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Clifton Inn
Clifton Inn
  • Address:
    1296 Clifton Inn Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Neighborhood:
    Charlottesville
  • Cuisine:
    International
    Price: $50 and over

Clifton Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecliftoninn.com
  • Email: reservations@cliftoninn.net
  • Phone: (434) 971-1800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tucker Yoder
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Looking to make your next big day or night truly unforgettable? Let our talented and experienced catering team help make the difference. Whether you are looking for us to take the reins on your entire off-site event or simply deliver the fruits of our labors to you wherever you are, we are more than happy to bring you the very best we have to offer, each and every time out.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Clifton, your most important days are our most important days too. All of us pride ourselves on making every occasion here a special one, and we've got an array of unique venues and experiences to do just that. You can gather 8-10 of your nearest and dearest and share our popular Chef's Table offering, providing you with a front-row seat to our nightly culinary cabaret. Our acclaimed wine cellar allows you to expand your group slightly as it accommodates up to 20 people in an elegant, gorgeously appointed setting that highlights the property's extensive wine list and serves up plenty of atmosphere along with Clifton's customary culinary brilliance. As your numbers go up, so do our possibilities, from our outstanding restaurant to a large tent in the shadows of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. When it comes to wedding days, few places can deliver dreams quite like Clifton can. We offer a classic destination wedding retreat, complete with 100 secluded acres.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Combs (434) 971-1800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 250 West
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Clifton Inn
At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Old country inn formerly owned by Martha Jefferson--lovely old rooms, great ambience, and food is usually delicious, local, well done. We were one of last Easter Brunch sittings so was not perfect but was certainly very good."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Wonderful service, amazing ambiance. Did the Chef's Meal with multiple courses. Delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were seated in the beautiful verandah by the fireplace. It is romantic, warm and cozy. We started with the homemade Tofu w/kale. The tofu is soft and warm with the kale being slightly heated. It is FABULOUS!! I could have eaten an entire huge bowl. My husband went with the sweet potato soup. The second course was the seared bay scallops with golden beets. Again, it was excellent. I tried the seared Rockfish with Parsnip dashi and it did not disappoint. The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. My husband chose the dry aged rib eye med. rare and he loved it. The combinations of the food may initially seem strange but they are perfectly matched. I do not recall when I have had such a pleasant evening with such perfect food."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We booked a table not expecting much because this is such a quiet rural area. The Clifton was a real surprise. Outstanding, creative cuisine artfully presented and meticulously served."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We chose the Clifton Inn because it was our 40th anniversary and we wanted to share that special occasion in a special place. Our Peruvian wait person was a gem, and she added significantly to our evening. All the courses were stylish and well presented. Our plates were warm ( when it was call for), and our meal was set to the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset. We enjoyed the "Clifton Inn" experience. And, yes we would do it again! Jim Witkower"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We've been to the Clifton Inn multiple times and it never disappoints. The service is very good and attentive. The food is always inventive. I always leave feeling like I've had a delicious meal that was very satisfying."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed the experience of dining in the kitchen where we could watch food being prepared and talk with the chefs about their process and ingredients. It was a special treat and they treated us exceptionally well. We had wonderful, complex and beautifully prepared food. I highly recommend this if you have a smallish group and want a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Unusual food combinations don't always result in tasty food. It's all a matter of taste. This restaurant, for all it's good effort, did not suit my tastes. Most people seem to rave about the place, however."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Thanks for a wonderful dinner to celebrate our special ocassion! The service was great and the food was even better!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE THE CLIFTON FOR ITS AMBIENCE, SERVICE AND DELICIOUS FOOD. THE CHEF CREATES A VARIETY OF SEASONAL DISHES....AND OH WHAT CHOICES! THE STAFF IS ALWAYS WAITING TO SERVE BUT IS NEVER IN THE WAY. THIS IS MY FAMILY'S SPOT FOR CELEBRATIONS-THE BEST OF CHARLOTTESVILLE!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the staff was delightful! The whole evening was a treat."