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About Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville

Established in 1965 as Charlottesville's premier steakhouse, dinner at "the Barn" has become a Charlottesville tradition. Serving only the finest Certified Angus Steaks, award winning Roast Prime Rib, exceptional seafood & fine wines.

2018 Holiday Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Emmett St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 296-4630

Website:
http://www.aberdeenbarn.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz music at our piano bar on Friday & Saturday evenings.

Parking Details:
We have a private parking lot adjacent to our building as well as street parking.

Executive Chef:
Robert Johnson

Private Party Facilities:
Aberdeen Barn is the perfect setting for your wedding rehearsal dinner, holiday party, business dinner or any special occasion that demands an excellent meal & exceptional service. We offer versatile accommodations & a wide selection of menu choices for any size gathering.

Private Party Contact:
Angela: (434) 296-4630

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Aberdeen Barn - Charlottesville Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for a Date (28)
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Good for Birthdays (26)
Romantic (21)
Casual (18)
Business Meals (18)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Music (3)
Live Sports (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was good. Very traditional menu and a pleasant (also traditional) ambiance. Service was nothing special. I had told them it was my hauband’s birthday and there was no acknowledgement. It was pricey considering the entire experience. I know it has been voted a great place to go on a special occasion, but that was not our experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The prime rib and key lime pie were amazing! I wish there were better appetizer options. I’ve had the lamb before and although good, not worth the price. The service is excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Everthing was good but for the fact they over cooked my husband New York strip. He sent it back and we left. Prime rib was awesome!! Oysters were very small in Rockefeller

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The beef was amazing..and the house-made salad dressings were excellent. The sides however, were very disappointing, even served cold.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was understaffed, steak was overcooked. But the wine was good. Overpriced for the poor meal they offered.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went to dinner with my wife for her birthday. When we entered we saw that they were very busy but seated us right away due to our reservation. We met our waiter and he was very attentive throughout our whole dinner process.

My wife and I both ordered Prime ribs and they were cooked to Perfection and outstanding. I would highly recommend going if you have a mind to and we intend to be back very soon again.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Absolutely the best prime rib in the area that I have found. Food fresh and the wedge salad was outstanding

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wanted to have a nice meal and we haven't been to AB in awhile so it was an easy choice. When it popped up on OpenTable, that sealed the deal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Continues to be my go to special occasion restaurant in Charlottesville. And a great place for business dinners. The best prime rib you will find anywhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had reservation for New Years Eve. The food was absolutely delicious. All food was cooked perfectly. Our waiter was awesome. Would highly recommend. It is very pricey but good place for special occasions. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The “Barn” is a Charlottesville institution. The quality of the food is outstanding and the service is attentive without being intrusive. Always a favorite place to go to especially when you want a great piece of prime rib.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Absolutely fantastic steak and excellent service! The restaurant was filled but not too loud. It's retro decor is authentic yet not shabby. It's cozy seating is tight yet private. A friend recommended it and we were disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Quaint yet dated steakhouse. Service is average with only one waiter for all the tables in our section and a busboy to assistant him. Blande salad. Poor quality dressing. Meat was cooked well and exactly to our order. The vegetables were overcooked and the escargot was well served but missing baguettes. We didn't stay for dessert. Overall 3 out of 5 stars.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We chose this location to celebrate my husbands birthday based on their online reviews. Our waitress Katherine was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The wine list was extensive and full of variety. The food was magnificent!! We appreciated that each course was brought out with the right amount of timing so we could enjoy it and not feel rushed. The starter salads and toppings were fresh, the steaks were flavorful and cooked to perfection, and the dessert was mouthwatering. We will definitely be visiting this location again the next time we’re in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Not the best value or menu variety, but a good fancy option...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Old School Steak house with delicious, generous portioned, well -prepared steak and prime rib. Crab cakes were also delicious. Loved the complimentary sesame sticks and crock of cheddar cheese spread .

