Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville
Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville

Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.aberdeenbarn.com/
  • Phone: 4342964630
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Robert Johnson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Aberdeen Barn is the perfect setting for your wedding rehearsal dinner, holiday party, business dinner or any special occasion that demands an excellent meal & exceptional service. We offer versatile accommodations & a wide selection of menu choices for any size gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela 4342964630
  • Entertainment: Jazz music at our piano bar on Friday & Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Emmett St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private parking lot adjacent to our building as well as street parking.
A word from Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville
Established in 1965 as Charlottesville's premier steakhouse, dinner at "the Barn" has become a Charlottesville tradition. Serving only the finest Certified Angus Steaks, award winning Roast Prime Rib, exceptional seafood & fine wines.
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Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (43)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (18)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    great ribeye, Their salad dressings are homemade, the waitress couldn't have been nicer, would go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Charlottesville Classic
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Really nostalgic for me but simply a fine old school steakhouse for everyone. They really make you feel like family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime Rib
    CharlotteGuy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you like Prime Rib and are in Hooville, you must eat here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After UCLA Game
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Online reservation was great. The prime rib was excellent, but the steak had too much charcoal flavor from the charbroiling. The table was a little small. The service was great. Will definitely go again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Changes
    LongTimeFanFor40
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I grew up in C'ville but no longer live there. My recent experience was centered around treating my son's family to their favorite restaurant. They only dine there when someone picks up the bill (understandably), but they love your prime rib! I've dined in your restaurant for 40 years. While I waited for my family to going me, I was surprised to see diners dressed in shorts/casual attire. My Aberdeen memories are much more glamorous An older crowd, I'm guessing long-time customers. The prices have skyrocked since my son was last there. I now live in St. Louis, and think your menu is overpriced. The music was far too loud. The food, however, was prepared to perfection and Mark, our server, was a stellar waiter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic steaks
    BethB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Here's the best local place for steaks and select seafood. Simple menu, classic. Never had a bad meal there. Service is professional and subtle. A great place to dine and talk. I always look forward to a meal there and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEW FIND
    DickVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    OUR FIRST TIME AND SURE TO RETURN. BEST PRIME RIB EVER AND THE ONION RINGS BEST WE EVER HAD! WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE JIM AS OUR WAITER! GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long in the tooth...
    Cwcon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place has been around for a while and it shows. The Barn wants to be an upscale steak place but misses. The decor needs to be cleaned up. Look pass the big picture and you'll feel the tired gloominess. The prime rib is just OK. It comes out at room temp and it's nothing special. The wait staff appear to be bored with the repetitiveness of the serving process. In a place like this I would not expect to have to handle my plate when served. The Barn equates to a tired, old man.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to celebrate
    KBBX5
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love to have a reason to visit our son at UVA. We always take him to Aberdeen Barn. The food is always fresh and great. The service is friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best prime rib ever!
    cjandsjinVA
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Aberdeen Barn is an "oldie but goodie" that offers great food, especially the exceptionally tender prime rib. The wine list has a good selection that is reasonably priced. The salad and breadsticks with cheese are quite tasty. If you have a drink in the bar, they provide a bowl of salty peanuts, which is rare to find these days. The only criticism we can offer is that the potatoes and prime rib lacked salt, but we just added our own. The atmosphere is a little dated, but with all things considered, is still comfortable, not stuffy, regardless of whether you're in a casual or dressy mode.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aberdeen Barn
    bruinfan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food and service were both excellent! First they delivered toasted bread and pretzel sticks with a great cheese spread. We started with the BBQ Shrimp appetizer which was buttery and spicey. We both ordered the Prime Rib, which came with salad and baked potato. What was really great is that with the salad they delivered a spinner with 3 dressings to choose from, bleu cheese, thousand island and ranch, and you could put on how ever much you wanted. They also delivered hot bread with the meal. The prime rib was perfectly cooked and again, the spinner came with sour cream and bacon bits for the baked potato. The waiter and staff were attentive. It was an absolutely perfect dinner where we were celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Steak Dinner
    PinehurstResidentVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a delicious steak dinner with great drinks, veggies...everything! We will be back here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Can highly recommend the prime rib and the crab cakes. Piano music was great. A fabulous meal shared with good friends during Charlottesville's summer "Restaurant Week."
