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The Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As an admitted Sauce Béarnaise addict, I find it rare ( no pun intended) to find this on many menus. The special of the night was ribeye Oscar, the steak topped with back fin crab ( also my favorite crab) asparagus and bearnaise. I hate...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank islandoc
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit, and we are counting down the days till your return.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I usually love the DT grill, but they blew it last night. I was looking for a "splurge" first-class dinner with two of my kids who were home for the holidays. We made reservations, were on time, and dressed sharp. They wanted to seat us...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mattva1
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, thanks for sharing about your experience with us. We are always listening to our guests so we can continually improve our customer experience. It's our goal to serve delicious meals but as well as provide a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere for all dining with us....More

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

I visited here with my friend while we were wine tasting in the area. Our hotel offered transport. The restaurant was very busy - luckily we had booked. The food was very good and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Louisaaaa
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

It was a pleasure serving you and your friend. Thanks for coming in and letting us know what you thought!​

Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at The Downtown Grille last evening. Our waiter, Teto did an exceptional job serving us accommodating to our needs and provided us with great recommendations. The manager was very welcoming and personable while greeting us at the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank armoore4
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

You are welcome! Thanks for letting us know your birthday here was memorable. We can't wait to serve again.

Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is relaxing and the food is scrumptious. It’s pricey but worth it!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Schm00py
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2018

We are so grateful you took the time to write this review. Making customers happy is our favorite thing besides making delicious food. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 18 November 2018

The title says it all. Not a place for the vegetarian in your family. Elegant atmosphere. Drinks can be the highlight (good bar to stop in at after the show or shopping downtown). Service is typically very good.

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Patsy D
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

We are so happy to hear you enjoy coming in to see us! We sure love to see you.

Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

In town for one night we decided eat dinner at one restaurant and have desert at another. This worked out very well and we chose to stop here late in the evening and sat at the bar for a sweet treat and coffee on our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MMM_and_MPM
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

You are so sweet friend, thank you for the high praise! We can't wait to have you in again.

Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

It is consistently good. A Charlottesville staple. Not always the best for food allergies. Great service!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nina C
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Hi Nina, we are so honored to have been chosen to hold a special birthday dinner. Thank you for letting us know your service and food were excellent. Also, we do want to make every accommodation for those with food allergies, so please​ don’t hesitate...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

We were in town for two nights and did our research to find the best place in Charlottesville to get a nice dinner. We read a couple of reviews for The Downtown Grille that were extremely negative. After a closer look, the complaints were for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

Thank you so much for the fabulous review. We are so thankful you took the time to tell us how your visit was and we look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 30 October 2018

A wide and varied food menu well presented. Really enjoyed my large pork chop. Attentive staff and a good selection of beer and wine.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Stephen L
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

We are so grateful you took the time to write this review. Making customers happy is our favorite thing besides making delicious food. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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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.
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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
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$16 - US$50
Meals
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
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
    (2nd)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080
  • E-mail
Description
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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