Fossett's
Fossett's

Fossett's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.keswick.com/
  • Phone: (434) 979-3440
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Dean Maupin
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Fossett's Restaurant is an elegant venue with incredible views, impeccable service and delicious menu options. Reserve Fossett's Restaurant for a private luncheon Monday through Saturday. For dinner, the Restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 10 guests, however this is not a private option.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott Meynig 4349234346x

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Hotel Parking available - complimentary
A word from Fossett's
Floor to ceiling windows provide a stunning setting in which to enjoy the trademark cuisine of Chef Arron Cross. Fossett's contemporary and innovative fare is based on traditional regional dishes with the focus on fresh, local ingredients. The new décor creates an elegant yet informal ambiance for everyone to enjoy.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Fossett's reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (26)special occasion (24)romantic (22)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (15)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Superior
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food, setting, and service were all superb. Wait staff was most attentive and provided personalized service. Our food was expertly prepared, perfectly proportioned and most delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We were guest at Keshwig Hall and had our anniversary dinner at Fossett's. The room is very inviting, the staff was outstanding,attentive and knowledgeable and the food was beyond delicious. We also went for breakfast and it too was a wonderful experience. The view during the day is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere & views BUT service needs work
    AOouttoeat
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Even though I made a reservation, we were seated for almost 15 minutes before we were approached by a server. Luckily, the view of the golf course was distracting, but 15 minutes of reviewing the pricey menu was far too long. Once approached, we were in good hands, but I must admit: for the price and ambiance of that restaurant, you would hope to receive above average service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A delightful evening in all respects - food, ambience, service, and a seat by the fireplace! I stayed with my favorite at Fossett's (crabcakes) and was not disappointed. An evening at Fossett's is always special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    wonderful service and food. Our server Danny really went out of his way...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth Another Visit!
    celebrators
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is the second time my wife and I visited Fossett's for brunch. Our first experience was back in May 2014 for our 12 year anniversary. We ate out on the terrace. The food, service and ambiance was so great that we knew we had to come back. We live in the Richmond area but decided that the trip back was well worth the short travel. Our second experience was almost as good as the first. This time we had our brunch inside of the dining room. The service was once again outstanding and the view great! The only thing that needed attention was that the carpet needed vaccum. The food tasted great, but could have been hotter. We are definetly going to return again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very pleasant evening with excellent food and serivce.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better.
    VirginiaLover
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The ambiance, setting, and service were excellent. We arrived before sunset and enjoyed the beautiful view of the golf course. The background music set the perfect tone for an elegant room. Sadly the food was disappointing. The salad was overdressed and had a few roasted plums. The scallops tasted "old" and the cobbler was gummy and only slightly warmed. The foie gras and rabbit second courses were delicious. I'd think twice before returning because the food was the reason to be there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was below average. Mussels and oysters were far from fresh and very tiny. Entres were small portions. Staff works hard but understaffed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Reeaxing atmosphere with excellent service and food and beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yearly jaunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's simple really, there is no need to be verbose....for us, simply the best in Charlottesville and surrounding area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fossett's
    Fred
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fossett's bar is a lovely location with outstanding ambiance open for lunch and serving a very nice buffet lunch. The bouillabaisse was outstanding. It was a most enjoyable occasion. We did not try Fossett's restaurant which is only open in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    MBLT1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pricey but the food, the service and the ambiance was excellent. I would recommend Fossett's to anyone looking for a special dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service and food were both wonderful. Gave 4 stars for food only because my steak was a bit overcooked (I ordered rare and it came medium-medium rare). However the filet was seasoned beautifully. Husband ordered scallops, which were perfect, and the foie gras was very good as well. Great dining experience overall and would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dining at Fossett's is always a special treat because they offer everything in the "outstanding" category. The view over the golf course and foothills adds another outstanding dimension to the experience. We can recommend the food and the service to anyone without hesitation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent view and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is located on the back side of Keswick Hall, the views are spectacular, and the service is detailed and unrushed. The food was pricey but well prepared; most was from local providers. Fossett's is perfect for a romantic get away or quiet dinner celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff, setting, and food.
    MBnJB
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Staff was wonderful and friendly. Beautiful view of the Keswick grounds. And the food was unique and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fosset's
    Eloise
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had an exceptionally nice evening. The wine list was impressive. The view is superb. Our waiter, Bradley, was friendly attentive, helpful and interested in us. I had the crab cakes my husband the filet. The first course tomato salad was divine, heirloom tomatoes and watercress. The chocolate cake was divine. Overall a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife has been wanting go here for over two years since we moved here basically. Her birthday was coming so I made reservations to eat at Fossett's. I didn't know at the time that Fossett's was closed on Monday and Tuesday but the Villa Crawford was open. The menu is the same for both areas and I assume the chefs are as well. The food was good, I highly recommend the rabbit. The view of the golf course was great and very scenic on a cool July night. Service was all right, nothing spectacular for the type of restaurant it is. Be prepared to open your wallet wide and deep, it is going to cost you plenty. The only bad point and the show stopper was the extra protein my wife found in/on her salmon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 559 reviews are from the Fossett's reviews archive.
  • Great restaurant week
    bostonfoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been dining in Charlottesville for a few years during restaurant week. This was our second visit to Fossetts and if anything it was better than the first. Our service was excellent; helpful when asked but gave room when we were enjoying the food. We were especially pleased with the food portions and quality given it was a restaurant week. Excellent time and well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Celebrated anniversary...staff was wonderful and very attentive..great evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bettyeeatsout
    bettyeeatsout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is the best place I have been to since moving to Charlottesville It is a beautiful place with impeccable service and wonderful food. We tried it during Restaurant Week but will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LakeMonticello3
    LakeMonticello3
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant, by far, has to be one of the best that my wife and I have been to in a long time. The meal was impeccable, the ambiance was stunning and the staff was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and staff outstanding!!
    Fun4two
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was my first time there and it was my 16th anniversary. The staff and food were outstanding! Thank you! Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We visited during restaurant week, so the menu was limited. But everything we had, which included 2 of 3 appetizers and 2 of 3 entrees (filet and salmon), were excellent. We would clearly consider returning to experience the normal menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, as always!
    Jillybean
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fossett's never disappoints! Amazing food, impecible service and just a wonderful place to have a great night out!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine food pairing
    rcsays
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and both opted to have the sommelier pair glasses of wine with our food choices. All three of mine were superb. Totally spot on! The three pairings that my wife had were not quite as good as mine, but the food itself was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ASya
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We ate at Fossett's during Charlottesville Restaurant week. The food offered during restaurant week was good. The place itself is beautiful and a view from the huge window is breathtaking! Service was excellent. This is a perfect place for an elegant romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jbp1VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Fossett's at Keswick Hall is a gorgeous hotel in the beautiful Charlottesville countryside. The food was very good but the service was truly terrible -- I reported the problems to the manager. Clearly, training is inadequate; there were multiple problems; the servers were simply inept. For a hotel of this quality, it was inexcusable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant week
    Ophelia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Delicious dinner at July 2014 restaurant week at Fossett's. There's a beautiful view of the golf course and mountains, the food is great, and the service is excellent. My only minor complaint is that the rabbit appetizer seemed more suited to winter, as it was a hearty stew type dish, but the salmon and dessert was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The atmosphere was great. We have been many times in the past and the food was fantastic. This time the food was barely average. Hopefully the reflection of an off night and not due to the change in ownership. I will give it one more chance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in Most Respects
    AllanSVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    With its beautiful setting and superb service, this restaurant could be a real winner. Unfortunately, a main course of bison ribeye was partially inedible: raw instead of medium rare, gristly and covered with a tasteless glob of crabmeat. Since everything else was very good, this failure seemed especially shocking and seriously marred the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nordstradamus
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The views from the outdoor terrace were spectacular and the food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay At Inn, Eat at Fossets
    DrOni
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You may think that the Keswick dining staff feels they need not perform to a captive audience. We found just the opposite. The food was great, including 3 different entrees, appetizers, and even dessert. Crab cakes were very tasty, lightly fried artichokes were perfectly prepared, and the cherry cobbler with fennel ice cream was amazing. Great work Kesswick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lobmanVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    nice location, excellent service but menu is very limited and food was disappointing....very average or below, a shame given the potential of the location. Many other much better restaurants in the Charlottesville area to consider.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with a spectacular view!
    MiMo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner: mushroom nage and foie gras starters followed by bison ribeye and angus filet entrees. Both came with vegetables but we also shared a cauliflower gratin side. The food was delicious, the service attentive, and the view of the golf course/rolling hills of Piedmont Virginia spectacular. We skipped dessert in favor of brandy and port on the terrace bar at sunset. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The flies!
    uvabud
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went for a Sunday dinner. The food was plain, undercooked, and overpriced. The service was friendly and casual as were many of the diners. This is definitely not a shirt and tie establishment. Flies were a problem, landing on the food and back-stroking in the wine. I see no reason to return when there are better restaurants in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ljones
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything about Fossett's is consistently outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A beautiful meal
    MoreSaltPlease
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Lovely terrace, fantastic food and remarkable service. Looking forward to coming back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Octave
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wonderful view of the golf course at sunset. Excellent service! Great menu! Unbelievable food and attention to detail. Had a wonderful experience and would love to go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.