Renewal

3.9
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Renewal provides an eclectic modern day high energy take on the old-world tavern, designed to be inviting to both visitors and locals alike. Renewal is all about crafting one's own unique experience, finding the best fit for each person walking through our doors.

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Happy Hour

$3 Domestic Beers, $1 Off VA Draft, $4 House Spirits, $6 Wine by the Glass
$2 Off Select Starters

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 15, 2019

Ends: February 16, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-7:00PM

Date Night! Free App

One free appetizer with purchase of two entrees.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 15, 2019

Ends: February 16, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-11:00PM

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What 67 People Are Saying
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

In terms of food, service, and noise, Renewal was one step above a Chili’s.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to watch ACC Basketball!!! They even turned up the volume in the TV, so we could enjoy hearing and seeing UVA play basketball!!! If only UVA would have won;(

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for Brunch!

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and not terribly expensive and the service was amazing. They were backed up for valentines day and even so we didn't wait long for food.

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Limited menu but some good picks. Brussel sprouts were suburb - and without bacon! Slather everything with salt and bacon and oh...yummy, but not here - just plain good and wholesome. Wait staff and kitchen overwhelmed for the day with Duke vs UVA game in town but management stepped it up, filled in and made the evening great. We had the pleasure of service from the wine manager and she was fantastic. Jessie is one of their best wait staff - cheerful always. Draw your own beer with lots of choices...and clean glasses! We'll be back.

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

We were staying at the Draftsman and stopped in for cocktails that were delicious. The next morning we had breakfast. The kitchen was slow, but the coffee was good and our party had some standout dishes - the big easy and a chicken sandwich were the highlights. It was clear that high quality ingredients were used in all dishes. Cool atmosphere and great music playing in the background.

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GH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having Pork Belly and grits. Was good, but not great. Tenderloin was very good and the Butterscotch whatever was wonderful. The vine pairings was good but expensive. Overall a good but pricey experience.

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DW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

It was fine overall, but not particularly impressive. Service was spotty and my steak came out overcooked, but was corrected quickly and easily by the waitstaff.

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BM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Jessie offered great service and a delicious wine recommendations. There were 2 mixups with our order that were remedied generously. Very nice experience. Brussels are amazing!

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DD
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for restaurant week. A good way to try a new (to us) place. Food was very good, well prepared and excellent flavors. The ambiance is ok. Certainly not warm and cozy. Has the feel of an upscale coffee shop. Service was good. Parking can be a hassle. They offered $5 valet parking instead of the normal $10 for restaurant week. Not certain if they do such a thing for regular diners. We will very likely return at some point to try the regular menu.

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MF
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

There aren’t many places where brussels sprouts – that’s right, brussels sprouts – can be the star of the restaurant show. But that’s really true at the relatively new Renewal Restaurant on Main Street in Charlottesville. And that’s not because the rest of the meal was bad. It was quite good, actually.
But the brussels sprouts – yes, the brussels sprouts – were quite simply spectacular. I like veggies as well as the next guy, but I’d never consider eating them as dessert. I would have ordered Renewal’s again for dessert if they had let me, during a recent Restaurant Week visit.
The sprouts where charred just right, crunchy and carmelized, but with no burnt taste. Then they were coated with a sherry gastrique, which is basically a sweet-and-sour concoction made with reduced sherry. That was good enough, but as you got toward the bottom of the rather large appetizer, you started dipping into a garlic fondue, which was just one more pleasant surprise. The server said the sprouts are Renewal’s most popular dish. Get yourself some.
The main course, while good, didn’t always quite measure up. My creole potato gratin was basically a nice potatoes au gratin with added andouille sausage. But it could have used more and spicier sausage. Sue loved it anyway. Our friends got the coffee rubbed tenderloin and pronounced it perfect.
Renewal has a huge lineup of craft beers on tap, which we didn’t try, and a nice wine list including some locals such as Gabrielle Rouse, some relatively reasonably priced, which we did sample and enjoy.
Very clean, modern, comfortable interior. We were a little surprised to see large-screen TVs tuned to sports in an upscale dining room, but the assumption was that they were really meant for the bar on the other side. Overall, a “go back and try again” kind of place.

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V
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was beyond bad. After no one helped us for over 10 minutes after seating, we asked the host if we had a server and he ended up being our server. He didn't seem to have any prior experience as a waiter, although he was a very nice person. The food took a VERY LONG time to come out between courses. The main redeeming quality is that on both this visit and my one prior visit, the food was very, very good. The parking situation isn't great.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Really poor presentation of the food and not very good food at all.

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

I had a phenomenal experience at Renewal for a late Christmas and family birthday celebration. The menu did not disappoint and why would it with such a talented and decorated executive chef and wonderful management team at the helm. Our servers recommendations and descriptions were spot on! Could not say enough about the service and the cuisine. One of my new Cville favorites!!!!

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J
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We came for brunch and I was shocked at how poor the service and food was. All of the bread in all three dishes we ordered were burned with what tasted like propane or some gas heat and the Croque said it came with ham, but the meat that came out was grey and green in some places and tasted like bad turkey. Service was spotty and the place was empty. Too bad. Pimento Cheese was good, but all you could taste was the burnt flavor of the bread.

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CB
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Food is quite good, the wine list nice and Paty, our favorite server, is outstanding.

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C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Reserved on-line for Christmas dinner. Reviewed the website and found no mention of Christmas buffet. We did not anticipate a buffet since we did not find any mention of it. Elected to order from the bar menu. Burgers were okay. The two burgers ordered pink were far from pink but well done. The restaurant is one we will not return to except for drinks. We are not even enticed to try it again for the Southern Cuisine which I am very fond of since I lived in MS and LA. The one notable item to mention was the service. Our server was an outstanding young man. He was very personable and a problem solver. Well done on the hiring of that individual.

