Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mountvernon.org/inn
  • Phone: 7037800011x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:
    Sundays only: 11:00am-7:00pm

    Lunch:
    Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm;
    Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm in Tavern Room
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Wallen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Catering Department is in charge of booking all of our private events, including Weddings, Corporate Functions, Baby Showers, Promotion Ceremonies, etc. Many of our Saturdays during Wedding Season tend to booked with Weddings, closing the Restaurant for the public. For more information, call our main number: 703.780.0011.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Public Transit: There is a Metro Bus stop at the corner of the crosswalk directly in front of the Restaurant. The Metro Bus stops at Huntington Metro, the end of the Yellow Line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is directly across the street on Route 235 North.
A word from Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
The charming Mount Vernon Inn restaurant serves lunch daily and elegant candlelit dinners daily. The Inn offers six intimate dining rooms, two with fireplaces, all with colonial charm, costumed servers, and delicious regional and colonial cuisine.
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Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (67)great for lunch (43)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (28)scenic view (25)kid-friendly (23)fit for foodies (20)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Creativity added to menu
    Mary
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I dined here twice recently and I was pleasantly surprised with new menu additions. The bronzini with chimichurro was delicious! Outdoor dining was also a delight.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    Sandy1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had lunch with my family from out of town, and wanted a unique lunch. Mt. Vernon was historic and beautiful, and service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Really nice to find a restaurant whose only "surprise" is that "you are never surprised".....consistently good food, service and atmosphere. The only "disappointment" comes when you want to make a reservation only to find the Inn closed for a private party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our best experience at Mt Verno
    Brownie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We go to dinner at Mt Vernon very frequently, as we live right in the neighborhood and enjoy the place, the food, and the closeness to home. On Aug 21, we took our daughter and her husband to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Our server that night, Hector, while a very NICE person, was obviously very new at serving, wasn't a very skilled waiter, but we could have overlooked his newness IF ONLY we'd been able to understand him. Hector had a very heavy accent; we had several questions about items on the menu that were new to us -- a bad combination, as we asked again and again and again ... all to no avail, as we could NOT understand a word Hector was saying. If the server is not able to be understood by the diners, he's in the wrong work
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IT'S A KEEPER!
    Gino
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We love going to the Mt. Vernon Restaurant! The food is always great, the staff is always very upbeat and professional! We've been to Happy Hour there with large groups. It is fun and a great central location. I'd recommend it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Experience
    4fromGeorgia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    First the setting is unmatched, George Washington's Mount Vernon. Second, the staff was very friendly and accommodating (allowing us to even get started a little early). finally, the food was prepared and presented with excellence. I am looking forward to my next trip to DC and my next experience at the Nt. Vernon Inn.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Food....Always Good
    JoeDiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We dine at the MVI 2 to 3 times a month and always leave satisfied with the quality of the food and warm service. The staff remembers regulars and greats you like old guests. Typically I don't like to order restaurant week offerings as most establishments offer slop to meet the $35 threshold (which bewilders me as this event is suppose to entice future visits). But, my wife wanted the Lamb, so I bit the bullet. To say I was impressed and surprised is an understatement. Each of the 3 courses were tasty, plentiful, and worthy of being on their standard menu. My wife's lamb was outstanding, and the portion very generous. Despite being associated with a popular tourist venue, MVI maintains a loyal local base of customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Success!
    MortMason1776
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wanted to try a new restaurant for Alexandria Restaurant week, and my boyfriend and I decided to try George Washington's Mount Vernon Inn! It was well worth the $35! We each received an appetizer, main entree, and dessert. My scallop wellington was heavenly, the lamb dinner over mashed potatoes and green beans was delicious and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert was sinful! We sat on the back porch area near the patio which was perfect for a hot summer night. We are definitely coming back in the fall!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 12joy34
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent meal and great service. The back room has been redecorated and looks great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done!
