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Downtown Grille

201 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5033
+1 434-817-7080
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stubbled upon this gem on walk out in evening. Charlottesville has made headlines for wrong reasons recently but it should be noted that the trouble was caused by outsiders. The meal was the nicest we had had all week. I accept the criticism that food...More

Thank Durham898
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Charlottesville is a foodie town. We have insanely good restaurants all over. It's a steakhouse and I personally think it's really nothing special-- not to mention it's very expensive. I had a Ribeye which was under seasoned and really just okay for the price. We...More

Thank bengrainger3321
Reviewed 11 August 2017

My wife and I were seated at a great table given that we were celebrating our anniversary; from that point on, we received terrific service, enjoyed a wonderful dinner, bottle of wine and a complimentary dessert; a fantastic and memorable evening; our drive from Richmond...More

Thank rschnorb
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The Downtown Grille is excellent for a romantic evening for two or for couples. The food is delicious, the filet mignon is a must and the sides are definitely enough for two. Yes, it is higher end, but worth it. Take advantage of outdoor seating...More

Thank 853traciw
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Go in hungry because you won't leave that way, the portions are generous. Salads we had were great, sauces and fish were better. The steaks were awesome as was expected. One downside, our medium rare prime rib both came out pink as expected, but not...More

Thank Wyyll
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Stopped in Charlottesville VA overnight, and thinking about steak for a change. The hotel desk clerk recommended Downtown Grille, located in the Downtown Mall. My wife had their pork tenderloin, and I had their 12 oz NY Strip steak and asparagus with Hollandais sauce. They...More

Thank 336georgey
Reviewed 20 July 2017

My wife and I went here for dinner on a Sunday night, for us it was easier than dealing with the Friday and Saturday night crowd. We ate inside, in an impeccably clean dining area. We never eat outside when traveling, especially on such a...More

Thank USAF20YR
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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$31 - US$50
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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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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