Duners Restaurant

4.7
1225 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Duner's is a casual fine dining restaurant located five miles west of Charlottesville in the village of Ivy, Virginia. Our menu changes daily, allowing our chefs to use the best ingredients seasonally available. We have an extensive wine list, a full bar and a very experienced service staff. Established in 1983, our goal has always been to serve great food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our portions are generous, our ingredients are the finest and we want everyone who walks in the door to become a regular customer!
Our covered enclosed patio tent can get warm during the early evenings, though we do have portable air conditioning units and fans. During this transitional time we will be releasing reservations on Monday for the next 4 weeks. We are following the current CDC guidance on masking. Thanks for your patience!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1225 people are saying
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vipKBFIII
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Lynn was an excellent server. The flank steak and seared tuna were good

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vipCritic
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food choices and quality were excellent. The fried oysters are always a hit. My wife's tuna was superb.

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vipMrjch
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My first time there, but my husband has been several times over the years. We were both quite impressed with the current Duner's experience. Excellent food. Very professional staff. Ambiance is pretty spartan, but didn't detract from a very nice evening. We will be back!

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vipwine4foodie
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for everyone. The drinks were very good including a perfect side car.
Wonderful wonderful from beginning to end!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Server was great, friendly and attentive. Fresh warm bread was a lovely touch. Food presentation was done well. Sitting in the outdoor tent on hard metal chairs was not so great. The traffic was a bit noisy from the busy road. To top it off the people next to us were loud talkers and wanted everyone to know about their conversation. Id give it another try eating inside maybe in a soft booth or corner table.

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VernonB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat convenient to Charlottesville and Crozet. We always enjoy their special entrees, appetizers, and deserts.

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Willie
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have not been at Duners for a number of years. Great food, good service but a bit rushed. Not fancy but clean and neat.

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vipLxLdine
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding, as usual! We ate in their outside tent for the first time and we actually like it better than being inside. Much quieter! Inside or out, however, we will definitely be back. Thanks Duners!

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CathyL
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience. Highly recommend for any occasion!

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Pearl
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed the new outdoor tent dining area!

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Aricv
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In my opinion, you should not make the staff mask up.
Masks actually could be a vector for transmission of unwanted illness-people tend to touch the mask and who knows what comes along with it?

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DiningDivas
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friends from out of town who had never been to Duners really enjoyed our experience there. We all greatly appreciated the number of entree choices that were or could be gluten free as well as the ability for one diner to make a substitution of a side dish for one without dairy. The service was excellent! We always enjoy having a meal at Duners.

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vipElisabeth
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level very bad as always. Please do something about this.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. Excellent experience overall.

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18Virginia
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great food and service. We have been coming the Duners for many years. My only critique on our last visit was NO CRAB CAKES as they were not on the menu. We crave their excellent crab cakes. In any case, something to look forward to on our next visit!

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cvillebound
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was wonderful. Low noise level and temperature was perfect. Service was professional and friendly. Food was perfectly prepared. I would like to see a bottle of champagne sitting in an ice bucket, instead of wrapping it in a towel and placed on the table. Other than the champagne, everything was just perfect.

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DougB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Duners requires masks and says staff will wear masks. Our waitress wore her mask below her nose. About halfway thru the meal, I politely explained that a mask should be worn to cover the nose. She blew up! Said “state doesn’t mandate masks, you’re not wearing a mask and you don’t have to eat here! If you don’t like it, leave. “ The restaurant DOES mandate masks. I asked to speak to the manager and after a significant wait, I asked another waiter. She came immediately and I explained what had happened. She apologized and said we could switch tables if she could find one. We said no thank you, finished our meal, and the four of us left without dessert.

NOT a good experience and made dinner unpleasant. Their food was excellent. The service was not. It left a bad taste.

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BillP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinners always provides a great value. Good food, great service and great atmosphere.

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KellyC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was EXCELLENT and the service from Lynn was amazing! Best customer service we have ever experienced!! She is upbeat and made our wonderful meal even more pleasurable. The outdoor seating was better than we expected and should be promoted better, as it was in a well lit, air conditioned, and interior environment was pleasing to the eye and comfortable.

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vippdewitz
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The setting and the service were perfect and the food was mixed. The two appetizers, fried oysters and lamb meatballs were delicious. The mains, were less satisfying. The halibut was overcooked and dull but the tuna has much more interest. The wine list is very nice, good wines at a reasonable price.

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AnneF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was impeccable, food was delicious but huge portions!

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KatherineS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place-staff and food are excellent. I love they change their menu daily

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JohnV
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Although both of our adult children have raved about this quaint little restaurant in Ivey, we have continually complained that we had no real choices for fine dining in Crozet/Ivey other than a few wineries and resorts. That is truly on us. We absolutely love Duners. It is like your neighborhood restaurant in a fine dining experience. We will certainly return. Thank you friends and family for the recommendation.

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Sparky
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Going away dinner for friends /. Great dinner just to much noise to talk!

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Chris
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific as always! We had the veal scaloppine with a rich veal flavor that was enjoyed by all of us! The take home desserts were out of this world! Don’t forget to order the coconut cake or flourless chocolate cake if you go. The service was excellent-attentive, friendly.

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Ednam
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Duner’s is fabulous. The food is consistently fantastic - I can’t get enough of their amazing bread! Had incredible dessert last night - flourless chocolate cake with clearly homemade whipped cream and raspberries. Duner’s is simply the best place around. Sat in tent outside attached to the restaurant and it worked beautifully. Nice and quiet with lovely music. Tables spread apart. Really nice dining experience.

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dakota2037
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful dinner. Duner's always has a unique menu offering special dishes you don't just find anywhere. Desserts were fabulous. Can't recommend highly enough.

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DwainW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It'd been 26 years since my last visit. I took my wife there as part of my campaign to convincer her to move to the Charlottesville area. It was every bit as delicious as I remembered.

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CharlesL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great, as always. Covid hasn’t helped the ambiance, as we sat in an outside tent, not most conducive to a romantic dinner. But it is what it is, the new 21st century living in America!

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Bits62
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience!

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Ilovewine
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always interesting and delicious. Fortunate to be taken care of by a Long term waitress. Thankful Duners has remained open.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food ,service, attention to detail was all excellent

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vipCater8
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Still great after all these years. Sometimes it’s nice when things don’t change. Old school, white tablecloth, great service, potent cocktails, solid food. Wish that it could be that way forever.

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Skysoblue2
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duner's is a great place to go when you want to count on everything being great - the staff, the food and the atmosphere. We keep coming back - and we bring our out of town guests because we know we can count on Duner's to help create a memorable experience - especially with the food!

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AntoinetteK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The COVID excuse can only go so far. For sure $24-36 entrees, the manager should see to it that the windows, front door glass, and entry way are clean and free of debris. At their opening hour, the toilet was not clean. 👎

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Kellymac
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We met after finishing training at UVA more than 20 years ago and we were so happy that Duners was still open. It did not disappoint!!!

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TCYVirginia
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal at Duners. Everything was excellent. Probably most memorable were the Fried Green Tomato appetizer and the Portobello Myshroom Wellington and Halibut entrees. Service bordered on perfection - prompt, friendly, and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The ambiance was extremely noisy to the point of ruining the entire meal. My husband used the men’s bathroom and it was absolutely filthy. Needless to say I opted not to use one.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Will go again!!

FAQs

Duners Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 293-8352.

Duners Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.