Rather expensive... But tasty.
Really good food, it was nice to sit outside. It was a little expensive for what you receive. I'm glad it tasted so good.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Whenever I travel to Charlottesville, typically for a University-related event, I try to set aside a night to spend having dinner at The Downtown Grille. In comparison to a NY steakhouse dinner, or dinner at one of the large steakhouse chains, the DG experience really stands out. The steaks are awesome! We did not have prime beef, but the quality was on a par with prime, and perfectly prepared. Excellent sides and healthy portions. The atmosphere is really great. Comfortable booths and the room itself is perfect for the steakhouse dinner. Staff is friendly and competent. Wine list is very good, especially for Charlottesville. Most importantly, you can have a fine bottle of wine and a great steak dinner for a very reasonable price.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This past Saturday, my wife and I took a another couple as a thank-you for being good friends on a particular situation where they helped us. Everything was simply wonderful, and the service was friendly, efficent, and never overbearing. Most importantly, my wife loved it and looks forward to returning. While she had a steak - unusual for her - she was very impressed with the seafood selection. They have done a wonderful job of taking a bastion of testosterone - the Steakhouse - and made it comfortably accessible for couples on a date night too. Highly recommended and bravo!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Birthday Dinner
It was a memorable dinner for my ** birthday. Service was excellent, Dinner was superb, and Dessert was fantastic. What else could one ask for.
Thanks for a wonderful birthday celebration!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great birthday date
Took my girlfriend to Downtown Grill. She got the 8 oz filet and I got the 12 oz filet. When I cut into mine, it was undercooked in the center, but the steak was also at least 3" thick if not thicker. It came back perfect. Food tasted great. Mac and cheese was great and desert was awesome. Wait staff was very nice.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Special Occasion Place
The Downtown Grille created an excellent atmosphere for celebrating our wedding anniversary. The waiter, Ben, was professional, prompt, courteous and friendly. Food was fantastic, with portions giant enough for sharing with 2 or more people. The small patio makes it feel personal, while being able to people watch onto the pedestrian. Will go here again.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good steakhouse - special occasion
Good steak, well cooked. Typical steakhouse arrangement with salads and sides a la carte. Good wine selection and plenty of non- steak entrees if you're looking for something other than beef.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak in a LONG time!
My first experience at the Downtown Grille was one to remember! We started out at the bar with a drink of my favorite Scotch and the pour was Healthy, not the skimpy pour's you get at some bars. I was there for an important business dinner. The wait staff was attentive but not over bearing. As far as the food, everything was great! I ordered the Ribeye steak and it was awesome. The cut was generous, the meet was extremely tender and the flavor was remarkable. My mouth is watering even just writing about it. A few in our party had the Filet Minon and all said they were great. The best news about the night is that we closed the deal!
JUST GO THERE IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN! I am going back soon!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great meal
Loved the whole experience! The ambiance, the service, the food and the location!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm familiar with just about every fine dining restaurant that serves filet mignon in Central and Tidewater Virginia, and many in NoVa and DC, and the flavor of these steaks is superior to them all.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. If it wasn't a special occasion AND restaurant week I wouldn't have, just because it's a lot of money for a college student to drop in one night. Great place for parent's weekend though.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time there - we went
First time there - we went for Restaurant Week. Food was delicious; portions were generous. The creme brulee was excellent!!!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about the meal was outstanding. This is one of the best, if not the best, in Charlottesville. We will certainly bring family and friends to the Downtown Grill.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Dinner as Always
We had an amazing dinner during Restaurant Week. We had one meal that wasn't quite right, but the staff took care of it and immediately brought out a perfectly cooked NY Strip in minutes! Everything else was perfectly delicious and arrived in a relaxing timely fashion.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant week menu
We recently dined at the Downtown Grill during the summer restaurant week; this is our second restaurant week experience, the first time was in January 2013. Overall, we enjoyed our meal however, the beef medallions portions were disappointingly small and the rib eye was quite thin. The accompanying sides, mashed potatoes and broccolini rabi were generous -- more than adequate for the four of us. The appetizers were excellent as were the desserts.
