THE HISTORIC SMITHFIELD

Gourmet Café & Bakery

Aromas from the Smithfield Gourmet Café & Bakery lure hungry travelers and locals from the street to the early 1800s establishment nestled smartly along historic Smithfield’s Main Street. There, amongst romantic , Victorian greenery and seasonal sidewalk regalia, the cafe bistro tables await the next lucky patron.

Hours

M – F: 8am – 5pm
Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm

Location

220 Main St #1325
Smithfield, VA 23430

Since 1993

About Us 

Carolyn Burke, a passionate baker, cook and entrepreneur from the mountains of Virgina, opened the Smithfield Gourmet Cafe and Bakery in 1993.

Nearly every recipe comes from the owner’s collection. And, of course, the chefs incorporate their recipes, too.

The result is an unparalleled selection of inventive meals, delicious sides and slap-yer-mamma mixtures for dessert. All of it, made from the finest, freshest ingredients available.

Pumpkin Crush Cake

Food Reimagined

Our chef is committed to innovation and excellence in new and appetizing menu selections, made from only the finest ingredients.

FreshEST Ingredients

We are proud of our ingredients, starting with the finest in fresh, locally-grown produce and responsibly sourced meats, dairy, grains and flours.

Seasonal Menus

Our menus are seasonal as we incorporate the exciting changes in flavors of fresh produce and meats together as availability changes through the year.

Seared Tuna

InSPIRING

Fresh Cuisine 

We have a creative taste for every season. Last summer, it was Five-Spice Seared Tuna and Scallops with veggie stir fry over mixed greens. This winter, try our Brunswick Stew or our award-winning She-Crab Soup.

No matter when you come, you’ll find our menus full of old favorites, such as our Main Street Monte Cristo Sandwich. However, you’ll also find seasonal items that bring exciting new flavors to our menu, such as our famous Pumpkin Crush Cake, available every fall starting in October. 

Innovative

Every Day,
A Great Start 

No matter the day, it will be a great start at the Smithfield Gourmet Cafe and Bakery! Enjoy a traditional breakfast, or take advantage any of the many tasty selections from our breakfast and lunch menus.

Need something light? Try a fruit cup, a slice of quiche or a cup of oatmeal! 

Need something substantial? Go for one of our meal-worthy sandwiches: Main Street Monte Cristo, the Bakery Burger, the Piggly Wiggly or the Windsor Castle. Yum!

breakfast

Breakfast

Get your day off to a great start with something substantial at the Smithfield Gourmet Cafe. Featuring scrumptious selections of breakfast items from waffles and pancakes to casseroles and fruit.

Brunch

Brunch

Sunday Brunch at the Smithfield Gourmet Cafe is the perfect treat for culinary adventurers looking for a special meal, early, that’s not quite breakfast and not quite lunch. It’s BRUNCH at the CAFE!

Lunch

Lunch

Whether for business or pleasure, lunch at the Smithfield Gourmet Cafe is perfect for people on-the-go and casual wanderers as well. At the cafe, tastebuds reign supreme and time stops until every bite is gone.

Favorites

Food We’re Famous For 

Fresh-Baked Bread

We specialize in fresh-baked bread, baked on site daily and available for purchase to-go or within a delicious meal from our menu.

Dark Fudge Cake with Buttercream Frosting
Half sandwich, half soup

Delicious Lunches

Extraordinary fare in a casual and historic setting, with a large selection of innovative soups, salads, sandwiches and entreés

Decadent Desserts

If sweets are your weakness, you’ve come to the right place, because desserts are our strength. Cakes, pastries, pies, cookies and more.

Dark Fudge Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Reviews

People talk…

…when you make art. Our commitment to great service, superior ingredients and customer satisfaction is measured in the comments of our patrons. Every day, we create spectacular, artful dishes to win your rave review.

