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The Downtown Grille

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Tue, 2/19
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Fried Green Tomatoes
Smoked Tomato Aioli, Shaved Parmesan
Candied Bacon^
Crispy Pork Belly, Maple Brown Sugar BBQ Glaze, Apple Slaw
Ahi Tuna* Tartare
Avocado, Wakame Seaweed Salad, Sesame Ponzu, Ginger Aioli, Wonton Crisp
Shrimp* Cocktail^
House Made Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato, Basil, Balsamic, Micro Greens
Fried Calamari, Chipotle Aioli
Fried Oysters
Cornmeal Dusted Fried Oysters, Housemade Cocktail Sauce
Blue Mussels, White Wine Scampi Broth, French Bread
2oz each16.0
Entree Sized Portion $32.0
Two Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes^
Diver Scallops* ^
Pan Seared Scallops, Maque Choux, Lobster Cream
Market Price
Fish* Special of the Day
Cold Water Lobster* Tails^
Two 5-6oz Cold Water Lobster Tails Broiled with Garlic Herb Butter
Norwegian Salmon* ^
Grilled Salmon, Carrot Purée, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots Pickled Mustard Seed
Market Price
Special of the Day
14oz $32.0
Rosemary Rack of Lamb* ^
Port Demi-Glace
Chicken Breast^
Goatcheese Polenta, Spinach, Country Olives, Winter Wine Sauce
DTG Beef Bolognese
Ground Beef, Papparadelle, Italian Herbs, Tomatoes, Red Wine, Shaved Parmesan
Pork Tenderloin* ^
Bacon Wrapped, White Cheddar Grits, Braised Kale
Market Price
Soup du Jour
French Onion
Wedge of Iceberg Lettuce^
Tomatoes, Bacon, Buttermilk Bleu Cheese, Balsamic or Buttermilk Bleu Dressing
Boston Caesar^
Boston Bibb Lettuce, Housemade Croutons, Shaved Parmesan
Warm Spinach Salad^
Spinach, Sliced Cremini Mushrooms, Shallots, Hard Boiled Egg, Baby Heirloom Tomato, Warm Bacon Dressing
Kale Salad^
Kale, Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Shaved Manchego, Candied Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Apple Cider Vinaigrette
4oz $16.0
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake^
Four $12.0
Sautéed Shrimp* ^
Three $15.0
Pan Seared Scallops* ^
5-6oz $18.0
Cold Water Lobster Tail* ^
4oz $15.0
Sliced Filet* ^
8oz $14.0
Chicken Breast* ^
8oz $16.0
Salmon* ^
1.5oz $10.0
Hudson Valley Foi Gras* ^
12oz $32.0
Prime New York Strip* ^
18oz $42.0
Kansas City Strip* ^
8oz $38.0
Prime Center Cut Filet Mignon* ^
14oz $48.0
Bone-In Center Cut Filet Mignon* ^
16oz $42.0
Prime Ribeye* ^
For Two (30oz) $96.0
Wagyu Tomahawk* ^
House Mushroom Demi^
Au Poivre^
Black Garlic Butter^
Blue Cheese Demi^
generous to share | $8
Au Gratin Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts
Fried with Aged Balsamic
Creamed Spinach
Hand-Cut French Fries
Macaroni & Cheese
Onion Crisps
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Vegetable of the Day
Sautéed Medley of Mushrooms
Glass $13.0
Bottle $52.0
Montanale, Rosa di Notte, Rosé, Negroamaro, Italy 2017
Aromas of white strawberries and grapefruit with a crisp and aromatic finish
Glass $13.0
Bottle $52.0
Mer Soleil, Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA 2016
Rich and creamy but balanced with lively acidity
Glass $11.0
Bottle $44.0
Anton Bauer, Riesling, Austria 2016
Flavors of crisp apple and lime with a lingering medium-dry finish
Glass $9.0
Bottle $36.0
Lagar d Cervera, Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 2017
Aromas of fresh grapefruit, apricot and melon, rounded with slight spriziness of apples and elegance
Glass $9.0
Bottle $36.0
Corvidae, Mirth, Chardonnay, Washington 2017
Bright tropical notes with crisp flavor unencumbered by oak flavors
Glass $8.0
Bottle $32.0
Domaine du Haut Perron, Guy Allion, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France 2016
Beautiful floral and tropical nose with hints of lemon, stone fruits and medium finish
Glass $11.0
Bottle $44.0
Alan Scott, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018
Bright grapefruit nose; juicy and crisp with clean, tangy, fresh style
Glass $13.0
Bottle $52.0
Jump Mountain, Grüner Veltliner Virginia 2017
Full of floral aromas and exotic fruit, finished by subtle oak
Glass $12.0
Bottle $48.0
Lageder, Alto Adige, Pinot Grigio, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy 2017
Bright acidity, with notes of apple and pear for a lingering crisp finish
Split (375ml) $10.0
Poquito, Moscato, Spain NV
Lightly sparkling with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears
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.
$16 - $50
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Drinks
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with family and it was when they first opened, so it was really quiet in there with some background music. Nothing too loud. I was happy with that, because I have hearing issues.....anyway, the steak was grand and the drinks were strong. It is...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank KCS1958
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so pleased to hear you and your party had an excellent visit and especially that your steaks were perfect. Thank you for sharing a bit about your experience with us and thanks again​ for coming.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

