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Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 4 days ago

had a great dinner last night. booths in the bar area are very comfortable and enjoyable to have dinner. all food was very good. we will return.

Thank FAC86
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It was a pleasure to serve you. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us. We can't wait to have you back again to keep exploring the menu.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is always good and the service excellent. We love to go there on special occasions or when we have guests in town. The service and food are always reliably good. Always a great experience.

Thank Janet S
Meander797827, Guest Relations Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Janet, thank you for the wonderful review. It sounds like you have had a great experience each visit and we could not be happier to hear it. We look forward to getting to serve you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a limo while staying outside of town so there are no recommendations on parking. We opened with salads and a soup. My French onion soup was ok but a bit overdone on the salt. We both had filets that were a bit tough...More

Thank oldstocks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel and it did not disappoint. One of only a few places open for dinner on a Sunday night in Charlottesville, it was friendly and the service was excellent. There was a good variety of food on the...More

Thank Katherine D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Downtown Grille, located on the Walking Mall, is a restaurant that features a very pleasant decor, comfortable seating, and a gracious waitstaff. The Chef takes extra care in preparing your entree, adding some interesting touches, such as a very delicious mustard seed sauce over...More

Thank Briscoe1960MNC
Reviewed 8 August 2018

It was restaurant week in Charlottesville and we chose the Downtown Grille for our dinner. What a good choice! Even though it was a special lower priced menu, we were treated wonderfully. Our waiter was attentive and took time to give us advice about the...More

Thank sjrm2016
Reviewed 6 August 2018

My family stayed in Charlottesville over night and found this dining gem. The food was tasty and not overly priced. Ordered a bottle of wine which was not very good. But rest of meal was well worh it.

Thank michael o
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Make sure to ask for Tito to be your waiter to kick things off. This place is fantastic. The wait staff works as a team but you want Tito to be your quarterback! The food is excellent with a wine list for everyone’s taste and...More

Thank Willisvb
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Conveniently located on the Pedestrian Mall, the Downtown Grille has a very nice menu selection of seafood and red meats, in addition to vegetarian selections. We had the calamari, crab cakes and scallops -- all were excellent! The atmosphere is sophisticated with white linens, but...More

1  Thank Ken C
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Thomas Jefferson said. "The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money." Keep this in mind when you eat at the Downtown Grille. Our family enjoyed a delightful and delicious three course meal while visiting Charlottesville. The restaurant was in easy...More

Thank Ross T
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Ken C
8 July 2018|
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Response from Yahoo_asg97 | Reviewed this property |
It would be fine. Saw folks there from a crew that looked like they had played business golf earlier in the day to folks in blazers.
John R
14 May 2017|
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Response from Downtown G | Property representative |
Hi John, Thank you for your question. We are happy to accommodate that request and let you split a steak. Please let your server know when you arrive of that request and we will have our Chef's do their best to split it for... More
1 December 2016|
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Response from Susan L | Reviewed this property |
Come as you are! During our visit there were people who appeared really overdressed and those who may have been a little undressed. They all enjoyed the meal together. There is also a number of young children who were... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 16 - US$ 50
Dinner, Drinks
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, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. The Downtown Grille's lovely architecture and warm professional staff lend a superb ambiance to an already exquisite dining experience.
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