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The Ridley

4.1
4.1
272 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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

What 272 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

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  1. M

    Megster

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was tasty, but cold and the service was slow considering there weren’t many other guests.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was warm not hot.
  3. GK

    GregK

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lunch here was very good. The salads are already very substantial but when adding a choice of protein it becomes a real meal. The salmon, whether as an entree or on a salad is large and perfectly prepared. Same is true for the Bourbon Street pasta, which my guest had with grilled shrimp. I should also mention the raw oysters here at really great — fat, salty and a perfect starter or maybe a meal. Good vibe here in The Draftsman Hotel. The Ridley stands on its own and is a nice complement to the hotel. Seems to be the place to be!
  4. S

    Shelby

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant and great place to eat. Loved it.
  5. J

    Jack

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Passingthe road from Christmas vacation and stopped after several hours driving in the rain. The Ridley was across the street from
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    We got the wrong cut of steak and once the correct one was provided. It had been more than 20 minutes. The steak was discounted half price Service was top notch The ambience and overall atmosphere was excellent Simple meals like burgers, and salads were good but more pricier complex dishes steak were poorly done
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We came in to eat on Friday night to celebrate our engagement. Hostess was lovely, we were seated quickly. Once seated, we waited for awhile. We eventually were kind of greeted by our server. She didn’t introduce herself, just asked if we wanted her to put some food in. Checked on us every once in awhile throughout the night. The food was excellent, but the service left a lot to be desired. My fiancé and I took an Uber and expected a memorable evening. Left with our tummies full, but experienced service worse than Applebees.
  9. WE

    WesE

    Richmond

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Deviled eggs sound good but leave much to be desired. Dry. Dry. Did I say dry?
  10. ES

    EliotS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food for a hotel restaurant. Definitely great for a casual and relaxing dinner.
  11. JB

    JimBob

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Charlottesville. The service and food were excellent!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service and food took forever
  13. DS

    DavidS

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    So much potential, but unfortunately the food arrived luke-warm bordering on cold and just didn’t have enough seasoning all around.
  14. AC

    AlisonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2 friends and I ate at the Ridley before a concert, so we had an early reservation at 4:30. Everything about this experience was wonderful! Given that we had the whole restaurant almost to ourselves, we had excellent service, food choices and food presentation! Between the 3 of us, we had shrimp cocktail, fried green tomatoes, fillet mignon and salad w/steak. all were excellent! I would definitely go again! The menu was nicely varied, as it included both sandwich and dinner platters, so there was lots to choose from.
  15. JM

    JamesM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varied menu. Meals tasty and service very good. Will definitely return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fantastic food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Poor / inexperienced service, poor food quality / preparation and extensive delays which exacerbated poor food quality. Pork chop burned on one side, fries cold, gumbo soup luke warm, toasted bread was wet because it steamed sitting on plate too long, reuben sandwich hardly had any meat, and we requested extra glasses of water because refills were so infrequent. Was able get a last minute reservation on a Saturday night and now we know why, there were very few diners there but there was no explanation why service was so slow. Ambiance was otherwise nice.
  18. ZC

    ZenCowgirl

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious shrimp and grits!
  19. DO

    DivaO

    Richmond

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice brunch menu and lots of options. I recommend the shimp and grits. If you are really hungry, the chicken sandwich is a big sandwich. There are gluten and vegetarian options too.
  20. TP

    TimothyP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Place was booming on a football weekend. They appeared understaffed for the crowd. Waiter was young and friendly, but messed up my order. Gumbo starter was tasty, although short on rice. I was supposed to then receive 6 Oysters Rockefeller, but instead was served 12 raw Oysters. He took them back. By now, I finally received my first cocktail. Then my filet came out. Filet was tasty and cooked as requested, mashed potatoes were not quite room temperature, asparagus was ok, fried onions were excellent. Shortly after, the 6 Oysters Rockefeller showed up. I'd skip ordering oyster orders here...simply not very good. My second cocktail arrived just as I finished eating. So mixed bag experience, and not inexpensive.
  21. S

    Samm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and service! Food was also delicious.
  22. SD

    SusanD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with friends at The Ridley was very satisfying. Good service, tasty salads and sandwiches and a bright and airy ambiance.
  23. s

    scott

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    After having a reservation, we waited almost an hour for our food. There was a very large party already ahead of us when we were seated. The restaurant wasn’t full, but the large wedding party group took all of the staff’s attention. There seemed to be plenty of people working in the restaurant, but perhaps the kitchen wasn’t staffed properly and that’s why it took forever to get food. It took forever to get a drink, and a refill. Our server was very inattentive. The pasta was not great. It was basic, with a light bland sauce and few vegetables. There was a bit of red pepper flakes thrown on that gave it occasional hot spice, but there was no flavor other than that. Even the “grilled” shrimp that you pay extra for had no spice. Nothing. I was told it was cooked on a flattop stove with salt and pepper, but it was white, zero pepper on it and I added a lot of salt to the entire dish. Very disappointing for a high price meal.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant. Nice atmosphere. Good food
  25. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We could have made a meal on the appetizers! Make sure to try the Brussels sprouts and the Cauliflower! Loved the decor and the delicious menu options. Can't wait to go back again when we are in Charlottesville.
  26. NJ

