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Upper Shirley Vineyards, Charles City, VA

Upper Shirley Vineyards

4.7
4.7
140 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Upper Shirley Vineyards, perched above one of the most beautiful bends on the James River and surrounded by history, brings you the best of Virginia: culinary delights, award-winning wine, and events you’ll remember for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a day away or the best place to stage your dream wedding, Upper Shirley Vineyards will exceed your expectations.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 829-9463
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 140 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Richmond

    Best Ambiance

  • Richmond

    Great for fine wines

  • Richmond

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Richmond

    Great for scenic views

  • Richmond

    American

140 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my cousin who was visiting from out of town . We had a lovely time . Josh our server was awesome. The food was amazing (smash burger and flatbread ) ! Great wine as well !

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  2. AndreaJ

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch with friends. Hailey our server was friendly and attentive. We had wine flights and food, 4 top table is kind of small once lunch arrived and we were still working on our flights. Rather noisy with several large groups indoors. Fish sandwich and the French dip were both tasty, decent value for the money. Will enjoy visiting again when weather is better and we can sit outside.

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  3. BarbaraS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious, lovely lunch with friends. I had the Cobb salad & my husband had the stack sandwich.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded 3 days ago
    We're so glad to hear you had such a lovely time dining with your friends at our place! Thank you so much for the 5-star review - we look forward to serving you again soon.

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  4. AlisonF

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Probably the best spinach and artichoke dip appetizer I’ve ever had
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded 6 days ago
    Hi, Alison! We're so glad that you chose to dine with us, and we're pleased to know how much you enjoyed our spinach and artichoke dip appetizer! We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, wine, and service. The property is beautiful. Wonderful place!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for the lovely review! We're so glad to hear that you loved the views as well as the meal and the friendly service. We hope you'll be our guest again soon.

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  6. StanR

    Richmond

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wine flight, service, and food were all great. Always enjoy Upper Shirley!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 18, 2024
    Hi, Stan! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and that everything from the wine flights to the food and service met your expectations of excellence from us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  7. angelad

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful experience! Everything was perfect! Service was outstanding. Perfect place for a Galentines day out with my friends!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 18, 2024
    We love hearing that you and your friends enjoyed such a perfect Galentine's Day with us! We enjoy getting to be a part of helping our guests make special memories, and we look forward to having you visit us again soon.

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  8. Foodie

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is tucked away from the maddening crowd and on a sunny, warm day would provide an amazing backdrop for a casual outing. Like most places, improvement on details would take them to 5 stars, such as with appetizers served with crackers, or crostini etc., to serve enough dippers to finish the dip. Attentiveness of the service staff, knowing who ordered what; again a small detail,big impact. The noise level could be a problem if the space is filled, on this day, it was probably half full. I WILL go back as we are fortunate to have this in our neck of the woods.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 15, 2024
    We're so glad you chose to dine with us, and we appreciate your feedback. We look forward to your next visit and hope there will be many sunny, warm days with our grounds as the backdrop for your outings in the future!

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  9. Charloon

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great wine and delicious food! We will be back!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 15, 2024
    We're so glad to hear you loved our service, wine, and food - the full dining experience! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and wine was amazing! We were there for Friday night date night. The flatbread was amazing and the best we’ve ever had! The wine labeled number 1 was very delicious, not too sweet but not bitter or dry. Everything was perfect! We will be back when the weather gets warmer!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for the 5-star review and the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed a perfect date night! We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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  11. ShaunS

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a breath of fresh air. Amazing views and vibes
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 22, 2024
    Oh, thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed dining with us. We hope you'll visit again soon!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are always top notch here. The facilities are nice and wine is excellent.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 16, 2024
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We're so glad you enjoy your dining experiences with us, from the food and service to the facilities and wine. We look forward to having you as our guest again soon!

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  13. RichH

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine and Food were great! Will be back again (and again).
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 16, 2024
    We love to hear this! Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoy our wine and food. We look forward to your next visit!

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  14. Cindy

    Richmond

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was an absolutely fabulous day. That new Cobb salad I now want to eat everyday. Your facility is just perfect in every way. Touche
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 16, 2024
    Wow! Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you had such a fabulous day visiting with us, and we can't wait to have you back to enjoy our Cobb salad again.

