Renewal Bar & Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Southern
Renewal is locally owned and operated, with hand-crafted cocktails, a wide range of bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches, exclusive wine selection and 36 taps. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and brunch featured on Saturday and Sunday. The full-service dining room is both a cozy spot for date night and room for large parties. The bar and tavern offer a casual, laid back experience. The self-serve tasting wall provides 36 taps for customers to sample by the ounce from a wide range of local and regional craft beers.

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4.0
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4.0
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vipChristopherB
Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. But way too loud.

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Mollie
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Had dinner reservations for my husbands birthday as we were staying at The Draftsman for the weekend. We had early reservations - 6 pm to take advantage of the happy hour - and we were only the second table with guests in the whole restaurant. The host was nice and seated us immediately. Our server did not mention any specials - regular or with regard to happy hour - and she simply did not keep our water glasses filled. I watched her chat with a coworker and drink from her mug before pouring the glass of Prosecco that I ordered. Although I have never had shrimp & grits with fried shrimp, it was good. Husband had the Crunchy Gentleman and a Caesar salad, it was okay. Chose the cinnamon beignets for dessert - a waste. They are not beignets but rather fried dough balls tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a sauce. Overall the ambiance was the best part of Renewal. There are plenty of other delicious eateries to visit in Charlottesville!

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SaraR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I don't know if it was because of the concert in town, but despite the fact that I had a reservation for 2 at 5:45, we were there 2 hours and were not served our food for at least an hour. The food was good, but a little too salty.

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Lauren
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was solid, but not sure it was worth the disorganized, sloppy service. They were seriously a mess. No one knew who was doing what despite having around 8 to 10 employees on the floor and maybe 6 tables of guests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food had to much salt and sauce. Steak was good but my side was greens with French fries on top and had to much olive oil on it. There was gravy type of sauce that was good ut I didnt need a full plate of it.

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Patron
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service left much to be desired . One of the managers was very rude about where we could sit and drink service was not quick, but they made up for it by comping the first round. Chicken was overcooked.

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HighPlaneDrifter
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to Renewal for its restaurant week offering and was not disappointed. My friend and I shared two large starters, charred brussel sprouts and pork belly with cheesy grits, basil pesto and a poached egg, both delicious. Only downside was that the pork belly and grits was lukewarm instead of hot, which would have made it better. Our entrees were sliced sirloin with shoestring fries and crispy swiss chard, and boneless pork with crispy fried polenta and kale, both solid dishes. For dessert, we had bananas foster bread pudding and a coffee chocolate torte, which went quickly. Got there early for happy hour beer priced at $4 and house wine priced at $6. Overall, we were satisfied with the food, service and value.

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MollzF
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh food. Friendly service. Great for Restaurant Week! Would probably be nice for date night of girls night.

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vipKristopherJ
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant week pricing makes it a great deal. The food was excellent and I’m already craving it again. Comfort food with a modern twist, but so delicious!

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CatherineN
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week. The Brussels sprouts were so good I’ll be back to have moor. We had the fried green tomatoes, boneless pork chop and beyond meat brat, finishing with the flourless chocolate tort. All excellent. They sat us early even though they were not officially open for dinner yet. The drinks were the best.

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GailS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I got the steak dish. It was good but the sauce was a little too spicy for me and it was drizzled on everything, even the fries. Next time I would ask for the sauce on the side.

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BetteA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal great service thanks Brandon

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HalleyM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good food and cocktails. They were not busy, lots of empty tables but seated us at a very small table next to a larger table with unruly children. Would have been 5 stars if they would have seated us in one of the empty booths that evening. Service was also a bit slow when it came to drinks.

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MamaLovely
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The main buffet food was excellent, but the dessert buffet was did not seem to have the promised pumpkin bread pudding.

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vipKaiD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and professional staff. This was my second Christmas day dinner at Renewal. It gets better every year. Food was great, and a lot of drinks option. Dessert is lagging behind the rest. More options, please. It almost felt like the dessert came from outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here on Xmas eve for lunch. We weren’t sure what to expect given it’s in a hotel. However the food was absolutely delicious. We shared a few of the appetizers and then had mains. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Anything fried was done really nicely - light and crispy. The gumbo was super flavorful. Highly recommend and would go back.

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vipTracy
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

If you’re the only couple seated in the restaurant they should know you don’t want to sit by the service area and kitchen. Just surprising and disappointing that they prioritize their conscience over the guest’s enjoyment.

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WileyReader
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Hotel restaurant ambiance; reach may exceed grasp; half hour to get two cocktails?! Food was good, but not as hot as it could have been.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would have been more pleased with my experience if the restaurant had not altered their menu for game day... The normal menu is much more preferable.

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DennisG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We attended the Thanksgiving buffet and the food was good although overpriced for what we got. The staff were very nice and helpful and the restaurant manager allowed us to use the bar menu as a price for my mother who is 100 years old to have dinner rather than the buffet. The ambience was not as great as we would have liked, because on the other side of a partial wall was the sports bar. We were also seated near the restrooms and the odors of cleaning solution permeated the air near our table. It was also very noisy because of the Hard surfaces with in the restaurant. The ambience was also hurt by a large group of single guys who were eating in the bar but using the buffet. When we were trying to have an elegant nice dinner they came in with their baseball caps and cowboy hat and just looked out of place for a restaurant that was charging $50 per person for a buffet. We felt like we were eating in a bar

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Cinna
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for Thanksgiving buffet. Since most of the meal was self serve I was expecting better service. Most of the waiters and waitresses were standing near our table chatting while our drinks went empty and dirty plates piled up. Our waiter was friendly and nice but didn’t seem to understand that plates should be taken when empty. The manager cleared our plates so I think is a matter of training. Was disappointed that there were so many empty tables that were ‘reserved’. We had reservations but wanted a booth but were told they were reserved. They were empty when we arrived and still empty when we left. The food was really very good so I will return again.

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3kids3kats
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Slightly limited menu. Good service. Validated valet parking, which we greatly appreciated.

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TraceyW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent, especially the pork sandwich. Great casual/nice place.

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VickieS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was Excellent! Busy Saturday night so service was slow. They need more help, but everyone was friendly. Rather loud. Large screen TVs available for spring events. Best feature: food with wonderful flavors

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jahd
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food and atmosphere were great. There was a bit of a mixup with our bill as our waitress told us that there were 2 different prices, the cheaper one if we were staying at the hotel. That ended up not being true, she just forgot to add our dessert and coffee to the original bill. We had to discuss it with the manager and it was all straightened out!

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vipWindycitygal
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attractive interior, nice location & great service. The menu, gluten free , dessert & drink options were terrific. They created a fun “mock tail” for my daughter. The server was wonderful. We loved this place!

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AllisonB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cool, modern atmosphere on the UVA Medical Campus. Service was excellent as was beverages and food. We shared an appetizer of Pimento Cheese with Tomato Jam with Sourdough bread that was excellent. I had the Crunchy Gentleman with a side salad. Everything was fresh and well presented. Only reason I did not give them 5 stars is because the area is confusing and difficult for parking. A pointer on your website to where the public parking garage is would be useful, especially since so many people in this area are visitors as was myself. So, I suggest you locate the public parking garage before going and then enjoy!

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vipGeneM
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were good. We sat outside and wouldn't recommend it, the street noise and flies and the local drunk made it not so great.

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PamelaN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good experience

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LtCarp
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The space is very cool and modern. The food was practically inedible. The Pork Hash was a bowl of left overs thrown together with very fatty pork, burnt brussell sprouts and extremely over cooked and oily peppers and onions. We will probably only return for drinks at the bar.

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JaneJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice meal at a place that is nice but not overly formal. Enjoyed a perfect burger . Don't miss the brussel spouts - they are amazing. Also recommend the delicious butterscotch budino for dessert - delicious!

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vipSkywinch
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a meeting and stopped in for lunch. Sat outside and it was great. Service was friendly and food was outstanding. Will definitely return on my next trip to Charlottesville.

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vipGPGa
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in C’ville. The Brussel sprouts are always fantastic!

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DianeH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we will definitely go back.
We agree from other reviews that the Brussel sprouts are excellent

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Robert2246
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Mussels were cold and food average at best I wouldn’t go here again

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CarterB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mother's Day brunch and the restaurant got slammed right when we walked in - service was very friendly. Food combinations were creative and fun- the only complaint was the food did not come out as hot as I like but did not take away from the taste. I am sure that it was because of everyone arriving at once.

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AshleyF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The setting was nice, and the mimosas were good. The service was rather slow. My boyfriend got the biscuits and gravy, which were tasty. I was disappointed in my french toast. It was supposed to have a banana topping. It was merely a liquidy banana sauce with three small mushy pieces of banana. The brioche was good and well cooked, but if its banana french toast, it should probably have some bananas on it.

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TylerF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Situated between Midtown and the Corner and unassuming as a hotel restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at Renewal. My party tried the Crawfish Mac&Cheese and the Cajun sushi as appetizers and the Mac&Cheese was especially delicious. For entrees we got the BBQ Shrimp and Grits, a fried shrimp Poboy and the Renewal Burger. Everything was tasty but beware, the Shrimp and Grits were very spicy - so much so that I did not finish it despite typically loving both Cajun and spicy food.

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Jeff
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Main dinner dishes were too salty. Appetizers were very good, especially brussel sprouts and grits. Probably better to enjoy the appetizers. Also, when we went for breakfast the next day, the breakfast was enjoyable, though it was not well received that the hostess would not let us sit in a booth when we requested, even though no one used any of the booths during the entire time we were there. She indicated they were for guests with reservations.

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Vhuff
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was terrible. We had to wait 45 minutes for our food and our waiter never bothered to check in on us or apologize. We complained but it did little good. The food was poor to ok. The salmon entree was pretty bad, the chicken wings ok, the lamb had too much salt (we told our waiter), and the burger was decent. The restaurant gave no discount on the bill to make up for either the long wait or the excess salt on the lamb. The overall value - prices relative to quality was poor.

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Renewal Bar & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 984-8010.

Renewal Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

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