Clifton Inn
Clifton Inn

Clifton Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecliftoninn.com/
  • Phone: 4349711800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tucker Yoder
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Looking to make your next big day or night truly unforgettable? Let our talented and experienced catering team help make the difference. Whether you are looking for us to take the reins on your entire off-site event or simply deliver the fruits of our labors to you wherever you are, we are more than happy to bring you the very best we have to offer, each and every time out.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Clifton, your most important days are our most important days too. All of us pride ourselves on making every occasion here a special one, and we've got an array of unique venues and experiences to do just that. You can gather 8-10 of your nearest and dearest and share our popular Chef's Table offering, providing you with a front-row seat to our nightly culinary cabaret. Our acclaimed wine cellar allows you to expand your group slightly as it accommodates up to 20 people in an elegant, gorgeously appointed setting that highlights the property's extensive wine list and serves up plenty of atmosphere along with Clifton's customary culinary brilliance. As your numbers go up, so do our possibilities, from our outstanding restaurant to a large tent in the shadows of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. When it comes to wedding days, few places can deliver dreams quite like Clifton can. We offer a classic destination wedding retreat, complete with 100 secluded acres.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Combs 4349711800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 250 West
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Clifton Inn
At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Clifton Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (24)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (19)scenic view (17)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (10)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Beautiful place but...
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The Clifton inn is a very pretty setting and people were very nice and accommodating. (Changed tables due to noisy crowd at next table). The dishes are overly complicated for me and it is extremely expensive for what you get. Even with discounted deals this month. I'd love to see them make some changes and either have the level of food that warrants the price, or charge less for a simpler menu. The location, ambiance, and service are all great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unsatisfying, Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Clifton has several vegan options on the menu, which is wonderful. But even though they taste good, there's not enough food to satisfy. 3 courses before dessert felt like just a salad. The only thing filling was the bread. And despite claiming to be vegan friendly, they didn't offer olive oil for the bread but only butter. The price for all this was exorbitant. I won't be back. Good service is very nice, but I don't need to pay that much for people to be nice to me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Inn
    Slobo
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    hphphra
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    This is a favorite, especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Experience
    Fireman
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    It was our first time eating at this establishement and loved the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great find on our "mini-moon"
    KenHVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clifton Inn did not disappoint
    BmoreDiner
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Wbridges
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bridge too far
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    A classic country inn setting that really puts you in a mood for some classic American country dining. The small plate style seems out of character for this setting. Dishes are creative and well done, but leave you slightly unsatisfied. Make sure to inquire if the service is included before your order.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    Caber
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    KeswickGal
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, except for dessert
    PBlocal
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't spend the money
    mirms
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    The food was very disappointing and very expensive. I tried my 5 courses and tasted my friend's 5 courses as well, and the only thing worth eating was the cheese plate and a vegetable salad. The gnocchi was tasteless and seemed undercooked. The scallops were over salted and overcooked. The berry pie was unidentifiable as a pie and tasted of bananas. I would recommend eating almost anywhere else.
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  • Nearly Perfect
    Lulu618
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience. Will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Great dining experience. Will go back every time we visit VA!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very 'old Charlottesville'
    kkilkenny
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother'a Day brunch not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I've been to Clifton Inn to stay and for dinner in the past and have been delighted. Unfortunately, the Mother's Day brunch experience fell short. Menu was not exciting, but rather was bland. Service was emotionless and hurried. I suggest they focus on pushing fewer people through in the future and focus their usual service and food preparation on a fewer number of guests. It felt like the staff was struggling to keep up with the number of tables and service was abrupt and without any charm. In the final analysis, I wouldn't do it again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stayed here more for the history
    EdfromBoxfordMa
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Timeless and Elegant
    JThomasVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, Pricey Place
    cowgirl
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar service delayed. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Bar service delayed. Food wonderful except the Rib Eye entree. Scallops outstanding! Red wine suggestion was refused twice before finding one we liked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland and tasteless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Food lacks flavor. Inventive menu but most selections were bland.Monkfish was tough.All baked goods were terrific.wish I could say the same for the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    We attended a special wine dinner at the Clifton Inn on March 19, 2013.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you can reserve a spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    If you can reserve a spot at the chef's table, I highly recommend! The chef and sous chef assemble your meals in front of you, and give details about the dish. And I would recommend the
