Shadwells Restaurant

4.2
742 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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SA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 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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MK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

$15 cocktail and a $14 hamburger. Good food, but pricing a drink that high was a surprise.

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b
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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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TK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great-the restaurant was very noisy but we were there on a busy day

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SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service fantastic! The perfect Mother's Day outing!!

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KI
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 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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SJ
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 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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M
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 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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JY
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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...
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JKY

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SK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu options from apps, salads, steaks & chips to seafood. Nice wine list.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 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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JY
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 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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DJ
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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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TF
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 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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CM
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, great good, excellent service

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It has a nice veriaty with good flavor and good staff

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Charlie. Comfortable atmosphere, and no rush to eat and run. Enjoyed our dinners.

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b
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood, attentive service. Excellent experience.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place. Excellent food, good atmosphere for all ages. Highly recommend!

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EA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and service was fairly quick. We would return again.

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R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our first time dining at Shadwells Restaurant and we were very pleased. Service was excellent - our server was Faye.

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JJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 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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RG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. It was a little loud at times and hard to have a conversation

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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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M
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 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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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 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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GH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 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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J
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 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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DZ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 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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f
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 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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m
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Charlottesville find. Wonderful dining, service and location.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service were uniformly excellent. Noise abatement would help a lot towards overall fulfillment.

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MA
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 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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BS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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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MS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shadwells is our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. They have the best ribeye. The server Mary is absolutely wonderful too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Taking my son and his friends for dinner!!

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r
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our service by Charlie was excellent, he was very personable and efficient. The food at Shadwell's is okay; not extraordinary but certainly adequate. It can get a bit noisy but can't fault folks for talking and enjoying.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not a great place. Poor service by unhappy looking servers. Mediocre food with relatively high price. I would not return.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, casual atmosphere, all around great choice. We will be back

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a group of 9 individuals and I had called ahead to request an enclosed space for a meeting. We were given a back room that did not have a door to block out noise. The room was quite cold; the manager stated that she tried to bump up the heat but the system was slow to respond. We had one server, who was polite and attentive but did not smile. The food was very good. Two individuals got Cobb Salad with Shrimp, which they loved. Two individuals got salmon with rice and asparagus, which they enjoyed. Two of us got crab cakes, which were very tasty. Everyone was happy with their food choices. The bill was brought to me without asking individuals if they wanted dessert. Five people ordered dessert, cheese cake, which they enjoyed. The bill had to be adjusted, which seemed awkward.

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