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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Ivy Inn Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)romantic (118)fit for foodies (113)neighborhood gem (64)notable wine list (57)good for groups (28)great for outdoor dining (22)scenic view (8)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Lovely and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is a MUST GO restaurant in a B & B. The entry is quaint with "old" ivy and brick. The restaurant is in an old home, chock full of charactor and feels warm and inviting. The staff unobtrusive and attentive, just right. The food - ahhhh the food. My husband declard the rack of lamb the best he has ever eaten (and he has eaten it in New Zealand and all over the world). I had fois gras - a touch overcooked for my rare palate, but still a treat with the presentation. We shared Virginia wine, and enjoyed every bite and sip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Night Out
    grtdiningexp
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My partner and I really enjoyed our dinner at the Ivy Inn. The food was great, the atmosphere was relaxing and romantic and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rate
    winelover4
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Ivy Inn Restaurant is chef owned and both the service and the food reflects care and quality. We had the pork belly appetizer, the local trout, the bison hanger steak and shared a fried green tomato salad. Everything was first rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary special
    zahna
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were visiting from out of state, found the Ivy on-line and pre-booked. The service was impeccable, the food absolutely delicious and the ambiance relatively quiet and private. We both had the tenderloin and would highly recommend it. The wine list was very good - lots of choices but not overwhelming. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary experience.
    smurphette
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    As UVA alumni, we hadn't heard much about the Ivy Inn until a local restaurant owner in DC recommended it to us. We were so thrilled with the experience -- the food was amazing and the service was excellent. The ambiance of this restaurant cannot be beat for a special romantic occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at the Ivy inn
    Peter
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The setting is very cozy and intimate. It gives the guests a warm feeling. The food is quite good. I had the duck breast and it was both well cooked and nicely garnished. The Profiterolles for dessert were excellent. Only drawback: the service that is too slow although attentive and personal. The wines by the glass could also be a bit more generous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, Intimate, excellent
    JMVenhausVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A delicious meal for my wife and I to get away from our hectic life and relax with a great meal. The pan-seared duck breast was especially memorable. Everything was wonderful. The servers were attentive, but not hovering.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CanuckNB
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We enjoyed trout and beef tenderloin. Both were excellent and we appreciated the classic serving portions. Really enjoyed the sticky english toffee pudding and strawberry rhubarb crisp. Nice old inn setting. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful. I would suggest it for a romantic dinner rather than family night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming location, fantastic food!
    Taryn
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our reservation was for the evening and we were unfortunately late. We did not get choice seating because of this, but were seated next to the wall on the first floor. The food was fantastic. The cheese selection served with choice artisinal bread was highly enjoyable. The restaurant pulled from the local area. Very much a pleasure. I enjoyed the bison steak for my main course which was prepared medium and sliced. It was delightful. My husband enjoyed the filet and that was cooked beautifully and flavorful. The mashed cauliflower which was browned and served with his steak was delicious. As were the au gratin potatoes. There was no room for dessert. However, I did take a piece of the key lime pie with me which was enjoyed later. A treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but pricey
    Aphclr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I, plus two other guests ate dinner here for my wife's birthday. I thought my food was excellent and the rest of the table felt similar about their food. We had a reservation and were seated quickly in an upstairs room. My main criticisms would be that I thought the room was too dark. I understand they are creating ambiance, but if I can barely see my food it interferes with the experience and makes the diner sleepy. Secondly I thought the wine list was a bit steep and shockingly featured no local wines. For an area of the country known for its vineyards this was a bit strange. Many of the locals spoke highly of the restaurant and I would say that their admiration was well placed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable!
    KirueVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This meal hit all the high notes until the very end, when our dessert choice (chocolate pudding) turned out to be merely very good instead of wonderful. Everything else--cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees, and service--merited the highest praise. For the record, we had shrimp and grits, the appetizer-sized gyro that usually comes with the lamb entree, flounder with oyster-cornbread stuffing, and trout. All featured inventive accompaniments and perfectly blended flavors. Coming from DC, we found the Ivy Inn to be an excellent value for the price. Those tired of overly buzzy restaurants will appreciate the cozy, quiet dining areas, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Dining Experience
    TCLG
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Terrific dining experience; overall setting, service & food. A bit noisy but that seemed to have imroved when dinner was served to a particular guest. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb! A memorable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Ivy Inn exceeded our expectations for an evening out in celebration of our anniversary. The special touch from our names on the menu and the Happy Anniversary on our desert was so touching. We came to Charlottesville to celebrate our anniversary and this night was wonderful! My husband told everybody we came in contact with that they had to visit the Ivey Inn for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eliz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food and an excellent waitress. Lovely old building. Parking available..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true dining experience
    dreytuchVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The chef here trained at the Culinary Institute, and it shows. An inventive use of ingredients, from fish to duck to game - a tantalizing touch. A lovely experience, in a homey old Inn. The chef was accommodating to dietary needs and preferences. Presentation was also lovely from my perfectly delicious trout, to the bison with scalloped potatoes and the fantastic flounder over seafood. Save room for dessert, which is hard with the fresh baked bread to start. The Kahlua ice cream accented perfect profiteroles, and a buttery apple crisp were superb. Only disappointment was the chocolate pudding--nothing very special, but pretty, for sure. Great service, nice by the glass wine list. All in all, a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable!
    kandkfoodies
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Thank you chef and staff for an amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a special occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at The Ivy Inn and could not have picked a better place ... fabulous menu, great food, interesting wine list, and best of all, the staff really made us feel special ... from the personalized menus to the welcome glass of champagne to the special dessert presentation ... it was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every aspect just right.
    InFromNelsonCounty
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The right touch of elegance in a comfortable historic setting. You can tell that each dish has been prepared with skill and attention to detail. Delicious and lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to expectations
    Booklin
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The entrance was engaging with old plantings, brick walk, and historical house. The interior was soothing and comfortable. Our waiter appeared fairly new.The food was disappointing . Bread basket offered flavorless breads; Flounder was overwhelmed with a spicey rub, succotash was drowned in tomato sauce; duet of lamb or the other hand showed a balanced hand and was cooked perfectly though offering a gyros with lamb chops seemed a bit odd and the rare lamb didn't come off as tasty and textural as a regular gyros.
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  • great choice
    mmc12VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent dinner Fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits appetizers were excellent. Lamb and gyro, pork chop, tenderloin wonderful. Sticky toffee pudding and chocolate cake outstanding. Nice atmosphere, attentive service in old home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiefan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A delightful restaurant.2nd visit with family and friends. Delicious food and great dining experience. Friendly, courteous staff. Relaxing evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal on our 3week road trip!
    Morcella
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is a beautiful old home and very inviting. We were seated upstairs. There were two other tables seated and eventually all were full...on a weeknight! We were still able to have our own quiet conservations. Our servers were wonderful and we a appreciated their suggestions when asked. The food was the best we have had on this trip. I Had the Duet of Lamb, my husband the Flounder. We shared our delicious selections and each was well prepared and flavorful. The chocolate pudding suggested by our server was also smooth, great chocolate flavors and the biscotti of Macadamia and coconut was an added treat. We brought a bottle of wine we bought in a local speciality wine shop. The corkage was $15, very fair!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently outstanding
    Eatwell
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Ivy Inn is one of our favorite restaurants. The dinner menu is always varied and excellent. Service is personal and welcoming, and individual touches are provided if requested. Over the years, we have always had a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    Mike
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dizp
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyable experience
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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