We attended a special wine dinner at the Clifton Inn on March 19, 2013.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bar service delayed. Food
Bar service delayed. Food wonderful except the Rib Eye entree. Scallops outstanding! Red wine suggestion was refused twice before finding one we liked.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful, Pricey Place
This is indeed a lovely place for dinner. The lighting, atmosphere and service are excellent. It's not fair to judge a restaurant on one dinner. We thought the food was good but not outstanding. When our fish arrived completely underdone, the server quickly whisked it away and replaced it with one done perfectly, plus gave us a free half-glass of wine as compensation. My potato gnocchi had pear slices, which were an odd flavor combo that I didn't really care for. Note that this is a prix fixe restaurant and if you want to order a la carte each item is $16, no matter what it is (entree, dessert etc. are all the same). The wine list is excellent.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Timeless and Elegant
Tried the Clifton on a recent trip to Charlottesville with the family, the food was superb, the wine list was well curated, the service was on point but never intrusive and the old world charm of the property, which is a member of the Relais & Châteaux group makes this fit for special occasions, we would come here again.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stayed here more for the history
Stayed here more for the history of the Inn than the restaurant. Great service and beautiful setting. My wife thought her meal was "nothing special". Mine was better, although gnocchi is hard to score.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very 'old Charlottesville'
I took my mom and wife here for Mother's Day, and we had a great time. Even though the atmosphere was formal, the scenery, decor and staff made it feel very relaxing and homey. We loved the fact that it is tucked away far enough from the city (about 15 mins), that the ambiance wasn't interupted by the sounds of the city. This combined with the historic feel of the property itself made the experience feel like we stepped back in time. The one negative was that the portions were a little on the small side; but the meals were really well prepared.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience. Will
Great dining experience. Will go back every time we visit VA!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for our 24th anniversary. We were greeted nicely, asked for our choice of a table and we chose to go outside.We were each given a glass of champagne on the house. The big downside was that this lovely location is prime for weddings and a wedding party was staying that evening. There were barely supervised children running amok which really got annoying. We did move inside which was also very nice but kids kept running in through that dining area as well. Despite that, it is a beautiful venue and the food was excellent overall. Husband's salmon was slightly overcooked and it did take quite a while for food to appear. We were offered an opportunity to look at the kitchen and the matre'd explained how things worked. Very interesting.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, except for dessert
We had a lovely evening. The first three courses were delicious, so we were expecting something wonderful for dessert. We ordered the fruit pie which was awful. A few berries, a sauce and some raw oatmeal and something else on top. We will go back, but probably won't try any dessert.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for foodies! Food is beautifully prepared, service is very good. They pay special attention to details. Tables are a bit too close together, we ate in the indoor patio. We could clearly hear the conversation of the couple sitting next to us. The linen, although clean, was badly stained in several places on our tablecloth and one of our napkins. Not what I expected from The Clifton.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my wife for her birthday. We were greeted with a Happy Birthday, the menu said birthday menu and dessert came with happy birthday on it. Staff were tremendous and food outstanding.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was exceptional and the Inn itself is quintessential old Virginia. I had the corn soup, chanterelle mushroom dish, scallops, and sticky toffee pudding. You can choose 4 or 5 courses from delicate up to robust. Chanterelle mushroom dish was my favorite. Scallops were cooked perfect. Would definitely recommend for a romantic weekend getaway. Jefferson vineyard and Monticello very close by to make it a worth while trip too.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Clifton Inn was a wonderful place to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had the chef's tasting and it was incredible. The staff and atmosphere were second to none. Thank you so much for a wonderful time.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clifton Inn did not disappoint
Clifton Inn did not disappoint - the menu was a bit confusing but the waiter was more than happy to explain how it worked with the pricing and how to order. The food was on the whole excellent - portions were a bit on the small side. The pumpkin apple risotto I got was more finely diced vegetables with a hint of sauce and the pecan cake dessert was much more a few bites of biscotti than a cake, but everything was very well-prepared, seasoned and presented.
The wine list was very extensive but I would have preferred a few more affordable options - for Pinot Noir, the cheapest glass was $14 I believe!
At any rate, this was for a special occasion so we didn't mind paying a little more for such an enjoyable dining experience. Would recommend!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find on our "mini-moon"
My wife and I spent a few days in the Charlottesville area after our wedding and came across this lovely restaurant and were highly impressed and totally satiated! The menu was fun and seasonal and the service was kind and not rushed. It would be nice to dine here in the summer when there's more light as I'm sure the grounds are beautiful. I think the most inventive dish was a salad of mixed garden vegetables -- some raw, some cooked, some picked. I know, doesn't sound interesting, but the fun twist was the addition of some raw, course cocoa. Mixing it in with the vegetables made it look like they were truly from nature! But tasted good ;) Would definitely return on our next trip to the area.
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was our first time eating at this establishement and loved the entire evening.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a favorite, especially for special occasions.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We started first with delicious home-made sour dough bread and home-made butter (who else does this?)
We then took 4 course menus and food was served with impeccable timing to allow us to enjoy every moment in this quiet and charming place. I took mixed salad, sea scallops, snapper and stake. My wife had pork instead of beef and a cake for desert. Each portion was small but delicious, tastefully presented and yummy! I finished with a real decaf coffee in French press. Before we realized it was over and restaurant manager came personally to check on us.
This definitely remains one of the best places in Charlottesville for very special occasions, worth coming back for sure.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for dinner and drinks. The bar tender is a super mixologist. Makes a great start to the evening. Dinner was super and the menu allows you to tailor your meal with as few or as many small plates as you choose in any order. Innovative menu! Will return next time we travel to Charlottesville.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every morsel of food was outstanding, some items were exquisite. The dishes we had that knocked us out: the sunchoke soup, duck liver rillettes, red snapper on grits, the duck dumpling soup with miatake mushrooms, the duck leg with ginger, the sticky toffee pudding with spiced ice cream. Kudos for using local cheeses in the artisanal cheese plate, all good and one outstanding (the blue from Everona).
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basement / Wine Cellar Dining
If they try to put you in their wine cellar, leave.
This is a beautiful restaurant with special occasion food and beautiful views. We, however, did not have that experience, as we were instead directed to our table in the wine cellar / basement. This initial dining experience did not leave us planning or even considering a future Special Occasion or Anniversary visit to the Inn. We usually dine at a country club or The Four Seasons Hotel for Thanksgiving and found this experience to be less than either of those venues.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were visiting our daughter in Charlottesville and needed a place to go for Thanksgiving, as she just had a baby and cooking was not a good option. Found this place through Open Table.
I would describe it as nice, polite, southern, rather expensive, and great food and service for a special occasion.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM