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Shoemaker's Grille
Shoemaker's Grille

Shoemaker's Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shoemakersdining.com
  • Phone: (434) 455-1510
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Group from 8 to 100
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy Smith (434) 455-1510

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Shoemaker's Grille
Connected to The Craddock Terry Hotel at Bluffwalk Center, Shoemaker's Grille offers the finest cuisine in Lynchburg.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best restaurants in town in a charming historic building. Beautiful terrace for dining or drinks, too."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tasteless describes our experience... Flat iron steak (Waffle House quality-served as a big slab vs sliced for salad?), salmon, Mac n cheese, succotash (which specifically called out spinach-had all of 4 leaves)...blah. Server was in the dark about several items when asked for descriptions. As a "steakhouse", you assume the sides will be amazing -not! The sautéed mushrooms and caprese salad were fantastic. Weird the server felt they had to correct 2 patrons (2 tables) on "caprese/caprase" pronunciation. Overall, just not up to par. Everyone was very friendly walking in/out. Outside dining looked great if you don't look to the side where there is major construction. Great design concept inside. Stick to their sister restaurant Water Stone."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Shoemakers is a nice place for a special evening out. I think the food could be a little better for the price though."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed dinner at Shoemakers on July 21, 2014. We were celebrating our 29th anniversary and we're congratulated warmly by our server. I ordered the filet and crab cake. My husband had the bacon cheeseburger. Both were fantastuc. I cut my filet with a fork! We enjoyed a crab dip appetuzer, and creme Brule for dessert. Everything was delucious. Service was wonderful. We would highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Shoemaker's Grille, and it is now, by far, our new favorite restaurant. We only wish we had found it sooner. Everything was perfect! It would be impossible to improve upon the food or the service. It is a little more expensive than most of the others, but if you enjoy excellent food and a quiet atmosphere, it's worth every penny. Clientele can dress up or go casual, as we did, making it an even more comfortable and welcoming experience. We will be bringing all of our out-of-town guests here in the future. There is no need to travel any farther than Lynchburg for fine dining."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is amazing. We sat outside and it was very nice. The service was a bit slow. Thank goodness there were floaters to help with missing items. However, I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "When if first opened, Shoemaker's was wildly overpriced for the quality of the food. The restaurant was seldom full. So, they tried lowering the food prices. Unfortunately, they also lowered the food quality. Now, in their third attempt, the menu prices have gone up, but not as high as they originally were, and the food has gotten better than it was when the prices were lower, in "phase 2". Service is excellent. Food is now pretty good, but not gourmet. We go there for special occasions now & then. Usually with people from out of town."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Shoemakers. It was a wonderful experience. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough! We cannot wait to go again. The steaks were the best that we have ever had in a restaurant. The service was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food, service and wine were outstanding as usual. Unfortunately there was a table with very small, very loud children seated in the main dining room who added considerably to the already surprisingly loud noise level, especially considering the decor, lighting provide an otherwise "adult" ambiance. As this was my only criticism and hopefully will prove a rare occurance. Otherise, a lovely dinner."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our meal on Sat. night at Shoemaker's. The only draw back was that the kitchen was running very behind and it took a tremendous amount of time to receive our food - over an hour from when we ordered our entrees (we did not order an appetizer, soup or salad). At times, our lovely waitress was nowhere to be seen and we never received an explanation or apology, but we did overhear her apologizing to the table next to us with the explanation that the restaurant had a large party earlier in the evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic in every way. Don't think we've EVER had a better meal!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Friends recommended Shoemaker's Grille while in Lynchburg attending a conference. A friend and I decided to give it a try for dinner. We had lovely drinks called "Pink Pump". How appropriate!! I had decided on my dinner choice until the water mentioned that grouper was that night's special. Chanced y mind completely because grouper is my favorite fish to order when in Florida. But in Lynchburg, VA I have to say that I lhas the very best grouper that I have ever had anywhere."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is always good and served/cooked as requested. The meat is always awesome. Just a little notification: we had burgers and none of our buns were warm but cold... could be even better with warm buns! Definitely the best cheesecake I have ever tasted!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Selected from the restaurant week menu. Great quality food. Excellent service. Temperature of the dining room was just right."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We visited during Lynchburg restaurant week- appetizer, entrée and dessert for $25/each. with drinks & taxes, the meal was about $90. Even at this price, it was well worth it. Both my husband and I got different food so we could taste test various items. Every single morsel was Wonderful. Steak was succulent, cod was delicious, seafood bisque and fried green tomatoes(need the recipe for these) were fantastic. The desserts- NY cheese cake-yummy and the flourless torte was good. Drinks were made very well. No complaints- even the bread was fresh and tasty. Service was good...but don't go if you expect cheap fast food. This is a "take your time"dining experience. Totally recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lived in Lynchburg for years and never been to Shoemakers untill now. Loved everything about it. Came for restaurant week, and the menu choices were fanaminal. Totaly would recommend this to people.Great restaurant to go to, but you do have to budget for it."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was excellent and the service superb. Wonderful experience all the way around."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the food, the service was professional, and the cost was as expected for the type of restaurant. The room was dimmly lit, but very loud. Instead of leaning into one another so no one else could hear the whispers of sweet romance, we were leaning into one another just so we could hear one another over the commotion all around us."