The Ivy Inn Restaurant
The Ivy Inn Restaurant

The Ivy Inn Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ivyinnrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4349771222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Daily: 5:00- 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Angelo Vangelopoulos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available for private on premise catering with no rental extras. Can cater off premise but will require rental of equipment. Menus tailored to fit you needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have four indoor dining rooms and a tented garden patio that is used April through November. Any and all areas can be reserved for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Farrell Vangelopoulos 4349771222x
  • Entertainment: No live entertainment
  • Special Events: Available for special events. Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches or brunches, business dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivy Road
  • Public Transit: No public transit
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large lot with 75 spaces. Also neighboring lot is available as well.
A word from The Ivy Inn Restaurant
The Ivy Inn restaurant features locally-inspired seasonal American cuisine. Located in an historic house built originally in late 1700"s. Conveniently located about a mile west of the University of Virginia. Small family business that loves to support our incredible local farmers.
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The Ivy Inn Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (112)romantic (96)fit for foodies (86)neighborhood gem (53)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (18)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We celebrated Judy's 39 birthday again; Great champagne, Hors d'oeuvres, main course, dessert and after dinner drinks! Great meal great service great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place with great service
    Hershy1VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went for such a wonderful dinner -- so fabulous that I am writing this review (atypical for me).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Avalynn42
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We came here with our family after our elopement wedding on skyline drive...everything about the ivy inn was perfect for our wedding dinner. Every person in our group, including our 10 year old daughter- cleaned their plate. The food was truly outstanding, service spot on, soft music played in the background. They had us upstairs at a nice table for our group, and they included special touches and extras for our special occasion. My husband who is the harshest food critic and who is also very knowledgable when it comes to fine dining was sure to give his compliments to the chef as we left. Thank you ivy inn for making dinner on our special day absolutely perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversaray dinner
    Swede
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Enjoyed our dining here in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversay. The complimentary champagne was nice and special anniversary noted menu. The food was good, the pan seared duck foie gras just melted in the mouth as an appetizer plus entrees of trout and my wife had the seafood pasta dish. Atmosphere on the second floor was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food In ALL of C-ville!
    Christy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were a party of four on our first visit to Ivy Inn and it certainly won't be our last. We were scoping out this venue for our son's rehearsal dinner. After dinner, we decided it was at the top of our list. It will be very difficult to narrow down our choices when it comes to menu planning. A really lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average dinner
    hungrytraveler
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was our third visit to the Ivy Inn. We decided to stray from our usual dishes (rack of lamb and steak) and tried something new. The flounder was very good, but the seafood pasta was only OK. We will come back, but will stick with the lamb and stead next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Incredible!
    BeeRichardVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time at the Ivy. Service was impeccable and food was incredible. The shrimp and grits are an absolute necessity to try…and they will surely become a favorite. Prices are very reasonable. We're are not local to the area but wish we were so the Ivy would be one of our regular place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Stars
    Food4fay
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was quite a surprise, a truly wonderful restaurant. Also outstanding service. We've been going to Charlottesville for years and have been missing this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlottesville gem
    Bimmer69guy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The ambiance ,service, and food were outstanding. Our waiter,Simon, had a large number of customers but was still very attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Pleasure
    Rico
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very impressed with the service and food. Some might have considered the pace of the meal slow, but it was perfect for a group of 6 that wanted to chat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful space, fine meal, flaws
    gastronaut
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After walking 30 minutes from 10th Street, we decided to dine on the Patio and relax -- the staff accommodated us handily. Attentive but not overbearing service, and our menus had my S.O.'s birthday wish on the top, a nice touch. We started with a couple good cocktails before moving to dinner. I followed with locally sourced pork -- I miss the tasty pork that's not afraid of a bit of fat, and was assured it wasn't the flavorless product at most places; it was flavorful, but to my taste, a bit over-cooked and ... stringy. I would have preferred it verging on pink and definitely more moist. When the red wine arrived, it was a very warm room temperature -- like the bottles were stored in a hot kitchen, so we asked for an ice bucket to chill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    DrSyrah
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was right: The food, the service, the ambiance. And a great winelist! A true gem in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a celebration
    usma81
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Crispy Fried Halloumi Cheese appetizer was fabulous as well as the Bibb lettuce salad that had a topping of very large crispy onion rings. Seafood Linguine and the Bison main courses were divine. Favorite dessert was the Sticky English Toffee Pudding, very tasty sweet. Unique bar drinks was a nice start to the celebration. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dizp
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    peter
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    With my partner we visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello last weekend. After the whole day of exploring and learning about history we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner in Charlottesville. The Ivy Inn Restaurant caught our attention immediately so we made a reservation there. It was a great decision. The experience was impeccable, starting with the cozy and warm atmosphere of the house, followed by an amazing service, all the way to the delicious meal that we enjoyed very much. The Ivy Inn Restaurant definitely deserves 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I are new to the area and enjoy fine dining. The Ivy Inn did not disappoint. We had an absolutely delicious meal from appetizer to dessert, to the wine we ordered. The shrimp and grits appetizer is a must order! Service was impeccable and the setting was charming. I am sure we will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed it
    Springroll
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant is a lovely venue. Very charming house/inn setting. Food is delicious and our service very nice. I would come back again for sure. The shrimp and grits appetizer is my favorite, next time I would have it as my entree. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still in good form
    Jagman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Ivy Inn continues to put out great meals night after night. The signature appetizers are the am fog mushrooms and the shrimp&grits. They are both outstanding. Entrees are created with care and the chef has no problems with substitutions. Overall, a very fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was the second time we visited the Ivy Inn and the experience was excellent on both occasions; outstanding food and service. We brought relatives from out of town and they enjoyed the dinner as much as we did. Great place for excellent dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ivy Inn--What a gem!