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed Opportunity
    MissedOpportunity1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We did not dine at Aberdeen Barn this past Saturday evening. Family matters necessitated canceling the reservation which I did online through Open Table website on Friday the 25th. We will be going another time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good
    restweek1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. They were great with our large party. The food was good, but not outstanding. The wine list was good. The decor was a little dated. The service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Mandela
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great recommendations for wine and food! Thank you, it was a great night!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solidly OK
    FluvannaFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    While the restaurant looks nice and seems like an incredible place the food is okay. Nothing to complain about but nothing to get overly excited about either. It is doubtful that I would go out of my way to go back but if friends wanted to meet there I would be okay with that. The service was really good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long time Favorite
    1longtimeguest
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A great place for special occasions. The food is very good and the atmosphere is nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A C'ville Landmark for a reason
    agratefulcook
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love Restaurant Week in Charlottesville, VA. Great opportunity to try new trends, sample new venues, etc. But, iceberg wedge salad? That wasn't on my "new" list. That wasn't on my parents "new" list!! Nevertheless, we went and it was worth it!! Opened in 1965, it is a classic, un-renovated, steak house, with superb beef, fresh crisp salads, flawless potato dishes, a nice wine list and a pink tiled ladies room. I'm actually very glad we went. We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Prime Rib
    dinnerout
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Really enjoyed our prime rib dinner during restaurant week. Always so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good
    cynnovaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I came here with a group of 6 (plus two kids) for restaurant week. I ordered the scallops and was a little disappointed with how little meat I got compared to those who ordered the chicken or the prime rib. They tasted fine, though. Otherwise, I thought the service was decent and I enjoyed the restaurant's decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JBE7
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dinner was good but served TOO quickly. We felt like we were being kind of rushed through our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening at Aberdeen Barn
    RayG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We always enjoy another visit to Aberdeen Barn. Start with a very good Bourbon Old Fashioned, followed by a Clams Casino appetizer that is to die for. (Can't share 'cause I'm not giving any of it up!) Excellent buttery medium Prime Rib.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for beef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We visit often...is our place for good beef. The ambiance is good..sort of a Pub type place...we like to eat in the bar area
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 80th Birthday
    BigBeetle
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our group went here for 80th birthday party the food was outstanding we had an excellent time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aberdeen Barn
    cubboy70
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was a cute little restaurant with table clothes and waiters in tuxedos. The steak was good, not spectacular. I was expecting a great steak based on the reviews. The service was very good, although very little explanation over the menu, I think they cater to mostly regulars. We probably won't go back, for as much as they are charging for a steak you just expect it to be better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite up to expectations
    ChuckFromDallas
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Aberdeen Barn did not live up the recommendation from local citizen as a place for exceptional dining. Service spotty- sometimes hard to find server. Food disappointing - prime rib very boring, crab cakes just fair, starter cracker sticks not fresh, dried chives served with baked potato. Nothing special about the ambience; noise level high since place was full, no apparent attempt to reduce it. I might go back, as I am unfamiliar with any other good restaurants in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Over priced
    LocalJ7
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is great although overpriced. They had no specials and the average steak is $40. The Barn special is also missing from the menu. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steakhouse in C'ville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We typically go to the "Barn" when we are in Charlottesville at least once. The Fourth of July is an always date. We ad gone to the Downtown Grille in prior years as well, but the quality has markedly declined there. This normally allows us to go twice to the Barn.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    rvweidie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food and service here is one of the best of any restaurants that I have encountered. The food is consistently above expectations. They are approaching 50 years of service (since 1965). That speaks volumes for the quality of service and food serviced. I live about 80 miles from the restaurant but will continue to go back whenever my schedule allows the trip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Prime Rib
    sunsetdonVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant on US 29 N in Charlottesville has been in business since 1965. The quality of the food and the service is very good. The décor is old wood, dark - very dark. The bathrooms are small and awkward. The place needs a renovation. But if you can get past that, the food is worth the effort. I had an outstanding Prime Rib. The selections of sides and wines is small. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. It is a little pricey compared to other similar restaurants in the area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    tastefuldinning
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had heard that Aberdeen barn was one of Charlottesville original steakhouses with a great reputation for steak. We were underwhelmed with our food, ribeye and crab cakes . Like the decor of the restaurant they seemed to be prepared with a 70's vibe. Most of the patrons dressed as if they had come straight from the ball park, where is the sense of proper dress? We would not recommend this place. I can say that the staff was very friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Not kid friendly but still a great dinner choice you cannot go wrong with the prime rib or filet mignon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great prime rib
    Chris
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The only thing we ever eat at Aberdeen is the prime rib. We go there specifically for that dish! It is the BEST we have eaten anywhere and we have been out west many times, but nothing beats Aberdeen's prime rib. It was a special occasion and we do not eat there regularly because it is about 80 miles round trip to go there. But it is worth the prime rib. Their waiters have been there for YEARS and we often see the same waiters who served us 20 years ago! The interior is very dark and could use some updating, but the food is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • June 8, 2014
    CWOTVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I dined at Aberdeen Barn with a group of 4 and had a great time. The wait staff was extremely attentive and polite, there was a notable wine list and a great overall menu. I choose both seafood and steak during my meal and was not disappointed, I would recommend the Abeerdeen to true meat lovers everywhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Prime Rib
    FineDinningAtItsBest
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    If you love prime rib, you have to try it here. From start to finish, everything about dinner in the restaurant is the best. The food is always prepared perfectly and the service is great. The price is a little high, but the food and service is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lobmanVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    good food but drinks are a bit small service is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dining experience
    Cece
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Wonderful food, awesome service and great ambiance. Well worth the price as the steak, seafood, lobster bisque and roast were wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 270 reviews are from the Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville reviews archive.
  • Loved it
    guitartoys
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food selection was awesome, a great steakhouse. The prime rib was the best I've ever tasted, but also good selection of seafood. Escargot was yummy. Great service, and good selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A classic!
    JRCCHO
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Went to the Aberdeen Barn to celebrate a birthday -- and, as usual, we were not disappointed. The service was fantastic, which is typical, and the food was very good (although the steaks were not cooked consistently -- both ordered medium, and one arrived medium-well, and the other was bordering on rare). In addition, the individual who played the piano (we were seated on the bar side of the restaurant) was very talented, and provided some very nice background music during our dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate