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Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill

4.3
271 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Founders Inn Swan Terrace Grill presents an American Grill House menu combining the freshest product from Virginia’s best artisans. Our Award Winning Culinary team expertly creates dishes inspired by the culinary heritage of Virginia and the Eastern Seaboard. Special events include an award-winning Sunday Brunch buffet.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 366-5777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ian Robbins
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Catering
Please inquire about your next cantered event with us!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Centerville Turnpike
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Convenient and complimentary parking
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HRT
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Entertainment
Resident Pianist during our award-winning Sunday Brunch all year round and everyday through Lunch in December!
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Special events & promotions
Please join us on New Year's Eve for an amazing 3-course dinner!

During special holiday events such as Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the award winning team of chefs at Founders Inn, led by Executive Chef Ian Robbins and Executive Sous Chef Josh Kelly, create magnificent feasts to include premium dairy products, the freshest seafood, aged prime rib, locally grown fruits and vegetables and tempting treats for dessert all prepared to perfection.
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Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Let our culinary experts do the cooking for you with our traditional Mother’s Day buffet in the Swan Terrace Grill and the Virginia Ballroom. Children’s activities will include, face painting, balloon artistry, petting zoo. Live entertainment: Band in the Ballroom, Piano in the Swan Terrace Grill

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 271 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious food and great service

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This was my second time dining at the Swan Terrace Grill and the experience both times have been extraordinary. For this most recent visit I was there for the Pasta Night Buffet specialty night. The food far exceeded my expectations, and I was expecting excellent quality and value. I could not believe how good the food was. They had the best chicken parm I have ever had. Everything else, from the soup to salad to the made to order pasta station and dessert station was exceptional. Tony was our server, and he was exactly what a server should be. He was friendly, attentative, but not overbearing. The environment of the restaurant was beautiful and elegant. All in all I cannot wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The staff was William, Scottie, Brad, Chef Josh and Tiara. They were all amazing food was delicious and hot wine tasted great we had Seven daughters Mosocto

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Terrible service! waitress ruined my evening by completely ignoring our table! I had to ask a nearby waiter to help us and he was the only reason we didn't just storm off! Food was good they are in desperate need of hiring nicer staff like the gentleman who salvaged the night.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

What a nice dinner. The service, food and ambiance were just excellent. Beautiful night in a beautiful place!

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I do not know what happened with in the last couple weeks to make the service and food quality deteriorate so rapidly. My first experience was wonderful, the service and food were both fantastic but my last experience was the complete opposite. I asked the hostess if they had a shrimp cocktail or soke kind of shrimp appetizer and she suggested I go somewhere else. The waitress was barely attentive to our table and for more than half our time there we were literally the only customers. The food was horrible in comparison to my last visit which was only a couple weeks ago. I actually bragged about this place after my first experience and wondered why they were not completely booked up every night. Well, now I know why.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Valentine's Day experience. Four course meal along with wine pairings. FAVORITE was dessert, of course - chose the chocolate/peanut butter and banana cake as well as the crème brule. The onion soup an winter squash soups were super fantastic - both in flavor and amount provided. Second course choices included croquette and a waffle dish. though different, both choices were excellent. All parties opted for the steak as the main course. The twice-baked potato was excellent! The cauliflower was only grill-roasted and could have used some seasoning and butter. Similarly, the steak was disappointingly under-seasoned though grilled nicely. We will be going back again even if it is not a holiday. Definitely check out the Sunday brunch!!!!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The worst part actually leads to one of their best qualities as well. That is the fact that they do not have a wide menu selection, but the few choices they have are always cooked to perfection. They took the saying K.I.S.S. ( keep it simple stupid ) and made it work.
The service was very attentive but not overbearing. The atmosphere is quiet and could be very romantic. The price of the food is well worth it, similar restaraunts cost atleast $20 more per person.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Every time possible, I utilize the Swan Terrace for connecting with people. The setting is beautiful, only outdone by the professional service and award-winning menu. This place is exemplary in SE VA; always a delight!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food! Got more than our money’s worth.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

