Chef Smith produces michelin starred food . A wonderful experience. Beautiful grounds and first class accommodations. Go!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful setting and excellent chef! Enjoyed our meal and stay for our Anniversary weekend.
Great choice for a special meal. Food was delicious and well well presented, service was impeccable.
The service and food was exceptional and the ambiance romantic and quiet.
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.
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.
Amazing food, the chef has excellent skills, presentation compliments taste. Cozy setting. Perfect for a special occasion.
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.
A fantastic meal in a delightful and relaxing setting.
I love this restaurant. The drive out is beautiful and the location and food are fantastic! We are never disappointed when we eat here.
Delicious meal, very accommodating to dietary restrictions without diminishing the enjoyment of the meal. A real special experience.
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.
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.