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The Ivy Inn Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA

The Ivy Inn Restaurant

4.9
4.9
3052 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Seasonal Local American Cuisine. We use many local products from local farmers. We are located about a mile west of the University of Virginia campus. Historic old home turned into a restaurant. Three small intimate dining rooms upstairs, one on the ground floor and a large weather protected patio. In the winter the Patio is heated. Family owned since 1995. Special diet needs met upon request.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 977-1222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Angelo Vangelopoulos

  • Private party contact

    Farrell Vangelopoulos: (434) 977-1222

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    Ivy Road

  • Parking details

    Large lot with 50 spaces. Also neighboring lot is available as well.

  • Public transit

    No public transit

  • Entertainment

    No live entertainment

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,052 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Contemporary American

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

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  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

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  • Charlottesville

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Ambiance and staff is great , small plates for large money and takes a while to get the food , left hungry after 3 appetizers , a main dish and a dessert. Don’t think it’s worth the money we paid but nice date place .
  2. DD

    DDDDDC

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent; the service was attentive.
  3. BW

    BethW

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We again enjoyed a special Thanksgiving dinner at the Ivy Inn. As before, the food and service were exemplary. We were again served by the wonderful Glenda. We can’t wait to return.
  4. 2

    2424

    Thailand

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    My wife and I had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving dinner at Ivy Inn. The dishes served in a Pre Fixe fashion (not a buffet) were quite tasty, if not particularly creative, but this really is the Ivy's specialty: well-prepared food with a cozy ambiance. Ivy Inn is one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, although not to be compared to DC or NYC.
  5. AS

    AlphonseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding multi-course Thanksgiving dinner, wonderful service, perfect ambiance, and very accommodating management.
  6. BS

    BrockS

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    It was overall very good. The food was great and the ambience and setting was great. My issue was a completely wrong dish being served and a medium streak being served nearly well-done.
  7. SH

    SarahH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ivy Inn is so special. The environment is cozy and inviting. The food is delicious and very "farm to table" with it's ingredients. The staff are all very friendly, accommodating, and kind. I highly recommend the Ivy Inn - especially for a special occasion!
  8. M

    Margot

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ivy Inn is our go to place for family celebrations in Charlottesville! It offers what we love in a good restaurant: interesting and delicious food selections in all categories; fine dining "look" - white tablecloths, attractive glass and stemware; pleasant retro musical background and roomy tables with comfortable seats; as well as informed and pleasant wait staff. We'll be back!
  9. MI

    MITCHELL

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service was wonderful. We enjoyed being out in the atrium. Can’t wait to go back!
  10. SW

    SWD3

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic dining experience to celebrate our anniversary! My wife and I are vegetarians, which can be a challenge at a lot of places. We were so pleased with the apps, sides, home made pasta dishes, and the incredible pumpkin cake we shared for dessert. We are already looking forward to our next visit to The Ivy Inn! We highly recommend it.
  11. DB

    DebraB

    Naples

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of six had an outstanding evening at Ivy Inn tonight. We were greeted warmly and immediately shown to our table in this charming, historic inn restaurant. We were there to celebrate a special occasion and they certainly made it more special than we ever dreamed. Our server, Teresa provided us with attentive, professional service and made sure that everything was perfect. Our appetizers, meals and desserts were delicious and beautifully presented. The special touches (personalized menus, complimentary bubbly for a toast and handwritten congratulations on the dessert plates made this evening an absolutely perfect celebration. 5 star meal and service. Excellent!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s birthday and our daughter and son-in-law joined us. Everyone enjoyed our meal and our wateriest was terrific. Will definitely go back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    We are long-time customers of the Ivy Inn. We have celebrated four of our last five wedding anniversaries there. And we have eaten there with some frequency. On this occasion we took two friends to dinner, one of whom had never been. As usual, the food and service were excellent. But there was a horrible pounding noise which we were told was rain on the roof. It made conversation very difficult and certainly not as pleasant as it should have been. Ambience is a big part of the experience at the Ivy Inn and this was totally unacceptable. Our waiter offered excuses. We didn’t want excuses. We want you to fix the problem so that the noise disappears. Surely it can’t be that difficult.
  14. ND

    NikkiD

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite- Wonderful experience!!
  15. MB

    MBThompson

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! I received a recommendation for this place from a coworker. I had to be in Charlottesville for a weekend course. My UVA daughter and I walked here from her dorm (Lambeth). We were pleasantly greeted, our wine pours were generous, the salad was the best I’ve had in a long while. She had the lamb chops and I had the tenderloin- both perfectly plated, seasoned and cooked. They added a special touch to her dessert for her birthday. The ambiance in an old home was warm and comfortable. We had an early dinner (5:15pm) on a Friday, reservations were easy on open table. All dishes are individually prepared so it took a bit of time. Kitchen seemed original to the home and small for a restaurant- from small spaces comes great things! Will be our regular dinner place when we visit Charlottesville.
  16. AN

