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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%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“filet” (36 reviews)
“crab cakes” (29 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I'm sure there are places that are more gourmet-ish in town, and I've been to a bunch of them. But, this place is hands down the best all around meal in town. Supergreat dishes, family style sides alacarte, really pleasant environment. When I have clients...More

Thank famtrav1111
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We really enjoyed sitting outside in the pedestrian area of Charlottesville, people-watching, as we ate our dinner here. Steaks done exactly as we'd asked for. Excellent wine list - hard to choose! Attentive service. Desserts I'm sure would have been really scrummy but we were...More

Thank Warrington_UKVicky
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Really enjoyed my visits to this place. Possibly the best creme brûlée that I have EVER experienced. Even better than they serve in France.....

Thank gvdv153
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Outstanding menu, food, wine, and service: Wine selections were very good, nice cheese tray as appetizer,, large baby spinach salad large enough for two, a salmon dinner and grilled ahi tuna dinner filled out a delightful meal. Michael (our waiter) was excellent.

Thank rowlandcc
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We ate dinner here one night while in Charlottesville. We made a great choice. Service and food were outstanding. I had one of the best steaks I've had in a long time. Scallops were great too. My husband had ribeye and couldn't finish it. He...More

Thank Jodi R
Reviewed 4 September 2016

My husband and I went to this place for a romantic dinner. It is very private and a great dining experience. Eat here!

Thank fl0resd12
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Our dining experience at the Downtown Grill was first class across the board. The steaks were exceptional and perfectly prepared. The wine list was first class and approachable and our servers were both professional and attentive. We will most certainly return.

Thank Ziganki
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We were travelling on vacation and found this site (thank you Trip Advisor). We shared the Heirloom Tomato and Onion Salad. Our entrees were Filet Mignon and Crab Cakes, with Au Gratin Potatoes and Sautéed Spinach. The food was delicious, our cocktails were reasonable, the...More

Thank Lmnkinder
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Europeans eat outside whenever possible--at tables crammed into alleys and sidewalks if necessary.The Downtown Grille is located on a pedestrian mall so the tables are comfortable and the people-watching compelling. We each had two appetizers--the mussels were plentiful and full of garlic; the crab cakes...More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Visited DG while on short stay in Charlottesville during recent holiday roadtrip. Wanted a good dining experience so decided to treat ourselves to a meal here even though the prices were higher than we would have expected. Waiter was very attentive and husband had swordfish...More

Thank mcl181
Courtney J, General Manager at Downtown Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2016

Thank you for the review. We are so sorry to hear that the experience was less than satisfactory, especially considering that the chicken served was under-cooked. You are correct in that it is unacceptable, and we sincerely apologize. The Chef and entire kitchen has been...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
John R
Some of the steaks are quite large; do they frown upon a couple just ordering one and sharing it?
14 May 2017|
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Response from Courtney J | 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
Dress? We are travelers and only have casual clothes with us
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$ 31 - US$ 50
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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