Lafayette Inn & Restaurant

4.8
165 reviews
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OpenTable "DINERS CHOICE- Best Overall". Sophisticated Southern Cuisine. An approachable yet elegant dining experience. Named "Virginia"s Restaurant of the Year" by the Food & Wine Society. Regions top "Gourmet Burger" lunch. Wine Enthusiast award winning wine list representing dozens of Virginia wines and countless other New World selections.



Located just 8.3 miles off of Skyline Drive. 30-40 minutes East of Harrisonburg, 20 minutes north of Charlottesville and 30 minutes south of Culpeper.
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DM
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette Inn was AHMAZING... the crab dip was delicious, my entree was large and super yummy (I had to take some home), the service was stellar, and the overall experience was one I highly recommend and would do again when I'm in the area.

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s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint, delicious, excellent service with a history lesson! Wonderful dinner and experience

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BS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We have been going there for years and it has always been outstanding.

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K
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful place with excellent service. Food is excellent and well priced.

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ML
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent with 2 people helping us. Impressed by the wine tasting before we selected a bottle of wine. The food was delicious & the presentation creative.

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US
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went for my father's birthday. It was a chilly night outside and the draft coming in caused us to keep our coats on to eat. The food was ok. Nothing special. The deserts were really good. The wine list was very lacking of local wines of which this part of Virginia has many great varieties. We ended up getting a Washington State wine when we were told that the Virginia wine we asked for was sold out. Our visit was also tempered by a group of women who had obviously drank too much and were talking loudly and cursing. Really spoiled our evening. Overall the food, the price and the cold would cause us to look elsewhere for our next special occasion.

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DD
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Split an order of fried green tomatoes for our salad - great sauce the tomatoes sit in. I saved what was left to use with my dinner. We both had the filet and crabcake combo. Really enjoyed both. Wine selection by the glass is somewhat limiting. Seems there is only one option for each category. But both our wines were quite good - I had the Pinot Noir. Atmosphere is lovely historic inn setting. Set a great relaxing mood for our final night in the Shenandoah area.

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IH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm atmosphere and delicious food! Great local gem that I'm glad I discovered.

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MR
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and left room to share bites of the great desserts. Thank you.

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JW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday after learning about it from a local in we were staying at.
It was top notch and would definitely return

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JA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Friday night dinner was great with the special salmon.
The ice cream and chocolate torte were outstanding.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife were in town for a friend's retirement party and stayed at the Lafayette Inn. We had dinner in the restaurant that was superb. Menu was unbelievable and varied. It was a hard choice, for , there were so many options from which to choose. Carla, our server, friendly, outgoing, knowledgeable of the offerings. We loved it.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding and truly delicious gourmet cooking. Most notable also for historical sight, 1800's authentic accoutrements, ambiance and friendliness. I am definitely going again and taking friends too! I made a special request about surprise ice cream to be served with a candle in it, and that was honored to the last detail!

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JA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch with friends - great eclectic varied menu, super super super service, nice wine by the glass. The relaxing environment was perfect for an unhurried lunch with friends from far apart cities. The historic nature of the inn is an attractive point in a quiet out of the way location.

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SJ
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We probably won’t come back. The food was fine but the ambiance and service were lacking and the menu a bit overpriced for the experience. We came for Father’s Day and will not do so again.

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SL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner & a fantastic conversation with a few of the Stanardsville locals. Great Friday night!

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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and fantastic service! Really enjoyable time, great stop off skyline drive! Really awesome place to stay too, highly recommended!

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CR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dinner, the food was exceptional as well as the service. Great experience!

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VQ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I came for brunch based on reviews, and based on my experience wouldn't come back.

Service was slow, really slow. It took 20 minutes for someone to take our order, and then about 45 minutes before the food showed up. I ordered a Bloody Mary that didn't actually make it to me until after the group had been served food - I'm still glad I ordered it, as it was the tastiest thing I consumed. My plated food was a mixed bag. I ordered a crab cake (real crab, tasty), poached eggs (poached properly, but cool), bacon (a little floppy), and grits (under-seasoned). Everything I ordered was lukewarm, and had clearly been sitting out.

Other folks had similar issues. My husband ordered the same dish with the same issues, and while I got the listed remoulade he did not. Another person in my party sent his cold burger back to be re-heated.

It's a cute old building, very clean facilities, but for the price I expect a hot meal and better service.

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J
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Visited Lafayette Inn while traveling as it came highly recommended by our hostess. Ambience and service were top notch but food was very mediocre for a higher end restaurant. Rated a 2 from me, a 4 from my wife. She will have to go back without me.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service

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MK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a historic inn. Fireplaces at both ends of the room on a chilly evening. Food and service is always good. Love to come for a nice relaxing meal.

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at the beautiful Landmark Inn. Birthday dinner was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive. 2 fireplaces in the dining room makes it cozy and romantic. All seats were taken by the time we were halfway through eating. Def need a reservation! We loved the corn fritters, the salad with goat cheese, and he had the Pork Chop and I had shrimp and grits and we both really enjoyed them. More of a special occasion spot since the prices are on the high side. We were happy to see Bold Rock cider on the menu, too. The food item I haven't stopped thinking about were those dinner rolls and cinnamon butter!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, atmosphere and food! Whenever we are in or near Standardsville we always make a point to visit the Lafayette. It is always wonderful and family owned and operated. It’s no wonder why the Inn and Restaurant are consistently award winning. We will definitely be back soon, Mike and Mandy.

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j
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The Lafayette Inn is one of our favorite s restaurants in the area. I was disappointed with the food for the first time. The risotto was way to mushy and creamy and milk that curdled in my coffee. The main course had bacon in it, which was not mentioned by the waitress and had to be returned.
Despite this we will return...

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OT
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

One of us had been on a prior trip and the meal and experience was exceptional. This time was disappointing. It was fairly busy for a Saturday night. The waitress always overlooked our table of 2 while the next table of 4 was attended to quickly and thoroughly. One glass of wine was ordered but never served. Waters were not refilled. By the time we got to dessert, we were exhausted from an entire meal of being overlooked that we just paid the check and left. Hope to give them another chance when we are back.

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch for six at the Lafayette in December after a small, intimate wedding, and it was just perfect. Quiet, intimate, and lovely food.

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NS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very solid brunch in an area with few options. Will definitely revisit when in Stanardsville.

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JG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marine Corps Birthday

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j
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

always delicious, always beautiful and always great service. It is a very special place.

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MV
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in an historic inn located in picturesque town. Nice property with commemorative plaques.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is located in a beautiful old house. Extensive menu options for dinner & desert.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our evening at The Lafayette Inn. Good service and lovely ambiance. Each meal is carefully prepared fresh and delicious!

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OT
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. A hidden gem. Only learn they are in Stanardsville through Open Table or TripAdvisor...or from a former guest. They are about an hour drive from our home; we were looking for a special venue and we were truly satisfied. Apparently The Lafayette Inn & Restaurant has the right pace of patronage for business. Our dining experience was exactly what we had in mind. Chef and staff delivered a most delicious meal and they were all quite personable as they managed to wedge in a bit of time to converse. We would go again and encourage our neighbors to dine there too. Thank you!

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AF
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a new place to have Sunday brunch and tried the Lafayette Inn in Stanardsville. The setting of this old inn is beautifully landscaped and we enjoyed our walk to the front door and again after our meal, to the car. It was a nice surprise to find such excellent food and we invited friends to join us there for Sunday brunch a few weeks later. Both times we enjoyed our selections--the omelette of the day and the traditional Eggs Benedict. Our friends tried the (crab) cake and eggs. The first time we were there, the omelette had feta cheese and teeny tomatoes that we could only call "raisin tomatoes" because of their size. The meal was artistically arranged on the plate so that the yellow, orange and red tomatoes tumbled out of the omelette. When we were with our friends we all ordered the stone-ground grits instead of the potatoes and they were delicious! You should try them. The only downer is that no matter how many people are in the dining room, it's very noisy. The first time we were there, there were about eight people and it was noisy; the second time, graduation weekend, it was really noisy. The owners should consider adding some noise abatement, such as carpets on the floors.

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JO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable night at this restaurant. Great service great food outstanding wine list.

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h
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined by the fireplace which was warm and cozy. I had the Layfayette Shrimp and Grits which was the best I've ever eaten. Service was great.

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R
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Lafayette Inn. What a wonderful gem in a quaint city. I haven't stayed overnight, but it's nice that is an option. Excellent wine list and local beer and cider available. Always enjoy our meals there!

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R
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the area and had never visited before, so we said what the heck. So glad we did, the staff was excellent, the atmosphere was pleasant and calm, and most importantly the food was great. Great place for mature adult date night.

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JO
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice choice for our evening: Yummy appetizers in the bruschetta and crab, both superbly done. Overall very broad wine choices, and we noted the beer list is also quite good, although we were zeroed in on wines, to be fair. Main courses were also interesting, we chose the shrimp and grits and a steak selection. Shrimp and grits were wonderful, spicy. Steak was well cooked at medium rare, but the broccoli with it was icy, as if it was overly frozen and then not steamed enough or stored too cold and forgotten. Other than the broccoli, however, we enjoyed the port wine and cheeses for dessert and the wonderful Baileys and Coffee special drink. Service was a bit scattered but overall friendly. Would definitely return! (wish the restaurant had checked us in, however, since we alerted them with our names and said we were with OT....Open Table alerted us we'd missed the reservation, which wasn't true, first time it's ever happened in many years and many restaurants....)

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