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About Lafayette Inn & Restaurant

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.

146 E Main Street
Stanardsville, VA 22973
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Steak, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
Fridays- 11:30am-8pm Lunch/Dinner

Saturdays- 8:30am-8pm Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Sundays- 8:30am-7pm Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner

Cross Street:
Route 33 Bypass

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 985-6345

Website:
http://www.thelafayette.com/

Catering:
Host to over 250 Rehearsals, weddings, receptions and small corporate events. Specialize in small (40 down to 2!), intimate groups and organizations.

Parking Details:
Private parking lot behind the Inn. Ample additional town parking adjacent.

Executive Chef:
Alan Pyles

Private Party Facilities:
Best known for our 10 Course, wine paired Chef Tasting Dinner. Over 1,000 guests have enjoyed the "experience" last year alone! 6:00pm seating. Available most evenings- (Call if the evening appears blocked).

Private Party Contact:
Alan Pyles: (434) 985-6345

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
"Burgers Done Well"- Gourmet Burget Menu. Wide selection of 1/2 pound fire roasted burgers. Upgrade to doubles, triples and event quad! Chicken, Turkey and Veggie burger options- Garden style for a Gluten Free experience.

Lafayette Inn & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (3)
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Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Marine Corps Birthday

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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....)

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Went for Sunday Brunch. We started out with Bloody Marys and Cranberry with Champagne. Very good. The omelette was huge and came with a lot of sides. The food was good. The atmosphere was exactly as described--an historic Inn. We sat by one of two fireplaces which were not in use because it was very warm that day. The service was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Everything was delicious and lovely and the service was great but we did find a hair on our plate. We however did not make mention of it to our server.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Excellent as always but particularly nice on New Year's Eve, when other places are a circus.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 2, 2016

We've had dinner & breakfast here previously, but this was our first time for brunch. There are lots of options on the ala carte menu and at reasonable prices. My french toast with bacon & potatoes (you choose the sides) were very good. My wife's crab cake with eggs, toast, bacon, et al, was excellent. Service was friendly & efficient. Give it a try.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2016

What a wonderful place to good for any type of occasion. The staff is excellent and very friendly.
The food we had (party of 7) was prepared perfectly (steak, fish,chicken and pasta).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We had an outstanding meal and great service from beginning to end and cannot wait to go back when we are in town again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2016

We enjoyed the burger menu and the wine list. Diverse wine list with multiple options for Virginia wines.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 17, 2016

The inn itself was very nice and charming. The menu selection was great but the food was not good at all. Very expensive for very poor quality food. Very disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2016

refreshing change from chain restaurants! service was wonderful; food was delicious. not large portions but that is actually preferred; I hate to waste food and we ate everything!
we had a party of 4 girlfriends - it was a most pleasant evening and easy to converse. thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 5, 2016

A brunch celebration with friends that was enjoyed by all. Excellent food at a reasonable price in a historic atmosphere. The chef visited with us to explain some of the local foods. Have dined here on several occasions (brunch, lunch and dinner) and have never been disappointed with any aspect of the experience. Have recommended to other friends and family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 4, 2016

The food was average, but I definitely would not call it soul food. The setting is a historic Inn, which my teenager found to be a little creepy at first. If I'm in the area, I would consider returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2016

this place is historic and beautiful. the food was good.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Best steak I ever ate in my life. Cooked to perfection with juicy flavor oozing out of each bite. Great service too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2016

My husband and I were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. We arrived a bit early to enjoy happy hour on the upstairs porch. It was a lovely evening to enjoy a glass of wine. My only critique would be that the music was a bit loud making it hard to have a conversation.

The dining room was lovely and quiet. We were treated to a delicious meal and wonderful service. I had the crab cakes which were fabulous. My husband had the surf and turf and raved about the delicious steak. At the end of our meal,we treated ourselves to the mango bread pudding - absolutely delicious!

Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The staff were fabulous and the food wonderful! I plan to return again and will definitley recommend this!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Fantastic find for our rather large party of 14. The food was incredible and the service was excellent. Helpful and friendly staff made for a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2016

We had a wonderful lunch here. Loved the historical building and decor. The food was good and there were lots of choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Food and service were excellent. Nice ambience also. Recommend for date, special occasion, brunch or group-get-together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Great place with great people, this is our third time that we've been back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Great romantic getaway with wonderful food and wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 5, 2016

The inn and restaurant looks very nice on the inside and the food is very good and reasonable. The outside needs a little work on the building.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We had a wonderful evening there. The staff was delightful and the food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2015

The food was very good, a little crowded due to the parade of lights event in town the same night and kind of noisy. The service was okay, but a little slow. I actually sit for a while with an empty glass and we were never offered any additional bread while waiting for our food for a while. I am sure that had to do with the crowd with the event the same night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2015

I found this restaurant online and through tripadvisor. It was very close to where we were staying. We were extremely happy with the wine, food and service. Our waitress was amazing and personable. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 26, 2015

I have been here several times, always for a special occasion. We were a party of four. My husband and son both ordered the steak fillet and they were very pleased with their meal. I had the Tuscan shrimp dish and it was awful! The shrimp was very overcooked and very tough. The dish was smothered with grape tomatoes and some capers, which did not compensate for the lack of flavor. I can only hope this was a fluke. Will not return for quite some time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2015

I really enjoyed this restaurant. It was small and cozy. The service is superb and the staff was very knowledgeable. The food was good. Overall a good experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 5, 2015

The Lafayette is a great find in a tiny little town off the beaten track. The old inn has a long and interesting history. The dining room is small and intimate and beautifully appointed. The menu is varied and prepared well. The service is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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