    Chpat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect, figured an overpriced menu hitch hiking on GW's name. VERY satisfied with the menu selection, and very reasonable price. Not overly fancy, but reasonable and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • higher hopes
    cfresh
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I dined for dinner alone. The hostess tried to seat me in the bar. Really because I'm alone?? And the waitperson assumed I was waiting for someone. I chose the restaurant thinking it would be similar to dining in traditional Williamsburg. The website says it's dinner by candlelight but it's actually electric. The decor was from back in the day but there really isn't any beautiful views from anywhere in the restaurant. The fireplace was nice so maybe if you are dining later at night and/or in the winter the ambiance would be better. I thought it would be a finer dining experience. Diners were wearing shorts and tank tops and flip flops. Not at all what I was expecting. Food was pretty good. Waitperson was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Unique Dining Venue
    HappyDining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was a nice little restaurant, and a perfect romantic experience for our anniversary. The food was unique and excellent, and it was fun to try some menu items we don't find in typical dining venues. The service was great, and we felt like all our needs were taken care of immediately. The only complaint I would have is that we were positioned in front of a "group room" of some kind, which had people and servers coming in and out of there constantly and it was a little distracting and noisy at times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I wished to dine at the Mt Vernon Inn because we were married there 17 yrs. ago to the day. We were greeted at the door with a look of dread. It was a little disappointing because having been in the public service business , I noticed little things that could have been done much better. Our server was knowledgable and pleasant, but perhaps policy restricted him. We ordered white wine, but the bottle was never placed in an ice bucket--it just sat on the table. My husband ordered Duck, but received chicken--did they think that he would not notice?? I got the impression that perhaps we were "in the way." We weren't tourists, but locals. Perhaps the Mt. Vernon Inn could use an attitude adjustment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved the Mount Vernon Inn. We had dinner while listening to Kevin Kline and his band. Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at the Inn
    Sally
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Inn has a historic atmosphere with small dining rooms and the staff in period attire. The service is relaxed and allows for a very pleasant meal. The new dinner menu offers good choices, the fried green tomato appetizer is tasty and the pork chop is an excellent choice for an entree.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very quaint restaurant
    vettekpam
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved going here the food was wonderful.It was a very good experience and loved the atmosphere.Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    casualdiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A very nice place with a unique, colonial atmosphere. Serves a combination of interesting historic dishes and modern comfort food. I really liked the historic peanut soup and hoe-cakes but for the less-adventurous you can also get buffalo wings or a burger. The Mount Vernon Inn has a quiet, intitimate atmosphere and the prices are reasonable. We will defnitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zgood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food and service are outstanding. My meal was a memorable meal in the good way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Mount Vernon
    SunnyinMD
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We live in the area so I have eaten there many times. This is a solid, family-friendly restaurant with good food. Our fish (local bass) was perfectly cooked, vegetables appropriately crisp/tender, potato chips made in-house and delicious, they indulgently brought us a bowl of peanut soup with five spoons so we could all try the Washingtonian favorite. I love that they now take reservations so there's no waiting around the gift shop for a table. Our server was being trained so service was good! I highly recommend this to add to your Mount Vernon experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner
    Havepilewilltravel
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is our "go to" for a great meal with friends from out of town or close by. It's so hard not to order one of the steaks each time but I do force myself to branch out. Never had a meal there that wasn't fabulous although the ribeye is still my favorite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Shrimp and Grits (grits from Mt. Vernon's own grist mill) a great way to appreciate the history that surrounds you. Service was fantastic, the whole staff really cared that our experience was a good one. Also, this restaurant helps support Mt. Vernon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • aaa78
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had the Cheese grits and Shrimp and the Duck - both were very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Why serve cornbread in a skillet when it's stone cold? The crab on the salad was spoiled and inedible. The tomato basil mozzarella had no ripe tomatoes and a few sprinkles of DRIED basil. Ridiculous. Overpriced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Style Charm
    mommyhundley
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I hadn't been there for a while but was happy to see that it was just as wonderful as I had remembered!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mount Vernon
    EnvelmanVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    New menu works, food was great, service could be improved
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice lunch Surpirse
    GoodeatsGrandberry12345
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great place wonderful staff and environment. Affordable. They were open for suggestions to making the Menu items the way we liked them. Made for an overall grade A experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Shoegoddess0524
