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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.

1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
International, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Route 250 West

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 971-1800

Website:
http://www.clifton-inn.com/

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.

Parking Details:
No covered parking

Executive Chef:
Aris Cuadra

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

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Romantic (12)
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Good for a Date (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Scenic View (10)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Vegan (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful dinner in a quiet but festive holiday atmosphere. Love the ambiance of Clifton Inn and food is always first rate.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been dining at Clifton Inn for years and experienced its various formats, menus, personnel and decor. This time three of us went for Thanksgiving. The main entree -- we all ordered the turkey option-- was fine. Not exceptional, but fine. I did not care for my appetizer, the smoked trout spread. My husband did enjoy the soup. We each had a different dessert, and were satisfied with all. Problems: No bread served until requested. (forgotten) No soup spoon, missing a butter knife, had to request water refill. In short, disappointing service. That said, they were busy, but when one pays this price, one expects more from the staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent thanksgiving meal. Ruined by charging for coffee. After spending over $200 for dinner did they have to charge for coffee and not give the change due after bill was paid

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

From front of the house to the back - excellent service. Welcoming. Thoughtful, well executed holiday meal choices. Highly recommended for a special occasion. My dining partner and I both ordered Lamb chops that could not have been more perfectly prepared and presented with carrot pure' and perfectly roasted broccoli. Lovely Thanksgiving meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We booked this for Thanksgiving. We had to give a $60 deposit up front which was fine. The meal was $72 per person for a set 3 course menu. The food was good but not great. Portions were adequate but not abundant. Service was great. Bar- charge $15 per ounce of alcohol. So, two people with 2 glasses of wine and 3 oz. of vodka- our bill was over $250 with the $60 deposit already applied. I would not eat there again.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice quaint old historic house turned to B&B and restaurant. Very old but turned into a beautiful setting. Building while old and historic could use a little facelift.

Food was very good but a little eclectic for some tastes. Plenty of staff waiting tables but we did experience relatively slow service. We were not in a hurry so not a problem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our evening at the Clifton Inn was amazing. Polite and attentive staff, delicious food and a quaint quiet setting. We had dinner and then had a drink at the bar area. It was a fantastic evening out!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Unfortunately we were disappointed with our dining experience. We have been to Clifton Inn more than 20 times in the last 20 years. The dining experience has changed considerably in that time period. Twenty years ago it was an event with a prix fixe menu headed by chef Craig Hartman. He left and the chef has changed multiple times and we have continued to give the restaurant a chance because of the history and ambiance. It is now Ala carte dining but this will be our last visit. The service was lacking, the waiter did not understand the wines on the wine list and they have no sommelier, waters were not refilled (they brought food and really never came back) food was ok but not for the price. We were celebrating a birthday and they were not even able to place a candle on the dessert. It was simply not the higher end experience we expected or paid for this last time.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

With the new menu format, Clifton is no longer the really special dining destination it used to be.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Third stay at in...nine years ago was fantastic in all respects. Last year was markedly less impressive. This year was pathetic. Poorly trained waiter was trying hard and friendly, but overmatched. Tapas appetizer was not creative and a poor value. Entrees were very pedestrian and not quite large enough. My wife ordered decaf coffee after dinner and waiter returner five minutes later to inform us they were out of decaf coffee. This place used to be very inventive and high-end. It is a shell of its former self, in all categories. Huge disappointment.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed our meal immensely. We ate in the dining room while a large crowd occupied the outside veranda. We were warned in advance about this group but felt our evening was not impacted much but the activity.
It is a very charming and intimate place to eat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Having lived in Keswick for about twenty years, I can honestly say that Clifton Inn is the best restaurant in central Virginia. The atmosphere is elegant, the service impeccable, and the food is to die for. We have the halibut in season, and have never been disappointed. A bottle of Chardonnay from the Yamhill-Carlton region of Oregon is reasonable in price and unsurpassed in richness of taste and fragrance. The scenery is magnificent–perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Nice meal, but sun in our eyes marred the first half. Too bad, servers lovely. Food was good, but also not quite up to expectations.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is an oasis, a friendly inn restaurant with well made food that is creative but not imposing or overly celebrated. Nice bar service. Food was just perfectly done and served. Wine list is broad and with many excellent choices at each price point. We return again and again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Clifton is absolutely one of the most charming settings one can find. Historic mansion, superb service and farm to table dining that is outstanding. My favorite for every season as the covered outdoor deck is very special. Never noisy, very relaxing. Excellent wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We would go more frequently if the menu had a couple of specials. We truly enjoy the main entre selection (wonderful). But, we would truly appreciate a surprise entre special to add variety to those guests who would like to make this restaurant a more frequent destination.
Also, it would be an added feature if the small bar is set up to have a cocktail before dinner. There use to be four or five bar stools so that guests could have a drink before dinner.
We truly appreciate the new chef and the entire staff. Thank you!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 8, 2017

