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Thornton River Grille

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American, Contemporary
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3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8790
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: Serving great American food with a worldly flair, we’re open Tuesday...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good spot for lunch or dinner, with a shop attached below

Solid location. Good food. With a good selection. Indoor and outdoor. Deck seating at rear. Service attentive. prices reasonable. I would recommend. They also run a shop with local produce next to/below the restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
stumack
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Washingtoin DC
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Solid location. Good food. With a good selection. Indoor and outdoor. Deck seating at rear. Service attentive. prices reasonable. I would recommend. They also run a shop with local produce next to/below the restaurant.

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Washington, Virginia
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in for dinner and we had a great experience. The ambience, service and the food was great. There is a store right next to the restaurant that is worth the visit.

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked 1 block from our B&B which was very convenient. The food is average. Nothing special. The staff were friendly and the service was good. The bill was reasonable.

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Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We love the Thornton River Grille and are frequent week-end diners for dinner and brunch. The food is consistently fresh and tasty and the staff are always friendly and service-oriented. You can't beat the burgers or the steak salad, and the shrimp and scallop dishes are our favorites. We enjoy the cozy atmosphere inside and the deck in good weather... More 

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Parkton, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We were in town to have dinner at the Inn at Little Washington. We decided to try Thornton River Grille our first night. The food was very good and the atmosphere was great. Certainly recommend if you are looking for dining options in the area. We highly recommend choosing Harmony Manor B&B for accommodations. It is located between Little Washington... More 

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Washington, Virginia
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The Thornton River Grill is part of a wonderful village store/restaurant complex in Sperryville, VA, at the foot of the Blue Ridge. The store has gone distinctly upmarket in the last few years, which is great for the inhabitants of Rappannock County, one of the most beautiful parts of the United States. The TRG brings a sense of experimentation with... More 

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Thank HieronymousB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Yes, it's a very unassuming-looking spot, but the menu was of a much higher caliber than you'd expect. My husband & I both enjoyed the pork chop with scrumptious Gouda grits and caramelized apples, swimming in an apple cider glaze. It was just perfect for the chilly weather. When we return to the area, we'll be sure to stop in... More 

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Thank Gillian V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on our way out of the Shenandoah National Park. It right at the bottom of the mountain. Food is fabulous. Plenty eat and share. A must stop if ever in this area.

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Thank Natalie S
Great Falls, Virginia
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We have eaten there before and each time is as good as the last. Varied menu with wonderful appetizers, farm to table ingredients and a steak that would shame the big steak chains. To my great pleasure they also serve the most perfectly prepared seared scallops so it is not a "one dish" place by any stretch. We look forward... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

My husband and I were so glad we stopped at this restaurant. You enter it from the back so they can fit more tables in the front. My husband had a delicious bowl of tomato bisque soup while I ate my very fresh house salad and then we split one wonderful cheeseburger! Yum! So glad we stopped here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Rappahannock County  >  Sperryville
  • Phone Number: 540-987-8790

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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