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.View Private Dining Details
Best steak in Charlottesville
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.
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!
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.
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
First time. Easy access to restaurant. Food, service was incredible. Will definitely dine there again.
Excellent food. Truffle fries are a must. Can’t wait to go back.
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!
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.
Server was great, steaks were cooked perfectly, and overall the experience was pleasant.
Disappointing. Went there for Restaurant Week, and did not make us want to come back.
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.
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.
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.
Steak was great, shrimp and grits small (only 4 shrimp), burger was very dry (requested medium - seemed overcooked), vegetables all good. Service was excellent.
Great place for dinner with friends. Great food. Good wine. Excellent service. Pricey, but worth it.
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.
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.
Wonderful date night dinner. Excellent value thanks to restaurant week, can’t wait to come back!
They know how to deliver a perfect steak.