Morgantown, West Virginia, is a special place to us because John graduated from West Virginia University, and we have returned many times for football and basketball games. It is the third largest city in the state of West Virginia. This hilly college town is in the beautiful Mountain State and sits along the shores of the Monongahela River. It offers a wide variety of upscale dining rooms, budget-friendly Morgantown restaurants, neighborhood bistros, family-owned eateries, spirited pubs, and authentic tastes from around the world. You can stick with your traditional favorites or explore a new dish with all the delicious options available within walking distance of your favorite activities. We show you some great dining options downtown and near the basketball and football stadiums. Regardless of your reason for visiting, below you will find our Retirement Travelers list of the ten best places to eat in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Table 9 is Morgantown’s first gastropub, celebrating all seasons and local farms in West Virginia. They use fresh ingredients from local area farmers, and there are always new and exciting dishes at Table 9. Their menu changes daily, incorporating seasonal ingredients. This Morgantown restaurant focuses on contemporary American cuisine and creates inventive, whimsical small-plate meals. They also offer an extensive catalog of craft beers on tap that change regularly.
Iron Horse Tavern
Located in the heart of downtown Morgantown, the Iron Horse Tavern specializes in West Virginia craft beer, specialty cocktails, unique pub fare, and some of their infusions. This newer establishment has been so successful in the Morgantown area they have opened a second restaurant at the University Town Centre. You will be satisfied with a visit.
Sometimes, the best things in life are where you would never expect to find them. That’s true of Stefano’s of Morgantown, a fine dining restaurant tucked away under a bowling alley. That’s right, it is under a bowling alley. This restaurant has the perfect romantic atmosphere for fine dining, delicious seafood options, beautiful appetizers, fine wines, and creative desserts.
Chaang Thai Restaurant
Chaang Thai Restaurant has authentic Thai cuisine in downtown Morgantown, offering outdoor seating and live music on weekends. They offer traditional Thai fare, such as noodles and curry, in a relaxed setting with seating and a warm vibe. Chaang Thai is the first locally-owned restaurant in Morgantown to offer the most extensive collection of gluten-free and vegan food options.
Bacon, Bourbon & Beer
If you are looking for a non-traditional tasty treat, this local gastropub in the heart of Morgantown is the place for you. It is not the lowest cost place, but certainly one of the best. If the thought of bacon flights, gourmet burgers, fresh salads, stuffed jalapenos, and a wide variety of craft beer makes your mouth water, head this way. This restaurant has an excellent atmosphere for conversations with family and friends. Besides, how could you not love a place with bacon, bourbon, and beer in the name of the restaurant?
Fresh Mint Indian Grill
This unique establishment is one of the best Indian restaurants in Morgantown. If you enjoy eating delicious spicy food, you are in luck. Fresh Mint Indian Grill serves only 100% halal meat. The spices used here create an intense aroma before you reach your table. Our personal favorite is the naan bread. It is hand-baked every day with a wide variety of toppings and seasonings. You will feel like you are transported to India, even though you will still be in the hills of northern West Virginia.
There are three great locations in the Morgantown area to find a Mario’s Fishbowl. You will feel like stepping back in time drinking the draft brews come super-sized “fishbowls.” Mario’s is a hidden gem in West Virginia that is a laid-back establishment with spicy chicken wings & bar snacks to go with those ice-cold brews.
Pies and Pints
This pizzeria chain offers an incredible array of craft beers that could quench any thirst on gameday, plus specialty pizzas, salads & sandwiches. We have visited this place many times, the day before or after a football game. We love the many options of custom pizzas and over twenty craft beers always on tap. The location is only five minutes from the main campus and about one mile from Milan Puskar Football Stadium. This place comes highly recommended by Retirement Travelers.
Black Bear Evansdale
This place is conveniently located restaurant sits between the WVU Coliseum and the Milan Puskar Football Stadium. So, whether you are here for football or basketball or want to stop in for some delicious food, this casual, family-friendly place works great. Mexican eats, including burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, can all be customized to your likes. A wide selection of craft microbrews is also the draw at this spacious location with live music.
Mountain State Brewing Co.
The Mountain State Brewing Co. is one of West Virginia’s oldest microbreweries. They specialize in wood-fired artisan flatbreads, a selection of excellent bar food, and some signature house beers. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with mountain views in a low-key pub setting.