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Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

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120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220 (2nd Street)
+1 434-295-1223
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 4:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, Blue Light Grill specializes...
Located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, Blue Light Grill specializes in fresh oysters, seasonal seafood, craft cocktails, and local beers.
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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great bar and pretty good food.

I really enjoyed this bar. It had a great atmosphere and the service was excellent. It's a perfect stop on the downtown mall.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Stephanie C
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Woodstock, Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We loved the appetizers, the halibut entrées, the great local wine and the excellent service. But what made this a 5 star recommendation was the amazing Coconut Cake. Don't miss it !

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My husband and I dined here with our Bichon Frise dog. Hana was our server. My husband ordered the fish and chips while I ordered the catch of the day which was a halibut in edamame succotash, blurred blanc. I also had the watermelon Rosemary Margarita. What a fabulous dinner! The chips are hand cut, not greasy and the batter... More 

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Woodstock, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I really enjoyed this bar. It had a great atmosphere and the service was excellent. It's a perfect stop on the downtown mall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Attractive restaurant, nice bar, good service, and the Chesapeake crab cake was EXCELLENT! It was served on quinoa with arugula. Great combination. I will be back for more! The menu is not large but nicely varied and I am confident that other options would also be good.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Joined a friend for recent dinner at the Blue Light on a mid-week night. I had not been there for over a year and thought I would give it a try. However, was very surprised at the very limited menu and small crowd. Then the server told me that the restaurant is being sold to new owners and they were... More 

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Virginia
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

One of the best meals ever. The food was excellent and well prepared. Service was great too. I would recommend this restaurant. We ate there twice and everything was great especially the oyster choweer and crab hush puppies on a cool night.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went there for dinner this evening. After being disappointed when I found out that the mussels were not delivered earlier today, we had Buffalo Wings, my wife had the Salmon and I had the burger with bacon marmalade. The wings were undercooked, we mentioned this and they were replaced and taken off our bill. The entrees... More 

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Crozet, Virginia
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
    (2nd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-295-1223

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 24
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business

Description

Located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, Blue Light Grill specializes in fresh oysters, seasonal seafood, craft cocktails, and local beers.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?