Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville

4.6
1278 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
At this time we ask that you please call for reservations for parties over 4 people 434-296-4630 as space is limited due to social distancing.
Established in 1965 as Charlottesville's premier steakhouse, dinner the Barn has become a Charlottesville tradition. Serving only the finest Certified Angus Steaks, award winning Roast Prime Rib, exceptional seafood and fine wines.
We are now open Wednesday - Saturday for inside dining, curbside pickup and outside seating when weather permits.

We are following all safe distancing guidelines and are disinfecting all areas frequently. We look forward to seeing you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1278 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRichardW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I are not what you would call beef aficionados. We rarely go to steak houses. I think just once before to Smith and Wollensky in NYC which was outstanding.

With those disclaimers, I must say Aberdeen Barn exceeded our expectations. We both had roast beef, her's the Princess cut about 8 ounces, I had the regular cut, which was a bit much, but tender and delicious--plans already made for the remains in a Shepard's Pie.

Baked potato was excellent, the steak fries, not so much. I can't understand why it is so few American restaurants don't understand that french fries should be double fried. Creamed spinach was excellent as was the "real" key lime pie we had for dessert.

Excellent service by Austin topped off a great evening.

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DinahS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, waiters and atmosphere. Love this place.

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TWLW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, but far from remarkable. I would call it pretty close to Outback quality at pretty close to Ruth's Chris prices. The service was excellent, very friendly and attentive. I probably wouldn't go again though.

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GregO
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Prime Rib, Scallops, and Crab Cakes. In fact, everything was excellent, from the starters to the dessert. The staff is most excellent, as well.

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Carl
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Over priced for the amount and quality! It was just eh.

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AnneZ
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was great! Love the charcoal flavor. Only minus is the price

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Coco
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

IOt reminded me of a 1960's steakhouse that has probably seen its heyday. Food was ok but way overpriced, My son did get a nice piece of prime rib. Waiter was very attentive though.

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TreyW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was and always is amazing! A Charlottesville staple that I am so happy is surviving! Eat here!

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Aberdeen Barn is a classy steak house that reminds me of upscale country pubs in England. The food and service are always excellent. It makes me feel good to visit when I am in the States.

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HermanB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 6 of us enjoyed this delightful evening at Aberdeen Barn

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Delicious
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visit to Charlottesville with birthday celebration at Aberdeen Barn.

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Bmfoodxrittic
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Clean, good service, decent value. Could use updating

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JanetteG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Always great food and service with a quiet atmosphere

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TraceyT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. The food was awesome was cooked perfectly the first time. We were giving hot dinner rolls as needed. We enjoyed our dinner. Keep up the good work.

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chrisk
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening
Service was excellent
Cocktails were very good.
Very nice wine list.
And the steaks were top notch

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patriciac
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food but not like the good old days, precovid.

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LenP
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good when we come here for dinner. We've been coming here for over 30 years and have never had a problem. One of the best steak houses in the country in our opinion, and we've been to many across the country.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Our server, Drew, was attentive and friendly. The decor is a bit out dated but I think that adds to the whole experience. Great place for a special occasion. Would recommend!

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krista122
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great steaks and a great wine list. Good place to take a group.

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Scilla
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Aberdeen Barn is going to extreme lengths to create an excellent dining experience during these strange times. The food, as always, was superb. The service was attentive yet careful. Tables are spaced really far apart which made us feel we were having a private dinner. We love the Aberdeen Barn for a traditional old-school steakhouse experience. It’s a very special place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding at the Aberdeen barn. So very nice

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vickys
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was great! Highly recommend! Our server Kathleen was terrific!

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RandyT5194
Greensboro
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

McCormick & Schmick, it's not. It's a college town steakhouse. Overstuffed leather banquettes, nice wooden panelling, brass that was last polished when Ford was president. My "New York Strip" was maybe 1" thick. The creamed spinach was inedible (what was that chemical taste?). The sauteed mushrooms were OK, but not overly plentiful and seemed to have come from a can. The baked potatoes were large (good) and tasteless/overcooked (for a 7pm reservation... how do you do that?)

Sorry, for my $60 a head I expected something classier. Instead, we walked in to a foyer that features an open storage closet.

Now, to be fair, we had a nice time. The waitress was wonderful, friendly, chatty in a good way. The service was prompt.. The classic breadsticks and cheese. She really enjoyed her prime rib.

So sorry to bring bad news. If you're reliving your college days, or if you want to impress your sorority date by spending big bucks, you'll love it. If you're an objective food lover, you'll tolerate it.

I'll click on "Yes, would recommend to a friend" but only because I suspect there's nothing better here.

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vipBillC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve gone to AB for a long time. It’s still just as terrific today as our first time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal with attentive service!

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AnnetteC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were from out of town and really wanted Steak. Was exactly what we were looking for. Great food, drinks and surroundings. Will return if back in Charlottesville

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RonRon
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service. We go every year for New Years eve. It was a little different this year with the pandemic.

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TobyN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with excellent food and outstanding service.

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AnthonyS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening!

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Whit
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding, as always! Thoroughly enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience here! The food and staff are fantastic!

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MichaelM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went back 2nd night in a row. The 1st night the steak was superb. This time it was fair and had lots of fat. A bit of a disappointment, especially at this price level.

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kjrkjr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as expect at the Barn. I would say that it's not as nostalgic and traditional/semi formal as it used to be. Lot's of kiddos, shorts and flip flops, and ball caps and camo. Love all those things personally, but just not at the Barn. Will definitely continue to spend money, just observation. With 20% tip, bill for two was around $200...petit filet, NY strip, crab cake app, two salads, two glasses of wine and two liquor desert coffees.

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loved
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been dining here since I moved to Charlottesville from NJ in 2001. Always a special place for us whether a special occasion or treating ourselves to a great meal. over the past 20 years I feel things may have changed a little less to what thing once were but overall still the best for a great steak/prime rib.

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TheresaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here since our first date ten years ago and love the ambience and the atmosphere! food is amazing and perfect!!!

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Steve
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always . I’ve had every cut of meat and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu

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kippA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic, COVID compliant, As always the food was great, server was amazing... Angela and her Staff brought another great night of what started as a steak craving into a great night of food and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We had Scallops and a petit fillet. The scallops were over cooked the fillet was cooked properly “medium” but lacked flavor. The restaurant was not very busy, so they can’t say they food was over cooked due to have a lot orders. For a “steak place” we were disappointed in the quality of the food. We don’t mind paying higher prices for quality food. Unfortunately Aberdeen Barn missed the mark.

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PhilandSusan
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A good meal, but the service is what makes dining here so special. Our waiter was very attentive, and took care of us well. We enjoyed our food very much. One of our party was not satisfied with his prime rib, as he had asked for rare, and received medium well done. Otherwise, everything was delicious! We always enjoy our visits to Aberdeen Barn Charlottesville.

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Carrie
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great as always. Servers are excellent.

FAQs

Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville is rated 4.6 stars by 1278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.