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Shadwells Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA

Shadwells Restaurant

4.1
4.1
687 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Our aim at Shadwell's Restaurant is to serve high-quality food and drink in a casual, comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. We take great pride in our reputation as the best restaurant in Charlottesville for authentic, Chesapeake Bay-inspired seafood recipes and hand-cut steaks. We believe in Mr. Jefferson's vision, of always surrounding himself with good conversation, good food and good libations. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, indeed!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 202-2568
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    C. Thomas Lasley
  • Private party facilities
    Shadwells Restaurant offers the finest in local dining for private breakfast, lunch and dinners. Rehearsal dinners, family reunions, business, holiday, class reunions and after hours parties for 80 guests or more. Three private rooms available: seats 40, 20 & 18. TV's in rooms. No room rental fee.
  • Private party contact
    Lori Richards: (434) 202-2568
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Cross street
    1791 Richmond Road
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on-site parking, including accessible parking, located immediately in front of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 687 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

687 Reviews
  1. kitty

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, not so great service. It was a Sunday night and they did have two large group things going on. But the servers definitely do not work as a team! As someone whose family is in the restaurant business, I do not ding the servers if it is very busy. But, we were seated and the servers who walked by the table clearly did not want to acknowledge we were there. They seriously avoided eye contact. Maybe this is a management issue. Even if this was not their table, they should have acknowledged us with a 'someone will be with you soon'. Just my pet peeve! I think that as soon as you are seated, someone should at least offer you a drink and some bread, in case you are starving after a long day...as I was!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was slow and not attentive to orders Server missed serving my wife’s salad with mine $1.00 extra per drink for olives is out of being reasonable Restaurant was very dark and noisy Decorate needs severe updating if it is support their pricing

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  3. Barb

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shadwells is a gem of a restaurant and a highlight of the area's many restaurants. I have been dining here since it opened and it has never disappointed me or the many friends I have taken to join me in a great meal. Returning friends often ask me to make a reservation at the restaurant to assure that they get a wonderful meal while in Charlottesville. I appreciate that you periodically update your menu with attractive entries and that you never lose sight of the need for a place that offers a diverse menu that meets the needs of many visitors

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was wonderful. We went with a larger group to celebrate our sons graduation and they put us in a nice semi-private room and made certain we were happy the entire time. We will definitely be returning to Shadwells.

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  5. ScottC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious! Our waiter didn't seem to know the menu and brought out the wrong food, this was corrected. Main issue was their kids Mac n cheese comes out on a flaming hot skillet... Ok for an adult but not for a 3 year old!! This is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

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  6. ShellyA

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and comfortable seating. Service was good at best as waiter visits were few and far between and the restaurant is very loud. But it was a very busy night.

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  7. TK8here

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    $15 cocktail and a $14 hamburger. Good food, but pricing a drink that high was a surprise.

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  8. bettyeeatsout

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WE had quit going to Shadwell's because the quality of the food was not as good, the roof leaked, attitude was not good etc. But we returned this week after eating in a lot and to our delight things have turned around. The decor is much better, the menu is better and the food was good!. Happily our favorite waiter, Mike Sweeney. was still there and the night was a success and we will be back. Sadly due to aging and health issues we no longer eat out once a week but are pleased to have SHadwell's on our A list again.

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  9. TomK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great-the restaurant was very noisy but we were there on a busy day

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  10. StephaniB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and the service fantastic! The perfect Mother's Day outing!!

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  11. KathleenI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was terrible. We waited and waited for our order to be taken. Then they took no care preparing food for an allergy and nearly caused a reaction. Other of the orders came out wrong as well. Just an awful experience.

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  12. SteveJ

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent, waitress service was odd, and it was a bit noisy, but my oyster platter was outstanding and my wife’s pork chop was cooked to perfection.

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  13. Medi942

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    When we asked for a booth, the hostess told her assistant in front of us "No way are they going to get a Booth". The table had not been cleaned we we got there. The entree was served while we were still eating our soup. The server, Jennifer, was excellent, very attentive.

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  14. JohnY

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food; comfortable informal atmosphere; seated promptly (had a reservation). Noise fairly high due to full house. All six in party happy with their food. Built in service of 22% two percent higher than usual... I usually give 20% for good service.... but that's OK... Thanks JKY

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  15. SteveK

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu options from apps, salads, steaks & chips to seafood. Nice wine list.

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  16. Sharon

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Shadwell’s has become one of our reliable stand-bus! Consistently good food at a reasonable price, and conveniently located! Thanks!’

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  17. InParadise

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    $30 Ribeye was filled with gristle and the fat was not properly rendered. Food was salty, and this comes from someone who does not avoid salt. House salad and asparagus was good. Fried calamari appetizer was tender and a good size for the price. Snow crabs were just plain sad, though the spicy butter that came with it was tasty.

