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Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, VA
Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, VA
Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, VA
Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, VA
Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, VA

Joshua Wilton House

4.8
4.8
994 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Located in an elegantly restored Victorian home in historic downtown Harrisonburg, the Joshua Wilton House is a bed & breakfast and fine dining destination. Executive Chef Tom French uses high quality ingredients sourced from the Shenandoah Valley to create a seasonal menu highlighting our local products . The full service bar includes signature cocktails, craft beers and an award-winning wine list. During the warmer months, seating is available on the outdoor brick patio. In the winter time, warm up in our lounge next to one of the original wood burning fireplaces and enjoy a cocktail before your meal. The Joshua Wilton House is also a private event and wedding venue, so please visit our website or call us for any special occasion you are celebrating!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, American, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (540) 434-4464
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tom French
  • Catering
    JWH Catering Services provides off-premise meals and service for banquets, meetings, weddings or social events. Clients from all over the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia call on us for exceptional cuisine and impeccable service. Our staff can make your event or business function the talk of the town. Call and ask to speak to our Restaurant Manager Bill Daulton for further information.
  • Private party facilities
    The Joshua Wilton House is a private event venue for any special occasion or gathering. Whether you are looking for a space for a business meeting, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration or to host a wedding, we have catering packages for any celebration. Visit our website www.JoshuaWilton.com and click on our private events tab to submit an inquiry, or call us at the restaurant during our normal business hours for any questions.
  • Private party contact
    Bill Daulton: (540) 434-4464
  • Neighborhood
    Harrisonburg
  • Cross street
    Campbell Street
  • Parking details
    Front and side street parking are the best bet. The Union First Bank lot is open for dinner guests use after 6:00 PM. After 5:00 PM there are open spaces in the municipal lot across Main Street at no charge
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Join us for an Easter lunch with reservations from 11:30am-3:30pm. Our Executive Chef is creating a unique menu for this holiday and we hope to see you there!
  • Friday May 10th Graduation

    May 10, 2024 only
    At this time we are fully booked for Friday May 10th JMU Graduation. Please call the restaurant at 540.434.4464 if you would like to be placed on our waitlist. We do have availability on Thursday May 9th as well as Saturday May 11th at this time. Thank you.
  • JMU May Graduation 2024

    May 9 - May 11, 2024
    We will be offering a three course menu in honor of the JMU's 2024 Graduates. Pricing will be anywhere from $60 - $75 per person, and we require a credit card to be held on file for the reservation. Less than a 72 hour cancellation will result in a $25 per person charge to the card on file. Final pricing along with the three-course menu will be posted on our website: www.joshuawilton.com two weeks prior. To make reservations, please call us at: (540) 434-4464. We look forward to celebrating with you all!

What 994 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Romantic

  • Virginia

    Good for special occasions

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Best Overall

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Best Food

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Best Service

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Best Value

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Good for groups

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Healthy

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Lively

  • Shenandoah Valley

    Most Booked

994 Reviews
  1. mllboro

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab beignets were delicate and delicious. A perfect appetizer. We both had the rockfish that was perfectly prepared and presented. The raspberry sorbet was a light but nice ending. The ambience is lovely, too rare these days. Room had several tables but very quiet. I can’t remember our server’s name but she represented everything positive about the food and service. This was our second dinner here but we will return soon!

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  2. ChipR

    Wilmington

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joshua Wilton house was excellent, as usual. We had the venison and the rock fish and it was perfectly prepared. And we met the great granddaughter of Joshua Wilton!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and service! Really enjoyed SJ, she was delightful and made some incredible drinks. The best we’ve had! Thank you for a memorable evening! Looking forward to our next visit.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience and service are five star. Food was fine but not worth the price tag. The restaurant was quiet until the room had more diners and it did become a little noisy but manageable. Beautiful building and the staff really were wonderful.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love the JWH. Thank you so much for accommodating us! We no longer live in the area and love to return for great food and ambience!

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  6. OpenTableReview

    Richmond

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The wait staff was very kind and allowed us to move our table because of rowdy- and having a good time 😀 - table next to us. My husband and I wanted to have a quiet and romantic evening for our Valentines Day dinner. Service and food were excellent.