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beutiful setting. Had to wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Beutiful setting. Had to wait 45 minutes before first course. We had to ask for bread after 30 minutes though other tables had been served. Love small plate menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Our experience was mostly pleasant, except for the food. We were told by one server (there seemed to be two fighting over our table) that the foie was "fantastic!" and encouraged to choose it by another, but it was bland, didn't have enough accoutrements. One of each of our other courses was good; the other two were meh. We had looked forward to our meal after our last meal there two years ago was amazing. Now we're in no hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My girlfriend and I had high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    My girlfriend and I had high expectations of Clifton Inn, needless to say, we were both disappointed. The reviews we read made it seem like a fantastic place do dine, but they are misleading. I have eaten all over the world at some of the top restaurants in Japan, Washington DC, NYC, South Asia, Thailand. My girlfriend has had top level food in NYC, France, Spain, Italy, Northern Africa, Thailand...you get the point. The food was disappointing, the flavors and texture just weren't there. My girlfriend had ordered foie gras which was cold and a bit too firm and it was sitting on top a chocolate cookie that was rather hard. It was difficult to cut it with a knife without making excessive noise. The food just didn't live up to the reputation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While we have eaten at Clifton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    While we have eaten at Clifton for years including the chef table and wine cellar, I was most embarrassed to bring two new people, good friends from Waynesboro, on this night. It was packed, service good, but fish not cooked enough to eat and not worth even 50% off as each couple paid 160. wish it had been a different experience for sure.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    First visit, and pretty disappointing. Most of the food was just okay. Risotto was very dry, gnocchi was plain and unseasoned, grouper was nothing special (Zocalo actually has better grouper), and sweetbreads were not uniformly cooked. The desert was excellent (chocolate cardamon pudding) but I've had much better in CVille (see Ten and their chocolate cake. Overall, this is the most expensive place I've eaten at by far in Charlottesville and it was nowhere near what I expected. Even the soda was flat. I'm glad I went during 50% off nights with a gift card, because I can get a much better meal for 1/3-1/2 the price at probably 5 other restaurants (Downtown Grille, Zinc, Hamilton's, Maya even, Tempo, Duners, etc.). Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food take forever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Service and food take forever (4 courses takes 2 hours), but the food is almost always tasty!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What was that on my Plate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I thought that the overall service was good. The food however was too different for my tastes. I also did not know what I was eating because of the many ingredients on the plate. The servers were hard to understand because of their heavy accents.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there for our 19th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We were there for our 19th wedding anniversary and The Clifton Inn made our night very special. The food was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Not as good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    We went during a half off the price of dinner promotion. We've been before and had better food than this last visit. Everything just seemed muted and flavors didn't stand out throughout the meal like we were expecting. The cocktails were a bit lackluster. Still, the service and ambiance made for a nice time and the house desserts at the end of the meal finished things on a perfect note.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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  • It wsa absolutely wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    It wsa absolutely wonderful. Delicous food, gracious service, beautiful setting -- stupendous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • We decided to enjoy the Chef's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    We decided to enjoy the Chef's Table that was available on the night we had dinner. It was a fabulous experience and made for a memorable evening. The staff was the best and service stellar. We will go back and will tell everyone how much we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The Best Service Ever!
    DJMulls
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    I booked the reservation on-line for my bday. We arrived & were given TOP NOTCH svc immediately. Derek, was one of the managers on duty that night & he was incredibly hospitable. My husbands steak needed a bit of 'extra cooking' so they didn't charge us for it. I had the duck dish that was different than I thought it would be..I didn't ask for a substitution but when the mgr saw that I hadn't eaten it all he instantly took it away & brought me the Risotto in its place (which was very good). One of the other managers (dark haired gentleman with an accent, I'm sorry I can't remember his name) gave us the tour of the kitchen & a gift certificate to come back! I'll NEVER forget the Comfort Inn. I felt like a ROCKSTAR!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our server was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Our server was wonderful and the ambiance is always great but, we were there New Year's Eve and the seven course meal was not good. We did not like even one of the courses. Selections have gotten too "foofoo"...
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Merry Christmas at The Clifton Inn
    Jillybean
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    A culinary treat! Service exceptional as is the food! Great for special occasions. Try it, you will love it!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • very disappointing meal for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    very disappointing meal for the price. Pedestrian presentation and boring entrees. We feel ripped off give the $125/pp tab. Some of the food was nearly unedible. We had been there several times before with excellent food. This time was actually terrible.
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