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Garden Bistro at Airlie Center

20 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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Enjoy modern Virginian cuisine centered on locally-sourced ingredients from a close-knit network of Virginia family farms, including Croftburn Farm in Culpeper, Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton and Belle Meade Farm in Sperryville. Seasonal cocktails, local wine and craft beers complement the menu at Garden Bistro and allow for a true taste of the Old Dominion. We look forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Organic, Southern
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm;
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(540) 341-3299
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Witte
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Private party facilities
In addition to Garden Bistro, Airlie offers a variety of unique venues to accommodate retirement parties, corporate picnics, weddings and other special events.
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Private party contact
Garden Bistro: (540) 341-3299
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Cross street
Dumphries Rd. (Rt. 605) and Route 29
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Parking details
Ample free parking.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Garden Bistro is one venue for dining while staying at the Airlie and it was certainly the most convenient one in that regard when we stayed there. The service was outstanding. The Red Snapper with potato and root vegetables was excellent. The chef used flowers and herbs from the gardens at Airlie, making the dishes fresh and vibrant. Coffee and Pecan Tart went together and both made for an excellent dessert. The ambiance enabled a quiet and intimate dinner in a beautiful location. The restaurant serves wine and beer, but if you want spirits or mixed drinks afterwards you have to take a short walk over to the Whistling Swan Pub, also located at Airlie.

2.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Breakfast Buffet - eggs were cold. Omelette station was messy and omelettes were not done well.

5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Garden Bistro this past weekend and were very impressed. We were there on a Friday night and it was not busy at all. Our server (Jasmine) was very attentive and described several of the items to us. The bread plate with the local jams and honey was very good.

The food was outstanding. The menu was slightly different from what we had looked at on the Open Table reservation e-mail I received (so be prepared for that). As it turned out, the dish that both she and I had decided on was not available that night. However, there were other good options on the menu. I got the filet mignon and it was very large and extremely tender....I would definitely order this again! My wife and I both got desserts and they were both delicious...we were stuffed when we left.

Overall, it is a very nice place with excellent food and service. We will definitely be returning.

5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Food was out standing and very good service. One other couple in the restaurant tonight so it was refreshingly quiet.

5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful brunch Sunday and we look forward to our next visit. We loved it. The crab cake was delicious and presentation beautiful. Not to be outdone, the Rockfish certainly held it's own - spectacular!

5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

This is a wonderful place. In terms of food, in the area only the Inn at Little Washington is better--but I think Airlie has better views--we looked out over ornamental gardens traced with light. The building is an old. beautiful mansion amid streams and a lake. I wish it were better known.
I would recommend more advertising, and a name change. The name "Garden Bistro" for me conjures up, well, bistro.
It is fine dining in a stunningly beautiful setting.
Call it "The Garden Restaurant" or some such

3.0Dined on December 3, 2016

The place has potential. That said there are limited offerings. A few tweaks and additions and it could be a neighborhood gem.

5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Wow! We had brunch at The Garden Bistro at Airlie. You have proven that food can be both delectable and a work of art!

4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I did not care to pay $55. per person when our hot food was cold (except the egg station). Also, our server did not seem warm, she simply did her job - ask if we needed anything. Maybe because she was focused on setting up and clearing other tables. Music could have been through speakers, not the little CD player. Live soft music would have been more preferred, to me. Note: I still would like to revisits, just not in the Pavilion at $55. per person.

4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The Airlie Center Garden Bistro is a real gem. The grounds are spectacular--it has a real "Old Southern" charm and feel to it. The pavilion is an ideal setting to view the beautiful gardens in an airy and gorgeous space. I brought my mother and my fiance and her daughters along with my son to celebrate Mother's Day with a brunch in this outstanding place. My fiance and I are so partial to Airlie, that we've decided to have our wedding performed there in June of 2017.

The food was delicious and we especially love the fact that a large portion of the vegetables are grown right on the grounds, and the meats are locally sourced for top freshness and quality. It is a real treat to be able to have such a fine meal in such lovely surroundings.

It is apparent, however that Airlie is still working out a few bugs in their service. It was a windy and semi-brisk day, and the food was not nearly as warm as we would have liked. The transport from kitchen to outside buffet must have cooled the food to the point that the sterno heating elements couldn't keep up. The service staff was lovely and sweet and clearly wanted to put their best foot forward. I would have to say that they're not quite where they need to be yet. I think a little more contact is needed, even though it was a buffet and effort made to keep the water glasses full.

I think that the Garden Bistro is on the verge of becoming a truly exceptional dining experience once a few of the service and food logistics issues are figured out. They already have a spectacular view and facilities--just need to tweak the service a little more to be out of this world.

2.0Dined on May 1, 2016

The atmosphere was lovely and the presentation beautiful, but unfortunately we encountered several issues while dining and will probably not return because of them.

5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Great food and amazing service. A true gem in Northern Virginia. We went for dinner and were impressed with both the waitstaff and the food

5.0Dined on January 29, 2016

Exceptional dining experience. Food was prepared with great attention to detail. Chowder and chocolate torte were amazing.

3.0Dined on November 13, 2015

There is a talented chef who is a master at creatively combining textures and taste. Each small dish is complex, beautiful to the eye and just enough to leave room for the next dish. The dessert souffle needs to be a larger portion with just one sauce to pour on the serving. The dinning room is quaint, but chilly, bring a sweater. This is a diamond in the rough.

5.0Dined on October 15, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Every course was a wonderfully inventive combination of flavors and textures and was presented beautifully. Portions were small but this was not an issue... expected for this type of meal. Our server was delightful as well. We will be coming back.

4.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Nice quiet dinner with friendly staff and an interesting prix fix menu that was excellent (and creative) with portions that weren't too big. Each course took an abnormally long time to arrive, but the chef personally apologized for this and said it was not the typical pace. Since we weren't in a hurry, we didn't mind. Only other thing that was a little weird is that it came with a wine pairing, which was only a pairing for the main course. We didn't realize this right away, so we were a few courses in before it occured to us and we then ordered an extra glass. It would have been nice for the pairing to be the more typical small glasses with each course. All in all though, a nice experience and we would go back.

4.0Dined on July 31, 2015

Patrick was an excellent host. The food was amazing! The Bistro provided a lovely setting for a family celebration. A little more training for the staff would make it perfect. We will definitely return.

5.0Dined on July 24, 2015

The best service, best food and priced just right. Top of my list and a gem.

4.0Dined on June 13, 2015

Having grown up on Warrention, Arlie was a place I remember fondly from my childhood. Having moved away and now returned to Warrention, imagine my pleasant surprise that they are now open to smaller parties ( 2 in my case) and on open table. The kitchen acquitted itself to a very high standard, presenting a tasting menu replete with nuance, classic technique, and a fine connection to local flavors. It's wonderful that Warrenton has a fine dining destination, and I look forward to returning soon, As well at telling everyone about it.

5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Never new this existed and I have lived her for 8 years. This place popped up on opentable yesterday for the first time. We went there and got a 5 Star metropolitan meal in a rural romantic setting. Extremely refined and delicate food served as art and delicious. All courses were a joy. The wine pairing was excellent. It's all local and fresh. Wow what a joy for us to be there. If you are a foodie, this is a must go.


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