    NJFoodie

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overall, The Ridley is a convenient location for a bite, especially if you're staying at The Draftsman. Like many restaurants today, they are short staffed and the waitstaff they do have are undertrained. I'm glad they are back after the pandemic, but they need to vastly improve service and training. Otherwise, the food (I've had breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is solid and they try nice things like jazz brunch and fun drink/appetizer specials.
  27. UT

    UsualTablefor2

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had reservations for brunch on Parent’s Weekend. The location is extremely convenient to Grounds. We were greeted at the host stand after about 3 minutes and escorted to a lovely booth. We waited another 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Drinks were extremely delayed. Coffee delivered without cream. Water never refilled. When the food arrived it looked great however we were missing two of the sides. It took several more minutes to get our server’s attention to inquire about the rest of our meal. Overall the food was fine but the service was terrible. There are many wonderful brunch spots in Charlottesville, don’t waste your time here.
  28. C

    Cvillenative75

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Only 1st time there. Parking is challenging on the street but the valet is cheaper than what the signage says. For restaurant guests, it's $5.00 We didn't know that so we parked further away in an open parking garage. Service was great (thanks Brandon). Drinks were strong (another plus) considering they're pricey. My Nashville Hot chicken sandwich had all the flavor and crispiness I wanted but the chicken itself was tough and rubbery. Hard to eat. Mashed potatoes were bleh. I definitely want to try a meal there again as the atmosphere is gorgeous.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Was very noisy from Bar area. We scheduled late as arrival into town and dinner was 8:45 or so. Bar in full swing. Kitchen was overwhelmed. Food for husband was turkey club poorly constructed and cold. Not toasted. I had steak frites they were good and the Fries but would never have served asparagus that looked like that. Sticks with no tops. Taste was good and cooked right, not mushy. Very slow on drinks brought all food including appetizers out at once. Drinks after that. Oysters were to be cooked but they were lukewarm Had to return next day to meet friends at bar. Very poor service there. Just had them pour wine to eliminate the problem. Staff looked new as watching them punch in the cash register computer they were fumbling around looking. They were all very nice. Probably would not go again other than convenience across from hospital
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE! We had a reservation for 8:45. We arrived at 8:30, only to be told that they were “running” behind and even reservations were on a 45 minute wait. The kicker - half the tables were clean and empty. The host - who I think was also the manager - was unapologetic and acted like it is completely normal to walk into a restaurant with a reservation and then be told there was another 45 minute wait. We were told we would be texted when the table was ready - I checked that they had the correct number - we still are waiting for the text …
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was very personable and knowledgeable of the menu and recommended a great res wine. The food was exceptional. I normally do not eat a full 8oz steak…I ate the entire steak this time. Thank you
  32. B

    Brad

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We missed breakfast by 15 minutes so had lunch at 11:15. A little early. Then sat right next to a noisy table while there were no other customers. Not sure why restaurants think that's a good idea. Very annoying to hear other loud conversations. Food was good.
  33. m

    mfromoutoftown

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I very much wanted to like The Ridley. The concept, menu, and offerings seemed ideal. However, it did not deliver. On a Sunday night that wasn't very busy, service was slow. It took a hostess over 5 minutes to greet us for our reservation while several staff members stood by and watched several guests wait at the hostess stand. While the server was polite and nice, it was "oh, we are out of that" and "oh, I don't know what beers we have." Delivery of drinks and food to the table was likewise slow. The food was okay but did not quite meet expectations for a price tag of about $30 per entrée. Unfortunately, I would not want to go back and don't think I'd likely recommend to others.
  34. AC

    AdamC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    While I enjoyed the look of the restaurant, the food and service was just ok. Every dish lacked proper seasoning. Luckily salt was available on the table. While none of the servers were bad, small things added up. None of our appetizer dishes were ever removed after finished and we were never asked about refills. For the price paid, $100 for 2, a chain restaurant would provide an equal to or better experience for half the price.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and sorry
  36. TH

    TraceyH

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Ridley burger and the cornbread were amazing! Service was even better!
  37. S

    Skip

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great spot. good food. never a bad meal here. service was great.
  38. AH

    AlfonsoH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Overpriced and the flavors were simply not there. The story of the restaurant is beautiful but I wish the food had lived up to the hype.
  39. TD

    TaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such delicious food. I was sad when I got too full to finish my plate.
  40. P

    Pxedstqn

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was wondering why this was one of the only restaurants left with a Sunday evening reservation, and now we know. Our waiter was not the most attentive, only asked us once how everything was going, and that was after someone else brought us our food and we were almost done. Never refilled any drinks or asked if we wanted refills. My filet actually had grizzle and was so salty it was difficult to eat. The asparagus was so tough I could barely cut it with a steak knife. My husband ordered the crab cakes with Cajun rice instead of succotash, and it arrived with zero/nada/none, no sauce what so ever, it was bone dry. Needless to say this was a one and done for us.

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 272 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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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