Heartwood Restaurant

Review of Heartwood Restaurant

A great new place has come to Abingdon, Virginia – Heartwood Artisan Gateway. Heartwood is several great things wrapped into one location: an Appalachian cultural center where local artists can display and sell their crafts, an event venue where regional musicians can share their music, a great restaurant using local meat and produce, and a coffee and wine bar providing regional beverages. The building itself is beautiful and unique architecturally and functionally.

The restaurant in Heartwood is wonderful! The menu changes often as they offer seasonal items that come from local farms. The restaurant mission statement is: “To provide exceptional dining and hospitality services while promoting local farm raised, organic, and sustainable products from Southwest Virginia.” Herb and I love it! We went shortly after it opened last year for dinner. I got lamb ravioli and Herb got lamb and vegetable lasagna. It’s not often that we get to try something unique like lamb. Both meals were fresh and delicious, and the service was great!

Recently, we took my mom and Nana there for lunch. We had spent the morning at The Virginia Highlands Festival browsing in the antique tents, which are conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the Heartwood. The lunch menu offers a variety of fresh salads, yummy sandwiches, and soups. All four of us got a soup and sandwich combination with the tomato basil soup. Mom and Nana both got pimiento cheese sandwiches, Herb got grilled cheese, and I got a chicken salad croissant.


The soup was creamy and full of flavor with a bit of a spicy kick to it. The chicken salad was fresh and tasty with all white meat chicken, grapes, walnuts, and celery. Yum!

If you’re ever in the region, we definitely recommend a stop at Heartwood, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or a stop at the coffee and wine bar. The restaurant also offers a Thursday night barbecue dinner, a huge seafood buffet on Friday evenings, and a Sunday gospel brunch from 10-3.

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