Where to Eat in Palmyra: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Tynisha Seiler

Palmyra is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 104. Palmyra lies on the eastern bank of the Rivanna River along U.S. Route 15. The ZIP code for Palmyra and surrounding rural land is 22963.
Things to do in Palmyra

1. Villa Nova's Pizza

265 Turkeysag Trl, Ste 109, Palmyra, VA 22963-2654 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 434-589-3003
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Villa Nova's Pizza

Reviewed By loves2travelandmore - Forest, Virginia

Villa Nova is a small but pleasant restaurant that is worth a visit if you are in the area, though doesn't warrant a long drive just for the experience. The lasagna and the eggplant parmigiana were very good and came with some delicious bread. The small salad was actually quite large and topped with grilled chicken. Villa Nova apparently is well known for its pizzas and several take-out orders were noted, even in the late afternoon during our visit. Service was friendly and attentive.

2. Dunkin' Donuts

271 Turkeysag Trl, Palmyra, VA 22963-2653 +1 434-589-1762
Excellent
16%
Good
68%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Special Agent M... T - Scottsville, Virginia

Growing up in the Northeast, I have a bit of a Dunkin Donuts habit. Though I pass on donuts, they get my coffee right every morning. In all of my experiences with Dunkin Donuts, and that experience is vast, this is the best trained, most professional, courteous and friendly staff I have ever encountered.

3. Cuppa Joe Cafe

90 Joshua Ln, Palmyra, VA 22963-6208 Cafe Breakfast SGD 5 +1 434-591-0100
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Reviewed By evieleigh0617 - Venice, Florida

Stopped in while visiting family. Since I am a Florida girl, I really liked the Key West, Tiki bar theme. Coffee was yummy, service with Hannah, Shailynne, and Josh were super friendly and accommodating.Easy on the wallet and laid back atmosphere. Maybe some acoustic guitar early evenings would be nice. Can't wait to come back.

4. El Vaquero West

102 Joshua Ln, Palmyra, VA 22963-6210 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 434-589-0936
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

El Vaquero West

Reviewed By John R - Virginia

The waiter was nice and the portions are generous. Nothing was bad. That said, the refried beans came from a can and were heated in a microwave. The fajita meat was all overcooked and dried out. Tortillas did not taste homemade.

If you're more of a gourmand than gourmet, have a hankering for Tex-Mex food, AND you live nearby, I wouldn't say skip it and drive to Charlottesville. If you are missing any one of those variables, get in the car!

5. Sal's Italian Restaurant

198 Turkeysag Trl, Palmyra, VA 22963-2658 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 434-589-7230
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Reviewed By Kevin D - Duncan, South Carolina, United States

This was a family outing. My first observation was that the service was slow. The place wasn't crowded, but it took a long time before they took our drink orders. Then it took what seemed like forever before they came back to take the dinner order. The food itself was prepared in a reasonable amount of time.

I wasn't impressed with the food. I ordered the sausage and pepper dinner which is grilled peppers over Italian sausage. The sausage was cooked dark and hard. Before writing the review, I polled the other folks at dinner and they all had "not very good" comments about the food. The calzone was not the best, the veal marasla was not very good.

6. Dogwood Cafe

10 Centre Ct, Palmyra, VA 22963-2329 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American Lunch, Dinner +1 434-589-1155
Excellent
19%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 36 reviews

Reviewed By Kim C - Palmyra, Virginia

I live inside the lake near Dogwood and love stopping by after work or meeting some friends later for a nice cold beer. Few pool tables, different events, bar/lounge separated from the dining area. It's my favorite local hangout spot and the bartenders, Julie and Jim are always on point!

7. Asian Cafe

265 Turkeysag Trl, Ste 103, Palmyra, VA 22963-2654 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Japanese, Asian Dinner, Lunch +1 434-591-6641
Excellent
76%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Asian Cafe

Reviewed By Steven R - Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

We have visited Asian Cafe for lunch previously and enjoyed some pretty decent sushi. On this occasion, we went for dinner, and both had hibachi. My wife had steak and shrimp, while I had shrimp and scallops, both with fried rice and vegetables. We both agreed it was just average -- nothing really very special.

Prices for hibachi dinners are generally in the $14-$18 range, with seafood dishes going up to $24. Service was above average.

Overall,we felt it was just average.

8. Local Eats

74 Joshua Ln, Palmyra, VA 22963-6208 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 434-207-3558
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Local Eats

Reviewed By Kevin D - Duncan, South Carolina, United States

This a brand new restaurant. It offers limited seating for a salad and sandwich menu, and egg dishes for breakfast. The food is organically grown, and the meat is grass fed. All is from local farms. I had a non-cured ham sandwich that was quite good.

9. Papa John's

68 Heritage Dr, Palmyra, VA 22963-2662 Lunch, Dinner +1 434-589-7900
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By dhimberger - Palmyra, Virginia

I always like PJ's pizza -- but never tried their thin crust before. It's terrific!! Though I had one bad experience with PJ's before (a late delivery with cold pizza -- the manager has since apologized and offered a free pizza), this one was outstanding. Hot, crispy, and delicious.

You must also order the cinnapie (or apple pie) ... what a great addition!

10. Panda Chinese Restaurant

82 Joshua Ln, Palmyra, VA 22963-6208 Takeout, Seating Chinese, Asian
Excellent
5%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By Brandon H - Palmyra, Virginia

I'm new to the area, and this was my first attempt to order take out Chinese food. Overall the flavor was lackluster but not terrible. The orange chicken was not spicy, and didn't taste at all like orange chicken. I think it was plain sweet and sour sauce with way too much cornstarch; it had sort of a sticky snot consistency. The hot and sour soup also tasted bland, had very few mushrooms, and also had way too much cornstarch. It was thick and slimy with globs of burned cornstarch that felt like worms in your mouth. The soup was not at all edible. Everything else was edible, just not very good. The ingredients weren't bad, and the place seemed clean, but they need to learn how to season their food, and take it easy on the thickeners.

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