Downtown Grille

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Steakhouse
Step into the bar for a specialty cocktail or enjoy Fresh Mid-western corn-fed Prime beef, stunning seafood and our extensive wine list honored by The Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" for the past 20 years. Exquisite dining, superb ambiance, and professional staff.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sommelier!!!! Great service.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Completely wonky evening. The main attraction, the 16oz ribeye was so tough I think it was from a cow on its last legs. The service was really out of sequence. 20 min to order drinks, appetizer was served cold before the drinks. Dishes were not cleared timely...get it together front of the house and find a good butcher shop.

TJ
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, knowledgeable waiter and sommelier.

JR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding with lots of good choices. The restaurant was not crowded so the Serra’s impeccable.

d
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wish I lived in Charlottesville! Then I could eat at this fantastic restaurant as often as I liked. All five of us were really satisfied with our food: halibut, salmon, crab cake, soups and salads, burgers etc., not to forget the delicious key lime pie and flourless chocolate tart.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great, steak was fatty

R
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Dinner with friends and we enjoyed the overall experience. I would return but would not get the prime rib which was today’s special. It lacked flavor and given the explanation by the wait staff and price, it missed the mark pretty badly. My friends enjoyed their entrees and we shared the cheesecake for dessert and loved it! Wine wasn’t too shabby either.

C
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service, but slightly overpriced for the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

FA
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Initially served a lousy cut of filet mignon. Sent it back. Waiter was great, manager was haughty.

CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and dining experience. The NY strip and ribeye were spectacular, as was the Baltimore style crab cake appetizer - no filler just jumbo lump crab meat and delicious sauce.

s
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a lovely meal. We sat on patio on a lovely night. Great service, great food. Fun to watch the activity on the Downtown Mall.

RK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a pleasant dinner with my daughter.

Missed the creamed spinach side. Should bring it back.

Generally very good!

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience!! Food and service were exceptional. Owner came by our table and was a good conversationalist and friendly. 10 out of 10

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience!! I have a severe seafood allergy and they were able to accommodate me. I was impressed by Martin, our server, as he proactively told me what was safe for me to eat and what dishes could be modified. The food was high quality and the atmosphere was nice.

CR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though pricey, it was one of the best meals we’ve had in Charlottesville or other places as well. The seafood was cooked and seasoned perfectly! It was not overly seasoned which is a mistake too many restaurants do. The vegetables were fresh and well prepared. The fried Brussels sprouts were excellent. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. He was quite helpful and pleasant ! We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was great. Our server Andre was appropriately attentive.

DE
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family dinner. Very attentive staff and excellent food.

R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my birthday dinner.
The food and setting were great. My filet was overdone, but still very good. (I did not send it back).
Overall, the food was pleasant. The wine and cocktails were very good.

MA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very welcoming environment with congenial staff and great food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

College visit with my son and nephew. Service was outstanding. Food very good. Fruit flies made it less of an experience. Overall terrific.

L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Best steak I’ve had! Would definitely recommend and will be back next time I’m in town!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Returning to college!

D
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2 of us for dinner. Split Shrimp Cocktail with Watermelon Gazpacho. Shrimp were a bit small and dry/overcooked. Split the Berry Salad which we each liked. Split the Prime NY Strip steak. It came a perfect medium rare. Had wonderful flavor. Not overly salted or peppered. One of the best steaks I recall eating including at all of the big steakhouses (Ruth, Morton, Prime, etc). Wine list is nice. We drank from Virginia and were very happy. It was a lightly traffic Sunday night. Service was very good. Noise level was low. We would recommend and certainly return for another shot at that steak.

a
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steak place and wonderful location in the downtown region. Food and service were excellent for a Sunday evening dinner. Only complaint was the whole place smelled like grilled meat (could be fine for some) and made the ambiance “stuffy”. Otherwise, great place with reasonable prices compared to other steakhouses.

JM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant to celebrate a birthday. Best steakhouse in Charlottesville, wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. Great wine list.

OR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was just ok, and service was sluggish!

MC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting from Philadelphia and decided to have dinner at Downtown Grille. We had a great time. The food was delicious, our sever was fantastic, the ambiance was perfect.

RR
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were very accommodating especially when they missed up on on orders. I have Guly recommend this restaurant.

N
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service, portions and the food and dessert were delicious.

TO
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First visit happened to be restaurant week, so it was a good deal! But we felt rushed - in and out in less than an hour. The place was half-empty, so they didn't need our table.
Very extensive wine list that could get very expensive if you choose.

C
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. Caleb served us great wine. The chief Alex prepared wonderful food. I would recommend The Downtown Grille

CM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

A friend and I visited during restaurant week. I had been before she had not. The meat was so tough very disappointed. I had the steak she had the pork. It took her forever to cut each piece and then longer to chew it. The portion size were good but meat so tough and over cooked.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great meal and great deal for Restaurant Week. Recommend.

MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were visiting from Pa. We found this gem after paging through local restaurants on Google. We booked a reservation. We arrived on time and the host wanted to seat us near the kitchen which we were not too happy about. He then suggested a pub table near the bar or a table in their banquet room. We took the banquet room table. It was like having our own dining room. Although I felt the restaurant was noisy, being in the banquet room made it much quieter. The food and service were excellent.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful birthday dinner at the grill, never disappointed.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time, and can't recommend the management staff enough! They were so nice in bringing my husband and I a fun extra wine to try, and took the time to talk with us about their experience becoming a sommelier.

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was very unsatisfied with the steak. There were only 5 decent bites, the remainder was all fat.

u
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evening dinner with our grandson

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