Moving to beautiful, historic Fredericksburg, VA? Then you’re in luck when it comes to local dining. Fredericksburg restaurants have plenty of options for a casual brunch, special dinner, or simply a great cup of joe. Here are some of the local’s favorites.

5 Great Fredericksburg Restaurants

The Mason-Dixon Cafe 

Their tagline “Where the North meets the South” perfectly describes the dining experience at this local favorite. The Mason-Dixon Cafe serves hearty portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is also served all day! For a decadent brunch, try their chicken and waffles topped with maple bacon sauce. If you are looking for something on the healthier side, try a shrimp, asparagus, and feta omelet with tarragon crème and toast. They also offer a variety of soups and sandwiches like the G-Melt. This sandwich is brimming with pulled pork BBQ, grilled mac and cheese and cheddar on Texas toast. The casual yet classy ambiance draws in a lot of brunch- goers on the weekend, so get there early!

Agora Downtown Coffee Shop & Used Books 

Although Agora falls more into the category of coffee shop rather than restaurant, it is not one to pass up. Patrons love the cozy atmosphere, and many stop by Agora for their homemade muffins and latte art. They also serve a variety of pastries that cater to vegan and gluten-free diets. Their creative espresso drinks, like chili pepper mochas and brown sugar cinnamon lattes, keep locals coming back for more. Over 21? Enjoy one of Agora’s many spiked  drinks.

Cork and Table 

The casual setting at Cork and Table makes fine dining accessible. Chef James Fallon focuses on locally-sourced, seasonal produce when designing his dishes. Entrees like his sautéed sea scallops with spaghetti squash and saffron aioli, and his grilled wagyu beef medallions with caramelized onions, potato gratin, and port reduction have earned him loyal patrons. Cork and Table offers both fixed price and dinner menus that cater to gluten-free diets. But don’t let the words “gluten-free” scare you! Cork and Table serves up crave-worthy desserts like dark chocolate pot de crème and sticky toffee pudding.

La Petite Auberge 

If you are searching for an upscale restaurant for a special dinner, look no further. Located in the historic district of Fredericksburg, the outdoor seating at La Petite Auberge hearkens to the café culture of France. The restaurant is owned and operated by a French family with roots in Nice and offers authentic French cuisine that highlights local seafood. Try their crispy local oysters with remoulade or their fried calamari with aioli for starters. For a classic French dish, go for the crispy half duckling a l’orange.


The menu changes regularly so if you like trying new things this is the restaurant for you! They serve brunch, lunch and dinner with all organic, locally sourced foods. They have wonderful farm-raised meats, organically-grown vegetables, free-range chickens and sweet honey and hormone free eggs. With it’s casual, walk in style stop by after a day downtown with the family.

These are just a small sampling of the most popular local dining options in Fredericksburg. The historic district in particular boasts a variety of prominent restaurants that feature many different cuisines.