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N
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We picked Renewal from a short list of restaurants open Christmas Eve and were pleasantly surprised. For the holiday they had a very nice southern style buffet, with lots of veggies cooked with a traditional southern twist. For meat they offered deliciously thin slices of prime rib and honey glazed ham, with the ham particularly good. Renewal has a massive selection of beer on tap. Service and noise were fine, although the restaurant was mostly empty so our experience may not be typical. We plan to return. The only downside was that the buffet was $50 per person and we did not notice that price on OpenTable.

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JW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We ordered appetizers and drinks. The food and drinks were good but a little pricey. The service was terrible.

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AH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was way over fried to the point that some of it was inedible. However, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was fun.

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G
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Reserved a table last night, to Celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. My wife ordered the Blackened Salmon. The Rice on the Dish was under-cooked, and many of the Grains crunchy. We sent the Dish back. After 10 minutes, the Server returned with a Second Dish. It appeared the Rice had been “reboiled”, and was still crunchy. My Wife then mentioned her Gumbo, also had some crunchy Rice. The Server took the Salmon Dish off the Bill, But our special Dinner was a great disappointment!

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DL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First timers, we went for Thanksgiving lunch not knowing what to expect and enjoyed a wonderful buffet. Buffets are tough to pull off but everything was very tasty. My companions were especially enamored of the stuffing, while I could have eaten my weight in those brussels sprouts! Desserts were lovely but could have benefited from some toppings. Bar a little slow with drinks (hey, it was early) but Jesse made everything right and was a delightful accompaniment to a satisfying meal. We spotted the 36 beer taps on our way out the door, we'll be back!

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MM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our brunch here. Food was tasty. Service was somewhat slow and it took a very long time to get our food. Location is great - right next to UVA Medical Center .

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun menu and excellent beer and wine selection. Desserts were also excellent. Nice attentive service and reasonable prices plus a great vibe. Go.

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Miami
51 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Renewal. The decor is welcoming, the food is good, and the service is good. This is not gourmet dining or conversation friendly. But is it full of energy, a little loud. My biggest disappointment was that it appeared that our server must have spilled half of my Manhattan cocktail on the way to our table. It was literally half full but he didn't mention it. To not sound like a cheapskate, I didn't mention it either. No real reason to go back.

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LK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The noise level is incredibly loud. Difficult to hear conversation or to speak with waitstaff. There is no upper level seating. Appetizer and entree were good to very good. Skip disappointing desserts.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for burger night. Food was great

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MA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, the food was delicious great beer 🍻 I was celebrating my Birthday and they make my feel so special .
for dessert I would like a choose for dairy free.
And the parking is limited. Everyone is very nice and the Food is outstanding so the limited parking is no big deal . They have and upstairs for private events. But overall the restaurant is quiet,very clean,open space,great list of draft beer 🍻

You should try it . The Brussel sprouts are Excellent

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M
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The pour your own beer was a fantastic option. Highly recommended. Stay away from the Margaritas as they were well below average. The Brussel sprouts were to die for as were their French fries. I loved the renewal burger but it was a little under cooked. Med-rare vs Medium that I ordered. We do recommend Renewal.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food..everything we ordered was delicious. Definitely will be coming again! Very impressed being a new restaurant and all.

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v
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

First time visiting this new restaurant on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville. It was a beautiful evening and they had the front doors all open so even though we sat inside it was like being outside. The menu is great with a mix of small plates, sandwiches and burgers, and full dinners. We loved the fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese appetizer, and the grilled peach salad. There was a very large party dining at the same time and the servers seemed to struggle being as attentive as they should have been to smaller tables like ours. I would have given it five stars if the service had been better. Luckily we weren't in a hurry.

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D
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful birthday dinner. The service was fantastic and the food delicious!

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HA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved dining here! The atmosphere was excellent and the wait staff were extremely friendly.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant has nice atmosphere and an excellent local beer selection.

Other than that though, the food was just very bland. Prices are somewhat high as well. The service was okay, but not very welcoming. During the happy hour, I didn’t end up getting happy hour prices on my bill—should have spoke up but at that point I was just ready to leave. Like most other reviews, there’s just way too many other great options in Charlottesville to settle for mediocrity. Unfortunately, I won’t be coming back to the Renewal when I’m in town on business.

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is on the main drag of Cville close to the school and many other things. The chef used to be at a 5 star restaurant in St. Thomas but moved after the hurricanes to the benefit of this wonderful restaurant. The service was very very attentive. They have some great small plates that really are filling including green fried tomatoes and brussel sprouts that were delicious and not your typical preparation - but not too fancy either. They also have a nice large bar where you can also eat if you are looking for more animation. We frequent Cville often and were glad to see something new and will return.

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MA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It would be nice if you had a Dairy free dessert 😁 ! My Family enjoy the beignets ,

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server Doug was great. Didn’t rush us. Greater paid no attention to our high table request or our Opentable reservation.

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AW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both flawless.

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DB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I ate here 3 times during a weekend stay. Breakfast is better than dinner. The servers seem miserable. No one ever smiled. It made us feel unwelcome.

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WB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

A nice place. Good atmosphere. Service was good but a bit resumed by one of the young female servers. The food was good but honestly a bit pricey. We will go back but it is not in my top 10 locations in Charlottesville...mainly due to somewhat high prices.

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