This charming little bistro owned and operated by Mark and Vickie Gresge used to be known as the Tea Room Café until they dramatically upped their game and transformed it into a classy, casual restaurant that serves up a unique blend of French and Virginian fine dining. L’Etoile’s culinary sophistication is evident in every dish that they serve, and dinners here are some of the best in town. They source ingredients from the area’s exceptional local farmers for their ever-changing menu. Some of the best appetizers on tap include the creamy, awesome shrimp & grits, the veal sweetbreads, and the beet medley with arugula and goat cheese. For entrees, the ribeye with hand-cut French fries and a beer-based béarnaise sauce is not to be missed, and regulars also praise the duck breast with navy bean cassoulet. If you can’t decide, the chef’s $30 three-course meal is always rewarding. Service is excellent and the atmosphere is quite romantic.
817 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903