We made a reservation for six, using Open Table, and we were hoping to celebrate my husband's birthday. When we arrived 10 minutes before our reservation time, the restaurant was CLOSED! The sign said they had a private party. So our group had to scramble to find another restaurant. I called Brookville and left a message - asking for a call back, and of course, they have not called.
Not good at all - and I certainly won't recommend them.
Four of us went to Brookville on Saturday night. it was uncrowded when we sat down at 7 but had started to fill up by the time we left.
The menu was more limited then I recall it being on 2 prior visits. 5 or 6 entrees. This probably is due to their policy of all ingredients being sourced from with 100 miles of the restaurant which I am sure is difficult in April. Go
We all enjoyed what we had but nothing special. No reason to hurry back.
Had been wanting to catch this place for lunch. My son and I went on Sunday near noon.
He wanted a cup of coffee but was told there would be a wait. After waiting 10 minutes , he switched to a Bloody Mary which hadtoo much horseradish in it. It would not go up a straw. This was $10.00
The restaurant has a small menu split between lunch and breakfast items. We picked a Brookville specialty which is like a pancake sandwich with an egg described to us as being like a Mc Griddle with maple syrup inside (as well as bacon) . Cost was $12.00. I added chicken breast to mine for $6.00 more.
There was a long wait to get the food. We got complimentary cornbread which was dry. This was a sign of things to come. The pancakes were VERY dry ...no sign of maple syrup and none served on the side. We asked for syrup but that could not make the dish edible. The chicken was a small breast which was overdone.
We were very disappointed and do not expect to make a return visit.
This wasnt the first time ive eaten here so I knew the food was going to be good. My only complaint was the table they sat us at. It was just two of us and we got put at a table against the wall facing out the window sitting next to each other. It was weird. Sitting on the same side of the table is odd if its just two ppl, but we didnt have much of an option considering how packed the place was. Food and service was great, just wish my back wasnt to the restaurant.
We ate at Brookville for the first time, on a night with a special menu (Valentine's Day). There were a few choices each for appetizer, main and dessert (although 2 of the 4 desserts were sold out by 8:30 when we arrived). We had a refreshing apple & beet salad, a delicious pork chop, and two decadent chocolate desserts. The other appetizer was just so-so: decadent, creamy grits with bacon (great) with a cold poached egg on top (not great). I'm guessing they made the eggs ahead of time, but why wouldn't you warm it up a little before serving? The other odd note was the butternut squash risotto, which only had a few small chunks of squash in it, and was very soupy when it first arrived. It also tasted like the wine hadn't been cooked off thoroughly (bitter). I asked the server what was in it, and he said "I don't know." So that's not good. He offered to have it cooked more once I described what seemed to be wrong. The kitchen had him tell me that it was actually just a very strong, funky cheese that gave it the bitter flavor. They did still cook it more for me, and add more butter to "cut the bitterness." So maybe it just wasn't to my taste. Or maybe if it had more butternut squash in it, it would have balanced the bitterness a bit better.
We ate here two years ago and loved it. The sauces and spices were delectable. But this time, on Valentine's Day no less, we were quite underwhelmed. The steak was so rare as to be cool (waitress never asked how we'd like it), and the pork was just plain bland. With two drinks, we ended up dropping nearly $180. Won't do that again. The wait staff were all teenagers -- nothing against that per se -- but they were inattentive and inexperienced.
My wife and I went to Brookeville as an early Valentine's dinner. The portions and the menu were small but the food was fantastic. They use all local ingredients and clearly the chef knows what they're doing. However, the service was awful. It appeared that they were understaffed as pretty much every table around us was having trouble getting a hold of their server the whole night. It didn't make for a great Valentine's dinner, but we did get some laughs out of how bad the experience was.
I would love to give this restaurant another shot because the food is great, but I'm not willing to spend another $100 to gamble on their service.
I like knowing where the food comes from and that everything is made fresh. I also enjoy the mixture of sweet and savory. The servers are able to explain the menu well and are attentive.
Really enjoyed the table they gave us here which had both of us sitting next to each other right in front of a window that overlooked the Downtown Mall. The complimentary bacon popcorn was amazing, the carrot bisque was deceivingly simple in look but PHENOMENAL in flavor, and the chicken and waffles were an innovative and delicious take!
