Five Course Menu from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm $50 per person
Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Ivy Inn is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville, possibly my favorite. What I really appreciate about this restaurant is its consistency. I've had some truly memorable meals here and many that were "merely" very good – but never a bad meal or an experience I didn't think was worth the cost.
Also, the service is consistently excellent. You can tell the servers really know the menu, the ingredients, the preparation, etc. They're able and happy to answer any questions, make thoughtful recommendations, and can suggest great drink pairings.
For me, The Ivy Inn is a special occasion or splurge restaurant, and when I'm spending a lot (for my budget), I want to receive superior food with service to match. The Ivy Inn never disappoints.
This is the best restaurant I have found in Charlottesville - in every category; food quality and flavor, service and ambience. In fact, I would rate it as one of the best 10 restaurants I have enjoyed in NYC, Philadelphia, Washington and Richmond. I am reluctant to say more as I want to be able to get a reservation, my next visit to Charlottesville.
The service was slow. We waited a very long time before anyone offered us a drink. And the bottle of red wine we ordered was not stored at the correct temperature, it was warm.
Our server was named Matt and he was outstanding.
My wife had the rockfish and I had the duck. The food was great but what really set this place apart was the service. Everyone on the staff appeared to work together to both anticipate and meet our needs. They made my wife and I feel very special on her birthday. Thank you to the staff at Ivy Inn! Can not recommend this place enough!
Malcolm was a wonderful waiter who went out of his way to ensure my birthday celebration was wonderful!! The food was excellent.
My girlfriend and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. The Ivy Inn was quite gracious acknowledging the occasion. Thomas was friendly, professional and very attentive!
Although the building is a little incongruously placed in the midst of modern developments, it is a charming historic house with a warm welcoming atmosphere. Our local trout was perfect. My husband pronounced his lamb dish excellent. We also loved the cheese plate after dinner. Wonderful service by Malcolm. All in all a very special place to gather with friends or for a special occasion
Everything about this restaurant was amazing. From the decor to the service and everything in between.
Our first time at Ivy Inn...definitely did not disappoint! We'll go back without question! Delish!
Excellent menu choices, and food was prepared very well! Service was friendly and attentive.
Outstanding on all fronts. Everyone enjoyed the evening from start to finish.
We were really well looked after at the Ivy Inn for my wife's birthday. Knowledgeable and friendly team and the food was excellent. Some nice touches to help us celebrate. Thank-you!
Had a great meal!
We went for our anniversary. Two story old house with traditional decor. Food and service very good. On this particular night there were two loud groups in an adjacent room, and that detracted from our enjoyment. We have been to the restaurant several other times, and noise has not been a problem in the past. We certainly plan to return.
Angelo's cooking does not disappoint! Always a very good dinner experience! Highly recommend.
It wasn’t my first choice as a restaurant to celebrate a milestone birthday, but I’m glad it ended up as our choice by default.
Really nice selection of entrees and drinks, excellent service, and warm ambiance made for a very nice evening. Having come from out-of-town, I could only rely on reviews and availability when choosing a restaurant, there was no one we knew who could opine on Charlottesville’s best.
Rockfish was tasty and nicely prepared with an accompaniment of fried oysters and Carolina rice Pirloo; Venison with Cabernet sauce was tender and flavorful; shrimp/lobster bisque was interestingly presented with a shrimp flan, the only downside was not enough niblets of lobster (is there ever enough lobster), not a complaint, it was very good; salad and desert was equally good to great. I don’t often find a place where I’ll choose/trust Venison, this is one of those places.
Great value too. We may not get another chance to revisit, but I’d highly recommend it.
Cuisine de Angelo is always tops, our filet was perfection. Seemed to melt in our mouths like butter.
However, our special kudos for this visit go out to Heather, our waitress. She was amazing, well above and beyond in her care and attention. She made our celebration special and memorable.
Great restaurant. Both food and service was excellent. Lamb with homemade jelly was fantastic. Dessert and coffee, both excellent.
