Fabulous as always. Still
Fabulous as always. Still wish the teaser size were available and still miss the bread pudding. Yet, it's a place friends visiting us always request and we love it.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistently good food, cocktails
Consistently good food, cocktails and service. Also good specials.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Topnotch food in unlikely location!
A friend who visits the Sperryville, Virginia area told me about Thornton River Grille and our family (5 children, 6 adults) enjoyed a very nice Sunday brunch while returning from a log cabin weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. For such a small spot they have a robust - and well-prepared - menu. I highly recommend this place and will look forward to a reason to return.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a surprise to find such
What a surprise to find such an excellent restuarant in Sperryville VA!! It has always been a cute village, in a beautiful setting, but not a place you would think of for gourmet dining. Very busy - if you go, be sure and make a reservation!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took 13 to Thornton River Grill for dinner and it was great! Service was good, food was great, server even did separate checks for each couple. Thanks!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, friendly staff
This restaurant is the best choice for dinner in the Sperryville area (and breakfast also), with perfectly prepared dishes that always add an extra spark of interest, and friendly, very competent staff. Try the fish specials always, and steaks are cooked exactly as you asked. Portions are generous, and the wine and beer lists are very good.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I try to stop here every time after coming out of Shenandoah National Park. It is a great way to wrap up a weekend. I highly recommend it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have visited the Grille many times and have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious as always
This place is nice enough to be a Saturday night outing (prom couples were seen last Saturday night), but it is also the kind of place that just as easily accepts muddy, sweaty hikers coming off the mountain in Shenandoah National Park. We've eaten here numerous times in both of those conditions, and the place is always good with great service.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will certainly go back again.
Great food. Good service. Very nice atmosphere with a great outdoor seating area.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were looking for a place close to Washington, VA. This restaurant was recommended, and we were not disappointed. They have an interesting menu, and the food and service was excellent. It is not fancy, but we were fine with that - and were very pleased with the experience.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food during holiday
If in virginia wine country, this is a great option. Very busy so make sure to reserve a table.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great! The waitress
The food was great! The waitress was very friendly and provided exceptional service.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
This casual, river lodge-styled grill has an uncommonly good fare that one would expect in a more "refined" setting.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oh so good & friendly!
I had taken my husband on a trip to Luray for his birthday and this place came HIGHLY recommended by the staff at the B & B we stayed at. Once I got passed the fact that there wasn't a "nice view" table anywhere in the place, all went wonderfully!! Our waiter was FANTASTIC!! He was very knowledgeable of the wine list and did a superb job selecting one for us, once we had given him our list of likings. We both had the tenderloin and it was melt in your mouth delicious, we also had the spinich and the fingerling potatoes, which were good, as well!!! The portions are PLENTY as neither of us could finish our entire plate. They also gave us a complimentary dessert for my husband's birthday (which I had mentioned while making reservations).
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
ALWAYS EXCELLENT IN ALL REGARDS!
ALWAYS EXCELLENT IN ALL REGARDS! Maitre'd great, too.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently positive experience.
We always think of the Thornton River Grille as the spot to go for a special dining experience. The prices are moderate and well worth it. The food is always something you talk about later to your friends. Go if you have the chance! The ambience is inviting and friendly and the lunch fare is great as well as dinner. Haven't tried the brunch yet but plan to soon.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The beer and wine list is excellent. It was especially great to see local gems like Barbourville's Octagon and great beers like Duvel on the list.
The service was friendly, prompt, and overall very good.
The food was very good. I wish the food had been as hot as the plates they were served on however.
Great time overall
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very friendly place. Food
Very friendly place. Food is very good. Very enjoyable lunch or dinner after a day in the mountains. Will go there again
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful as always. Will
Wonderful as always. Will keep coming back again and again.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot in Sperryville
Relaxed atmosphere with great food, varied menu, and wonderful service. I was visiting the area and would definitely go back.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The whole dining experience was fantastic. The seating arrangement, service, food, ambiance and the outdoor seating were all great.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great dinner last week. Had to wait a bit even with our reservation, but the host made sure we had a glass of wine while we waited. Great service, great food!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lot of people drive right through Sperryville on their way to some other interesting place, but never see the "Historic District". That is a shame. Thornton River Grill is one of those rare finds that just blows your socks off. We are local (Luray) and try to get there as often as possible. The food is always fresh, changing constantly and exciting. In a word excellent. Go! Really! You will not be disappointed. Probably best to make a reservation!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Thornton River Grille!
Relaxed, and delicious. The perfect combination. Whether hiking the Blue Ridge or a night out with friends, Thornton River is consistently delicious. They do need to change their menus from time to time, but overall, Thornton River is our favorite local restaurant
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is always wonderful.
This is always wonderful. We return again and again.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love TRG in Sperryville
My bf and I look forward to dining at TRG every single time. This last time out, all was top-notch---wait staff, by the glass wine list, cocktails, menu, food. Like mussels? Get them here. Ours were slathered in the best garlic and cream. Like Caesar salad? TRG serves the best, bar none. Mains? Beef tenderloin with tarragon sauce. Flavorable, tender. Excellent. Prawns grilled with lime chile butter and served with gouda cheese grits. When paired with an excellent Pinot Gris? To die for. We never do dessert, but we did. A meltingly rich but crisp pecan tart topped with a lovely vanilla ice cream slathered in caramel. Do it, just do it all. Noise level? Not great when the place is busy. But, still, just do it.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing Good Food
The food was very good and the setting was relaxing and nice. My husband loved the lamb chops and the grilled shrimp with grits that I had were very good. The chef was quick, it was the waiter that got a bit distracted when it became busy. Still a nice evening after a day of antique shopping in the area.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place had a dress casual
This place had a dress casual feeling with a fancy, high class menu. The food was spectacular and had service to match.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit
This was our second visit in 12 months. We really enjoyed it both times. Casual atmosphere and quality menu items. I have had the ribeye on both visits and it has been terrific both times. Very consistent. Try the local Copper Fox whiskey before or after your meal. You won't be dissappointed.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Save room for dessert
This was our first time in Sperryville, and this restaurant was recommended to us. Overall the food was really good. I do wish there was more than 1 vegetarian main course option, but that is a small detail. The dessert was the best part of the meal. We shared the pecan tart and the chocolate pot du creme. Both were delicious but the chocolate was the best. If you are done with your meal before 9, be sure to stop downstairs at the store on your way out to grab a good bottle of wine to cap off the night.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diamond In The Ruff!
