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Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar
Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar

Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bluelightgrill.com
  • Phone: (434) 295-1223
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary Southern, Continental
  • Executive Chef: John Meiklejohn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Stacy Libitz stacy@bluelightgrill.com (434) 295-1223
  • Entertainment: DJs, Televisions, people watching

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Street
  • Public Transit: trolley - CAT (downtown mall)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate two hours of parking in both the Water Street and Market Street covered garages.
A word from Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar
Fresh and seasonally focused Seafood. Lively bar scene features local breweries and craft cocktails including house made tonic, gingerbeer, and cordials. Upscale but relaxed atmosphere -- No Dress Code.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We love celebrating anything at Blue Light, and tonight we celebrated my husband's birthday with 20+ guests. BL was very accommodating the day before when I upped my reservations from 10 to 20. They were especially accommodating when it came to not rushing us, working with us on tab division, and service of appetizers, dinner and drinks. The oysters are always amazing - and admittedly, that's why we go. One thing I would've like to have seen better: the entrees were not nearly as good as they have been in the past. No one seemed disappointed though, and we had a GREAT time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fresh seafood, fried oysters are fabulous and overall atmosphere festive and fun."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food and service was very good. My wife and I were very pleased with our experience there. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We made 6pm dinner reservations at this restaurant on a Saturday evening. We had no problem with how the food tasted, but it took an hour for our food to reach our table from the time we sat down. We also had to ask our server three times for ketchup to go with a burger and french fries. I ordered the most expensive meal on the menu, the $27 sea scallops, which came with 2 scallops, half a strip of bacon, and about 3 forkfuls of polenta. We also ordered martinis, which came in tiny glasses that held not much more than a shot, especially after you took out the olives. Again, the food was good, but I would not call the portions entree-sized. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is at least our 4th visit here. We always happen upon a different dish that is always tasty! this time the appetizer special was beef tartare on a the brined white of a hard boiled egg with a cured yolk on top. Simply excellent!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Disappointed to find them out of fried oysters on a Sunday night, but that means Saturday was busy. Good for them. Love to stop here after a movie!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My daughter and I had crab cakes that were very good. Also the cosmopolitan was tasty. Our waitress was very nice and attentive."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We started with the raw oysters which were shucked perfectly. The spring pea soup was very good and the main courses were delicious. We had the scallops, crab cakes and the fish special. All were pleased with their selections. Sides of the French fries and asparagus were also cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back in the near future."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The booth seating was very private and drowned out the bar noise nicely. Great signature cocktails. The raw oysters were very good and had nice choices, maybe a little overpriced though for the portion size in my opinion. The 3 prefix menu courses were very good overall with varied choice for diners, only 2 complaints: the eggplant ravioli was a little cold/lacked sauce and would have hoped for something a bit more than 2 chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to others, in fact I did to co-workers today."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went with my daughter on Valentines Day. Enjoyed a nice prix fixe menu. Salmon tartare was very good and plentiful. The house made chips were too salty, didn't care for them. The lamb chop was delicious and prepared perfectly. Very nice dinner and relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The cocktail, whiskey, and wine lists were excellent and we really enjoyed our drinks. The food was just alright, tending to be over-spiced so you couldn't taste the actual fish (too much dill on the salmon, too much strong sauce on the shrimp). The scallops were very good. The dessert that came with the prix fixe was just two small chocolate strawberries each. It was still enjoyable and service was good, but I wouldn't recommend for a date night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food but the drinks we ordered tasted watered-down, and the waiter was not attentive at all. The noise level was fine, but we were seated near the door so we were cold every time people came in or went out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ate during restaurant week. First courses were fine; fish course was not: seared salmon was overlooked and rock fish was way undercooked. Server must have been new. Didn't notice uneaten food nor react to kindly offered feedback. Knew to expect noise but not great if one was expecting a lot of conversation."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food was great, both in presentation and flavor. Service was good without being overly attentive. Will definitely be going back. My only criticism is that the decor is lacking."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went during restaurant week so could have been off their game a bit. Good dinner items, well-prepared but nothing too special. Had salmon on ravioli and the ravioli wasn't al dente, it was not cooked. almost crunchy. Salmon well-prepared if unspectacular. One exception was hand-made chips with crab dip and pimiento cheese, and that was really tasty. Lovely, helpful hostess who seated us early (we arrived early to have a drink and said we'd be happy to sit down earlier if it was available); decent if very unanimated server. Not impolite, just detached. Overall a good dinner but nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The experience was delightful and one worth repeating! However, I was disappointed with my reservation through Open Table. I wanted to book a 6:30 p.m. reservation for a Monday night. Open Table said the earliest possible reservation was 7 p.m. When we arrived at 6:50, there were several open booths available."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Mahi Mahi and Blackened Red Snapper. The raw oysters were excellent. Good service, too!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Good food and very friendly service. The cheddar and thyme and biscuits were excellent!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had the trout. Way too sweet and carrots were undercooked. Menu was limited due to NYE so chef should have been on point due to limited options. Tried the scallops. Overcooked and some sand. Desert was even worse. I have been here before and the food was great but this time was a complete miss. Proteins were drenched in overseasoned sauces."