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Downtown Grille

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201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033 (2nd)
+1 434-817-7080
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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96 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were visiting Monticello and decided to eat dinner in Charlottesville. We had dinner at Downtown Grille. We had fried oysters for appetizer, broiled seafood platter for our entree, and Creme Brulee for dessert. Nice atmosphere and good service. We would visit here again for a nice dinner in town.

Thank trustinginHim07
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty restaurant, nice service but the food was just average. I ordered the seafood salad which was a small amount of seafood on a small mound of greens - not really a $30 salad. We were hoping for great desserts but they were just ok. We were looking for a special occasion restaurant but this wasn't it.

Thank 420mlp
New York City
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147 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are glad to pay the tariff for a good dining experience. Unfortunately, the Downtown Grille is mediocre at best. We sent the mussel appetizer back and the rest of the meal was just OK. With so-so service and pricey plates, we cant think of any reason to revisit!

Thank Janet A
Keswick, Virginia
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134 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Gary Glaser does a great job with Restaurant Week - lots of choice. I really enjoyed the Hatteras Style Clam Chowder, 12 oz New York Strip with Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce for $39++. Mmmmmmm!

1 Thank Peter R
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is more than impressive! How long has it been since you've entered a restaurant and someone offered to take your coat for you? That was the first thing that happened and the service continued through to the end of our meal. The food was delicious! This was my first visit to this restaurant and it certainly won't be... More 

1 Thank Lois F
Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were in Charlottesville for a conference and decided to treat ourselves one night. I am so glad we did. The service was outstanding. The wine selection was on spot. I had the filet and crab. My husband had steak and seafood as well. Our meal was excellent. I highly recommend.

1 Thank Kris A
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our daughter took us out to dinner for our birthdays. She chose the restaurant, made the reservation and paid the bill. What a thoughtful gift. However, the thrill of the evening was tarnished by terrible food. Daughter and I ordered our steaks medium rare. They arrived red, bloody and cold in the middle. They were also cooked unevenly, more on... More 

Thank vframe
Arlington, Virginia
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

Celebrated my husband's birthday here this past weekend - Feb. 18, 2017. Great restaurant. Good service and good food. Only complaint is that they didn't do anything for his birthday -- maybe a cookie or plate with happy birthday written in chocolate would have been a nice touch. A candle, too. Something celebratory to make it extra special would have... More 

Thank Paula F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Great, attentive staff. Very fast service. Kitchen may have had an off night. The medium filet looked like tartare. The sides were lackluster at best. Expected A LOT more.

Thank Viva_la_Vida2014
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Second visit for me, and the food is consistanatly good. Don't go if you are in a hurry, as the service is attentive but also consistently slow. Do make a reservation. I rate them a 4 only because at their prices I expect a perfect all round experience.

Thank Robbin W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options
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, Free Off-Street Parking, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?