My friends and I visited for our annual Christmas /New Years dinner and exchange of gifts. It was not up to par. We have done this same thing for the past 5 years. My wife ordered the filet mignon and it was to tough to cut. Her potatoes were cold in middle. One of the other men and I ordered the lamb chops. They were moist and tasty. One of the ladies ordered their pasta special and complained that the shrimp were so small you could barely see them. The third man ordered the same but the waiter gave him a similar dish from the menu (seafood diablo) The third woman ordered chicken from the Fixe Prie menu. There was only one wait person for multiple tables so we saw him very seldom. Others filled in but they were understaffed.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Stuffed chicken was over cooked, hard and dry with little stuffing. Desert was frozen hard.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

The food, atmosphere and service were outstanding! We enjoyed something called their Colonial Buffet, which was a holiday buffet for the Christmas Season. From being greeted at the door, to being seated by the window to see the holiday lights outside, to the scrumptious buffet, and the excellent service I know I'll return on another occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

The buffet was very good and the staff attentive. The Christmas decorations were wonderful.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Made reservations and accommodated immediately upon our arrival.

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Salmon entree
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Filet Mignon entree

Seated in a nice seat by the window. Ordered filet mignon and salmon. Bread arrived with balls of butter on a dish. The butter dish was a coffee cup saucer. Trying for an upscale look, but failed with the saucer as the butter dish. Personally, I don't really care. Just thought I'd mention for those who do. Salmon in sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable medley were delicious. Reasonably priced at $20.00. The filet was VERY small. Much smaller than anticipated. Isn't advertised as a petite filet either, but it was very, very small. Ordered medium, but it was served well-done. Returned to kitchen for a new filet. Enjoyed salmon while my better half patiently waited. Finished my salmon dinner. Server offered soup or salad while we waited for filet. I asked for She Crab Soup when the filet was served. Both finally arrived, but it was about 15 minutes AFTER I had finished my salmon. We knew this filet might also be overcooked knowing how long it had been since it was re-ordered. When the second filet arrived, it was cooked identical to the first one. We asked for a manager, and the manager (Katherine) was very quick to get to the table. She asked for the steak to be cut down the center; which also showed that the filet was over-cooked. In agreement that the filet was cooked well-done, she offered to make things right. We didn't want to wait around for a third opportunity, so we politely refused. She did provide us with a complimentary brunch the following day. The lunch items at the brunch buffet were very good. Stay away from the breakfast items on the hot bar. Most, including the scrambled eggs, were cold.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We have dined here several times. Food is very good. Staff is polite and competent. A little too long between the soup/salad and arrival of the main course. Will return again.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Love the ambience and on most occasions, the food. We had reservations for 7:00 and several of the food items on the buffet were dry due to sitting under a holding lamp. Also, didn't know ahead of time that the buffet was our only option.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

First of all we were disappointed that there was no seafood buffet, my bad I guess I didn’t get the memo they had discontinued it this summer. Ok, so we ordered from the menu and the food was good. Apparently the heat wasn’t working so we wore our jackets through our meal. It was also way to noisy for mom who wears a hearing aid to hear anything since we were seated next to the very noisy kitchen. Overall the food was good and the service was good and they apologized for the lack of the seafood buffet and gave us a discount card for the Italian buffet night. A for effort!

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

We went to celbrate a co workers Birthday. Very nice buffet with lots og choices and get the bread pudding with special cream sauce. Outstanding even if you don't like bread pudding, I can guarantee you will love this one!

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We've been to the Swan Terrace for brunch many times and we've kept going back because it's been great. But...this past Sunday, they were a bit off their game, so to speak. Omelet was undercooked, beef was iffy, etc. Hopefully, this time was an anomaly and not a trend.

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2.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The staff was very accommodating to our party of 6 by moving the table to a spot not as close to the hostess station. The food, appetizer (soup) and entrees were cold, not even lukewarm. When something was said to the waitress about the soup, she apologized but obviously made no effort to make sure the entrees were hot. Nice touch for the two birthday ladies,, 2 coconut cakes. 3 coffees were ordered but no one got them.

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2.0Dined on August 27, 2017

The food wasn't great at all. The boy took our drink order, the waitress forever to come to our table. We had already gotten our food by the time she came. Will not be going back there for brunch.

