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Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
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Ranked #261 of 459 Restaurants in Charlottesville
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Price range: $10 - $30
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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43% Recommend
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English first
Bellaire, Texas
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
13 helpful votes 13 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 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
Top Contributor
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
1 review
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 reviews 11 reviews
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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Palo Alto, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We sat at the bar on a busy Saturday night. The bartender didn't make eye contact and didn't use words to greet us. We had to ask for everything we wanted. We ordered oysters first, drinks second, and when he didn't stop to ask us if we wanted anything else, we called him over to order food. The whiskey sour,... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

first--they are known for their oysters but it smells bad so I would never eat an oyster here. Seafood should never smell like seafood. The food is okay. The price is too high for what it is. The service was surly. My boyfriend and I were there with two other couples and asked for a separate check and she brought... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I took a faculty candidate to dinner at the Blue Light, and was quite disappointed. Waiter seemed disinterested. I thought the menu was overpriced-prices were similar to other downtown restaurants,, but less was included, and the food was mediocre. Would not recommend- there are better options.

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