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The Ivy Inn Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA

The Ivy Inn Restaurant

4.9
4.9
3594 Reviews
$50 and over
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 38 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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

What 3,594 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Best Overall

  • Virginia

    Best Food

  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

3,594 Reviews
  1. Tolu

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Homely ambiance. Portions were small, food was a bit salty, but service was great. We sat in a living room where we could hear ourselves whisper. Place was full but didn’t feel like it. We didn’t order wine so we might have missed out on this place’s greatest strength.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is outstanding and the service is professional . Unfortunately, this is the second time we have been seated at the worst table in the house , not sure how that works.

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  3. Lenore

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated multiple February birthdays last evening. We each ordered a different main course and a variety of appetizers. Everyone was pleased with his/her choice. To top it off, the bar provided excellent cocktails. And our group is picky.

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  4. RPC1

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely environment, great service, and outstanding food!

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  5. Mike

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Give a promotion, raise and a bonus to Simone! LOVED the coconut ice cream!

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  6. Npallo

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was excellent. Food was good. Cozy atmosphere. Good date night

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  7. JohnE

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lamb was over flavored. The natural flavor was buried in spices and sauce.

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  8. Flambeau

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Over the years I've eaten at the Ivy Inn Restaurant seven or eight times. It's always been a good, and sometimes exceptional, experience. This year I made a reservation for Valentine's Day for four (my partner, her teenaged son, her son's girlfriend, and me). When we arrived at the restaurant and were seated, our waitress informed us that the restaurant was serving only a $95 per person, five-course prix-fixe dinner that night. I didn't recall that information from OpenTable or the restaurant's website/online menu, but the waitress insisted that it was obvious on the website. A five-course dinner was more food than we wanted and the price seemed steep, but it was too late to make other arrangements, so we stayed. (I later checked the restaurant's website. To see the Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu one has to click on the "More" dropdown menu and then click on "Upcoming Dates." That information does not appear on the "Dinner Menu" dropdown menu and is not obvious.) Also, although 8:15 p.m. was the earliest time available on OpenTable when I made the reservation two weeks earlier, when we arrived at the restaurant at 8:05 p.m., it was half empty. Curious. On Valentine's Day this year the food was good, but not exceptional (my rack of lamb was tough and fatty, as was my partner's beef tenderloin), and the service good, but a bit slow. For the four of us the bill for dinner, including one cocktail, one glass of wine, and a mandatory 20 percent tip, was nearly $600. The entire evening was an expensive disappointment. We'll think long and hard before we return.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was excellent and exceptionally pleasant. Food was very well-prepared. “Outdoor” area was heated in the winter and very quiet. Overall I’m very glad I made the choice for Valentine’s Day.

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  10. PGBG

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for special occasions. More vegetarian options would be welcomed!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely 5 course prefixes meal. Delicious with attentive service. Lovely Valentine menu.

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  12. Philw

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything is gracious, wonderful, and delectable. My only reservation is that the wine list is virtually, all American. My solution is to drink a good American wine, bring a very good bottle of French, Italian, German, or Spanish wine, or, ideally, one of theirs, one of mine.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and amazing service. Everything is made from scratch and delicious nonetheless.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simon was the perfect waiter and we plan on requesting him in the future.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we chose the Ivy Inn to celebrate my husbands birthday! The food and service were exceptional and we hope to celebrate many more special events there! The seafood soup was outstanding!

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  16. AmandaW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The space was small and comfortable. We enjoyed each course and were happy with the wines our server suggested. The service was wonderful.

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  17. TimR

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time and it was INCREDIBLE! Our server was the BEST

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  18. Pano

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and friendly, helpful service. Never noisy. While lamb is their signature dish and my choice more than half the time, the oso buco was fabulous last night. Great for vegetarians also as the chef makes an imaginative vegetable plate with fresh ingredients that my wife gets which also appeals to me. Don’t skip the fabulous desserts. Cudos also to the bartender. Our top restaurant in the Charlottesville area.

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  19. LeslieB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been wanting to go for a while and was not disappointed! The ambiance, service, food, music was all amazing!

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  20. VictoriaK

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfectly composed menu--wide variety to accommodate most palates without creating too many choices. Though pricey, portions are generous and flavors are exquisite. From front of house to back of house, the Ivy Inn creates an extraordinary dining experience everyone will enjoy.

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  21. Anna

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect! Our favorite place in Charlottesville to celebrate any special occasion!

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  22. Jean

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as was the service! Ivy Inn always delivers and a restaurant of choice in Charlottesville.

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  23. Carol

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Oysters Rockefeller and Chesapeake rock fish were superb. Wait staff excellent.

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  24. AmyT

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food...from the amuse bouche to the dessert. The soup and salad we started with -- butternut squash soup and the Blue Cheese/Asian Pear salad -- were excellent. For our entrees, my husband had the filet and I had the lamb chops. Both were cooked perfectly. Our service was excellent and the meal came out perfectly timed. We did not feel rushed at all.

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  25. Valen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful restaurant, lovely service and the food was AMAZING!!! It was for my boyfriends birthday and the custom printed a happy birthday note on the menu!!! I’ve never seen that be done before. I would definitely recommend for a nice date night or a special occasion! 10/10 will be coming back!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous. The food never fails to knock our socks off. In a world full of trends it’s so nice to come back to the classics. They are never boring and still chef makes sure to make them inventive. We love celebrating special occasions here! Our server was fantastic. Witty and charming.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, as always! The Ivy Inn never disappoints!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, perfect atmosphere, customized menu for birthday girl!

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  29. KathleenD

    New York City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience! Food, service, atmosphere were excellent. We sat upstairs in a charming room. We enjoyed the ham biscuits, Asian salad, filet mignon and chicken dinner. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend for a special night out. We will definitely be back

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  30. RebeccaL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent service.

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  31. SSfromVA

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ivy Inn never disappoints, it’s the perfect place for a special occasion.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food in a very nice setting. We’ll be back for more.

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  33. Mick

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every. Dish. Was. Exceptional. Every single one. The service was lovely, too.

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  34. TimfromCville

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought along two friends who had never dined here before. They loved it, as do we. Will be back soon.

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  35. mumG

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Timing was spot on throughout the whole dining experience, from being seated moments after arriving to the intervals between dishes. The food was great, as always. I had the trout- not a bone to be found. Always a pleasant dining experience at The Ivy Inn

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  36. meyerwoo

    New York City

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great ambience. Great service. Adding to our favorites list

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  37. SMLFoodie

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Ivy Inn Restaurant is a nice and quaint restaurant that can accommodate a large business party in a separate dining room or other rooms for the small party diners in a very nice facility. The service was very good the menu has a variety of dining options, and they have very good wine list. We visited a few years ago with friends and came back for a nice celebratory dinner for two.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised. We went there a few years ago. And it has had a big make over. The food and the server were excellent. We will be back a lot sooner.

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  39. SharonJ

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was charming, and the service superb. It doesn't matter who waits at my table, I'm always super-pleased with the service: pleasant, knowledgeable, efficient and professional. The Ivy Inn never lets me down!

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  40. 6GrtKds

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinner in Charlottesville. One of our favorite date night spots. Everything is always fabulous and the service is great.

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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 3594 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 38 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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