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The Ridley

4.1
4.1
198 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

The Ridley is THE destination for upscale-casual dining and fresh seafood offerings in Charlottesville, Virginia. Located within The Draftsmen boutique hotel, The Ridley combines convenience and accessibility with an unparalleled dining experience. As one of Charlottesville’s Black-owned restaurants, the concept pays homage to Dr. Walter N. Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from The University of Virginia and receive a graduate degree from any major, historically white public university in the South.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (434) 984-8010

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Robert Anglin

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

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What 198 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Good for Groups

  • Charlottesville

    Great for Lunch

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Charlottesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall lackluster

  2. DB

    DrBColwellAdams

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the experience—both ambiance and food. Please ask staff to volunteer information about Dr. Ridley. Thank you!

  3. AM

    AugustoM

    Miami

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Ok. Food good. Extremly weak in the desserts menu.

  4. FN

    FridayNightDiners

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We recently had dinner at The Ridley and had a great experience. The food was very well prepared, and the jalapeño cornbread was amazing. The menu has a nice selection of items. Our party of four all tried different things (shrimp and grits, pork chop, scallops and salmon) and gave excellent reviews. Our server Nassir was attentive and paced our meal nicely. The decor is very well done and includes very interesting information about Dr. Walter N. Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from The University of Virginia and receive a graduate degree from any major historically white public university in the South. We will definitely be back when we're in the Charlottesville area.

  5. SW

    SWinston

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    I've been to The Ridley twice, for brunch and breakfast. The brunch meal was excellent! Food was hot, presentation was lovely and the Chef even came out to ask how everything was. The breakfast was average. My omelet needed a bit more seasoning -- salt in particular, but different herbs or spices would have helped tremendously.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2

    Food was not good at all.

  7. SA

    SpicyAyKAY

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good experience! Good food, good service, convenient valet for 5$!

  8. F

    Flipfoodie

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Went for Mother’s Day brunch and menu was just so so. Could have gone to any place in Charlottesville and had the same options. Nothing great…

  9. E

    Erinn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I treated my mother to brunch at The Ridley. We had THE BEST dining experience ever in life. The team worked so well together and you could tell that the running of the restaurant is a very well-oiled machine. The server was attentive, and the food was hot and came out quickly. Our drinks were refreshed regularly and we were checked on numerous times while dining. I'd also like to mention the hospitality of the manager on duty. He was gracious to us and even held the door for us at our departure. I will definitely visit again and I highly recommend paying a visit!

  10. J

    Jennifer

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was good but for the price we paid was a little too much in our honest opinion. Amount of food we got were small— eggs were a bit runny inside. . Hmm. But staff and everything else was amazing!

  11. LW

    LindaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent. We were quickly seated and served. Food was great! The decor is lovely.

  12. MB

    MimiB

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this restaurant. Food was good and our waitress was very attentive.

  13. DO

    DivaO

    Richmond

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    One of my favorite brunch places. The spinach Omlet is very good so is their style of French Toast!

  14. LA

    LkAck

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Had high hopes for this restaurant. Overall, good. But, there were drawbacks. The service was so fast, we received our entrees before we finished our salads. There was no decaf coffee and the regular I ordered wasn't even hot. Food was good, but basic. No salt or pepper on table and I could have used it. The service was very personable and efficient. Biggest complaint by far: Parking. There was none, short of $10 valet through the hotel. Tried the 11th St. garage, but was turned away. On street took 10 minutes of looking, until we got lucky two blocks away. Just for the latter point alone, I'm afraid we won't be running back any time soon.

  15. M

    Mayoplan

    New England

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening. The bar menu was interesting, and the service at the bar was so good, we stayed for dinner. The dinner was great, Baked Chicken and Steak Frites (w/chimichurri) The wine list was just OK. For a restaurant in the middle of wine country, there was WAY too much overpriced mass produced California wines on the menu. Other than that, it was a lovely evening on a quiet evening.

  16. DF

    DouglasF

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Made Sunday brunch reservations for a visit with our UVA student. Reserved an outdoor table because we were traveling with our pet. Upon arrival, we were informed that the outdoor seating was closed because of staff call-offs. Obviously, we could not dine indoors with the pet, and the manager would not make an exception on the outdoor seating because "other patrons would ask why they couldn't eat outside too." All other restaurants in this category were long-since booked, so we essentially ended up eating fast food. Very bad judgment call by the Ridley manager, who could have made our day but instead got it off to a really bad start because he couldn't be bothered to think a bit outside the box. We won't be back.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner while visiting our student. The Chef even came around & asked how things were.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Was nice to sit outside the Brussels and truffle fries and grits were delish!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great service and delicious food. would definitely go again!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting UVA

  21. CF

    ChrisF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not enough people working the breakfast service.

