Lots of ups and downs at The Ridley. While our server was friendly, the restaurant was either understaffed, or he was just not very attentive. We asked for a glass of water and never got it, so I got up and sought out a pitcher on my own. Also, my daughter’s soda was flat.
Overall, the food was good. The cornbread may be the best I’ve ever eaten. However, the raw oysters were not cold and came doused in what they called a pink peppercorn mignonette, which tasted more like cheap red wine vinaigrette. Very unappealing. My daughter’s French fries were Sysco brand at best. When paying $200 for dinner and drinks for three, I would like to think maybe the kitchen can make their own from scratch. My roasted chicken entree was cooked and seasoned well and was quite enjoyable.
In the end, the experience was spotty. Some good things and some not so great.
A very welcomed addition to the Charlottesville restaurant scene! Very nice ambiance and excellent menu selections. We used their participation in Restaurant Week to try them out and were very pleased. Would definitely return in the future and recommend them to others.
The servers were attentive but need some training. They reached across the table to
put the dish down rather serving from the side,and cleared an empty dish before
everyone else was finished.The apps and dessert were good but entrees were awful
plus they were luke warm. The pork chop was not a chop but a slice if pork loin.
The food was excellent and the portion sizes were quite large. It was definitely a great value for the food selection, experience and overall service. We will certainly be coming back again!
Kitchen not up to par for Restaurant Week; need to hire more staff. But manager was understanding and we hope they figure out their staffing as it’s a nice space and location.
Service was very slow, but overall the food and drinks were delicious! Highly recommend!
Olivia was awesome
This was our first visit to The Ridley after seeing many positive reviews. Our experience was mixed: my wife's scallops with a grit cake was excellent and was a hit; my roasted chicken was a miss. What was described by the server as a breast on the bone, was actually a half chicken with thigh perhaps they were trying for a rustic look?). There was a considerable wait from drinks being served untill the entrees arrived; some house made rolls or bread should have filled the interlude & ought to be a part of the regular service. Since one dish was quite good we may give it another try in the future, but this visit was underwhelming.
Superb brunch on a quiet Sunday morning. We arrived at 9 AM when the restaurant was almost empty. Service was very attentive. Brunch menu is a mix of classic Southern dishes with a few sandwiches. A good selection. Shrimp and grits was wonderful as was the chicken and biscuits with gravy. At 10 AM live music began--a jazz singer with keyboard. Very pleasant, and soft enough that we could continue our conversation while still enjoying the music. We will definitely return to try out their dinner menu.
Extremely disappointing on every front, particularly the quality of the food
Everything was excellent! From the warm welcome to the professional and attentive service from our waiter to the delicious meal. Possibly the best cornbread and shrimp and grits ever!
Great service. Madeline was attentive and knowledgeable. The Manager (I think his name is Jake) checked in regularly to make sure everything was to our liking. Wine list had a good variety of wines to choose from. We had a Far Niente 81 cab and it was excellent. For dinner we had the raw oysters. Usually I’m not a fan of minionette but theirs was excellent. Pink peppercorn, rosemary and thyme with a brute note of citrus. We shared a tomahawk steak, which really could have served 4! Cooked to perfection with garlic and Rosemary. We topped off the meal with a fresh berry cobbler which was also excellent. Great meal all around!
Don’t mind paying top dollar for a culinary experience. This was not that. Food was ok, not great. I think it was too expensive for the quality of food.
Lovely place with wonderfully friendly staff.The scallops, as recommended by our wait person were absolutely delicious!
Went there last night w/ a friend;.. JAKE ( asst Mgr. ) was GREAT ! I had met him the week before in my shop and he had told me about the Ridley and asked me to come by & so I did ! he did Nit disappoint at all !!! Job well done !
the Bloody Mary was incredible and then a sampling of the appetizers were incredible !! you are an incredibly gracious host !!! we will be back!!! Thank you !!!