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  7. Ladyhawke

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant located in an historical house. Small menu, but food was very good and presentation was gorgeous. Must have, Crab Beignets.

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  8. PinkJujube

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, enchanting old-fashioned service. When they called to confirm the reservation we let them know the dinner was in Celebration of Chinese New Year. We were promptly greeted with a Happy Chinese New Year. Staff was friendly and our server, Paula was magnificent with great recommendations. Service was quick to fill water glasses and attend to needs before asking. Crab Beignets - Creamy and crabby which offset the crunchy pastry puffs. Delicious with the Joshua Wilton salad as recommended by Paula. Salad was divine. The best ever. Plated beautifully with just the right amount of seasoning and crunch. I enjoyed the scallops with green beans. All delicious with the green beans almondine the BEST I have ever had. I could have just eaten that for dinner. Scallops were so plentiful I couldn't finish - but big and delicate done perfectly. My dinner companion had the white fish that was grand too as we shared tastes. Focaccia was notable as well. What was especially neat was you got a clear sense of the Tom French's (Executive Chef) vision from how the food was presented and how the flavors and textures went together. You don't always get that sense - but his personality shone through. Personally, I think he should come our hourly and bow, and then we throw confetti on him. Or maybe we kneel and kiss his ring while polishing Jason Buby's shoes and laying flowers at Amy Mercer's feet. Despite the $$$ designation, dinner is more than reasonable given the service and attention to the food which is extremely labor intensive. As usual, the liquor, wine, afters can add to your bill but no more than any other restaurant in the area. So I encourage you to indulge! A must consideration for a special date - just make sure you make your reservations far in advance.

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  9. KaylieE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful meal! We’ll be talking about it for quite sometime!

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  10. MichaelK

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! Cant wait to return again.

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  11. DouglasV

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    *Needed some soft music to help with ambience. * when front door opens it gets cold really quickly not sure what could be done about that. Over all a 10 out of 10 *Chef is beyond outstanding!!! * these comments are in no way to be taken as critical we loved our experience the only way to know how to improve is for someone to be honest.

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  12. KevinH

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I ordered Fish Special and my wife ordered Filet well done. (she doesn't like fish) Order came out and her steak was cooked Rare, extremely red inside. Needless to say we ate in shifts and not together. I wasn't asked with mine could be kept warm while steak was cooked more? Most likely fish would have been over cooked so I just ate mine. When her steak was cooked it was black - Chard on the outside. Very dry for being $35 Filet. Apology was offered by service, but no management or chief came to our table and no reduction in cost was offered but the full price for our inconvenience and special anniversary meal. Very disappointed!

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  13. HansB

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have always been happy with everything in the past. This time one of us had the fish dish. It was not good. The fish was over cooked, very dry with almost no flavor. The crab meat on top was also over broiled with burnt crust. It was over priced for what it was. Even though the steak was very good it was also overpriced at $47.00.

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  14. New2seattle

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class experience! Superb and knowledgeable staff, gorgeous surroundings, and delicious food, well and beautifully prepared. It had been 25 years since I last ate there...and it was as amazing as I remebered!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious 3 course dinner paired with exceptional wines to complement each course for New Year’s Eve. The service was excellent, as well as the charm of the Wilton home. Highly recommend!

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  16. RonW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 2nd visit to the Joshua Wilson House and we were not disappointed. The drinks and food were simply outstanding, as was the service. The setting and atmosphere was, and is, classy and elegant. It is a perfect place to go for that "special" dinner or occasion. We will definitely return.

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  17. SilverP

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dining experience. Appetizers were outstanding, entrees were excellent, dessert was not of the same caliber, because of burned sugar on the creme brulee.

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  18. OpenTableReview

    Richmond

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely evening. This was my birthday present and it was wonderful!

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  19. MariaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time at Joshua Wilton House. Food was out of this world good. Our server was very sweet but I was confused by her clothes. Punk boots and earrings and such. Seems like there isn’t much of a dress code.

