Another excellent meal and service at our favorite
home town Fine dining Spot!
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.
Needed a fish option as Valentine's Day main course
What a truly amazing time!!! Everything was perfect. We can’t wait to go back again!
Excellent food, wonderful service: do yourself a favor and make the trip to Thornton River Grille!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thornton River is a great restaurant with an excellent food.
Food was very good although a little pricey. Love the sperryville area but will stick to lunches from here on.
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.
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.
Neighborhood Gem! Absolutely perfect for a date night escape in Sperryville. The staff was friendly, accommodating and made NYE special.
Spent Christmas Eve at Thornton River and it was a special evening. Great food and ambiance.
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....
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.
Had a nice meal the Rockish and pork belly appetizer are excellent.
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.
Really enjoyed the new menu selections and wine list changes. We did miss the fried goat cheese with chutney and hope it comes back.
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.
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.
All four of us had excellent meals, all different. The Grille has kicked it up a notch or two!
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!
Excellent food and service. We eat there annually and this was the best food we have had!
Thanks to the chef, "new cook", Craig and the staff for a lovely evening.
The TRG has been a steady presence in Sperryville, and the new chef has added some buzz to the menu. Altogether, a great venue if you are in the area or feel like spending the day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
My long standing request is that they need to get an espresso machine post-haste, so as to round up nicely a pleasant overall dining experience.
The food is good but too expensive for a local country restaurant. The Rappahannock oysters were disappointing - not very tasty and a bit blurry.
I don't know why it bills itself as a "waterfront" restaurant. It is set well back from the trickle of the Thornton River, which is hardly visible. More like a "roadfront" restaurant.
Also, why does it have that silly "e" in Grille? Does someone think that is the French for grill? The French word for "grill" in this context is "grill". "Grille" means something like a metal fence.
Or is it meant to be in "ye olde" English?
I say drop the pretentious and meaningless "e".
After all, the Bleu Rock Inn down the road quite rightly changed its name to Blue Rock!
TRG remains the undisputed king of dining in these parts. Featuring food both healthy and hearty, with cozy indoor seating and a spacious roof deck, Thornton River caters to nearly all tastes and is the perfect end to a day in the Shenandoah.
from start (pork belly app) to entre (Lamb rage/ rockfish/filet) to desert (crime brûlée) this meal was an experience to celebrate my son’s 40th birthday and could not have been better. Fresh seasonal ingredients expertly prepared and presented by a talented waitstaff we felt like we were family dining in someone’s (albeit an amazing cook’s) home... Bravo! First rate! Thank you so much
Casual atmosphere; great food. We started with the goat cheese appetizer (delicious!) and oysters (also very good). Then, burgers all around. Very tasty! Sat outside, despite cooler temps and the space heaters kept us very comfortable!
Love this place. Drive an hour and half for scenery and great food
We received delicious food and even better service during our dinner at Thornton River Grille. Look forward to going back sometime!
The new Fall menu is incredible. The rockfish and shrimp were amazing. Our plates were a work of art and the service was perfect. We had been to Thorton River Grille for lunch several times but this was our first dinner there. We can't wait to go back!
I have doned at Thornton River Grille for years and looked forward to another great dining out event. Much to the disappointment of both of us we found the food to be nothing special this time. Neither of us had drinks, appetizers of dessert and still the bill including a 20 percent tip was in the mid-seventies. Sadly I have decided that I have no need to return to this restaurant!
We are regulars at the Thornton River Grille and our last experience proved why. The food is great and the service wonderful. At the end of the meal, we were told that the desserts were on the house. The reason: 2 months earlier, there had been a problem at an affiliated restaurant. Management put two and two together (without any prompting) and comped our desserts. That's exemplary business.
Service was outstanding. While the dining room was at full capacity, the staff of 5 hummed like a well tuned machine.
Thornton River Grille was recommended to myself and my fiancé as a great place to eat while we were visiting Shenandoah. We were looking for a nice restaurant to eat and came across Thornton River Grille in our search but without looking at the menu thought it was a burger place but boy were we wrong. They have a nice assortment of quality dishes. I would highly recommend making a reservation as we did as this is not a huge restaurant but it makes for faster service having a reservation. Upon arrival we were immediately escorted to our table, the waiter was awesome in giving us what was on the menu and what the specials were. The food was great, staff were awesome, and very helpful to what they offer. I would highly recommend Thornton River Grille for anyone looking for a great place to eat in the Shenandoah region.
We enjoyed our meal. Our waitress was friendly, but my order came with items missing. I asked about the added items I requested on my salad and it was quickly remedied. My entree had some items missing as well. I had passed on the mashed potatoes with garlic and the waitress offered to add extra spinach and roasted tomatoes instead. I agreed, but it came with no extra spinach and not a roasted tomato to be seen. I just ate what I had. It was all very good, but the attention to detail was missed. We will come again, though.
Incredible food! We were impressed with the creativity, flavor and generous portions. I will return whenever I am in the area
Our third trip to Thornton River Grill. Booked Valentine's Day a couple of years ago and it keeps calling us back. The atmosphere is authentic and the food is great!
Awesome, welcoming, friendly service! And the food was fantastic from appetizer to dessert! Bravo!
The chef has presented a complete menu and the kitchen is turning out really good food. The cocktails are excellent, although a bit pricey. Service was just perfect level of attention, etiquette, and knowledge.
On this night it was unusually noisy due to a group of 12+ that were carrying on between two tables- inconsideration for others is no fault of the restaurant.
Everything was good except my grouper was a bit over cooked.