The Blue Rock Inn
The Blue Rock Inn

The Blue Rock Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thebluerockinn.com/
  • Phone: (540) 987-3388
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm, ; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John D. Moss
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Entertainment: During the late Spring through Summer

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Blue Rock Inn
The Blue Rock is a classic country inn located on eighty rolling acres, in picturesque Rappahannock County, Virginia.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Blue Rock Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (18)romantic (17)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (11)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (5)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Special evening
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    A fine meal in front of a crackling fire -- lovely setting, excellent food and wine, warm and welcoming service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before The Theatre in Little Wasington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was delicious. Waitress was knowledgeable and very accommodating. Chef willing to exchange side dishes with an entree. Fining dining room classically pretty with a burning fire. We were given a table facing the fireplace. Had Lamb Osso Bucco- an interesting cut for lamb shank. Came with wild mushroom risotto and root vegetables. Best were the shaved and lightly fried parsnips- I want more. Interesting garnish. Loved the special fork to retrieve marrow from the bone. Many bison items on the menu. My friend had a burger. Had to miss the rich and decadent sounding chocolate dessert - didn't want to over eat before a 2 hour concert! Wish I lived closer than the 70 miles I had just driven. Help to find the Inn at a gas station or we would have driven right past. There's signage that's not lit! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    Ranger
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    First time dining here. Excellent, varied menu. We had the Osso Buco and braised pork shank. Both weLloyd presented and delicious. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The meals were excellant; great value for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • midscruz
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was a lucky find. We were driving from Shenandoah back to DC on Sunday evening and dined here after a nearby wine-tasting. I was worried when the winery staff was unaware of the Inn, and indeed the restaurant was empty when we arrived. But unjustly so. Blue Rock Inn restaurant was wonderful and deserves more visitors. Also, they had excellent and imaginative choices on the menu for vegetarians, vegans, and pescetarians. (Most restaurants can't think beyond pasta primavera.) The Black Eyed Pea and Roasted Red Pepper Rosti entree was vegan and top-notch. Loved the crispy parsnip curls too. The prices were quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely escape
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a lovely dinner after our drive from DC. Six of the ten tables were occupied, but the noise level was very low. Able to hear your partner across the table. The food was very nice, unusual golden beets, savory au jus and excellent dessert. The service made you feel like you are the only customers. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited the Blue Rock Inn for dinner. Everything was wonderful - the scenic view, the decor of the inn, and the food. In addition, the staff was fantastic! We were even allowed to view the unoccupied B&B rooms. We definitely plan to return to stay at the B&B and for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Thisisyourlife
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was poor quality and over cooked. They did offer to remake both sandwiches but it so long to begin with we couldn't wait. They did take my husbands sandwich off the bill. I am sorry to say we would not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner in Wine Country
    DebyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were tired and soaked from wondering around wine country doing tastings in the rain. It was such a pleasure to enjoy a nice meal at a warm and inviting Inn. The staff are delightful and treat you like you are having dinner in their home. The food and wine were good. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Inn
    wfb48
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nice place and good dining experience. You will enjoy the comfortable surroundings and view. It's away from the typical loud and more boisterous city dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Dottie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Perfect weather for sitting outside on the patio overlooking the scenic water and mountain. Food was delicious. I have had both the Salmon Eggs Benedict and the Seafood Crepe. Both choices are excellent. Scenic drive to Blue Rock Inn and both indoors & outdoors seating has a beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    wine4dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seated with view to a little lake, very romantic. Had the Bison steak and my wife Bison ribs. Outstanding. Cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake side patio dining
    Steve128
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is located right on the farm with a pond nearby and a bed and breakfast that is perfect for weddings, etc. Awesome views. My aunt says the crab cakes are wonderful. With heirloom sweet potatoes, it looked like a signature dish. Bison ribs are different from pork ribs, larger and fewer, served over fries. They use a vinegar based barbecue sauce, so it has a bit of a bite rather than sweet. The vinegar slaw was crisp with a bit of a bite as well, but a good contrast to the sweet sauce. They carry several bottled beers, including Leffe and Bold Rock cider.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place to Dine with Friends
    MrVar
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of our favorites spots for the past ten years. Always special. $M setting. Be there for sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • guernsey59
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Best restaurant in the area! The view was beautiful from the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refused Open Table Rewards!!
    Right2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was fortunate I had some extra cash with me because they refused to accept my Open Table reward check! How can they use the reservation system, but refuse to accept reward checks?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Retrying, Nice Change
    Oldblue2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious dinner after being away from the Inn for years. We came back to try the Inn and restaurant under the new ownership and we were not disappointed. Our special breakfast made just for us started our day on a great path. I'm looking forward to another visit to the Blue Rock with the current staff and Inn Keepers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    BrianW
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As always, a delicious meal served in beautiful surroundings. We will be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the The Blue Rock Inn reviews archive.
