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Cavalier Diner

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1403 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4874
+1 434-977-1619
07:00 - 01:00
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Sun 07:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 02:00
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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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365 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Pumpkin pancakes, real chipped beef gravy, a side of grits. Good folks here. Park in back. One can really taste the pumpkin.

1 Thank Bill W
Dallas, Texas
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The place has a reputation as a long time college town institution and nothing in this review will change that. Pros: friendly wait staff, decent coffee, fresh blueberries on the blueberry pancakes. Negatives: from ordering to getting the food was beyond slow, it was glacial, easily ½ hour, for two pancake orders and French toast. Beyond the aforementioned blueberries, the... More 

Thank Fairwell
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent Breakfast and service,,,local place Ive been going to for years.....Good food and even better service...Reall nice folks

1 Thank CamrynLimo
Tampa, Florida
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135 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Good food at a great price, fast friendly service. We stopped in because it was a local place and as usual we were not disappointed. The food is good and plentiful, we'd recommend the Egg Benedict, also have some grits.

1 Thank John_Go_Bucs
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was a fun place to have breakfast. You can tell it has a regular clientele. The waitresses were super friendly and attentive. We had typical things for breakfast. All was great. The biscuits were fresh and hot. I had a side of fried green tomatoes with my meal and they were great.

1 Thank longing4AZ
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Small non-chain diner-style restaurant, with great food, including best pancakes in town. Offers solid food throughout the day, but most popular for breakfast.

1 Thank Steve3480
Baltimore, Maryland
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a cute little diner, clearly popular with the older locals. Our group had a variety of dishes and we all enjoyed what we ordered. Service was friendly. Parking is tight and a bit tricky to navigate. We enjoyed our visit.

1 Thank MLGG
Advance, North Carolina
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150 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

A favorite of my father's so we always go there when in town and they never let us down. Friendly and they always know his name. Good breakfast!

1 Thank JohnReff
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

My lunch was great and everything coming out looked delicious. I would definitely go back. Only downfall is slow waiting staff.

1 Thank Kathy R
Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

We were the only diners there that weren't local. The owner knew and greeted each one by their name, and made us feel welcome as well. The breakfast choices were great

1 Thank Peter S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 01:00
07:00 - 01:00
07:00 - 01:00
07:00 - 01:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1403 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4874
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-977-1619
Breakfast, Brunch Lunch & Dinner

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?