Continental Divide

811 W Main St, Charlottesville
(434) 984-0143

Recent Reviews

Jared G.

That's it, I have to do it. I have to give it 5 stars. The Santa Fe enchiladas were some of the best I've ever had and the accompanying pumpkin muffin was perfect; it was dense, had real weight to it, was moist, and full of flavor. The enchiladas were perfectly spicy (which is to say, medium spice). The side of beans and rice was fairly lame though since it lacked any interesting flavors; it was really just seemingly plain rice and black beans. My partner got the quesadilla and it was phenomenal too. She was able to pull a stronger for cheese out of it that was ~2 feet long. The tortilla was also very well done with a slight crispiness to it. Overall, this place is too good to leave at only 4 stars. It's perhaps a "basic" place in the sense it isn't innovating or doing anything outside of the box, but it's execution is nearly flawless. Well done.

Daniel Mills

Awesome place to get food and margaritas! Short menu, but everything on it is great. Definitely check out the Red Hot Blues and the in-house hot sauces to go with them. The Danger one is really hot, so tread lightly!

Robert H.

We had lunch here on a Wednesday. The inside was pretty full. The décor & atmosphere was very nice. We each had one drink from the bar and lunch. Both took fairly long to get. The drinks were good and presented nicely. The tacos were okay. We had two different types and one I would get again the other I would not. Both types were favorites of ours. I would return and try this place out again.

Jill Henry Farrell

Great Food, Great prices. Be prepared to wait.


Our favorite restaurant in downtown. The tuna is lean and massive. The Mexican/Soutwest dishes are flavorful with that something extra. The drinks are great.

Jack Turner

Great food and Margs, get here early tho - line quickly builds on the weekends.


We were in town for a medical procedure, and I was craving Mexican food. This place definitely fulfilled my craving!! It was delicious!! Definitely noisy, but terrific service and awesome food! Will return next time we're in town.

Harry Lee Shifflett

Very disappointed. Do not recommend if you want takeout. Called around 10 pm and was refused takeout. Told they don’t do that on Friday’s or weekends. Person on phone was not very pleasant.

Harry S.

Very disappointed. Do not recommend if you want takeout. Called around 10 pm and was refused takeout. Told they don't do that on Friday's or weekends. Person on phone was not very pleasant.

Peter Wolff

Great food. Tex Mex with unique twist (pumpkin muffins?!).

Ryan K.

Tasty food and strong margaritas. Continental divide always seems to be packed (and thus takes no reservations), but dining here is definitely worth the wait. The margarita menu gives you a choice of 40-50 tequila options to form the base of the margarita and then you can choose either the "regular" or the "special". I ordered the special and it was the strongest margarita I have ever received from a restaurant but it was still tasty even if you're not a huge tequila fan. I ordered the Red Hot Blues as an appetizer and the spinach and mushroom enchiladas as my entree. Both dishes were absolutely delicious. The Red Hot Blues came with actual melted cheese instead of a weird cheese sauce like some restaurants choose. The enchiladas were tasty and ostensibly "healthy". Maybe? I felt good after eating them anyway. I would highly recommend Continental Divide. There are clear reasons as to why it is so popular.

John Doe

Great food ordered carnitas and spinach and mushroom enchiladas with smoked gouda...but the star of the meal was the "wait a minute" hot sauce semi sweet at first then a small bite for a finish.i loved this stuff..

Ian Anderson

Very cozy place! They have great food and amazing music

Jennifer JLO Opilla

One of our favorite places for dinner! Cozy and the food is always hot and delicious!!

Glorymae D.

My mom was a patient in ICU at UVA Medical Center and I wanted a place to eat in walking distance. Multiple nurses told me about the Continental Divide and said it was a must try. My daughter and I went on a Sunday night and sat at the bar because the tables were occupied. The bartender was very knowledgable and friendly. The food was spot on! I don't usually like salsa but this had a little kick to it and was good. My daughter ordered the Santa Fe Enchilada and I got the Carnitas. Another first for me was the Pumpkin muffin. I dipped mine in the spicy Enchilada sauce and it was amazing! A small menu, which I believe makes it so good. Stick with a few things and do them right, and this place does just that!

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