    BULLZEYE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Quaint ambiance and attentive, friendly staff complement the chef's delicious menu ... do not miss this place when you're in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Choice
    Texasflyer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a leisurely dinner at this quaint restaurant. We enjoyed specialty cocktails and selected a fine wine for dinner. I opted for chilled watermelon gazpacho soup, heirloom tomato salad and a half order of house made ravioli pasta. My wife had squash soup, beet salad and half order of house made vegetarian linguine. We ended our delightful evening with cappuccinos and sharing dessert. All the food presentations were delightful and tasty. Rachel provided excellent service and the Chef sent out little surprises throughout the evening. Portions may be small for some but they were just right for us. The Ivy Inn was a memorial evening for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great anniversary spot!
    Ivydiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 28th anniversary at The Ivy Inn last weekend. What a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was relaxed, the service excellent and the food exceptional! It surpassed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food with a history
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great little restaurant with a historical background. Service was great. We enjoyed everything from drinks to dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Ivy is a classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a private party of 15 upstairs in one of the converted bedrooms. Dinner was spectacular. Service was great! This is a quieter non-stripmall higher-end dining experience in a converted residence that really is special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, great service.
    Foodieman4009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Pleasant reception and nice alcove table for a special occasion. Foie gras was beautifully prepared as was the lamb and trout, all supported by a solid wine list. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening
    LoLo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated our 20th anniversary at The Ivy, and it was lovely. The food was delicious, and the setting, with the many small rooms as opposed to one large room, was very intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ILoveBrunchVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at the Ivy Inn this past weekend and could not have been more pleased with the experience. The food was incredible (I had the pork chop while my husband had the trout) and the service was awesome. At no point did I feel like I was being rushed out of the restaurant (in fact the treats sent out by the chef made me feel as if he wanted me to stay and continue enjoying the atmosphere as long as possible) and our server was absolutely delightful. I highly recommend the Ivy Inn for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still wonderful 30 years later
    drew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Still very good and romantic. Portions were plentiful and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are very appreciative!
    AshcroftDiners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary here and could not have been more impressed. When I made the reservation, I knew I'd mentioned it was our anniversary, but didn't recall listing which one. Thanks to Old Ivy Inn, they reminded me-- because our menus were very kindly imprinted with "Happy 8th Anniversary!" Nice touch, and it kept getting better from there. We were treated to a complimentary flute of champagne and then our waiter, Alex, answered all of our questions and made a most superb recommendation to accommodate our entrees. From appetizer to entrée to dessert, every course was incredibly well prepared, served, and enjoyed. Old Ivy is now among our very-most favorites-- thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheCasualFoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dining at Ivy Inn is always fantastic. I love that the portions are small, but the flavors are vibrant and the food satisfying. The complimentary champagne, rolls, and after-dinner blondie were much appreciated, and I liked that our server took the time to tell us what ingredients went into various dishes. The building itself is also lovely - I love the creaking floors, the intimacy of the soft lighting. This is my favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. Thank you for this magnificent dining experience. I treated my friend from Chicago to dinner here, and she absolutely loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a local favorite
    hedgehog
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is one of the best local restaurants for this type of general menu at this level. It has been consistent over many years. The service is good and one is not rushed, the seating is comfortable, and the noise level is (most of the time) not off-putting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really nice experience
    argus77h
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was impeccable, the dining room was nice (maybe a bit dated, but I didn't mind that), and the food was perfectly prepared. The only mis-step was that the portions of food were rather small. I don't want big, but these were notably tiny.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    the food was all absolutely wonderful. service was fabulous. nice wine selection. sure, it's a little pricey - but well worth it! definitely will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite!
    SDvisitor
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I just returned from a special anniversary trip to the east coast. During our adventure, we stayed for two nights in Charlottesville; I wanted to orchestrate a special anniversary dinner...after completing an exhaustive on-line search of restaurants, I selected The Ivy Inn. Simply stated, it was the perfect choice! We were seated outside (with our permission), which was delightful. Our server (Robert) was excellent - well versed, personable, enthusiastic, and eager to insure our satisfaction. We ordered the shrimp-grits appetizer (Robert's recommendation), the mountain trout with scalloped potatoes, and peach crisp. Every item was fabulous - delicious and perfectly presented. It was exquisite...a truly memorable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood gem
    slhm
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food menu was varied and used local fresh ingredients. The food was well prepared. Service was attentive. I will make this a regular place for dinner and to take friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One Year Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've celebrated a lot of different occasions but were completely blown away by how much The Ivy Restaurant went above and beyond our expectations in giving us an amazing anniversary dinner. This is a night we won't forget and definitely makes us want to come back again! The food was perfectly prepared and the waitress was just the right amount of attentive and seemed to read our minds in terms of anything we may want. I would strongly recommend this place for any romantic special occasion; the noise is quiet so you don't have to yell to have a conversation. We didn't choose the outdoor seating but saw several people taking advantage. I'm so happy we chose this restaurant to celebrate our first of many milestones together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    lovely evening--no rush--met with old friend to catchup--last ones out probably
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Definitely lived up to expectations. The food was cooked to perfection. The crispy skin on the duck breast... to the shrimp and grits. Just great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice dinner
    Issa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a very nice dinner at The Ivy Inn Restaurant last Saturday. The service was well timed and pleasant. The food was very tasty and well prepared. We sat outside on the patio because we had our dog with us. It was comfortable and relaxing. I'd recommend this restaurants to anyone who wants a reasonable priced good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food and interesting menu
    girlsknowfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love this place. Only drawback is the decor is not up to the standard of the cuisine and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet