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Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
434-295-1223
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Ranked #255 of 465 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
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
Crozet, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Great bar and raw bar. Seafood is excellent. Service and ambiance is very good. I highly recommend. Located on the downtown mall in Charlottesville.

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Radnor, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is one of those places , on the mall,frequented by out of towners ( like me) on a one and done basis.There did appear to be some regulars watching Monday night football at the bar. My dinner- 3 scallops was so small that I had to order an additional side of uninspired potatoes. The price before the French Fries... More 

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Richmond, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Even though they had the mandatory big screen TV showing sports over the bar, and we are the quiet loving types, we really liked this place. Maybe because they were not playing the TV at punishing volumes (they might even have had it on mute) Predominantly seafood with a broad selection (try the red snapper), but our friends had very... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food is GREAT! You will not be disappointed with anything on the menu. Yummy, hearty, that will keep you going strong. Not sure it is all that healthy, but you could make healthier selections than I chose.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Met some friends here one night and ordered a couple appetizers. Calamari was rubbery and not really hot. French fries were just OK. Service was really slow, place was loud and crowded. Won't go back.

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Additional Information about Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

Address: 120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
Phone Number: 434-295-1223
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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