Downtown Grille

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1149 reviews
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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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DR
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They need to improve..

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J
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was outstanding, especially he fact that they knew we prefer a booth and had one reserved for us.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Brunch style food for the first time. Meat appeared to be old, did not taste well. Got charged 60$ per person.... TERRIBLE

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Small gnat around table for entire dinner.
Everything else was excellent

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TD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, and the wait staff is always top drawer. Well-managed restaurant with an eye for detail. It's a bit pricey, especially if you're ordering drinks, but overall, Downtown Grille is a classy experience that is perfect for special occasions.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the absolute best place to get a steak in Charlottesville. The meat is perfectly cooked and tasty. The lobster and grits was amazing as well. I would also highly recommend the ahi tartare. I would go back just for that! We had an absolutely wonderful meal with attentive - but not too attentive- staff.

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Downtown Grill never disappoints, the food is wonderful and the service is great.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Downtown Grille is a great place to gather for special events. I was there for New Year's Eve with my family and we will come back again for special events. I had such a great experience at New Year's so I suggested it to a couple friends before we went to the theater and they loved it as well. We'll be back!

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DF
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My twin sister and I celebrated our birthday here for dinner. It was amazing! Jason was an attentive server and made sure everything was just right! Steaks were tender and flavorful. Loved the entire experience.

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I've been to Downtown Grille 5 times now and service really is a mixed bag. I'm not sure if it's because I seem like I'm young and therefore the hostess throws me in the back with a very new waiter (can't even read me the specials for the day without a script, spills wine, and gets my date and I's steak orders flipped) but I've only had a great waiter once. Please don't profile me next time--I think it's pretty important for there to be consistent service as this is the third time I've had shoddy service at a place that commands $150+ ticket prices for a party of two.

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CV
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beth was my server, she was outstanding as well. Thanks to all!

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F
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was great, however, the food was mediocre. We asked for a medium cooked steak, it looked like a piece of charcoal and was raw in the middle. They did compensate with complimentary shrimp while we waited for another steak. The second steak still wasn’t right and the sauce lacked the pepper flavor and the consistency of a good sauce. Overall this is a place with a four star price but a two star quality.

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s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal with good ambiance. Steaks were very tasty and cooked to order. Nice place for an anniversary meal.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance of simple elegance. Soft music played. The servers were friendly and efficient. Food was delicious and creatively displayed. I felt a bit rushed--I hadn't finished my first course of soup when my appetizer and entree arrived at about the same time. Price is relative depending on what you are accustomed to. I had one glass of an ordinary wine, dinner, soup, one appetizer, and dessert--for one person, with the tip the price was $85.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the patio. Everything was perfect.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately they removed two of my all time favorites from the menu. Warm Spinach Salad and the Mussels. Had my heart set on those two items. However, the service is always great.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a wonderful meal, great service, and all together an outstanding experience at the DT Grille. We've eaten here several times and it's always been superb.

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l
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NY strip and crab cake cooked to perfection. Onion soup also noteworthy. Nice wine selection too. A winner for first time in Charlottesville.

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West Virginia
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NY Strip Medium Rare was some perfectly and the taste was off the charts. Beats any high end chain. Beats Prime 44 at the Greenbrier. 👍🏼

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Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Great service. Noise level made conversation a bit difficult.

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BM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our service by Tito was superb.

The crab cakes did NOT have jumbo lump meat as advertised.

Calamari was good.

The Caesar salad was too much and it didn't have anchovies.

Overall everything seemed way too expensive for what we got.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Steak was not great. Had NY strip which was very fatty. Spoiled the meal

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SH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks were very good. The truffle fries were excellent. The warm spinach salad was terrible. Our server, Caleb, was timely and kind. Spot on for his food recommendations.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good meal with outstanding service fro Jason.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Dee Dee was amazing!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only is the food amazing, but the service is top notch. On this particular occasion, we were there with a larger party, but our waiter was able to keep everything straight and really connect with us all as well. He fit right into our ambiance, made sure we felt at home and went out of his way to ensure our comfort. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing dining experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good steak, SLOW service. Overall, good experience.

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overpriced, loud and just meh food. Wish we had spent our money elsewhere.
The staff and service were excellent though.

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was top notch; attentive and precise! The steaks were awesome; cooked to perfection! We got the roasted asparagus and medley of mushrooms as our sides but didn't care too much for how they were cooked. They were hardly cooked; rather crunchy! Thought the menu was extremely pricey considering that the steak comes with nothing; if you want a side you had to purchase separately. The sides were not worth the money at all!!

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LC
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have not been there in 5 years. My snapper was over cooked. My friends beef tenderloin could not be cut with a knife, and my husband’s steak had too much fat. We sent the tenderloin back and it was replaced with a slightly better piece. Staff was accommodating but food was pretty bad for the price

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GM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my one year anniversary and I could not have been happier with my experience

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a good experience every time. Food was amazing. Good wine recommendations. They gave me a free dessert to help celebrate a major event in my life! Super nice!

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m
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by the Downtown Grille. We really enjoyed the food and service. It was nice to see some good Virginia wines from area vineyards/wineries on the wine list. I would go there again, and definitely recommend it to anyone!

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o
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food; looks like new menu. When will wait staff and bar tender learn about mock tails? Waitress was attentive. Nice for a birthday.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had a wonderful dining experience. Everything was perfect.

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Excellent service. Wonderful restaurant.

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MC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service! Everything was done very well!

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Downtown Grille remains C’ville’s premier steakhouse. Always a good choice for a fine dinner.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was very good. Loved the ahi tuna app. Got the spinach salad, it was good. Got the filet with black garlic butter. My steak was cold and the butter was really cold. It would not melt on the steak and I did not like the taste of the butter at all. For the cost, I expected better quality of steak as well. My husband loved his Caesar salad and scallops. He tried my steak and said, “it is cold”.

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F
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Downtown Grille is our favorite place on the Mall. Not only does it have all of the makings of a fabulous steak house (picture dark paneling with an "open" concept), fabulous bar area with raised booths to view those parading down the Mall, and incredibly fresh steak and fish, married to farm-to-table vegetables. We are so impressed; the fact that it was Valentine's Day, we were happy to get a reservation, albeit on the late side. THANK YOU for making it a remarkable event for us.

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