The Ivy Inn Restaurant

4.8
1582 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Book now for our Valentine's Day Five course prix-fixe menu, $75 per person

Our menu features locally influenced seasonal American cuisine crafted by our hands-on executive chef, Angelo Vangelopoulos, and his talented team, with inspiration from our incredible local farmers and purveyors. We are located about a mile west of the University of Virginia, in a historic house originally built in the late 1700s.
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LI
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience well priced and would go back in a heartbeat. Lots of reasons, taking our u va son out for a special dinner one of them!

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EM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn Restaurant was great! It was delicious food, the staff was very nice and the atmosphere was elegant.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Took the GF for Valentine's day. Food was amazing, priced well, and super friendly service. Would definitely recommend and planning on going again!

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LB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Charlottesville treasure! I LOVE the Ivy Inn! They made my birthday super special and the food was phenomenal!!

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VD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Valentine's Day, the menu was prix fixe for that night. Everything was outstanding with two slight hiccups... our salad course was a little too long in coming, but worth the wait! The room we were seated in was intimate in that it only had four parties of two in it. Unfortunately the people across from us weren't in a romantic mode. The male talked about business the whole time, and the more he talked the more animated and louder he got. Kinda spoiled the tranquility of the room- and of course, I can't lay this at the feet of the restaurant.
I got the quail for my main entree and it was superb; my husband got the tenderloin and it was perfectly prepared. The portions are quite plentiful and the service was subdued and unintrusive- perfect for Valentine's Day. All in all, it was an exceptional evening, but for the non-lovebirds next to us.
I would go back in a heartbeat.

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C
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this delicious quaint restaurant. We were traveling through Charlottesville and chose it from the internet reviews. The food, service and ambiance were all outstanding! Our only negative was that we were not informed that there was only a prix fixe menu on Valentines Day. Our waiter was very apologetic and offered to work with us! Perhaps we should have known?! We would absolutely go back again!

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DR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ivy Inn is one of the top restaurants in Cville when it comes to quality of food and the service. The Chicken is a deep sleeper and had unbelievable taste! Highly recommend if looking for a great meal!

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and service were absolutely the best part. Amazing use of seasoning and local farm to table items. Good vegetarian options. Great wine selections. Super pleasant waitstaff and easy online reservations. The temperature in the restaurant was good. The background music was just right. The old house setting was so nice, and it is great to support the owners' efforts to preserve the heritage.

The upstairs seating was fine for us, but the steep stairs were a slight challenge for an elderly person with arthritis. That should be considered in the online reservation questionnaire or should have asked us on arrival if upstairs seating was okay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday dinner was fantastic!

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had resevations at the Ivy to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The Ivy made it very personal and memorable, The food was outstanding and we would recommend it to anyone, especially those with a special milestone.

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O
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about the dinner was great. My husband doesn’t eat beef very often, but he had the sirloin and said it was excellent. I appreciated having the option to order half size vegetarian pasta. It was just right when added to a salad and dessert. We liked the cocktails too. The server, Simon, was perfect. We’ll go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waitress wasn’t friendly or reliable. Had to repetitively ask for butter for the bread and water. Additionally, we ordered two bottles of wine. With both bottles she didn’t refill any glasses. We had to pass and pour ourselves.

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DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We loved each course. The butternut squash-ginger soup was awesome.

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PP
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I usually celebrate our anniversary dinner at The Ivy Inn because we enjoy the ambiance, food and service. Our anniversary dinner this year met all our expectations!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my wife’s birthday the Ivy Inn was perfect. A special menu, a complimentary champagne toast, and chocolate brownies topped it off!

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LM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. We went there for our anniversary and it was a pleasurable experience. The staff helped make our night special. The food was outstanding and we’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a dining experience without loud noise and subdued attention.

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

Food was amazing! Our server Jason was so fantastic.

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JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb. Food, presentation, service, wine selection....never disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn is our favorite Charlottesville restaurant. Every meal is outstanding, the food is impeccable prepared and the service is top notch. Menu is always overflowing with wonderful options. Could not be better!

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old-home ambiance with a country-French flair; even with a full house, with no visible special acoustics, you can actually have real conversations here. One of our favorites.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of eight of us had a memorable dining experience at the Ivy Inn on February 2nd. We were seated in one of the rooms upstairs which was otherwise unoccupied when we were seated. (Another large group came in about halfway through our meal, though that did not detract from our experience.) The service was impeccable -- attentive without hovering. All of the courses from appetizers through desserts, including cocktails and wine, were wonderful. We will definitely return when we are in Charlottesville again.

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M
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food in beautiful quiet surroundings

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service for our anniversary (third time celebrating at the Ivy Inn).

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EA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Ivy for my daughter's birthday and everything about it was awesome. She's under 21 and they brought her a couple mock-tails with the wine we had ordered - very charming! We would 110% go back.

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KF
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Ivy Inn Restaurant has excellent food for a very good price. The atmosphere is relaxing and the wait staff is conscientious without being over-present.

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G
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ivy Inn. The food is outstanding and creative, the service is excellent and, most of all, it is quiet and you can speak without having to shout. We return to Ivy Inn over and over and all my thoughts about it are positive.

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OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Ivy Inn is always a pleasant experience. Farmhouse ambiance and quiet atmosphere is greatly appreciated. Vegetarian options are available and always tasty.

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t
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Every course was outstanding.Outstanding food for appropriate price. Worth the extra money for excellently prepared food, from appetizers to desserts.

Service okay. Could have been better. Hostess mediocre and services somewhat clumsy. Waitress was good but not excellent.

Fan in downstairs bathroom needs to be replaced. Way too noisy. Upstairs bathroom much better.

Curtains or partisions in lower left dining room would be an improvement so diners don't have to watch people climbing stairs and entering and exiting restaurant.

Would recommend and dine there again , due to outstanding food and overall quiet noise level. That's hard to find currently.

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P
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. It was so quiet I felt like we could not have a conversation more than a whisper.

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C
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Angelo consistently serves outstanding food. Oysters Rockefeller, pork belly, shrimp and grits, mushroom medley and lamp chops all highly recommended. Wine list has great American selections with some appropriately priced good options. Our waiter was not up to par but others stepped in.

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KW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drink. We will definitely be back.

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JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the entire state. Outstanding in every respect. A true gem!

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l
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled to my alma mater for a basketball game and booked dinner before at the Ivy Inn. Server was very careful to get us served in a timely fashion for our scheduled evening yet we never felt rushed. The meal was just wonderful!

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V
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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T
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent -- we love this place for date night!

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R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always fine dining with creative presentations. The bison was excellent.

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O
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was delicious, server was engaging and professional.
Duck with the grits excellent.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Ivy Inn is our "go to" choice when we have a special occasion or want a nice evening out with friends. Our most recent trip was with a couple friends, and the restaurant didn't disappoint. I would have given 5 stars across the board, but I did feel like our server could have been just a bit more attentive. And, in terms of value...well, we all know the Ivy Inn is not an inexpensive place to eat! You get what you pay for, of course, and it's worth every bit of it! Great job, folks!

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked The Ivy for our 40th Wedding Anniversary dinner. It was such an enjoyable evening. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the food. Hats off to the Chef, the meal was fabulous. It was all and all just a great evening!

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