Kenmore Inn

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Farm-to-table
The Kenmore Inn has a simple philosophy: serve fresh, local ingredients, with informed service, in a comfortable setting. Our dining rooms reflect the history of our Inn with modern renovations. Come enjoy a leisurely dinner downstairs in our Garden Room, Pub or beautiful sunken patio. A creative and seasonal menu offering food that comes from the freshest ingredients. The menu can change often, sometimes daily, with the availability of local produce, created by Executive Chef Chris Justice. See our website for details or call (540) 371-7622 for an updated menu and specials. www.kenmoreinn.com
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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great live music, wonderful staff and food.

AC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had reservations for three at 11:45 am. There was one other table occupied when we arrived. Two more were filled while we were there. The dining room was bright and lovely, but the fare was more "lunch" than "brunch". The two true brunch options were omelettes and a really, really yummy sounding French toast...but our waitress told us right away that they were out. Wine was on the menu, but Bloody Marys and Mimosas would have been nice. The omelettes were very good, but there weren't any bread options. We asked for biscuits which we saw on the menu as part of another entree option (sausage gravy on a biscuit). They were huge, but still cold in the center. Our waitress didn't bring the ordered jam for the biscuits until we asked a second time and were almost finished with our meal. No apologies, but at least she didn't charge us an extra $3 for each of the biscuits, which she said she would have to do when we asked for them.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Duck!

M
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyable dining experience. We sat outside on the patio. Terrific meal and service. I had the swordfish special and a good glass of wine. Well paced service. Will definitely return.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!! celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary there. reat service, quiet space with great food. Highly recommend a visit. Staff was great!

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and a perfectly prepared meal while dining on the patio with live music. That’s a 5 star evening.

A
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We made reservations for 7:15 on a Saturday. We showed up a few minutes early. We waiting by the hostess area/bar for about ten minutes. Eventually, the bus boy asked if we had reservations and for what time. After telling him, he said he'd find the host. He came back a few minutes later and said we could sit anywhere. We sat down on the patio, and the bus boy filled out water glasses. For the next 15 minutes, we looked around and observed a lot of other guests sitting near us with just water. Looking inside, we could see just one waitress trying to manage all of the tables on the inside of the restaurant. We gave it a few more minutes, then got up and left. We used to love this place, but this was the third visit in a row, and we've noticed a pretty big drop off in service. This was our last visit.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal with wonderful service

T
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The setting is fantastic. That being said our food was undercooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen and after the initial coffee and tea the refills were non existent. There are many opportunities in town for a wonderful meal and I believe we will try somewhere else next time.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit during restaurant week...will definitely return. Fabulous cocktails, delicious food, and wonderful service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Table was in basement area under B&B. Would have loved a more elegant surrounding. Food was excellent. Service a wee bit slow, but we are going back again Friday as we liked it.

DH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I normally enjoy coming here, but I felt this was an off night for them. The service was incredibly slow.

GB
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kenmore Inn never disappoints. Enjoyed the restaurant week selections. And, of course, to eat a wonderful dinner accompanied by light jazz, was icing on the cake. We also enjoyed spending a bit of time in the garden patio. We definitely recommend the Kenmore Inn.

CD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

The atmosphere waa amazing. That was the only thing that made the evening endurable. The service was incredibly, extremely slow. I'd go back for the ambiance. It's beautiful outside with the patio lights and the live music was excellent. However the food was wanting- flavor was lacking. And did I mention service was slow.

BA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great choice for a special event. Server was friendly and attentive without "hovering" The setting is relaxing with three different levels of formality. Food was just a tad rich for me, but I will make a different choice next visit. There will definitely be a next!

SH
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Quaint and true to the area. Excellent ambiance and atmospheres. Great menu and wonderful food. Hard to decide but we did, went with the Inn burger and chicken salad sandwhich. The burger cooked to perfection and chicken salad wonderful flavor. We treated ourself to desert too. The peach cobbler was terrific topped with ice cream and the banana pudding best ever had. Wonderful ending to a nice day. There was open mic night and the music was nice.

