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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

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (36)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for a Date (28)
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Notable Wine List (26)
Romantic (21)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 25, 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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·Dined on December 25, 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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·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 21, 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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·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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·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 16, 2017

Excellent service and food

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I was displeased with my $42 filet. It was fatty and chared. The service was excellent and the wine was good, but very pricey, which I expected. Very disappointed in my filet

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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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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 (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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