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“A bit overpriced, but good food and service.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shoemaker's Fine Dining

Shoemaker's Fine Dining
1312 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
4344551510
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Ranked #1 of 253 Restaurants in Lynchburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Description: Connected to The Craddock Terry Hotel at Bluffwalk Center, Shoemaker's Grille offers the finest cuisine in Lynchburg.
Arroyo Grande, California
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“A bit overpriced, but good food and service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Business dinner with several colleagues. Easy reservation. We were promptly greeted, our coats checked, and we were taken to our table. The server took our drink order as we reviewed the menu. Plenty of choices including vegetarian and gluten free.

Wine prices are out of this world and well outside the norm for most restaurants. I suggest a price reduction of at least 15%. Food prices could be reduced by 5% as well to be competitive.

Service was excellent. We were not rushed and attention was prompt and efficient.

A basket of white flour bread was provided. Room for improvement here. The food arrived after we had time to relax and enjoy conversation. Steaks were cooked perfectly. Salads were cold and crisp. Mashed potates not too salty or overcooked. No vegetables. At this price point, veggies should have come with the meals. Portion size was large. Too large in fact. Back it down folks and perhaps you wont need so many doggie bags and trips to the cardiologist.

Dessert offerings were delightful. Go ahead, take the plunge! Just make sure you try something you have not had before.

The check came and the sticker shock settled in. Well, we enjoyed ourselves and had a nice meal. We will recommend Shoemakers to colleagues.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Shoemaker's Fine Dining, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Thank you for the input and the nice review!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Unbelievable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Fantastic local steakhouse. Great menu items, definitely expensive, but fair. Best high-end restaurant in Lynchburg.

Visited November 2013
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Shoemaker's Fine Dining, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
John - we thank you!
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Watertown, New York
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“A Must Visit in Lynchburg. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants! We always visit when we are in town. The food is phenomenal! We started off with fried oysters, escargot, calamari and the tuna. All where prepared perfectly. For dinner I had the filet Oscar styled. It was fantastic! The filet was very tender and melted in my mouth. The sauce was delightful as well as the crab and asparagus. We paired a bottle of 2008 Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, which we were delighted to have as a selection. We finished off the meal with a slice of New York style cheesecake and creme brûlée. Both where phenomenal. Finally, to top off our amazing experience was out server Cliff. He is always professional and provides excellent service. One of the best servers I've ever had. A must visit (and the best restaurant) in Lynchburg!

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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Shoemaker's Fine Dining, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
Thank you for the nice review - we're very happy you enjoyed the food and our service!
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Forest, Virginia
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“Good service, good food, pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We had been to Shoemaker's when it first opened, and hadn't been back since. At that time, we weren't impressed and thought it was too pricey for what you got. We had heard that they had expanded their menu and reduced their prices (and changed the name - from "Fine Dining" to "American Grill"), so we decided to give them another try. Still pricey - my 12 oz. strip was $25 plus a salad - but the food and the service were excellent. Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive, my steak was perfectly done and very flavorful, and my wife's crab stuffed trout was excellent. The trout came with an asparagus risotto, which my wife can't eat, so she asked for just plain asparagus. Which she got, but for which we were also charged an additional $3.50. So, still not a great value, but a very enjoyable evening. I only gave them 3 stars for "romance" as they were very busy and it was a little noisy and a lot of servers running around .

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Shoemaker's Fine Dining, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Thank you for coming back and we appreciate your input!
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“If you don't know how to cook it, don't put it on the menu.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I recently took my wife for a special occasion to this restaurant.
Firstly let me say that everything about this place was perfect; except for the entrée that is. The menu advertized Steak au poivre; (French pepper steak) for those who don’t know, this should be a choice cut of fillet mignon, serrated and marinated in (preferably) fresh green peppercorns and some freshly chopped garlic. The way to cook this is; in a heavy skillet.

First sauté shallots in butter remove when just caramelized; deglaze the pan, reserve liquid & shallots. Add more butter heat until smoke starts, add the marinated steak and sear for 4 - 5 minutes each side, turn down heat, add 1 cup red wine and the reserved liquid & shallots and chopped mushrooms, simmer for 10 minutes turning once. Pour one shot of good cognac over each steak ignite. When flame is out, remove steak to let rest. Turn up heat and add one cup heavy cream and simmer until sauce thickens, ladle over steak and serve; preferably with good French fries. Voila!
What I was given was a tough, undercooked, New York strip that had been thrown on a grill with some non-descript brown sauce. The steak was tough and completely tasteless.

If you can’t be bothered to hire a Chef who knows how to cook French Cuisine, don’t advertise it as such. Call it grilled NY Strip with peppercorn gravy.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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