We will include the Downtown Grill on our list of future restaurant week stops!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall an outstanding dining experience. Been there three times and every time was excellent all-around.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, relaxing atmosphere
We went to Downtown Grille on a Saturday evening with a party of 5 including 2 teenagers. The service was friendly, professional, accommodating and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. The other groups varied from a date night to a group of 8. The acoustics allowed a comfortable sound level for easy conversation even in a busy restaurant. The menu is varied with a choice for everyone and the food is excellent. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would definitely go back!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Grille as always was awesome. The rack of lamb was perfect. The steak practically didnt need a knife because it was so tender. This place is great. Definitely my favorite steak in charlottesville.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
felt hurried. otherwise an
felt hurried. otherwise an outstanding experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jeremy Was a Gem!
My husband, best friend, and I enjoyed a very good time at the Downtown Grille. Jeremy was an excellent waiter, with good customer service. (But, I don't know why he allowed us to order all those sides?!!! - just kidding!) Food was prepared just as we asked it to be. The sides - Mac & Cheese, Onion Straws and Frites (I know carb city) were EXCELLENT!
You can not go wrong ordering anything off their menu.
I left a package at the table, and they even called me to tell me it was there. So - good customer service all the way around!
I recommend this restaurant for a wonderful meal and evening out!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A clasic steak restaurant;
A clasic steak restaurant; expensive, but nice for a special occasion.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best steakhouse in Charlottesville!
Best steakhouse in Charlottesville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
American with perfection
Classic steak house, with everything cooked to perfection. Incredibly tender filet mignon; lobster to die for. Best place for a classic martini in Charlottesville
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband & I were dropping our firstborn at Uva for his first year & wanted a special night. Beautiful room, carpet keeps the noise down. We appreciated the manager in a suit, the waiters in uniform (getting tired of the hipster dining scene). Started with oysters, I had scallops, the men had beef. Perfectly prepared, delicious steakhouse sides. A lovely sendoff dinner for our son. Priced on the high end, similar to other upscale steakhouses. The atmosphere, IMO, was nicer than most steakhouses. Historic building, elegant decor, it felt very intimate and special. While there were plenty of students and parents dressed casually, I do think that on most nights, guests would dress up a bit for this place. Can't wait to return!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best steak in Cville.Food
Best steak in Cville.Food and service were great. my son works in the area so whenever we visit this restaurant will be our choice .
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some of the best food in the
Some of the best food in the area, perfectly prepared. Expensive but worth it...especially the crab cakes. Side dish portions are huge and each one would serve 4 easily.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superior in every way
This restaurant is easily the most romantic spot in town, and the service is superb!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I recently dined in your restaurant to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately for him, my birthday fell on the first game of the Redskins but my husband was a real trooper, not even requesting a table where he could see the TV. We had a wonderful dinner, served by Laura, and then went to the bar with the rest of our wine to watch the game. A great evening for all (except the Redskins lost).
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not too many places in C'ville for a good steak . In the past, pleased but not this time.
Although my Ribeye was flavorful, it was unusually more tough,dry and well done.
The waiter could have come around more often to put water in our glasses otherwise
friendly. All in all, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful inside or out!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty but pricy
Excellent steaks, nice service, not "fun" but very pleasant and quiet. I'd call this an anniversary restaurant, $50/person with only one drink per person.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great- again and again!
Just lucked into finding this restaurant on a college visit weekend. The food was great 2 years ago on our first visit, and continues to be outstanding on all of our other visits. We come on move in day, move out day, parents weekend, and any other time we are in Charlottesville. The scallops are the best I have ever tasted in my life! Steaks are cooked to perfection every time we visit. Wish this restaurant was closer to our home, because we would be regulars. We have never been disappointed in our meal when we have eaten here (at least 10 times now...)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, few complaints
The evening was great - service, food. Just ask not to be seated in the booth next to the kitchen door!
