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Thornton River Grille

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££ - £££
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
+1 540-987-8790
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Falls Church, Virginia
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is the second time we had dinner at the Thornton River Grille in Sperryville. I wouldn't have expected the good food the first time, and it didn't disappoint the second time we had dinner there. On a warm night one can have dinner on the upper deck and we also had the pleasure of some live music too, on... More 

Thank vlfrance
Poquoson, Virginia
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Stopped here on a Sunday for a very good lunch on the upstairs deck area. The lunch menu has a variety of sandwiches, breakfast and brunch items. The food was good and the service was prompt, friendly and attentive.

Thank DiannNJack
Leesburg, Virginia
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

The Thornton River Grille fits in a long line of grilles, that serve what I consider basic fare for a grille. Overall you get reasonable food, but it does not stick out as special. Sitting on the deck is nice, but it lacks a great view. Which is to bad since that part of Virginia is really beautiful. The wait... More 

Thank CGH67
Huntly, Virginia
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Had a reservation for Tuesday evening.Were 1 of 2 couples there when we arrived.Quickly seated and drink order taken.Waitress (Jess) got wine wrong -- drank it any way -- birthday & didn't wish to spoil it.Appetiser good but very small.Nice presentation.Ordered extra portion of rice with entree (N.Y.Strip med.well/no blood).Steak bloody center on service -- ate it any way. No... More 

Thank 617Mac
Palmyra, Virginia
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Stopped here after a festival last year, tired and ready to be catered to. They did a beautiful job, outside seating, good service, great food. I don't know of a better place in Sperryville.

Thank CigarVolante
Waldorf, Maryland
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

I found this restaurant on trip advisory and decided to check it out. We enjoyed the food very much. The scallops were quite large and very tasty with a little spicy kick. My friend had the soft shell crab dinner special and it was also very good.

Thank Chapman2003
Culpeper, Virginia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Hands down my favorite restaurant to take guests and to go to myself. We have never had a bad meal. Classy without being pretentious and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor seating is more casual and laid back. Service is always great. HIGHLY recommend this place any time!!!

Thank futurehosts
Indian Head, Maryland
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We almost missed the place but were we glad we didn't. Small so you might make a reservation for dinner. We had lunch, the best cheeseburger I ever had! Everything was fresh, creative and inspired. We had a wonderful dessert, light and refreshing. The service was great. We would drive out there just to eat!

Thank Denise C
Marshall, Virginia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Small and intimate with great food. Almost as good as a previous local favorite that closed its doors - Four and Twenty Blackbirds - almost but not quite.

Thank Janet C
Northern Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The food was so good. The service was fine. The most fun was sitting up at the counter and chatting with the Chef. Everything we tried was delicious.

Thank Khuonger

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Rappahannock County  >  Sperryville
  • Phone Number: +1 540-987-8790
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?