excellent. parking is in the market street garage. No biggie but my wife and I are in our late 60's and it was a "tad" of a walk. But worth it, nice place. white linen tablecloth steak house. Good food . varied menu . good...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank sonnienegroso
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming in and spending some time with us. We appreciate​ you recommending our wine list as well.

Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

As an admitted Sauce Béarnaise addict, I find it rare ( no pun intended) to find this on many menus. The special of the night was ribeye Oscar, the steak topped with back fin crab ( also my favorite crab) asparagus and bearnaise. I hate...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank islandoc
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit, and we are counting down the days till your return.

Reviewed December 30, 2018

I usually love the DT grill, but they blew it last night. I was looking for a "splurge" first-class dinner with two of my kids who were home for the holidays. We made reservations, were on time, and dressed sharp. They wanted to seat us...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

Hello, thanks for sharing about your experience with us. We are always listening to our guests so we can continually improve our customer experience. It's our goal to serve delicious meals but as well as provide a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere for all dining with us....More

Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

I visited here with my friend while we were wine tasting in the area. Our hotel offered transport. The restaurant was very busy - luckily we had booked. The food was very good and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank Louisaaaa
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

It was a pleasure serving you and your friend. Thanks for coming in and letting us know what you thought!​

Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at The Downtown Grille last evening. Our waiter, Teto did an exceptional job serving us accommodating to our needs and provided us with great recommendations. The manager was very welcoming and personable while greeting us at the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank armoore4
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

You are welcome! Thanks for letting us know your birthday here was memorable. We can't wait to serve again.

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is relaxing and the food is scrumptious. It’s pricey but worth it!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Schm00py
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2018

We are so grateful you took the time to write this review. Making customers happy is our favorite thing besides making delicious food. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed November 18, 2018

The title says it all. Not a place for the vegetarian in your family. Elegant atmosphere. Drinks can be the highlight (good bar to stop in at after the show or shopping downtown). Service is typically very good.

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Patsy D
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

We are so happy to hear you enjoy coming in to see us! We sure love to see you.

Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

In town for one night we decided eat dinner at one restaurant and have desert at another. This worked out very well and we chose to stop here late in the evening and sat at the bar for a sweet treat and coffee on our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MMM_and_MPM
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2018

You are so sweet friend, thank you for the high praise! We can't wait to have you in again.

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

It is consistently good. A Charlottesville staple. Not always the best for food allergies. Great service!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nina C
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Hi Nina, we are so honored to have been chosen to hold a special birthday dinner. Thank you for letting us know your service and food were excellent. Also, we do want to make every accommodation for those with food allergies, so please​ don’t hesitate...More

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Ken C
July 8, 2018|
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Response from Yahoo_asg97 | Reviewed this property |
It would be fine. Saw folks there from a crew that looked like they had played business golf earlier in the day to folks in blazers.
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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