Great place to take your wife!
My wife and I just celebrated our 2nd anniversary by going to Shoemaker's Grille. The food was great and the service was outstanding! This is a great place to take someone for that special occasion. We will definitely come back.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Historic Gem in Downtown Lynchburg
The building is a restored shoe factory and just beautiful (there is a boutique hotel attached). The restaurant has some wonderful side rooms for small business groups or family gatherings. The dining experience was wonderful. The food is creative without being over-the-top. The service staff was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Star of Lynchburg Restaurant Week
I had been looking for a reason to take my dear husband to this restaurant, and Lynchburg Restaurant Week provided the perfect opportunity. With its price fixed menu, we knew just what to expect on the check, and decided to make it fun by taking our grown-up children as well. The cheese plate appetizer we added on was really a high spot, and not merely because we were hungry right up front! It was great to share that, and then the arugula salad with the champagne viniagrette that I had next was delicious! From the steak to the cheesecake dessert, it was all fabulous and I'm glad we went!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food in Lynchburg. But the manager on duty was a little snobbish kinda treated us like we didn't net belong. The rest of the staff was wonderful. Maybe she was the hostess
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A classis, not ultra modern but good "Steak and Turff" type of place. Good ambience and service also well prepared food, Many private seating areas but the Musak (good jazz) was a little loud for intimate conversation.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Place for a date
If you want a night out on the town with ur spouse this is the place
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Less than perfect this time
We let our server know we wanted to enjoy our drinks and almost waited to order our meal. However, he assured us he would allow us time, so we ordered our meal. In hardly any time our salads arrived and right after we finished those our entrees arrived. Perhaps because it was a Friday evening they were rushing people through, but we wanted a leisurely dinner. The other problem was with my husband's steak. We both ordered the 16 oz ribeyes. While they were prepared as ordered and quite flavorful, my husband's steak had so much fat on it that almost half of it was inedible. Mine was quite the opposite. My husband isn't one to complain unless something is really bad, but I wish we had said something to the restaurant before we left.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was not our first visit to Shoemakers, but it was as wonderful as the other times we've been. The menu is pricey, but the quality of food and service can't be beat. If you're looking for a truly memorable and delicious dining experience, Shoemakers is the place to go!!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, unique setting
This was the second time we have gone to Shoemaker's and our first impression was confirmed. All the food was delicious and the presentation was delightful. We will definitely return for a future special occasion.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of 8, each of whom ordered a different entry, and all of us raved about our choice. This is by far the best restaurant in Lynchburg, VA
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great time at Shoemaker's!
We went for dinner last Saturday & were so very happy with our dining experience. The service was great by our server Priscilla & the food was outstanding! This is one of our very favorite restaurants!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing and consistent
We've been eating here every month since we moved here. Consistenly EXCELLENT food -- steaks and seafood are great, apps are delicious -this restaurant could complete with those in any major city -- great waitstaff == elegant but comfortable. I highly recommend it === great happy hour too == great deserts but the filets are what keep me coming back.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a fabulous dinner here. I wish it were closer to home because we would go there at least once a month. The crab cake that I had was perfect, as was the filet mignon that my husband had. We will be sure to go there when and if we return to that part of Virginia. I will tell all of my friends to go there if they go to Lynchburg.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've dined at Shoemaker's several times and enjoy the building, setting, and atmosphere in this restaurant. Food & service for my business dinner for three was very good, no appetizers but soup/salad, entrees, sides, and desserts were right on. The Grey Goose on the rocks and glass of Cab that I had were a bit pricey in my opinion.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about Shoemaker's was outstanding, as usual.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shoemakers is a great fit
Stopped by Shoemakers while in town on business. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great and the food and service even better. My sirloin was a great cut of meat and cooked to perfection.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a excellent meal with
We had a excellent meal with great service. Will definitely go back and recommend to others.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had discovered the Craddock and Terry Hotel and their excellent restaurant, Shoemakers a few years back when I spoke there at a small dinner meeting in their private room. Because it was a beautiful renovated space in an awesome old tobacco factory with exposed beams brock walls, I wanted to return with my wife. This time, we drove up from our home in Chapel Hill, NC (about 125 miles) and stayed at the hotel and had a marvelous romantic dinner at 8pm on Saturday evening. We were a little after the main croud and had a very nice, private corner round table and had relaxed dinner. Their wine by the glass were fantastic. We dined tapas-style sharing several appatizers and one main course and one desert. We were not rushed-very positive!!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to celebrate best friend's
Went to celebrate best friend's birthday. Good food and drinks.Service superior and concerned.