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  15. ChristopherC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The wine & food are excellent. Our waiter was great!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 2, 2024
    Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed our food and wine offerings, Christopher! We also love hearing that our staff provided friendly and professional service. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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  16. Taster

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Hayley, was very accommodating and patient with how long it took for us to make lunch decisions. The food was very good and plentiful. The crab dip appetizer is very tasty and large enough for four people to share. Will be back again!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on January 2, 2024
    Hi! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and our generous portions! We also love knowing that our staff provided such friendly and professional service. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  17. DianeG

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great wine, wonderful atmosphere. Food is good. Will be back!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on December 30, 2023
    Hi, Diane! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the wine, the atmosphere, and the food! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another lovely dining experience!

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  18. Jeff

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food either way great wine! And the ambience is tops!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on December 30, 2023
    Thank you so much for the 5-star review and the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your entire dining experience with us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the second time we were very rushed because there was a planned event, and the restaurant closed at 2pm on a Friday. We made the reservation on Open table, there should be a way that we get notified of an early closing.

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  20. NancyG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our lunch at Upper Shirley. It is a beautiful setting, excellent service, great food and wine. Even bought a couple of bottles to take home. The restaurant was loud. I think that’s because of the acoustics in the building. Overall excellent experience.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on November 20, 2023
    Hi, Nancy! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed such a lovely lunch with us and even took some wine home! We hope you'll be back soon for another relaxing experience.

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  21. Tjzimm

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, wine was even better! Service was good.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on November 16, 2023
    We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed everything about your visit, from the food to the service to the wine. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  22. LouO

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful wine and perfectly friendly service!! ❤️
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on November 14, 2023
    Thank you for the 5 stars, Lou! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope you'll be our guest again soon!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was ok. Their version of Pot Pie was nothing but chicken soup. However, our waitress was wonderful. Was disappointed that they don’t do wine tastings without appointments. The bacon donuts for great. Over all not my scene but we tried it and that’s what counts.

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  24. RLSkb

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the service and the views were outstanding. We tried the sparkling rose and really liked t.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on November 6, 2023
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We're so pleased to know that you found your whole experience a wonderful one, and we appreciate knowing how much you enjoyed our sparkling rosé. We look forward to being able to serve you again soon!

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  25. DianeG

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location! Our party of five had a great time and we’ll be back.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on November 1, 2023
    We're so glad you had such a great experience dining with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  26. WayneM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server John was terrific! Oysters Rock & Crab dip are fantastic. All our mains were delicious. Really enjoyed sitting on the back deck with a view of the river on a warm Friday for lunch. Try the white sangria ~
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 30, 2023
    Thank you for such a lovely review, Wayne. We are so glad to hear that you received such wonderful service from our staff and that you enjoyed all of our menu offerings that you tried. We especially appreciate the recommendation of our white sangria! We hope you'll be back again soon to enjoy another relaxing afternoon on our back deck.

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  27. CJLL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Upper Shirley Vineyards is a beautiful destination. The grounds and building are lovely and the food is great for winery fare (the USV burger is pretty special). The wine was good too-- we tasted two different flights and a glass of viognier. Weather for lunch on the back porch was perfect. The problem for an otherwise lovely day was the service-- or total lack thereof. I made a reservation a month in advance and wrote in the notes it was a specified special occasion. No acknowledgement-- OK, maybe I was expecting too much that someone would read the notes. I was sure it would be charming after that anyway. Not so much. Seated on the back porch (nice table), approached once to order drinks, once more to order food, the wine came, dishes followed plunked down with no eye contact at the wrong seats, btw. No one ever checked on us again to ask how we were, refill water, order more wine, etc. Over an hour later someone asked to take our then long sitting dirty dishes away-- and do we need anything else, dessert? Not now, thanks. If you are spending almost $150 on lunch I think maybe someone should come by the table at least once. I would have been more vocal on site but did not want to make what was supposed to be a special occasion lunch that I had scheduled awkward for the person of honor. In sum, ambience and food were great, wine good, service and charm need improvement.

