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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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
3 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
11 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
4 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
61 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

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visiting Charlottesville VA for the first time and we were looking for a romantic spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Downtown Grill checked off all the boxes, great food, service and price.

GG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the rack of lamb which was cooked perfectly. We both enjoyed that. We also ordered the tomahawk pork chop Milanese. It is our fault for not asking but it turns out that Milanese means "battered and deep fried served with a lemon wedge." It was good once we removed most of the breading but I would have preferred it without. The Brussels sprouts were very good. We also had a couple glasses of the Rafael et Fils Pour Rosie Chardonnay which is one of the best Chards I've ever had. I ordered a case of it when I got home.

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always consistent and high quality. One of my favorite places in Charlottesville.

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

Ate at the Downtown Grille in Charlottesville tonight and had the best Grouper entree. Had the pleasure of speaking with the chef (Chris) who described the ingredients. Our waiter was Cory,who provided excellent care. Superb!

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Fabulous martinis! Excellent steak cooked to perfection with gratin potatoes and asparagus. The service at DT Grille excellent always.

MT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service from the first course to the last!

m
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal! Drinks, food, service—all terrific.

SM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

What should have been an enjoyable Father's Day dinner turned into a fiasco. A lettuce wedge was ordered and was served with spoiled leaves. A second salad was brought to the table and it had brown leaves as well. A rib eye was ordered medium and was served burnt in two pieces. The waiter asked if everything was cooked to our liking and then answered yes for us and then left without waiting for a response. When we told the waiter it was not cooked correctly he left and got the manager. The manager stated the steak was well done and asked if we wanted another one. He brought out a shrimp cocktail to appease us while we waitied on a second ribeye ordered medium. The second ribeye was undercooked raw and was of very poor quality. When asked for a box the waiter brought it to the table and dropped it stating "here's your box". It was very embarrassing because we had out of state guests. We'll never eat there again.

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