The Ivy Inn Restaurant

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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 a historic house originally built in the late 1700s.
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Charleston
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful meal in every way!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never been disappointed when we dine at the Ivy Inn. We were celebrating our 41st anniversary. Upon arrival ( and we were a bit early) we were seated at a table for two in a quiet dining room upstairs in a beautiful candlelit filled room. We were promptly greated by our waiter with a friendly smile and our menu printed with "Happy 41st Anniversary "@ the top. We selected appetizers and wine. (the shrimp and grits are amazing!) Our entree selections were wonderful. My husband chose the bison and I , the salmon. We split dessert which again wished us a happy 41st anniversary written out in a chocolate sauce. The attention to the smallest details were so appreciate. We'll be back......thank you so much for making our evening so special

RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate the trout. Delicious. A must if you are in the area.

MW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and service were great

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was completely excellent. We were very pleased

BM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was EXQUISITE! We chose it for our 45th anniversary and were overwhelmed with how great the food and services were. One of the best means we every had.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave us some extra special touches when we told them it was our anniversary. Friendly atmosphere makes you feel like family. Every single thing we ate was incredibly delicious.

SD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is creative and delicious. Drinks and wine on point. Service is first rate. Not to missed.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted to try somewhere new for our Anniversary and we were very pleased with The Ivy Inn. It’s in an old farm-type house and I appreciate that they kept the house pretty intact. The set up makes for small, cozy dining nooks in the different rooms. Our server was great- attentive but not too impeding. We had the polyface chicken and the bison. Both were excellent. The real standout, though, was the Toffee Sticky Pudding. It was phenomenal. The price was very reasonable considering the high-level of service and quality of the food. We will be back!

JC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but the service was a bit slow. It seemed like our server was stretched a bit to far. That said she was extremely welcoming and technically very good.

L
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food -- and great service (including knowledgeable server helping me navigate my dairy allergy by offering adjustments to almost every dish -- in a cozy country inn atmosphere. I enjoyed the rack of lamb dish and my daughter loved bison plus a salad and vegetable side dish (so for us a meat-eater's celebration but the menu had many other options)

LJ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been wanting to go here for a while and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect restaurant for an anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, the lighting intimate, and the service was great. Not noisy at all. We will definitely be back. Delicious pear and ginger tart for dessert! Thanks Ivy Inn. Well done!

JS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Our favorite in Charlottesville!!! My wife and I have become regulars for their cozy environment and the extraordinary cuisine. We are over the moon with this place!

MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't recommend The Ivy Inn enough. The meal and the experience are always and consistently superb. The entire crew (hostess, wait staff and kitchen team) are phenomenal and experts in their craft.

DW
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Kansas. Read reviews online and the restaurant lived up to what I had researched. Good food and service. Wife is Vegan and she found it to be very accommodating. I am a meat guy and had the Bison. Excellent. If we lived closer or are ever in the area again, we will definitely dine here again.

PF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. An very pleasurable experience is always offered by the entire staff. Thank you !

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ivy Inn is a charming restaurant. We ate there for our 45th anniversary. They have a varied menu which can certainly satisfy everyone. I would give my server 10 stars if it was available. She was polite, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients .

SS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice to find a restaurant in Charlottesville that cuts it teeth NOT ON BURGERS AND PIZZA. The plates were original, well-prepared and the ambiance was relaxing.

Some of the pricing could be relaxed but if you haven't been here, GO! And write your own review.

LA
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't find a single thing to complain about, except perhaps that I had no room remaining for dessert!

Food was fresh, organic, local and delicious. Sophisticated but simple. The service impeccable, and the patio dining room perfect for our party of 4 plus one (dog)! He was so warmly received and welcomed.

My husband would recommend only a more diverse wine list, since he likes French and Argentinian lines, and the restaurant only offered local or California...Small quibble to me, but I don't drink wine...

All said, bravo!

BO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Charlottesville. Food is always superb, and Inn is charming. Chicken and Shrimp gumbo was tasty while duck confit was excellent. Crab cake was huge and meaty.