AMAZING EVERYTHING ! LOVE THIS PLACE!! Out of this world!!!
My goodness! The chef is amazing. Stafff is professional and on point. Fantastic food. Perfect menu selection and execution! Always a great time and superb meal!!!
Made my birthday special and the food was amazing! Would highly recommend and will be back!
One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville. The food is always outstanding with a knowledgeable and progressional waitstaff.
Ivy Inn...where have you been all my life? We travel to Charlottesville a couple times each year just to dine & shop, but had never visited The Ivy...until this trip. It was our annual anniversary jaunt, so I was looking for something with a bit of romantic ambiance, but we had already visited many of the C'ville haunts that supplied such. Then, while viewing The Eater, I stumbled upon mention of The Ivy Inn...how I ever missed this place - around for decades - I cannot fathom [disclaimer: under current mgmt since 1995].
The food was executed with such perfection it blew my mind...not a single thing, on either plate, was 'off' (that rarely happens, folks!) To punctuate this comment, let me just point out, one of us had seafood (Mountain Rainbow Trout) and the other pork...personally, I cleaned my 'pork' plate (something I rarely do due to physical restrictions...and commented on by my wife) and didn't regret the over-stuffed agony one iota! I do admit to experiencing trout-envy, however.
The only MINOR complaint I have is with service. Although, overall, table service was attentive and respectful, at the onset of our seating there was mention of an amuse bouche - that never appeared - and bread -which we had to ask for twice, then finally appeared alongside the entree course...so no bread w/ salad course, no bueno!
But, overall, WIN-WIN-WIN. We will definitely return!
As always, start to finish extraordinary. It was my wife’s birthday and everyone greeted him appropriately and her name was on our menu. But the real star was the food. Without doubt the best and most consistent in Charlottesville.
Dinner date with my wife. We love this restaurant. Best restaurant in town, by far.
We had a great experience at the Ivy Inn! Thank you for makng my 50th birthday so memorable. From the personalized menus, to the special treats , we truly enjoyed evey minute of our dinner! Service was impecable, food delicios and the ambiance perfect. Thank you for the attention to detail and an unforgettable evening!
Excellent! The Ivy Inn never disappoints. It’s a wonderful atmosphere with truly incredible food.
Excellent meal and service! They made us feel very special.
Very nice experience for a friend's birthday. Would definitely recommend!
classic dining in an old house; great food and service
The flavor combinations of our meals were amazing. The service and atmosphere were also top-notch. This beats all the other restaurants in town for an upscale evening. Portion sizes were great too. I didn't leave feeling cheated (like at some tapas places in town). If you're going to spend the money, you can't beat it.
The food and service were really so goodthat we will return but I want to redecorate the place.
They were wonderful! It was our anniversary and they really went up and beyond to be personal.
Absolute perfection. Doesn’t get any better than this anywhere. Food (amazing), service (professional and attentive), and atmosphere (relaxing and you can even have a normal conversation). The best in Charlottesville and one of the finest anywhere.
Great evening with good food and attentive service.
Truly amazing!! The Ivy Inn is a Charlottesville gem. We choose this restaurant for all of our special occasions! Always delicious. Always welcoming. Never disappointed. Worth every penny and then some. We recommend shrimp and grits appetizer, anything with oysters- salmon, beef tenderloin, anything pasta!, and most definitely the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Bon appetit!
They took an extra effort to make our weeding anniversary special.
Food (salmon, steak, vegetables) was excellent across the board. Unfortunately service was very slow and then they seemed anxious to rush us out as we were finishing. I assume they needed the table for another reservation and the slow service created a problem.
We had an excellent dinner with similarly excellent service a week before so hope this was an off night for an otherwise excellent establishment.
Will not hesitate to return.
Amazing as always!
5/5 stars. Made my anniversary celebration outstanding. Food was delicious, wine was excellent. Complimentary glass of champagne & personal dessert made to celebrate occasion. Attentive and excellent service