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Special occasion spot
We took our UVA student here for a special evening together and were very impressed. Service from the bar, host stand and waiter were all outstanding, responsive to our needs and respectful of our desired pace. All if the food was outstanding. My husband, a steak aficionado, said it was the most tender and delicious filet he had ever enjoyed. Although the restaurant was full, the noise level was not intrusive. Not an inexpensive place, but totally worth it when you want a splurge.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steaks in Charlottesville
My wife and I brought a couple from Scottsdale who KNOW their cuisine. He said, "best steak I've ever had." THAT was saying a lot. Linda was an amazing hostess, engaging, helpful, funny, just blue chip. We always take our important and favorite friends to DG and they all always love it.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ribeye was great. Scallops were great. We ordered gratin potatoes and cream spinach for our sides and both were lacking proper seasoning, but overall food was very good.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot convenient to Omni Hotel
Chose mainly because of easy walking distance (less than 1 block) from Omni and because it seemed to have the most varied menu of any of the restaurants on the downtown mall. We were not disappointed. For appetizers, we had Blue Point oysters on half-shell and cornmeal-dusted fried oysters both of which were fresh and tasty. For entrees, we chose two specials of the day, a Filet Mignon and a rockfish special both of which were nicely prepared, well presented, and extremely delicious. For deserts, we finished with creme brulee and a chocolate terrine which was surrounded by a nice variety of fresh fruit. Finally, our waitress was outstanding! She was very attentive, friendly, and extremely helpful in choosing a la carte side dishes.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went there while visiting Charlottesville. I ordered the small filet mignon and my husband ordered the rib eye. Both were cooked exactly as requested. I requested that some mushrooms be put on my filet and the waiter was most accommodating about it. There was a nice selection of side dishes, all big enough to share (which the waiter informed us of). We tried the potatoes au gratin, which was fine. The restaurant decor was very nice and never felt noisy even though there were many people in the restaurant. I would visit again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you're looking for a delicious and moderately priced steak then the Downtown Grille is the perfect spot for you. I went when my mum was in town visiting from the UK and she said the creme brulee was the best she'd ever had (Note: she has worked in catering for 40 years).
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Birthday at the Downtown Gril
It was a Friday night about 6PM and the tables were filling fast. The menu had something for everyone and we started out with some fried oysters, which were excellent. The crowd was more lively than usual, mainly because of one very excited group of diners but the ambiance survived. The vegie sides are served family style, enough for three or four, but that suited our group. The entrees came quickly enough and we had a great time. We've dined here a few times and it's always been very good.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Spot in Charlottesville
We had many choices for dinner in Charlottesville, but are delighted we chose Downtown Grille. It was the first visit for all of us; even those who live in Charlottesville. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. The salads are big; could definitely be shared. Everyone was very happy with their entrees: from salmon to short ribs to halibut.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Grille is always good. Service, selection and fod. Never dissappoints.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Grille is a great experience all around. The atmosphere is definitely upscale, but you feel perfectly comfortable to laugh and have fun as well. The price tag is high, but worth every penny. Every time I have gone I have been beyond pleased with every item of food I have ordered- without a doubt best steak in Charlottesville or for that matter that I have ever had anywhere. Multiple servers that I have had have also been extremely nice and knowledgable. They give very good recommendations for your tastes and are a pleasure to chat with.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding.
The food was outstanding. The service too. It was what you would expect at a good steakhouse.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Au Pouvre - Au TOUGH
Great table & great service, thank you Tito. Skip the Mac & Cheese side dish - flavorless.... The Rack of Lamb was perfectly prepared - flavor & temperature as requested. The steak Au Poivre (strip sirloin) - good size portion, perfectly cooked - but the quality of the beef -->> well let's just say it was an old cow.... Too bad because the Grille is known for it's beef dishes.... Will have to try again & choose a different cut of meat, maybe it will be a local beef. The overall the experience, although a bit pricey, was very nice.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and superior service.
We enjoyed our evening at Downtown Grille. The food and the service was top notch.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Besides the good food and great wine list, the atmosphere was enticing. Even though the place was quite full we could carry on a conversation-great acoustics!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great find inCharlottesville
A great find inCharlottesville Excellent food ,good atmosphere and service. It is dining at its best. We will make it a favorite on our restaurant list.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food... but worth the price?
The food at this restaurant really is very good. But the prices are just crazy. They don't look bad at first glance... crab cakes for $28? Not bad, right? But that is literally all you get for $28. No salad. No sides. So then you have to pay extra for each side dish that you want. Your bill just starts to skyrocket after that. We did really enjoy ourselves, and enjoyed a delicious meal, but we were thankful we were using a gift card rather than our own cash.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceeded (high) expectations
My early-20s son said the place had great atmo, great food and great service. I figured it would be good, but the service was outstanding, the food extremely good, and the atmosphere charming. A Charlottesville gem!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have never been disappointed nor have our guest who have come form UK, France and, dare I say....Georgia [not the country]
They have a way of surprising red meat eaters with new flavors otherwise untested and equally unsurpassed. A carnivores delight!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM