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Joshua Wilton House
Joshua Wilton House

Joshua Wilton House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.joshuawilton.com
  • Phone: (540) 434-4464
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Mark Newsome
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: JWH Catering Services provides off-premise meals and service for banquets, meetings, weddings or social events. Clients from all over the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia call on us for exceptional cuisine and impeccable service. Our staff can make your event or business function the talk of the town. Call and ask to speak to our catering director Whitney Sajko, for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Joshua Wilton House regularly sponsors and hosts special events that are related to our areas of interest, including fine cuisine, extraordinary wines and beers, and the arts. Past events have included wine tastings and dinners, art exhibits and historic preservation. If you are interested in participating in future events or have an idea for an event, please feel free to give us a call.
  • Private Party Contact: Whitney Sajko (540) 434-4464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Campbell Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Front and side street parking are the best bet. The Union First Bank lot is open for dinner guests use after 6:00 PM. After 5:00 PM there are open spaces in the municipal lot across Main Street at no charge
A word from Joshua Wilton House
Located in an elegantly restored Victorian mansion in historic downtown Harrisonburg, Joshua Wilton House offers fine dining within walking distance of James Madison University. Chefs Mark Newsome and Tom French use high quality ingredients from many small local farms and producers to create a locally sourced, seasonal menu of unique dishes. Full bar service includes signature cocktails, craft beer and an extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. During the warmer months, seating is available on the outdoor brick patio. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in our lounge before dinner.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to the Joshua Wilton House for a Taste of Downtown event. It was great as always! The waiter was very attentive as was the bartender while spending time in the cozy lounge before our dinner reservations. Harrisonburg has a true gem here - great good, great service, and close to home! Great experience again! Will return for future dinners!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The experience was really nice. The wine choices were nice, the food was delicious, and the service was good. It's a very nice date-night restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "1. Fairly well behaved kids (but no kids are well behaved all the time) were distracting and somewhat disruptive. 2. Pork in EVERYTHING. Very disappointing and irritating. I had to send one dish back due to pork and couldn't eat the veggies with my dinner for the cooked in ham ... That the server didn't even know about! 3. Server was in the weeds almost all night. We've had her before and this was not her best service. 4. Mosquito city at dusk and nothing to fend then off. 5. Generally good, food beautiful and (what we could eat) tasted great but we have had better here."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent, varied, and farm to table. The staff was thorough and attentive. Each request made through Open Table was accommodated. Our party was able to take advantage of the Restaurant Week menu as it included selections we would have made from the regular menu. Kudos for including wine or beer in the prix fixe. The presentation of the "birthday" dessert was beautiful; the 'smore was superb."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I am a vegetarian and the choices for me are always delicious and well balanced. Bravo to the chef!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Who knew that Harrisonburg offered fine dining? The staff was very pleasant and personable. The food was fabulous with one exception: the sauce on the homemade fettucine/duck confit special was over salted, but, the pasta was very light and tender. The wine list was varied and offered something at all price ranges. We savored our meals."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Fantastic food! Fog mushrooms and Duck AWESOME! We always come here when we are in the Harrisonburg area."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The Joshua Wilton House Restaurant is exceptional and quite a bonus to find in this small and charming B & B. I will certainly return the next time I'm in Harrisonburg."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We choose to go to the Joshua Wilton House to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our children had given us a gift certificate for there several months before. The food and service were excellent. The place was really busy...that's because they are so great! Looking forward to the next time already!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. Excellent service. Our meal was amazing, possibly the best meal we've had. We loved dining here and look forward to planning our next trip!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is a great place for a special occasion dinner. It was very guifoet. The food was wonderful and chef prepared. The menu is not overwhelming and has a good selection of choices. We plan to dine here again"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Joshua Wilton is one of our favorites for special occasions. This time was to celebrate our anniversary. So great to stay in one of inn's upstairs rooms, dine in the restaurant, have an after-dinner drink on the covered porch, and retire to our room. N ever had a bad meal here, and the menu always includes something new. Wine list is impressive. Servers very knowledgeable of each menu item, including details of prep. We'll be back!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "From salads thru entrees, the combinations of foods and seasonings was exquisite! Our waiter was very attentive, wine selections were good and overall experience was wonderful. We would highly recommend this restaurant for a special dinner occasion."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We always stop in at the Wilton House when we're in Harrisonburg, and our visit this week lived up to our expectations. The roast peaches were fabulous, as were the complimentary breads and our entrees and desserts. Portions are good size and the proper temperature. Our waiter was prompt and knowledgable about the menu and wines. With meat, fish, and vegetarian selections, the Wilton House has something for everyone."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "There is not a single negative thing I can say about the Joshua Wilton House. I have been going there since 2001 for various occasions, from just a quick dinner at the bar to special occasions. Their use of local and in season ingredients provides for an impressive offering of specials on top of their already outstanding menu. The service from all staff and attention to detail by all, including the chef who professionally and quietly makes you aware of his appreciation of your presence, is remarkable. .... you just have to experience it for yourselves (and try the mussels appetizer and scallops entree if they are available. ..best ever). Everything is so wonderful that we will be holding our wedding reception here next year!