Stand for LOVE: Supporting Virginia’s Black-Owned Restaurants

Use this dining guide* to support Virginia’s Black-owned restaurants and experience why Virginia stands for LOVE.

*This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight a few of the restaurants that help make Virginia a beautiful and inclusive place.

Love Local: Regionally-Focused Black-Owned Business Websites 

There are over 60 Black-owned restaurants within Richmond that are highlighted on the Visit BLK RVA website, which also features arts & culture sites, boutique shops, attractions, health & wellness businesses, sports and recreation, and tours. For a closer look at Black-owned dining options, check out the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, which also hosts a bi-annual Black Restaurant Week. 


Mama J’s Restaurant

The Hampton Roads region’s Buy Black Hampton Roads website breaks down Black-owned business categories into restaurants, retail, and events, as well as local Black history attractions and sites. Another resource for coastal Virginia is The Craving’s Queen Black-Owned Restaurants in the 757 article.

Northern Virginia’s Black Chamber of Commerce showcases Black-owned eateries, shopping venues, automotive repair shops, construction companies, entertainment businesses, financial services, health & wellness organizations, legal services, and more.

The Downtown Lynchburg Association recently shared an article about Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, shops, wellness centers, and salons in downtown Lynchburg, talking with the owners to share all that the businesses have to offer both locals and visitors. 

Visit Charlottesville put together an article on the Black-owned restaurants in the Charlottesville area, and The Charlottesville 29 has also compiled their own list. 

—Central Virginia—


Croaker’s Spot

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—Southern Virginia—

—Northern Virginia—


Delaplane Cellars, Photo Credit: Eric Weiss

—Coastal Virginia—

—Shenandoah Valley—

—Virginia Mountains—

—Southwest Virginia—

—Virginia’s Eastern Shore—

These are just a fraction of the Black-owned restaurants around the Commonwealth; share yours with us in the comments below so that we can add them to the list!