While the food was adequate (though not outstanding) it was priced a bit higher than other places close by. Further, my son commented that dining there was like visiting the cheese shop in the Monty Python sketch - they were out of a lot of things (toast, straws, etc.). We were left alone for long stretches, and then when we got the bill (67.00 for 3 of us) the "suggested tip" on the bill ran from 20-30%. I usually tip well above 20%, but to suggest 30% just hit me wrong. Suffice it to say that I will not likely return to Brookville. There are too many other options that are much better.
We went with friends for Restaurant Week and loved the food and ambiance and view of the Downtown Mall. The staff was very knowledgable of the food and drink menus and offered great suggestions. The only thing I would say is that it was a little chilly but after a cocktail I warmed up. I would recommend making sure to have a sweater or light jacket to be able to wear in the restaurant in the winter time. Overall a WONDERFUL restaurant with AMAZING food and drink and service!!
We had been wanting to try Brookville, so made a dinner reservation for New Year's Eve. Perhaps our expectations were too high -- and, while the food was very good, the service was mediocre and the ambience was....."meh". That stated, we were seated in the outer room next to the bar area -- and the inner dining area did appear nicer. Overall, it's an OK place to dine -- but you have to do better than OK to survive in the Charlottesville restaurant market.
Had high expectations for this place, given how locally sourced their menu items were (really impressive...and that's exactly what drew me here). Unfortunately, the ambiance was really poor (almost no character and very low energy), the service was sub par, felt very rushed, no attention to detail, and when I asked questions about the menu, I was given very little or no responses (just a simple head shake, or a yes/no answer). I really expected for a place so tied to the local food movement, that they would be able to tell me a bit more about what the menu offered. There wasn't really anyone else there either (for a Friday night...maybe we were there a little on the late end at 9 pm as we had just gotten into town), but it felt incredible awkward and cold. I really tried to fall in love with this place because I believe in and support their mission, but we felt like the servers were staring at us all evening, listening to every word we said, not ever checking in on us, pushing us out, counting the minutes down until we walked out. The food was good for the most part but otherwise, the service and ambiance were a real let down. I wish we had gone elsewhere for our night in Charlottesville...
While we've never been to Brookville for dinner—not that we wouldn't like to, just that it hasn't happened—their brunch is absolutely top-notch. 95% of their ingredients are sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant, so everything is fresh and the menu changes frequently to reflect seasonal availability. Usually, I'm a sucker for the Brook Griddle, which is an epic pancake sandwich with egg and bacon. This past weekend I branched out and had the tasso ham grits with a soft egg and maple syrup. It was just enough food to fill me up without being stuffed. My partner got the BFP (big fluffy pancake) and, as usual, he only finished about 3/4 of it, even with my help! As if the awesome food wasn't enough, the service is exceptional: lots of drink refills, just enough checking in to feel looked after. I also love their restaurant space. We were seated at a little two-person table facing the downtown mall and had the best time people watching. Thanks again for an amazing brunch, Brookville staff!
Overall, had a good experience at the Bookville. The sound level is very low and was a good environment for extended conversations. The food is very good and comes from local sources. It's not cheap though! A hamburger was $25, for example. But soup, steak, and pork were of outstanding quality. A good place to go, if one doesn't mind the priciness.
We ordered the tasting menu, for two. It was all good, but was very little food. It was $65 a head and we left and literally went next door and ordered more food as we were still quite hungry. Normally with a tasting menu the problem is more being stuffed.
The tasting menu was five items: a watermelon salad, a pear salad, scrambled eggs, a piece of chicken, and a half-piece of cake. All of these were small proportions, but there were only the five, not like the twenty you often do on tastings.
To be fair, the food that we got was all tasty, but the service was very lacking and there just wasn't much food. And ONLY the chicken could possibly justify a $13 charge each.
Chef is very creative and talented. Have loved every item I have ever ordered. Vegetarian friendly. Stephanie makes great drinks.
Went for Restaurant week - hadn't been for dinner, only for lunch previously. Food was delicious - though the portions were small. Charming restaurant on the downtown mall. We'll be back.
Amazing local food! We went during Restaurant Week and each of the three courses was great. Perfect place to get delicious local fare.
