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Downtown Grille

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201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033 (2nd)
+1 434-817-7080
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Downtown Grill doesn't dissapoint in any way from steaks to chops to fish. Waiters are fully professional!

Thank Arthur P
Charlottesville, Virginia
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my wife here for her birthday because she loves a great steak. The Aberdeen Barn has lost its touch and we didn't want to drive to Richmond for dinner. The DTG was very good, but for the price we paid for dinner for two - well over $200 including tip - we expected it to be among the... More 

Thank Ricochet_Rabbit_11
Allentown, PA
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394 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too many times in the past, we have experienced New Year's Eve dinners that featured sub-par food and less-than-satisfactory service. Not so with Downtown Grille! The food was delicious and the service was top-notch. Yes, the menu was prix-fixe....I know that many people are turned off by that. BUT, I must tell you that the variety of appetizers, entrees, and... More 

Thank LivinglifeinPA
Chicago, Illinois
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2,239 reviews
1,223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,448 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you travel from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea, from California to Florida, you learn that there are quality restaurants wherever you go. Some towns, such as Chicago and Charleston, are better than others. But you don't have to pack a lunch. You just have to do your homework. Take Charlottesville, Virginia, for example. It's an historic... More 

Thank Taylor B
Wilmington, North Carolina
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will begin by saying the waitstaff really tries hard--I have no complaints about the service. The Downtown Grill has long been a favorite of ours. We enjoy sitting in the bar where it is a bit less formal. However our last two visits, some months apart, were both disappointing. Our most recent visit was on New Year's Eve. As... More 

Thank Jill_WilmNC
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rediscovered the Downtown Grill several months ago and I have been back four times already. For appetizers, I highly recommend the Jalapeno Stuffed Deep Fried Olives with Chipotle Aioli and the Signature Lump Crab Cakes. The olives, jalapeno, and chipote aioli sauce make a terrific combination. The crab cakes have no filler (as in none) and taste great. Recently my... More 

Thank pmyhre
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good drinks, one of the best martinis. good service, great food! It's somewhat formal, but you can still wear nice jeans:)

Thank mdhraqh
Rockville Centre, New York
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I ate at Downtown Grille this past weekend with my husband and son while on a college visit to UVA. I really wanted to love it but didn't. We took the free trolley to downtown mall which was great. Walked into the restaurant and the decor was nice as was the staff. We were shown to our table...so far so... More 

Thank MLL90
Lahinch, Ireland
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent food plus the service was very good. sat the bar had a couple drinks. let's just say like that the Bartender is always part of the experience and he was very casual for a slow Monday. THE PLACE TO EAT ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL!

Thank irishyahoo
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I have been to the Downtown Grill a few times. The food is decent but not outstanding, but I have NEVER had good service there. Wait staff has always been slow, and sometimes inattentive.

Thank Mark C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-817-7080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?