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The Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“filet” (41 reviews)
“iceberg wedge” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
££££
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been to the Grille a few times and their steak has always been quite good. My last visit was with a group of 10 colleagues. Our steaks were not cooked to order (i ordered medium rare and i got medium well) and our...More

Thank Konstantinos L
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your server. However, we apologize that your food was not satisfactory. Our goal is for each guest to have a wonderful experience every time they visit. We sincerely apologize for your last visit, because you did not...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Local friends took us to The Downtown Grille, describing it as the best restaurant in C'ville. Blake, out waiter greeted us and answered questions on the menu. The stars here are the grilled meat, and I decided on medium rare. The chops were perfectly cooked...More

Thank Mark H
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and had a fun evening out, that's what we want for all out guests. We can't wait to have you back.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of you are looking for a place with a relaxing atmosphere, fabulous food and amazing service this is place to go! Started of with Fried green tomatoes, candied bacon & fried oysters. Main course was 8oz filet and Crab cakes with mashed potatoes and onion...More

Thank Lynn L
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for spending time with us on your special day. Thank you so much for the fabulous review. We are so thankful you took the time to tell us how your visit was and we look forward to having you back.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a delight. Fine dining and you get what you pay for. Wonderful meal and excellent service always. Their filet mignon is divine as is their key lime pie. The after dinner coffee is the best - brewed just for them my Shenandoah Joe's.

Thank Explorer86233
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate you coming in and letting us know​ your filet was incredible and overall always a memorable experience.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the belly pork candid (which tasted a bit like ham hock) but was nice and the friend oysters. We both had the fillet steak special with pate and vegetables which was very good albeit a bit expensive. Service and atmosphere good but as...More

Thank purchases
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate you coming in. We hope you had a lovely time and will remember us for a future special evening.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was excellent, well prepared and presented. Normally a New York strip Is not flavorful....but mine was delicious! Sides were plentiful as well to share. Waitstaff was awesome! Very knowledgeable about menu and wines. Very broad selection of wines to choose from.

1  Thank joysN1207MR
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your 5 star review; it's always wonderful to know how our guests enjoyed their visits. We're so glad our staff was attentive, and that you enjoyed your steak. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My lady and I were in Charlottesville earlier this week with a tour group of historic presidential sites, and went for a stroll along the Downtown Mall in search of dinner. The Downtown Grill appeared inviting to us, so we popped in just after opening...More

Thank bellerophon4
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for letting us know your sommelier took excellent care of you. We couldn't be more pleased. The next time you're in town we hope you will consider being our guests again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had a great dinner last night. booths in the bar area are very comfortable and enjoyable to have dinner. all food was very good. we will return.

Thank FAC86
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to serve you. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us. We can't wait to have you back again to keep exploring the menu.

Reviewed 9 September 2018

The food is always good and the service excellent. We love to go there on special occasions or when we have guests in town. The service and food are always reliably good. Always a great experience.

Thank Janet S
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Janet, thank you for the wonderful review. It sounds like you have had a great experience each visit and we could not be happier to hear it. We look forward to getting to serve you again soon.

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We took a limo while staying outside of town so there are no recommendations on parking. We opened with salads and a soup. My French onion soup was ok but a bit overdone on the salt. We both had filets that were a bit tough...More

Thank oldstocks
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at The Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for coming by while in town and for sharing how your recent experience and meal went. We are always listening to our guest's feedback so we can best serve our community. It would be a pleasure to have you again in the future,...More

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Ken C
8 July 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.
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John R
13 May 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
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1 December 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$16 - US$50
Meals
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
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
    (2nd)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080
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Description
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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