— About —
C. Thomas Lasley
Executive Chef & Partner
Celebrating virginia'S culinary traditions,
in thomas jefferson's backyard
Located a mile from both the site of Peter Jefferson's Albemarle County estate and the University of Virginia, our restaurant takes its name from Shadwell, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson. The accomplishments of Mr. Jefferson, the third President of the United States, are well known. Perhaps less well known, but of equal importance, is his status as one of America's original culinarians. Through his travel in Europe, he was able to learn about various cultures and culinary traditions, bringing back his knowledge and using it to cultivate his own crops. By combining this produce with local meats and other simple ingredients, he was able to provide his family, friends and guests with his interpretation of what he was exposed to in France, Italy and beyond. Shadwell's Restaurant was founded on the same mission. Our aim is to serve high-quality, yet approachable food and drink in a casual, comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. We want everyone to feel welcomed at Shadwell's and we are excited to have you as our guest. We take great pride in our reputation as the best restaurant in Charlottesville for authentic, Chesapeake Bay-inspired seafood recipes. We believe in Mr. Jefferson's vision, of always surrounding himself with good conversation, good friends and good times. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, indeed!
Thank you from all of us,
The Shadwell's Restaurant Family