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Downtown Grille

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201 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (2nd)
+1 434-817-7080
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 139
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still C'ville's premiere steakhouse !

The Downtown Grille still reigns supreme as the number one steakhouse in C'ville. I recently returned to the Downtown Grille and as expected, they were at the top of their game. We arrived just before the dinner rush without reservations and the dinning room was already full. We snagged seats at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
CaptMancuso
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North Garden, Virginia
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North Garden, Virginia
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Downtown Grille still reigns supreme as the number one steakhouse in C'ville. I recently returned to the Downtown Grille and as expected, they were at the top of their game. We arrived just before the dinner rush without reservations and the dinning room was already full. We snagged seats at the empty bar and had an outstanding experience. The... More 

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Thank CaptMancuso
Courtney J, General Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

CaptMancuso - Thank you so much for the glowing words! We were sorry that you weren't able to grab a seat in the Dining Room, but glad you enjoyed yourself in the bar! You are correct, it is a great alternative with the same food and drinks! We definitely recommend reservations as we book fast! I will pass this wonderful... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The setting is not conducive to an excellent experience in meat. Plain, plain. The service is slow sometimes and unexpectedly abrupt at others. The price however, is consistent with the major steak houses. Unfortunately it's the only game in town

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Thank RJManey
Charlottesville, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We live in Charlottesville and the bar at Downtown Grille is a favorite. The bartender Paul is always cheerful and provides excellent service every time we are there. The bar area has great windows for people watching and one can have something light like just a salad all the way up to a full steak dinner. Great choices!

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Thank egoodell
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

We thank you! More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food was really good. Went with two friends and we all tried each item. Spoon bread was light and tasty as was the crispy calamari. The chocolate torte was the best ending of the meal. Dino, our server, took good care of us.

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Thank Cat S
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Hi Cat - glad you & your friends enjoyed dining with us, thank you for your review! More 

cville
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Standard, high-end steakhouse menu - seafood as well, including obligatory crab cake (which I have not tried. One one very slow night, the single fryer in use had seen shellfish, which eliminated flash fried "onion straws" for my allergic daughter. They actually fired up a second fryer, shellfish free, to accommodate her. First class service - at times, oddly, it... More 

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Thank hieCville
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and nice review! More 

UM
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a perfectly prepared New York strip and my wife enjoyed steak and scallops for a great price during Restaurant Week. The only down side was the price of their bottles of wine. "Very pricey" for a city such as Charlottesville, comparable to what I pay in Washington DC or Philly.

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Thank J F
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Thank you - we're very happy you enjoyed dining with us! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tito is a great server. Loved the filet and an asparagus. Not sure of the price since it was a work Christmas party. Would return to try other dishes.

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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Chesapeake, Virginia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful meal with my wife here. Both entrees were amazing and definitely fresh. Atmosphere was great and the wait staff was excellent. Overall a great experience and I would definitely visit again.

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Thank etsatcom
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Thank you - we appreciate your review and hope you'll come back to visit us soon! More 

Salem
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended a private party where the guest list grew until the last minute. Even though we were snug in the room, the staff made it all work. The wine and appetizers were expertly handled despite the difficultly moving. Once we were seated, our table was served efficiently and politely. Whether they ordered the famous filets or the tasty salmon,... More 

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Thank LDGinVA
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we always appreciate knowing our guests enjoyed a positive dining experience! More 

Chattanooga
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I had dinner there last week. I had a nice steak that had a lot of flavor. My side was mac and cheese that was superb. Drinks were well made. The atmosphere was really comfortable and it had great energy. Waitstaff was attentive but not overly so. I would recommend highly for a quality meal in Charlottesville.

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Thank Jeffmed91
Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

Jeff - thank you, we're very happy you enjoyed dining with us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (2nd)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?