Joshua Wilton House
Joshua Wilton House

Joshua Wilton House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.joshuawilton.com/
  • Phone: 5404344464x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 5404344464x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Joshua Wilton House reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)romantic (50)fit for foodies (42)notable wine list (33)neighborhood gem (24)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (11)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • "Date Night"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Wilton House date night special (Thursdays) is a great value. The food is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food in a Beautiful Setting
    Strathcool
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I have come to the Joshua Wilton Inn for a number of years and we have always found that the quality has beern consistently good. The menu is imaginative and uses almost entirely local ingredients from farms in the Shenandoah region. The setting is beautiful, both in the inn itself and in the charming garden outdoors. It provides a most pleasant venue for both locals and visitors from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful find
    pstalVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We all enjoyed our visit to the Joshua Wilson House. The grounds are beautiful, the house is stunning and our meal was lovely. Everything we had from drinks to main course was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shenandoah Surprise
    operalover212VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This remarkable inn was a lovely way to spend our anniversary. They gave us a quiet corner table and the service was impeccable. My husband loved his choice of mozzarella and tomato to start and a superb filet mignon. I enjoyed the breast of duck and the chocolate soufflé cake. All in all, this inn was by far the best part of our trip.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the reviews
    WeekendWarrior
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We split salmon croquettes and had the pork schnitzel special and the sea scallops, finishing with the tiramisu and it was 10 out of 10 at each turn. Even the garnishes were super tasty! Service was great. Every bit worth the expense, I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative, delicious;elegant site
    PsdlnVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is my third or fourth experience as Josh Wilton, and the best ever. The dining experience was lovely and memorable. This is the highest restaurant rating that I have ever published.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had already made reservations when a friend told us about date night. Made for a perfect match with an excellent waitress.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatappy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Best "refined" dining in Harrisonburg. If you are a demanding diner and foodophile, you have to try this place out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Diamond in the ruff!
    Amanzing4469
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was SO overly impressed with the Joshua Wilton House. From start to finish, the staff went beyond my expectations. I had the Pork Loin - it was TO DIE FOR. One of the best meals I have ever had. Wonderful, wonderful place! I will frequent this restaurant when I am in the area. BRAVO Joshua Wilton House!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Expeience!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    jacknstephen
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not excellent as usual.
    Set0121
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make Any Day a Celebration
    blocalVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best
    jyry
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I am a vegetarian and the choices for me are always delicious and well balanced. Bravo to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • crobVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Delicious!
    ARGfoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Fantastic food! Fog mushrooms and Duck AWESOME! We always come here when we are in the Harrisonburg area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    SHKreview
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best place ever!
    guernsey59
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday diners
    foodiex2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!!!
    SarAndLar
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a visit
    vbdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Remarkable service and amazing food
    JMSPL
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gets better and better
    PKwinedineVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laurVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was delightfu, interesting, creativel and delicious. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprising Find
    Pablo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfying indeed
    jcnenglish
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Belindatucker
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    They made our anniversary special! Great food and service. The specialty drinks were awesome. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suzatmassanutten
    suzatmassanutten
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was delicious!!!
    Gurk
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service was outstanding!! Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice friendly staff good food
    Tonysmjc
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NormandBarb
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inviting appearance
    GovernorandLadyPierpont
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good meal
    capt
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    Stella
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 347 reviews are from the Joshua Wilton House reviews archive.
  • Exquisite
    BillandNancy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner for two. Staff demonstrated excellent skill and attention. Food was magnificent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday and Graduation
    likestoeatwell
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday - May 17th
    reviews4u
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were treated wonderfully on an evening when we were celebrating a family event. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.