The food is trying too hard to be fancy, but it lacked in flavor and was too fussy. The menu is very confusing and impossible to understand. The ambiance is non-existent. We tried Brookville twice thinking the first try they were just having an off night, but the second experience was on par with the first. This restaurant definitely thinks very highly of itself, but they fail to do the important things well like serve good food and good drinks. The food is extremely over-priced for what it is, burgers should not cost $20 unless they have gold flakes mixed in, just saying. This is Charlottesville, not NYC and if this restaurant were in the big apple it would close after a week because the food is not good. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The food was absolutely delicious, love that it's sourced locally, the server very friendly, helpful, prompt, both owners/chefs came out to say hello and check on us, and the server even kept our dogs well watered with us out on the patio on the Downtown Mall, stepping over the dogs as needed! Some of our medium sized party arrived late, and they gracefully accommodated us placing our orders at different times. By far one of the best places to eat in Cville...go eat there!
What a great surprise! Brookville is not just all about bacon anymore! As a longtime vegetarian, I have never been to this restaurant because previously it seemed every dish contained bacon in some form. When I saw all their veggie selections on their new online menu, I decided to give it a try. The food was delicious and very fresh. My co-diners loved it as well. If you have been avoiding Brookville because of the heavy bacon influence, now is the time to give it a try! The server was wonderful as well, resulting in a fun and enjoyable dining experience.
I found the food to be wonderful but I was annoyed that we did not get forewarned that the menu was only the prix fixe option for graduation weekend. I would have been nice to be notified, since I was looking forward to some of the a la carte items on the menu on-line. If it wasn't dinner time on a Friday night, we would have gone elsewhere.
Great for a afternoon date. Yummy, local, and lots of charm. It's upstairs so you can't sit outside
Brookville never disappoints. The consistency and quality of the fare is always top notch. We had a Mother's Day brunch out on the patio
First, all locally produced vegetables and proteins. Menu is always changing. I enjoyed my meal very much, chicken and waffles. Thought there would be more vegetarian selections for my daughter. Definitely a better date night local. I would go back again.
Brookville has the same great food as always but a little bit lower prices that are great for those of us living on grad student budgets! 87 stars!!!!!!
Superb comfort food. Egg specialities! Genuine local. Fun craft cocktail menu.
Tucked away off C-ville Downtown Mall second floor gem
The ambience was fantastic in Brookville. I really loved the indoor decor for a warm intimate brunch. As a coffee lover, I was very impressed by the use of french press instead of a coffee brewer. While the coffee is never quite as hot, it tastes all the better. My only complaint is about the butter. With the meal Brookville serves warm, soft cornbread with rock hard butter. It would behoove them to put the butter out to get to room temperature first. Trying to spread the butter on the cornbread was a foo's errand. The cornbread crumbled into dust.
I was in Charlottesville to run a half marathon on Valentine's Day morning, and perhaps it was because it was a "holiday" that the Brookeville appeared to be severely understaffed by the time my friend and I came for a post-race lunch. We were seated immediately, but had to ask for water two times before our glasses were filled (whereas, other tables were seated and provided water immediately). It took at least 10-15 minutes after we were seated for the waitress to come to our table -- given, it seemed that there was only one server + the hostess for the entire restaurant.
Having been a server in the past, I know it's hard to cover an entire restaurant by yourself, so I don't blame the server as much as I blame the management for understaffing on a weekend during prime brunch hours.
With that said, once we were hydrated and caffeinated, my friend and I were more than happy to have a casual lunch. The food was delicious (we both ended up with breakfast sandwiches -- I had the bacon and she had the sausage), which were hefty in portion and absolutely delicious. Perfect after burning calories all morning.
I would definitely give the Brookeville another try in the future, and hope that the service improves!
While some of the food is not bad, it is very overpriced for what you get. An average person with a salad, entree, wine and desert will spend over $60 with tip. - that's one person. For a $7 desert I got one slice of bread with a little ice cream as a desert. My wife had finished a glass of wine and wanted a little more, but not a whole glass. Asked if they would sell her half a glass. They said they could charge her the full $10 and only give her half. We declined. There is nothing that prevents a restaurant
We had a perfect dinner at Brookville. The food and service was excellant. It was a celebration for my son's 21st birthday, and they went out of their way to ensure it was celebrated with champagne and a birthday dessert. Did I say the food was outstanding? All around great find, and we have been coming to Charlottesville for years and had not discovered this place. The only minor issue was that it was a bit cold. A warm fire would be a nice addition.
