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best restaurants CharlottesvilleLocated on Charlottesville’s bustling historic downtown pedestrian mall, Rapture Restaurant and Night Club is the center of downtown nightlife and a Charlottesville institution.

To begin with, there’s the food. Rapture’s cuisine not only features local ingredients, but local flavor as well: chef Chris Humphrey specializes in Southern Cookin’, playfully riffing on the cuisine of his Virginia upbringing by bringing his extensive French culinary and haute cuisine experience to bear on familiar southern classics. The resultant creole, soul, and low country gourmet dishes are made even more delicious by Chef’s use of fine ingredients and local sources. Our local partners include Sherwood Farm (Albemarle County); the Rock Barn (Arrington, VA); Double-H Farm (Wingina, VA); Caromont Farm (Esmont, VA); A.M. Fog (Afton, VA); the Organic Butcher of Charlottesville; Albemarle Baking Company (Charlottesville); Seafood at West Main (Charlottesville); Faith Mission Home (Free Union, VA); Mona Lisa Pasta (Charlottesville); the Pepper Tree (Charlottesville); and, of course, we count on the vendors who serve the community by bringing their produce to the City Farmer’s Market.

Round out your delicious Southern meal with a craft beer from our formidable selection, which includes rare and specialty items and an impressive draft selection, or with a bottle of wine from our extensive cellar, and you will have no doubt why Rapture has remained a popular destination for well over a decade.

But there’s even more to enjoy. Rapture’s swank bar and billiards room make it the place to gather and meet. Antique details and wrought iron work reminiscent of old New Orleans give the space warmth; excellent service provided by an award-winning staff make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. And of course there’s R2, the chic Dance Club with architectural elegance, mod furnishings, and state-of-the-art lights, sound, and video. With the best local, regional, and national DJs spinning a variety of styles, free entrance and drink specials for the early crowd, it’s no wonder this is the place where Charlottesville’s hip, young professionals go to get their groove on.

Rapture is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30AM till 2:30PM, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 (11:00 on Sunday) until 3:00. Dinner is served 7 days a week from 5:30PM until 10:00PM, and munchies are available between lunch and dinner most days, and until 1:00 AM on weekends.

 

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