Houndstooth

4.8
76 reviews
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Dayn Smith is the innovative Chef/Owner of Houndstooth, the five star restaurant at Glen Gordon Manor, a Luxury Country Inn. We are located in Rappahannock County, Virginia, surrounded by stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The intimately hospitable ambiance is matched only by the epicurean five course dinners created daily by Chef Smith. Our menus are designed to align with the seasons, and the ingredients are sourced locally, relying on the bounty of the region as much as possible. Each course builds upon the next with a uniquely savory blend of traditional, local, and exotic flavors, crafted to appeal to the eye and palate.
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were graciously welcomed at the front door of the Inn by Andrew who was also our waiter for the evening. He showed us to our table and began dinner service. Each course came out at an easy pace, we never felt rushed or that things were lagging behind either. The 5 course dinner with wine is just enough to be filling and interesting without feeling stuffed at the end. The salmon ceviche with pickled cucumbers was a favorite. Chef came out to serve the 4th/main course at the end (roast beef) and we had a nice conversation with him about the Inn and his inspiration behind the business there. One constructive comment to make: the dining room was over air conditioned, a sweater was necessary all night. We later peeked into Chef's modest but very tidy commercial kitchen to surprisingly find 2 wing backed chairs against a bay window in the back where guests can observe him cooking. The Inn itself is very compact like a personal home and has a welcoming feel to it. The decor is classic and elegant without being stuffy or dated. A large living room with comfy furniture is available for reading and relaxing past the sleeping rooms. Next visit will be overnight. A very personal and friendly experience for our 24th wedding anniversary. Will be back.

SH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening in Rappahannock county
We have always enjoyed dining at glen Gordon manor

WF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service of the excellent food. Ambience is fine, and we will be back!

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth it in every way. Great food great presentation great wine selection. The owner chef is amazing. They do a 5 course price fixed meal and everything is done from scratch, He even makes the bread.

LA
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room but basically an overpriced disappointment.

KH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine served by a wonderful staff. Beautiful vista surrounding the manor added to a very special evening.

VA
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding!!

DR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the whole experience and would highly recommend to everyone that wants a great wine and food pairing experience..Thank you!

u
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gift for friend who edited my son’s book

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

Dane is a superb Chef! One of our best meals ever! A great way to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary! Highly Recommend for a special occasion. A Stay at the Glen Gordon Manor is equally perfect. Tim Trish

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

Every bite was a new, amazing, experience

AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a family birthday with dinner at Houndstooth this past weekend. What a spectacular experience! A lovely inn, impeccable service, every course of the meal, spectacular, and a perfectly selected wine pairing. In our opinion, most definitely on par with The Inn. We look forward to returning again . . . and again!

ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was completely blow away on how personal our entire experience was. I felt like I was going to a friends house for dinner! We came in and had drinks by an open fire before dinner which made us relax and enjoy the hunt room. Once we sat down for dinner, I was blown away that it was only a handful of tables for seating. The food was sensational and wine pairings couldn't have been more perfect. The staff really made our night one to remember. Thank you Dan Moore from 8393 West Main for the recommendation!

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

Less expensive and pretentious than the Inn at Little Washington, but with excellent food and perfect wine pairings. Highly recommend.

JR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Smith produces michelin starred food . A wonderful experience. Beautiful grounds and first class accommodations. Go!

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

For the price it was not a great experience. Our server spent several minutes trying to open a wine bottle at our table. At this price point, I would expect when the server was having a problem opening the bottle, we would expect the server to go and get a new bottle. The cork was dry and came out out of the bottle in several pieces, and the wine tasted compromised. The food was good, but we did not think outstanding. The short ribs were over cooked and cold. In my mind, a restaurant gratuity is not automatic, here it is added to the bill, 20%... you as the customer have no choice unless you want to make an issue of it -- typically not worth it. While I always give 20%+ for an outstanding dining experience, I would have reduced it a bit for this meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice, as were the people, but in our opinion, the service could have been better, and the food and wine were not 5-star.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at Houndstooth Restaurant, which proved a delight to both the occasion and all the senses. Elegant yet warm ambiance, friendly and expert service, and outstanding flavors and presentation were exceptional. Put Houndstooth on your culinary bucket list.