What folks wrote about us

Smithfield Gourmet Bakery
4.4
Based on 296 reviews
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james harrison
james harrison
18:47 21 Jun 21
I ordered a club sandwich. The taste was great kettle chips as a side. Portions on both were generous, I took half... to go. The server was efficient and prompt with extra napkins and ice. From their bakery I bought an apple turnover to go. I'm very satisfied with the entire experience.read more
Jennifer Lapierre
Jennifer Lapierre
20:00 18 Jun 21
Used to love the Ruben Sandwich here but it was awful today. Bread looked like pumpernickel instead of rye and hardly... had any thousand island dressing, what was there was absorbed by the bread. I called to let someone know with the hopes that they would make us another that was better, but no. She just said sorry it wasn't up to my standards. I will not be back again, very disappointed.read more
Marcel Chabot
Marcel Chabot
17:37 31 May 21
Terrible, not sure if they had a bad day or whatever. But all the staff but the hostess was moody. Food was absolutely... terrible. Got both our order completely wrong and the hush puppies were not cooked properly. If you want good food go across the street to "Taste of Smithfield" this plas needs to get some pointers from them. Never going back.read more
Lindsay LoMele
Lindsay LoMele
16:19 14 May 21
Extremely kind staff and a well-maintained establishment. Super fresh food, cooked on the spot, and to perfection! Each... meal tasted excellent, there is not one complaint from our visit. The muffins, cinnamon rolls, and especially the Boston cream muffin all look amazing - the muffin tastes like nothing I have even before - just a splendid visit! We will be back very soon!!read more
Greg Jones
Greg Jones
12:59 07 May 21
Rode past this establishment a few times and finally decided to stop for breakfast. Not a good first impression when... they are out of the one thing you ask for. Definitely disappointed and won't be going back.read more
D Tops
D Tops
17:26 05 May 21
Just had a 3 egg cheese with spinach omelette, toast, bowl of fruit and coffee.... total price with taxes included... $15.69... the egg omelette was excellent as well as the toast which was honey almond. Come in and check it out when you're in downtown Smithfield....read more
Keisha Brown
Keisha Brown
18:44 29 Mar 21
Visited from Connecticut and the service was excellent and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend, the... bread was awesome. I could not bring any home because they ran out. ?read more
Robert Tallman
Robert Tallman
18:25 20 Mar 21
Everything was well seasoned and portions were perfect. Only thing I would change is just a little bit crispier fries.... But that is just personal preference. Reuben was awesome as well as onion rings.read more
Casey Turchetta
Casey Turchetta
19:23 09 Mar 21
This quaint perfect lunch spot is out of this world!
Susan Meador
Susan Meador
19:01 22 Jan 21
We all got the chicken salad sandwich which was simply great. The sandwich had a good amount of chicken salad . The... chicken salad had a lot of chicken in it and not overly mayoed. Definitely would order againread more
Tiffany Imbimbo
Tiffany Imbimbo
17:45 03 Jan 21
A little busy on Sunday mornings but the service was amazing and the food was good. They have massive pancakes!!!
Terry Watts
Terry Watts
18:17 23 Dec 20
Very nice lunch. Crab soup the best I have had this year. Homemade chicken salad very good also
Mack Snell
Mack Snell
01:21 23 Dec 20
Enjoy the seasonal fall shopping in historic Smithfield Bakery and Ham shops.Always look for the special Bakery treat... of that day. Then choose a few for later..read more
Melissa Henegar
Melissa Henegar
14:28 06 Oct 20
Had the fried chicken sandwich with potato wedges. Food tasted great and was hot. Waitress was good.
NanC
NanC
01:59 13 Sep 20
Quaint, cozy small town American bakery, cafe. Always great food and wonderful desserts. Friendly staff with big... smiles.read more
Carrice Hice
Carrice Hice
18:43 07 Sep 20
Fantastic food!
Angela Hood
Angela Hood
22:17 06 Sep 20
Waited at leat 35 min to be seated but for good food and service,, that's fine... Food was ok, not really worth the... wait. Food (quiche) was delivered cold and coffee refills were very late. Serving size was very small... wasn't looking for something huge, but it was really surprising. Was a bit disappointing.read more
Diane Leiter
Diane Leiter
20:58 26 Jul 20
Very nice little cafe. The lemon meringue pie was great, as was the quiche of the day - ham and spinach. A little... pricey, but good.read more
Betsie Leahy
Betsie Leahy
17:36 04 Jul 20
Absolutely best Birthday cake you could imagine. Taste was superior. But the decorating should be a museum piece.... Intricate flowers.....definitely NOT the usual "flower". Tiny and intricate. So much detail. Just exquisite! Staff was soooooo nice. And the decorator was so extraordinary. I can't say enough about this place. Go!!!!! You will not regret it!read more
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