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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 Street Parking Garage

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

Private Dining

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
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Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Authentic (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Best steak in Charlottesville

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 (Wilmington)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

First time. Easy access to restaurant. Food, service was incredible. Will definitely dine there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food. Truffle fries are a must. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Server was great, steaks were cooked perfectly, and overall the experience was pleasant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointing. Went there for Restaurant Week, and did not make us want to come back.

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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.
Jeff James

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Steak was great, shrimp and grits small (only 4 shrimp), burger was very dry (requested medium - seemed overcooked), vegetables all good. Service was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great place for dinner with friends. Great food. Good wine. Excellent service. Pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful date night dinner. Excellent value thanks to restaurant week, can’t wait to come back!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2018

They know how to deliver a perfect steak.
Knowledgeable staff

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our steaks were undercooked and when we sent them back, they came back in the same state as they were when they'd left the table. No offer to fix the situation was made. Biggest waste of $200 ever.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Dinner for Restaurant Week was uninspired. My husbands steak was tough. The vegetables were cold. Will not return.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding fine food restaurant! Excellent drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts. This is the place for fine dining. Do yourself a favor and visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place for dinner. If it is a special occasion, no place better in Charlottesville.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice family dinner with everyone at the holiday. Only problems were wine service, which was cumbersome.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Each moment and interaction with the maitre'd, waitress, somalier and the manager was stellar. Our meals were superb and we felt taken care of, listened to and delighted to be at the Downtown Grill for Christmas Eve dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great spot for Christmas Eve dinner. There were lots of people; atmosphere was great and very lovely; food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were at Downtown Grill for a company holiday celebration and they gave us a room to ourselves with a waiter named Dan who took care of us tremendously. Great food, great service and a great time...thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent meal, service, and value. Definitely will do this one again. In fact, probably next time I am in Charlottesville!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always a wonderful meal with great service and great atmosphere.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The shrimp cocktails were perfect and steaks were great as well, the mushrooms and house mashed potatoes were also worthy to note BUT the service was even more outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food, prompt service, very good atmosphere but, like most restaurants, a bit on the noisy side for me. Wish there were some way to get us all to speak softer!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We always have a delicious meal and great service. Steaks are delicious and crab cakes have chunks of crab meat and no filler.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent service and food

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