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“Totally Terrific!”

Shadwell's Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 584 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Shadwells Restaurant takes it's name from Thomas Jefferson's birthplace, Shadwell Estate. Shadwells lies in the shadow of Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville and embraces his vision of using local fresh ingredients. Known for their fresh seafood and Chesapeake Bay inspired and juicy, hand-cut steaks, Shadwell's offers outstanding cuisine, friendly service and reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. Local dining at it's best!
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Anyone within 100 miles should visit this restaurant. It is a MUST to try the she-crab soup. Their soup is seasoned to perfection, with the perfect amount of sherry and other seasonings. Their Chicken Calvone entrée was excellent. The sauce was delightful. The presentation on all the food was excellent and our server was polite and friendly!

I was afraid that business would be too busy on the Saturday before Easter, but to our surprise, it was a quiet, romantic setting! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience!

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3  Thank Stephanie58314
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Last month 3 of us went here on a Sunday for brunch. It's a very attractive restaurant and the staff is very nice, but it ended there. The hostess sat us down shortly before noon and gave us brunch menus. Our server was very friendly and attentive but it took forever for the food to come out. I had an omelet with crab in it that was terrible. The crab tasted like it had come out of a can and there was no cheese, or taste in the omelet. The biscuit was bland and hard, only the potatoes were good. My brother-in-law said his meal was not so good either. My sister ordered blueberry pancakes that were dense and tasteless. They came with a side of blueberry compote to put over them, instead of syrup. When we asked the server if she could bring us some syrup, she said that the kitchen had already cut off brunch at noon and she didn't think she would be able to get any. She also said that the kitchen got angry with her for taking our brunch order since it was just after 12pm....Who cuts off brunch at noon on a Sunday?? And the hostess gave us the brunch menu with no indication that it was ending soon. Obviously the kitchen has some real issues...being able to cook would be one of those. If you can't cook breakfast, why would we think that anything else would be good? And I had already heard luke-warm reviews about this place.

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3  Thank Alex122794
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Matt K, Manager at Shadwell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2014

We appreciate your honest feedback and offer our sincere apology for the experience you encountered. Shadwells Restaurant takes seriously any customer experience that is less than the very best. I assure you that your concern with the server has been addressed. We pride ourselves on our customer service and regularly train our staff. It is unfortunate that this particular server did not apply the training they received.
Shadwells is known for their outstanding cuisine and receives rave reviews on a regular basis. I ask that you give us another try and I am confident that you will have a great dining experience.
Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. Shadwells values each and every guest.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Stayed at the Hilton across the parking lot from Shadwell's and stopped by based on Milton's recommendation. We got there very close to closing time and were the last patrons in the place when we left. Our server was very friendly and the food was very tasty. The restaurant was very clean and we liked the ambiance. The TJ sweet potato biscuits are AWESOME and a must for a visit here. My only complaint was that the burgers were a bit overcooked and the buns a bit stale. The fries were perfect so it made up for it, as did the sweet tea (nice and dark and sooo sweet). Also, our server was a sweetheart and even took a picture of my fiancee and I before we left. Thanks again, will be back the next time we are in town.

Also, if you go, be sure to say Milton-from-the-Hilton sent you!

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1  Thank emped0cles
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Four of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners (pork, beef, chicken, ribs) on Friday, March 7th. Service was great - the staff is excellent. Wish the admosphere was a little "warmer" - difficult for this former Topeka's.

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2  Thank KATHLEEN D
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

The food is fresh and delicious- like their sweet potato biscuits. Amazing. At the same time the service is painfully slow and somehow inept. The price is moderate to low high so I would expect better service. Still, I will try them again and hope they get that right because the food is worthy.

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3  Thank seanmhorn
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