Being there on the last night of Restaurant Week may have led to the less than exceptional food I was expecting. I had the fish and chips. The fish was not flaky, but seemed undercooked. I had the carrot cake which was stale and dry. My table mates had the beef stroganoff and said it was very good.
I would like to try this places again when it is its regular mode and maybe it will bethe high quality I was expecting.
The quality of food was excellent but the quantity of fofood was small.
Very nice menu featuring all local ingredients, including the alcohol which looked to be all within state. The service was particularly nice with genuinely friendly and relaxed staff. Food preparation was beautiful and not overdone or fussy. Chef is definitely a class act.
Brookville has created a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. Lush interiors, exposed brick, slick leathers, dark woods, and burlap. Upscale, but casual and relaxed. Fantastic use of space. It was a visual and touch experience of contradictions. And it was beautifully done. If this review was solely regarding interior design, Brookville would easily have attained 5 stars.
Unfortunately, the theme of contradictions carried through into the food, and the result was not so favorable. The steak lettuce wrap was delicious: highly flavorful, well blended, and complicated yet complimentary flavors. Wonderfully constructed and executed. The black bean tostada fell flat. Bland, simple, absolutely unremarkable. This is how the entire meal progressed. One dish would be tasty, interesting. The next, unimpressive.
Brookville excels at the local sourcing of ingredients, and the concept of a menu that constantly changes as a result. However, with the wealth of phenomenal dining experiences in Charlottesville, there are many others we would revisit before Brookville. Their creativity and dedication to locally sourcing makes their failings in delivery all the more disappointing.
Restaurant week probably wasn't the best time to check this out. The apps and entrees were good -- not fab but good. Love the fact that it was almost all locally sourced. Lovely drink pairings and nice local wines (only 2 reds and 2 whites available by the glass).
Tostada first course was tasty and the small entree portion of stroganoff was quite good. Wouldn't have ordinarily ordered dessert and should have sent back what I was served -- a piece of carrot cake that was probably delicious before it got totally stale and dried out.
Service was very friendly and pretty efficient. Very nice looking rooms -- they didn't try to hide the flaws in the building and there are many, but it works. Somehow expected a fancier place and was surprised to see staff in what appeared to be 'farm clothing' but hey, local farms are a big part of the appeal, right? Anyway, don't feel like you have to "dress for dinner" here!
Great concept, obviously talented folks using quality ingredients. Will definitely try it again.
We made a reservation but our friends were late in arriving. The staff was awesome about keeping us informed about what table was available in 30 minutes. We hung out at the bar and had some awesome drinks. They made a special non alcoholic drink for me! The food was delicious. We had the black beans which were surprisingly good. Pork belly, chicken & waffles, meatballs were also great. I would skip dessert though. It was decent but not up to the same level as the rest of the menu.
Fascinating use of area food with many of the choices involving pork, The inside room was quiet, the seats very comfortable and the service was excellent. Great place to go for a leisurely meal with a good companion.
My main complaint about Brookville is the food. Not that it's bad, it's actually pretty good. (Not great, mind you.) But the owners have decided to be cheap so you get a little bit of food, made from stuff that's pretty cheap to acquire, and you pay, relatively speaking, a lot of money. With tip, we spent $80 on two meals that left us still hungry afterward. Also, frustratingly, they say their menu changes every day, but not on their website! So we figured those were staples that would be available in addition what they would serve on New Year's Eve. Wrong! Those items were nowhere to be found. Not to mention that the vegetarian options were almost non-existent, which frustrated my wife. Everything had to be cooked with some meat in it. Here's your complimentary popcorn, cooked in lard! (Etc.) Overall, nothing was terrible about the restaurant, but everything was a little wonky and cheap and the wait staff was just shy of totally professional and on it. Our waitress, for example, gave us "complimentary" New Year's sparkling wine, but it literally filled about an inch of the glass. Was that being intentionally cheap or just incompetent? We'll never know because we won't be going back.