For Special nights
Great hotel restaurant that many would drive for. It is located at Keswick Hall and has a very well designed menu suitable for a true foodie. Being Vegan the chef came out personally and made off menu plates for my wife and I.The wine menu is worth the trip alone!
11/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely incredible food.
Absolutely incredible food. The gnocchi was one of the best dishes I've ever had. The chef and staff also made it a point to make the evening extra special as we were celebrating a birthday. I cannot recommend Fossets enough
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been here twice for breakfast
I've been here twice for breakfast and each time I've brought family members who are from out of town and they've all complimented how amazing the food is here and how the scenery is so peaceful and calm. It's definitely one of our favorite restaurant! The staff is extra friendly and attentive while the food is beautifully presented while tasting great. Highly recommended!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Classy dinning is not dead!
What a wonderful surprise to find a restaurant that the patrons actually feel like they need to dress for dinner. The experience was outstanding as was the food and the staff. My wife and I have not enjoyed a fine night out like this in a long time. Looking forward to the next time in Charlottesville so we can go back.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a gem.
We went to celebrate special occasion and couldn't have been more pleased. The food is excellent. It is a refined setting, with pleasant, relaxed surroundings, and a friendly, attentive staff. Make sure you go early and have a before dinner cocktail in the bar.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice, but overpriced
We were seated by the large windows for the view of the grounds which was lovely. The dining room, however, had more of a hotel banquet room feel than fine dining. Service was professional even though it came with a bit too much awe for the chef and a bit too little warmth toward the customer. The wine list is extensive, but the wines were marked up beyond even the usual restaurant markup. A local VA wine selling for $10 bottle at the winery was $40. The menu is very limited and there are no specials. The basic steak, fish, chicken, veggie, and pork entrees are gussied up with a sometimes discordant sounding varnish of sauces, finishes, or sides which often seemed like experiment for experiment's sake. The food is local and seasonal.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worthy of the praise.
This was the second visit. With a different purpose -- we were there to discuss business matters. Again, it is worthy of the praise. The three meals were delicious, the staff was friendly, helpful, and attentive. This time we enjoyed cocktails on the veranda before dinner and it was delightful.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed our visit. It was our wedding anniversary so it was nice to find a fine dining restaurant in the area. Coat or suit is recommended for men. Beautiful view in the dining room, great service and really tasty food. Loved the oysters.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food would have received a
Food would have received a higher rating had the steak we ordered (two of us) been over-done. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts especially the trout dish.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fossets is a delight, easily
Fossets is a delight, easily one of the best restaurants within 250 miles. All of the items we dined on were deliciously prepared and creatively presented. The wine list runs from good to over the top expensive. Service could have used a touch more professionalism and the gent who I assume was the manager could warm up a bit.
4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great, friendly staff, profssional staff, excellent service and delicious food! Not one bad expierence.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
On a recommendation from a family member, we had Saturday breakfast at Fossett's. It is on the grounds of Keswick Hall, which is a beautiful resort. The attentive wait staff made us comfortable and want for nothing. Ginger pancakes. Yum! Trout. Delicious!
Very nice outing.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch at Keswick
Nice a la carte menu, beautiful view. Go on a nice day and sit on the patio.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
So special- you never want to leave
Sublime restaurant. Consistently fabulous & fresh each visit. Estate is lush, soothing, not fussy. Staff slightly formal but young, friendly so it doesn't intimidate. Wall of glass w/ rolling, pastoral view. Open, cozy, serene. White linen, lovely stemware. Menu fresh, seasonal, creative, decadent. All evokes VA. Bison ribeye, soft shell crab, spoonbread. Inventive take on Southern classics: beignets, sticky toffee pudding, ramps, sunchokes. An adventure where the chef holds your hand & takes you gently, confidently along. Menu filled w/new experiences & wonders. Waitstaff smiling, helpful, kind; seem to honestly care that you have a wonderful evening. And you will. Dinner for 4- apps, entrees, dessert, bottle of wine, cocktail, tip= $425.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
very fine dining experience.
very fine dining experience. phenomenal wine list, very good service, ambience. the bison was delicious!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a romantic dinner
Our first trip to Keswick Hall and Fossetts was for our anniversary. We wanted an upscale dining experience that has great food and romantic ambiance. Fossetts exceeded our expectations in every way. The views were beautiful and the service was outstanding.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Attention to details
Everything about our dinner at Fossett's was perfect from the food to the service to the beautiful view. It is clear that the management insists on attention to detail which makes the dining experience wonderful. We ordered Virginia oysters which were delicious and beef tenderloin that was very tender. Since we were celebrating our anniversary the server offered us glasses of champagne - a nice touch that we appreciated. We will be back on our next visit to this area.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing, ambiance
Food was amazing, ambiance was incredible, service was outstanding!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great presentation, fantastic service, and creative use of fresh local produce. We are fans of Michelin starred restaurants, Four Seasons, Relais and Chateaux, etc., and this dining experience just outside Charlottesville ranked up there with some of the best. Certainly the best dining of its kind in the area, and portions were generous and not overpriced. Our two children, 10 and 12, were welcomed warmly.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Construction happening on the golf course, so the view was a let down. However the food and service was wonderful.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely place for breakfast!