B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very much enjoyed the brunch. The menu was more limited due to Father's Day, but was still great.

HG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. We were driving to Williamsburg and passing through Fredericksburg late in evening and hadn't eaten. I found this on Open Table and we got a 9:30 reservation which was perfect since we were ten minutes away. It was quiet by then, but there were people at the bar. We were greeted so warmly and taken to a table. The building is very old, 1700's but updated of course and very cozy. Oldies played in the background. The waitress was very attentive and friendly, made good recommendations. We had crab cakes and wine to start; I'm not a crab cake lover but these were light and delicious with minimal filler. My husband had the marinated chicken sandwich and I had the chicken pot pie; both very satisfying and nice portions. We both agreed it was a lucky find and will definitely come back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like we were in Charleston having a lovely dinner. So beautiful!

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a reservation for Sat evening. It was my birthday, noted with reservation. No big deal (never expected anything) but a courteous Happy Day would have been nice.
The outdoor patio is just lovely and it was a perfect night. A definite plus. One meal was terrific , other
crab cakes were sub par at best. there was more lobster chunks in the bisque than in the crab cakes very bready, stringy crab and probably left from day before. When asked how it was, I said ok and shrugged an ok. figuring it would open up a conversation, no. There were a very generous 3 crab cakes and when just 1 and a bite is eaten ... you would expect a "why" ? Needless to say it was a dissappointing way to leave.

LP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday brunch. Everything was delicious from drinks & appetizers to entrees to dessert & coffee. Highly recommend for Springtime brunch.

M
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant and very quiet. Food was delicious. My wife got the swordfish and I got the filet. Reasonably priced for the ambiance.

GA
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our first visit to Kenmore Inn. Very disappointing. The martini and Caesars salad were good. The 3 entrees left a lot to be desired. Crabcakes were mostly filler and very salty. Short rib was fatty, gristly and dry. Chicken came out undercooked. Leg was bloody and still translucent. Kitchen said it was ok like that. What? Sent it back to be finished. I guess we were being punished because it took over 10 minutes to get it back properly cooked. However, it was tasty.
Creme brulee was the tiniest one I have ever seen. But that was ok because its flavor and texture were not very good.
All in all, a pretty shabby dining experience. We won't be back and we recommend you don't go either.

LP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would recommend the Kenmore Inn to a friend and I will bring friends at our next visit

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kenmore Inn is a lovely place. My sister and I enjoyed an elegant Sunday brunch, and my husband and I dined outdoors one night in their lovely garden. It's beautiful!

PJ
Miami
111 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kenmare Inn is a little colonial treasure in old Town Fredericksburg at Princess Anne and Lewis streets. The restaurant is the lower ground floor and flowered courtyard of a reconstructed 1743 house. Upstairs is a B& B with nine rental rooms.
Farm to table fare is offered. A full bar offers, crafted bar drinks, wines by the glass and craft beers to accompany meals of 1 to 4 courses. All at sensible prices.
We shared superb crab cakes, Ceasar sa
And mixed green salads and a home made chicken pot pie: all savory and served with a smile. The mains also offered steak, Artic Char, chicken, hamburger plus a vegetarian special. Soup and desserts were a temptation we passed on. The outside rear courtyard dining is enticing. Wrought iron tables, white table clothes amidst lovely gardens. A bit of a chill so we chose the windowed table near the open French doors and shared the lively buzz from the barroom as well! A short Uber/Lyft ride from our strip motel, after a full day of driving, made it easy to find. Parking might be a challenge. But worth a go.

BM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Kenmore Inn was terrific. The food was incredibly fresh and well prepared. The ambiance was gorgeous. We ate outside in the courtyard which wss beautiful. See the picture. I highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The food was good, but the service was awful. It took over an hour to get our food and 30 minutes to get a glass of wine. No bread or butter or apologies were provided. I had the same issue that last time I dined here. Sadly, I won’t go back.

It’s a great atmosphere and fairly good cuisine, but not a real restaurant as they ignore their diners.