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  20. suffield

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful venue to meet for a nice intimate dinner or with friends. The staff, from the bartender to wait staff were superb. We'll be back!

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  21. LaDene

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a favorite, always excellent. I will only mention that, in the front room, things get a little cool in the winter when the front door is opened. But hey, that’s a quaint reminder that it really is a historic old house.

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  22. Melford

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A classic beauty, Joshua Wilton House is also a place for delicious food and fine service. Highly recommended.

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  23. jmubabs

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite special occasion restaurant does not disappoint.

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  24. Foodie

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal & service. Would highly recommend the venue.

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  25. DaveM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at the Joshua Wilton is always a pleasure. We are so glad that you are a choice in the Harrisonburg area.

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  26. RickH

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and well balanced with each other. The cocktails were excellent. The service was attentive and very helpful (attentive is more common than helpful). Charming place Would stay in Harrisonburg again just to eat there

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  27. SusanO

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Joshua Wilton for my son’s 22nd birthday and had a wonderful experience. The food was exceptional and service was impeccable. We had the duck, scallops and steak and all were cooked to perfection. We had a specialty drink of hot cider with spiced rum that was perfect on a cold evening. For dessert we had crème brûlée, chocolate cake with cherries and pumpkin cheesecake - each was delicious. Our waiter was so friendly and timed our meal perfectly. Thank you for such a lovely evening!

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  28. SylviaR

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our best of many dining experiences at Joshua Wilton's.

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  29. BruceS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have high expectations for upscale operations and you surpassed all our expectations.

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  30. FrankR

    Naples

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Wilton house is charming. The food was excellent and the service first rate.

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  31. DianeF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent,?heightened food and experience Very satisfied.

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  32. JamesE

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Enjoyed the evening very much.

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  33. N8ers

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great spot for a fancy dinner date. The food is definitely some if not the best in town. Don't go expecting to leave stuffed, but when you'll be satisfied.

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  34. Rich

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional experience from cocktails to dessert.

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  35. DomingoH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and ambiance was fantastic. A hidden gem in Harrisonburg. I highly recommend this restaurant and experience.

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  36. NancyJay

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the setting is a lovely renovated Victorian house, with a limited menu but nice selection of food. The service was wonderful and the food was very well prepared.

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  37. LindaP

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience Staff is friendly and knowledgeable Food was delicious and well presented

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  38. ChicagoRichmond

    Richmond

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joshua Wilton is consistently excellent. The chef's soups are always spot on. There are an adequate number of different entree options to choose from. The servers pace the meal appropriately and are attentive without being intrusive. A highly recommended dining option in Harrisonburg and beyond.

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  39. Laura

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was tasty and our server was kind and knowledgeable. My only critique would be that we were at our table for over 20 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order.

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  40. Speedwell

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent meal, once again. We have enjoyed an entire year of innovative, well-prepared and delicious dinners from this chef and team. Do make a point of reserving a table and experience for yourself.

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FAQs

Joshua Wilton House is rated 4.8 stars by 994 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Joshua Wilton House

412 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Campbell Street
  • Neighborhood
    Harrisonburg
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, American, French American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Front and side street parking are the best bet. The Union First Bank lot is open for dinner guests use after 6:00 PM. After 5:00 PM there are open spaces in the municipal lot across Main Street at no charge
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tom French
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (540) 434-4464
  • Catering
    JWH Catering Services provides off-premise meals and service for banquets, meetings, weddings or social events. Clients from all over the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia call on us for exceptional cuisine and impeccable service. Our staff can make your event or business function the talk of the town. Call and ask to speak to our Restaurant Manager Bill Daulton for further information.
  • Private party facilities
    The Joshua Wilton House is a private event venue for any special occasion or gathering. Whether you are looking for a space for a business meeting, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration or to host a wedding, we have catering packages for any celebration. Visit our website www.JoshuaWilton.com and click on our private events tab to submit an inquiry, or call us at the restaurant during our normal business hours for any questions.
  • Private party contact
    Bill Daulton: (540) 434-4464
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