Dinner for two: Abingdon's most romantic eateries

Morgan's Restaurant at the holidays by Sarah Laughland

The artsy town of Abingdon, VA is known for its friendly hospitality and charming restaurants and boutiques.   In 2019, Abingdon was even named the Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today's 10Best Travel.  

What better way to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, or a simple romantic getaway than with dinner in Abingdon?  Here are the 5 most romantic restaurants in Abingdon.  

The Tavern

The Tavern exterior - credit Jason Barnette

An Abingdon icon, The Tavern was built in 1779. The building was used from its beginning as a tavern and overnight inn for stagecoach travelers. Dining at The Tavern is a long-standing tradition in Abingdon, VA. Guests experience a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Given its long history, when you eat at The Tavern, you're in very good company: The Tavern has had such guests as Henry Clay; Louis Philippe, King of France; President Andrew Jackson; and Pierre Charles L'Enfant, designer of Washington D.C.

Insider tip: when making a reservation, ask if the "love letter table" is available.  

Sisters American Grill at The Martha

Sisters food dish photo Leah Austin 2019
Sisters American Grill at The Martha

A cozy, pub-like atmosphere and plenty of private niches make this restaurant a favorite with locals and visitors.  Located inside The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Sisters American Grill at The Martha is open to the public for dinner nightly. 

Sisters offers an innovative menu for casual or formal occasions plus a charming outdoor courtyard and a very comfortable bar/lounge area complete with a gas fireplace. 

Morgan's

Morgans Dinner
Morgan's

Morgan’s offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch featuring fresh seafood, handmade pastas, local ingredients, and global inspirations. Residents, visitors, and foodies alike will delight in the unique flavors and tantalizing dishes from Morgan’s. 

"The food, service and the wine selection can not be beat. The owner checked on us often to make sure everything was perfect. The ambiance was romantic and there is patio seating as well. We will definitely return the next time we are near Abingdon!" - sunflower35, TripAdvisor user


The restaurant’s concept explores the idea of “Old world, new world, whole world,” which utilizes traditional techniques of cooking, new technologies and styles, and global influences. Through a love of travel and international culture, Chef Gilbert has been taking influences from all over the world and creatively presenting them using some of the freshest ingredients from the southwest Virginia area.

Rain

Located in the heart of the Historic District in downtown Abingdon, Rain Restaurant & Bar has been on the forefront of Abingdon's dining scene since opening its doors in the fall of 2010. Privately owned and operated by Owner/Executive Chef Ben Carroll, the restaurant delivers a high quality, well prepared meal while providing excellent service and southern hospitality to all of our guests. The sleek, modern building is decorated extensively with artwork from local Abingdon artists Shawn Crookshank and D.R. Mullins.

The Peppermill

When summer weather beckons you outside, take your sweetie for a meal at The Peppermill, and request porch seating.  

A converted 1900s home, the original woodwork and high ceilings give the Peppermill a special ambiance. 

"This is a great place to eat or have that romantic dinner out. The food is exceptional and they have this Martini Flight where you can sample 3 mini martinis off their martini menu...such fun!!" - User DonnaG179, TripAdvisor
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The Peppermill
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