Lightfoot Restaurant

4.6
2406 reviews
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Lightfoot Restaurant was named in honor of Loudon County hero and American Statesman Francis Lightfoot Lee, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lightfoot offers local color steeped in history, imaginative cuisine that tastes as exquisite as it looks, and an ambiance that is captivating and uniquely elegant.

Lightfoot is open seven days a week. Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour and Sunday Bruch. We also offer three private rooms for Parties, Corporate Functions, Weddings, and Rehearsal Dinners. Casual Elegance - Signature Events
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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. One of our favorite places in Leesburg.

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SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Dinner and drinks were good, but the desserts were not. The key lime pie tasted freezer burnt and the whipped cream was closer to butter (over-whipped and not sweet). We used to love lightfoot, so we were a bit disappointed after having not come in for a while.

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous brunch with girlfriends...and our server Dominique was outstanding! Highly recommend requesting his service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our wedding anniversary. We were placed at a 2 person table next to a support post in the main flow of traffic. We were also very close to a large round table with a group of loud patrons. It was difficult to carry on a conversation and we had serving staff constantly bumping my wife’s chair due to the tight squeeze. The food was good but delivery of the food was very slow. We were served after others that were seated after us. In my opinion Lightfoot has changed from a fine dining experience when it first opened to a more casual dining experience due to the lax dress code (patrons in shorts and t-shirts) but at a high price point.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I truly enjoyed this dinner with friends at Lightfoot. A friend accompanying me chose the restaurant and my meal was spectacular. One of the best shrimp and grits entrees I have ever had, and ham biscuit and crab dip appetizers.

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MH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It's been a few years since we dined at Lightfoot. The food is very good and the choices are many. Its a very good value, also. Parking can be hit and miss depending on when you go there as you have to choose between street parking or a few spaces behind the restaurant. It was an excellent experience.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for intimate dining with friends. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Service was very good, as were the apps, main course, and desserts. Highly recommended.

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable and relaxed dining experience, wait staffs timing was perfect, never rushing us through our meal.
Salmon salad was perfectly cooked on a bed of fresh greens.
Very nice selection of wines.

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MN
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service - attentive without being intrusive. Our first soup course did take quite some time to arrive however the waiter was very attentive and apologetic. Main course was absolutely fantastic. Splurged on desert which was stunning (hand spun cotton candy !!) and delicious. Will definitively return when in Leesburg..

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love the food!! Our last visit was a busy night, so service was slow. But our waiter & the manager were both very attentive and aware of the delay... it didn't ruin our night!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite experience

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very welcoming experience, the staff and waiter could not have been more pleasant. The food was phenomenal we had the Duck quesadilla to start and for the main entree one of the best crab cakes in the DMV. We will definitely be returning and recommending this restaurant to our friends.

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PF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic setting and the food was delicious without being extremely expensive. Nice jazz music playing during dinner but not too loud. It was very easy to talk while enjoying the music.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Service, taste, drink's....

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DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. Service was a tad slow, but by no means unbearable.
Great place for any event or special occasion.

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W
Baltimore
214 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. The restaurant is such a gem.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Two friends and I went to Lightfoot for lunch. The building and ambiance are lovely. Our server was great, checking in at just the right times. Two of us had fish and chips and the third, a vegetarian sandwich.

Both of us did not care for the fish and chips . Being from Newe England, we are experienced fish and chips eaters. I felt that the breading was way too thick and greasy. The cod was not as fresh as I expected, a bit fishy. French fries were limp and oily. The vegetarian sandwich was enjoyed by our third person.

I would revisit but would order something else.

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Lightfoot is ample, varied and delicious. The atmosphere is elegant and sound level very quiet - a great place to have a conversation. Staff are friendly and attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining in Leesburg. The food is the highest quality and in the category of gourmet. Great service and an overall very nice experience.

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l
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Chef Ingrid! Another delicious meal.