  22. ME

    MELINDAA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    RIcky our server was excellent. Food was wonderful. Had a great time!

  23. LO

    LeslieO

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had brunch there for Easter and the food was really good. Everyone tried something different and everyone loved it.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Easter brunch…service was wonderful, responsive and friendly. The food was typical brunch well prepared and presented. First time dining at Ridley and would definitely return. Spacious and warm space

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5

    The hostess was rude.

  26. LJ

    LeeJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5

    The food is pretty good but the service is lacking. Great atmosphere, comfortable seating, good bar selections. If the service improves it could be one of the top places is Charlottesville.

  27. A

    Abbsuper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not too many choices for vegetarians and vegans but I would still recommend it because it has a very friendly atmosphere and great cocktails!

  28. UV

    UVAGrad

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great breakfast. Great dining areas.

  29. BD

    BigD

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great meal. The restaurant was able to accommodate our group even though they could not ‘find’ my reservation. Very nice place, we will be back.

  30. MB

    MattyB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food with very good service. Nice, modern venue. Food portions fairly small for the price however (except the shrimp po’boy sandwich which was overstuffed with big tasty shrimp!). A few puzzlers too: I noted in my OpenTable reservation that this was for my wife’s birthday, and they completely missed that. Mentioned it at the end of the meal to the waitress who remarked “I wish I would have known“ - Well, you should have known! We then skipped dessert. Also, despite it being only about half full on a Monday night, we had to wait about 15 minutes after our reservation time for our table. Understaffed perhaps? Not a huge deal, just puzzling. 3.5 stars due to the lack of attention to process/service for a nicer place.

  31. RL

    RobinL

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Great food and great location. Certainly good value for the money. Parking is easy and staff is attentive except for keeping the water glass filled. If water is the only thing you’re drinking for the evening you need to flag them down every time your glass gets emptied. Putting a bottle of water on the table would solve the issue.

  32. NK

    NatishaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    My partner and I ordered the brussel sprouts for an appetizer and we each had a cocktail. He enjoyed his old fashioned. I can't remember my drink but it was presented well and tasted good. We were disappointed with the sprouts. We always order sprouts when we go out to eat and this is the first time we had to add salt and pepper. It tasted like there was no seasoning at all. For entrees he ordered the shrimp po boy and I had shrimp and grits. My partner ended up only eating the shrimp rather than eating it as a sandwich. He said the shrimp had good flavor. I primarily ate the shrimp for my meal. The sauce reminded me more of gravy with barbecue sauce and I did not enjoy it. Based on reviews I was skeptical but wanted to support this restaurant. While I was not completely pleased, I would visit again and try something else on the menu.

  33. MM

    MaryM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a wonderful meal at The Ridley! An occasion to share a meal with old friends and The Ridley was the perfect place. The service was outstanding and all of the staff friendly and welcoming! The roast brussel sprouts and the oyster appetizers were the best I've had anywhere.

  34. ES

    EmilyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    We were a bit underwhelmed with our brunch at the Ridley. The coffee was watery and the food in general was not seasoned very well. For the price point I was expecting far better.

  35. KR

    KRISTENM

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food and friendly staff

  36. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Ridley was the perfect antidote to a long day of travel. Excellent service and delicious meal in a comfortable environment.

  37. r

    robwst

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food was fine, but nothing outstanding. We were late so cornbread was cold in the middle and gumbo had lots of something stringy and very little okra.

  38. RJ

    ReggieJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Absolutely love the Ridley. Will be our go to spot.

  39. AS

    AnneS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Parking is really challenging on a Friday night so prepare to valet. We ordered the Shrimp Po Boy, Reuben, Steak Frites, and Gumbo. Reuben was very skimpy on corned beef and used raw cabbage in place of sauerkraut. Gumbo did not taste good. Shrimp Po Boy and steak frites were good. Service was fine; very friendly but slow. Prices were high for quality of food. Had to wait 10 minutes to get parking validated in the hotel.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent and the service was prompt, friendly, and professional. I’ll definitely return another time!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

The Ridley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 984-8010.

The Ridley is rated 4.1 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Ridley

1106 W Main St Charlottesville, VA 22903-2822

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Executive chef

    Robert Anglin

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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