Great option in The Draftsman Hotel, great bar, indoor/ outdoor seating good service.
Great location !!great food !!all together great service!!! We will be back!!!
We were celebrating Father’s Day
Menu online is different from what is served in the restaurant. Unfortunately, our waiter was unfamiliar with the current menu items. Otherwise the grits were really good. Hopefully they will serve the shrimp and grits as per the website sometime.
Great food, service was a bit slow. Everything else was great.
Limited, overpriced menu that was not enhanced by a clueless server. We went out of our way to try this place; our mistake which won't be repeated.
Pricey but worth it. Outstanding fish dishes with 21st century riffs on traditional southern dishes. Service was attentive and professional
It was excellent! Everyone at the table (4 of us) raved about their meal. I had the scallops and the whole dish was superb! I have never written a restaurant review in the past, but the food, the service and everything at The Ridley exceeded my expectations.
I cannot wait to return and I have already recommended it to 5 people and I was just there yesterday. Also, I understand that a portion of the profits will go to the Ridley Scholarship at UVA ---just an added bonus to an incredibly meal! Thank you.
Dinner and service was great. We used the valet because it was raining. Would definitely go there again.
Birthday brunch. Excellent food and the wait and management staff was very attentive and made sure we had an excellent experience. We will definitely return when we’re back in town!
The food is outstanding but way too pricey for what it is. Didn’t expect to pay high-end New Orleans brunch prices in Charlottesville. Homemade Bloody Mary’s almost with the $11 price tag. We will most probably return in spite of the prices - the food was that good and plentiful. Only service issue was that our Starters arrived with our entrees.
Happy to find a restaurant open on Memorial Day! Near our hotel so very convenient.
My out-of-town guests and I tried The Ridley twice, once for brunch and once for dinner. We were dissatisfied both times. Our orders were wrong for both meals. The food was good but overpriced. We had really been looking forward to trying The Ridley, but we will not be back.
We were seated outside and forgotten. The waitress came over after being reminded by the hostess in the most lackadaisical way. She took our order. 30 minutes later still no food or drinks. I had to hunt her down to ask again if we could get our drinks. The food arrived cold. Will never be back.
Large portions of new takes on southern comfort food. Food was delicious and service was very good.
The jalapeño cornbread was amazing and I’m not a big fan of cornbread. You could probably order three appetizers for two and be full.
If you are trying to eat lean, you may want to look elsewhere. Everything we had was either fried or fairly heavy - but delicious.
I attended the Ridley after my graduation. Great service, ambience, and food!
Went for brunch; food was okay. Atmosphere had a nice vibe. Enjoyed the indoor/outdoor experience with the patio doors open.
Only issue was that parking was valet only and wasn’t comped by the restaurant! Overall it was super yummy and a great value. Karen was a great waitress!
Excellent food and great service to complement graduation weekend.
The food and drinks was excellent, our overall experience was only dampened by the lack of support for our poor waiter. He had a bunch of tables and was having to do it all - fill water, bus dirty dishes, etc. we had two glasses that were dirty and had to be sent back. I think the restaurant is understaffed.
Was a crazy day due to UVA graduation. Food was just ok-had brunch. Presentation nice but just didn't taste right. Waiter was super nice but didn't make sure food order was correct-a few mistakes. Would not go back again. Hotel restaurant-FYI. Nice interior, clean, etc.
Service and food was great!
Great place and have already recommended to others.
Menu was interesting. Gombo was outstanding. Deviled eggs were a bit bland. Corn bread was outstanding. Pork chop was dry and lacked flavor. Service was pleasant, but inexperienced - he didn't clear first course plates before presenting the entrees. He also didn't refill water glasses (which were quite small). Overall, the price points were out of line - 20% higher than they should be. The wine list was particularly over priced perhaps because it was a hotel dining room
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OpenTable ダイナー74名によるThe Ridleyの評価は4.3☆です。