Beech Ave, Buena Vista, VA 24416-3101 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 540-264-0041
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Don Tequila

Reviewed By Tammy P - Acworth, Georgia, United States

We found this place after getting lost. What a find. Mexican food was awesome and the beer was cold. Service was fast and friendly. Would eat hear again.

7. Bistro on Main

8 N Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2521 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 540-464-4888
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 539 reviews

Bistro on Main

Upscale Casual Dining in the Heart of Downtown Lexington, Virginia.Featuring local products with a Southern flair. Intimate, casual atmosphere. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Also offers catering. Reservations Recommended!

Reviewed By B4Ugocitall - Lexington, Virginia

We had lunch at the Bistro. The restaurant was crowded with a large group that filled one side of the room, and was very loud. We ordered the oyster sandwich, which was okay, but not as flavorful as we expected. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. I would go back again when it was not so crowded to see if our experience would be better.

8. TNT's Good Ta Go

1240 Magnolia Ave, Buena Vista, VA 24416-3318 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 540-261-TNTS
Excellent
48%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

TNT's Good Ta Go

Reviewed By gingerannlanier - Lexington, VA

TNT's has daily specials for lunch and dinner and a full menu for all meals including breakfast. Huge servings, you will not go away hungry. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, excellent customer service. And did I mention the homemade desserts? Too many to list but the cheesecake is to die for! You cannot get a better value for your dollar, very reasonable prices!

9. Blue Sky Cafe

125 W Nelson St, Lexington, VA 24450-2035 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 540-463-6546
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Blue Sky Cafe

Reviewed By Wimperatore - Lake Ronkonkoma New York

The menu is both diverse and offers a variety of flavors....not a dull deli style shop. Service is friendly and while it was busy when we were there...we ordered relatively quickly and the food came out in a reasonable time frame. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Great location. Cool old style bookstore a couple of stores down.

10. Nick's Italian Restuarant

1314 Magnolia Ave, Buena Vista, VA 24416-3320 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 540-261-7992
Excellent
75%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Reviewed By andy_marinermedia - Buena Vista, Virginia

Nick's Italian Kitchen has a strong local reputation for their homemade Italian foods.

I've enjoyed their pizzas , calzones, and subs. Today I had a Cheesesteak made the way I like it and it was great. Special orders are no problem.

The staff is Italian and the food is authentic. They like kids too. I say the prices are average for pizzerias.

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