The Ivy Inn Restaurant

4.8
1493 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 an historic house originally built in the late 1700s.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily: 5:00- 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(434) 977-1222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Angelo Vangelopoulos
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Private party facilities
We have four indoor dining rooms and a covered garden patio. Any and all areas can be reserved for private events.
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Private party contact
Farrell Vangelopoulos: (434) 977-1222
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Catering
Available for private on premise catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ivy Road
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Parking details
Large lot with 75 spaces. Also neighboring lot is available as well.
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Public transit
No public transit
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Entertainment
No live entertainment
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Special events & promotions
Available for special events. Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches or brunches, business dinners.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be serving a 5-Course Traditional Thanksgiving Meal. $65 per person
Children's menu $25

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1493 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food and atmosphere were nice, however wait staff not friendly.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. The service was exceptional. The food was off the charts.

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VT
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed a birthday dinner with good friends. The menu was very good and had good variety. The service was much better than in previous visits. Everyone enjoyed it.

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AL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband I went there for my birthday. Ashley was a terrific waitress, friendly and efficient. We both had a pork entree and a house salad. They were both delicious. My apple tart was tasty and the husband had some sort of toffee flavored cake, which he enjoyed. And we got free champagne and a personalized menu! It was a fun night.

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K
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice.

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v
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food us always excellent. Quiet atmosphere. Easy parking.

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d
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here twice before with great meals. This visit the food was underwhelming in comparison good but not great. Very attentive staff. Gave free drink for birthday. Lovely setting.

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J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is amazing. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order. We got the shrimp and grits and ivy mixed green salad which were delicious as starters. The beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce and the best potatoes I’ve had. Also apple crisp with pecan ice cream was icing on the cake.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was outstanding.

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WF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding! One of the best steaks I’ve had in quite some time. Six of us dined together... all different items... all done really well. Our waitress was a bit stiff, that was the only down side.

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JM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, delicious food, attentive service. Took my friend for her birthday & they were wonderful! Sent out special treats.

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SB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and martini was spot on. Wait staff was very attentive. They accommodated us early due to our Uber getting us there 30 minutes before our reservation. Highly recommend this place.

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j
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Even though the inn is in an old house, the restaurant did a nice job in accommodating our group of 4 that has some accessibility issues. Several of us enjoyed the trout while others liked the multiple pork dish. And the shrimp and grits appetizer was great. Service was a bit slow but overall we really enjoyed the dinner and will be returning.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience of dining at Ivy Inn cannot be rated high enough. The food is outstanding, service outstanding, individual attention to needs outstanding, quiet so you can visit, romantic. We love it.

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MR
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating our nephews birthday. The food was fantastic, the service good and we look forward to another visit the next time we are in Charlottesville.

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their dinner - no complaints - pretty setting very close to UVA.

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JB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn was spectacular. From the greeting at the door to the incredible food and service, every detail was perfect. We like to cook, but could never hope to achieve the nuances in flavor that we found in every single dish. We will certainly be back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We started out a party of 10 at 5:30 and was told at 5:45 that we needed to order because they have another party after us. Extremely rude. Very expensive and food was average at best, very underwhelming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our waitress Heather was great. Soup, trout, beef, lamb and key lime pie were all top-notch. Highly recommend Ivy Inn!

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J
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Service beyond compare. Food delicious and local

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have always received excellent service, exceptional food quality, and a fine dining experience whenever we've dined at the Ivy Inn.

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TH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service wonderful food made it extra special for my wife’s birthday from a personalized menu to tastings of various foods . Very pleasing atmosphere and exceptional food!

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn is an EXCEPTIONAL restaurant. My husband and I recently visited the Ivy Inn for our anniversary. We enjoyed every moment of our evening due to the top notch service, chef, and thoughtful approach. Thank you!!!!

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most reliable fine food in cville. Quiet, elegant, gracious atmosphere. Terrific dishes start to finish.

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DT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn restaurant exceeded my expectations. My wife and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary there and they made the night very special. They had a specialty menu that read “ happy 5 year anniversary”. They gave us a champagne toast and even put a special message on our dessert plate. Overall great experience. The food was delicious. We will be back.

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GA
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Heather was extremely professional, attentive to service and details. Gave us great recommendations, she was always with a pleaseant smile
Food was really good, great variety of dishes, nice appetizers, good wines. Desserts were not so great
We had dinner outdoor which had a perfect temperature. Very quiet, good for having a conversation. It is lacking some decor, plants etc
I definitely recommend this nice place!

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HA
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert was an outstanding waiter. He made the night a special dining experience.

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EA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent--the service, the food, and the ambiance. This is our second time back. We are from out-of-town.

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CL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal as always. One of Charlottesville's finest gems!

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L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Even better than I remember it. Definitely worth visiting. Interesting menu choices.

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F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (the trout was amazing), great service, lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service, the food was amazing, and the setting was exquisite. The staff had personalized menus for our anniversary and brought out a treat at the end of our dinner, plus a glass of champagne for toasting, on the house.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled from out of town to visit the Ivy Inn and it was certainly worth the wait. The ambiance of the restaurant made me feel most comfortable. The food was absolutely delicious. The server was excellent, and he really ensured I had a special birthday. Between four of us, we had the Lamb, the Filet, the Bison NY Steak and the Quail. All of it was delicious. We also had Filet Kababs, Pork Belly, and she crab soup to start. For desert we had a birthday special chocolate cake with accompanying cognac on the house. The other deserts were the chocolate croquets and the creme brûlée. It was amazing from start to finish, and I’d definitely recommend anyone to make this their special occasion dinner!

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Key West
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special setting in an antique house. Professional service, exquisite food, especially the lamb which is their specialty.

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EB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way! Cannot wait to return and will let others know about this restaurant!!!thanks!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food, service, and ambience!

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K
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and food. Outstanding ambience. Highly recommended for foodies and those in search of a special venue for a special evening.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation. Great food and wine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, authentic C'ville country flair with incredible food, great service. Only place to go in absence of Boars Head restaurant.

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