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“Excellent food but pricey”
Review of Downtown Grille

Downtown Grille
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Ranked #10 of 556 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd
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.
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We enjoyed a great dinner at the Downtown Grille but not sure we will be back due to the prices. It's definitely upscale (which we knew when we made the reservation) and the food/service were great. It just always bothers me when you pay the high prices for the entrée that they can't at least include a side item or salad instead of a la carte. Nice place for a celebration but not a place that I could afford to go to on a regular basis.

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Reviewed 30 December 2013

I took my mother and wife here for their birthday dinners. It is situated in the charming historic downtown area. The restaurant is cozy and the service is very good. We ordered the seafood linguini, oysters on a half shell, scallops, onion soup, and calamari. I wasn't crazy about the latter two but the rest of the meal was terrific...especially fresh and tasty oysters and scallops. When finished the waiter gave my mother and wife free pieces of chocolate mousse...I'd strongly recommend this place and look forward to going back some day.

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Thank Mike B
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2014

Thank you very much!

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

The Downtown Grill is in a great location on the pedestrian mall in Charlottesville. The food choices--particularly the steaks and wine list--are excellent, and the service is both friendly and attentive. Great atmosphere that combines energy without too much noise. Excellent for a family dinner or with clients. One of the best choices in C'ville.

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Thank Oceantics
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2013

Thank you - we're very happy you enjoyed everything!

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

This place has fantastic ambience for a couple's night out although I was there with business collegues. I had both steak and salmone which were grilled to perfection. The side order portions are generous so they're perfect for sharing. Just be ready to shell out some clams for this very nice dining experience.

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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2013

Thank you!

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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

Amazing food, drinks, dessert, and overall experience! Our server perfectly paired wine with our meal and suggested the best dessert we've ever had!

Thank Jdougherty0302
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2013

Thank you - very happy you enjoyed your experience!

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