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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.

201 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cross Street:
2nd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 817-7080

Website:
http://www.downtowngrille.com/

Parking Details:
We validate for the Water or Market Street Parking Garages

Executive Chef:
Gary Glaser

Private Party Facilities:
Our Banquet room is a private dining room that can seat up to 50 people.

Private Party Contact:
Courtney Jonas, Noah Zuckerman: (434) 817-7080

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Downtown Grille Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (34)
Special Occasion (33)
Notable Wine List (28)
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Business Meals (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Casual (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (4)
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Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

First time ever went to a steakhouse and they ‘ran out of baked potatoes’

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent service and food. The wait staff was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great Martinis. Extensive wine list. Awesome steaks and good selection of seafood with a couple veggie options.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is the best restaurant in Charlottesville! The food, service and ambiance are excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a lovely evening. My husband had the lamb and I had the crab cake appetizer as my entrée. The sides are family style so they are quite generous. Great service. I would recommend to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Clearly too much salt & pepper on the meat during cooking took away from a nice meal

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Burger very good and huge, friend's cheese plate enough for two, waitress not so hot though, didn't check back enough. Great location onmall for movies or Paramount.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Took a little while for our server to greet us - so a different one ensured our waters were filled while we were waiting. Appreciated the team work!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our first time there and won't be our last.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

FANTASTIC, AS ALWAYS. Food is top rate and atmosphere always a delight.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice experience. Parents weekend at UVA, so probably more crowded than usual which would account for the very average service. Load inside and the table are a little close together in spots.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The filet was spectacular. Crisp and flavorful outside.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Drinks were not as good as we had been told. My pork loin was a little tough and food was a little expensive.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Downtown Grille is a classic-style fine steakhouse on par with what you find in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, etc.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We used a gift card and really enjoyed the outdoor patio dining on a nice evening.
We would come again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful restaurant to celebrate our anniversary!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Group of four good friends had a special and delightful after-cinema dinner. From the moment we arrived, when special seating was provided, to the last moment when our wraps were graciously placed on our shoulders, the service was extraordinarily fine. Except for one entre, the food was delicious (especially the mussels!). An excellent substitute was very graciously provided for the not-up-to-standard entre.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have been there several times, and enjoyed it, but this was a off night for sure, 3 of the steak dishes were terrible. Service was good though and the outdoor seating was great

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Healthy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We made an early reservations as we had plans for a concert. The staff was very professional and courteous. Service was attentive. The atmosphere was terrific. They have both inside and outside seating. Many selections on the menu, from steaks, lobster, seafood, lamb. Sides are ala carte and plenty to feed two people. Wonderful meal and worth the price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I thought our waiter was very nice and attentive. The steak was delicious but the tuna seemed a bit off. The cocktails were perfect. I wish the lights weren't so bright. It could be a lot more romantic if they were dimmed slightly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very good meal in charming downtown locale. Our server, Tito, was absolutely first rate - friendly, engaging, professional and knowledgeable.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Best steak around

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food and great service. Took care of our needs well and just a great overall experience. Thanks!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Always a great experience. Seated promptly, very good food and even better service. Our go-to place for special occasions in Charlottesville.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great place. Great food. Server was not the best but still give it a 5 Star.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was my first time at Downtown Grille. It was absolutely amazing. The food was delicious and our server was kind and not too overbearing. The restaurant is beautiful.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Ask for Dan he's an excellent server!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always enjoy eating at Downtown Grill when we are in town

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was there for dinner with a close friend and business partner. Everything was beautifully done. Great innovative fare and friendly and attentive staff. We ate outside enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Third time at Downtown Grill and disappointed this time around. I've been before and enjoyed my meals a lot. This time, we thought the food was good, but not great. But at the prices you pay, you would expect an excellent meal. We ordered mussels to start and definitely disappointed with the quality of the mussels. They did not taste fresh. The broiled seafood platter was good but very rich (lots of butter). The rack of lamb and brussel sprouts were very good. Our bill was over $100 for two people and we thought it was an overall okay experience. The best part was sitting outside on a beautiful night, people watching.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Best steak house in Charlottesville hands down

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

The Downtowne Grille is one of our "go to places" where we know we will have an excellent meal as well as great service. A Charlottesville tradition that never disappoints. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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