NC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is infectiously fabulous. Muted tunes with great food and drink plus... a delightful team. WOW! And you can't help but think that you are in this historical venue where powerful discussions have taken place. More WOW!

LH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We wanted to try a local restaurant while visiting Fredericksburg, and found the Kenmore Inn listed on Open Table. The menu sounded great, so we decided to try it. We were seated promptly, but it took a while for the appetizer of crab dip to arrive. We love crab dip, we're from Maryland and get it everywhere we go. But this crab dip was missing something....the crab! It also wasn't very melty and gooey, what we enjoy in a crab dip. Then it took 45 minutes from order time to receive our entrees, and we were the only ones to order dinners at the time. There was only one other couple in the dining room at the time we ordered, and they were waiting on friends to arrive. When our meals did come out, the waitress mixed up our meals; we both had ordered the filet, but I ordered medium and my husband ordered rare--it does make a difference. However, the meat was cooked very nicely, and the demi-glace was tasty. The side dish of haricot verts....we each received only about four. Since it took so long to receive our entrees I opted not to order dessert. There appeared to be only one waitress, with a helper and the hostess. She seemed overwhelmed, and who knows how many kitchen staff there were since it took so long for two filets to come out. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant, and I wouldn't return if we visit this area again.

JN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The overall experience was great. However the noise level made it diificukt at times to have a conversation
Our server Macey was great!! Attentive without being intrusive. Great job
The food was prepared perfectly. The only issue we had was the food was lukewarm at best

SF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So quaint inside—the food was incredible—truly a hidden gem in Fredericksburg! Definately going back!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All food was great except the smoked duck. The flavor was very good but, skin was chewy. Minus that one dish- everything else was exceptionally good!

KR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kenmore Inn was an absolute outstanding venue for date time.

BF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I saddens me, as a local, to write this review. We have ALWAYS loved what we call Kenmore Pub, the downstairs of the Kenmore Inn. We purchased a gift certificate to benefit charity, and took another couple with us. We had a reservation for 7pm and were seated in the dining area near the outdoor patio. We noticed there were a lot of tables, and staff moving about quickly. It was DARK, I mean, not romantic dark, but, can't see your menu dark. We used our phones to order the crab dip app, and 3 drinks and one water. After 35 minutes passed, my husband went to explain to the staff that we would be happy to go elsewhere, considering we didn't even have our beverages yet. They appeared within a minute, and they apologized. The crab dip is good, VERY creamy... could be a little lumpier, but good flavor. We ordered our dinners, and waited. The food arrived almost 40 minutes later. I seriously had no idea what was on my plate besides the rockfish, which was two generous narrow filets. It tasted okay, but, it was like eating mystery food. I remembered from the menu that I was eating lentils, and a sweet potato hash, but , for the life of me, I couldn't see which was which. I had a white wine with my meal. My husband's duck was bland. The bill arrived and it was almost $50 per person with the tip. Ouch. One drink, one dinner, and a quarter of an app is not a good value at $50. We have had WONDERFUL meals there in the past, and understand that the owner/chef has opened another restaurant in town, The Confident Rabbit, but wish the service and food could have remained as high quality as it used to be. The bar on the same level is usually a great bet, and we love the small town feel. Don't know what is going on, but hope they can pull it together.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. The food was excellent and the service too. We were a bit chilly so bring a sweater!

JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good. Nice atmosphere. Service was very slow though. The menu listed on OpenTable is not up-to-date. The menu that was on the table when I arrived was also not accurate. Two of the items listed had been replaced according to our server but this was not mentioned until I went to order one of those items. This was disappointing since the menus left on the table when I was seated were paper and not laminated. This should have been either annotated on the menu or told to us when we were seated.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great unique environment! Hidden Gem of Fredericksburg!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff with great food. I love their southern twist and variety of dishes. Also a great place for a cocktail.

EH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a Sunday brunch with friends and birthday celebration. Service and food both terrific.
Wonderful decor and ambiance.