Thornton River Grille
Thornton River Grille

Thornton River Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thorntonrivergrille.com/
  • Phone: 5409878790x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Nash
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Thornton River Grille
Serving great American food with a worldly flair, we’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9pm for dinner. We also serve a lovely brunch on Sunday from 10am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 8pm. The atmosphere is at the same time elegant and casual. The richness and warmth of the hand-planed wood-paneled walls provides a comfortable dining experience that can be enjoyed equally in dressy-casual attire or hiking shorts. We are located in the heart of historic Sperryville, Virginia, 75 miles west of Washington D.C., at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to serving you soon!
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Thornton River Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (13)special occasion (12)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very loud. Food took forever. Crab cakes were deep fried and over done. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bill
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    An annual favorite for us - Yogi Bear plus Thornton River Grill - who could ask for a better combination? The food and service were terrific - plus it's a special treat to watch kitchen staff in action.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is always fabulous and a place to which our guests always want to return. This week, in fact, we were there twice because different guests made a request to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sperryville Delight
    Vestniek
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    There are not many choices for dinner in Sperryville, but fortunately you can find just what you need at the Thornton River Grille in the center of town. We were there on a Sunday night in fall, and the place was just about full -- reservations are a good idea. The casual pine decor is about right for a crowd that seems to include some regular locals and lots of visitors to the area. We thought the pan seared scallops were a great way to begin, and the 8 oz. beef tenderloins with tarragon butter were accurately described and recommended by our server. With dessert and three glasses of wine, two of us were out the door for $150 including tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food and service
    Jason
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I had the pan fried rockfish entree. The very fresh fish was exceptionally prepared with a caper based sauce. The generous portion was placed on a bed of bismati rice. The entree was accompanied by a bundle of young green beans - excellent. For starters, my wife had the caesar salad that was very much to her liking. I had the oyster stew that was worthy of a full meal. The tasty bread was freshly baked. Our shared dessert was an apple danish a la mode with a caramel sauce - tasty but excessive considering our meal. Our service complimented the food perfectly. The dining room is totally pleasant. This was our "change of pace" dinner while staying at The Cabins at the Rose River in Syria, VA; a beautiful 25 minute drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HisBullship
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Consistently a great place to dine. Service and food is always great. Since there are no restaurants of similar quality in Page County, a pleasant drive east "over the mountain" to Rappahannock County is our recommended choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent, excellent dining
    DiningPleasure
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always an enjoyable dinner experience. The overall dining experience is consistently pleasant and meets all expectations for and enjoyable evening. The service, quality of dishes and environment are worth the drive. Me and my companion always feet the environment is relaxing and the Thornton River Grill offers an excellent balance of comfortable environment, comfort, high quality and fresh local cuisine along with a satisfying evening experience. Never rushed or ignored. A wonderfully balanced experience without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've dined at the Thornton River Grille twice and had wonderful food and service both times. This is a great place for a nice dinner if you're visiting the area or lucky enough to live in this part of Virginia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    BenNBrenda
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of our favorite "local" places to eat. We live across the mountain, but Thornton River Grill is our go to for special occasions or we just need a really excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thornton River Grille
    DCbankerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Thornton River Grille is a great place to end a day of wine tasting in the local vineyards and driving through the scenic countryside. Food is always good and service is friendly so you can relax with friends and enjoy the evening either inside or out. It's a favorite stop in Rappahanock County.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rrddppVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always enjoy the Thornton River Grill. The duck breast is perfectly prepared, there is a good choice of wines by the glass. Another one of my favorites Is the tenderloin with tarragon butter. Delicious ff , each dish prepared from scratch and never anything that has been frozen. Well worth the beautiful ( long) drive. We will be back.... :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Razman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was great and the servers were friendly. My wife had the scallops and enjoyed them. I however had the fillet. I thought the fillet was fine but the rest of the dinner was poor. Spinach was like something out of a box and the fingerling potato's had no taste and they appeared to have been cooked earlier and then warmed to put on my plate. The portions on either plate were small. I will come back for brunch/breakfast but I doubt I'll return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When in Sperryville
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were visiting from Washington DC and ate here on three separate occasions. It was summer during the week so reservations weren't needed. Their lunch was the best, nice and affordable for two people, $25, including drink. I loved, loved, loved the Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla and my partner had the turkey melt and he says it was really good. Dinner, was not as cheap. I had the scallops which were good and enjoyable and my partner had the duck, which looked really good. There are not a lot of dining choices in the one stop sign town of Sperryville, VA, but it good that one of the few choices is the Thornton River Grille.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    tal27
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    and a great wine list with very modest mark-up. The grilled shimp with black beans was the highlight, but all the food looked good. Great offering where you could turn up dressed up or in hiking clothes, the food is very good indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    RT2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It's our go-to spot for bistro meals. Casual, friendly, well organized. Generous portions of American recipes with a local flair.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    foodie8
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Have always looked forward to dining here. Know that the noise level is high and it appears that the prices are high also. The food is quite good but menu doesn't change much. Service is always excellent. It is not environmentally attractive so doesn't make one want to dine there frequently.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Thornton River Grille reviews archive.
  • Great meal
    JacksonMcLean
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My wife and I had an anniversary dinner and it was exceptional. The tenderloin and trout main courses were both well prepared and well served. The staff was very friendly and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    VaHeel
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We started with martinis- among the best we've ever had at a restaurant. We both had the blue cheese, bacon and bid lettuce salad- very nicely done. I had the seared duck breast which was perfectly done and seasoned. My partner had the scallops. Also perfectly done. If there was a weak spot it was the bread. It was rather bland and without character. It didn't make sense for a place of this caliber. Over all one of our favorite restaurants.