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having dinner at Joshua Wilton House and then spending the night in one of their lovely rooms and THEN having the yummy breakfast the next morning is living at its finest. The dinner appetizers and entrees were imaginative, perfectly cooked and beautifully served, the service was friendly and professional, and the overall experience was a delight. This was our third or fourth visit and every time gets better and better. Try it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was delightfu, interesting, creativel and delicious. Would go again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was staying at Massanutten and was surprised to find the charming Joshua Wilton House a short 20 minutes away. The food is flavorful without being pretentious and everything tasted fresh. The cocktails were fine but the starters (fried risotto stuff squash blossoms and short rib filled ravioli) and entrees (sea scallops and huge pork chop) more than made up for it. It's in a great converted Victorian era house and very quiet with light music playing over the speakers. I would definitely return and would order the same again but would maybe have my pork cooked for an extra minute. The server was nice, personable, and helpful but I did wait a bit longer than I wanted to here and there. Overall: charming and delicious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal here -- party of three, all happy with most everything served. The plates have gotten less fussy and over-busy, with more emphasis on quality ingredients and the right accents. Particularly excellent were the mussels, the duck, and the pavlova. Ours was a meal worthy of the house's grand, traditional setting (front room to the right of the entry hall). Service was able and attentive, reception warm and ready. We have come here for decades, and I'd say the restaurant is presently at the acme of its history."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "They made our anniversary special! Great food and service. The specialty drinks were awesome. Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "If you have a special occasion, or just want a really good meal....the Joshua Wilton House is a great choice. The service is friendly and responsive, the food is fabulous. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding!! Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We stayed the weekend and enjoyed the entire experiance The breakfast only served to guest was exceptional The diner chef used top quality ingredients and served a tasty meal But with too many flaws to be concidered exceptional The venison was raw I did request it be a bit more rare than medium But it was raw Tasty but raw The appetizers were good but a bit clunky The creme brûlée was ok but the top burnt slightly Over all I would go back for the service and attentiveness of both the entire staff The have a decent wine list nice stems and their wines are stored and served properly Expect a good meal with great service but not a five star dining experiance Price ing was fair across the board"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our third visit, this time for our anniversary. It is about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Lexington but well worth the trip. We have some 3 and maybe a 4-star or two restaurants here but nothing that comes close to the Joshua Wilton House. Everything about it is first class. We will return again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We selected this restaurant from the internet based on the photos, description, menu, and location. We were scheduled to appear in a Civil War reenactment event on Saturday at Grand Caverns and decided to enjoy our stay by spending Friday night in Harrisonburg. We greatly enjoyed oysters for appetizers, Barren Ridge merlot, pork chop dinner, soft shell crab special dinner, and creme brulee for dessert. Our waiters were professional, friendly, and timely. The hostess was friendly, engaging, and efficient. We will definitely dine at the Joshua Wilton House restaurant when we are in Harrisonburg in the future."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed another great meal at the Joshua Wilton House in Harrisonburg, VA. The ambiance was great, the food was delicious, and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I highly recommend the Joshua Wilton house! My husband and I had a fabulous dinner, spent the night in a very comfortable room and enjoyed another great meal for breakfast. We will make a point of stopping again next time we are traveling anywhere close by. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner for two. Staff demonstrated excellent skill and attention. Food was magnificent."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had 2 dinners at the restaurant in fairly quick succession. Both were special events for the family and both were excellent. No hesitation in recommending the restaurant and no hesitation in returning!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent meal and service. Our party of six (6) agreed that it was one of the best dining experiences we've had anywhere. We all travel extensively and will highly recommend the Joshua Wilton House to others. Although we had some difficulty getting to the restaurant causing us to be 20 minutes late for our reservation(i.e. - Mapquest does not refer to Cantrell Ave. as now being named Martin Luther King nor were we not aware of Main St. being one-way going north at Courthhouse Sq.) the staff was still very accommodating upon our arrival. We'll all be back again! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were treated wonderfully on an evening when we were celebrating a family event. Thank you"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We received a gift certificate for our anniversary. I had not been to Joshua Wilton House for quite a few years. We totally enjoyed the experience and next time, weather permitting, we'd love to try dining outside. Everything was super!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Sensational scallops and the tenderloin salad were both show stoppers. Dessert was decadent with truly delicious coffee. Truly an enjoyable dining experience "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fantastic service and meal. An absolute first rate restaurant in the middle of Harrisonburg. Wonderful place for a graduation party. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Beautiful Inn & restaurant on main road in Harrisonburg, VA. We were impressed from the moment we pulled up. We had a wonderful table in a small windowed alcove. Specialty drinks were excellent & fun. Meal was superb. The salads were delicious, filet mignon melted in your mouth. Others had scallops and salmon they said were cooked to perfection. Desserts were small but also delicious. Wait staff was also excellent. Very formal and professional. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were very pleased to find such a wonderful Easter brunch. The food, service and setting all exceeded our expectations. The staff was friendly and helpful. We are planning to return and try the dinner menu."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter Brunch was amazing. I had the beef tenderloin over quinoa for an appetizer...melt in your mouth delicious. For my main meal I had the salmon. Also wonderful, and finally for dessert I chose the lemon ricotta cheese cheescake. I opted for the wine pairing with the meal and it was well worth it. Each wine selection paired well with my choices. Their were four in our party and we all tried something different. No one was dissappointed. I will definitely be back and tell others about it."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "When visiting my daughters at James Madison University, one of the perks is to also have a wonderful dinner at the Joshua Wilton House. Saturday's dinner did not disappoint. Most often when dining I stick to my own favorites, but I am not afraid to try something new when I go to the Joshua Wilton House. This time it was the brandazzo (sp?) with spinach risotto. It was excellent. The filet mignon was wonderful also, as always. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in a very elegant old house. The food was not only as elegant looking as the restaurant but the taste was perfect. Can be compared with great restaurants around the world. It is perfect for special ocasions and the service was excelent. Definitely one of the best restaurants i have tried in US. Worth to visit."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Every bite was an event to savor. The food was exquisite. The service was wonderful and delightful. Eating there was an experience not to be rushed but enjoyed thoroughly. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014