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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 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.
Downtown Grille Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Service and food are always consistently great! My go to local restaurant for a quality steak dinner. Perfectly seasoned and perfectly prepared. Good wine list that isn’t too overwhelming and hits on all price points.
On our most recent visit, it was during restaurant week. Noise level was a bit more elevated than normal, but still acceptable.
Looking forward in returning soon!
Another exceptional visit to the Downtown Grille for this year's Restaurant Week. Filet was perfectly cooked and the au povire was the final element that made the steak superb. Salmon cakes for appetizer - done well. Desserts were rich and decadent. Well-worth the price.
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.
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