    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 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was outstanding but the niose was terrible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for its location
    DrMike82VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I stopped here on our way to Shenandoah NP on a Sunday night around 6:30, Memorial Day weekend. I had the crab cake, which was as big as a softball and tasty, and my girlfriend had the scallops, which she said were delicious. Our server was attentive and answered all of our questions about the food. The small kitchen works as fast as it can, but our only real complaint is that this gets backed up, so you might expect to wait for your food a little longer than desired. However, when the order is up, it is out to your table hot. We loved it and certainly would like to return. I would definitely suggest it to any friends that I hear are traveling in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor & way over priced !
    maccountry
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Had a reservation and were only 1 of 2 couples in the place .Server ( Jess ) came quickly took drink order and brought 1 correct & 1 incorrect. Drank it any way .Dinner came quickly.Requested extra portion of rice --- didn't get it.She brought more "15" minutes later and it was cold & by then rest of meal was finished.Would not even melt butter.Showed her and she comped 1 desert.Meat/beef was good.No candle or flower on table as a year ago.Asked why not and was told "delivery comes to late on Tuesdays for that" !Noticed backs of chairs were all dirty from where people pull them out from table .Presentation ---Good.2 glasses wine,1 mixed drink,1 after dinner "B&B,1 desert,2 appatisers,2 entrees @ $144.28 plus tip.For poor showing @ $20.00.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Spot
    InamistFarm
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great location, nice little town, food is always excellent, very friendly, informal atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rrddppVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    delicious breast of Duck! Yummy cream of shiitake bisque! Nice wines by the glass. We are lucky to have this chef relatively close (45 min) and we always like to make the drive out there :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we love thornton river grille
    dcfamily
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Servers were incredibly accomodating and attentive. Delicious food. Wonderful wine and great atmosphere. It is a Sperryville treasure !
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    vadiner
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Thornton River Grille is one of those word-of-mouth places that you want to rave about, but try not to in case it becomes too popular. The ambiance is country diner, but nicer. The decor is plain, but elegant by being consistent and unpretentious. The "standards" are good -- steak, cheeseburger, salmon. But the unique items amaze: the pulled brisket Reuben on marbled rye, the carmelized scallops, the grilled crispt/tender shrimp, the mussels, the duck , and the risotto. The sides -- tomato cous-cous, crusted fries, tarragon cole slaw -- make it pretty much perfect. TRG is one of those prizes that you really want to tell everyone about -- just so long as you don't have to stand in line behind them to get a table.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Thomas
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I was happy to see that the MANY people who recommended this wonderful restaurant to me were 'right on.' The only negative thing is the rather seedy back door (which serves as the 'front' door) entrance. However, this is quickly forgotten in light of the EXCELLENT upscale food, and the WONDERFUL service. Not cheap, but what good isn't? Make a point of visiting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always. Will continue
    outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Fabulous as always. Will continue tp return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The main entrees are outstanding and the desserts are phenomenal. We have thoroughly enjoyed each experience and we appreciate the small town feel and quaint ambience. We would recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Suprise in Wine Country
    JE1058VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Their menu is flavorful! The Bibb lettuce salad was an EXCELLENT way to start! The 14 oz NY Strip was grilled perfectly over an open flame. It was the thickest cut of NY Strip I've ever has as well! The accompanying potatoes were roasted in garlic and offered a delicious, sweet over roasted flavor. The spinach with cherry tomatoes was a great contrast and looked beautiful on the plate. The garlic risotto was also outstanding! Portions are generous!! But if you're still hungry after dinner, give their apple tart a try, it's HUGE! If you just want to satisfy your sweet tooth without a huge dessert, the Chocolate Pots de Crème is a GREAT choice, rich and flavorful without being too rich. The service was great and prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    Charlie325a
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Whenever I am in the area, I will try to make a visit to the Thornton River Grille. Good food, great grill, fun servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Castleton Music Events
    karmag
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The servers here were top notch--very helpful and friendly. Five of us were heading to the wonderful Castleton venue for an evening of opera music and were unfamiliar with the small windy roads we found ourselves on. The entire wait staff joined in on helping us find our way. Oh, and the food was delicious and attractive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Thornton River Grille
    outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The Thornton River Grille is always wonderful. We return again and again and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in Sperryville
    Poppi47VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We love to find restaurants that are a short walk from where we are staying. Thornton River Grille is just a few stops from several B&B's in Sperryville (We stayed at Hopkins Ordinary-excellent). We loved everything about the place. The food was very good and my desert was better than anything I have had in DC. A wonderful find whether you are hiking in Shenandoah NP, driving the Civil War trail or just antiquing the countryside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on our anniversary
    allane3
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We eat at the Grille often. It never disappoints us with the excellent quality of both the food & service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a quiet night. The
    ToughCritic
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It was a quiet night. The food came fast (too fast to enjoy our bottle of wine). Food was excellent. Dining room was small but quiet. There isn't much competition in the area for that type of restaurant but they do a good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Caliber
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Excellent service,beautiful presentation,delicious food.Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dinner
    Holly
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is the third time I've dined at the Thorton River Grille. The relaxed ambience combined with the elegant dishes makes the Thorton River Grille a perfect spot for romantics for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, etc. The portions are quite generous and the prices were affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best steaks ever
    jjarrells
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have eaten many steaks and I would put this one right up there in the top 5. My girlfriend ordered the chipolte shirmp and they were also some of the best ever. We will be coming back to try some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR SECRET
    mrubin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Incredible find, this place would be at home in any area known for fabulous restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious meal,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Absolutely delicious meal, snapper was superb. Risotto cake was not what I envisioned, but was true comfort food once more goat cheese was added. Staff was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.