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The Ivy Inn Restaurant

4.8
1299 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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
What 1299 People Are Saying
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4.8
service
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Made my birthday special and the food was amazing! Would highly recommend and will be back!

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JoshuaR 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville. The food is always outstanding with a knowledgeable and progressional waitstaff.

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Gemini0660 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Dinner date with my wife. We love this restaurant. Best restaurant in town, by far.

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FoodieFred (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent! The Ivy Inn never disappoints. It’s a wonderful atmosphere with truly incredible food.

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Food4Z (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent meal and service! They made us feel very special.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Very nice experience for a friend's birthday. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

classic dining in an old house; great food and service

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ChelseaK (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service were really so goodthat we will return but I want to redecorate the place.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

They were wonderful! It was our anniversary and they really went up and beyond to be personal.

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Grators16 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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vipRichmondfoodie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great evening with good food and attentive service.

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AnnaG (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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!

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John (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

They took an extra effort to make our weeding anniversary special.

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vipPeter (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Amazing as always!

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LukeC (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Went there to celebrate girlfriend's acceptance into graduate school. They went above and beyond to make it a memorable occasion for us. Highly recommend

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NelsonGonzalez (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time at the Ivy Inn and what an impression. We were seduced by the fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere. Their signature drinks were amazing as well. We can't wait to come back.

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SMLFoodie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first visit to the Ivy Inn and after our celebration dinner it will definitely not be our last even though we do not live in Charlottesville. Farrell graciously accommodated our very late request to add two additional guests to our original party of four. We were greeted promptly and quickly made to feel special. The service was excellent as our server Simon took very good care of our party. The presentation of the food, the preparation of the dinners was all excellent! They even recognized the special events of two guests in our party. If you want a special evening of dining in a historic restaurant with all of the ambiance, then the Ivy Inn is your place.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We took our parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary. Ivy Inn printed special menus for our table of 10! which are wonderful keepsakes for our families.
The service is excellent. The food is excellent. The ambiance is quieter, in a respect for your fellow diners manner.
Could not have asked for more!

** will note:
When making a reservation for a group that needs ADA considerations, you MUST call the restaurant. They will do what they can to seat you on the first floor.
There is no handicap parking - I walked with my parents up the brick sidewalk, while my husband parked the car. This is not a deal breaker--as theparking lot is reasonably sized, just without handicap parking spaces.

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Nicholas (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

My date and I agreed on Ivy Inn due to its proximity to her residence, the excellent reviews of the menu and the unique and extraordinary wine list. This little restaurant is nestled amidst a commerce area but sets upon it's own island of trees, foliage and grass which adds to it's charming ambience. As we walked in, I felt a sense of relaxation as and rightly so as this restaurant was part of an inn over 200. I had made a reservation (though it was a Sunday - 1/21) and we were escorted upstairs to the first dining room on the left. It was dimly lit, there was one other couple already seated, and we were seated right in front of the fireplace. My date was looking beautiful tonight ( as she does always) and I wanted to treat her to something special. I ordered us the Robert Foley Petite Sirah. This wine had intrigued me when I was perusing the list at home and we both agreed that this was an excellent pick! Such a very smooth, full-bodied red that made it difficult to put the wine glass down! ☺
Our server, whom was working the whole dining room was very attentive and accommodating throughout the night, constantly keeping the water and wine supply up to par.
As it came time to order, my date ordered the bison and a side of Brussels sprouts while I had the beef tenderloin. Our meals were prepared quite well as the pictures below speak for themselves. The steak was juicy and tasteful as was the bison. My date gave me 2-3 pieces of the bison since I, personally, had never had bison before but were I to return, this would be my pick for dinner. The food was wonderful, the wine was excellent and the company was the best part of the evening (no offense to Ivy Inn 😉).
I want to thank Ivy Inn for making this first date a reminiscent event. The comfy atmosphere, the restaurant temperature, the dinner, the libations, the pleasant staff, the spacious and clean bathroom, and the overall "feeling of being welcomed" throughout the evening. This has made my night! 😃☺❤

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Suzanne (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Malcolm was so attentive to our table and made such fantastic recommendations! Although you can't go wrong with Chef Angelo ...His cooking is superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

THis is the best dinner experience I have ever had in Cville. I love the creative cuisine, the lovely atmosphere and the professional service. This is where I would spend my evening dining dollars over and over.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food. Really enjoyed everything wait staff very nice attentive but not obtrusive

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Bdaysnmore (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We wanted everything on the menu, & everything we ordered was beautiful & delicious! We all had appetizers yet still ordered 2 orders of another just so we all could try it! Our waiter went out of the way to create 6 different mini-appetizers of that choice, & amazed us all! Superb service, delicious coffee, & divine desserts......

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great as always.

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