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Downtown Grille

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201 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (2nd)
434-817-7080
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5:00 pm - 11:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great pick for a special meal

Great meal, nice atmosphere and friendly wait staff. Prices a little higher than average. Located in the downtown area with convenient parking - 2 hours free parking after 6pm.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
BBay2015
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Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We went here for my dads retirement dinner. Everything was incredible and the service was excellent. We all had different entrees from steaks to seafood and everybody loved their meals. For sides we had the truffle fries and Mac an cheese and they too were great. Deserts were amazing. This is the best place in Cville to eat and the... More 

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

Scott - we thank you! More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Super meal, super service, great atmosphere. Two wonderful steak dinners -old school wonderful- and great service. Highly recommend.

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Thank you Melissa! More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My wife invited me to pick out a restaurant for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Not yet having tried the Downtown Grille, and having heard great things about it, this was my choice, All of a sudden, family showed up to help celebrate, so we went from a table for two to one for ten, necessitating an earlier seating. The... More 

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Hugh, thank you for your nice review and are very happy your Birthday was special! More 

Madison, WI
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Family dinner with our two young adult sons while on a recent trip to Charlottesville. We were cordially greeted and seated by the Maitre d'. White linen table cloths helped give the restaurant a classy look, although I found the atmosphere rather noisy. The server was initially responsive. We ordered a mix of vegetarian, fish, and meat dishes, along with... More 

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North Garden, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Without a doubt The Downtown Grille remains Charlottesville's best steakhouse. The Grille is a classic American high-end steakhouse and on par with the finest east coast establishments. They get it right. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent staff and a great atmosphere. This perfection doesn't come cheap but they aren't just charging high prices to create the illusion of greatness, they... More 

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Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! More 

Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great meal, nice atmosphere and friendly wait staff. Prices a little higher than average. Located in the downtown area with convenient parking - 2 hours free parking after 6pm.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Friend came into town and we had the pleasure of enjoying a meal at this wonderful "on mall" restaurant in C'Ville. White table cloth service with fresh food, excellent wine by the glass and appropriate server behavior all combined to allow us to catch up with one another. main room was not too loud, but it was crowded. Salmon was... More 

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Thank you for the nice reveiw! More 

Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This seems to be the place to take business guests to dinner. Personally I would not go there if I was paying--it is way overpriced for the quality. I have been then about 10 times in the last couple of years and the steaks will either be very good or terrible. Crab cakes are average but overpriced. They certainly survive... More 

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Nashville, TN
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Visit included good food and good service. Was once always a consistent experience with great food and service. Ordered a glass of Malbec. Had about a teaspoon of sediment in bottom of glass. Was told this was normal. Not normal in other restaurants or situations where I have had Malbec.

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Dillwyn, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Staff was excellent and menu selections great. Too bad couldn't have it all. Bar drinks and wine top notch. Great place to finish 2014.

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We thank you Walter - Happy New Year! 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: 434-817-7080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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