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner with my wife was perfect. Appetizers of Oyster Rockefeller was a little over done, but we’re very tasty and the Escargot was outstanding. Steaks a spot on prepared perfectly to our doneness and my Lobster Tail was amazing. Our side dishes of house salads and both baked and Aberdeen potatoes were also delicious. No room for desert however I can assure you it’s probably delicious as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We went to the Aberdeen Barn after a basketball game because my husband was craving steak. It was a lovely evening. We were seated in a spot that enabled us to hear the piano man while still feeling private. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious. What more could you ask?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary and the staff was very attentive. Food was excellent as always and this is where we have gone to celebrate since our 13th anniversary as long as we have Lived here and will continue!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Attentive, professional service worthy of NYC. Known for beef, prepared expertly.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I have been here at least four times- always a friendly and accommodating wait staff, great food

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Birthday dinner for son- same awesome roast beef - will be back soon I hope

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Absolutely wonderful dinner for 2. Romantic, great salads, perfect steaks. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent filet steaks. Service was great. First time dining here but had been recommended by a number of people. We live an hour from Charlottesville so are not normally there at 5:00 which is when they open. Wish they opened for lunch. Definitely a great steakhouse with a different and wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Aberdeen Barn is, and for years has been, the place for beef in Charlottesville.
Forget the "competition", the Barn has none, they are in a class by themselves!
Fabulous prime rib, superior service of the kind I find nowhere else, clean and friendly atmosphere.
We look forward to about 3 or 4 visits per year, and hope to continue them.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful beef - it has ruined me for any other place for prime rib.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Prime Rib, great atmosphere, and great service as usual!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Prime rib was 40%fat I asked for the large cut it was not

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our favorite restaurant! We drive for 3 1/2 hours just to eat here!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Still a favorite after all these years! Best prime rib ever!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We dine at Aberdeen Barn before every home UVA game against Virginia Tech. The vibe in the restaurant is incredible. The waitstaff dresses in UVA colors. It's the perfect place to dine on Game Day! Last Friday, we noticed some VT fans in the restaurant, but they were seated in the back corner which was appropriate. We also visit Aberdeen Barn every year for my birthday which is super awesome :) and we try to squeeze in other visits as well. The Prime Rib is to die for. The cocktails are always perfectly made, and the food, no matter what you order, is fresh and delicious. It is a one hour commute for us from our home to the restaurant, but well worth it. How can you not be excited when you are on your way to Aberdeen Barn!?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My husband and I were there to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were gracious, timely and helpful. The food was delicious, but a little pricey; but fine for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Although the service was excellent, we were a bit disappointed in the food, especially my medium-rare ribeye. Although it was tasty and relatively tender, it was over cooked. I ordered medium rare and after a few bites I took out my phone to get a better look at the done-ness in the darkened restaurant. It was barely medium. The salads were good, and the blue cheese butter on my steak was great. However, having the steak not cooked to my specification is a restaurant that claims to specialize in good steaks certainly lessened the value to me. I didn't complain about the steak because by the time I lit up the steak to see how it had been cooked, I had consumed a fair amount of it and it would not have been fair to ask them to replace it at that point. That's on me, but the next time we are in the area, we will likely not go back. It's a shame, because it has all the appearances of a good eatery except for the cooking-to-order part.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Shrimp rubbery, tough

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent. As always.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Third time this year we have eaten here. Tonight our waiter continually served through us, splashing us with water and beverages including dropping soda across my wife’s plate. Food was far below previous experiences. Seafood was over cooked and cool when served. Steaks were less flavorful then usual.

After spending $300 for dinner, will be hard pressed to return for some time.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great prime rib, extra thick, that paired with a good beer and salad made for a better than expected meal.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our first time here. We enjoyed our corner table and the food was great. Our waitress was super friendly and just the right mix of attentiveness.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 7, 2017

It was a very busy night and i think that was reflected in the service. The steaks were perfectly dome and very tasty as always.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Classic Charlottesville restaurant. The ribeye and Clams Casino were fabulous as usual. Great, warm service. Love this place.

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