8 Best Historic Restaurants in West Virginia

Sitting down for a meal inside a restaurant that is steeped in history is an experience. Awe-inspiring architecture, time-tested recipes, a story to tell—these restaurants are more than just a place for a bite. Explore century-old taverns, retro drive-ins, and more with these 8 historic restaurants in West Virginia.  

Coleman’s Fish Market, Wheeling, WV

No list of historic restaurants in West Virginia would be complete without mentioning the famous and popular Coleman’s Fish Market. Located in the heart of the central market area of downtown Wheeling, this specialty seafood shop has been around for nearly a century. You’ll have to stand in line, but it’s worth the wait, and you can enjoy the pictures on the walls that tell the story of this great family-owned iconic eatery. 

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North End Tavern & Brewery, Parkersburg, WV

For 120 years, the words Parkersburg and beer have been almost synonymous. And there’s been no better place to experience the best beer than at North End Tavern & Brewery. Once only a thirsty traveler’s stop, today’s tavern offers pub food and legendary burgers along with their award-winning locally-brewed beer. 

Diehl’s, Nitro, WV

If you love history and have a passion for great chili, you must stop at Diehl’s. Homemade cooking and service with a smile is what you can expect at this family restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. Try the broccoli cauliflower salad and roast beef for a special taste treat. 

Laury’s Restaurant, Charleston, WV

Another iconic Mountain State restaurant stands apart for fine dining. Laury’s Restaurant has been serving French-inspired food for nearly 50 years. With a beautiful view of the Kanawha River, this restaurant gives you a dining experience, not just great food. Everything is cooked to order and served by a friendly staff committed to service. 

Muriale’s Italian Kitchen, Fairmont, WV

If you love meatballs, Muriale’s Italian Kitchen should be your go-to place. Using recipes time-tested and passed down for over 50 years, Muriale’s also has a great lunch buffet featuring homemade minestrone soup. And if eating there doesn’t satisfy your appetite, they can cater your next event. 

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The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

The Greenbrier has been synonymous with elegance and fine dining not just in West Virginia, but worldwide since 1778. Besides comfortable and luxurious overnight accommodations and plenty of things to do on the property, dining at The Greenbrier includes your choice of three restaurants and the talent of a culinary team that offers an exquisite menu. 

Helvetia Hutte Restaurant, Helvetia, WV

The sleepy little town of Helvetia is home to The Hutte Restaurant, a German-inspired eatery with specialties like homemade bread, bratwurst with sauerkraut, and an amazing peach cobbler. More than just a neighborhood favorite, The Hutte Restaurant is an icon of good food and great service. 

Frostop Drive-In, Huntington, WV

You’ll feel like you just stepped back in time when you visit Frostop Drive-In. And if you’re fond of root beer, you’ll be in heaven! This little retro 1950s drive-in is the real deal and makes the root beer sold there is large vats on premise. Still owned by a member of the original family, this historic place should be on your to-visit list. 

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