Where to dine in Downtown
Located downtown on Court Square, The Artful Dodger uniquely blends an eclectic coffeeshop and art gallery with a vibrant cocktail lounge and nightclub. Enjoy hot coffees, teas, and lattes complemented by a variety of danishes, scones, and baked goodies. Our full menu featuring sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads, quesadillas, and salads will delight the taste buds. Dodger After Dark offers a variety of music, live entertainment, and events every night of the week.
Beyond is an Asian inspired restaurant with full sushi bar and extensive tapas menu in an eclectic setting with loft and patio seating in Downtown Harrisonburg.
Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack
Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack started in July of 2011. Opened by the owners of Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint. The concept here again focuses on craft beer from all over the country and the world. The 12 drafts are in constant rotation to keep the selection fresh and new. We also feature large format bottles and the states largest selection of craft beers in the can! Cask beer is also available.
The food here is sure to please. Featuring fresh, never frozen chicken wings and “leghorns”. The chili cheese fries feature Wagyu beef, (just like the JB’s burgers.) The chicken sandwich is made with a country fried breast, housemade slaw and a brioche bun. Doughnut’s are sure to surprise you as well.
Upstairs we offer home-cooked, fresh and delicious Ethiopian food in a relaxed, non-smoking atmosphere. In our cultural dining area we allow our guests a genuine Ethiopian experience by serving them at beautifully decorated Mesobs, wicker hourglass-shaped tables handmade in Ethiopia. During the warmer months, we will open our patio so that our guests can enjoy outdoor dining.
Downstairs, raw bluestone walls and brick columns highlight Harrisonburg's architectural history while setting the mood for a memorable night out. Offering a full bar and appetizers, with DJ's and live music our downstairs bar and lounge is open seven days a week.
Capital Ale House
Virginia's own Capital Ale House is proud to operate five full service restaurants serving Richmond, Glen Allen, Midlothian, Fredericksburg and now the Harrisonburg area. A few highlights of our new restaurant will be two dining areas, banquet space, darts and billiards and a rooftop deck. Not only will we serve more than 100 fine ales and lager beers from Virginia and around the world on draught, but also Virginia wines, premium cocktails and exceptional regional fare. We will offer the same great food, service and atmosphere you’ve come to expect from the other Capital Ale House locations.
We are proud to join the many other great restaurants, galleries, theaters and museums that make Downtown Harrisonburg special and look forward to putting another pin in Harrisonburg on the beer enthusiast’s map. Cheers
Clementine is a locally owned, independent restaurant specializing in quality food, live music, specialty cocktails, local art and community events. Clementine hosts local and regional live music 3 times a week, over 100 beers and a creative menu based on freshly prepared foods. Clementine offers a lounge available for public events and onsite catering.
Dave's Downtown Taverna
Dave's Downtown Taverna is located in historic downtown Harrisonburg in an award-winning renovated civil war era building. We are an American Restaurant that also offers a wide range of Greek Specialties. We have daily food and drink specials, rooftop dining on our "Taratsa", free Wi-Fi, on and off premise catering and live music which adds up to great fun and a great dining experience for all ages.
Downtown Wine & Gourmet
Downtown Wine & Gourmet is located in the heart of “The Friendly City” of Harrisonburg Virginia on the downtown square. We are a locally owned specialty shop featuring a large and freshly updated selection of domestic and imported wine, domestic and imported craft beer, local and imported gourmet food selections, custom gift baskets, and free wine and beer tastings.
Stop by and let us pick out the perfect bottle for tonight’s meal, an always appreciated gift, a special event, or any occasion!
Earth and Tea Cafe
Earth and Tea Cafe is an international lounge and teashop. We now offer Spanish Tapas, served after 5pm every day. We have Russian desserts and Turkish and Cuban coffee as well as specialty beers and a great selection of South American and Spanish wines. Free Wi-Fi available.
Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar and Grill
Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar and Grill opened in December 1996. Ours was the only raw bar in Harrisonburg, specializing in fresh fish and seafood including oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and crab legs. We are open every day from 11am to 2am with a casual and fun atmosphere. Catering is available for any occasion.
Friendly City Food Coop
Community-owned and operated, Friendly City Food Co-op is a new kind of grocery store. We feature locally grown and produced foods, crafts and community, like you find at a farmers market. Convenient hours of operation like a supermarket. Helpful service as you have experienced at your favorite restaurant. Friendly City also carries a diverse mix of your favorite national, natural and organic dried goods, bulk items, cleaning supplies, pet food, wellness and beauty products. Tasting samples, food demos and educational opportunities are available throughout the week. Enjoy an easy and elevated shopping experience at Friendly City.
Jack Brown's Joint
Jack Brown's has over 100 beers in stock and serves a 100% Natural American Kobe Beef Hamburger. You will also find a unique special daily featuring everything from peanut butter to Mac n Cheese. Jack Brown's also does carryout and catering. Open until 2am every night.