When in Charlottesville always stay at the Inn and have dinner. VERY VA. IT'S THE HISTORY and the scenic views and great food brings us back each year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy, Vegan, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Clifton has always been a top pick for dining and an absolutely beautiful setting. Service is outstanding and the Farm to Table menu is a wonderful treat.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful birthday meal at the Clifton Inn. Our server, Ali, was welcoming and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

What a wonderful dinner to send off our son to school at UVA. We have been to several restaurants in Charlottesville and this one tops them all - very inventive food beautiful atmosphere and nice service in an historic site.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I booked the Clifton Inn for our anniversary dinner. We were traveling and it was recommended to us by one of the wineries in the Charlottesville, VA, area. We were warmly greeted and service was very good. Our meal was excellent. The view was lovely and we walked around the grounds after dining. It was our first time in Charlottesville and my first visit to Monticello. I was asked at least 3 times by the restaurant staff if this was a special occasion and I told them that it was our anniversary. I was curious why they asked since nothing special was done for us to celebrate this event.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Our recent visit included six people for dinner (including 2 vegans). We had alerted the Inn both when making our reservation and in following up a few days later and were assured vegan options would be available. The setting is lovely, tables spaced well for conversation, very comfortable. That said, the service is odd and disjointed. Wait staff came for drink orders moments after giving us one drink menu for six people. We asked about the vegan options and then were told nothing at all, and asked again moments later to order. It was fine, our vegan friends found an option that worked, but it came across as awkwardly disengaged. One of the party ordered a drink during the meal that was not delivered, and so more than 15 minutes later tried again. Then both drinks showed up within a minute of each other and were served. Lots of tiny issues like that.The food was excellent, let me make that clear. Absolutely spot-on main courses, interesting desserts, fresh, clean flavors. Bread with a lovely, smoky crust. Several of us had the halibut and it was cooked beautifully. The only issue is that the service seems to be a work in progress. If the service had been more engaged, this would have been a 5 star dining experience, without question. But it is absolutely worth a visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

I live nearby and enjoy taking out of town visitors and local friends to Clifton for a great meal. They are always pleased and impressed, as am I.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Lovely evening and ambiance with delicious food - what more can you ask for? Perfect!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Clearly one of the best meals my wife and I have had in years. The duck appetizer, the scrimp and grits appetizer, the halibut, and the scallops were prepared to perfection.

Great ambiance and service.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

We loved everything about our experience at the Clifton Inn. We were seated on the terrace overlooking the lovely garden at sunset. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff was courteous and attentive. This is a place that we will return to.

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 (Naples)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Our first time there and look forward to a return visit. Delightful setting, ambiance, and food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

First time visiting Clifton Inn, enticed by Restaurant Week offerings. Spectacular in every regard. Will definitely return.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We went for a Restaurant Week special and it was very very good. Looking to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The Clifton surpassed their usual excellence for this restaurant week meal. Delicious, imaginative food, well prepared and served in the lovely historic inn. Even though they were very busy, the pace was unrushed.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Indoor and outdoor seating available and we chose to eat indoors because of the heat and humidity (though the outdoor seating looked lovely). We went during restaurant week and all three courses were very good (for first course, we ordered duck, shrimp and grits and salad; second course: chicken and fish; desserts: toffee, chocolate mousse and gelato). Our food was served promptly and service was good; however, our waiter and people serving us our entrees and filling our water glasses didn't smile at all. It seemed that most people working there seemed unhappy or extremely formal. We noticed one waitress smile, but everyone else looked miserable working there. The hostess were friendly and smiled.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 21, 2017

First time we visited. It's in a beautiful and historic inn with both indoor, veranda and outdoor seating. Service was excellent and the food was very good. We walked the grounds afterward and visited the pool area and pond.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This was our first trip to this restaurant for Restaurant Week and looked forward to it. The Prix fixed menu was lovely... 4 of us ordered steaks... the waiter never asked us how we'd like them cooked. When we brought this to his attention, he said, "we typically just do them medium rare" I was stunned and then disappointed, as they were served well done. The waiter seemed to just want to turn the table over as soon as possible. It was lovely to sit outside as the gardens are lovely. But sadly, it will not be a place that we recommend to others.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We went during restaurant week and realize it is difficult to serve a 3 course meal and stay within the price constraints for some. However we use the week to explore new dining options. What Clifton featured was rather tasteless and VERY small portions. I would have expected much better. Venue is outstanding, as is service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We ate on the patio and absolutely loved the view and the music. It is probably our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville. My husband absolutely loved his first course of shrimp and grits. His halibut was divine and I loved my mushroom risotto. The sticky toffee pudding is always a must. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

It was a perfect celebration for my sisiter's birthday. Thank you for the great service and very tasty food!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Cozy, Seasonal, Vegan, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Organic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was unlike most restaurant experiences, it was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

This was about the most romantic, elegant evening out on the veranda overlooking a beautiful garden with lovely service that one could have! Loved every minute, sad when meal came to an end...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Price too high for quality . Wine not great. Pork chop very tough. Halibut delicious . Toffee desert did not have toffee flavor.
Service was very good and atmosphere special.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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