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“A Date” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Downtown Grille

Downtown Grille
201 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-817-7080
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Ranked #36 of 464 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd
Charlottesville
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Date”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I took a date to dine at the Downtown Grille. I had heard great things and I assure you I was not disappointed. She and I both well and left feeling stuffed! The bartender was very nice while we waited for our table to be ready (a short 5 or so minutes, but she was nice enough to mention!). I will return.

Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Top Contributor
233 reviews 233 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
“Good experience but pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We enjoyed our dinner at the Downtown Grille located on the walking mall in downtown Charlottesville. You have the option of dining in or outside alongside the street, there are white cloth tablecloths on the tables and candles which makes for a lovely dining experience. Our waiter was professional and somewhat attentive, although he could have come by a little more often to check on our needs.

We were told that this was one of downtown Charlottesville's nicer restaurants and I have no doubt this is indeed correct. We had a New York strip steak which was tasty but VERY salty. I asked for it to be done medium-well and it arrived very overcooked - part of it was so tough, it took me quite some time to cut it with a steak knife. We also ordered some swordfish (or halibut - can't recall) concoction which we liked.

The downside was that everything was a l a carte, my 12-oz steak was $32, I believe, which I think was high. I ordered a side of asparagus which ended up enough for three people, and my baked potato was giant, but very tasty. We had only tap water, no other drinks and no dessert, and our bill was $106. I felt this was quite high, considering the quality of my steak. I would have sent it back but we didn't have the time to wait another half hour, so I didn't complain. All-in-all, this was a good dining experience.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Palmyra, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“dining out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

The service,food,wine,people are a welcome change from the ordinary.
The prices may seem a bit pricey to some,but you only get what you pay for.
One suggestion is to make a reservation,even if you are only 2 people

Visited August 2012
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North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Great food choices. A steak house at heart but has many side dishes. Old world look inside with a young vibe outside. Great people watching and wonderful servers.

Visited August 2012
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Old Fashioned Chop House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Reliable, old fashioned chop house with nicely prepared predictable fare. Good service and an excellent wine list.

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