This used to be more elegant. No more table clothes and bad loud Musial kills the ambiance.
The food we ordered was all impressive and though I would have preferred there be more of a selection of reasonably priced wines on the list (there were a few, but majority were $100 and up), the wine Stephen helped us choose was remarkable. What keeps me from giving a five star review is due to service and schedule. The website lists the dining hours at 5:30pm - 9:00pm on a Friday night. I would expect that means they are seating until 9pm and kitchen would remain open until about 10ish or so. We had an 8pm reservation but due to driver delays, arrived approximately 8:15pm. Though it was a Friday, there were only 2 other tables seated and nobody arrived after us. We chose the bisque as our first course fairly quickly and were reviewing the wine list while thinking about our other courses when our server encouraged us to submit the rest of our order. We shared that we were still considering and would order each course as we decided, but she told us that we should submit everything together so the kitchen wouldn't be confused and because the chef made clear he wanted to close the kitchen at 9pm. I would not expect this kind of service at a high end restaurant. Simply because the restaurant is empty, we have to hurry up and get everything ordered so it is cooked by 9pm? I've checked with friends and acquaintances in the service industry and everyone agrees that a 9pm closing would mean seating stops then, not kitchen closing. If not for this, I would have given a perfect review.
This is the 3rd time we've been back and still love it. This is our first time back since the renovation and although it's beautiful, I really missed the old atmosphere. Before renovation it was quaint, romantic, dimly lit and much quieter. I think it has now lost the French Country Inn appeal. Previously, you really did think you were in a beautiful restaurant in France. Now it feels like a very modern looking restaurant anywhere.
The ambiance is great. The quality of the food was good but pricier than its value.
Frisée/kale salad was bland and uninspired, lacking acidity and seasoning. Loup de Mer and Scallops were fine. 3 small scallops with minimal garnish. Nice portion of rockfish in watery broth with fennel scraps and some mushrooms. Both dishes needed more substance than only the protein and some small veg. Service took over an hour for the first course. Too many reservations at the same time. Wine list was extensive. Would not go back.
We were told 12:30 was the first available time for brunch. When we arrived there were plenty of tables! Clearly we could have come earlier which we preferred. Service was incredibly SLOW! Even guests who arrived after us were being served their food before we were! Our water glasses were never refilled. After an hour and 45 minutes I had to request our dessert be delivered and bring our check because this brunch had taken so long! We've had much better experience before, but this past Sunday was not good.
I took my son there (along with his sister) for his birthday and he is a serious foodie. We chose the prix fixe menu of six courses which was fantastic. And the staff and Stephen were just wonderful and checking on us often to be sure everything was satisfactory. It was more than that. They made us feel special. An all around wonderful experience!
We went for dinner. Overall, a very good experience. The price point is on the higher side which would be indicative of a special occasion meal as opposed to an average meal. I would definitely return.
We did the chefs tasting menu. Good flavors but some odd choices. We were served a cold soup which would have been delightful in August but it was a chilly night in February. Portions were very small in some of the courses. Dishes were seasoned well, but I found myself wishing I ordered a la carte. There is a an extensive wine selection, and I saw others drinking cocktails but we were never offered a cocktail menu.
The ambiance is very romantic and charming. Our service was also quite good. I just found myself disappointed after dropping $300 for dinner.
The wine pairing was not actually paired with the tasting menu plates, champagne arrived after plate finished, and one time did not arrive at all with plate.
Excellent, great service wonderful wine list and superb food prepared and served to protection. We will certainly dine there again
Very disappointed in the service. The food quality was poor for the price. Very noisy environment with not much space between tables.
We go to Goodstone every year for my god-daughter's birthday. We adore the food and are spoiled every visit.
Staff very nice. Service superb. Soft music not overwhelming conversation.
Wonderful dinner! The new atrium room is comfortable and the fireplace was great. Very attentive staff.
It had been several years since we last dined @ Goodstone. Their recent renovations, change of chefs, updating kitchen all added to the lovely brunch we had on Sunday. Our table next to a fireplace in the glass Conservatory was very nice. Staff is welcoming & helpful, especially the sommelier. $59 brunch is 3 courses (short menu) including an appertif or Bloody Mary. Local ingredients like Martin's beef was used. If they had chosen a ribeye rather than a sirloin it would have been more tender. Eggs come from their hens so they are fresh & delicious. We met all the barn animals later & enjoyed the tour offered by Cole. There was only one small misstep when they confused our dessert order. They corrected it by bringing the missing choice, leaving us with 3 desserts. Cappuccino was lovely. We love driving out to the country & look forward to another visit in the Spring.
Took my wife here for her birthday dinner and it was fantastic. We had a great time, we ordered the "tasting menu" combined with the wine pairing, and it was a great choice. We got to try things on the menu we probably normally would never order paired with wines by their sommelier (Stephen) and it was excellent. Great ambiance and Aimee even gave us a short tour of the inn afterwards. Staff and service were spot on, made my wife feel special on her day and we had the best time. We'll definitely be back. Thanks again.
A very good New Year's Eve meal. However we were seated on the balcony (more like a corridor with wait staff and people going by all the time and the door to another room being constantly opened) just above the dining room and very much felt that we were not part of the New Year's Eve experience. Unless you can be sure of being seated in the main room then I would not recommend this restaurant for a New Year's Eve meal.
Excellent food with exceptional wine list - well worth the drive to the top of 'Snake Hill' in the beautiful horse country north of Middleburg. We will certainly return
Superb fillet mignon and great atmosphere made for a lovely dinner.
This is a truly first rate restaurant. We had dined here a few years ago and while it was good, it has improved in every respect. The food was delicious, modern and beautifully presented. The new solarium room is lovely and the service was terrific.
Delicious food and very sweet hospitality. The wait staff was so kind. They accommodated my vegetarian request and gave us a perfect table, noting my request, which I know is hard to do, and cannot always be accommodated. I do wish the restaurant was a little more quiet/romantic. Food was very good and beautifully presented.
Our dining experience was sub par. For nearly $500 for 2 I honestly just expect better all around. The setting is lovely but the Inn at Little Washington or Trummer's on Main are by FAR better options for a meal.
The food was on the bland end of the scale, to the point where I'd say it was under seasoned. My pork was cooked to the point where the steak knife was laughably unable to make a dent in my main course. And we were repeatedly ignored by the sommelier. Granted, being in my mid 30's did mean I was on the younger side of the diners, but at the end of the day a high end customer is a high end customer. Everyone deserves good service at this price point.
I took a chance and didn't believe the reviews saying that this establishment had seen better days. Don't make the same mistake I did.
We were placed at the nice table, which was located near the wood-burning fireplace to celebrate our Christmas of two. The view was amazing through the windows: piece of nature from the excessive hill. The high glass ceiling provided a bright light to a huge dinning room of the restaurant. Romantic ambiance with magnificent furniture and impressive decorations made the dinning room of the restaurant delirious. The service was delivered by well trained and informed people with smiles, friendly dialogue, and manners. Nourishment was outstanding: it started from the bowl of exquisite flavor of chest nut soup, continued with sprout salad, a delicate meat entree, and ended with a piece of desert, which probably was made with fine ingredients. The process of getting each meal after another one is well organized by the service of the restaurant. Nice atmosphere, great menu, excellent service. We both will come back soon.
Wonderful good and service
Food was disappointingly average and service was poor. Although dining room is beautiful with floor to ceiling windows, it was very noisy. Value is poor for the price.
The food at Goodstone Inn is always outstanding and different. The wine selection is extensive and the service is excellent. We keep coming back to one of the best restaurants in Virginia.
Went here for a dinner with friends - the new dining space is beautiful. They have a great fire going and it smells amazing during dinner. The staff are so kind and always remember us and are lovely. It’s a beautiful spot!
Wonderful meal; great service.
Tuna noicise was over seered
Venison was excellent
The new dining room is lovely.. need some tablecloth on the table tho.. when I go to a place of a certain dining experience at this price level I expect at the minimum some tablecloths on those wooden table..more elegant and more chic. The cooking of my filet mignon was asked medium rare and came out medium.. but it was still delicious. The crème brûlée was not so good.. this was my at least 5 time there.. no as good as some other time.
The setting of the Inn was beautiful especially with the light dusting of snow covering the grounds. The food was good the service could improve. Our server was very distracted and the coffee cup in the morning was dirty. Also the Somm didn't seem to want to bother with us. On recommendation he only asked about our budget which seemed somewhat rude. Either way, we'll be back as the Inn is beautiful for a romantic getaway.
We received a gift card for Christmas and decided to use it. Although the restaurant was lovely, the staff very friendly, service excellent, I felt it was way overpriced for what you received. If you just want a quiet dinner and don't mind expense at all, then you might enjoy this restaurant. For my main course, I ordered the filet, and the presentation was beautiful, but the steak was not tender and the tablespoon of mashed potatoes was not hot. Because the person who gave us the gift card was dining with us, I did not tell the waitress of my complaint.
Had not visited in several years since an unfortumate kitchen problem had had a negative effect on what should have been a special occasion. This time, a superlative dining experience. Best food and wine pairings I've had since dining in Paris at a 2 star Michelin restaurant. Chef and somelier top notch. The new addition is wonderful. Light and airy but with great acoustics. Recommending it to all my friends and will be back.
Absolutely lovely. The building is beautiful to walk into. The dining-atrium has a real fireplace. The somm paired wines and food beautifully. Go! Enjoy!
The food was ok. The price was fair. The new "conservatory" has an open kitchen design so the noise of clattering dishes, running water and pots and pans was way too loud - not the intimate ambiance of the old Goodstone. Lastly, the service was simply outstanding from the waitress to the bartender to the "concierge." However due to overall assessment, the ok food and especially the noise, we will not be back anytime soon.
Beautiful surroundings, excellent menu. They accomodated my nut allergy very graciously and well. Started with tuna nicoise which was lovely but quite tasteless in spite of few olive crumbs. No seasoning or dressing on potatoes, will not order again. Husband loved his rabbit and pistachio terrine.
He had the beef with mushrooms, perfect! I loved my crisp skinned rockfish in an acitic delicious broth.
Great crusty bread and sweet butter. Thank you for not adding honey or salt or truffle to the butter!
Dessert was. a key lime. Heesecake and chocolate something for husband. We wanted to lick the plates!
Service good but wrong ordered delivered and wine not poured. Othwise we enjoyed our experience very much and will return
Big changes here for the lovely Goodstone Inn. If you haven't been here in a while you might want to come back to check it out. Renovations, new menu which is outstanding, professional and welcoming staff. Menu is interesting and appealing. Total experience is fantastic.
Still one of our favorite dining spots. The new solarium setting is lovely.
My wife and I have dined at the Goodstone several times. The food, service, and ambience have been excellent every time. The renovated dining room is wonderful - light and airy; more space between tables; cozy fireplace in the dining room; tasteful decor. Stephen, as always was the consummate sommelier, welcoming us back and advising on the right wine for our food. We had the striploin; the black truffle butter was a delicious complement!