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Thornton River Grille

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American, Contemporary
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3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth a taste... food was excellent and service was terrific. Patio was comfortable and breezy on a hot summer day.

Thank charlottestrain
Broadway, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had an excellent meal at Thornton River Grille. Food was very tasty and the service was very attentive. We liked the open kitchen. Fresh and local items are on the menu.

Thank BobandMiriam
Jeffersonton, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When hiking in the Shenandoah or traveling in the mountains, the Thornton River Grille is a reliable place to stop for lunch or dinner. We've never been disappointed

Thank Graybill J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here in midweek for lunch on the way to the Blue Ridge and had a very tasty burger. Small but very friendly, efficient and interesting menu. The Grille opens up to an eclectic general store selling top quality goods, foods, meats and had a pricey but top quality wine list.

Thank Pumpkin C
Ahmedabad, India
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good service but the menu is fixed and they are not so flexible. Vegetarian options very limited. Wine by the glass is not to be selected. It's a good place with nice ambience.

Thank ViralAhmedabad_India
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to try this place based on some friends' suggestions that it was a "must try". Sperryville is a great little town and this restaurant is one of the anchors along with the attached general store and pizza shop. The food is superb, the wine list is very nice and the service was excellent. Definitely one of our new... More 

Thank Jerlit
Culpeper, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great little place at the foot of the mountains in Sperryville. It offers outdoor dining on a beautiful deck or inside dining in a small but tastefully decorated space. The meats they serve are local and cut fresh for them, The ribeye sald is my favorite item and I rarely stray from that, but when I do... More 

Thank hoograp
Washington, DC, United States
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've eaten here a number of times when visiting the Shenandoah area. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The food typically emphasizes locally sourced options and is nicely prepared and presented. The crowd is frequently an eclectic mix of a few locals, outdoorsy visitors, and city folk escaping for a weekend.

Thank David-of-DC
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a late lunch and really enjoyed. Lunch menu is solid slightly nicer pub fare. Staff really nice. I had the Reuben and my wife had the crab cake sandwich. She was especially happy with her sandwich.

Thank MNWanderer72
Locust Grove, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We discovered the Thornton River Grille while passing through Sperryville during a trip to Shenandoah National Park. We enjoyed it so much that we've driven 50 miles just to eat lunch there. The food isn't fancy, but it's fresh and good and served with a flair. The waitstaff is helpful and attentive. If the weather is nice, there's a covered... More 

Thank kerryandlinda2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $31
American, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Rappahannock County  >  Sperryville
  • Phone Number: 540-987-8790
Serving great American food with a worldly flair, we’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9pm for dinner. We also serve a lovely brunch on Sunday from 10am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 8pm. The atmosphere is at the same time elegant and casual. The richness and warmth of the hand-planed wood-paneled walls provides a comfortable dining experience that can be enjoyed equally in dressy-casual attire or hiking shorts. We are located in the heart of historic Sperryville, Virginia, 75 miles west of Washington D.C., at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to serving you soon!

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