Downtown Grille
Downtown Grille

Downtown Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtowngrille.com/
  • Phone: (434) 817-7080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Sam Rochester
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Banquet room is a private dining room that can seat up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Sawrey, Michael Yuhasz 4348177080

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate for the Water or Market Street Parking Garages
A word from Downtown Grille
Step into the bar for a specialty cocktail and enjoy steak or seafood in our dining room. Fresh Mid-western corn-fed beef, seafood and extensive wine list honored by The Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence." Exquisite dining, superb ambiance, and professional staff. Smoke-free.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Downtown Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)fit for foodies (33)notable wine list (29)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Birthday Dinner
    FrequentTownDiner
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We visit the Downtown Grille for special occasion's like birthday's, anniversary's. You can have a conversation without a lot of "noise" from music or other conversations. The food and service is always excellent! Only thing I am not crazy about is if you sit in a "booth" it does not have a tablecloth. It does not feel as elegant and to me it is a different dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weekendvisitor
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very good. Service not great, but overall a good dinner and nice experience. Sophistocated, energetic atmosphere without being stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joonas
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very polite and helpful waitresses. Ordered meat which was rated good, but not top notch. Otherwise a nice dinner experience, but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    our meals were simply not good. we have dined her numerous times. same owner/management. something or someone has affected the food prepartion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Taste
    Steakeater
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was very good. We had the filet and salmon. A bit pricey but worth it on occasion. Will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, underwhelming service
    DWNTWNBDAY
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Was hardly greeted at the door, our table wasn't ready (and our reservation required on-point timing for a birthday surprise), additional guests were not ushered to their seats, the host just simply pointed to the table. Our coats were not taken..The offer was not even there. Food was good, but the server was awkward and made it seem as though we were saying things wrong. He would stare at us after we made our order and then start to write and then repeat EXACTLY what we said, but in a different tone. Totally weird. Food was delicious, but portion sizes walked the line of being a bit small for the price and everything else was underwhelming. For $30-$50 a plate, you expect better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diner89
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful meal, great service, great atmosphere. Would recommend for large or small groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2Wahoodiners
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was nice nothing great except the service that was great, food was good not great but good. Over all nice experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodating
    inarush
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in town for food, service and ambience. On this occasion we had a time crunch and they made every effort to make sure we got to the theater in time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were visiting from out of town and decided to dine at the Downtown Grille based on the reviews. It was amazing and our server was fantastic. I chose the special catch of the day which was grouper and it was really good. My husband got the 8 oz filet. It was the best steak we have had in VA. It was cooked perfectly and was such a generous portion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    JMVenhausVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It has all of the things you expect in a traditional steak house (great meat, wine selection, service, and bar) except for the atmosphere. Traditional steakhouses are darker, quieter and more stately than this bustling, energetic (read loud) restaurant. Not the place for quiet conversation or business dinners, but a great steak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably Consistent
    cvillebound
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best high end dining establishment in Charlottesville. Always good food, good service and welcoming management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best birthday dinner
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband's birthday dinner at Downtown Grille was ideal. The service was friendly and welcoming. The food was fantastic - all five of us were pleased with our choices, and my daughter rated her short ribs the best ever. We had great desserts, and all in all were completely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another excellent experience
    msgwahoo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had another great experience at the Downtown Grille again. Noah was our waiter and he was fantastic. He was friendly and very helpful with information. The food was as good as it always is and was cooked to perfection. I truely love going here when I can.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rjfirestone
    Texasgirl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Anytime we are in Charlottesville, we try and eat at the Downtown Grill. Food, service and drinks are always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • c ville find
    lovetodineout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Awesome location and food when you need to get "off" the corner. Great menu and options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A UVA student's special dinner out!
    Madtop
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great place for parents to bring their UVA student and friends. They will enjoy the atmosphere and delicious selection of entrees. Quiet enough to visit but nice views of the mall. Our waiter guided us well for sharing the side orders and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good steak house
    Jagman
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed a special celebration here. Steaks were prepared exactly as ordered and were nice cuts. The waiter offered good suggestions and was there when needed. Prices are on the high end but it is worth it for special occasions. Wine list is well thought out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not So Great Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Downtown Grille isn't a bad place to eat if you're looking for a decent steak at an outrageous price. I started with the potato leek soup, which was very good. For my main course, I had the 8 oz filet, which came with absolutely nothing. If you're going to serve an 8 oz steak that comes with no sides or sauce priced at $38, it better be damn near perfect. I ordered my steak medium, and it was far from melt in your mouth or even flavorful. Honestly, it was an average filet that I could have made myself at home. For dessert, I had the creme brulee, which was delicious. So if you're looking for a phenomenal steak, try someplace like Mon Ami Gabi, and if you're looking for good desserts and appetizers, I'd recommend the Downtown Grille.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat Customers
    dbhattal70
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we've just moved to C'Ville this year. this is our fourth time at Downtown Grille. The steak has been excellent everytime we have eaten there, as well as the chicken which some in our party choose to order. The sides are not the best we have ever had, but some of the appetizers, (cheese plate) are very good. The wine list is excellent. If I have a gripe, its that we have been there 4 times in the past 7 months, and no one seems to remember us. We are from Toronto Canada, and we knew the staff at our favorite steak house there, and we went less often. But that is such a minor gripe. I have to stress that we will be going back to enjoy there meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality without compromise.
