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About 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 Aris Cuadra regularly assembles tantalizing 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 2 to 8 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.
Charlottesville, VA 22911
International, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Route 250 West
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
No covered parking
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:
Fotini Willimas: (434) 971-1800
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Clifton Inn Ratings and Reviews
We went for the Restaurant Week specials and we are glad we did. It has been a while since we ate here. The roast duck appetizer, the halibut entrée, and the steak entree we rated as 10+s (we share). The rest of the meals were also excellent.
Based on the quality of the food and drinks, we plan to return in two weeks.
Went here for graduation dinner. Clifton Inn was serving up a fixed price menu at $89 which included one flute of champagne, one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert. The food was good but it was overpriced. I've had meals with more courses, just as great tasting, but costed less.
Our daughter treated my wife (and I) to a Mother's Day brunch at the Clifton Inn last weekend. It was fabulous! We were seated at an outside table on the covered deck -- delightful. The server was attentive but not hovering. And the food -- amazing. Served buffet-style, it was excellent. Freshly baked breads and muffins, wonderfully creative salads with local, fresh ingredients, quiches, roasted salmon, and perfect petiie filets. And desserts were great, too, although we were very full from the buffet.
Overall fabulous. Highly recommended.
I have never written a restaurant review despite years of business travel and eating in a variety of restaurants. My wife and I had the Clifton Inn recommended to us for our anniversary dinner. We were excited to try this restaurant given the reviews and suggestions we had from our friends.
Upon our arrival we were met with the rudest maître d I have ever experienced. He was clearly annoyed with our presence and proceeded to rush us through the inn to the dining area without a comment to either of us about the Inn or its history. First impressions are so important with many things in life. Our first impression was not positive given our treatment by the maître d and I wish I had politely said thank you but we're going elsewhere.
The menu was exceptionally limited with choices but we made our selections and tried to look for the positive as it was our 17th wedding anniversary. The food arrived (I had selected the pork chop and my wife the halibut) and neither of us were impressed with the food or the flavors. Furthering souring our experience were the number of different servers all of whom were difficult to understand thus requiring us to ask for them to repeat their question several times.
When the bill came I was shocked at the price for the service we received. Despite high hopes we were extremely disappointed in the overall experience. When we were leaving the maître d did not offer a thank you or good bye which was more than fine with me. Take our advice and look elsewhere for a more memorable experience. I would not recommend the Inn and hope this review can help the owners adjust the atmosphere or help others make informed decisions about dining there.
Our first visit to Clifton Inn in 2015 was a disaster. The service was less than attentive, mistakes in the meal, and there was a wedding reception on the outside deck during our dining experience which took away from the atmosphere. BUT, we decided to give it another try, and this visit was all it was supposed to be. Great food, great service, and a beautiful quiet romantic venue. The only criticism I would levy is the limited menu. There was only one fish choice, 3 beef//lamb choices, one pork choice (chops) - but no chicken/poultry at all on the menu. My wife is not a beef lover, and she is not in love with most fish dishes and loathes pork - so she ended up ordering two appetizers for her meal. A chicken choice would have completed the night for us. Have never been to a restaurant that did not offer chicken.
I was surprised at how little people were there considering it was a week before Christmas!
Food was delicious and ambiance was great too. And honestly it was quite nice that it wasn't overly crowded, was much more personal and romantic.
We had the onion soup and shrimp and grits to start, then the scallops and wagyu beef as our mains and they were all just fantastic.
One issue we had is that we were sat against what we can only assume was the kitchen wall - so you could literally hear every time they ran the water for dishes and the clanking. When we first heard the noise my husband and I immediately went to our coat/handbags to check b/c it sounded like one of our children had stowed one of their race cars in our belongings!
The other "off" thing I would mention is my husband ordered his steak medium rare and it definitely came out rare. However he isn't the loudest of speakers and our server may have had a hard time understanding him. We aren't the type of people to send food back, so it was fine as is.. just make sure you enunciate!
All in all I would definitely recommend-We will be back!
The food was good, just not outstanding. To put our review in context, we have eaten in many good restaurants around the world. We sat by the fireplace which was nice, but wished the table and chairs were a little more up market, instead of the wire furniture that was there. Having said that, the entry way had a nice look and portended something better. The wine choice recommended to us did not turn out to be very good in our opinion although we opted for one of the less expensive choices.
Enjoyed our evening at Clifton Inn. Porch was romantic and very quiet. Rockfish was perfectly cooked and lamb shank was tender and full of flavor. Portion sizes were perfect for our appetites. Feel the restaurant needs to serve vegetables with the entrees or offer vegetables as a "for the table" separate purchase. Service was attentive--often overly so. Wait staff wanted to remove my wine glass before I had finished the wine. Will definitely return when looking for a special night out in a quiet romantic atmosphere.
Dinner service was very slow. The restaurant seemed short staffed. We were seated immediately and drink orders were taken in a timely manner but the food was not coming out of the kitchen fast enough. Waited nearly an hour for our entrees. Decided not to get dessert due to the wait time. Food was very good once it arrived. Waitstaff was apologetic about the service.
