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The Alley Light

108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
+1 434-296-5003
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Small, medium and large plates to share The presentation and sauces are wonderful My favorite was the marinated artichokes The dessert needs some work, but I am certain there will be new interesting offers next time we go for dinner. They also have wonderful imaginative...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Sue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tricky to find! Look at pictures of the door posted here. You are literally looking for a door in an alley with a barrel out front. We made a reservation and were warmly greeted by the hostess. We were seated next to a window and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LHPUSAviaOki
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate at the bar. We have come here several times in the past few years and always leave shaking our heads. The room is charming, the menu interesting, the food decent, but the timing of the dishes is bizarre. They tell...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BunkyVA
Reviewed November 14, 2018

The food is delicious, the atmosphere is elegant yet cozy, and the service is outstanding. Highly recommend the house made seafood board. Also, this place is a stone's throw from Violet Crown Cinema. Which makes for a real nice movie and dinner night.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jsw900
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for our anniversary and decided to try The Alley Light and I’m SO glad we did. We had a hard time finding the restaurant at first, as it really is hidden in an alley with a light above...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cynthiajcarter
Reviewed October 25, 2018

The food choices were excellent for our (4) various tastes, we reordered several items - they are meant for sharing but more suited to 2 people sharing rather than 4. The menu is not inexpensive but we were prepared for that having looked it up...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CTtraveler263
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We have been to Alley Light three times and the food has gotten better each time. There were four of us this time and we got sample a wide variety of the small plates. All excellent. We enjoyed the fun and different cocktails. Alley Light...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Carole S
Reviewed October 5, 2018

After hearing over and over how great this place was, and after being turned away by the hostess who gave us a bored once over and told us the place was full and that, "we don't look like we would want to wait for a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank RachelW2110
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Speak-easy is what comes to mind. So glad a friend introduced me to this place because it is a little tricky to find. No sign - look for the "alley light" on the Cville Downtown Mall. Reservations recommended but if you drop in, you might...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jenniferwX6004XB
Reviewed September 24, 2018

My husband and I, our daughter and her husband had a delightful and delicious dinner at The Alley Light. French small plates which is wonderful combo since often French food is heavy. With small plates you can taste many different dishes. Casual but warm and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank DRDC621
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December 1, 2016|
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Response from jpminspired | Reviewed this property |
Perfect if not appropriate!
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Response from MaryKLee334 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. There is a bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-296-5003
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