The holidays are a great time of year to eat out. Whether you’re out running errands and need to grab a quick bite, taking a break from the craziness for a quiet date night with someone special, or enjoying a holiday celebration with friends and family, taking time for a meal out can reduce your stress and add to the fun of the holidays. In Front Royal, it’s easy to eat out while staying in the spirit of the season! Front Royal has a stellar selection of fantastic eateries, but today we’ve put together a list of the ones with the best holiday atmosphere. Read on to pick out the perfect venue for your holiday meal, and find a few suggestions for fun activities to round out the outing.
1. The Element on Main
If you want to stay in Front Royal and enjoy fine dining, The Element is an obvious choice at any time of year. But during the holidays it’s truly something special. Settle into the cozy atmosphere and relish the great view of Front Royal’s Christmas tree and lights. Meanwhile Element’s rotating menu of seasonally appropriate gourmet food will let your tastebuds know it’s the holidays too!
2. Pavemint Taphouse
Think micro-brewery and farm-to-table in a renovated gas station. Pavemint Taphouse has a far different feel from the Element, but it’s a great place for atmosphere and delicious food. Fun holiday specials like the bright green Grinch Mimosa bring a festive touch to a delicious meal.
3. Vibrissa Beer
Another great option for locally-brewed craft beer is Vibrissa Beer (formerly Front Royal Brewing Company). Stop by for a great atmosphere, seasonal craft beer specials, and delicious food. The host of Front Royal’s Holiday Market, Vibrissa has been doing all they can to help make the holidays great in Front Royal this year.
4. Osteria 510 Italian Kitchen
There’s something warm and comforting about Italian food that you can’t find anywhere else in the world! Find it in Front Royal at Osteria 510 Italian Kitchen. Locally sourced food, gourmet offerings, and Italian vibes – lovers of all things Italian will have a great time celebrating here.
5. Griffin Tavern
Atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere! Griffin Tavern is an English pub, located in a beautifully renovated 1800s Victorian home. It’s in Flint Hill, so just under 20 minutes from Front Royal, but if you’re looking for a cozy dinner in a comfy pub setting, this is the place for you. Stop in for classic pub fare, such as fish and chips, burgers, steak, or shepherd’s pie. If you don’t have time for a full meal, you can still enjoy the atmosphere. Why not come in for a delicious holiday drink like their sticky toffee hot cocoa? Mmmmmmm.
6. Blue Door Kitchen
Also in Flint Hill, this upscale restaurant emphasizes fresh, local, seasonal produce. At Blue Door Kitchen you can enjoy festive fare that’s definitely good enough for “the most wonderful time of the year!” Special three course dinners available on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Make your reservations now to enjoy an unforgettable dinner on these special nights.
7. The Apple House
Classic Front Royal country fare, this local favorite includes local baked goods in the shop, a country style restaurant on one side, a pub style eatery featuring local beers and wines on the other, and unrepeatable atmosphere throughout! The Apple House is truly a one-stop-shop for all your holiday dining needs.
8. El Maguey
For an upbeat restaurant with everyone’s favorite Mexican dishes, stop by El Maguey. It’s tucked in the corner of a shopping plaza, but inside it’s like a whole different world. If Mexican comfort food is what puts you in a holiday mood, look no farther!
9. Enjoy Drinks with a Fun Front Royal Spin
If you want to relax with some drinks in Front Royal, we have two more great options to suggest. To enjoy wine tasting and wine shopping at the same time, stop by newly opened Front Royal Wines! Wine makes a great gift, so try before you buy from a wide selection of wines, and check some people off your gift list while you’re at it! It might be the most relaxing way to kill two birds with one stone!If you want to relax with some drinks in Front Royal, we have two more great options to suggest. To enjoy wine tasting and wine shopping at the same time, stop by newly opened Front Royal Wines! Wine makes a great gift, so try before you buy from a wide selection of wines, and check some people off your gift list while you’re at it! It might be the most relaxing way to kill two birds with one stone!
Another option for fun, relaxation, and some sipping is the Virginia Beer Museum. Enjoy a free tour, learn about the history of beer in Virginia, and then enjoy a drink at the bar!
So head to Front Royal for some fantastic holiday dining this year. You can enjoy delicious, holiday style food, and find lots more winter fun. For more great info, go here to check out our new page on all things winter in Front Royal.
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