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Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took my Dad and Son here this past Saturday for Father's Day after having a great experience entertaining family here last fall. What happened? Coffee was served with a coffee cup with red lipstick lip-prints on it. Unwashed... Ordered the special, strip steak, medium well....More

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Granted, this was graduation weekend, it was a prix-fix menu, and the place was packed. People were there to celebrate! Having your lukewarm food slammed on your table, and receiving snarky looks from your server if you made a request, and rushing you through the...More

Thank Maureen K
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

We went to dinner here with some friends. It’s an upscale steakhouse with seafood and other options. The servings are quite large so beware when ordering sides. I had the crab cakes. There were two large crab cakes which tasted good, but were not very...More

Thank Pat D
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Very impressed with all that the Downtown Grille had to offer. Visited with family for a celebratory dinner. Was not disappointed! In fact, thought the meal stood up to any big city steak house dinner. Service was terrific.

Thank Yahoo_asg97
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Great location on the downtown mall. We were worried about being underdressed but were fine in casual wear - called in advance to check. Those of us who ordered steaks thoroughly enjoyed them - no overcooking, done to our liking. I had mine au poivre...More

1  Thank WCDeb
Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

Service was average. Waitress repeatedly tried to “upsell” menu items...ugh, I can’t stand that! Prices were very high. Steak was seriously overcooked (asked for medium well got very well). Had to send back the creamed spinach side because it was inedibly vile. I’ve never had...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The service here was great and its within walking distance of the OMNI hotel. We had the steaks which were a bit over cooked but still good. A good meal.

Thank Christopher G
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

The food was wonderful, the service was great and the facility was excellent. A great dining experience. If you want a wonderful meal, this is the place to have it.

Thank georgeg417
Reviewed February 10, 2018

Lovely menu, bit pricey, but good quality. Went during restaurant week and very good menu, options, and fairly priced. Busy, so wait staff a bit rushed, but all in all a nice place and some say the best in Charlottesville.

Thank dbhraleigh
Reviewed January 28, 2018

We had been looking forwarding to our first visit—-perhaps Restaurant Week was not the best time to schedule it. The RW menu offerings were copious—salads, soups, seafood as appetizers, two cuts of steak along with chicken, and salmon as entrees. One each for $35 per...More

Thank Monelle H
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John R
May 13, 2017|
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Response from Downtown G | Property representative |
Hi John, Thank you for your question. We are happy to accommodate that request and let you split a steak. Please let your server know when you arrive of that request and we will have our Chef's do their best to split it for... More
December 1, 2016|
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Response from Susan L | Reviewed this property |
Come as you are! During our visit there were people who appeared really overdressed and those who may have been a little undressed. They all enjoyed the meal together. There is also a number of young children who were... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $50
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080
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The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. The Downtown Grille's lovely architecture and warm professional staff lend a superb ambiance to an already exquisite dining experience.
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