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  18. DavidJ

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Shadwells. The food was great and Charlie our waiter was attentive, but not overbearing. We have eaten at Shadwells a number of times and Tuesday evening was one of the best experiences we have had. Dave and Anne Jennings

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  19. TonyaF

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great as well as the service from the time we arrived upon our departure. We will be back!

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  20. CarrieMac

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu, great good, excellent service

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  21. PaulC

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It has a nice veriaty with good flavor and good staff

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  22. JaneP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service by Charlie. Comfortable atmosphere, and no rush to eat and run. Enjoyed our dinners.

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  23. barbiep

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious seafood, attentive service. Excellent experience.

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  24. ShelleyM

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place. Excellent food, good atmosphere for all ages. Highly recommend!

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  25. EdwardA

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good and service was fairly quick. We would return again.

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  26. Rick

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first time dining at Shadwells Restaurant and we were very pleased. Service was excellent - our server was Faye.

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  27. JeJa

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is ok, but I like going here because it's easy to get in and out and just a comfortable setting. We've always had a good experience. A little pricey for relatively generic American food.

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  28. RichardG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent. It was a little loud at times and hard to have a conversation

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  29. Cindy

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They worked hard to meet our requests. Perfect set up and excellent service. Nice variety on menu We’ll be back

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  30. Marian

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was horrible and after well over an hour one of the meals was cold and the others were not good. The manager comped the meals but it was a big disappointment will not go there again.

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  31. KevinM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The waiter was nice, the food was good. BUT we waited over an hour after placing our order ( and nothing different about it) until we actually were served. They apologized, but that was it... fortunately we were not in a hurry to get somewhere.

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  32. GeraldH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived ten minutes before our reservation time and were seated almost immediately. Our server showed up ten minutes later. We ordered wine which came about ten minutes later. I ordered an oyster type appetizer which was served by two different servers (they should have been together). We ordered dinner and waited and waited and waited. The server came back one time and told us our order would be out soon. An hour later I finally sought out the manager to inquire about our meal. He went to the kitchen and returned telling me the kitchen had misplaced our order and telling me it was not the server’s fault. I countered by say she should have noticed we had not yet been served after waiting an hour. The food was good, but the overall experience was disappointing. The manager did offer us a twenty-five percent discount on the meal but that wasn’t enough to compensate for our extremely long wait. We will not be going back. Too many really good restaurants in the area to risk another negative experience at Shadwell’s. They really blew it!!

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  33. Jolie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    TERRIBLE; will never return. Arrived a few minutes early for a 6:15 pm reservation for party of 4. Only 3 of 4 drink orders ever arrived. Waited over an hour--no food ever arrived. Walked out. When I offered to pay for 3 drinks, they presented a bill for $118, which I didn't pay. Worst restaurant experience ever.

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  34. DavidZ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were there on an evening that was not busy. The food was good but everything was brought to the table at the same time, the salads and the entry. I had to remind the server that I ordered a beer, which she forgot to bring. The dessert was good as was the coffee.

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  35. foodie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I believe our waiter was Eric. He didn't seem friendly or very involved in his job. The first time I've been disappointed in a server at your restaurant. The food, as always, was superb.

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  36. murphysworld

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Charlottesville find. Wonderful dining, service and location.

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  37. JoeF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service were uniformly excellent. Noise abatement would help a lot towards overall fulfillment.

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  38. MACme

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very crowded on a Friday at 6:30pm. I highly recommend a reservation. Service was fast and efficient and the food was hot and delicious. Rally great crab cake...mostly meat! And our steaks were perfect. We really enjoyed our meal. It was quite noisy I guess because of the crowd.

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  39. BillScout77

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Sampled the she crab soup which was delicious. We also had fried shrimp, calamari and a caesar salad. All were excellent. They also serve awesome home made dinner rolls. We were served by a wonderful waitress name Mary who was professional but also very friendly and seemed truly interested in making our experience terrific. Moderate to high price but well worth it. Wide range of clientele from families to retirees like us. We will definitely come back next time in the area.

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  40. MsScarlette

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shadwells is our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. They have the best ribeye. The server Mary is absolutely wonderful too.

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1791 Richmond Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1791 Richmond Road
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on-site parking, including accessible parking, located immediately in front of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    C. Thomas Lasley
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (434) 202-2568
  • Private party facilities
    Shadwells Restaurant offers the finest in local dining for private breakfast, lunch and dinners. Rehearsal dinners, family reunions, business, holiday, class reunions and after hours parties for 80 guests or more. Three private rooms available: seats 40, 20 & 18. TV's in rooms. No room rental fee.
  • Private party contact
    Lori Richards: (434) 202-2568
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