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Thornton River Grille

3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
+1 540-987-8790
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“steak” (41 reviews)
“salad” (34 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3710 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go to the back of the restaurant to enter. You can select for meat or pizza as they are located at 2 different places in the same. Not many items on the menu but of good quality. Waitress was very friendly and efficient

Thank Yves-Louis P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first dinner at Thornton was enjoyable...great food and service. My wife rated the rockfish as the best she's ever had, and my steak was 4.5 out of 5. When we visit Sperryville in the future we'll return to Thornton.

Thank Virginia W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the market. Had drinks in the bar before have wood fired oven pizza. Didn’t get in the dining room, but will next visit.

Thank MdMedic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us had hiked up Old Rag earlier in the day and had worked up quite an appetite. Stopped in Sperryville to see if we could find dinner and happened upon this amazing place. Despite not being very well attired and without a reservation,...More

Thank Rob88888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We at least visit the Grille once a year when we pick apples at the Jenkins Orchard just up the road about five miles. I always get their burger. I think it is one of the best in the area and they make their own....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We greatly enjoyed our dinner here, with friendly service and good food, though we will note some points of improvement. We started out with Rappahannock oysters, which were delicious. The mignonette was very good, the yuzu sauce a bit too salty. I had to report...More

Thank DCskippy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very quaint restaurant in charming Sperryville with a nice selection of offerings. My favorite is the risotto and being fall, I enjoyed the Fire Roasted Fall Squash Risotto. The restaurant has a nice selection of wines, and you can sit either inside...More

Thank FoodieTootie
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We had dinner one night here as it was just across from our B and B. The food was good, well seasoned, although the fish was a tad overdone. THe service was very good, the cocktails excellent - they make or get their syrups and...More

Thank S S
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Spent the weekend enjoying the lovely Virginia hills, but the food was hit or miss. The Thornton River Grille was the big hit of the weekend food wise. The service was great from beginning to end. Reasonable wine list which went well with the fall...More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Drove by and the place was packed which meant we hadda try it! First of all the overall atmosphere is awesome, grill one one side unique country store next to it and more on the other side. The service was excellent, the menu fairly limited...More

Thank Roman R
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26 June 2015|
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Response from Jisel P | Reviewed this property |
I like this place and I think it's a great spot for a post-hike meal -- never had any complaints or issues about the food or service, but for me, a five start review would mean a really memorable and amazing experience/meal... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 29 - USD 31
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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