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Thornton River Grille

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food=Very good. Let's start there because this isn't a completely negative review. As lunch spots go, this is actually a decent restaurant. However, a week ago, I contacted the place and spoke with their manager telling them I'd have between 10-15 people coming in on a Saturday at 12:30. The manager agreed and said he'd have the place ready.... More 

Thank Sean D
Manassas, Virginia
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my mom for a Saturday adventure and headed to Sperryville. I have a friend that posted a picture of an amazing looking smoked salmon Benedict from a Sunday brunch. We made it there for lunch and both chose the flaming rooster sandwich. It was hearty and stacked with bacon, pepper jack cheese, rooster sauce (chipotle style mayo), lettuce... More 

Thank sluns08
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159 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spring time weather in February and the place was packed out. Had a few parties ahead of us for the wait, but within 15 minutes we were seated at the front next to a window overlooking Main St. Neat old place with a warm atmosphere with nice wood grain in the tables. Old B & W photos on the wall... More 

Thank vision2travel
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything appears dark and closed and then this place is bustling inside! Warm and delicious and cozy!

1 Thank amynova2017
Culpeper, Virginia
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68 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our evening meal for our first time visit. Winter, midweek and quiet atmosphere, but I can imagine larger crowds at other times. Menu had good choices with nice variety. Outfitted for a dining experience with good wine selections and beer choices. Service was prompt, friendly and hospitable. Try the prime rib, it was superb. Have rebooked a dinner for... More 

Thank Bob F
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dine inside or up on the outside covered deck, with live music! They have fine dining menu items as well as high end, yet affordable pizza! Interesting selection of gourmet food in their downstairs market!

1 Thank Kristen P
Charlottesville, Virginia
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We didn't expect to find sophisticated menu items in Sperryville, but were delighted that we decided to stop on this recent chilled to the bone type of night. My husband enjoyed his scallops appetizer and the Caesar salad I had was adequate. I really liked the mushroom risotto cake-it was tasty and filling, and he liked his lamb chops also.... More 

Thank lorabaum
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome brunch. Stopped by with about 40 other motorcylists for our Polar Bear ride. Great service even though we filled the place up. Food is always great there.

Thank Steve R
Manassas, VA
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497 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

They don't offer a large selection of foods, but what they offer is delicious. I had pulled pork. I'm very particular about cole slaw, but this was perfect and went right on my sandwich. It was a full sandwich and extremely filling. My friend had a crabcake sandwich and I could clearly see large pieces of crabmeat in it. The... More 

Thank TravelerTP
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

The meal was ok and service a little slow but what I was most disappointed about was they are a bunch of crooks. My charge receipt was clearly written but when I got my credit card statement the amount was different. I call the grille and left a detailed message with my phone number. Never received a return call. Don't... More 

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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
USD 29 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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