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3.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Great restaurant, however I didn't realize they only offered the Pasta buffet on Tuesdays. I chose this restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday specifically for their menu items. We were very disappointed when we realized you could not order off the menu. I went back and checked the website and did not see that Tuesday's did not offer their menu anywhere on the website. The pasta buffet had a great selection and the service was great, however it was overpriced. I would love to try the restaurant again when they offer their full menu.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

I love this place; perfect for the business/friend connection over great food!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Fantastic selections, everything was fresh, friendly staff. Not crowded.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Sat outside for Sunday brunch which was great, it allowed us to enjoy the gardens. The restaurant itself is a hotel restaurant. A little dated, but clean and most people were smartly dressed in church wear. There was live piano music and for a buffet the food was good, with a nice selection & variety. The staff was very nice and approachable. Overall an enjoyable experience & I would return for brunch.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

The lunch was very tasty! The environment was wonderful and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Keep in mind we were dining for lunch on a weekday at this particular time. I have dined with the Swan Terrace Grill a few times before where it has been busy and the staff are just as friendly and the food is still really yummy!

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2017

The food was a typical hotel buffet. It wasn't crowded - which was a plus - so there wasn't a wait to walk through the buffet or order your omelet.

Despite having a reservation, no one greeted us at the door and it took a while to get seated.

There was only one waitress servicing the entire dining room so the service was pleasant, but slow.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary,staying at Founders Inn and dining in at Swann Terrace. Without a doubt, our best weekend experience to date! Everything from registration to checkout was par excellant. We had a five star dining experience on 6/17/17 , Chef Angel prepared our New Zeland Lamb Chops to perfection. Thanks again for a most memerable anniversary weekend.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

My wife and I dine at Swan Terrace about three or four times a year. This past Friday night was wonderful. I had the Founders Cut and my wife had the Atlantic Salmon. The staff was alert and personal. It was a great evening and we will do it again next month.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Excellent fresh seafood -- jumbo shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Wonderful array of delicious buffet items. Great for family gatherings.

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1.0Dined on May 18, 2017

We went to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. The description on Open Table made it sound awesome. But it couldn't have been further from the truth! The description indicated that on Thursday nights there was a seafood buffet. We wanted seafood but not necessarily a buffet. We thought we'd look at it and if we weren't interested we would just order off the menu. It also said the dress code was smart casual. I put on a summer dress, my husband a button down shirt and dress pants. We show up to a musty smelling place where everybody is wearing shorts and shirts. Then they tell us there's a burger bar buffet that also includes chicken and steak kabobs, salad bar and desserts. As we walk across the room, the carpet is so old and dirty that my sandals kept sticking to it! The hardwood floor was no better! And the table was gross and sticky! We were then told that we couldn't order from the menu, we could only do the buffet. We really should have left, it was awful! I'm not sure why it has 4.5 stars in the reviews. Even if the food was good, which it wasn't (tough steak, under cooked chicken, canned pork and beans), the place was grossly filthy!!! I will never set foot in that place again! Open Table you need to re-evaluate the description!

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Restaurant did not honor our reservation because it was closed (special occasion). Manager was extremely rude and told us it was our fault for missing their cancellation phone call that morning, literally minutes before we were scheduled to be there. Manager then lied about rebooking us later in the day. Completely ruined the Mother's Day I had planned for my wife. Spend your money elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Our waitress heard my husband say it was my 79th Birthday and she surprised me with a small cake that said Happy Birthday. It was very special and particularly sitting next to a warm fire.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

We had a great time, great food, great atmosphere. The only drawback was it took so long for our food to arrive

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Pre-Prom dinner. Excellent food, very prompt service. Will keep this place in mind for future dinners.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

The lunch buffet and other special events prompted me to try this for dinner. Very nice for a late dinner too-- good presentation and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Great food and service. We just happened to be sitting near a large party that was a bit too noisy.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2017

I come here for brunch often on special occasions.. However, when i came yestersay, i mentioned on phone that it was my anniversary and they agreed to give a "happy anniversary" dessert , but they forgot. I did not mention it to the waiter, because i thought he would bring it with thw check but never did. So i left disappointed .

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2017

Our neighborhood ladies group thoroughly enjoyed the buffet lunch, everything was fresh and tasted good. The apple slaw was a great hit with everyone!

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