We have been to many restaurants in Charlottesville, but we have never been to Ivy Inn. After hearing many good things, a few nights ago we made our first visit for dinner. We really liked it. Betsy had the crab soup and the rack of lamb. I had the foie gras, a salad, and the trout. Overall the food was very good, especially the proteins. The foie gras was cooked perfectly and the flavors were very delicate, the lamb was delicious, and the trout was perfect. I would even say the trout was one of the best fish dishes I have had recently, although I could see how somebody else would think it is a little too salty thanks to the gremolata, although I loved it. The trout had a super clean/fresh taste. The lamb was perfectly cooked and perfectly flavored.
As far as the atmosphere goes, the dining room was nice, but if it wasn’t so hot outside we would have sat out on the porch, which looked very nice. Our server was pleasant. The clientele was a little older, but we did not mind. Overall, we definitely recommend Ivy Inn. We would be interested to hear about any experiences staying at the Inn.