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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 - 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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    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:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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141 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 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
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

We thank you Walter - Happy New Year! More 

Roanoke, Virginia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

In the middle of Charlottesvilles downtown pedestrian mall, this is in a great location. Everything is a la carte, so this makes for a pricy meal. Had the rib eye which was delicious and perfectly done. However my wife had the salmon which was fishy and was disappointed. Extensive wine list and excellent service.

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Lyndhurst, Virginia, United States
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

You know within the first minute or so if you are about to have a nice dining experience. Well, I knew from the time we were seated and immediately greeted by our server that this was going to be amazing. The downtown grill lived up to this excellent rating. Many great suggests made by our server. Wide selection of wines... More 

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

Deanna - thank you for taking the time to write this review, we thank you! More 

Nashville, TN
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Dining Experience has improved since renovation. Menu offers good selection of steak, seafood, and vegetarian items. Have tried the filet, scallops, crab cakes, and the lobster roll. Server did a good job articulating the Lobster Roll and it was good, although not consistent each time ordered. Bread was burned in one visit. Servers are attentive and professional. Recent renovations also... More 

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We appreciate your review - thank you! 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?