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Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
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Ranked #275 of 459 Restaurants in Charlottesville
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Price range: $10 - $30
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd Street
Description: Open kitchen and raw bar facing an expansive dining room accommodating any size party...small intimate dinner for two in one our cozy booths, cocktails and socializing in our cocktail area, or claim your own space for the evening for your own private party. We also have one of the largest patios on the downtown mall and our smaller patio is open all year long. We have created a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere, seasonal menu and lively bar scene for our guests to enjoy!
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Although Blue Light had some great menu selections I found a few things that needs addressing. The food is good but you need to ask how large are the portions. The lobster tail discription was misleading that when it came out in the bowl of pappardelle pasta it was so small it could have been an appetizer in a bowl... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, it was my decision to celebrate my birthday with family at Blue Light Grill. The main reason was seafood - I wanted nice Crab Legs and I knew my husband, son-in-law and grandchildren would love seafood as well. First, we were the only ones in the restaurant (early dinner as planned on a Sunday night). The waiter was nice... More

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Vestal, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hoping for a great meal on Charlottesville promenade. Had the Lobster dish, looks beautiful but watery with no taste. Everything is ala carte, even the bread!The waitress was disinterested and dismissive, not a great experience.

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Bellaire, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

great beer and cocktail menu and seafood I wouldn't have imagined in New England. The staff knew what they were doing and were very accommodating. The cocktail menu is diverse and interesting. Check it out if you want to experiment.

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Richmond, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Ate outside on a beautiful summer night. The servers were friendly but the kitchen was backed up and the service was slow. I had asked for a salad with the dressing on the side and it arrived with lots of dressing on it. We had waited so long for the salads & we were hungry- so I just ate it.... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner while sitting outside on a beautiful evening at the downtown Mall. The grilled shrimp appetizer was delicious! We both loved our dinners-tuna and catfish with berries and ice cream for dessert. This is one of our favorite areas in Charlottesville!

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Hampton, Virginia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We were walking around downtown Charlottesville with our 2 dogs and decided it was time for happy hour and a few appetizers. We went to the hostess and asked if we could sit outside with our pets. They said absolutely. Immediately after we were seated they brought a water bowl for our dogs and we ordered our first drinks! They... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Atmosphere is nice and we sat at the bar. The bartender was friendly however the food was not good. The bluefish salad was warm and tasted fishy and the next day we both had stomach issues. Main entree shrimp and grits was just ok as were the tacos. I would not recommend.

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11 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I'm always reluctant to rate any restaurant a 2, but other than a pleasant and reasonably efficient server, our food was just plain poor. The sad part is that our dining experiences in the distant past were very good...not superb but very good. The first hint should have been that there were almost no diners, inside or outside, at 7... More

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Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Our dinner was excellent, fish tacos which my wife said were the best ever. My shrimp and grits were very well done. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Overall a good choice and we were surprised others did not have a similar experience. We sat outside on the mall which was very pleasant.

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