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Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an outstanding dinner at the Downtown Grille this past weekend. Their wine list is extensive, we enjoyed the small filet mignon, burger, and seafood entrees, and we liked sharing the family-style side dishes of onion crisps, asparagus with Hollandaise, and truffle fries with...More

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Monticello and then dined at Downtown Grille afterward. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough—it was one of the best meals of our trip. Each meal was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Salad, soup, seafood, steaks, and dessert—each and every item was prepared...More

Thank lcp1019
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Dinner at the Downtown Grill on the downtown walking mall was excellent! The Preseco was tasty, salads were perfect, my steak came as ordered, just a little too much salt, and my wife's crab cakes were outstanding. They were not doughy at all and were...More

Thank Arthur P
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Outstanding bar! Our bartender William fixed great drinks, especially Manhattans. Their wine selection is great. We didn't eat there but they had a diverse menu, little pricey, but good choices. We will definitely visit this restaurant when we are in Charlottesville again and want to...More

Thank Al G
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Great menu, outstanding quality food, seated inside and outside. I stayed at the Omni and the Downtown Grille is a 1-2 minute walk out of the mall entry. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Andy D
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I ate here last night. We were staying at the Omni, and this restaurant is just a quick walk away, at the beginning of the Charlottesville pedestrian mall. The restaurant is dark, dark wood, dark lighting. The white tablecloths provide a nice...More

Thank lbg073
Reviewed 23 September 2017

First impressions are a pricey menu and somewhat condescending waitstaff. Get over it. Steaks are tasty and cooked spot on. The seafood boil on the money. But the huge sides of iceberg wedge, spinach and au gratin potatoes were the real stats. They' really plenty...More

Thank Mhainey924
Reviewed 10 September 2017

After all the trouble in Charlottesville of late it was great to return to the mall for an evening out. Despite the many empty tables on a Saturday night the Downtown Grille lived up to its reputation and was a great restaurant to celebrate our...More

Thank 3Eagles
Reviewed 5 September 2017

If you are looking for higher end dining in Charlottesville, consider the Downtown Grill. We enjoyed an evening there last weekend and have been several times in the past. The quality of the steaks and seafood is very good as are the side dishes and...More

1  Thank Grace K
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Good was tasty & high quality. Waitress was attentive, but lacking in sophistication. I brought this to the attention of the host. He took me seriously & promised to discuss this with the waitress.

Thank HonestPhilReviewer
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Questions & Answers
John R
14 May 2017|
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Response from Downtown G | Property representative |
Hi John, Thank you for your question. We are happy to accommodate that request and let you split a steak. Please let your server know when you arrive of that request and we will have our Chef's do their best to split it for... More
1 December 2016|
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Response from Susan L | Reviewed this property |
Come as you are! During our visit there were people who appeared really overdressed and those who may have been a little undressed. They all enjoyed the meal together. There is also a number of young children who were... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$50
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
The Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. The Downtown Grille's lovely architecture and warm professional staff lend a superb ambiance to an already exquisite dining experience.
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