The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant

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942 reviews
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Drawing inspiration and purpose from the 265-acre estate of rolling hills and farmland, Goodstone provides guests with an unparalleled farm-to-table dining experience, featuring the very finest and freshest of ingredients from the gardens at Goodstone and other local farms. Our wine cellar offers an extensive selection of wines from Virginia’s wine country and around the world.
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AH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall excellent. Food was very good, not quite “Excellent”. Temperature at serving was slightly off.

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EZ
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodstone Inn is a beautiful property in Middleburg! The Spring flowers are just beginning to pop up. Their main dining room is a Conservatory with fireplace & soaring glass ceiling. We were greeted by Carlos & taken care of by sommelier, Stephen. They always make us feel like family. We relaxed with a Kir Royale & warm baked bread/butter/EVOO. The menu offers 3 courses & we both ordered the same dishes! The Sunchoke soup w/ pistachios & Matcha dust was delicious. The dry-aged, local NY Strip steak with mushrooms was tender & served with peppercorn and butternut squash sauces. I ordered my favorite Austin Hope red wine. We were very happy to see a Belgium dark chocolate dessert! Cappuccino with a rock candy stirrer completed our meal. Needless to say, we are looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My first Wow was The greetings and the welcoming smiles met walking in. Love the grounds & the history of this hidden gem. The restaurant for lunch was not a great experience. Being a set menu you would think or expect the quality and taste would be a gastronomic experience.

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IM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening... Great location, amazing food, great service, and good friends...

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant with impeccable service. Fine dining at its best!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
I will be returning

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EM
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at The Goodstone Inn.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class dining experience. Exceptional personal care and attention to detail. Exceptional chef’s menu; with wine pairing by a world-class sommelier. Joy to visit over and over. Arrive early to enjoy a cocktail at the bar prepared by a highly skilled and creative bartender.

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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday lunch! Sunchoke Veloute was an incredible discovery- probably the best soup I’ve ever had. The cod was delicious. The Pavlova dessert is just yummy. Thank you for making my birthday extra special.

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CS
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and entree’s were great. But the desserts were subpar.

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JS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Valentines Day a couple of days late with our friends in Middleburg at Goodstone Inn. Being there is always a wonderful evening. The entire team is first class and the food was amazing. A special tip of the hat to Betsy and Steven, who again made the whole experience exceptional. Thanks again and we’ll see you soon.

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RH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Dinner Portions were small and 3 course meal took 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This is our second visit to Goodstone and it was a huge disappointment compared to our first visit. We were seated in a corner upstairs on this visit so we could not enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the main floor. The servers made us feel welcome despite feeling like we were tucked into a far off corner. The food was a huge disappointment compared to our first visit. I ordered the lamb which was flavorless, cold and not cooked to my request. My husband offered to trade with me because he could see I was not happy. The beef tenderloin was better but did not meet my expectations for a restaurant of this price and caliber. The sommelier made a wonderful wine selection for our meal so all in all, the service was wonderful, but I wish the food was better.

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PM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so glad that Goodstone re-opened for lunch a few days a week because we've missed this place.
The food is delicious, seasonal, and local, some of it produced on their own property.

We don't have big appetites, usually splitting one meal, but were able to finish every bit of the three course prix fixe lunch here. We each got different courses and split each course to get to try more and we both found the entire meal fresh and flavorful. The server was very thoughtful and efficient.

Please note, if accessibility is an issue, you can use the path and go in the side door instead of trying to manage the long flight of stairs.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list and great food! Don’t waste your time or money at Salamander - book here! Beautiful bar and a lovely setting!

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CW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was wonderful

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c
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the Goodstone is magical.
An evening by the wood fire inside Goodstone's all glass conservatory among the trees is itself a remarkable experience not to be missed. Add the unassumingly gracious, professional service and quiet, top quality recorded classical jazz that encourages table conversation even when every table is occupied.
On our most recent visit my wife and I enjoyed the new Chef's tasting menu and were impressed by his range of fresh tastes from seafood to lamb and cheese. The wine pairings from Goodstone's award-winning cellar chosen by its gifted sommelier was, as always, especially noteworthy. Reserve early and often!

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DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch in one of the most scenic rural restaurants in which I've ever eaten. Beautiful, remote location on a secluded hill about a mile outside MIddleburg. Glass-walled dining room overlooking the woods and river far below. Excellent, but limited, 3-course brunch menu. Extensive wine list. Overall, well worth the hour-plus drive from DC for a special brunch with family.

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EZ
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought house guests here for lunch on Saturday. Happy to see familiar faces like Carlos (manager) & Stephen (sommelier). The fire was crackling in the Carriage House as well as the Conservatory. We ordered my new favorite red wine, Austin Hope (from Paso Robles, California). It was decanted expertly by Stephen & enjoyed by all of us. The usual bread was upgraded to a plate of brioche rolls. Appetizers included the Fall salad & carrot soup w/ Matcha powder. Our friends both ordered the Cod entrée, Barry had Chicken & I splurged on the Risotto. All big hits! Desserts were the Pave', Pavlova & a special chocolate treat for Barry. Thanks for that surprise, Chef! We all relaxed over Cappuccinos before Kevin took us on a farm tour to meet Grayson (guard llama), goats, sheep, et al. It was a lovely day in the country.

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AP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but no complaints at all about the quality. Great food and service all the way around.

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OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal tonight at the Goodstone Inn. Can’t wait to go back!

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O
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new atrium and the current chef make this once again our favorite place to dine in the far suburbs. Exquisite, great staff, original refined food, appropriate portions (as in not too big) and a wonderful atmosphere.

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JN
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new conservatory is stunning. We really enjoyed sitting in front of a fire and gazing out at the surrounding woods and overhead stars. The food was excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. We highly recommend Goodstone Inn. It's a perfect place to celebrate or simply enjoy the good life.

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MR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! My wife and I went for an early Sunday dinner in January. The drive through the countryside and up the hill set the stage for a great evening. We had been before, but this is the first time since their renovation. What a great combination of historical stone buildings and the new glass atrium. The staff showed us the changes - you can tell they were proud of their place.

We both had the tasting menu - five courses, each to be savored. Soup, salad, cod, venison, cheese and dessert. We were wowed by the flavors. As for the service, we were given a lot of attention. When we showed interest in Virginia wines, our waitress brought over a bottle of her favorite, so that we could sample it.

It was a flawless experience. Very romantic, with a roaring fire in the fireplace. No cheap, but given the price of other restaurants in the greater DC area, a good value. Looking forward to next time!

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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday with family at Goodstone. The food and service were simply outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from start to finish!

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CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chose this restaurant for New Year's Eve (also our anniversary) because of all of the great reviews. Unfortunately our experience was disappointing. We may have had an unusual experience because of the holiday, but they were offering a fixed menu only, and on that menu the only options for the main course were venison and a vegetable dish (it was a multi-course prix fixe meal, but these were the main course options). Neither my husband nor I enjoy venison and while I might have been able to get by with the vegetable dish, my husband, who is generally a meat and potatoes kind of guy but doesn't enjoy game, would definitely NOT have been happy with a vegetarian main course. Even I would have had a difficult time paying $115 per person and having a main course of vegetables. The evening's menu was not posted anywhere online (we looked extensively in advance) or we would have canceled. We both felt it was a really bad call to offer only these two options as a main course. The waitress was wonderful and tried very hard to accommodate us (we are not typically "high maintenance" diners). While initial feedback from the kitchen did not suggest much interest in accommodating, a manager did ultimately arrange for a chicken option so we decided to stay. Quality of the food was pretty good; some things better than others. Service and ambiance were also good. Unfortunately our overall experience was disappointing for what was a special occasion and a relatively expensive meal. Maybe on just a regular night, with more options to choose from, the experience might have been better but I don't think we'll be returning.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful space
Good food
Sommelier brought and poured us the wrong wine and finally got the correct wine and apologized after awhile...a bit awkward

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time I was there there was prefixe and a la carte. The website also looked like it had a la carte but there there was only pre fixe option.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at the Goodstone. Waiter could not explain one dish on the menu, but otherwise it was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely experience and they were so accommodating with vegan and vegetarian options. Amazing tasting menu.

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LP
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb service in a gorgeous setting and a complimentary breakfast for guests staying over helped to compensate for a dinner that was good but not up to expectations given the price.

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had the tasting menu and it was all we expected. The grilled octopus was a new try for my husband’s palate but he was pleasantly surprised and glad he tried it. The warm, friendly ambience and excellent service always make the excellent food an even better experience.

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Virginia - what a great group of people.

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C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wait staff. Food was very good, with an expansive wine list. Great atmosphere for a romantic birthday dinner!

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall it was a fine evening. Food was fine and the service was fine. Just not sure it's worth the price point.

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CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated in front of a crackling fire on wintry afternoon. Elegant rustique ambiance, perfectly prepared/presented food from a menu with just enough choice, service was well-paced well, no rush, friendly. Very relaxing. 1 hour+ drive rom Arlington. Terrific value.

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EZ
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Goodstone Inn, and have seen many changes over the past 25 years. The new chef is terrific. We loved his spin on familiar dishes, particularly dessert. Meeting him after lunch, we discovered that he has Belgian roots (no wonder he knows his chocolate). Before dessert we enjoyed a glass of Brut Rose with warm bread & farmhouse butter (and olive oil). I chose the Fall salad with champagne vinaigrette, apples, goat cheese & beet dust. Barry had the Squash soup with pistachios, pumpkin seed oil & black garlic. My NY Strip Steak was great. Served with fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms & Bordelaise sauce. The sommelier, Stephen, suggested a glass of Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon (from Paso Robles). I liked it so much that I ordered a bottle when we returned home! Barry had Farmhouse chicken breast with parsnip puree, multi-colored cauliflower florets, herb salad & lemon date jus. We both ordered the Araguani Pave, a decadent chocolate cut into cubes & served with spheres of pear, sauce & ice cream. Fresh mint garnish. Of course, we ended our feast with Cappuccino. Despite the rain & circuitous drive to Middleburg, we loved the warm welcome & crackling fires. The Christmas trees & decorations were the icing on the plum pudding!

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