  • Fabulous
    veggiegrl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our go-to special-occasion place in Rappahannock County. Beautiful view, delicious menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Polito
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The duck which my wife ordered did not, in her opinion, taste very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful dining, bucolic ambience
    ErsatzHaderach
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    No complaints here! I was so pleased with my pre-Castleton Festival dinner that I returned for brunch the next morning. The food is gourmet American, with classy presentation, fresh ingredients, and some interesting creative takeoffs (the watermelon gazpacho with carrot-ginger drizzle was scrumptious). The wines on offer are a decent mix of local and international. Service was swift and friendly, and the dining room windows overlook a pretty little pond where geese, deer, horses and songbirds might appear, with the gentle blue mountains behind. I really enjoyed my time at Blue Rock and will be returning if I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting and good food
    whatsfordinner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The menu had many choices. Everyone at our table ordered something different, and all were happy with their choice. The pork spring rolls are divine! We were there on a lovely day, so we sat outside and took in the beautiful view of the mountains and the pond. The service was efficient and friendly. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful evening, great views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We sat on the patio looking out at the beautiful countryside and mountain views. Our appetizers, salad and wine were very good, main courses disappointing! The last two times we've been here it has been the same. I figure we'll give it one more try. Our waiter, Elijah was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Country pleasure
    LIsaR
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a very good meal served attractively in a quiet and scenic setting. Unfortunately several items on the menu that we would have ordered were not available. The only downside to the evening was that the service was painfully slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The produce a good quality product that not something that would make me want to go back. The cooking was slightly uneven with some dishes being great but other not worth the price. The service was uneven. A place to go to once for the experience but not the kind of place that anyone would want to be a regular customer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A restaurant rebirth
    Bluebeard
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I had been a fan of the former "Bleu Rock Inn" during my many visits to the US in the 90s. Unfortunately he closed and so I had to look for other places, none of which matched the combination of great location, great food and friendliness of that restaurant. So I was happily surprised during a recent trip to discover that the restaurant had re-opened and I promised myself to pay it a visit. I confirm the place is back to its former glory, and we enjoyed a fantastic experience dining there at the end of long hiking day in the Shenandoah. Food, wine, service, settings (former dining room) where as I remembered. Thanks again for that nice evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary (we married at the Blue Rock Inn 6 years ago). Although we made reservations for "fine dining" we were put in the "pub room". This was okay at first (although the table was small and a bit cramped) because they had Jazz playing (on the TV)and no one else was around. Before the appetizers showed up though they changed the channel to the Kentucky Derby and a large, loud group of folks came in the room to watch it. I just wanted to eat and leave as the crowd got louder and louder. So, I don't believe we will go back again...The food was good but the overall ambience was lacking for the occasion we were celebrating.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Piedmont Gem
    PNJC
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This is the sort of establishment one wishes to promote so as to keep it in business, but not promote so much as to expand it beyond its unique nature: beautiful serene setting, delightfully comfortable arrangements, and a good variety of very well-developed and artfully executed appetizers and entrees. An unexpected gem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful weather, delicious brunch
    Dottie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Was able to enjoy a delicious brunch on their patio with scenic views and wonderful weather. Made for a memorable birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not great
    kandj
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Nice country setting. Easter brunch buffet was good but not great. Not worth the price paid. Also, we were taken aback when we presented an Open Table rewards check for partial payment of the bill and were told by our waitress that the restaurant does not participate in the rewards program. How can they take that position and still be a participating restaurant in Open Table? The letter that came with the rewards check stated that it is accepted at all Open Table restaurants and that it should be treated by the establishment like a traveler's check.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch with top level service
    BrianW
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our 4th visit. Usually it is just the two of us but this time we were five. Wonderful food and great service. A little too cold to sit outside. Only glitch was trying to book thru OpenTable. When I tried to book for five people for brunch at 11:00 am I got the message that no tables were available for 2 1/2 hours. When I switched the booking to four people there was no problem. Since we were the only people there at 11 am, this is clearly a problem with the way bookings are set up
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From start to finish, the
    Mamabird
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    From start to finish, the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Even though we were the only diners on a quiet winter mid-week evening, we were never rushed or made to feel like we were keeping the staff from closing up shop. Our server was cheerful and attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect!
    guernsey59
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We went to the Blue Rock Inn in lieu of exchanging gifts for Christmas. We were greeted with a smile and seated immediately in the dining room with a beautiful roaring fire. The wine was excellent. Maureen is an awesome waitress and took great care of us! The food was exquisite as always! We got a chance to talk to John the chef at the end of our meal and thanked him for the great evening. We love the Blue Rock Inn!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Brunch
    PhillyCream
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We could not have been more pleased with our experience at the Blue Rock this past Sunday. Our waiter was outstanding, the setting terrific, and the food was perfect! This was our first time at the Blue Rock but definitely not the last.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They are trying
    Swinva2002
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    It seems that The Blue Tock Inn is trying hard to be a high quality inn. But something just isn't synching. We had a large party with 1 server who appeared to be knowledgeable but over tasked. Food came out haphazardly and the quality of the food was average for the price tag. There is something amiss in the management of this establishment it seems.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Duck breast was disappointing,
    Used2luvezeplaceVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Duck breast was disappointing, despite strong recommendation by servers. Location is great and there are few affordable alternatives in the area, so here is hoping that they up their game.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice food, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Very nice food, wonderful daytime view. Service was attentive though a little lacking in polish.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience
    KenG
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    The Blue Rock Inn was a very pleasant surprise. Great hospitality, great food along with a great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A beauty in the country
    Laverneg
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The Blue Rock Inn is a lovely spot for dinner inside or outside. The service was fabulous the other night. We started out on the patio with a drink and an appetizer. When we were ready, the four of us moved inside for a tasty, elegant dinner. We have always had a great experience here including the B&B accommodations. This sweet spot in Virginia always feels like a French country getaway without a plane fare!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smoking policy?
    neighbor
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Only one thing marred an otherwise splendid evening: Two smokers at one table near us on the terrace and another who came out twice from inside.. The smoke definitely interfered with our enjoyment of our meal. How about a policy requiring smokers to move to the other side of the building or out on the lawn when they feel the need for a smoke?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.