Definitely on the return list.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shoemaker's is an outstanding restaurant. From the appetizers to the desserts, the meal was a treasure. This was our first visit and it was delectable. We have traveled the world over eating fine dining, and I would say Shoemaker's could hang with a 5 star easily. The ribeye steak was perfect! Just perfect! The lobster was amazing. The crab cakes were tender, rightly seasoned and chocked full of luscious crab meat. This was such a great experience. This is our new favorite place in Lynchburg. I would highly recommend it. Our server was a little uppity, but she was prompt and eventually warmed to us and showed some personality. I would eat there every night if I could. Scrumptious!!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was a lovely choice for my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary. The service was nice, the wine list lengthy, and the food was outstanding. The only draw back is that it is a very pricey place which makes it impossible for us to be frequent diners. The dinner total for the two of us was $100, but still a nice option for a special occasion.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joyce was especially good in service. Your hostess was accomodating and helpful about the pouring rain. Got noisy at the end of our dinner. Crab cakes the best I ever had.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommended, as good as anywhere in the world.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around superb dining experience
If you are looking for a place that you will walk away fully satisfied then Shoemakers is the place to go. The excellent service starts as soon as you walk into the door and are greeted with a smile from the hostess and continues for the rest of your dining experience. The staff at this place all welcome you and make you feel like you are home. I would recommend going on a night that they offer Prime Rib, it is so tender and juicy you can cut it with a fork. For an appetizer with a kick I recommend the onion rings. Don't forget to leave room for dessert...the Death by Chocolate cake lives up to it's name.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hits all the key points
We made a reservation and unlike many restaurants, they actually reserve your table so we were seated immediately. The cocktails were excellent and I like that they don't serve their martinis in jumbo sized glasses. We started with lime-garlic shrimp and the broth was amazing. In our party two ordered filet mignon and one a rib steak. All were delicious and cooked to perfection! Service was good and no feeling of being rushed along. The only negative is that we are often in Lynchburg on Sundays only and it is so disappointing that they are closed on Sunday. If they were open, we would never go anywhere else.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
You cant go wrong here
You have to experience this restaurant for yourself. I have not one bad word to say. The food is the best I have had in this city and the service was excellent. It just doesnt get any better than this.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food Selection
I took my wife to Shoemakers for a date night out, and we were both very impressed by the wide array of appetizers, as well as great selection of entree items. Not only was there a great selection, but the food was prepared expertly, presented well, and all went well together.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and incredible servo
Always a favorite for us! We will arrange our travel trip to dine at Shoemakers! Love their prime rib, filet of beef and calamari!
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
Shoemaker's has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with an upscale feel. The service is well-timed and the food cooked to perfection. Members of our party enjoyed the calamari, crab cakes, salmon and filet mignon. Everyone commented on how well the food was prepared and how tasty the dishes were. I would love to return to try other dishes on the menu. This is a must-try in dining experiences in Lynchburg.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful find. Best food in Lynchburg. Bar drinks were superb. Only downside was the screaming child throughout our dining, but I don't know what you can do about that. A great way to celebrate our 52nd anniversary.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment we walked in, we knew we made a great choice. We had never been to Lynchburg before, and our evening at Shoemaker's was the highlight of the day. From the moment we walked in the door, the focus on service was evident. Throughout the evening, it was clear that everyone from the hostess through the wait staff wanted to make sure everything was to our liking. But service means nothing without great food behind it, and the menu did not disappoint. Every part of the meal managed to put a unique twist on traditional menu items. The flavors were excellent and everything was cooked to perfection. A must for foodies.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Award -Winning Excellence
My dining experience at Shoemakers was extraordinary. The entire staff were attentive with my needs throughout dinner. I was very impressed by the placement settings at my table. I had a steak that was wonderfully prepared to my liking. It was delightful. The service was beyond my expectations. Thank you so much!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Excellent Experience
Spouse & I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here. We save this restaurant for special occasions since it can be a bit pricey but food was well prepared and service excellent. I had a berbere chicken dish and it was a standout meal. From my experience, you can easily over and under-cook trying to get chicken just right. This was just perfect, and with the berbere spicing, could not have been more tasty. Spouse had the blackened grilled salmon with a pinot noir and she said it was a perfect selection. Great meal.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is exactly what you would
This is exactly what you would expect from a fine dining experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shoemakers downtown Lynchburg
We had out-of-town guests so we took them to downtown Lynchburg for a delicious meal at Shoemakers. We started with a drink at the very nice bar - I had a great French manhatan- then moved to a lovely corner table. The service was excellent and the food delicious.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
restaurant for special occasions,
restaurant for special occasions, elegant decor and great food and service, really is a gem for Lynchburg
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated my husbands 62 birthday at Shoemakers. It was the best meal we've ever had.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you are visiting Lynchburg and especially staying at the Craddock-Terry Hotel, this is the place to go for a fine dining experience. Fantastic menu, presentation, and unique atmosphere.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must visit spot in the Burg!