This restaurant had ups and downs. So we were wondering what is will be like. We had a wonderful evening. Food was excellent, fresh, creative and delicate. The new chef (was the sous chef) did a really good job. He knows how to pair flavors, knows how to surprize you. The salads were incredible (so much change compared to most of the restaurants with heavy or oily side dishes).
The main course was more straightforward, but good. The dessert menu was the weakest part: cheese, or chocolate cake? or pudding, this is it. Not a big selection and nothing light. I was expecting something more elaborate, like strawberry and green lemon sorbet, croquant that would match more with the spirit of the whole dinner. I got pudding, which was very good, but too rich and sugary. But overall, very good at excellent dinner. We will be back for sure.
We spend another lovely evening at the Clifton Inn. We try to eat here every time we are in Charlottesville. We had the four course tasting menu with the wine pairings. We were very pleased that there was a choice of the entrée. Everything was delicious. We will return again.
On most occasions when I have a bad dining experience I write it off as a bad night for the restaurant or chef because if their food was this bad every night then one would assume that they would be out of business. Our dinner at the Clifton Inn was so bad and so disappointing that I want to get the word out on every social media site that I can to tell people to stay away. This was a dinner that should have allowed me to deny payment as it was a very poor effort. Our disappointing evening started off poorly with an unfriendly maitre'd or manager. When a customer is going to spend good money for dining should that customer not be greeted with a smile or a courtesy that displays an acknowledgement from the establishment that their business is welcome or appreciated? We ordered the most expensive white french burgundy on the menu which should have warmed our hosts attitude but it didnt and when the manager and waiter noticed that our glasses were empty, no attempt was made to pour so we poured ourselves. The waiter could not answer questions about the menu because of his limited grasp of english. I could have forgiven the poor, unfriendly service if the food was great but the kitchen was obviously more inept then the service staff. We dined for 15 nights on vacation and this meal was the worst and in fact this may be the worst meal we have had this year. I had a chorizo sausage meatball that was tasteless and my wife's soup was equally tasteless. My main course was described as pork tenderloin with fried wonton and grilled tiger shrimp. The small portion of pork was a poor effort for an entre over $30 and the item that was supposed to be a wonton was not edible. The shrimp had not been cleaned or pealed so it was cooked with the shell on forcing the customer to remove the shell and any flavor(unlikely in this kitchen because they don't about flavor)was left on the shell. A poor lazy effort. We should have left after the poor greeting and terrible apps.
Noted recent complaints about less than prompt service in several reviews. Definitely NOT our experience. Service was excellent (and very prompt), with server providing good suggestions! Meal was also excellent, reasonable portions allowed for more sampling, thus enhancing the experience.
It is clear why so many great Cville chefs came from this place. I wish the same could be said for the waitstaff. After a pleasant greeting by the host and initial order of entrees and wine, our waiter vanished. At no point did he come by to refill our wine. We waved him down after dinner and ordered cheese for dessert. We waited for 45+ minutes (we were tracking it because it became so ridiculous) before flagging him down again. After that, the cheese arrived 7 minutes later, but the damage was done.
Total duration for dinner was 6:10-8:30. I wish I could say it was busy enough to warrant this distraction, but it was pretty slow that Sunday. This should not discredit the food, which was amazing.
The service was so awful that it ruined the night. Every person we encountered was poorly trained and inattentive -- and it was not a busy night. We waited forever for each course and to order anything and everything. Nobody ever checked in to see if things were going ok. The wait resulted in an empty bread basket and no butter, but nobody ever noticed. Our wine bottle disappeared and it took nearly 30 mins to have our glasses refilled. I'd called ahead the day before and asked for a dessert with a candle to be delivered at conclusion of meal as surprise for my mom (celebrating her 83 birthday). It never arrived and we finally gave up and went elsewhere for dessert. Several tables around us were complaining similarity. A total shame, as the atmosphere was beautiful. The food was ok. Looked better than it tasted, but it was not bad.
Given the mixed reviews I had read before our visit, I was wondering what to expect. It was better than I expected. Our chilled soup and salad were delicious. The vegetable dish was outstanding. The entree of barbecue pork was fair and hush puppy sides were not good....were too crispy and had no scallop taste as advertised. There were four desert choices on the menu but only two were available....early in the evening. That was poor form. Our server was excellent----very attentive and timely.
We went with the full seven course tasting menu with wine pairings. The dishes were very creative and utilized seasonally fresh, locally grown ingredients in each. Creative pairings included scallop and strawberries as well as Halibut sashimi with blueberries. We loved every one of the seven dishes. I would have preferred to have local wines from Virginia as the pairing but those are reasonably unavailable, even on the wine list. Not sure why that is. If you want really good pairings and a strong wine list, that is what they have, just not Virginia wines. Overall an excellent tasting menu experience. I was also impressed that there was a wedding onsite and they were off in another room and did not disturb our dinner one bit. Great!
I have been there before. I always like looking around the grounds, it is very scenic. The food was great. One scallop was a little gritty, but hey that can happen once in awhile. From where I was seated I could see a young couple getting married on the back lawn. It looked very beautiful and elegant.
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