Beautiful place, friendly & excellent service, great food. Ginger pancakes and stuffed french toast --- yummy!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Fossett's in celebration of our 28th anniversary. Great ambiance, great view of the under renovation golf course, Service was good and not overbearing. Food was excellent -- surprisingly, no salads offered? Had two drinks each in the bar before dinner --- excellent but $$$$$$ ($100 w tip)!! Dinner was even worse! But worth it for special occasion!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had our 45th wedding anniversary dinner at Fossett's and could not have asked for a more enjoyable evening. Everything was first class and a reflection of how fine dining used to be. We will definitely return.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place never disappoints. The food and service are top drawer. This day there was only one other couple in the restaurant and we watched the heavy earth moving equipment working on the new golf course.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for anniversary dinner. The special touches were exceptional! Service was prompt, very friendly and knowledgeable, but not intrusive at all. The food was plentiful and the presentation was superb. The taste and quality were wonderful (salmon & tenderloin)! The ambiance was elegant and fitting. The view, even with landscaping in progress, was most relaxing and inviting. Will definitely return!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything at Fossett's was outstanding. The food was outstanding, the service was exemplary, and the ambiance was very romantic. Perfect evening!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding. Other
Food was outstanding. Other then the Trout being a little dry, everything else was fantastic, including the service.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely evening near Charlottesville
We came after doing some wine tasting and exploring the area. It was completely delicious food. Everything we ate was awesome. Our server, table assistant, and manager were all wonderful. The only complaint we had was the hostess who didn't seem to understand where to sit people, we had to point out a much better table to request to sit at in a restaurant that was not at all crowded, as did most other groups who came in for dinner. Not sure why she thought we'd want to sit in a corner or behind a curtained window, and why the option of dining outside on an absolutely beautiful evening wasn't offered.
Other than that, it was a perfect evening with delicious food.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best for Last
This is the final dinner of our one week road tour of Virgina which included Arlington, Richmond, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and Charlottesville. Our gastronomic experiences seemed to improve with each dining experience. Our MO for each day was to have a late breakfast, light snack, and then a full, all-out dinner. Dinner at Fossett's was one of the best dining experiences of my life. I base that exceptional statment on the quality of the food and the quality of service. Each course was creatively surprising and flavorful, a truely unique and satifying experience. At the end, I thanked the staff for allowing us to eat in their restaurant.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, a very pleasant experience
Overall, a very pleasant experience. After the construction work, I am sure the view will be spectacular.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The perfect brunch. Incredible
The perfect brunch. Incredible food, great service.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has it all -- delightful wait staff, great food, gorgeous scenery, and fantastic drinks. I went here for an anniversary/birthday and walked out thoroughly stuffed and in an amazing mood. The price is comparable, but the experience is beyond compare.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had wonderful service at Keswick Hall Fossett's - from the time we walked in the front door. It is elegant yet welcoming. Our waiter
went out of his way to accomodate the different requests of our party. Food was very good, not outstanding - still felt a little like resort
food, but far better than most hotels have to offer.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We arrive early, enjoy drinks on veranda, then dinner in Fossett's. Go hungry as the portions are large and order from each section! Best wine list in the state of Virginia so allow them to select a nice complement to your meal. Save room for dessert!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right place, wrong time.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Fossett's. Our server, Sam, inquired if we were celebrating a special occasion and brought us each a glass of champagne. For about the first 45 minutes, we were the only customers in the dining room. Finally, another couple was seated quite a distance from us. We were told that a large group of patrons were having a private party elsewhere on the premises, but it felt odd being one of only two couples dining in this large room. We did, however, enjoy our dining experience. Both of us ordered the beef filets, which were prepared to perfection. We shared a dessert cobbler, which was quite tasty, and indulged our tastes for cappuccino - also very nice. Sam was a friendly, attentive server.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal thru and thru
We made a reservation for our 30th anniversary and asked for a table by the window so we could enjoy the sunset. Everything about the meal was just right. It was a beautiful evening and we watched dusk descend over the rolling Virginia hills as we sipped champagne and enjoyed a terrific meal. All the food was extremely fresh and well prepared - interesting combinations of complimentary flavors. The service was warm and attentive without being intrusive, and our server treated us to desert in honor of our anniversary. All and all a wonderful experience. We will certainly be back.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of Central Virginia
Always exceptional service, consistent food quality, from the moment you enter the Hall you are transported to a Dining experience that makes your night truly memorable.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Egg's Benedict and morning brunch on the East Coast, with a tremendous view of the golf course, ambience, and service fit for a King or Queen.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was wonderful, the service professional and not intrusive, and the ambiance delightful. Thank you!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a delightful brunch and one of the highlights of our trip to Charlottesville! You can't help but be swept away by the gorgeous view from the dining room and the excellent food. The cocktails were a bit pricey, but very well made. For the same price as some "all you can eat" buffetts in the area, we were able to leave equallly full but with what we felt to be better quality food for the price. It will be the only place we want to go for a special brunch in Charlottesville!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very chilled out girls brunch out
I took two girlfriends from out of town to Fossett's...it was my first time too...and we had a lovely time all together. I have dietary issues...no dairy and not too much animal protein...and they accommodated me without issue, which I really appreciate. We lingered in total for about 2.5 hours, the place is so grand and welcoming and relaxing. Thoroughly enjoyable table service from Justin. Will definitely go back!
Oh, and the brunch is a la carte but apparently the breakfast is sometimes buffet...definitely call ahead to find out if breakfast is buffet style...
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for special occasion
Loved the attention to detail, the service and most of all the food- celebrated my 28th anniversary and found this place worthy of this event.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM