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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
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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143 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

We have been to the Thornton River Grille several times. We have enjoyed upscale dinners as part of birthday celebrations in their dining room and have also enjoyed a great sandwich and a beer on their rooftop deck while listening to some great local musicians play. It is one of those places that can be what you want. Food is... More 

Thank TravelEscapee
Petersburg, Virginia
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100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

My husband hiked "Old Rag Mnt" and was hungry. Not many choices in the area. stopped at the deli and the 2 twenty something workers said the cook stepped out for a few minutes and they didn't know how to make a Philly steak sandwich. OK, our choice was easy turn around and find another place. we saw the grill... More 

Thank JudyM23692
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015

Food was good, but nothing special. Service was above average. There are not a lot of dining options in the area, especially mid-week, so it is still probably your best choice, unless you want to drive a bit.

Thank JohnW1959
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232 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2015

My wife and I made a fortunate pit stop here for lunch. She had the Grilled Vegetable Salad and raved about it. I had the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with baked beans and cole slaw. This sounds boring, I know, but everything was beautifully & carefully prepared and absolutely delicious. This place is a gem.

Thank Jdeppman
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 June 2015

Huge thunderstorm the night we were there, so we sat inside and had to wait a bit - even though we had a reservation - but I assume that's because of the weather and that sitting outside would have been difficult/impossible. I was completely surprised at how good the food was. Had dinner with 2 companions and they thoroughly enjoyed... More 

Thank wv-friend25401
Shenandoah, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 17 June 2015

My husband and I have had only good experiences at the Thornton Rive Grille. We have stopped there often when traveling over the mountain from our home in the Shenandoah Valley to Skyline Drive. The Ruben is the best that I have ever had the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The wait staff is clean and courteous and THERE when... More 

Thank Linda K
Strasburg, Virginia
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126 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

I thought this was going to be something special but it was only average. I had a burger and it was excellent. My friend had the BBQ. She said it was "okay". My other friend had a Reuben drenched in 1000 island making it virtually inedible. The waitress removed her plate without so much as an apology. We paid our... More 

Thank Dawn M
Charlottesville, Virginia
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

Made a trip to Sperryville with friends to have Sunday brunch at the TRG. Good decision. Not only is the drive from C'vile really nice, but TRG is worth the trip. We only had a short wait for a table and there were so many good things on the menu it was difficult to decide what to have. Nice beer... More 

Thank Ricochet_Rabbit_11
Potomac, Maryland
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Great place to eat in Sperryville, VA. close to antique stores and fine art galleries. Casual upscale food. casual dress.

Thank hoteikeeper
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Food is terrific. Close to many B&Bs. Both indoor and outdoor dining. Country store is attached. Close to the national park entrance.

Thank jeff b

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