Houndstooth

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57 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TM
Washington DC
6 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.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
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.

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CP
Washington DC
19 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.

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

A fantastic meal in a delightful and relaxing setting.

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BS
Washington DC
2 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.

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OT
New York Area
3 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.

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RG
Chicago
14 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.

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C
Greensboro
1 review
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!!!

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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.

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h
Washington DC
6 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.

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S
Washington DC
11 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.

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MF
San Francisco
21 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

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PJ
Washington DC
36 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!

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VA
Washington DC
36 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.

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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.

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MF
San Francisco
21 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

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SK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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VA
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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q
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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l
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Gorgeous property. Food preparation was amazing.

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B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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b
Orlando
52 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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CK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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