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Downtown Grille

954 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Step into the bar for a specialty cocktail and enjoy steak or seafood in our dining room. Fresh Mid-western corn-fed beef, seafood and extensive wine list honored by The Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence." Exquisite dining, superb ambiance, and professional staff.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Phone number
(434) 817-7080
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Downtown Grille offers an elegant, private dining room with a seating capacity of 55 people and standing room capacity of 85 for cocktails and appetizers. Whether the event is a special celebration or a business function, we offer only the highest quality in food and service.

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What 954 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Best steak in Charlottesville

vipschautzie1013 (Richmond)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always have had great dinners at the Downtown Grille. Must have been an off night, entrees came out lukewarm. It was busy, rainy and many people trying to get tables without reservations. Waiter was great , gave us recommendations for the discontinued wine list which was an excellent pick! We will return. One of our favorite restaurants in C'ville.

OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Reserved on OpenTable and we were seated at the BEST table in the house in the front corner! Our waiter, Jason, was very accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly! Amazing service! We ordered the signature salad with a wonderful homemade fig vinaigrette dressing, wagyu steak with pan seared scallops and roasted asparagus, a side of sauteed spinach, and caramel vanilla crunch cake! Every single dish was PHENOMENAL! We will go back and highly recommend this restaurant!

NewatBU (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

An unfortunate UGH on Valentine's Day. This is a better restaurant than our experience that night since we have been there before. Our waiter was on top of it, but the kitchen did not respond. The GM took care of it in the end, and we will go back because we love the wine list and the food on any other night - and the GM's willingness to make it right.

Wine list is one of the best we have seen and is reasonably priced.

EricW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall everything was amazing but $65 dollars for a dozen of roses was ridiculous. That's the only negative thing I have to say. I'll definitely come back. 5 stars

DawnR (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

First time. Easy access to restaurant. Food, service was incredible. Will definitely dine there again.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food. Truffle fries are a must. Can’t wait to go back.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. We always hit the bar for dinner and drinks before any show we might attend on the downtown mall. And in the event of a special occasion...birthdays, anniversaries, anything that requires a celebration...this is where we go. The service is always impeccable and the food is incredible. This past Friday was no exception. It was my best friend’s birthday. She and her husband are true foodies and, oh my goodness, were they ever impressed. Looking forward to our next trip to Charlottesville and the Downtown Grille!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

First time dining during restaurant week. Was a great experience. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. My husband had mahi mahi and I had filet. We shared veggies and mashed potatoes. And I had cheesecake for dessert. We will definitely be back.

Stephen (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Server was great, steaks were cooked perfectly, and overall the experience was pleasant.

GBFR (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointing. Went there for Restaurant Week, and did not make us want to come back.

Magnificent (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The noise level was higher because the restaurant was PACKED! We go there for the perfectly-grilled steaks, the seafood, the napery and linens, the sparklingly perfect glassware, and the friendly but classy waiters. The filet was magical! It is a gem to enjoy as often as one can.
Jeff James

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The overall restaurant was wonderful and the service was great. The food while good and nicely prepared was lacking in seasoning and flavors. Portion was good but I would have liked something more favorable.

Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We have not been to Downtown Grille for a few years but tried it for Restaurant Week (they offered two courses instead of the usual three for $35 RW). The service was very good, nice to see servers/managers from the past. But it didn't seem as though they put their best foot forward. The caesar salad was pedestrian and the romaine lettuce bitter (I have the same problem at home). The second course, a 6 oz filet was very good, about 3/4 inch thick so not a usual filet mignon. Served with a vegetable medley that was warm not hot and frankly tasted like something my mother used to make us eat back in the 1970s. Mashed potatoes with no sauce pretty unsatisfying. On the up side, they offer several decent white wines starting at $6 a glass, which is other people's Happy Hour price. If you're going to get people back in for RW, perhaps put your best foot forward and up the food quality and more choice on sides.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Steak was great, shrimp and grits small (only 4 shrimp), burger was very dry (requested medium - seemed overcooked), vegetables all good. Service was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great place for dinner with friends. Great food. Good wine. Excellent service. Pricey, but worth it.

CW11 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for restaurant week. The filet was excellent, but the mashed potatoes served as a side were definitely instant potatoes. Also had steamed veggies as a side which I'm pretty sure were out of a microwave steam bag from Kroger. Have eaten here before and did not have this experience, but am definitely hesitant to go back now.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Wait staff and hostess very friendly and attentive. Meat was cooked as ordered. Vegetables very bland and the mashed potatoes were stiff and uninteresting (instant?). Wine list was good but overpriced.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful date night dinner. Excellent value thanks to restaurant week, can’t wait to come back!

erin (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Went for restaurant week.
Appetizers we had were calamari and salmon cakes. Salmon cakes were delicious but calamari were was kinda boring. Mains ordered were filet mignon with blue cheese butter and salmon with buerre blanc. Filet was outstanding!! Cooked perfectly and cut like butter. Salmon was served cold, but the person who ordered it didn't mention that until it was over half gone so we didn't bother to say anything. Dinner was served with family style mashed potatoes (yum) and vegetable medley (boring). Desserts were amazing--key lime pie and chocolate torte. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Overall felt the experience was average to good