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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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4:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Warning - In Transition!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
VisitingProfessor_29
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 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
73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?