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“Lovely bison!” 4 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, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Ivy Road
Transit: No public transit
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Lovely bison!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Ivy Inn seems to be a former private house that has been converted into a charming restaurant. We were seated into a room upstairs that fitted well our group of nine. We were served by very friendly members of staff. All were happy with their choices from the menu which is a bit heavy on the red meats. My foie gras starter was very good, perhaps even a bit too smooth for my taste. But my bison main was excellent. I had never eaten bison before, and I was surprised how gentle it tasted. Just a hint of the game that I had expected. Some of the wines on their list are very good, but beware, others are outrageously marked up.

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English first
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Was lovely to find a more elegant yet comfortable and lovely establishment such as this. The food was fabulous, wine selection generous, and Simon, our waiter, was absolutely top notch. Will definitely return.

Visited March 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Perfect for special occasions or just because...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

They attend to every detail. Great for special occasions. Oh, and the food is wonderful and creative.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Generally Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

For years the Ivy Inn has been our go-to place for festival dinners; it's always special when you are given a personalized menu saying "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" along with a complementary half glass of celebratory sparkling wine. The setting in the old house is delightful. We have had outstanding meals with exquisite service, and other dinners that were less satisfying. On two occasions I returned a dish because it was grossly over salted (one was the crispy duck confit leg which was both too salty and very dry and stringy, the other was a pasta dish). In both cases the staff was gracious about the problem, but then there was a long wait for a replacement meal. When the Chef-Owner Angelo gets it right, and the service is polished, it's truly a memorable, gala dining experience. Despite the occasional problems we've had, the Ivy Inn remains one of the best restaurants in town, and we will be back.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best in Charlottesville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful food, lovely but unpretentious atmosphere, attentive, professional service and it's not too far from my house. Who could ask for more?

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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