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  28. GrandmaGE

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two retired couples met for lunch on a Wednesday. We had reservations and sat on the covered porch overlooking the river. We enjoyed a grazing board filled with meats, cheese, fresh figs, fruit crackers & sweet dip. We enjoyed wine and ordered sandwiches. The Shirley Stack was very good. Two of us had Montecristo, brie cheese & smoked turkey served in French toast. It was just Ok. The cod fish sandwich was ok. The service was great.

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  29. CarolynB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 4 absolutely, positively recommend this absolutely stunning vineyard and restaurant. Visiting midweek on a gorgeous fall day, seated outside overlooking the river, we enjoyed our wine flights and menu choices (large portions), our server, Josh, was knowledgeable and attentive. There aren't enough superlatives. We had a great time and are ready talking about a repeat visit.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 27, 2023
    Wow! Thank you for your kind words and glowing review! We're so glad to hear that you received such attentive service from our staff and enjoyed everything about your visit. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  30. BonnieS

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time! Celebrating a birthday and anniversary with friends. Good food and wine!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 21, 2023
    We're so happy we could be such a lovely part of your celebrations! Being a part of our guests' special milestones is one of the best parts of what we get to do. We look forward to celebrating with you again!

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  31. Jillian

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mom is visiting from the west coast and we spent the afternoon outside on the covered deck eating a sumptuous late lunch! The vineyard exceeded our expectations. Fabulous in every way… thank you to John our server for making it a great day.

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  32. DonnaL

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely setting. Perfect afternoon dining on the porch.
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 16, 2023
    Thank you, Donna! We're so glad we were able to provide the perfect outdoor luncheon for you to enjoy. We hope you'll visit us again soon!

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  33. ChristineS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place on a sunny day, service was good, food good, need more choice of desserts
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 16, 2023
    We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, Christine! We hope you'll be our guest again soon.

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  34. CathrynL

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the first of many visits to Upper Shirley for lunch that we have been disappointed. Service was very slow; food was okay but not as good as past visits. Wine was good though, which it always is.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jess was a great server and provided good feedback about the menu items, wine selections and seasonal cocktails. The charcuterie board and truffle fries were wonderful starters, and the chicken pot was delicious and savory. We did the # 1 Red for the table and ended up with two bottles and two to take home. Gorgeous day and great service!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 10, 2023
    Wow, Jess! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed such a wonderful meal and such attentive and knowledgeable service from our staff. We also loving knowing that you enjoyed our wine so much that you took some home, and we can't wait to have the chance to serve you again soon!

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  36. JohnB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue, awesome service and excellent food!!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 9, 2023
    Hi, John! We're so glad to hear that you found dining with us such an excellent experience - from the venue to the service to the food. We hope we'll have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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  37. MaryH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    setting is very nice as is wait staff. Chicken pot pie good but different. Ingredients were shredded rather than any whole pieces as most have. Stay away from the wines and wine tastings. Very expensive and not worth the money.

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  38. JessicaN

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They atmosphere and view are beautiful!!! And the menu is outstanding! We ordered a variety of foods and everything was delicious! Service outstanding!!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 3, 2023
    Hi, Jessica! We're so happy to hear that you had such an amazing visit with us! We love knowing that everything from the atmosphere, to the service, to the menu was a 5-star experience. We look forward to an opportunity to serve you again soon!

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  39. CWGirl

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience to ride our bikes from the Capital Trail to have lunch. Good food and tasty wines. Can’t hear the view from the porch!
    Upper Shirley VineyardsResponded on October 3, 2023
    Thank you for making us a part of your day out! We're so glad you loved the view, and so happy that we could provide a tasty lunch and some refreshing drinks during your bike ride. We hope you'll be our guests again soon!

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  40. AmyR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit rushed. Not a fan of getting my check before my table is cleared. We were only there an hour. I’m one of the first guests to visit when you first opened. Have celebrated graduations there hosted many friends. Moved to Norfolk and made reservations for Saturday. Still a lovely venue, good food, got the message loud and clear that it was a 2 hour reservation- waitress rushed drinks , ordering and the check.

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FAQs

Upper Shirley Vineyards is rated 4.7 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Upper Shirley Vineyards

600 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2920

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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