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RA Bistro

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RA Bistro

RA Bistro

RA Bistro

Entre at RA Bistro

RA Bistro was founded in 2009, in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Featuring seasonally inspired American cuisine, the food served has been hand-selected and is of the highest freshness and quality.  Located in a 75 year old commercial dry cleaning building the setting is also unique.  Open truss ceilings, painted brick, city scape art, front and back patios and a Turkish tree-root bar make the dining atmosphere even better.

The menu features a blend of must have favorites plus new, inspiring dishes that will delight you.  Choose from small plates and appetizers, chef-crafted bistro burgers, house-made soups and salads, a variety of chicken beef and seafood entrees and don’t forget dessert!  And as if that’s not enough RA Bistro serves over 40 martinis, at least 6 sangrias, a complete selection of wine and a variety of Micro and Nano draft beers.

RA Bistro

Mussels and shrimp

Specials are offered throughout the week.  Each day, during both lunch and dinner service, a daily prix fixe special menu is offered.  Combining both on and off menu favorites these menu offerings are chef selected based on product availability, the season and the chef preference.  The lunch prix fixe is $9.49 for two courses and dinner is $15.49 for three courses.

Martini Monday offers all specialty martinis for only $5.00.  Tap-Out Tuesday sells all of the craft beer at $2.00 per glass, until 9:00 pm.  Wine Down Wednesday is an all day event.  Bottles of wine are half price and glasses are only $5.00.

The management and staff at RA Bistro strive to customize and tailor each visit to your needs.  They love to create an exceptional restaurant experience and count on you returning again and again.

RA Bistro outdoor dining

Outdoor dining

Located at 1344 Main Street in Lynchburg, VA the restaurant is about a mile walk from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Reservations taken at 434.845.1601.  Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 until 11, Friday and Saturday 11 until midnight and Sunday 11 until 9.


Depot Grille

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The Depot Grille

The Depot Grille, Lynchburg

The Depot Grille (DPO) in Lynchburg, VA is one of Lynchburg’s favorite places for lunch or dinner.  Located between the abandoned canal, still-active railroad tracks and the James River this restaurant enjoys a unique location for downtown Lynchburg.  The transportation arteries provide Lynchburg a mercantile foundation that spans three centuries.  During the Civil War, wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict were transported to this station where they were then transferred to our numerous hospitals.  Freight that passed through this former N & W depot included shoes, tobacco, foundry and forest products.  Today trains laden with coal and pipes can be routinely seen passing by the Depot Grille.

bar at The Depot Grille

Enjoy a cold beer at the Depot Grille

The historic riverfront restaurant features fresh fish and great steaks, along with a wonderful selection of pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, lite bites, burgers (including Buffalo) and daily specials.  Monday’s you’ll find all-you-can-eat ribs (prepared either sauced or dry-rubbed).  Wednesday’s featured special is all-you-can-eat spiced shrimp.  Entrees include a side salad and two side dishes–which can include: mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, black beans and rice and homemade slaw.  The full bar serves a variety of martinis, mixed drinks, wine and craft beers.  A decadent dessert menu rounds out the food selections and allows you to finish dinner on a sweet note.

The dining room uses church pews from two churches in Pennsylvania.  The back bar is made from a pharmacy in Edinburg, Virginia.  Local legend says that stray bullets shattered the original mirror during an attempted bank robbery from Frank and Jesse James, who robbed the bank next door to the pharmacy on their way back to Missouri after the Civil War.  Handmade quilts are hung from the exposed rafters.  The kitchen is built from two Georgia Northern Railroad freight cars.  The can be seen through the back windows of the restaurant.

The Depot Grille

Ribs at The Depot Grille

Pictured to the right is the special each Monday, all you can eat ribs!  These ribs are tender and fall off the bone and are some of the best ribs we have ever eaten.

The Depot Grill is open 7 days a week between the hours of 11:30 am and 11:00 pm this restaurant satisfies hungry diners for lunch or dinner either on the deck, overlooking Riverfront Park and the train tracks or inside the unique repurposed building.  As one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in downtown Lynchburg our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, are frequent diners when staying with us over a Sunday night.



