Lafayette Inn & Restaurant

4.6
179 reviews
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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 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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OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

W
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

F
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

SL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantatstic meal & excellent service!

DR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

NY
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

TC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

JE
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

G
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DM
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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.

s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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.

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.

DD
Cincinnati
14 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.

IH
New York Area
4 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.

MR
Washington DC
34 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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

SJ
Richmond
16 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.

SL
Baltimore
5 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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

Phenomenal food and service

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.

D
New York Area
6 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!

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.

j
Richmond
6 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...

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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