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“An Excellent Dining Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Ivy Inn Restaurant

The Ivy Inn Restaurant
2244 Old Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4817
434-977-1222
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Ivy Road
Transit: No public transit
Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“An Excellent Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Every time I dine at the Ivy Inn, the experience is better than the last... and they have all been very good to excellent.

I seriously doubt there is any item on the menu that you could go wrong with. This time, I enjoyed the Osso Bucco entree alongside a Baby Arugula salad, topped off by a wonderful chocolate dessert with walnuts, caramel, and chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. The presentation, preparation, portion, and fresh ingredients were all outstanding.

Our service was great. Though the wait staff was busy, our wine server stepped in after serving wine to make suggestions and take the dinner order, without a hitch or hint that this was unusual -- which set the tone for an evening where at least three of the staff tended to our dinner (besides the chef) and made this a pleasant experience.

The ambiance of the Inn is classic Virginian Inn, with several rooms (we dined upstairs), fit for pleasant conversation, a sense of intimacy, and nice background "dinner music".

This has always been one of our "Top Five" restaurants in Charlottesville -- probably the "all around" number one or two -- a great place for Couples, Family, Friends, or Business. Not a "cheap" restaurant in any sense, but good value.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Memoraby romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Celebrated our anniversary at the Ivy Inn. From being greeted at the door with, "Happy Anniversary!" with a welcoming glass of champagne through a delicious mushroom soup and delightful beef dinner it was memorable. Service (especially Alex) could not have been better. Not intrusive, quietly friendly. Planning for a return and especially for next anniversary. More: they support Hospice of the Piedmont.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Greenville, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great night!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Elegantly plated, well thought out, and brilliantly conceived experience! Delicious flounder, shrimp and grits, arugula salad, and 2 awesome desserts! Jessica was an attentive server who made a great night even better. Only suggestion is to have more than 1 tiny (unisex) bathroom.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I had my birthday dinner at the Ivy Inn earlier this year. The food was delicious. I should add that my parents, who are pretty serious gourmets, also thought it was delicious. Rich french food. Nice, elegant atmosphere as well. It's not cheap, but if you've got the Benjamins, by all means give it a try.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westchester County, New York
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240 reviews 240 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 107 cities Reviews in 107 cities
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“Delicious fresh trout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Wonderful dinner at this warm, comfortable inn near the UVA campus. Emphasis on local ingredients. Warm mushroom, walnut, bacon appetizer. Excellent local trout with a grilled cake of grits and delicious side dish of Lima and other beans. Fresh rosemary-potato bread. Apple galette for dessert. Professional, friendly service. Thoughtful cooking in an unpretentious atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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