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About Downtown Grille
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.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$31 to $50
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Downtown Grille offers an elegant, private dining room with a seating capacity of 50 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.
Downtown Grille Ratings and Reviews
This is our favorite restaurant for drinks and apps before or after a movie/play downtown. A great selection and the bartender makes the best martini in town. Friendly and efficient staff. We like to sit in the bar area which is casual and fun, and serves the same great food as the more traditional dining area.
The Downtown Grille has maintained the great food and quality service we’ve come to enjoy in the ten years we’ve lived in Charlottesville. It is our favorite place to go to celebrate special occasions or to invite visiting friends and relatives. The place never disappoints.
LOTS OF MISSTEPS HERE. PRETTY MUCH WITH EVERY COURSE SOMETHING WAS WRONG. ORDERED TONIC WATER, GOT SELTZER WATER. ASKED FOR EXTRA DRESSING, DIDN'T COME WITH IT. GOT THE WRONG STEAK. ONION STRINGS WEREN'T FRESH. THEY TOOK THINGS OFF THE CHECK AFTER WE TOLD THEM WE DIDN'T WANT DESSERT, BUT STILL. THIS WAS A $300+ BILL. WE WON'T GO BACK.
Always fantastic. We've been dining at the Downtown Grille from the beginning. They never miss a beat. Everything is top notch, and the new chef has introduced some great non-meat options too. Notable wine list. A classic, fine steakhouse. You won't be disappointed.
Service was slow on a quiet evening. Two different years of the wine we chose were on the menu, but the year that was rated and that we ordered was not available.
Nothing comes on the plate except the meat you order. Most entrees are over $30, and the specials higher than anything on the menu. All sides and salads are extra. We ordered rack of lamb, the burger, filet of beef, and the ribeye, all of which were good. The quality is Choice, not Prime which was surprising in a steakhouse.
However, french press coffee for $4 was thin and weak. The Salted Caramel Vanilla Crumb Cake was runny and flavorless. All in all the restaurant is overpriced and disappointing.
This was, hands down, the best steak I have ever eaten! Everything about it was perfect. I also must recommend the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert - my husband and I are still talking about it! The wonderful staff even surprised us with a candle in the dessert for my husband's birthday. We loved our evening at the Downtown Grille.
Food was excellent, but the server was not friendly or even interested. When asking for something, he didn't even acknowledge the request. Our bill was over $1,000, and I certainly wouldn't have given him 20%. It was if he knew he'd make the tip so he put in no effort. This is the third business meal I've had there, and it's the same service every time.
Was having a quiet vacation dinner with my wife and a group of 12 to 14 business or conference people were seated around us. BAD, VERY BAD! 2 or 3 loud ones ruined the atmosphere talking across to each other and visiting. Would have preferred they be in a back room, keep the front for less drunk and more considerate diners. If they must be in the front remind them of proper etiquette; they resembled the Blues Bros.
Excellent in every way. NY strip with cabernet butter was melt in your mouth. Crab cakes with absolutely no filler -- massive pieces of lump crab for your dining pleasure. Excellent and responsive service, top end dining experience from this neighborhood steak house. A Charlottesville must-see and have. Took my sweetheart here for her birthday -- we were treated like royalty with the speed demanded of a majestic court. A finer experience I have not had.
I arranged a dinner here after an event at the Paramount. I made a change to our reservation last minute and the restaurant was very good about it. Overall, the experience was average at best. Our table was just about IN the kitchen which made conversation with our guests a challenge. The crashing dishes only added to the ambience. Appetizers were okay. The entrees took a very long time to arrive and the Waiter, well he just wasn't engaged. I had a NY Strip. It was a bad cut and extremely over seasoned. Forgettable.
Desserts, well don't go near the Smores Sundae. It is basically a deconstructed campfire smore, only they should have left it constructed. I could just picture Gordon Ramsey getting served that. We actually thought they were joking when they served it. Any good waiter would have steered us away.
Just can't recommend this place, too many gaps and too many other solid eateries in the area to choose from.
Our table was considerably noisier than the last time I visited, and it seemed the menu had been reduced - although that may have been my imagination. On both occasions I chose the restaurant to entertain an out-of-town guest, on the basis that the tables are well spaced making conversation possible. This somehow didn't quite occur on Saturday.
The service was impeccable- the workers were almost like a dance team -smooth, efficient and flawless.
The food was excellent and presentation was just as good.
We loved sitting near the kitchen to watch all the activity involved in fixing the dinners.
Great place, we will return.
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