Five Things to Know About Staunton Restaurant Week

Staunton Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, March 19 with more dining options than there are days of the week!

Eight downtown restaurants are participating in Staunton Restaurant Week.  All are offering three-course, prix-fixe menu priced at either $26 or $31 … except Emilio’s, where anything less than four courses just wouldn’t be Italian. The menus range from the Mediterranean flare of Aioli to the award-winning vegetarian cuisine of Darjeeling Cafe. How will you ever choose which restaurant will serve you each night? Dine around in alphabetical order?

Let’s put a method to the madness, or at least identify some key factors to consider.

1. Pricing

$26 Menus: Aioli, Byers Street Bistro, Darjeeling Café, Emilio’s, Sorrel’s and The Depot Grille

$31 Menus: Mockingbird and Zynodoa

2. Special Events

If you’re looking to dine with entertainment (or without), the events for these restaurants in the coming week are as follows.

Byers Street Bistro

  • March 21: Daniel Clawson Unplugged (Acoustic Rock, Classic Covers and Originals)
  • March 22: Brent Hull & Joe Tyree (Rockin’ Covers, Current to Classic)
  • March 23: Calf Mountain Jam (Bluesy Classics, Rock to Jam)
  • March 24: Bennie Dodd Band (Southern Rock, Blues, and Classics)

Darjeeling Café

  • March 22: Reading Liberally, 6 p.m.
  • March 23: Music by Lizzie Pitch, 8 p.m.


  • March 20: Sons of Bill – Free Show and CD Release Party, 8 p.m.
  • March 21: Open Mic
  • March 22: The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, 8 p.m.
  • March 23: Patent Pending Bluegrass Band, 8:30 p.m.
  • March 24: The Nighthawks (electric set), 8:30 p.m.


  • March 20: Jennifer Kirkland & Bert Carlson Jazz Duo, 7 p.m.

3. Hours of Operation

A well-made dining plan is one with all of the facts. Is your favorite restaurant even open on the day you’d like to partake of their special menu? Plan accordingly.

Aioli serves dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Byers Street Bistro is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Reserve Online

Darjeeling Café is open Monday from 5 until 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. Reserve Online

Emilio’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mockingbird serves dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Reserve Online

Sorrel’s will take your reservation if you call 540-885-4848.

Zynodoa serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Reserve Online

Dinner on Monday looks like Byers Street Bistro, Darjeeling Café, or Sorrel’s, and you won’t get to taste the wonderful dishes that Zynodoa’s Chef Harris is cooking up until Wednesday at the earliest. Better make those reservations fast!

4. Finally, What to Eat?

Unfortunately, the answer to that lies solely with you. However, I’m happy to link up the menus here for your easy navigation.

5. Wait, there’s more!

The American Shakespeare Center is offering a “fourth” course sure to please your taste for the dramatic. Simply bring your receipt from a participating Restaurant Week establishment (dated during Restaurant Week) to receive a fourth (or 25%) off your ticket price. This promotion is only good for shows occurring March 21-25, and they are as follows:

  • March 21: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 22: Dido, Queen of Carthage, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23: A Mad World, My Masters, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 24: Philaster, Or Love Lies A-Bleeding, 2 p.m.
  • March 24: Dido, Queen of Carthage, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 25: Richard III, 2 p.m.

The Michael B. Tusing Gallery is hosting a “Table Art” exhibit, which opens on Friday, March 23rd 5-8 p.m. The show will feature contemporary and vintage table pieces from wine stoppers, wine glasses, plates, casserole dishes, cheese boards, etc. Local artists include Kyle Leister, Brecken Geiman, Barbara Holt, Jim Hanger, Marti Macabe, Phillip Nolley and more.

Dine away, all, and have a most delicious, palate-pleasing week in Staunton!

Casey Higgins is a Shenandoah Valley girl residing in the Richmond area with her husband and two children. She writes for Virginia Tourism Corporation presenting travel ideas for families and couples, shining a light on hidden gems, and uncovering hometown delights. Follow her on Twitter at @jccjhiggins.


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