Duners Restaurant

4.7
614 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Duners is a casual fine dining restaurant located five miles west of Charlottesville in the village of Ivy, Virginia. Our menu changes daily, allowing our chefs to use the best ingredients seasonally available. We have an extensive wine list, a full bar and a very experienced service staff.

Established in 1983, our goal has always been to serve great food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our portions are generous, our ingredients are the finest and we want everyone who walks in the door to become a regular customer!
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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was all delicious and having fresh bread for the table and a tasty salad with each entree is a.nice touch, Especially as many restaurants don’t do this anymore.
Our server was fantastic. Duner’s was packed as always, but she managed to handle everybody with ease.
Always a great dinner and nice experience.

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DZ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

It had been many years since I’d last dined at Duners; my wife had never been. I was excited to return and introduce the wife and my nephew and his wife to this long time Cville area landmark. The place was packed (Sunday evening) and very loud. The service was excellent; the food, well, average at best and certainly not worth the prices charged. My ribeye steak was cooked correctly but was more than half fat. By the time I cut it all away and finished, it looked like I was sending the steak back, there was so much waste. My wife’s halibut was just average and her risotto was undercooked. My nephews seafood pasta was good. His wife’s vegetarian dish, a tartin, was cold and dry; she left 2/3 of it behind. Everyone drank water. The bill was $178 including a 22% tip. Disappointing.

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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Duner’s is our go to restaurant when we are in Charlottesville. We enjoy it so much we celebrated my mother’s 85th birthday there last year. This visit We were seated immediately on arrival & given we arrived As the restaurant opened were given a choice of seats ( which was nice). The server was attentive & helpful and the food was delicious. One of us enjoyed lobster chowder as a start, the other two started with salads that were crisp, fresh and tasty. two of us had the flank steak — it was perfectly cooked as ordered and delicious and the third individual had a vegetarian onion tarte with an arugula salad. Everything was very tasty. We will definitely be back.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They ran out of crab cakes... server had to come back and tell us no longer available 😞.

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p
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Duner's was great as always. I was really glad to see the crab cakes back on the menu. With the reservation, we went immediately to our table and had great service the whole meal. Consistently one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville.

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PR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly the best soft shell crabs I’ve ever eaten. Plump and perfectly fried. The bar made a great old fashioned and with an early open table reservation there was no wait. Service and staff are always professional and cordial.

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t
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duner's never disappoints. My husband and I have been going there since the mid 80's and it's great every time. Definitely a Charlottesville classic!!!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Charlottesville
Great Food
Great Service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Duners!!! Looking forward to our next visit.

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L
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Every meal we have ever had a Duner's has been outstanding. Service is also always tops.

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VH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

7 of us and 7 different meals. lots of tastes going around. Mouth watering appetizers, nice wine list, great spanish cava to start the birthday celebration. Service was outstanding and the birthday dessert both beautiful and delicious. we love Duner's and recommend it heartily to anyone who will listen.

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LB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants! Perfect for special occassions, but it's a bit noisy in the larger room. If you get there early enough to choose, pick the smaller area on the right. GREAT food. Always.

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CR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and wonderful service - a nice place for a special occasion. It's not fancy in terms of decor, but it is homey and the food was great.

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OT
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An unassuming little restaurant, do not miss it! We always enjoy the unique vegetarian entrée and the service never fails to please.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a classic case of not judging a restaurant from its exterior. We would have passed this place by if we had not read several outstanding reviews. The owner and staff were very gracious and their excellent service added to our enjoyment. The red pepper vinaigrette salad dressing was extraordinary. My wife's stuffed salmon with spinach and lemon was incredible, top one percent meal. I had the rib eye and it was cooked to perfection with an excellent glaze added. For desert we had the coconut crème cake, perfect finish. We will certainly return to this superb restaurant on our next visit to Charlottesville.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Halibut was outstanding! Will definitely go back when we are in the area.

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DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great service. Great food. A country Inn in the European tradition.

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PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, lovely service.

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DC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place. Saturday night was our second visit - it's so much better now that they use opentable for reservations. Before it was "show up and wait." The food is always fresh and amazing, and our server was so kind and helpful. I did notice that portions seemed to have been resized - and that's a good thing. Before they were huge and now they were a more appropriate size. No one went hungry, for sure, but we didn't have any to-go boxes when we left either. Did I mention the warm bread to start the meal? Delish!!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great, as always. Service was, as well. We didn't remember the noise level being as severe as it was. People were literally yelling at each other to be heard, and this distracted from the evening. May have just been a robust group behind us.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service were great. Always enjoy eating at Duners!

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SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was all great, and the steak sandwich was an incredible value at $13 and change. The only issue was a loud, slightly obnoxious table of singles seated next to us drinking wine and apps. They were just too loud and too oblivious the way privileged young people often are.

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CB
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience was amazing. We arrived a little early, and our table was not yet ready, so we were able to have a drink at the bar. When we were ready to be seated, they took care of transferring our bar tab to our table. Our waitress was very helpful in offering recommendations, and the food was absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion and will be returning!

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great bread! Fish dish was delicious! Excellent service

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Duner's is reliably wonderful: a great place for special occasions. A bright room, a great kitchen, traditional and appealing service.

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LR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food. poor Ambiance , uncomfortable and crowded seating , very noisy

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SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Duner's was a gem of a restaurant and unexpectedly great food, ambiance and service when you first drive up. From the cocktail list to the handmade pastas and menu variety, it impressed.

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b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's always wonderful..rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat..

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing place. Every bit as good as when we first came in the ‘90’s. Deftly handled husband’s birthday, which was noted on reservation. They did not have to be reminded!

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V
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’re here at least twice a month. It’s not consistently “good”.....it is consistently excellent, and is easily among the very finest dining destinations in a town that is full of them. My wife has both a gluten and dairy allergy and they are always graciously accommodative. The entire staff consists of nice, professional, delightful people. When we walk in the door, we know that we will have both a wonderful meal and a delightful dining experience.

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 39 th wedding anniversary and it was excellent. The service is great and the atmosphere is very intimate and quaint. The menu is well thought out and exceptional. A special evening.Would recommend highly.

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JS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The dinner was superb! The chef personalized the entree based on our request - what you would expect from an excellent restaurant. Service was friendly and attentive. Wine choices excellent and broad.

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RL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways—except the noise level. Wish they could find a way to make it quieter. Do not change anything else. It’s perfect!

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J
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent and the staff is very attentive and pleasant. My favorite place to dine.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pricey. Charlottesville prices! But worth visiting.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! And we were seated earlier than our reservation, which was great.
Just a little noisy and crowded but worth it! Can’t wait to go again!

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i
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duners is a favorite of our family and friends! They have an amazing selection of entrees to choose from. Always good....always fun.

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f
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a very solid performance. Duner’s delivered again.

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a wonderful night out or taking dinner home

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JM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Duners is the best restaurant in Charlottesville still

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