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Everything was great, we did the 10 course Chef's Tasting and everything was delicious"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "While the concept of choosing from listed courses on an ad hoc basis is appealing, we found it difficult to create a combination that delivered the level of dining experience we had anticipated."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Nice location in a scenic, secluded area. Romantic ambiance. Food is uninspiring and extremely small servings, not worth the price. Too many servers attending one table distracts from the dining experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "If they try to put you in their wine cellar, leave. This is a beautiful restaurant with special occasion food and beautiful views. We, however, did not have that experience, as we were instead directed to our table in the wine cellar / basement. This initial dining experience did not leave us planning or even considering a future Special Occasion or Anniversary visit to the Inn. We usually dine at a country club or The Four Seasons Hotel for Thanksgiving and found this experience to be less than either of those venues."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We were visiting our daughter in Charlottesville and needed a place to go for Thanksgiving, as she just had a baby and cooking was not a good option. Found this place through Open Table. I would describe it as nice, polite, southern, rather expensive, and great food and service for a special occasion."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Every morsel of food was outstanding, some items were exquisite. The dishes we had that knocked us out: the sunchoke soup, duck liver rillettes, red snapper on grits, the duck dumpling soup with miatake mushrooms, the duck leg with ginger, the sticky toffee pudding with spiced ice cream. Kudos for using local cheeses in the artisanal cheese plate, all good and one outstanding (the blue from Everona)."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "The Clifton inn is a very pretty setting and people were very nice and accommodating. (Changed tables due to noisy crowd at next table). The dishes are overly complicated for me and it is extremely expensive for what you get. Even with discounted deals this month. I'd love to see them make some changes and either have the level of food that warrants the price, or charge less for a simpler menu. The location, ambiance, and service are all great."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great spot for dinner and drinks. The bar tender is a super mixologist. Makes a great start to the evening. Dinner was super and the menu allows you to tailor your meal with as few or as many small plates as you choose in any order. Innovative menu! Will return next time we travel to Charlottesville."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Clifton has several vegan options on the menu, which is wonderful. But even though they taste good, there's not enough food to satisfy. 3 courses before dessert felt like just a salad. The only thing filling was the bread. And despite claiming to be vegan friendly, they didn't offer olive oil for the bread but only butter. The price for all this was exorbitant. I won't be back. Good service is very nice, but I don't need to pay that much for people to be nice to me."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We started first with delicious home-made sour dough bread and home-made butter (who else does this?) We then took 4 course menus and food was served with impeccable timing to allow us to enjoy every moment in this quiet and charming place. I took mixed salad, sea scallops, snapper and stake. My wife had pork instead of beef and a cake for desert. Each portion was small but delicious, tastefully presented and yummy! I finished with a real decaf coffee in French press. Before we realized it was over and restaurant manager came personally to check on us. This definitely remains one of the best places in Charlottesville for very special occasions, worth coming back for sure."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My wife and I spent a few days in the Charlottesville area after our wedding and came across this lovely restaurant and were highly impressed and totally satiated! The menu was fun and seasonal and the service was kind and not rushed. It would be nice to dine here in the summer when there's more light as I'm sure the grounds are beautiful. I think the most inventive dish was a salad of mixed garden vegetables -- some raw, some cooked, some picked. I know, doesn't sound interesting, but the fun twist was the addition of some raw, course cocoa. Mixing it in with the vegetables made it look like they were truly from nature! But tasted good ;) Would definitely return on our next trip to the area."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "This is a favorite, especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "It was our first time eating at this establishement and loved the entire evening."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Clifton Inn did not disappoint - the menu was a bit confusing but the waiter was more than happy to explain how it worked with the pricing and how to order. The food was on the whole excellent - portions were a bit on the small side. The pumpkin apple risotto I got was more finely diced vegetables with a hint of sauce and the pecan cake dessert was much more a few bites of biscotti than a cake, but everything was very well-prepared, seasoned and presented. The wine list was very extensive but I would have preferred a few more affordable options - for Pinot Noir, the cheapest glass was $14 I believe! At any rate, this was for a special occasion so we didn't mind paying a little more for such an enjoyable dining experience. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 10/3/2013