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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
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We met some friends there for lunch. My wife had the steak salad (true carnivor) which she said was very yummy. I had a chicken salad that also comes as a sandwich. Very good menu and micro beer selection. Great stop near Skyline Drive.

Thank Jeff K
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This past weekend some friends of ours took my husband and myself here after a wonderful hike in the Shenandoah National Park. We sat ourside and enjoyes our relaxing lunch. My husband got the burger and loved it! I got the Roasted Veggie Salad with smoked salmon...OMG sooo good!! I could seriously eat this salad everyday!! This place also had... More 

Thank Toni J
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123 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stopped in for lunch after a multi-hour hike earlier in the morning. I really enjoyed their pulled pork sandwich but my compatriot's hamburger was just okay. There was nothing about the decorations or layout to write home about, nor was there anything special about their service. Sitting outside on the upper balcony would probably have been a better option.... More 

Thank Hatzlacha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

One of our best meals ever! I had the seared scallops and my husband had the tenderloin. All the food is locally sourced. Very delicious and the service was excellent too. This is a must stop if you are in the vicinity of the Shenandoah Natl Park.

Thank Mary B
Washington, DC
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70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We were headed out to Skyline Drive for the day and stopped in to the Grille for Brunch -- we are glad we did. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. The food was very good (loved the pancakes) at very reasonable prices. If in the area definitely worth a visit.

Thank DC_travellers
Baltimore, Md
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Good food, and a decent vegetarian selection. Thoughtful beer and wine menus. We certainly enjoyed it.

1 Thank jccBaltimore_Md
Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Sopped in for dinner after riding around town. Reservations are recommended as it is small but food was great.

Thank Lydia F
London, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

From the outside, the Thornton River Grille looks nothing special. Inside, the decor is really of another era, with wood panelling and ruffled curtains. The menu is kept sensibly short, with a handful of starters and mains. Meat predominates, which isn't surprising, although the chef does throw in a few vegetarian (even vegan) options. A starter of scallops with curry... More 

Thank DELondon
Sperryville, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

They have really good food. Menu does not vary much, they do usually have some great specials. Nice outside seating area. Excellent services ce.

Thank hkyplyr26
Catlett, Virginia
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Stopped in for lunch after seeing the other reviews , was no let down , very busy place & a local hangout . Food was very good , wait staff very friendly , just be patient all food is cooked to order

Thank cmecamp

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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, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
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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