CO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was incredible. A bit disappointed past items were not on the menu. Although I understand the menu changes and that is expected. I wasn't thrilled with the table near the door but did not ask to be relocated. Overall, a great dinner.

d
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant and the food was excellent. Would definitely go there again.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local sourced food. Excellent staff. Fine dining in Cville

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff was professional and courteous. Our menu (and dessert later on) had a special message indicating our special event. We had a beautiful evening and appreciate the effort the Ivy Inn put forth on our behalf

JP
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Cuisine & Service!!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were in Charlottesville for a football weekend and were looking for a place to eat with good food, and an interesting setting, that was not super expensive. The Ivy Hill Restuarant fit the bill perfectly! I had She Crab Soup and fork tender Blueberry marinated baked quail and my husband had gumbo and beef tenderloin filet done to a perfect medium rare. Each was accompanied with seasonal vegetables fixed in a most interesting way. The restuarant itself is located in an historic frame house that at one time operated as an actual inn. The rooms in the house serve as small dining rooms with 5 to 6 tables for 4. The candles and low watt incandescent bulbs set an intimate mood. Our waiter, Simon was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient.
There is a wine list with enough choices to appeal to most tastes. The wines we had we were so good we called back the next day to make sure we had the name right so we could purchase a bottle to take home.
The menu changes weekly, but always includes beef, lamb, poultry, pasta, trout and vegetarian choices. There are also several appetizers and several salads.
After ordering we were served 2 different kinds of bread, and creamed butter. In addition we were also served toast points with delicious homemade pimento cheese.
I would not recommend this restaurant for young children as there is no child's menu and not the place for bored youngsters.
There is no real dress code, but business casual is appropriate. This restaurant is a good place to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Reservations are recommended.

JE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cake was the best I ever had. She crab soup was outstanding, The pudding/toffee/ice cream was a perfect ending.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner, everyone made the day feel as special as it was. Definitely would do dinner here again

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been and still is our go to restaurant. They get everything right every time!

SF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best tomato pie I have ever tasted!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and ambience.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed talking with Jess and she took a few pictures of us as we were celebrating a late anniversary. We have a picture from 1981 where is where at a wedding reception and are now celebrating 37 years of marriage. We had Charlie as our server, and understand he was new, but he did an amazing job and would enjoy having him again. The food was delicious. We had the ham biscuits, fried green tomato and baby arugula salad, grilled certified angus beef tenderloin, and Maryland style jumbo lump crabcake. The only suggestion we have is we each had the pear dessert with vanilla ice cream and it was good but very sweet. Either serve half of the amount and reduce cost, serve the pears and ice cream only, or keep like it is with less crumble on top of pears, it was just too much and too sweet. We are diabetics so maybe even have a dessert for diabetics. We definitely will be back. Thanks for an amazing and delicious dinner. Lee and Tammie Belew

j
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dining experience! Our server, Lauren, was excellent, as was the food. The lemon meringue ice box cake was truly exceptional. It's no surprise the restaurant has been around for 25 years.

DM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is not surprising that The Ivy is the #1 rated restaurant out of 406 restaurants in Charlottesville, Va. Our meal was incredible and the service was excellent.

RG
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful anniversary dinner Thursday evening, greeted with soarkling wine, personalized menus and ending with a "Happy Anniversary" dessert. The crab soup, salmon, and lamb were excellent. The service was gracious, and the other patrons joined us in our celebration.

RL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and our server made the experience even better. Glenda is a true asset to you staff. All in all we have never had anything close to a bad experience dining at the Ivy Inn. It is our go-to place in C'ville for a good meal.

DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was good but a bit pricey. Ambience was terrible. They really should bring in an interior designer, it could be very nice. We had "outdoor" seating which looked and felt like someone's old carport. We've had better atmosphere at a pizza parlor.
We saw the indoor seating when we walked thru, not much better.

Service was fair. Our waiter seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else but did an adequate job.

Overall for the price you might expect a little more. However, must say the food was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Loved the simple details

BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and service. I highly recommend for any occasion!

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit to cville w friends- loved the experience, delicious food and lovely service and ambiance

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