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was delicious! First visit but not the last. Atmosphere was relaxing and service from Joyce was impeccable. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been to Shoemaker's on several occasions now and it is always excellent. We recently went there for Restaurant Week and it was particularly wonderful. They always provide an excellent presentation and quality."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend while in town for a meeting, and found the food and atmosphere great... It was very loud, but that was manageable. Drink menu was diverse and interesting!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am trying to submit this without writing a review, so instead of a review I will just write the requisite number of characters."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Service was great. We had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had dinner this past Monday night to celebrate a birthday. The food and service were great. This is why we will drive an hour to celebrate special occasions here."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Whether it is a regular occurrence, a special night out, a first time date or you've been married for years, Shoemakers offers a time that will be remembered for days, weeks and months to come. The food was fabulous, the service exquisite and the mood very soft and personal. You will not regret this decision."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We came down to Lynchburg for a weekend getaway. I had made reservations for Shoemaker's because we had heard it was going to be restaurant week while we were there. Unfortunately it was not to begin on the night we were there, so we stayed and ate there anyway. The food was amazing. If you like crab dip, you must try their crab dip that they offer. I had the salmon which was also delicious. My boyfriend who doesn't normally like salmon even thought it was good. So to me that say's a lot. He had the 16oz. ribeye, which was really good too. Our waiter was very friendly and never kept us waiting. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Attached to a great hotel, I have eaten here on the same day one year a part. Service and food outstanding both times. You could argue that there is a better crab cake in Virginia but this one is about 90% crab."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I make a point to get the most similar steak as possible at every restaurant I visit (I always go for a rib eye), for the sole purpose of finding the best steak in any given area. Shoemaker's has taken the competition by storm and prevailed as having the best rib eye I have ever tasted--not just in Lynchburg, but out of all of the steaks I have ever had, I would say Shoemaker's is the absolute best, hands down. The atmosphere was perfect. My wife and I spent the evening at Shoemaker's to celebrate our first anniversary, and the ambiance was perfect for such an occasion. Our waiter was superb. He thoroughly knew that menu as if he had majored in that menu in college. He was as friendly as can be, and incredibly punctual. Great place!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I enjoyed that we could enjoy the experience without feeling like we were rushed."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "THE best restaurant in Lynchburg, hands down. The food and ambiance are fantastic- definitely not to be missed!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was always my first suggestion to colleagues and friends. I never had an unpleasant experience until 6/7. Unfortunately, the unfriendly behavior manifested itself as soon as my party and I arrived it was very obvious that our presence and party size was an inconvenience to the Maître de. Our food arrived 1hr & 18 min. after our order was taken-no explanation given. 2 in the party did not receive their food until 20 min. after everyone else. 4 in the party stated their food was not what they expected-no make good offered. Had to ask for refills on the beverages. We were tolerated and not treated as customers. Did speak with the manager to express the embarrassment and disappoint that my party received."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Thank you for helping us celebrate our daughter's 26th birthday. The food, service, atmosphere was all top notch. Great steaks and flavorful steamed vegetables! The Wedge Salad was so crisp, fresh, and scrumptious. It was a fun and impressive evening! We will definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoy this place on our special events in our lifes, my only complant is the noise level can get a bit loud if your planning a rommantic diner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is always wonderful and the service is just as good. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We chose Shoemakers to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we were delighted with the experience. The restaurant staff were friendly and courteous, our server was professional, warm and friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious. The prices are high, but for a special occasion, this is a sure bet! My wife and I are food enthusiasts, and the special rebeye being offered that evening was scrumptious. My wife had the fried oysters appetizer and as an oyster lover, she said these were the best ever. I had the escargot and loved it. My lettuce wedge was fantastic, but my wife's ceasar was just average--the only average thing we had. This was the best dining experience we've had in the Lnchburg/Roanoke area. A great choice for us."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Very good food and service. One small thing: bring sunlight from windows made it hard to see my wife's face."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I visited this restaurant because it's connected to the hotel where I was staying and I thought it would be a great place to take my husband for dinner on his birthday. Pricey specials, and disappointed that Cameron had nothing to offer customers who spent their money at YOUR restaurant, could have gone somewhere else. Cameron had very little personality, and he didn't know how to say happy birthday, he said congrats as if to say so what!! He offered to bring us candles?? I don't normally use this term but "really"??? I would have shared this with management but decided to be on my best behavior for my husband's special day."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Perfect for a nice, elegant (and expensive), graduation dinner. Our party was 8 - no problem. Looks like above 15 or so and they would have trouble. The food was excellent, the service top-notch and everyone left satisfied with no complaints whatsoever. Recommend."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We are regular Shoemaker's Grille diners because we are never disappointed. Sunday's dinner was no exception. We enjoyed a cocktail, fabulous dinner (perfectly cooked tenderloin and filet) with wine, incredible desserts and, of course, first class service from Cliff. It made for the perfect Mother's Day treat. While we went for the "high-end" menu items, there are great moderately priced items as well. Whatever you choose, it is well worth the price of admission. Don't miss this wonderful restaurant, elegantly but modestly crafted within the bones of what was an old 1800's riverfront warehouse. Truly a gem in historic downtown Lynchburg. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014