    DiningOut
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Dowwntown Grille is an understated yet elegant dining experience. Casual yet refined with excellent food & service. Fit for any occasion from large gatherings to special intimate dinners. Simply superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • favorite steak place
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Each time we visit Charlottesville, Downtown Grille is one of the places that we visit each time. The food is always delicious and the service is perfect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Anniversary!
    delish
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our experience at Downtown Grille was fantastic! My husband and I went to dinner for our anniversary; we had made reservations ahead of time. When we got there, we chose to sit outside because it was an unbelievable September night, and since this downtown area is so beautiful, it's nice to be able to enjoy it and people watch. Our server was very nice; at the end of the meal, she had found out it was our anniversary so she brought us a complimentary mango sorbet with a candle in it. Very sweet! Our food was excellent; my husband said his filet mignon was one of the best he has ever had. I had the crab cakes and they were also DELICIOUS. Everything was excellent, and we will definitely come back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jeepers
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Crab cakes not as good as before rennovations. Ribeye thinner cut than we enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wxyzVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server, Linda, was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobbie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was outstanding, alittle pricey, sides should come with this price tag of an entree, this place has the best filet mignon, it actually beats Ruth Crisp and Peter Lugers in NYC. Thank you, We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful for multiple occassions
    SLSlovesfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have eaten at Downtown Grille for both a larger special occasion and for a romantic dinner for two. Both were lovely experiences. The menu features a wide variety of options to meet the desires of carnivores to vegans, and everyone in between. Quality of food is of great importance to Downtown Grille and it is represented in the pricing. An accommodating staff allows for a single meal to be delivered before all others if necessary, yet during the romantic dinner they are good about staying back and providing the couple space to enjoy one another's company without interruption. Overall, the entire staff works together to make sure your experience meets their high standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the gem we were led to believe!
    Humorist
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great experience...if you like being overcharged for mediocrity. We would have preferred to dine in the room with tables and linen (despite very little charm and overlarge) but the noisy atmosphere persuaded us to settle for a bare-top booth in the somewhat quieter bar area, where my wife's feet could reach neither the floor nor were comfortable on the foot rest. And the large televisions on every wall of all the rooms are more appropriate for a sports lounge, which was not where we thought we were going. The bread basket was late in arriving, the petite filets we ordered were an additional disappointment (not hot enough and neither particularly tasty nor tender) and the asparagus was too al dente. Only the sautéed spinach saved the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Happy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We choose to dine at Downtown grille for occasions and anniversaries. We can count on great food and excellent service. Thanks, Bob & Laura Pflugfelder
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding evening
    Louie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our first visit to Downtown Grille and it was everything we hoped for! Wonderful surroundings, great service and outstanding food. We highly recommend Downtown Grille and we will definitely make return trips.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Steak House
    TobycatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Downtown Grill is a very solid steakhouse that gets elevated for the way they catered to my wife, a vegetarian. Not only did they have a vegetarian special but also had suggestions throughout the menu that would add depth to the meal. My steak and mashed potatoes were excellent as we're both salads we had. The service was outstanding. Worth another trip. Oh wait. We went back the next night and again had a thoroughly enjoyable meal ... again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine evening
    willbeback
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Going back after about 7 years proved to be a great pleasure. The food was excellent and it is so nice to be served by someone who clearly enjoys her job and understands the meaning of the word service. My only grumble about the evening was the occasional quite loud rattle of utensils from the open kitchen at the rear. Otherwise, dining couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We often come to Downtown Grille for special occassions. I have to say, though, that this visit was not up to par. Our service was not good - slow, food came out at the wrong times, we repeatedly had to search for our server, etc. Everyone noticed and commented. The food was good, but there were no vegetables with the entrees - at that price, I would expect a vegetable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice spot
    livetoeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Being a transplant from the north, I miss summer lobster rolls, so when I heard this restaurant had them, I wanted to go. The lobster rolls were wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    travelmama
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Found the wonderful restaurant when visiting UVA. Always eat here when we are in town visiting our UVA student on holidays, and when moving in/out of dorm. Scallops are the best I have ever had- anywhere. Only wish that they had sweet tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 484 reviews are from the Downtown Grille reviews archive.
  • Great Dining Experience
    30milesaway
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We live 30 miles from Down Town Grill, so we only dine on special occasions. On our recent visit we had great cocktails from bar, oysters on half shell for appetizer, crab cakes and grouper for entrees. Everything we had was wonderful and our Server, Jason, gave excellent service. We always have a wonderful dining experience at Downtown Grill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Negs
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We are new to the area and enjoyed trying different restaurants during restaurant week. We really enjoyed Downtowne Grill and their steaks were really good and big portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    ruansh
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Although we have always had great experiences at Downtown Grille, last years summer restaurant week experience was not up to par. We were delighted to have a great selection and well prepared steaks as we took advantage this year of the restaurant week menu. Service is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great specialties
    DonnaL
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were treated really well. The wait staff took extremely good care of us, gave helpful and accurate recommendations (we took a couple of them), and made our evening out the best it could be. I highly recommend the scallops and key lime pie (authentic).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special occasion
    McPhilips
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I chose Downtown Grille to celebrate my 60th birthday. We took advantage of the fixed-price menu offered during restaurant week and my steak was delicious. So were the mashed potatoes. My wife also enjoyed her meal, I think she had salmon. The creme brulee was very tasty. Our server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet