Best Dinner 

Readers' Pick

First Place: Acacia Mid-Town

2601 W. Cary St.

Second Place: Stella's

Third Place: The Roosevelt

You want to impress a date. Your parents are coming to town and want to take you to dinner. You're entertaining a client. You want a great cocktail at a chic bar. Acacia fits all these bills and more. The sleek dining room is always bustling, making for a lively vibe wherever you sit. And you don't have to blow the budget here — at $24, the fixed-price menu is one of the best values in town. But it's the consistency of the food and chef Dale Reitzer's deft hand with seafood that makes it the go-to restaurant for foodies, visitors and devoted fans. Stella's has earned her stripes through the years, and her latest incarnation in an underserved neighborhood continues to pull in people from across the area with generous portions of rustic and modern Greek cuisine. The Roosevelt gets the nod from readers who've discovered that Church Hill is where it's at. The charming dining room feels like it's been around forever and chef Lee Gregory's ever-changing menu is exceptionally well-priced. At periodic Tuesday fried chicken nights, diners have learned how addictive the gluten-free chicken and spicy honey glaze is.


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