Last Updated on June 20, 2021 by Maggie McKneely
Headed to Northern Virginia’s wine country? Here’s the guide you need to the best restaurants in Purcellville, VA!
Best Restaurants in Purcellville, VA
Just one hour west of Washington, DC is a tiny town making a name for itself as the Gateway to Northern Virginia’s Wine Country. Purcellville is only 3-miles wide, but the fast-growing village is home to numerous craft breweries, one of the nation’s top distilleries, and a burgeoning food scene. And just outside the town limits are over a dozen award-winning wineries. Purcellville is the perfect place to base a wine-tasting or brewery-hopping adventure. That’s why I recently suggested it as one of the best day trips from DC!
But I would be remiss to send you to western Loudoun County without any foodie recommendations. Because this happens to be where I spend most of my time, I am intimately familiar with where to go for a good meal. So if you decide to venture west outside of the Capital Beltway, here’s your ultimate list of the best restaurants in Purcellville, VA.
Best Restaurants in Purcellville, VA
1. Magnolias at the Mill: $$$
Magnolias is housed in an elegantly renovated 18th-century mill, along the popular W&OD bike path. Polished dark wood floors and timber beams give the restaurant a cozy, welcoming feeling. This is the place in town where college students take their dates and businessmen host important lunch meetings. So if your weekend getaway calls for something a little upscale (but still approachable), Magnolias is the place you want to go.
The chef specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing from the many local farms in the Purcellville area. While Magnolias is known as, literally, the best restaurant in Purcellville, its wide-ranging menu can please all palates. Come for Three-Bean Chili or Filet Mignon, and select a local Virginia wine from their extensive list.
2. West End Wine Bar & Pub: $$-$$$
Named for its location on the edge of town in a 100-year old Victorian mansion, West End is Purcellville’s other higher-end restaurant. Known for their comfort food with a twist and their extensive wine list, West End is the perfect accompaniment to a wine-tasting weekend. Kick off the day with one of their delectable brunches, starring a Crab Cake Benedict paired with a Bloody Mary Bar. Or come for dinner and have one of their famous steaks expertly paired with a wine of the chef’s choosing.
3. Anthony’s: $-$$
Anthony’s is the local Italian and Mediterranean restaurant, but it’s not your typical spaghetti and meatballs kind of place. The restaurant itself is casual, with plastic checkered tablecloths, and an outdoor patio with mismatched furniture. But don’t let that fool you – the food is excellent. The menu includes Italian staples (lasagna, manicotti, etc.) but goes beyond that by featuring dishes and ingredients from all across the Mediterranean region. My personal favorite is the Shrimp Santorini, shrimp sauteed with basil, feta, white wine, fresh tomatoes, and served over rice!
4. My Deli and Cafe: $
Despite the mundane name, and the fact that this is a literal hole in the wall with just a couple of tables and scattered chairs, My Deli and Cafe is hands down one of the best restaurants in Purcellville, VA. I loved this place before I actually visited Greece, and afterward, I realized that My Deli and Cafe has even BETTER Greek food than a lot of what we had over there (and that’s saying something!). The owner of My Deli and Cafe is actually from Greece, and his food shows it. I’m drooling just thinking about that Chicken Souvlaki.
5. Coach’s Corner: $-$$
Most people go to sports bars to watch games, and munch on mildly edible snacks while yelling at one of the many tvs in the room. But at Coach’s Corner, you can yell at said TV (or just watch quietly like a civilized person) and munch on a surprisingly excellent meal.
Choose one of their bar snacks, like the “Hogette” (a favorite of a Redskins player who lives in town), or a Crab Ball, deep fried jumbo lump crab. They also have an array of burger and sandwiches and salads to make every palate happy. My personal favorite is the Spring Training, a lighter option that’s topped with a delectable homemade pesto mayo! And don’t forget the sweet potato fries!
Warning though: service here is pretty slow. The food is worth it, but you’ll want to budget AT LEAST an hour for your meal here!
6. Casa Tequila: $-$$
If you’re feeling the need for a Mexican fix, you won’t be disappointed by Casa Tequila. The owner originally hails from El Salvador, and the menu brings the authentic flavors and traditions of his home country to Purcellville. The chips are freshly made, the refried beans have bacon in them, and the tequila list is as extensive as the restaurant’s name suggests. My favorite dish is the Farmer’s Breakfast, featuring delicious fried plantains, fresh eggs, avocado, and Mexican cheese.
7. Monk’s BBQ: $
Monk’s is probably the best BBQ joint in the region, and certainly one of the best restaurants in Purcellville, VA. Their brisket is smoked overnight and perfectly tender; their spare ribs are so flavorful they don’t need any sauce. But if you do want sauce, Monk’s serves up a dozen different homemade concoctions, with varying spices levels and flavor combinations. Their sides are just as amazing as their meats though – the baked beans are some of the best I’ve ever add, spiced up with spare rib tips. They also have custard stuffed cornbread (you read that right!) and collard greens cooked in vinegar and loaded with spices. If you weren’t already hungry from reading this post, you probably are now!
Purcellville may be a tiny town, but there’s no shortage of options for hungry foodies! Make sure to add one (or several) of these places onto your Virginia wine country intinerary.
For more, check out this great site dedicated to eating local: Local Eats
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