Joshua Wilton House Inn and Restaurant
Joshua Wilton House features creative, contemporary cuisine with knowledgeable and friendly service. Five dining rooms, a lounge, porch and patio give you many ways to enjoy your evening out. An award-winning wine list and a focus on utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients have made us a leader in downtown dining for 22 years.
Kline's Dairy Bar
Kline's Dairy Bar has been serving premium ice cream since 1943. Anyone who has tasted Kline's ice cream knows that it is a treasure of the valley. Check our "Flavor Forecast" to see what the flavor of the week is. You will definitely want to give it a try. Our ice cream is available in cones, cups, sundaes, shakes, and even in bulk if you'd like to have some at home for later.
L & S Diner
Everybody knows everybody at the L & S Diner, and everybody knows the diner's famous pan-fried chicken. It has been a staple on the menu since the beginning. A newer breakfast favorite is the Garbage Omelet featuring three eggs, cheese, a variety of meats, onions, green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. Whatever your mood, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you won't be disappointed, and you'll never leave hungry from the L & S Diner.
Arepa Las Chamas
Arepera Las Chamas is a restaurant with authentic Venezuelan flavor and traditional Venezuelan plates. There is also a variety of typical foods from latin countries in and around the Caribbean such as Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Here you can enjoy tropical fruits with all their natural flavor in the form of delicious juices and smoothies.
Little Grill Collective
The Little Grill has been a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va's North End since the 1940s, worker owned since June of 2003. We offer a wide variety of delicious and healthy home cooked meals with vegan, vegetarian, and meat options. Be sure and stop by for one of our specialty nights, including the renowned Mexi-Nite.
Local Chop House
One of Harrisonburg’s newest downtown eateries invites you to enjoy dinner or drinks at a Chop House with a fresh, innovative twist. We strive to support our local farmers and growers by providing freshly prepared dishes utilizing local fruits, vegetables and ingredients. Handcrafted cocktails, small-batch brewery beers & bourbons and wines that are biodynamic, sustainable or organic. We have 18 beers on tap and live music in the Local Bar. We also have covered outdoor patio seating and free valet parking. The Local Bar opens at 4pm. The Chop House serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5pm.
Outside of any medicinal claims, the smoothies simply taste good. An acai bowl begins with several packets of the berry pulp, harvested in Brazil and frozen no more than four hours afterward. The customer then selects companion fruits to mix in like organic strawberries, bananas, mangoes, or blueberries. A splash of almond milk or other liquid, a spin around a blender — and then the fun begins. What was once mere fruit is now the consistency of a rich, thick sorbet worthy of being eaten with a spoon. Customers have a range of topping choices: fresh strawberry slices, almonds drizzled with local honey, chocolate shavings, coconut and more. Beginners wary of some of the more exotic choices like hemp milk or bee pollen might want to start with the classic Rio bowl: banana, acai and milk topped with organic granola and more fresh banana slices.
Rick's Cantina combines fresh, locally-sourced Tex-Mex with a well-stocked tequila and rotating draft bar. Burritos, fish tacos, quesadillas, nachos, taquitos, and duck sopes are paired with house made salsas and tortilla chips. Rick's is family friendly and offers carry-out, vegan and vegetarian options, and daily drink and lunch specials. Oh, and the margaritas are the best in town. Have you seen Rick?
Try our breads, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, and more! All baked goods are made from scratch in our bakery, with no preservatives. Stop in for one of our specialty coffees and see what we are making today.
Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Stonewall Jackson Inn is located on the edge of the Downtown Historic District at 547 East Market Street. It is a 5-10 minute walk to any of the restaurants listed on this page. Moderately priced, we are a 3 Diamond, Certified Virginia Green Inn. We were recently awarded "Best B & B in the Mid-Atlantic" and are top rated by Trip Advisor for our area in the Shenandoah Valley. The legendary Stonewall Jackson Experience is "A Night's Delight & A Breakfast to Remember". Enjoy dining on our outside decks and patios or in our sunny Paradise Back Porch Cafe. We use the finest local produce and meats in our kitchen. The Signature Breakfast Menu items include such mouthwatering dishes as Wayne’s Eggs Benedict (made with local Turner aged sugar/dry cured Virginia Country Ham), Southern style herbed oven roasted potatoes, poached/fried apples, and fresh fruit and baked breakfast pastries. Your welcoming host is Dr. Wayne Engel, Professor Emeritus at JMU. Please call or visit our website to read our guest reviews, for more information or to make a reservation.
Union Station offers new versions of old family favorites that have been recreated to fit modern taste, presentation, and of course budget. Our goal was to create a simple and delicious menu that is accessible to everyone. Union Station would love for you to be a part of our menu! Don't forget to submit your recipe! We are also looking for young chef creations so please have the kids submit their tasty ideas.