Duners Restaurant

4.7
556 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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived on time for our res, the host was a young man who told us a few minutes were needed for our table—no problem. He then offered us a table near the bar/fireplace/kitchen but we opted to wait and grabbed drinks at the bar (an old fashioned and a cosmo). The bartender was very busy but attentive—everyone was attentive—and pointed out that I started a trend with my old fashioned. The host offered us a booth near the door that we accepted. It overlooked the red dining room which we’ll request next time.
I’m so used to servers being overly friendly and wanting to be my best friend that it was notable but refreshing that our server here was courteous but to the point, keeping professional distance. As the evening wore on her guard fell a bit and by the time we left she gave us a very warm and friendly wave goodbye from across the room.
The food is exceptional—I had fried oysters with a delicious sauce and then shrimp and mushrooms over pasta (tagliatelle?) with an olive ragout. Both were excellent. My wife had the butternut squash soup (very good but not quite as creamy as my wife’s own version) and the beef tenderloin (we had to google if that’s the same as filet mignon—it is!) and she said it was the best she’s had: better than Morton’s for a carnivorous point of reference.
We had dessert waiting for us back at our B&B so we skipped it here, but those we saw go by will not be refused next time.
Yes, we’ll be back, with our local friends so that we can express to them our appreciation for hosting us (when we aren’t at a B&B, which is frequently esp now that we have a kid attending UVA).

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KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak my husband and I ever had. Quite expensive but was good for a big celebratory dinner.

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HL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Duners! Great food, great atmosphere, great drinks, great service!

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RA
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the people are wonderful. If you want a fabulous meal served by classy people there is no place better in the region. You pay a few dollars more, but it is well worth it (and I am extremely frugal). A restaurant that should be on your "Go To" list when you are taking that significant someone(s) out for a special dinner.

Side note - I think they have a nice wine list that is reasonably priced. I have tried a Spanish wine, French wine and American wine in the moderate price range that I had never tried before and was really very very pleased.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Valentines was on Thursday, so we decided to celebrate the next night. The only available time was 5:00 pm, so we decided to try eating early. The doors opened a 5:00, and almost every table was spoken for. As such, it was a little on the noisy side. We had a very enjoyable experience except with one big exception. We felt rushed every step of the way. I understand it was the Friday night after Valentines, but from the moment we sat down, we felt like they were just trying to turn the table. I was asked twice if my plate could be taken away - and I was clearly not finished.

Duners, please try to better space your seatings as to not make patrons trying to enjoy the evening and each other’s company feel like a number.

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

Very nicely done. Food is excellent!! with an open space and no sound buffers the resturant can be a little noisy. Otherwise, a very nice place to eat dinner!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day Prefix dinner was delicious. Everything was prepared perfectly as usual, despite the busy evening. Our favorite date night neighborhood restaurant never disappoints ♥️

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

We enjoyed a very special Valentines Day dinner. Absolutely outstanding food. Very attentive service, too.

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JR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great but noisy as always.

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BS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the veal dish. It was lightly breaded and very tender. A lot of food.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening from start to finish. Delicious food, exceptional service.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As per usual, a magnificent dining experience. Very good service, food, atmosphere, drinks etc..... This place is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in the area.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, efficient service, elegant white linen tablecloths & napkins, outstanding extensive menu with huge variety, and food meticulously prepared with beautiful presentation.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friend moving.

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DG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food- the Rockfish with sweet potato purée and gnocchi was fabulous as was the calves liver!! Service was exceptional. Always good consistent dining at Duner’s! And the place was packed at 5 pm on a Saturday night!

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London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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RW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Duners for over 25 years. It’s consistently one of the finest restaurants in the Cville area. The menu offers a wide range of entrees. I have enjoyed every meal I’ve ordered from the tasty bread to the delicious desserts. If you are looking for a evening of fine dining this is your place.

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VA
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Duners because we had heard the food was wonderful. It was. Nice, seasonal menu with huge portions. Prices are a little on the high side, but, you really get your moneys worth. Bread is hot and crusty from the oven. I had the crab cakes (wonderful) my husband had the duck breast (best ever). Too full for dessert, what a shame they all looked good. We went at 5:00 and the place was already filling up. I understand it is a local wonder, now I know why. We were in Charlottesville, and made it a point to stop by. Next time, we will just make it a point to go.

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JE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the place!! So happy it is in the neighborhood!

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PV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday - great meal! They were very busy and apologized for the first course coming out a little slow, but we were in no hurry and didn’t mind. Server was very attentive.

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NA
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IMO, Duner's has consistently been the best restaurant in Charlottesville for years. The menu offers a wide range of perfectly prepared entrees, extensive wine and beer list, along with delightful desserts. It's not cheap, but you truly get what you pay for.

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CD
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food but they still seem to put cheese on everything even though it’s not mentioned on the menu.

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DF
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent; we had a lovely waitperson, who checked in often. A little pricey, so we can't go in often, but what a treat!

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W
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I hadn't eaten at Duners since the 80s, having moved away from chralorttesville after grad school. My wife and I happened to be staying nearby for the weekend, so I made a reservation for Saturday night. We were both impressed. Great food and great service. Next time we're anywhere close to C'ville we'll go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a birthday dinner and had excellent, attentive servers and amazing food!

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A most dine when in C’ville area. Good food, service and always a fun Tim.

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service and great drinks. One of the best in Charlottesville. Consistently good food with the service makes this a treat

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PP
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Duners. The sweet potato crepes that came with the salmon were excellent. They would have been a good meal themselves. We'll be back

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s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience, food/ambiance/staff...worth it.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Staffing issues made for a long wait for food, we almost left. They did comp our drinks .

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A bit overpriced - I think the portions are small - for their food must be executed to perfection -

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My family has celebrated many birthdays and family dinners at Duner's. Our family members converge from Lynchburg, Richmond and Charlottesville. We have never been disappointed!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Duners! Everything was great!

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S
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duners never disappoints. Every item served was fresh and prepared perfectly

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DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dubers is our favorite restaurant and this is the first time I did not give the food a five. For some reason everything seemed a little off on this night. The service was great as always but the food just wasn’t as good as we normally have at Duners. Everyone has an off night so I’m just hoping this was an anomaly.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service and atmosphere.

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P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meals (Tuna and trout) and thought the food was very good. Very pleasant waitress and good service.

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f
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took our son for his 30th Birthday. Very solid experience. Food was very good as always and service was absolutely wonderful. Our server did not miss a beat! Rare to find such a consistently excellent restaurant. Always a great sign to see the same staff visit after visit, year after year.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sasha, was excellent, as well as the manager. Our food was so delicious (scallops and veal). This was a gem of a restaurant for a birthday dinner! Thanks to the staff!

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Service was excellent and the food was delicious!

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