Market at Main

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Market at Main, Lynchburg, VA

Market at Main is located at 904 Main Street

Located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg is Market at Main.  This restaurant is the only place in the downtown district where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner!  While the food is by no means gourmet, I consider it good comfort food.  I have had the fried chicken, meatloaf and pork chops as well as most of their sandwiches, and fried shrimp.  I love the atmosphere.  Located at 904 Main Street the building has an interesting history.  Built in 1886, the original tin ceiling is 25 feet tall!  The first occupants of the building was Joseph Cohn’s Son’s Clothiers.  In 1912 the party wall with 902 Main Street was removed and F. W. Woolworth and Company moved in where they had lunch counter which is the inspiration for today’s lunch counter.  From 1933-1968 it was Kresge’s Department Store.  In 1968 Reveco moved into 904 Main Street and from 1968-2007 it was a CVS.  After extensive restoration and renovations Market at Main opened it’s doors in 2009.  Originally they only served breakfast and lunch but a little more than a year ago they started serving dinner as well.

Comfort food at Market at Main

Fried Shrimp at Market at Main

The initial concept was to bring back the lunch counter and set up some booths in half the store and sell a limited amount of groceries in the other half to all those people moving into the new downtown lofts.  As the restaurant started getting busier and busier the “market” side got smaller and smaller.  The “market” was a victim of the restaurant’s success.

The owner, Rodney Taylor worked as the County Administrator for Amherst County.  In 1993 he and his brother-in-law needed additional space for High Peak Sportswear so he purchased a property up the street in the same block.  That lead to years of frustration–there was no place in the downtown area where you could get a great cheeseburger.  Wanting to fill that void he tried to get restaurateurs from Charlottesvile or Roanoke to come to the downtown area and open up a place to fill that niche.  A couple years later Rodney sold his interest in High Peak to develop some downtown loft apartments. and when “Chopper” (Ralph Wilson) started the restoration process of 904 Main Street Rodney decided that this was the place that could serve great cheese burgers!  When they opened in 2009 there wasn’t anywhere in the downtown area that served breakfast and most places were closed on weekends so they made a conscious decision to be open on weekends and serve breakfast and lunch. Market at Main is truly a family business,  Currently two of Rodney’s three daughters work there and his wife, a school teacher, is there lending a hand on those especially busy days.

There are many dining options at Market at Main.  If you want to see a busy kitchen, sit at the counter, especially at dinner time or Sunday morning.  If you prefer something a little more intimate they have a couple of booths or there are tables that can accommodate a party of two or ten or more. On those hot summer days, stop in for a cold and refreshing milk shake!

Market at Main doesn’t take reservations so if you show up at the height of dinner or on Sunday morning don’t be surprised if you have to wait.  The food usually comes out quickly and the staff is friendly.  Prices are reasonable.  If you live in the Lynchburg area, don’t be surprised if you bump into someone you know as this is one of the more popular casual dining spots in town.  Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have often commented about the great atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonable prices and good food.  I hate to admit this, but I have eaten there dozens of times and I have never ordered a cheeseburger .  I guess the next time I’m downtown, I will be ordering one!  Rodney–I hope it is as good as you say it is!



Main Street Eatery

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Main Street Eatery, my favorite restaurant

Main Street Eatery

Beginning this month we will be featuring one of Lynchburg, Virginia’s fabulous downtown restaurants.  With a population of about 76,000 Lynchburg has some true “finds” when it comes to dining.  Following the principle of “buying local, staying local” the restaurants we will be featuring are all small in scale, owned and/or operated by locals and more often than not feature locally sourced ingredients that change with the month and season.  All of the restaurants featured are within walking distance to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  So, if it’s almost dinner time and you have not yet figured out what you’re cooking for dinner (and you’re local) review our posts and make a great selection.  Or if the restaurant posts sound intriguing and you live outside of the Lynchburg, VA area call us, make a reservation and tell us where you would like to eat.

Main Street Eatery:

Located at 907 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501 434.847.2526. Chef/Owner Urs Gabathuler and his wife Michelle will take good care of you.  Open Monday-Saturday 4:30 until close.

