Within the 40 blocks of Fredericksburg’s downtown, you can find something to suit just about every interest. Foodies, in particular, can find a virtual playground, a smorgasboard of different cuisines, dining styles, price points and atmospheres, where plates are like unique canvases that carry the signature of Fredericksburg’s sophisticated cadre of culinary artists.

Perhaps the best part is that all of these independent restaurateurs are supporting each other, cheering each other on and actively working to make this city one of the best places in Virginia to sit down to a meal.

That’s certainly the vibe that Jose Gonzalez and his family sensed more than six years ago, when they took over ownership of Soup & Taco, a Latin American restaurant at 813 Caroline St. that is a favorite among locals.

“We fell in love,” Gonzalez said of his first impressions of downtown Fredericksburg. “Everybody was just really friendly, and everybody knew each other.”

This year, Gonzalez and his family members have brought two new restaurants to downtown—La Rosetta Ristorante at 623 Caroline St. and 806 Bistro in the former home of Jake & Mike’s at 806 William St.

La Rosetta offers a wide-ranging menu of international cuisine. Chef Freddy Gonzalez has three decades of experience with Italian cuisine, and he also runs a catering service out of the historic home that houses the restaurant. Come here for homemade pastas and classic Italian dishes with a fresh spin, as well as influences from Latin American and other cuisines. La Rosetta is situated in an 18th-century Georgian home known locally as The Chimneys. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic places and includes beautiful detailed moldings, mantelpieces and many other embellishments.

806 Bistro is a cozy place to find classic American comfort food, including a great Reuben sandwich, barbecue ribs and crab cakes. At Soup & Taco, you can dig into classic Mexican fare such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales, while also trying dishes that reflect the family’s Salvadoran heritage, such as pupusas.

Gonzalez grew up in Northern Virginia, and he said Fredericksburg has always reminded him of Old Town Alexandria on a smaller scale. That smaller scale allows you to park your car in one place and wander on foot from pre-dinner drinks to the main event to dessert and a nightcap, all the while stumbling upon new spots you want to come back to.

Whether you’re a visitor to Fredericksburg or a local with a long list of places you’ve been meaning to try, Restaurant Week, which takes place Jan. 16 – 26, 2015, is the perfect opportunity to explore.

This is the ninth year Fredericksburg has hosted Restaurant Week, and in that time it has really become a winter tradition, a time when you’ll see locals as well as visitors out trying new places and revisiting old favorites. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $20.15, and two-course lunches for $10.15.

Dine with Top Chef contestant Joy Crump at Foode, explore German cuisine at the Bavarian Chef or Deutschland Downtown, French at La Petite Auberge, a good old American chili dog at the Recreation Center…there are 22 restaurants participating in the 2015 Restaurant Week, enough to keep you busy for quite a while. You can find a full listing of restaurants and sample menus here.

Bring your appetite, and make plans to attend Restaurant Week in Fredericksburg in 2015. The hardest part might just be deciding which place to try first.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018