Houndstooth

4.8
52 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Seven days a week, 7:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 636-6010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Dayn Smith
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Private party facilities
Since its inception, Houndstooth Restaurant has been renowned for hosting special culinary events–wine dinners, cocktail parties, elopements, birthday fetes, and anniversaries to name a few. Every occasion has a unique menu custom designed to create an illustrious and memorable celebration.
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Private party contact
Mary Gilliam: (877) 929-8124
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hume Road (635)
Additional
BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

A fantastic meal in a delightful and relaxing setting.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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!!!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Amazing food and service. The food was delicious and very beautifully presented. We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Wonderful experience! Gorgeous property. Food preparation was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Excellent food! It helps the staff if you specify in your reservation whether you want 3, 4, or 5 courses.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

A delightful fixed five course with competent wine pairing. Nothing wildly outlandish but creatively complemented plating. An excellent value.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

A Rappahannock treasure
We have sent many friends and family to Glenn Gordon manor , and all of had excellent experiences.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

The second time we have eaten here on our wedding anniversary. We will be back! Fabulous food and great wine selection + excellent service

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

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...

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2016

fantastic food and service. everything was very delicious. would go back. slightly too pricey for what you got and where it was...

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

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.

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