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l
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding! The steak was cooked perfectly and they were very cognizant of food allergies. We were not impressed with the wine selections and the house red was not good at all. It was very warm but the temperature outside was unexpectedly warm for a March day. The noise level in the restaurant was loud so it was difficult to carrying on a conversation across the table. But it was the vibe was upbeat!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing. It is beautiful inside and the food was amazing. Make sure you save room for dessert

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the very moment of arrival we were greeted warmly and shown to the perfect booth for our luncheon. Our server was professional, friendly, and most attentive to our ease and questions concerning the menu. It has been years since I've dined at Lightfood Restaurant, it has retained its place in being an establishment worthy of its reputation. I would highly recommend the restaurant to friends and business associates.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always, my friend had never been (he’s from Nevada) and commented at the end of the evening 5 stars as well. We both had the berry salad and I had the fried green tomatoes. The green tomatoes were perfectly prepared, not too crisp, not too soft and the shrimp and sauce was delicious!

It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not that crowded around 7:30 so we sat at the bar. Our bartender was courteous, and our service was prompt for drinks and ordering food. The food was brought out very quickly - kudos to the chef and staff.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Plenty of gluten-free options too!

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MB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food at a reasonable price, marred only by them not respecting the reservation time. We were seated close to 20 minutes after our reservation on an admittedly crowded Saturday night. But we had reservations . . .

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MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I have been to Lighfoot many times and loved the food. Our food was great again this time. I had called to let them know that we were celebrating the 50th birthday of 2 people. Which the gentlemen agreed to annotate. It was never mentioned by the hostess, the manager helping or the server. And when we checked in another guest was complaining that her request for seating was ignored as well. We got a booth in the back corner. Not exactly what we were hoping for with a celebration dinner. The server was just not on par with expectations. He cleared certain plates early, didnt bring additional plates for an appetizer and didnt share specials unless asked.

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lobster and Shrimp Pasta was awesome! Crab Chowder was also very good!

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend this unique restaurant. Service is always exceptional. Would like to see more food choices. Food presentation is always lovely.

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Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were wonderful!

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NO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks
Our server was fantastic

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I dined there on March 2, 2019 with my office staff. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The restaurant was busy and we were patient with waiting for our order to be taken. The Maitre'de was a little dismissive when I asked if they had any gluten free bread options. We waited an hour for our food and we had only ordered entrees. We all had the steak and crabcake special, which was excellent! The desserts were good overall but the creme brulee was cold in the center. I would go back on a less busy night.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional. We had a party of 6 to celebrate my Dad's birthday and everyone had a wonderful experience at the Lightfoot.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Found this restaurant last summer and had a fabulous meal Decided that for my birthday this is where I wanted to go. My friend and I each drive an hour to get here. Our reservation was at 5:15. Started out good. Then I got my food. The salad was very good. The steak was so tough I couldn’t hardly cut it and the mashed potatoes were cool. Waiter never came near us to ask if our food was good. Definitely not good value for price. Probably won’t go back

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KR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience at Lightfoot!!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, cheerful, attentive service (if a bit quirky) and a nice room, Lightfoot is a great place to eat if you find yourself in Leesburg. We were lucky enough to go on the restaurant’s 25th anniversary, and I got a free bonus crab cake that was absolutely divine — no filler at all, just deliciously seasoned crab cooked to perfection. My crab bisque and lamb chops were great, too. The chefs attention to detail, including delicious side dishes, was impressive. We’ll definitely be back!

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S
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but they pack people in and the noise level is very loud. The dining room and bar are basically the same room with more dining behind the bar. If you have hearing problems and use hearing aids you will not be happy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husband’s birthday. Dominic made our dinner special and the evening was just lovely. Thank you again, Lightfoot!

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TS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

finding Lightfoot was like finding an undiscovered treasure in Leesburg. The space is a soaring example of historic preservation with is a delight in itself in this modern age of faceless minimalism. The food is creative, fun and wholesome ... and honors the customer with beautiful presentation that shows the love of the chef and celebration of food as an art form. Lightfoot deserves wider recognition ... but then I would hate to lose this special best kept secret. Tom Schaaf

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and the building is fantastic itself.

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