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Energetic New Years Eve atmosphere! AWESOME seafood. We had mussels, oysters, calamari and crab legs. YUM! The only reason for the "Good" rating on Service was because of the amount of people there that night - the kitchen was hopping. Great drinks. Great fun."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We have been several times and had wonderful meals. This visit, the night before Thanksgiving, was the only misstep ever. They were out of Redfish, so we had the Rockfish on the Redfish set up. The Rockfish was excellent, blackened flavor just right. Not strong, but flavorful. But, the etouffe had absolutely no flavor. Not heat, salt, fish, nothing. It was a good broth, the rice, vegetables, and peas good, but no flavor. We still had a terrific night and will return. The waitress, Alicia, was the best."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Great seafood, excellent service, and great vibe. Probably not a "family" restaurant, but a great dinner spot for a couple or small group."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I've eaten here several times in the past. The service has always just been average, but the food was good. However, this time it wasn't. There were three in my party and we arrived at 6:00pm. We had the fried oysters appetizer, they were very greasy, but tasted ok. Next we had the shrimp and grits, crabcakes, and salmon special. Two of the entrees were served barely above room temp and were cold before we could finish (shrimp/grits, crabcakes). They were not good in taste or temp! The salmon with fried brussel sprouts was superior to the other two dishes. There are many good choices for dinner on the downtown mall; i'll choose somewhere else next time."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Took a group in for the football game from out of town. The food, as always, was very good. The service was minimal at best. While orders were taken the y rarely checked in to see if we needed anything. The steamed clams came with stale crackers and no butter but there was no server in sight to ask for help. Generally we like Blue Light but they need to add some servers that actually check in with the customer."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "It was quite surprising and good to see a quality seafood restaurant in Charlottesville. Well done!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Food and service were good; but, I thought that it was pricey compared to other spots with similar food and service."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Really great seafood, competent service, nice selection of wine and beer. Would definitely go back and recommend to others."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Not our first time here, but what a bad experience. Bartender did an excellent job, but hostess and server were poor. We announced twice that our reservation was through Open Table and they did not note, so we received an email from Open Table noting it appeared we had not shown up. A very poor reflection on Blue Light. Our waiter asked us is we want to order an appetizer 10 minutes after he had put our appetizer order in, he knew nothing about the wine selections, and brought us an incorrect bill and was not over apologetic for doing so. Owner/managers do not provide contact info for communication. We enjoy the bar at Blue Light, but will probably not dine there again - too many other good options opening up in Charlottesville."
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "Our dinner was absolutely fresh and delicious! Our party of 6 was easily accommodated outside on the patio and our server was attentive. The crab cakes and salmon were a hit! We enjoyed the wine selection as well."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Outdoor dining would have been nice but it was a bit humid the evening we ate there. Nice to have the option."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Took my father here for his 60th birthday after a long day of brewery touring. Food and drinks were amazing and at a reasonable price. We recommend the fried oysters, tuna tartar as starters and whole lobster or bass over polenta and fresh mozzarella and tomato, amazing. Got great drinks off the "fresh tonic" menu, I'd recommend it with reposado tequila. Sit outside if possible, the atmosphere, confront and people watching was super entertaining. I'd come back any time!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Service outside was slow and waitress seemed inexperienced. Otherwise, great!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "We were visitng from out of town and picked this placed based on the menu on line. However, when we got there, the restaurant week menu was all that was offered. We were very disappointed. We wanted a slow paced dinner but things seem to come too fast. Service was very unattentive."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "My wife and I ate here recently and it was by far one of the best places we've eaten in Charlottesville. Everything tasted great and the pork belly and mussels were the best we've ever had! Also had a fully cooked fish served to us on recommendation by the water (who was also great!) and it was one of the best tasting fish ever!"
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "The food was great, and the service was fine. A little pricy for the entrees, but definitely planning on going back for their bar menu."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "Two other family members and I ate at Blue Light on Friday night of restaurant week and had one of the best meals we've ever had in Charlottesville. We have lived here 14 years and eaten at most of the best rated restaurants but this is a new favorite. We loved the atmosphere with the booths off to the side that gave privacy and lower noise level. The food was fantastic! Great selection of draught beers and an extensive wine list. This restaurant was overall a 10/10 for a great night out and wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Blue Light Grill for the first time this week to take advantage of their Restaurant Week special. Overall, we were very happy with our experience. Our waiter was prompt, courteous, and friendly; the ambiance was great, particularly due to the blue panel lighting behind the bar; and the food was delicious. Mostly. For my appetizer, I ordered the long-neck clams with pork belly and multi-grain toast. The dish was very flavorful, but all of the clams had notable amounts of sand still in the shells. I am very disappointed that a higher-end seafood restaurant did not properly soak their clams prior to cooking them. It ruined the first dish of what turned into a very good meal."
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "Having never been to Blue Light Grill, my boyfriend and I were very excited to try it out. He ordered oysters and I the crab legs. Tthe crab legs were extremely dry. When there is no juice coming from the crab legs and the meat crumbles when you're trying to pull it from it's shell, they aren't good. My boyfriend enjoyed the oysters, but for 6 oysters it cost over $20, which is ridiculous. However, the goat cheese and crab hush-puppies w/ pimento cheese were excellent. The service was very good. No complaints on that end. I doubt we will return though."
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "We enjoyed our visit. Good food, nice service, quaint location. An asset to Charlottesville"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "great raw bar menu, we really liked the chilled lobster, oysters, and crab legs. solid beer selection. a great place for a quick bite to eat and a beer."
    Dined on 6/19/2013