Great food without the crowd
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening out at the Foti's Restaurant in the quaint old-town section of Culpeper, VA. The food was simply outstanding. The chef's recipes were unique and luscious. My appetizer was lobster meat with a unique apple-based sauce sprinkled with walnuts. I am a person rarely impressed with expensive appetizers, but this one was memorably great. My wife had a salmon with a very thin crust that made it unique and flavorful. Her desert was an amazing "cupcake" of bread pudding with a caramel-based sauce. That was a "2-spoon" desert not for the size, but for the flavor.
The setting was hardwood floors - very attractive, but echoie. Food came slowly, probably because few customers meant custom orders.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our 2nd or 3rd visit
This was our 2nd or 3rd visit and never disappointed.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terry's Tales of Dining
Foti's reputation preceded it !!!!! It was our first time and a very long ride and it was worth the trip!!!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always Wonderful Food at Foti's
My family took me to Foti's for Mother's Day Lunch, early afternoon. It was crowded and we had to wait about half hour for our reservations, but to be expected for the time of day. We've been several times including New Year's Eve, and the food is consistently wonderful. The dishes are creative and tasty...it was nice to find a favorite appetizer this time as they are rotated.
Our server seemed new, trying very hard, and did a good job, just a bit slow at times. Was very personable and pleasant, not an easy day to serve for sure.
We are fortunate to have such a high caliber restaurant in our neighborhood. I cannot think of any reason, other than to try someplace new, to drive into DC for the same type of food. Relaxing and elegant venue.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
There was nothing wrong with
There was nothing wrong with the service other than it was slow.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
Service was great. Lots of attention. The food was superb from the appetizers-- canteloupe soup & mixed berry salad, main courses-- lamb shank with vegetables and jasmine rise & juniper-rubbed wild salmon with roasted potato wedges and mixed vegetables, to the mouth-watering desserts-- a dense raisin bread pudding with creme anglaise & an orange and chocolate "magma" cake with caramel ice cream. The ambience is very elegant and romantic. Good choice for a special occasions.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere
This was a great choice for a birthday celebration. Well-located on a vibrant stretch of downtown, just steps from the train station (if only the train from DC ran more frequently!). Really nice, friendly atmosphere: bright but warm, not too noisy but not subdued either.
Our meals were quite excellent: generous starter salads with fresh ingredients and great combinations of fruit with the greens; fish (barramundi) was well-paired with corn and a light sauce: and desserts didn't disappoint either. The only downside was the coffee: espresso was unavailable and the coffee substituted wasn't up to par.
Service was friendly, including a very warm welcome at the door. Some rough edges, but nothing that detracted from the evening. Great find!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant I have been
Best restaurant I have been to in a long time. Excellent food, service and ambience. We will return. Highly recommend.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for a treat
Took my sister there to celebrate her birthday. Food was good, service even better.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
As first timers at Foti's,
As first timers at Foti's, 4 of us went with an open mind, knowing the restaurant had received rave reviews for years. While we were there, what may have been a wedding party of an older couple held a luncheon there. The acoustics were such that a large group in the same room was not a distraction at all. And we found out why they chose Foti's for a celebration: the food and service were excellent and the decor is charming. We plan to return soon. (We met halfway between Charlottesville and Reston.)
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time to Foti's in Culpeper, VA. Great location, staff was attentive, and the food was superb. Perfectly done, great presentation. Will definitely be back!! I highly recommend this restaurant.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, so-so service
The food was very good, and it was such a pleasure to find a relatively quiet restaurant for a change where we didn't have to yell. Our young server was extremely nice and well-meaning, but I did not feel like he knew very much about the dishes on the menu, food in general or wine. We are finding more and more often that restaurants with great food have servers who don't know much about what they're serving. It may be difficult in a small town like Culpeper to find servers who know a lot about food and have some passion for it, but it still seems like our nice young man, who is all of 21, could have received better training.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My night at Foti's
Loved this restaurant! There were eight (8) of us, and a little hungry after a day of wine tastings. The staff was so accommodating to move our reservation time up a bit. We really enjoyed the wine, the food, and the ambience. We are weekenders in the Culpeper area, and this will be the restaurant we take our friends who visit us to!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week Winner
Service is outstanding. Food was well prepared and delicious. Noise level is conducive to conversation, although we did not enjoy hearing the conversation at the adjacent table occupied by a very loud person. Would go again if we're in the area.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night place!
I had heard good things about this place so we decided to try it! Loved it! Food was good! The dessert was fabulous !
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
These guys are the best !!
Amazing to find such fantastic world class food in such a small town as Culpeper. We are foodies that travel North America, Northern Europe, the Balkans and this is one of the favorite places in VA. The owners get out of their way to accommodate any which way. We loved it. thanks guys!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Thanksgiving Experience
A little pricey, but great food and amazing service. An excellent choice for our Thanksgiving meal.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM