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Thornton River Grille

3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $29 - $31
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Serving great American food with a worldly flair, we’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9pm for dinner. We also serve a lovely brunch on Sunday from 10am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 8pm. The atmosphere is at the same time elegant and casual. The richness and warmth of the hand-planed wood-paneled walls provides a comfortable dining experience that can be enjoyed equally in dressy-casual attire or hiking shorts. We are located in the heart of historic Sperryville, Virginia, 75 miles west of Washington D.C., at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to serving you soon!
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85% Recommend
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English first
Washington, DC
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

There are only a couple of restaurants in Sperryville, so we didn't have too many choices. The food here was good - not great, but good - as were the cocktails and service. It had a nice local feel.

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Longboat Key, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Normally eat here inside at night but this time took a ride with another couple to visit for lunch. Wanted to sit outside on the roof deck but was told it would be a 30 minute wait. This was at 2. Decided to stay and only waited about 15 minutes. Food and service were both enjoyable.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What a lunch! Totally unexpected and delightful! We sat outside, on the deck. Our waitress was great and the food was even better. The people running this restaurant really care, and it shows. The décor is nice, understated, casual; even on the deck. The restaurant is clean, friendly, and DELICIOUS. We were only looking for a nosh to hold us... More

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Washington, D.C.
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I am not usually one to throw up a one-star review, but we were treated so unnecessarily rudely I had to leave a note about it. We had our dogs with us so eating in the restaurant wasn't an option. However, there are some picnic tables out back and we were going to get food to-go and eat outside with... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped in for brunch around 2p after our tour of Copper Fox Distillery. Hostess seated us right away. Wait staff teamed the service and was excellent with the timing of everything. Crab cake was delicious with lumps of crab. My husband had the chicken salad with applewood smoked bacon that he said "made the dish.

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Had a 730 reservation. Place was packed but we were seated right at 730 PM. Wait staff was very attentive. Drinks came quickly. Food order was taken the moment we were finished our drinks. Food came out quickly, had great taste and the temperature of the food indicated it hadn't been off the grill long. Another drink order-drinks came quickly.... More

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Miami, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Fantastic sandwiches...great selection of beers easy parking....perfect And with a market that have local.wines

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stopped in this small town after a day hike at Old Rag mountain. We were starving, and it was getting late, so we figured anything would be fine. Well.... we got WAY more that we expected! The food was simly amazing! The appetizer was made with home grown tomatoes from a local farmer. The steaks and burgers tasted as... More

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London, UK
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141 reviews 141 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

High quality food at reasonable prices, knowledgable staff, very relaxed and casual place where you could turn up in hiking gear or a shirt and tie. Unexpected find!

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Haymarket, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Great stop on your way in or out of the popular hiking trails of the Shenandoah! Excellent food and we took advantage of gorgeous weather and sat on the open, shaded deck. We visited for lunch so I ordered the smoked salmon wrap. It was so fresh and delicious with a combo of veggies, goat cheese and salmon...I was very... More

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