Duners Restaurant

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food is simply not wroth the exorbitant prices. However, the waitstaff were great to us.

K
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very fine food and great service as usual at a very fair price. The ambiance and physical surround could use some work; it’s crowded and the decor is tired. But, hey! You don’t eat atmosphere.

RB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Without question, the highest quality restaurant west of Charlottesville. Service was cheerful and very professional. As usual, the food was divine.

BM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I tend to stay away because it’s always got a loud buzz from all the conversations going on....they need to somehow break up the rooms to deflect noise pollution.

BUT....the food is awesome!!! I had fried oysters and the sesame tube entree’. Both were mouth watering. My wife had a salmon and beet chèvre salad and the eggplant (slightly undercooked). Again, both excellent. Toss in bread and a dinner salad and it was an overall A+ dining experience.

WB
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and meal. Never had anything but a wonderful time and meal at Duners.

EH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place so much but had forgotten how LOUD it is. That’s the only negative. Food and service were excellent.

RC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The pork chop was amazing. We had been here years ago, when the food seemed average and overpriced. Still pricy, but very good quality. The flourless chocolate cake was also excellent, as was the local wine and decaf coffee. The menu tends to be a bit heavy, not a lot of lighter fare options, so arrive hungry. Only a few gluten free items, if that is a consideration, as it is for me. A pleasant dining experience, much improved over the years.

HB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The rack of lamb was good but too undercooked (requested medium, they were rare, too rare), one person had the pork chop and commented it was the best she'd ever had. My wife's filet mignon (tenderloin) was perfectly cooked and she loved the scalloped potatoes. The oyster appetizer was as usual great but this time was even better than before.

GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience!!!

j
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

as usual the food was wonderful! always love the warm bread and butter at the beginning. So glad you all are taking reservations!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We are loyal customers at Duners which has excellent food and service.
However, the owner REALLY needs to address the noise level. The bar
in middle of main dining area creates a very loud ambiance for those
who wish to dine leisurely.It is quite annoying especially after 8:30 pm.

There should be some ceiling tiles added or some system to regulate the
noise. We hesitate to recommend this restaurant to certain friends who cannot
stand noisy restaurants. Too bad!

n
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at Duners! Appetizers and entrees were delicious.

KH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE!! Food is the best you will find in and around the Charlottesville area!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

PG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was very busy for a Sunday night but the service was good. The food was outstanding. Our appetizers were the calamari and mussels in white wine sauce. Entrees were duck and scallops which were excellent, cooked to perfection, highly recommended. Duck came on a bed of Risotto, a little too heavy on the cheese. This is by far the best restaurant on the west side of Charlottesville.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It is our neighborhood restaurant and we love it! The food is very good and dependable. We have been going for 22 years!

BY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a lot of choices

MW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Great food, great service. Always a pleasure.

c
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Duners exceeded expectations. If we can’t get a booth, the side room is our preference because it is quieter than the main room/ bar area. We always see folks we know.
Andrea’s rockfish was perfecto as was my steak. I had a doggy bag steak lunch on Sunday. Beats grilled cheese sandwich. We are non-drinkers so I try to grease the palm of our main server. I usually notice that some cash fell out of her pocket so I’m just returning what was rightfully hers. I then usually tip in the 27 to 35 % amount so the staff gets a decent cut. If I don’t give money to servers/staff I will piddle it away on something else I really don’t enjoy. We had our fiftieth anniversary meal with you last year and our fifty-first this year and try to darken your door at least monthly or whenever friends from out of town want a free meal. I think we haven’t missed a January 4th with you in at least thirty-five years unless it falls on a “closed” day then we go on the third or fifth. We have a framed menu from last year. I am an Ivy native and remember when the Pugh family had a burger joint there.
LONG LIVE DUNERS !!

MC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. The service was OK, but not for the price of the meal. The main dining room can be a bit loud at the peak times.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed Duners for the food and the service.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about our experience at Duners. I told my husband we can never eat at a restaurant other than Duners after this meal!!!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was rushed, making difficult to enjoy the meal. Food was good, but below normal. Overall, fine for NYE.

SH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordinarily I don't go for the pris fixed menus, but the New Year's Eve menu looked interesting. Made reservations, table was ready when we arrived and our meal was absolutely delicious! The chef/owner is VERY creative and she prepared two of the best meals my wife and I have had in Charlottesville maybe ever! Worth every penny! We will return soon to enjoy their regular menu! Duner's is now our "go-to" place for special occasions...or any time, for that matter!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best restaurant in the Charlottesville-area!

CL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, great food.... appetizer portions are very large - wish we had shared... scallops and beets were excellent. It was bit noisy, but a fun atmosphere. Beverage glasses and wine carafe were dull and cloudy, making them look like they weren’t the cleanest. They should be sparkling. Beef brisket was pretty fatty... should trim if finished with a red wine sauce... it was hard to see to trim yourself. The tables are very dimly lit. Too bright is worse, though...

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service without being too intrusive. The restaurant was crowded initially, so the noise level was higher than we prefer. They were out of some of the appetizers & entrees, but there were still plenty of delicious options. We will definitely return here and recommend Duner's as a great dining experience in Charlottesville.

HO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! I been going there since 1987 and never disappointed

LJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Never disappointed with the food. Service almost always quite good. We bring out of town friends since we know there is such a wide variety on the menu and it is dependably quite good.

BL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My wife and I, frequent clients, took a friend to Duners after raving about the food. Each of us was disappointed. Calamari was tasteless and bland; crab cakes “didn’t tase like good crab” according to guest; and my chicken was deep-fried to point of blackness and hard to even bite into. Chef must have been on holiday. Not a pleasant experience.

BO
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best restaurant in the Charlottesville/Crozet area. Homemade bread, terrific duck dumplings and roast duck. They make there own delicious desserts. Ambiance is low-key. Only criticism is the noise level.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. We loved every minute and every bite!

LO
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Always a good meal!!

MM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always excellent! We are so impressed at the high levels of food and service.

AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, great service and very delicious food.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food at Duners is truly outstanding -- excellent preparation and presentation.

TE
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always; all five of our dishes were wonderful! Duner’s is a real dining institution in the region

JA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had early reservations and I highly recommend you do so. The restaurant filled up quickly!
We both had the trout and it was fabulous! The waitress was engaging and the overall service impeccable!
We highly recommend Dumers to any who visit Charlottesville.

JK
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint. Tasty, kind service, nice atmosphere and the best fried oysters in the world.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Amazing food, great ambiance and thoughtful service!