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The Alley Light

108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
+1 434-296-5003
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork belly” (14 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5078
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank RachelW2110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank DRDC621
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We lived our meal here! It was hard to find but someone on the street saw us looking at our phones and helped us. Worth the search!

Thank Gresham G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is really hidden down a short alley and go through a brown door, like a speakeasy. But, wow, what a classy place with an eclectic menu, combinations that are fabulous. Could be a New York high end bistro. We ordered bone marrow with escargot(5...More

Thank jack s
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Off the beaten path and a wonderful find. Excellent service, amazing food. Loved this place! Just call if you can’t find it. They will come out and help you.

Thank plahedusoleil
Reviewed 19 August 2018

There are some outstanding choices in Charlottesville, but this venue is our new favorite. The reviews that led us away from the Mall and into the alley (literally) are on target — this is an electic menu and foodie paradise. In addition to the listed...More

Thank Mark T
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing dinner for two, had the carrots, crab, onion soup, marrow & escargot, and the filet. Everything was delicious, especially the filet paired with port reduction, leek purée and chanterelle mushrooms. This was one of the best meals I have enjoyed in Charlottesville!

Thank PefectionistFoodie
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

This place is not big at all and you’re better off having a reservation. We tried twice in one night and still ended up being in the standing room (which there were only 4 small spots to stand in). We got a few small bites...More

Thank TheGlobetrotter77
Reviewed 21 July 2018

WOW! The Alley Light rocks! We held our son's rehearsal dinner here. It could not have been more perfect. Service was beyond belief. Owner/manager Chris and staff were amazing to work with. The entire evening went off without a hitch. Both the food and the...More

Thank kimberleyshafran
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1 December 2016|
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Response from jpminspired | Reviewed this property |
Perfect if not appropriate!
1 October 2015|
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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
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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