BS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the staff, the location...everything is top notch here. We’ve been multiple times and the food is always excellent and innovative. This time we were served truffle soup and we all agreed it was the BEST soup we’ve ever had. The wine pairings are always amazing too. This is a very special place.

JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it was as good as the first, which is outstanding. Everything is excellent including the flavors, cohesiveness, creativity, and presentation. The servers are wonderful and helpful and Chef Smith also serves one of your courses. There is only the one tasting menu and one seating time so if there's something not to your liking in those areas, there aren't options. They will prepare vegetarian and accommodate allergies, etc. The truffle soup course and the lamb main course were the highlights for us - but the menu changes weekly so your courses will likely differ. We love the intimacy of the dining room which seats roughly 20 - but for our dinner was about 8. We also like that the wine list has several Virginia wine options, along with many more from all over. If you can, you should stay in one of their on-site suites at the Glen Gordon Manor as well.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting and excellent chef! Enjoyed our meal and stay for our Anniversary weekend.

VH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great choice for a special meal. Food was delicious and well well presented, service was impeccable.

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was exceptional and the ambiance romantic and quiet.

AN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five courses, all rave-worthy, served in an elegant comfortable setting where you don’t have to shout to be heard by your dinner companions.

First course : an heirloom tomato and burrata salad that would have been delicious without — but was elevated to something truly memorable by — the additions of basil ice cream and olive oil foam.

The second course was my personal favorite: a creamy lobster broth with cognac espuma. Amazing. It was velvety but not as rich as a lobster bisque, and had an intense lobster flavor.

My table mates next enjoyed a jumbo lump crab terrine with a fresh pea purée, fava beans, and a citrus vanilla vinaigrette. Oohs and aahs all around. And when I mentioned that I was allergic to crab meat (but not other shellfish/crustaceans) they trotted out as a pinch hitter on short notice ... a duck confit underlaid by a meltingly sweet disc of onion, accompanied by a duck mousse with rosé jam and, as a refreshing contrast to the richness of the duck, a small fennel salad.

The final savory course was prime aged beef tenderloin, with roasted heirloom vegetables, a swipe of squash purée and, most memorably, smoked mashed potatoes. More restaurants should be smoking potatoes. The steak was served a beautiful roseate rare.

For dessert, three items served side by side : Greek yogurt panna cotta, bread and butter pudding, and rhubarb sorbet. All three delicious, none overly sweet.

I don’t normally offer unreservedly glowing reviews of restaurants. I like to also point out less successful efforts of the kitchen. But, honestly, there were absolutely no missteps at this meal. Every single course was great.

The restaurant is part of an inn and is tiny, with just six tables. The windows look out on some beautiful Virginia countryside, the service is impeccable without being overbearing, and they pay attention to the details. Wine pairings are well chosen, the bread and butter were outstanding.

Go.

TM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining at the magical Glen Gordon manor. Proprietor/owner Chef Smith makes every dining guest feel at home. The five course dinner was superb with excellent and sometime surprising wine pairings. A real gem in the beautiful Piedmont countryside where no detail is overlooked. We watched as Ched Smith personally helped a physically challenged guest arrive at the Manor and get seated for his wife for dinner. Clearly not expected of a world class chef, but certainly appreciates from world class host at an beautiful and luxurious inn. Service was outstanding but expect for all to be served at the same time, so a little different from the normal five star restaurant. A wonderful, amazing evening for my wife and I who are locals. We will definitely be back.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, the chef has excellent skills, presentation compliments taste. Cozy setting. Perfect for a special occasion.

CP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here before and it is always a treat. Dane is a great chef and the wine pairing are wonderful. Service is beautiful. Just the right amount of time between courses. Love the fresh local ingredients and imaginative menus. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal in a delightful and relaxing setting.

BS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The drive out is beautiful and the location and food are fantastic! We are never disappointed when we eat here.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, very accommodating to dietary restrictions without diminishing the enjoyment of the meal. A real special experience.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef/owner Dayn Smith presents a nightly five course prix fixe inventive, delicious dinner with optional, well matched wine pairings. Beautiful setting in his Shenandoah Valley Glen Gordon Manor Inn, in an intimate candle lit dining room.

C
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

h
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PJ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

VA
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, delicious, beautiful presentation.
Absolutely loved it.
I would go again.

MF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super plush and the food is 100 out of 10 ..

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