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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
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Most recent review
Hit or miss with your steaks

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Todd J
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 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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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this review

We appreciate your review - thank you! More 

Princeton, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Can't say that I did not enjoy my dining experience at this restaurant recently, as the service was excellent and the owner very engaged in making sure all dining guests received personal attention. When I dine alone I really do want my meal to be something special and to this end the Downtown Grille did not meet my expectations for... More 

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

Thank you - we're happy we were able to turn your experience into a positive one! More 

Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I will say that this is the best steak we have found in C'Ville, but a few nagging problems keep it from getting an excellent rating. We have dined here before, and the same issues arise each time. First is the noise. Avoid one of the back rooms if you want to be able to hold a conversation. Our table... More 

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Fairfax, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. The New York strip, the tuna and the filet were tried by several of us and all gave high marks. if special note and appreciation, out 6:30 reservation had us seated at 6:30! A rare treat.

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

Thank you Todd! More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The first thing we noticed- no veal chop on the menu. How can you have a steak house without a veal chop? Next choice, short ribs - out. Then, cassoulet - out. Wife settled for grilled shrimp which she liked. I had the hanger steak which had hung around the warming table much too long. I've been going here for... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?