Downtown Grille
Downtown Grille

Downtown Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtowngrille.com/
  • Phone: 4348177080
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Downtown Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (60)notable wine list (33)romantic (31)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (5)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good overall
    nabb
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    good food. great service. over priced. The steak does not come with a side which is surprising.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance and expertise
    RiversReviews
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is THE place for beef and all the accouterments you want with beef. Our favorite is the spareribs, which redefine the savory, rich and satisfying qualities of superb meat. Just as vodka is the essence of potatoes, and scotch is the essence of roasted barley, so their spareribs are the essence of beef. Their oysters and crab cakes , too, are from a higher realm altogether.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Dinner was the best, we had dinner outside and the service was superb and dinner was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious meal
    AAfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    visited Charlottesville to take daughter on tour of UVA and had dinner here the night before with a friend from Charlottesville. the food was very good...had wedge salad, caesar salads, scallops, the barramundi, and petite filet mignon special with crab and asparagus (the oscar) with baked potato. waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful, except we ended up waiting a half hour for the coconut brownie sundae (amazing and worth the wait!), because he forgot to check on the order and then the chef made a different dessert by mistake! Overall, a great meal at a lovely restaurant...would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining choice!
    Chuck
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had been here once before a few years ago and the 2nd time was better than the first. The food quality, service, and wine list are first rate. If you are in the area, you should consider trying this restaurant - you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a delight
    JRCCHO
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We consistently have a fantastic dining experience at the Downtown Grille, and this dinner was no exception. One of our favorite "go to" restaurants in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who Does It Better Than This?
    ElvisD
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Another fine dining experience in a long line. We live 45 minutes outside of town. Charlottesville has some GREAT restaurants, and we do frequent them, but our go-to place is the Downtown Grille. This last time was for our 29th wedding anniversary. The people who run this place know exactly what they're doing. You want a cocktail? Mixed perfectly. You want a wedge salad with Roquefort? Crisp, fresh ingredients with a perfect dressing. You want a steak? Umm. That's my favorite. Because it is always cooked to perfection. Every plate they walk out looks like it came off the cover of a magazine. Impeccable staff. Clean and smart looking décor with enough ambiance to make it cozy. Excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Lynn
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Pretty standard steakhouse fare, but the ribeye was perfectly seasoned and wonderfully tender. My husband's filet also was just right. Portions are large so don't over-order on salads and sides. We really enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • back to goodness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Only problem was service. Took too long to realize we were there. This had not happened before in our many visits so I don't think it is reocuring problem. Food was its normal very good but you pay for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointing
    TravelDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Having lived in the area for most of my life this restaurant's reputation has been one of high regard which makes me wonder who on earth made this assessment. Travelling for a living affords me the opportunity to experience fine dining establishments throughout the United States. In comparison to other fine dining establishments the food was mediocre, the service sub-optimal and the worst possible value for the dollar. Food sent back to a kitchen should not come back with instructions from the cook that the steaks temperature was correct and that only the middle of the steak would be the 'ordered' temperature. The hollandaise tasted more like mayonnaise lacking any acid or flavor and the remainder of the meal a 'snooze'.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 469 reviews are from the Downtown Grille reviews archive.
  • Fantastic Meal
    DaveinCville
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The service was great, and the food was great. It's on the expensive side, but is nice for a special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice Sunday Dinner
    bubba
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had dinner for a party of four. Original table was tight with one of our chairs hitting a chair of table behind us. Staff moved us with not problem to new table. Food and service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb
    msgwahoo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service and the food at the Downtown Grille is always above and beyond excellent. Whether it is just for dinner or a special occasion you can't beat how wonderful you will feel when you leave. From the moment you walk in you are treated special. Our waiter Matt was the best. I will continue to go there for any occasion. Thanks again for a great time
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bruce
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wine list was so so could be better. All else was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spring al fresco dining
    FitFoodie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My son and I were in Charlottesville on our way home from his first year of college. We came here on the recommendation of a UVA alum, and were not disappointed! Asking for a table outside on a lovely spring night, we were quickly seated outside. Our appetizer, fresh cured salmon was very good, although I would have preferred a little more acidity in the cure. My son had the Caesar salad, and I had the wedge salad with the balsamic vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was delicious, one of the best I've had in quite a while. My seared scallops for my entree were spot on as well, and my son's steak was done as requested. The portions were generous, so we had no room for dessert. Although pricey, it was definitely worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time with Friends
    Court
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    If you are looking for a chop house in Ch-ville the Downtown Grille is the place. Menu is creative and the wine list very thought out. Steven was very knowledgeable and the pace of the meal was well done. The Seared Tuna is the best I have had in Charlottesville. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If My Hostess was my waitress
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I was greated by Jessica. She was superb!! Everything was downhill after that. Our waitress was colder than the icewater! She never introduced herself, I had to ask her for her name. We were there for a conference and the Boarshead recommended that we make reservations and eat there!! WRONG!! The food was just as bad. My other colleagues had a table of 6 next to us and experienced the same service and bad food. 2 tables of 8 & 10 were inside & said the same. So it wasn't just our table or waitress. But on the exit Jessica was still there; the same pleasant & mannerable person that made me feel she was happy to serve us & thanked us for our service. If I lived closeby I would've asked for her resume!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience for spec. occasion
    LouS
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We asked for a quiet table that facilitated conversation for a party of 4 -- and received it in spades. In fact, we were placed in a very stylish and very quiet room ... that exceeded our request and expectations. The same could be said of the food. Yes, it was pricey, but the food quality and outstanding service made for a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    KellyB
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Downtown Grille is a great place to get steak and seafood. The sides are "family style" and definitely large enough to share. Plan to spend about $50-$75/person if you get a drink and appetizer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Predictably Good
    NotCookingTonight
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    When we want a good steak in Charlottesville, this is where we come. This particular night the restaurant was noisier than usual due to a number of large groups; this also impacted our speed of service a bit - usually 5 stars. A recent redecoration gives a lighter, more welcoming feel. The lobster was enormous. My crab cake was large and 98% lump crab. My husband's 12 oz filet was a little charred for my taste but he liked it. Always good!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fish
    pals
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had crabcakes, barramundi (sp?), & mahi mahi. All were cooked superbly -- light and really delicious. We'll go back on special occasions as Downtown Grille is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great meal.
    catcb
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    One of our party of 8 ordered the aged T-bone steak, which was very expensive. It was cooked perfectly, but the quality was not what he expected. The other steak, the sides and the appetizers were all delicious. The service for 6 adults and 2 children was great. We appreciated being seated in a room away from other diners.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We always think of you for a special occasion; birthdays, anniversary, Valentine's Day or if we have special guests.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.