Joshua Wilton House
Joshua Wilton House

Joshua Wilton House

  • 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: 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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Joshua Wilton House reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (60)fit for foodies (57)romantic (56)notable wine list (36)neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (14)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Joshua Wilton Rocks
    G2daN
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Situated in a beautiful historic home, the atmosphere is conducive for a long, quiet romantic evening or a get-together dinner for 3-4 couples, or even a business gathering. The food and drinks are consistently top-notch. The filet is so tender it can be cut with a butter knife. The mussels appetizer is outstanding. Arrive early to enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the bar by the fire. We were pleasantly full from dinner so we skipped dessert to head back to the bar for a night-cap. A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Anniversary Dinner
    MSgtThomas
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My bride of 42 years and I went to the Joshua Wilton House for our Anniversary Dinner. Everything was just wonderful. I have some allergy issues that make dining out difficult. With celiac disease and a severe allergy to fish and shellfish we must be extremely cautious. The staff here was very helpful. They not only prepared food to insure its safety they also let us know of another table was ordering a lot of fish dishes. We were able to finish a delicious meal before anyone else had their fish entrees delivered. I know this isn't an issue that many people deal with but for us it was very important. The salad was just the right item to put between our pork belly appetizer and the hanger steak entree. Also finishing with a beautiful, smooth, and creamy brule was a great end to a perfect night. The wait staff was fabulous. Everything was timed just right. This was truly a meal to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...
    ArlingtonHatrVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    ...and cocktails. Nimrod and Gloria cocktails were first-rate. So were the entrees--had a hangar steak with an outstanding sauce. Big city prices but big city good, all in a haunted house-looking setting. Great spot with lots of character...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilton
    RLA52
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We come here every year on vacation. Food excellent. Suggested wine matched meal perfectly at a moderate price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    Tennismom2
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Delicious food, nicely presented and good service. Highly recommend Joshua Wilton House when visiting Harrisonburg, VA. Nice ambiance, noice level was very low.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We are from the New York and Philadelphia Area and have been exposed to many outstanding restaurants. Joshua Wilton House ranks with them with respect to food, service, and ambiance. However the seared sea scallops were too salty, otherwise the food was excellent. We both think that this restaurant is overpriced when compared with those in the Philadelphia Area.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm Enchanting Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Exceptional service, from Bill, highlighted this dining experience. The cozy room, fireplace and ambiance all added to the excellent dinner we enjoyed. This is a definite "must try" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant & delicious
    EsurfVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Victorian mansion, cloth tablecloths. Jackets not required but I was glad I wore one as the place has class. Very knowledgeable and attentive server "arun" described menu well & had good wine suggestions. Creative food. Had sweetbreads that were on special & wonderful. Also fresh wild Rockfish special properly done, not over prepared. Very cute & cozy bar if you arrive before the rest of your party. Definitely will go back if in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a favorite restaurant for us and we return as often as we are in the area. The food is always prepared and presented with a nice creative flair and it is never a disappointment. On this night our waiter (Aron - not sure of the spelling) was particularly gracious and helpful.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    First-class dining experience. There are always interesting and varied choices on the menu making it difficult to decide what to eat (not a bad thing)! Food presentation was beautiful, and that is important to us. The wait staff is very well trained and attentive. Normally we do not eat dessert out, but neither of us could resist the wonderful in-house chocolate creations. In our opinion Joshua Wilton is a top choice for dining in the Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently the best
    Maurice
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The Joshua Wilton House has consistently maintained quality food and service for several decades. Good value for a classic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • qualityovrquanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You get what you pay for and this is worth it. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expected a little more
    longtimeresident
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Handicap access takes you through the kitchen, down a ramp with water dripping at the bottom and then a gravel lot. For those who are not aware, gravel is precarious to those on wheeled support systems. Service a bit slow and the lentils were undercooked. Can't say for sure that the dinner caused it, but had severe intestinal distress that evening
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  • rusty
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is our go to place for special occasions and also just to go as the food is excellent, the best in Harrisonburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointing
    NorthportDan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here with our daughters on Saturday night of JMU family weekend. The House itself is stately and the dining rooms are spacious and atmospheric. Perhaps the kitchen was overtaxed by the full house but the food did not meet my expecations -- which were based on the cost of the dinner and by prior enthusiastic reviews. Each sourse was uneven, with some dishes excellent and others disappointing. A scallop first course was badly oversalted. Duck confit was not crisped and not well presented. a peach cobbler was overpowered by ginger and was short on fruit. Service was adequate but the level of attention seemed to dwindle as the meal progressed. A nice experience, on balance, but not a special one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SLICK
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Overall, our dining experience was good but this restaurant was WAY OVER PRICED!! The dinner (main entree) portions were too small for the price. We thought it was extremely costly.
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  • Nice dinner - friendly staff
    Warren
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After a busy JMU Parents Weekend - we were looking for somewhere nice to take our daughter while we were in town. Thanks to OpenTable we find the Joshua Wilton House. The food and service was very nice and topped off a great weekend. The crabcakes, Duck Confit, and Filet were all top notch. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fantastic!
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We took our son to the restaurant for an amazing dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly Quaint!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My Girlfriend and I absolutely loved this place! If you happen to be traveling through the area take the time to book a reservation. You won't be disappointed. Great food! Great Service! great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So good
    strklnd003
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything from the greeting we received when we entered to the end of the night when one of the owners thanked us coming, snapped a picture for us and wishing us a good evening was outstanding. I highly recommend this beautiful establishment. The food was remarkable, also expensive but well worth the price. We will be back on another trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our best JWH experience
    spinningbaron
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have dined here many times in the last decade; this was by far our worst experience. Our waiter was charming, and the service was good. But the room was excessively noisy, not what I expect at the JWH. The crispy flounder and pork belly on cheese grits starters and our shared dessert, the chocolate ganache tart were quite tasty. The Spinach salad, and the prosciutto wrapped dates on spring greens with concord grape vinaigrette were also good. Unfortunately, the entrees were a different story. The opah special was not particularly fresh, and the filet mignon was drenched in a salty sauce and the accompanying potato garnish was too salty to eat. The entrees and noise combined left us feeling disappointed, overall.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant old Victorian restaurant
    RGinTallyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wow! An elegant large, old Victorian turned into an excellent restaurant. My wife and I stopped on a trip and decided to try JH and we very glad we did. We got there early for a glass of wine in a cool little bar. Good wine list. We got there on a Thursday which turned out to be "Date Night" when for $55 a couple gets to share an appetizer, dessert, and get separate main courses. A great deal! Lots of lovely indoor rooms for dining as well as an outdoor patio and even a gazebo for romantic dining. We had prosciutto warped dates for a shared appetizer and they were delicious. Bread came with an incredibly good olive oil. We also shared a yummy apple tart dessert. For a main course I thought the flounder was a bit dry and bland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SupwithSuts
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I were very pleased with our evening at the Joshua Wilton House. We called that morning and given a choice on indoor or outdoor seating. We selected outdoor and were treated to a lovely dinner in the gazebo. The chef's dishes were outstanding. I chose the flounder and my husband had the filet. Everything from the cocktails to the dessert was great. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance in Harrisonburg
    delightedDelawarean
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service were great. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent food, upscale experience
    daddydog
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great choice for special occasions. "Date night" special is very good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Date Night"
    kmk62
    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
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    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
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    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
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.