Lafayette Inn & Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Southern
OpenTable "DINERS CHOICE- Best Overall". Sophisticated Southern Cuisine. Trip Advisor "Hall of Fame". 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 many 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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Brenda
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 46th anniversary with dinner at the Lafayette Inn. We enjoyed the filet duo, the chicken special, a wedge salad, and a grits appetizer. The grits were done three ways, with pesto, gouda, and a raspberry sauce. The filet was the perfect temperature and fork tender as usual. No matter how hard I try, I can't recreate the herb butter on the filet or the honey butter that is served with the rolls. The servers were friendly and attentive. I just wished we had saved room for dessert!

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vipTravelingwahoos
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had a beet salad, grilled wedge salad, Seafood Diablo and apple pie. All wonderful. Service was very personable and professional, and prompt!! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Unimaginative poorly prepared dishes. Chicken was tasteless and over cooked. Husband’s steak was equally as bad. Would never go back.

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Renee
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely Inn!
Food was ok, but not a stand out.
We had a good time and enjoyed the evening
Service was very good!

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RebeccaB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant for a fancier date night. Very sweet atmosphere.

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DebbieR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exquisite resturaunt with 5 stars . We will return time an time again. Thanks Alan and Kaye for the incredible work you do to take care of your customers. Top notch service thanks Carla.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there with a few friends to celebrate a fun trip hiking through VA. We were all impressed with the very attentive service and the food was absolutely delicious. I especially loved the lamb shank... oh it was so good!

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MikeM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful old home with great ambiance and attentive staff

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LarryH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Interesting place (on the Virginia's most haunted list). Portions were substantial and food was good.

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Mert
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was most accommodating, setting up our group of 10 in a separate, smaller dining room - so it was like a private dining room. Carla our server did an amazing job taking care of us.

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Drido
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This place was ok, the food was good, but not organized. This is a Small old Inn, and the staff wasn't quite sure what they were doing. It was not what I wanted for an anniversary dinner, not sure I would go back.

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MikeL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice dining experience in an old inn. Excellent selection on dinner menu but quality of meal didn't match what we had read in reviews. It was a special "Cause" night so that may have been a factor. My Atlantic salmon was dry with sticky rice on the side. Nothing special, and my wife's cajun shrimp pasta was seriously over spiced. We both love spicy food but this was over the top. Nonetheless it was for a great cause.

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Wanderer13
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The history of the hotel is nice but the food was mediocre at best. We (3 of us) had the chicken over linguine and it was siting in a pool of water. Not sure if it was supposed to be the sauce or if they just didn't drain the pasta very well. 2 others in our group had the salmon and said they enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and recently discovered this venue for brunch. Amazing food, venue, and service!

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Kand3Js
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are at The Lafayette for our 25th anniversary. We chose it because it was really the only nice restaurant around where we were staying, so we didn’t really know what to expect. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was lovely. We would definitely return.

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Woodrowski
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We had not dined at the Lafayette Inn for over a decade and since Jack's closed we thought we would give the Lafayette Inn another try. We made a reservation with open table, when we arrived a man led us to the dining room and said sit anywhere. We waited for several minutes at our black tableclothed flowerless table, before our server greeted us. Our server did the best she could with what she had to work with. We ordered a bottle of Barboursville Chardonnay. While we waited a four-top was seated, we waited for about five minutes before our server returned and we placed our order. We ordered the calamari app, the calamari was cooked fine but the serving was way too big, it was entre sized portion. We ordered the fried green tomatoes which came to the table a few minutes after the calamari, we sent it back and asked we receive it after we finish our calamari, It went back to the kitchen and sat under the heat lamps, the meager portion of mixed greens where wilted and the cheese sauce had a film on it. The fried green tomatoes themselves were obviously store-bought. The fried green tomatoes salad is NOT a salad. It should be listed under appetizers not salads on the menu. I ordered the sea scallops with mushroom/onion risotto, my wife ordered the ravioli with vodka sauce. I was a chef for 20 years and still can't figure out how the scallops were cooked, although they were cooked properly, the risotto was an inedible paste which stuck to my teeth and only a few tiny shreds of mushrooms and onions. My wife's ravioli was a total letdown, it was obviously store-bought frozen ravioli and the vodka sauce was definitely from a JAR. $19 for frozen ravioli and sauce from a JAR? We've lived in Greene county for 18 years and sadly since Jack's closed there is no place other than mexican food to eat in Greene County. We will never return.

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Fantastic
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the diver scallops with risotto and it was the best I’ve ever eaten anywhere and I’ve traveled extensively! Service was prompt, courteous but not obtrusive. You know how a good song gets stuck in your head? For days after eating at Lafayette Inn, I was still thinking about how good the food was! Highly recommend!

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SuzanneL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantatstic meal & excellent service!

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DebbieR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Layfette resturaunt in Standardsville Virginia is a must. This is the best resturaunt we have ever dined at. The chef Alan is a master at his craft. The dishes are so flavorful and the portions are good. I really enjoyed the Cajun pasta and the puttanesca pasta special as well as the coffee espresso chocolate chip ice cream and flourless chocolate torte for dessert. We will continue to visit when we are nearby. Wish this resturaunt was closer to our home.

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vipNewYorkerInDelaware
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From appetizers to entrees to dessert, it was absolutely fantastic! Best kept secret in Stanardsville VA. Alicia was out wonderful waitress and Allen was our chef. Can’t say enough good things about how wonderful our meal was. Can’t wait to come back!

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TraceyC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The buffet was outstanding! Nice mixture of vegetable dishes, comfort breakfast food, fresh fruits. Biscuits were a huge hit. The entire family would go again.

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful hidden gem, so glad we found this place. Rolls with cinnamon butter, southwest egg rolls, surf and turf, and scallops risotto were all excellent.

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Kiki
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a true hidden gem. Food is consistently great. specials are interesting and service is just right

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BobF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We like the Lafayette, especially for their hamburger selection. The burgers are very good too.

The only problem we had was the Open Table reservation did not work. We arrived with ten folks and no reservation was found. Need to fix that folks.

Robert

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vipJE1058
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed dining here many times over the years. They have a nice, large menu, very good service and a beautiful, historic dining room.

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vipJenniferW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special and my husband had the braised short ribs. Both were delicious! The servers were great. The room was nice a cozy with two fireplaces. The owner came out to say hello. It was a perfect dining experience. We will come back!

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Gretchen
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE loved the ambiance of the restaurant. Friendly and welcoming. Service was very good. We had the lamb and a steak, both were nicely cooked as ordered and delicious. Will definitely return.

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DarleneM
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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sadlerbp
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BenjaminS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kevin
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarthaL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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USAF93
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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DaytonDiner
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipIreneH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMaryannR
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JackW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JAMESH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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DavidJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Lydia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Lafayette Inn & Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 192 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.