Welcome to the

Waterwheel Restaurant

About Us

Bath County’s most iconic Gristmill is home to the award-winning Waterwheel Restaurant. Come and explore our creative and seasonal menu featuring the freshest local and sustainable ingredients. This is our approach to contemporary farm-to-table dining at its finest. Our small group of highly trained individuals provide exemplary yet warm and personable service in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere.

When it comes to unforgettable and memorable dining, the Waterwheel Restaurant boasts a long-standing reputation as one of Bath County’s most desired dining destinations.

A plate of food

Since 1973

Our History

How it all started

Within the walls of a 100+ year old Mill, the Waterwheel is one of Bath County’s premier dining destinations since 1973. Guests are invited to visit our wine cellar deep within the old mill foundation or enjoy a classic cocktail at one of the Commonwealth’s smallest bars – on one of the “best four seats in Virginia”.

Sample Menu

For an unforgettable dining experience, join us at the Waterwheel Restaurant, where tradition meets culinary excellence, earning us the esteemed title of Bath County's most coveted dining destination.

*Menu is subject to frequent changes

Broccolini, Aged Carnaroli Rice & Beet Risotto, Truffle Vinaigrette


House Made “Boursin” Whipped Potatoes, French Beans, Red Wine Cherry Reduction


Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Honey Vinaigrette


Local Pork and Beef, Red Wine, Fresh Herbs, Parmesan Cheese


Roasted Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Goat Cheese, Asparagus



Book a table

Due to our small size reservations are always recommended.  Call us 540-839-2231 to make a reservation or send us an email request (email requests are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email from us at stay@gristmillsquare.com).

We apologize, but we no longer offer corkage. No outside bottles of wine are permitted in the restaurant. Our restaurant is not handicap accessible.

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 5 PM - Close (last reservation at 8:30 PM)
Thursday 5 PM - Close (last reservation at 8:30 PM)
Friday 5 PM - Close (last reservation at 9 PM)
Saturday 5 PM - Close (last reservation at 9 PM)
Sunday 5 PM - Close (last reservation at 8:30 PM)