Lightfoot Restaurant

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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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DB
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A lovely setting, with a perhaps overly broad menu. .The execution was uneven. My fish was excellent, but accompanying chips were indifferent, limp, and cold. My wife’s shrimp and lobster plate was also cold. The crab bisque was excellent.

Our server was helpful, cheerful, and unobtrusive, but a tad inattentive. She did refill glasses, but didn’t offer coffee refills. That was not a big issue for me but my wife is a more high-maintenance diner.

We think that Lightfoot’s is a decent value and will return. Good neighborhood restaurant.

y
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Waiter was great.
We were not allowed to sit until 11:30 even though the website says open at 11.
Three of us ordered a special onion soup and warm ham on a baguette.
Onion soup had mushrooms in it.
Instead of banquettes we got croissants which were mushy..

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had been very busy earlier and was playing catch up on resetting tables so we opted to sit at the bar adjacent to the warm and cozy fireplace. The meal was delicious from start to finish. We enjoyed some of their local craft beer as well as a cocktail. All of the dishes that we tried were excellent and prepared with care. The bartender took great care of us and we were asked by the host a couple of times if we were enjoying our meals, always nice to be acknowledged. He was on a phone call as we were leaving but put down the phone to bid us farewell and thank us for joining them. We are locking forward to coming back the next time we are in Leesburg.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My husband and I want to like this place so much, but every time we go, there is a problem. While the food was good and the server was fantastic, the restaurant manager was rude, arrogant and unwelcoming. He managed one thing very well, which is ruining our experience!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and a wonderful experience!

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience! They made the experience special for my birthday. I will be back.

LH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiting a 1/2 hr for a coffee was unacceptable, especially since we asked multiple people. The restaurant was very busy and the server was clearly overextended. Our Bloody Mary's came and we still waited for coffee. By the time the server took our order, we were starving. They were gracious enough to accept a gift card that had expired the month before and this was likely due to the chaos. The food was worth it and the portions large, but expect a Sunday visit to be especially leisurely.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It as a very good lunch to celebrate a birthday and also for any other occasion

KA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just not the food - as wonderful as that is -it the impeccable service. And by that I mean prompt, welcoming, patient, helpful service. I have been dining at Lightfoot's for over fifteen years - the quality has never wavered. They consistently provide a wonderful experience.

K
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the setting of the restaurant, an old bank with a huge vault door. The service was great, everyone was very attentive and polite and quick. The food was just good, not great and not bad in any way, but we didn’t leave wanting to go back. A nice first experience and glad we went.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Lightfoot dozen of times and have never been disappointed.

WE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mediocre food, OK service, surly manager/host

I've been to Lightfoot probably 12 times for Sunday brunch because it's a favorite for a visiting relative. There are always six of us and my relative prefers one round table (instead of a rectangle) in the rear of the restaurant that's comfortable for her with mobility issues. Unfortunately, the restaurant flat out refuses to reserve a specific table or let me get there super early to claim it. The host is just surly about it. I've never encountered a restaurant that refuses any and all requests for a certain table for a special family event when the restaurant isn't even crowded.

The food is so-so...interesting combinations but it never really hits the mark. The kitchen is inconsistent about honoring simple special requests (like type of cheese or omitting sour cream, etc) and servers are not fluent in understanding the ingredients of items that have been on the menu for years.

The mimosas as allegedly bottomless but you can only get a refill if the server comes back to the table, so it's in effect a mimosa plus maybe a refill.

My family keeps going back because it's the only upscale restaurant with brunch in the heart of downtown Leesburg. I am more dedicated than ever to lobby we go somewhere else after the rudeness of the host at the front stand last weekend.

JP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took my mother sister and wife to eat at Lightfoot
As perMy request, they gave us a nice quiet booth in the back. We started off in the mail with two appetizers; the deviled eggs which are always wonderful and the oysters Rockefeller which were a delight . Everyone decided to get the same entrée which was a Gyro and it was very delicious along with the zucchini fries.
For desert we ordered Spinoni Sunday’s; as well as a lemon cake.
We left happy

GE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, wonderful setting

1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always. Great food, ambiance, service, and location.

D
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our dining experience was quite good. Our party had four different type meals. The pork shank with vegetables was superb! The others enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries, fish and chips, and the braised duck breast and vegetables. The wait staff was a bit slow but very accommodating. We also enjoyed ice cream sundaes with coffee. All enjoyed our dinners and vowed to return.

KR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

M
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to us and it all expectations. From the cordial welcome at the door to the beautiful China setting on the white table cloth, it was lovely from beginning to end. Megan was our server and she was attentive but not smothering. We all ordered the mahi-mahi which was prepared exquisitely. Our water glasses were never empty and we left extremely pleased.

A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had to wait

PM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not impressed.

V
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Lightfoot for a nice lunch. The Fish and chips was crispy and perfect. Bay scallops were a bit over cooked in the pasta dish. The sauce and pasta were delicious. The peach ice cream strawberry sundae was very peachy good.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Our server Fred made it even more enjoyable. Hope to return soon.

GH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - go again soon. Excellent food and service as well as ambiance.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a special occasion.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Very anxious to return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Craig...23rd anniversary dinner was perfect!

V
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Used to work here in high school and still come back with my wife many years later. Love the food, the atmosphere, the wine list, and location. Service always top notch as well.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For years, Lightfoot has been a “go-to” restaurant for my friends and I. It doesn’t disappoint!

DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening from start to finish and our waitress was the model of decorum and attentiveness.

JP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great as always - a place that keep coming back to.

TK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful location! Excellent cuisine. Our server was evidently new and management corrected the error and the server. That's the sign of an excellent restaurant. Enjoy!

AW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Started out with crab bisque and fried green tomatoes-delicious! Then, everyone’s favorite salad and French dip. We will be back next weekend, it was so good!

LN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal and superb wait staff/service!!

MB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Father’s Day last night. We were promptly and warmly greeted and seated right away. The food was very good. We had the cheese sampler to start. Our son had the kids spaghetti which he loved. I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the steak salad. Our server seemed a little disappointed that we weren’t ordering cocktails or wine but the meal was a nice one and we enjoyed it.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was awesome. She was very personable, patient and quite accommodating. Will go again.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, really enjoyed the filet.

AD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our service was good yet the kitchen seemed a bit slow during our visit. Usually service is quite timely.

l
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We've been going here several times a year since it opened and have enjoyed our meals. This last visit was a bit off with new staff and training that could have been a bit more attentive and would should have been alert when food was have left on the plate; no one came back to check on the food until it was time to clear the table.

KB
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, as always!

F
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salad with fried oysters was huge as well as delicious.

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