    AshleyNMJ83

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty much everything about this dinner was perfect. The character of the place itself is very old fashioned and colonial, every single person who works here is lovely, Corey, in particular was awesome, and the service was fast and courteous and classy. It was also much less expensive than I thought it would be. Everything was a pleasant surprise. We will definitely be back next time we're in the area. My only criticisms are a small-ish, hard-to-maneuver parking lot and only two single bathrooms.
  17. BT

    BiggguyTRL

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary! First time at this restaurant but a fantastic choice. Everything was superb, the food (my wife raved about the catfish) and the wonderful service by Teresa! Highly recommended!
  18. SG

    SusanG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and our server, Bri, gave us just the right amount of attention. This will now be our go-to place for fancy dinners.
  19. SJ

    SharonJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I'm in Charlottesville, I always have a meal at the Ivy Inn. One never feels cramped, the music is perfectly selected and played at a perfect volume, the service is impeccable, and the food is consistently five-star. It's an ideal setting for spending meaningful time with family or friends.
  20. c

    charlie1

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary at Ivy Inn. We were greeted with glasses of champagne which was a nice treat. Service and the food excellent! Our first time there.
  21. P

    Patty

    Birmingham

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service. The staff works as a team to maximize your experience. The meal was excellent on all fronts.
  22. TD

    TomD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good location, great food, excellent ambiance. ...
  23. R

    Rosie

    Baton Rouge

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This is the second time eating at Ivy since my recent move here. This time I brought visiting family so there were 5 of us. Every single person raved about their food. However, like every place these days, the service, while friendly and timely, isn't up to par to the prices charged here. That wouldn't stop me from coming back though.
  24. L

    Lisa

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good variety on the menu, all excellently prepared.
  25. CT

    ChrisT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous is every respect! Thumbs uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!
  26. j

    jac9x

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great dining experience!
  27. l

    lagourmandine

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Dependable cuisine, a rare commodity in this town these days. Our server was lovely, cheerful, polite and knowledgeable. Very good chowder.
  28. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect spot for a romantic meal serving exceptional food.
  29. JK

    JulieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, the service was good and the atmosphere was relaxed and inviting.
  30. PM

    PaulaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Awesome service, drinks and food!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and the staff.
  32. CM

    ClintonM

    Charleston

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I reserved a table for 3 weeks in advance. On the afternoon of the dinner a member of our party ran into en issue that would require us to be about 30 minutes late. I immediately called the restaurant and was told that was okay. I then got a call back saying they could not hold the table past our reserved time under any circumstances. We thought of going and letting the third join us at the table but were told that all 3 of us had to be there to bed seated. Overall, the person on the phone sounded fairly unfriendly. The third person decided not to go, so we arrived on time and were seated after several minutes, probably about 5. We were there for over 90 minutes in a room with six tables. At no time were any more than 3 table occupied, and when we left there was only a single couple in the room. I am sure the restaurant will say that it was a staffing issue, but our server was just standing round in plain view for minutes at a time. The food was good, but certainly not exceptional. No exceptional flavors, no exceptional techniques, just competently prepared dishes, most of which would have qualified as American comfort food. The wine list was fairly good. Our cocktails were, again, competently prepared, but without any nuances suggesting real cocktail mastery. Obviously our reservation experience played a part in our view of the restaurant, but even without that I would have judged it just average.
  33. HL

    HarrisL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly. Quiet. Our waitress Theresa was terrific. Food was excellent.
  34. B

    Bella

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly cooked and delicious lamb and steak entrees! The oysters were good and the mushroom appetizer was amazing! Excellent service - super friendly, helpful, timed our courses perfectly.
  35. e

    egretshoulder

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at the Ivy Inn. One of my most memorable meals. Quality of food outstanding and charming and attentive service.
  36. DE

    DitzyEllen

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Ivy Inn - when you really want the best experience!
  37. C

    Chris

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ivy Inn never disappoints. The perfect ambiance for a special evening, our meal was exquisite, and our server Corey was very attentive. Our yearly fall trip to Charlottesville is not complete without a stop at the Ivy Inn!
  38. T

    Treat

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to go for a special occasion. But very very pricey.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch restaurant! The setting, ambience, food, service were all exceptional. Unqualified recommendation for dinner anytime.
  40. KS

    KenS

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food Wish I didn’t live 1100 miles away or I would be here more often

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Ivy Inn Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 977-1222.

The Ivy Inn Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 3052 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 23 times today
Google Map for The Ivy Inn Restaurant

2244 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ivy Road

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Large lot with 50 spaces. Also neighboring lot is available as well.

  • Public transit

    No public transit

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angelo Vangelopoulos

  • Entertainment

    No live entertainment

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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