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We really enjoyed the lunch we had. It was very good and everything was perfect. The staff was very friendly and helpful and made sure we always had refills on drinks. The food came very quickly and was hot and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Eat There Again
    ChsHTTR
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went to visit Mount Vernon for several hours on our way up from Charleston, SC to New Brunswick, NJ to visit family. We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites and truly enjoyed the tour and grounds of Mount Vernon. Instead of hoping back onto Rt. 1 and fighting the hoards of traffic, we decided to try the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. It is definitely where we would eat lunch again when visiting Mount Vernon. Food is good, service is good and prices are good. If anyone knows the Northern VA area, you know it is expensive, Mount Vernon Inn will not break your wallet. My wife enjoyed her trout, I engulfed my burger, and both my boys (10 & 8) enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Bremner3
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Party of three Two ordered Shrimp and Grits entre, third person ordered lamb. All three meals arrived at same time. Shrimp and grits were cold--both plates sent back. Meanwhile, person with lamb ended up eating alone, waiting for return of other two meals. Result: very awkward dinner--spoiled the evening, which was a special occassion for out of town house guests. I live in the neighborhood and have patroned the Inn many times. Not good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant find
    WorldTravelled
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food is absolutely delicious. I'd hate to have to count calories because they spare nothing to obtain delightful taste.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner@Mt. Vernon Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    WE were very well treated, especially considering that some of our party arrived late.It was wind down Wednesday which meant there was a nice selection of bottles of wine for half price. We chose the Vouvray which was excellent. I had the Lamb duo as an entree which was superb. There's a kids menu too. Service was very attentive. Overall a great time as usual at the Mt. Vernon Inn.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    WV2DC
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a very nice lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. The restaurant is beautiful inside and makes you feel as if you were stepping back in history. The food was very good and service was quick and attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was our first trip to Mt. Vernon and the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant was the icing on the cake. My family thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and our experience. The waiter was great and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had 5:30 reservations, but arrived early, and they were able to accommodate our party easily and graciously. Service was good and attentive, food was spectacular!, and I would enjoy going there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, but ambience not
    beenaroundthetable
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Drink orders taken and brought in a reasonable time. Then, the waitress disappeared what seemed like forever (15 minutes minimum). She apologized because they had a staff meeting! Hoecake was disappointing. Salad was good, but granddaughter asked for the soup of the day (New England Clam Chowder), cream of mushroom soup. When we asked waitress about it, she said they ran out of the chowder. Two of us ordered the crab cake, and granddaughter ordered lobster macaroni and cheese. All of that food was excellent. However, due to the large lapse time when our waitress disappeared, and then blowing off the swapping of the soup, then the overall rating went down. Hostess was not in period clothing, which is why we decided to go there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5LouisianaFriends
    5LouisianaFriends
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We made reservations and were seated promptly. Staff was friendly, courteous and efficient. The food was delicious as were the cocktails. Definitely plan to return to the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. It was a happy experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish our family had dined elsewhere
    loveshistorynature
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Even though we had reservations for the 4:30 father's day brunch, the wait staff had trouble finding us a table. Then we waited approx. 15 min. as our table did not seem to have a waitress. When we had been shown to the buffet, we returned to our table and still did not have silverware. Rather than wait for silverware, we obtained silverware from another table (all of them had silverware except ours). The food was good, but not great and my children's hamburgers were not completely cooked. The centers appeared pink and uncooked. I do not think the hamburgers were warm inside. The buffet menu listed a roasted pig and key lime pie. The pig was picked clean and the pie was gone. Would not recommend holiday buffets at this restaurant. Sorry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No healthy foods on Father's Day .
    Twindad
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have loved the Mother's Day buffet st the Inn for two years now. We were disappointed in the lack of vegetables in this buffet . Even vegetables can be grilled . The food -- grilled meats, bread , potato salad , cole slaw, Ceasar's salad and mac and cheese were all excellent . Would have liked to have had the option of healthier choices, too. Limited selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    When i made the reservation I did not know it was only buffet. I was a little disappointed but the item were very good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Shamroque
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We wanted to have nice quiet dinner and we got it! Freshly painted room, great service led by Judy and a lush meal. Fried green tomatoes were a great start, I had the grilled shrimp and scallops which were served over a yummy charred corn risotto with fresh green beans. My husband had the lamb grill and enjoyed it. The menu has been updated some and the quality improved since our last visit. The entire staff was friendly and it was a lovely summer evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.