If you have never been to Shoemakers at the Craddock Terry Hotel then you must visit! The food was amazing, the service was by far the best in the Burg and the ambiance was classy and romantic. My wife and I loved our special night at Shoemakers because Shoemakers made our night special. Well Done!
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best in Town
Shoemaker's is the Best "Date Night" Restaurant in Central Virginia. Great scene and Great Food! A+ Grade
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time diner.
Our first experience at Shoemaker's Grille was a most outstanding one. The food was exceptional and the staff was very curtious, very friendly, patient and professional. We made a special trip for our daughter's 21st birthday, aproximately 2 hours. Didn't regret a single minute of it. If not for the distance I'd eat there at least weekly. However, I can't do that but I will be back.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every way!
The place, the food, the service is 100% "I'll Be Back!"
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our daughter out for her 18th birthday and this was truly a treat. The food was beyond expectation and the staff was friendly and professional. Can't wait to go back when we're in town visiting our daughter at LU.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Parent weekend at Liberty Univ.
We have a wonderful dinner with our son at Shoemaker's Grille while visiting our son at Liberty University. We also invited some friends from the area along with their children....a party of 10. Everyone had a fabulous meal! They put us in one of the private dining rooms and that was great! This was my second time dining here and will definitely go back.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were visiting our college student , staying at the Craddock Terry, and had to try this restaurant that had such great reviews. I will start by saying I'm a bit of a food snob:) Everything we had was excellent...Caprese salad was fresh, the filet was cooked to perfection, the salmon was melt in your mouth delicious. The only let down of the night was the cheesecake. It was dry and a bit crumbly. But the shookie and creme brûlée made up for it!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
46 years and counting....
1st visit for four sr. citizens. 46th annv for two. This quartet travels, wines & dines together a great deal. Appetizers done very well. Meal did not arrive at the same time as the appetizers, nice timing. Four different entrees each were cooked to order, excellent presentation and best of all very tasty. Good wine list. After coffee and dessert we were left to chat, no hovering by the staff. Staff was friendly and professional. Noticed as we passed through establishment that each of the wait staff made eye contact and spoke. We all felt like old friends. Best of all was our waitress Katie. A gem! Price was reasonable for quality received. I will return and would recommend Shoemakers to anyone wanting a excellent evening out.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food except the Bernaise
We love this restaurant but the Bernaise sauce is alway inconsistent. Wish they would just stick to the recipe. It was too salty this time. last time it was pefect. Time befoe that it was not edible. The rest of the meal was awesome.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and ambience
Went here for a business dinner and could not be happier. Started at the bar, which had every type of beverage you could ask for. We were seated promptly and enjoyed a fantastic meal. The salmon was great! Service was professional and courteous. I would highly recommend!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took our parents and brother
We took our parents and brother & his wife here for a date night over thanksgiving. We all enjoyed the venue, food & service very much.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was fabulous from
Everything was fabulous from beginning to end. Friendly greeters met us at the door. We had checked the menu online beforehand, and it played a large part in our choosing Shoemaker's. It's a classic upscale steakhouse menu with contemporary twists on some of the items. The wine list is extensive: even the wines by the glass, which is important to us because we have different preferences in wines. The food quality and preparation were perfect and noteworthy, from the Buffalo Shrimp to the Steak Au Poivre and death by chocolate cake. Our server's knowledge of the menu and wine list was as extensive as his service was seamless. The ambience was quietly energetic and exactly what we wanted and made for a wonderful 5th Wedding Anniversary!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM