An unbelievable experience. Pre fix dinner so let them know in advance if you do not eat a particular item. 5 course meal all courses were excellent. Rutabaga soup was outstanding as was the Beef wellington.. Can't say enough about how good the food was and the overall experience. Wait staff was very knowledgeable and took us on a tour of the manor. Dane, the owner and chef came an spoke with us. Simply amazing!!!
Our group had a wonderful meal and evening. We would highly recommend this restaurant for a cozy meal with friends or a romantic meal for two.
My husband and I were here for dinner on Christmas Eve. This was our first visit and it was everything that we wanted, quiet, great food, and a pretty atmosphere. It was a beautiful cozy restaurant with a fire in the fireplace, we could actually have a conversation, and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend.
We at at Houndstooth three times in one visit: two breakfasts and Thanksgiving dinner. All were excellent. Owner-chef Dayn Smith is a remarkable entrepreneur, skilled as a chef and as an overall planner-businessman. We plan to return to Glen Gordon Manor, where Houndstooth Restaurant is based.
What’s left to say, if you want an exquisite beautifully honest meal at an incredible venue and served impeccably this is the place. Well worth the drive from DC or anywhere else for that manner
My wife and I visited the Houndstooth when we were staying in a nearby B&B. We had reservations and were aware of the fixed 5-course menu for the evening ahead of time. The restaurant is in the Glen Gordon Manor set off nicely from the highway. The dining room is small and very cozy, and the service is relaxed and casual. Needless to say, the food was outstanding! We were overwhelmed with both the food quality and presentation of the five dishes. The chef, Dayn Smith, hand delivered some of the courses. I understand that they grow some of the produce on the the property. My wife was so impressed she took pictures of the five courses as they were presented to us.
Since we live in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC I don't when we will make it back, but it is worth a destination drive!
Dinner at Houndstooth is well worth the trip for serious foodies from metro DC. Seasonal ingredients are very thoughtfully combined to create unique taste combinations that work exquisitely well - a reflection of Chef's artistry. Service is thoughtful and well executed. A fine dining experience in Virginia's premier wine region.
Great food, delicious, beautiful presentation.
Absolutely loved it.
I would go again.
It was quite possibly the BEST meal we have had in awhile. Food was amazing and incredibly gracious host. Thank you for a great night we'll be back with friends soon
Amazing food and service. The food was delicious and very beautifully presented. We will definitely go back!
We went to Houndstooth for our anniversary , and were so impressed that we will be back. The food was excellent and imaginative, the wine pairings superb, the service perfect, and the ambiance unique. We enjoyed dining where the Duke & Duchess of Windsor visited!
A meal at Houndstooth is well worth the trip from D.C. Chef Dayn's cuisine is always creative and both subtle and complex at the same time. The wine list compliments the menu beautifully.
We visited the Blue Ridge mountain area in the Spring and stayed at a nearby B&B. I decided to have a dinner comparable to one at the Inn at Little Washington without the full cost. We are extremely happy with the results.
Great ambiance in an intimate setting. Local ingredients, food, plating and service were excellent. Best lamb I've ever eaten. Limited fixed price menu- so check before making reservations.
On a slow Monday night, we were delighted by the presence of chef Dayn Smith arriving at our table to describe each course and answer our questions. He and our server, along with the food, made the evening very enjoyable. We plan to return.
My husband and I stayed at the Glen Gordon Manor to get away from DC for the weekend and had the most amazing time! We dined in their restaurant on Saturday evening and couldn't believe how amazing it is! We have been to all the top restaurants in DC and this is definitely high up on the list! You must go!
Absolutely fabulous! A quiet, little known treasure just south of Front Royal. We didn't even know it existed until an e-mail from OpenTable. It was my wife's birthday and she will never forget it. We enjoyed an extraordinary 5 course dinner in a restaurant with only 6 tables so well spaced and intimate that one could safely hatch a coup d' etat.
We stayed at Glen Gordon Manor during a Virginia Garden Week visit to central Virginia. Our dinner at the Houndstooth was a highlight of this trip. Everything about this dinner was truly extraordinary. The food was superbly prepared and the presentation artistic and creative. The chef was most accommodating and attentive to all of our preferences, and the personal service was all one could ask. One of the best dinners we've enjoyed since moving to Virginia seven years ago.
It's not possible to "over rate" this restaurant.
Wonderful experience! Gorgeous property. Food preparation was amazing.
Excellent food! It helps the staff if you specify in your reservation whether you want 3, 4, or 5 courses.
A wonderful venue that feels like you are an invited guest (it's a B&B) with daily menus of wonderful food, only made better by excellent and attentive service. 1 seating per day at 7pm, factor that in your planning. Would be a wonderful place to propose or celebrate an anniversary
Meal was wonderful and the staff was very attentive. Nice to have such a nice local restaurant.
Chef was very accommodating to food allergies and substitutions.
Fabulous meal, wonderful ambiance, excellent service! There are not enough words to describe how wonderful every meal I have had there over the years has been and each one gets better and better. Nothing says it more to confirm the evening's success for a restaurant then to make a reservation for a week or two away which we did. Cannot recommend it more! Chef Dayn is a master!
I flew in to Washington Dulles from San Francisco to meet up with my sister and niece for a long weekend. Had previously dined at The Inn at Little Washington, which is nearby, so thought we'd try something new. Was an outstanding experience - from the food to the wine list to the service and ambiance - a much better value, and well worth the drive.
A delightful fixed five course with competent wine pairing. Nothing wildly outlandish but creatively complemented plating. An excellent value.
A Rappahannock treasure
We have sent many friends and family to Glenn Gordon manor , and all of had excellent experiences.
My husband and I had a marvelous Thanksgiving dinner at Houndstooth. From the decor, service, and the most delicious food with perfect wine pairing we highly recommend this restaurant. A very memorable Thanksgiving evening.
My husband and I went here to celebrate his birthday. The dining room was beautiful, the staff were attentive and professional and the food was excellent. We had a fantastic time and will return in the future.
Fine dining meets fresh ingredients at the Houndstooth restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed a memorable meal with beautiful place settings, excellent service and superb dishes. Each of the five courses was different, well presented and tasty. The online advertising led us to expect a three-course meal, so the five courses were a surprise. albeit a pleasant one. The seasonal vegetables were cooked perfectly and only the duck confit suffered from a tough exterior. The final plate with four home-made desserts brought a big smile to our faces.
Hidden gem that you should experience now. Fantastic food in a fantastic setting with beautiful views of the mountains. Fixed menu but the food was outstanding and the chef came out of the kitchen to talk to each guest. Very small intimate setting. You can also book a room at the Glen Gordon Inn to make it even more special but you have to go and well worth the drive from Northern Virginia.
The second time we have eaten here on our wedding anniversary. We will be back! Fabulous food and great wine selection + excellent service
Great expectations not reduced. Perfect for a quiet, reasonably private evening (only about 6 tables with ample room between). A very nice, high-end dining experience I plan to repeat. Outstanding, non-stuffy service coupled with an extraordinary menu; reminiscent of the Inn at Little Washington and the Foster-Harris House. Highly recommended...
Very nice dinner with friends at an upscale - yet comfortable - destination restaurant. Creative menu with unique tastes, attentive service and a chef genuinely interested in the guests' enjoyment.
We will dine at Houndstooth again.
fantastic food and service. everything was very delicious. would go back. slightly too pricey for what you got and where it was...
This is a hidden gem that many people living 5 miles away have never heard of. It is for special occasions and for the foodie and wine enthusiast crowd for sure. Everything is perfectly prepared and presented. We went with the suggested wine pairings for 4 courses. They were all superb. The wine list was impressive even to the connoisseur in our party of four. There were 4 couples having romantic dinners who were staying at Glen Gordon and our table of four. I was occasionally self conscious that we were too loud in our conversation as we never heard a peep out of the other tables.
It was a very nice combo birthday and pre-mothers day dinner for our table.
Who knew there was such a treasure so close to Northern, VA! The Manor was warm, intimate and first class from the moment you arrive until you depart wishing you could remain longer! The food was delicious. An extraordinary five course meal for dinner that just delighted the senses. Breakfast was just as tasty!
Perfection! Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Mary, our server was knowledgeable, friendly and did not miss a beat. Even Dayn, chef and owner, served and described the dishes. The suggested wine pairing were spot on. It is truly an evening of FINE DINING, a total experience. This is our second time, but will definitely not be our last. Lee&Dane
Houndstooth at the Glen Gordon Manor is the best fine dining in Rappahannock County and surroundings. We stayed at the nearby Marriott Ranch and had an excellent Monday prix fixe five course dinner of locally sourced food with wine pairings at Houndstooth. Co-owner Dayn Smith is a creative chef and gracious host. We will definitely return and stay at the Manor on our next visit.
Great food, service, atmosphere. By far the best place we have dined.
A little bit difficult to get to from metropolitan DC but well worth the effort. I took my wife here for Valentine's Day, and it did not disappoint. Very romantic. She loved it and so did I.
My wife and I visited the Glen Gordon after a recommendation by my cousin who lives near Flint Hill. No recommendation could have been better served. The dinner and service were impeccable. We had a memorable five course meal of crab cakes, rutabaga soup, blue cheese grits, wild salmon and chocolate shuffle. Mary our server was top drawer. It was a fantastic, memorable evening.
Our dinner for 12 was a wonderful experience. Food and service were outstanding.