Main Street Eatery

Mussels at Main Street Eatery are prepared four different ways

After much renovation, Main Street Eatery opened in 1998 when downtown Lynchburg was still a ghost town.  The storefront was originally a men’s clothing store and much of the buildings original features are prominent today.  Inviting brick walls, high ceilings, an oversized picture window, cozy booths and elegantly set tables are ready to make your meal special.

Owner of Main Street Eatery, Chef Urs

Owner/Chef Urs (left) cooks on the street at the annual festival “Get Downtown” in Spetember

Main Street Eatery boasts a menu with European-influenced dishes, fresh seafood, Kobe-style beef, veal cut on premises and a dessert cart laden with tempting dishes.  The food, service and hospitality do not disappoint.  Specials are offered throughout the year featuring All You Can Eat Mussels, a March Madness special of Buy One, Get One entrée, oyster specials, a menu featuring Cuban foods and, of course, Octoberfest.  Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice.  A significant wine and beer list will tempt you to imbibe with your meal.  And remember, the dessert cart awaits!  Main Street Eatery caters and provides a great space for rehearsal dinners, corporate dinners or family celebrations.  Enjoy!

You can check out their menu on their website:

As most of our downtown restaurants have limited seating when making your reservation at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are happy to discuss your dining options.  Advanced reservations are always recommended and we are happy to help you with that.  Some of our packages include dining gift certificates, please review our specials and packages pages on our web site, or call us at 434.846.1388.

Get Downtown 2011!

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Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week.  Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.

Crowds gathering downtown Lynchburg

The number of people that turned out was impressive!

Vice Mayor Cesar Johnson and his lovely wife

In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor.   I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.


I can see everything and it's great.

Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.


Roller Derby Babes, downtown Lynchburg

If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.

Chef Urs of Main Street Eatery fires up the grill

Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.


Susan Stoner helps a customer at The Corset Corner

Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer.  If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!

Happy Clown

The happiest clown downtown!

With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!

Music on the streets of Lynchburg

Clasical music for the masses.

If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.


There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video,  “Get Downtown.”

If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then.  As Tony says….Get Downtown.


One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area.   It is a great place that is within walking distance.  Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great.  While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!



Lynchburg’s oldest new restaurant

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Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg have many dinner dining options.  We tend to send our guests to locally owned restaurants because these places are unique to Lynchburg.  The Dahlia opened in 1947 and has quite a history.  It is off the beaten track and it is not something a tourist would find without a little direction.

I was introduced to the Dahlia by a nurse in the emergency room of Lynchburg General Hospital.  While restoring the windows (before we opened as a bed and breakfast) a window rope got stuck and while trying to close the window I pulled and pulled until the rope broke and the window came guillotining down on my fingers.  After wrapping the bleeding fingers in a paper towel we headed to the emergency room for stitches.  While chatting with the emergency room nurse about the local night life or lack there of she mentioned The Dalia was a place to hang out and grab a beer.   A couple weeks later we found ourselves eating the greasy food in the smoke-filled bar and met quite a few colorful local characters.  Evidently the owner didn’t always abide by the ABC laws and the place was closed.

A couple years later the place has reopened.  Freshly painted walls, new booths and tables, a new bar and a new menu.  They open for dinner at 5:00 and we arrived at 4:30 for an early dinner.  We ordered a couple of beers and some wings and waited till 5:00 so we could order dinner.  At 5:00 our waiter, a local artist, took the order and by 5:15 we were enjoying our dinner.  By 5:25, every table, booth and stool at the bar was full and by the time we left, about 6:00 there were at least 20 people waiting to be seated.

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was wonderful (the smoke-filled dining room doesn’t exist any more due to a state wide ban on smoking in restaurants).  The seafood was as fresh as you could get in Lynchburg because the owner of the seafood market/restaurant next door is the owner of the Dahlia.

If you want to try a cozy restaurant that is off the beaten track that caters mostly to locals (because the tourists don’t know about this place) I can recommend the Dahlia without reservation.  Speaking of reservations, they don’t take them so if you don’t want to wait for a table, get there early.