The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant

4.7
918 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 expansive selection of wines from Virginia’s wine country and around the world.
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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from start to finish!

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CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
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 29, 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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Calgary
3 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 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
221 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 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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CM
Washington DC
1 review
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
190 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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F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, although a very limited menu. The wait staff are a bit full of themselves and the waitress needs to know the difference between mousseline potatoes and Mussolini!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I am not sure if there was a shortage of staff or they were overwhelmed attending to a large anniversary party in the private dining room, but the service was not what we expected. Even though we were impressed by the diversity of the brunch menu we were never asked how we wanted our generous portion of beef tenderloin prepared and rare was what we got. The bartender was also not up to par in preparing some of the most basic drinks or he/she was too busy attending to the private party. We still love the Goodstone and will return, but it was disappointing that our visit for my wife’s birthday was not as special as we had expected.

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Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed the culinary offerings of the new Chef. We have enjoyed dinners and brunch’s at Goodstone over years. They have never disappointed us.

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LB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully relaxing meal in a beautiful setting. Our meal was excellent and the service impeccable. All of the guests in our party enjoyed the Chef's Tasting menu. The courses were elegant, flavorful and perfectly portioned to satisfy you without feeling stuffed. The wine list is expansive and the Sommelier very friendly and knowledgeable. I think we've found our new favorite restaurant in the area!

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D
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Quality food with limited menu. Service a little slow typical of finer restaurants. We would go back.

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c
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With their now year-old "new" atrium-style dining room surrounded by trees, the atmosphere at Goodstone is even better than before. The service is as friendly as it is highly professional. The food is consistently fresh, delicious and interesting supported by an outstanding wine list and extremely knowledgeable wine manager. We will return again and again.

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CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolitely a must visit. Stephen a tri ute to organization and staff very accomadating. Need to stay for couple days to "get it al"!!

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and welcoming. We love it here! Nice menu, extensive wine list, pretty atmosphere with a crackling wood fireplace. Thank you, Goodstone.

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EL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very memorable dinning experience. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. When friends ask us what influences us when we rate a restaurant, we always reply that along with chef inspired dishes that I cannot personally create at home, ambience, and professional, but friendly warm service are our top influencers.

Yes, it is expensive, but NOT higher priced than any other restaurants of this quality.

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DJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Significantly overpriced for the value of the meal. Wine list egregiously marked up. Many more options can be found under the “fine dining” category that are better options.

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AB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at the Goodstone, and our family lunch for 6 on November 2, 2018 fully met our expectations. The food taste, quality and presentation were all excellent. The three course pre-fixe menu offered limited but tasty choices, and scallops turned out to be not available --- further limiting our options. Wait staff were especially attentive and friendly. Thanks again for the opportunity to enjoy the delightful Goodstone property and excellent dining.

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M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I usually love the Goodstone Inn, but this visit was disappointing. A three course lunch for $50 seemed expensive for the very small portions. The service was also slow even though we were the only people in the restaurant.

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodstine is so romantic. It’s iur favorite restaurant!

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HS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here a couple years ago and enjoyed it very much. We liked the structural changes recently made to the restaurant, and the food is great, as always.

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ladies weekend

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EZ
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to drive out to the country & enjoy a meal @ Goodstone Inn. We always receive a warm welcome from the wait staff & sommelier. Thanks, Caity & Stephen! I always enjoy a glass of brut rose to start. The price is now $50 for a 3 course lunch but delicious & creative. We increase our culinary vocabulary (bavette of beef is an example). We loved the swordfish appetizer. My shrimp & grits was outstanding while Barry's Ribeye bavette was memorable. We also enjoyed the silky, rich 71% dark chocolate Pave' garnished w/ sea salt, hazelnuts, peach conserve & orange marmalade. The Cappuccinos are frothy & sublime. We will be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Found it to smell a bit musty and the food was just ok

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was very disappointing. Waitress inattentive. Sommelier seemed annoyed. Never asked if we wanted more wine or coffee.

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having chosen Goodstone for our wedding venue 13 years ago, it was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. This place has come a LONG way since Goodstone did not even have a restaurant on premises 13 years ago. The dining experience is exceptional in an elegant country estate setting with an extensive menu featuring local farm to table produce. The wine list is phenomenal and reasonably priced considering the high quality thanks to Goodstone's world class Sommelier, Stephen Elhafdi, who has carefully developed the cellar over the last five years. We hit a home run when we chose the tasting menu with paired wines for our dinner. The gazpacho was farm fresh as were the roasted beets; the duck and lamb were perfectly prepared by the Executive Chef, Eric Smith; and all of the wines were well suited to each course. The service was discreet and professionally timed throughout our meal. We won't be waiting until our next anniversary to return to this restaurant.

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R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time at the Inn and it didn't disappoint. The food, the service, the ambiance was excellent. This is a bit of a drive but the drive is very nice going through horse country, and old Middleburg. We were trying to decide where to celebrate a quiet 30th anniversary dinner and this place was perfect.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A little disappointing - great food but service was not as good as I would have expected.

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