This is such a great restaurant to find in such a small town.There is know excellent resturants in this area.My friends come to visit and the first thing they want to do is go to Thorthons.Quality food&wine.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Marvelous food; worth the drive
We celebrated our anniversary at a B&B in Luray, whose owner recommended this restaurant. It was perfect for us. Very casual, but terrific food. The lamb chops were very tasty; my husband's steak was tender and perfectly cooked. The pecan tart was the perfect end to the meal. The service was sensational--we were congratulated on our anniversary by several wait staff. They gave us a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate at the onset. Our server returned with the bottle of wine to ask if I wanted a refill at the perfect time. This restaurant serves quality food with service that matches their high standards. We will definitely return!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
been going for years
It's a beautiful drive to this gem in the sticks. I'm not a "foodie" but I do love good food and Thornton River never fails to impress. My Lady and I try to go once a month and always enjoy ourselves. The grill is in the front of the house and the setting is old light wood with lots of natural light. The tables are beautiful slabs of spalted Maple. Service is professional and easygoing. Prep is fresh and vegetables are firm and tasty. Meats are delicious and they cook our order perfectly every time. Servings are generous but not piled on. Desserts are surprisingly imaginative at times. We always leave eager to return.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go and enjoy!
Living in Luray we always enjoy our ride over to Thornton River Grille. We know we can count on friendly service and terrific food. Makes for a lovely evening. We usually top it off with a ride on Skyline drive. Go there and enjoy it.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
TRG ever disappoints
Another excellent dinner in an upscale and comfortable atmosphere. The food was very good as always - a little slower that usual coming out, but that wasn't a problem. I do wish they would being back the teaser menus with small portions and maybe add more varity to the menu over time, but TRG never disappoints.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Several of the PATC( Potamac
Several of the PATC( Potamac Applachaian Trail Crew) members have been dining there for a few years now when we are up in the Nat. PArk on work weeks or as most recently reunions. Grey place to memet and talk and enjoy a great dinner. Thanks
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent hideaway in the country
We were very pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the food which we had at a Saturday night dinner at this restaurant. The waiters were friendly, they were attentive to our questions (I had some food allergies) and the food came quickly. The duck that I had was truly excellent and my wife was ecstatic about the pork. We ate on the outdoor deck which was very pleasant on an early fall evening. Overall an excellent experience. We will definitely go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, casual atmosphere make a wonderful evening with spouse and friends.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in Sperryville
Food is great. Service is excellent. Wonderful dinner place if you're going to the Theatre at Washington, VA (about 5 miles)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, great ambience
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our meal here. I had the fried goat cheese app (delish) and glazed pork - a little dry, but still very yummy. Loved the ambience and our only complaint was the waitress neglected to bring our bread, and didn't offer pepper, which she did for other tables. So minor and issue, and I would definitely go back!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
little pearl close to Shenandoah
nice place close to the Shenandoah Natl. Park; food was very good (pork chops very tender, great bread pudding), wine selection okay; place has wireless (for those who desperately want to connect to the world after being cut out from the rest of the world while cruising the park);
service is down to earth, friendly and to the point, also fast; very flexible when we asked to switch tables
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Open Table for ideas while crossing rural Virginia west of DC. Booked dinner here based on OT review and had an absolutely wonderful experience. Great food and wonderful staff who clearly really cared about guest experience. But get good directions before you get there. Your cell phone may not work this far out in the country!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Taste of a Village
Thornton River Grille is a WONDERFUL surprise tucked in the village of Sperryville. They have been most accommodating, whether it is Dinner for 4 , or Lunch for 16 classmates reuniting! The food menu ALWAYS HAS scrumptious choices, prepared just right and a service team who work together to make your meal more comfortable than HOME. They have a nice wine and beer list, as well as mixed drinks available to enjoy with your meal. LOVE IT!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious and friendly
Enjoyed friendly, casual atmosphere, great burger and excellent fish dishes. Apple turnover was wow but not much on apples.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood night out
Nice restaurant in a small mountain town. My wife and I had seafood (shrimp dish and a scallop dish), both were very good. Wine selection was better than expected. Our dessert, their apple tart was fantastic - a must try. Wait staff was attentive. Would eat there again.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place - I have
We love this place - I have brought my family here on our annual leaf peeping outing for three years in a row and consistently find excellent food and service at the Grille.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A regular stop when in the area for wine tasting or fun in the outdoors. Food and service was excellent.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite go to . . .
We love this restaurant!! Food is ALWAYS fabulous! Service is ALWAYS friendly, attentive and spot on! The place to stop in tiny Sperryville, don't miss it!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently very, very good
TRG is the kind of place you always enjoy and want to return. The food is always very good, service friendly and efficient, and the wine list matches the entrees quite appropriately. Muy bueno.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM