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Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Thomas Jefferson said. "The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money." Keep this in mind when you eat at the Downtown Grille. Our family enjoyed a delightful and delicious three course meal while visiting Charlottesville. The restaurant was in easy...More

Thank Ross T
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was very convenient to my hotel. It has a nice ambiance. Waiter and service team were excellent. The main course selections are excellent and a good variety. Costs were high but not too high if you want an excellent entree'. I found, however, when...More

Thank James D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and it was the perfect place. From the piano music to the excellent service and phenomenal food we couldn’t have been more pleased. when in Charlottesville we will eat here!

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came to Downtown Grille for our anniversary. We had an excellent meal. Our server was pleasant and did an excellent job with the pace of the meal and checked on us the perfect amount. The wedge salad was very good. The...More

Thank K S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Charlottesville as part of a tour & dropped into this place unannounced & was pleasantly surprised by the "no reservations" welcome. From then on the evening only got better as everything exceeded our expectations ten fold. Great service, good value wine list & the...More

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my Dad and Son here this past Saturday for Father's Day after having a great experience entertaining family here last fall. What happened? Coffee was served with a coffee cup with red lipstick lip-prints on it. Unwashed... Ordered the special, strip steak, medium well....More

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Granted, this was graduation weekend, it was a prix-fix menu, and the place was packed. People were there to celebrate! Having your lukewarm food slammed on your table, and receiving snarky looks from your server if you made a request, and rushing you through the...More

Thank Maureen K
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We went to dinner here with some friends. It’s an upscale steakhouse with seafood and other options. The servings are quite large so beware when ordering sides. I had the crab cakes. There were two large crab cakes which tasted good, but were not very...More

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Very impressed with all that the Downtown Grille had to offer. Visited with family for a celebratory dinner. Was not disappointed! In fact, thought the meal stood up to any big city steak house dinner. Service was terrific.

Thank Yahoo_asg97
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Great location on the downtown mall. We were worried about being underdressed but were fine in casual wear - called in advance to check. Those of us who ordered steaks thoroughly enjoyed them - no overcooking, done to our liking. I had mine au poivre...More

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Ken C
9 July 2018|
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Response from Yahoo_asg97 | Reviewed this property |
It would be fine. Saw folks there from a crew that looked like they had played business golf earlier in the day to folks in blazers.
John R
14 May 2017|
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Response from Downtown G | Property representative |
Hi John, Thank you for your question. We are happy to accommodate that request and let you split a steak. Please let your server know when you arrive of that request and we will have our Chef's do their best to split it for... More
1 December 2016|
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Response from Susan L | Reviewed this property |
Come as you are! During our visit there were people who appeared really overdressed and those who may have been a little undressed. They all enjoyed the meal together. There is also a number of young children who were... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$50
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080
  • E-mail
The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. The Downtown Grille's lovely architecture and warm professional staff lend a superb ambiance to an already exquisite dining experience.
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