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Thornton River Grille

4.4
425 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Serving great American food with a worldly flair, we’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9pm for dinner. We also serve a lovely brunch on Sunday from 10am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 8pm. The atmosphere is at the same time elegant and casual. The richness and warmth of the hand-planed wood-paneled walls provides a comfortable dining experience that can be enjoyed equally in dressy-casual attire or hiking shorts. We are located in the heart of historic Sperryville, Virginia, 75 miles west of Washington D.C., at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to serving you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Sat 7:30 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(540) 987-8790
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 425 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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vipafisa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant just underwent a spiffing up and it shows very favorably. Also, after some initial skepticism about the new menu, they seem to have hit their stride. Even the deserts have improved again. In general, very please with the direction of this all ready favorite for us.

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Alex2015 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Needed a fish option as Valentine's Day main course

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Terrible (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

What a truly amazing time!!! Everything was perfect. We can’t wait to go back again!

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

Excellent food, wonderful service: do yourself a favor and make the trip to Thornton River Grille!

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CynthiaJ (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

TRG was fine, but i have come to loathe Open table. I will NEVER use your service again. I have spent countless hours deleting your posts and trying to unsubscribe. Obviously unsuccessfully!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Thornton River is a great restaurant with an excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was very good although a little pricey. Love the sperryville area but will stick to lunches from here on.

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Poquet01 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

This restaurant is very good, but not quite up to the very high standards of the previous management. My wife’s buffalo was a bit over cooked but my butter squash ravioli was excellent. The wine pours are very generous and a great value. Service is prompt, courteous, and efficient.

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lwjudy (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

the drink policy re Frances (the on-site bar) is ridiculous and also takes a long time. Restaurant nearly empty when we arrived took forever to get a glass of wine - and friend could not get a beer (carried in the store) because Frances did not stock it.

Whatever business arrangement is causing this kerfuffle it is unacceptable and losing TRG business. Like the restaurant very much - my friend who wanted the beer will never come back and was once a regular.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Neighborhood Gem! Absolutely perfect for a date night escape in Sperryville. The staff was friendly, accommodating and made NYE special.

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vipBethD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Spent Christmas Eve at Thornton River and it was a special evening. Great food and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

This place used to be outstanding, but I think the quality has slipped a bit. Our food was good, but certainly far from special. I am not sure if this is because of the new ownership....

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

A pleasant suprise! Amazing quality food by a chef that clearly loves his craft and takes pride in his work. True farm to table experience. We will be back.

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Brewster (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Had a nice meal the Rockish and pork belly appetizer are excellent.

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Intermittent (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

The new menu is superb, offering mainly non-vegetarian options: beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, fish--with a consolation vegetarian offering for those who arrive in a Toyota Prius. There is an open kitchen attached to a small dining area. On good days there's outdoor dining on a second-story terrace. The wine list is satisfactorily diverse and reasonably priced, the beers are more interesting. Service is outstanding and personalized. Many of the better-heeled locals eat here, although there is some traffic from people using Route 211 to and from Shenandoah Park and Luray Caverns. Lots of free parking. We stay nearby on weekends, so this is a must-visit place to have lunch, dinner, and brunch and to entertain visitors but, even if you live at a distance, it is worth the schlep.

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vipNandV (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Really enjoyed the new menu selections and wine list changes. We did miss the fried goat cheese with chutney and hope it comes back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a super-wonderful experience! Our server was warm and friendly, the selection of beer and wine was lovely and the food was great.

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vipBrookeL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the best restaurants we have ever been too. Fantastic in every way. We go back as often as possible. Don't pass it by.

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Zebedee (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

All four of us had excellent meals, all different. The Grille has kicked it up a notch or two!

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nanR (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

TRG continues to have quality meals at a reasonable price. The servers are always professional and attentive. You can't beat dining in the beauty of Rappahannock County!

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