Lightfoot Restaurant

4.5
2211 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Open Daily at 11:30am for Lunch, Happy Hour M-F 3:30-6:30pm, 5:30pm Dinner.
11:00am Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Patio Weather Permitting,Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials.

Special Menus Valentines Eve, Easter Day, Mother's Day, and New Year's Eve.
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Phone number
(703) 771-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ingrid Gustavson
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Private party facilities
Three private event rooms that can accommodate groups of 2 to 180. The Restaurant is available for a complete facility buy out for up to 350 guests.
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Private party contact
Carrie: (703) 771-2233 ext. 10
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Catering
On premise only.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
Street parking available and Public parking garage. Garage is free in the evening and weekends. We can also validate for a free hour during the week.
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Entertainment
Live Music Friday and Saturday nights if a private party is not booked in the Piano Bar. Please call for a schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2211 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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5.0Dined a day ago

Outstanding food. and ambience. Definitely worth the drive. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our go-to place in Leesburg. The 1888 bank remnants are on full display, and add an air of grandeur. I have eaten here four times, and never had a disappointing course, much less meal. Staples like french onion soup, cream of tomato soup, and shrimp and grits do not disappoint. My wife loves the atomic crab cakes, and has made a meal of three or four of the starters. You can eat in the main dining room or outside in the back. Dinner parking is convenient; if full, there is a free public garage across the street. Great place ... and don't forget the french onion soup.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

As usual we had a great time and a great meal.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The location is in quaint downtown Leesburg in an old bank building. Beautifully decorated, comfortable seating. We had a reservation and were quickly seated. Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We always enjoy going to Lightfoot for our anniversary dinner plus an occasional dinner out. Seating is comfortable, food is local, prepared very well and quite tasty. Little noisy at first but quieted down as the even wore on. Great for parties and the service is great.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant in a repurposed bank building from the '40s or 50s, and a lot of the decor is from the original bank. Cool, but we don't choose a restaurant for the decor. The food is creative, the menu offers a great variety of choices. My wife had the fried oysters as well as oysters Rockefeller. Yes, she really likes oysters. She said both dishes were Devine. I had the duck, which was excellent. If you like unusual deserts, don't miss the frozen peanut pie.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had a great time and a great meal! Just kind of bummed that we went on my Birthday 7/2 and were celebrating both my birthday and anniversary and we weren’t offered a dessert or anything for the celebration. We’ve received treats at every other rest when we went for a celebration !!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Loudoun County. Always superb in every way: food, service, and ambience.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We visited for a birthday dinner based on some friends recommendations after they had enjoyed twice the Filet Mignon and the massive crab cake. Upon arriving in the older section of town we just knew it would be cramped and likely average fare. BOY were we surprised. The street entrance had that small town look and as we entered the doorway we noticed that this was a bank repurposed. The reception desk was front and center and staff was quick to greet us to the restaurant. The noise level was a bit loud, but we sort of expected this from our friend's description of the establishment as well as us coming on a Saturday evening. Our dining companions (two more) were arriving a bit behind us and we were given the option to wait or be seated. This was very nice of the staff to seat us without our full dinner complement, in that we may have sat waiting, as more people arrived and the table we desired could have been filled. As it was, we had a great corner table out of the walkways, away from the bar crowd and yet clear access for staff to the kitchen. We ordered a bottle of wine from a well appointed list. Several were of high caliber which indicates food options that are worthy of these vintages. We ordered the chess plate appetizer and were delighted with the textures and variety of cheese. All went great with our wine choice. For the main course we a enjoyed the special of the night. Filet Mignon with Crab cake. IT was the best option as it also allowed us to enjoy two dishes that came highly recommend to us. The meal was inviting and we all had a wonderful time , which was evident due to the fact we ended the meal after two hours and then spent another hour with desserts. Lightfoot restaurant has a unique twist with desserts. Without spoiling it for those who have not enjoyed this dinner experience I recommend ordering at least one dessert and see what accompanies your choice. We had a thoroughly great dinner due largely to our server and the wait staff.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Beautiful setting, friendly staff, and amazing food!

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1.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was good but service was terrible. We sat for a long time then finally has to ask the manager to send a server. He was rushed and didn’t listen to us at all. Got my drink order wrong and brought the wrong appetizer. Made us feel very uncomfortable. Will not go back.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Our server was awesome and the food was amazing. We had always thought this place was really expensive, but it truly is a great price for what you get. We are definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

another great experience at Lightfoot. This is where we go after an afternoon trip to our favorite winery. Always good food and great service. Love it.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing, as always. The Fried Green Tomatoes are divine!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The rib-eye was as delicious and as tender as I have ever had. We ate dinner outside. While I appreciate the space limitations of the restaurant with its outdoor dining space, the moving of garbage from the kitchen to the dumpster while we were dining detracted from an otherwise wonderful experience.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Duck breast needs to be cooked hot enough on the outside to render the fat. Expected more for price.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Lightfoot is always a good value. Our server (Jon) was outstanding, helpful and friendly. What I most appreciate about your restaurant (and which is increasingly difficult to find) is the low noise level. It is perfect for a two or four-person gathering.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great spot for our 61st Wedding Anniversary celebration. Both the Halibut and the Lamb T-Bones were done to perfection. The peach-blackberry Crisp provided a perfect ending.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My wife and I had our wedding reception here in 2001. We have been there many times since for dinner and even to celebrate our wedding day. The menu is always amazing and varies to keep creative new ideas flowing. Went for dinner June 8 for dinner and we split both the lobster bisque and the halibut for a entree. Amazing on both fronts! The waiter was great and very attentive despite the several tables he had. The kitchen was a bit slow with the entree but we were not in a hurry anyway so that was no issue. In a great restaurant like this you really don't want to be in a hurry anyway. My opinion.
Lightfoot is likely the best restaurant not only in Leesburg, but all of Loudoun County. 5 Star!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My husband and I have dined at Lightfoot for nearly a decade, now. The staff, service, ambiance, and food are unsurpassed. My friend and I had a lovely luncheon, and were pleased with every aspect of the experience.

Many thanks!
See you again, soon!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Best meal ever at Lightfoot.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Our son and daughter in law just moved to Leesburg and have been wanting to take us there. It was so delicious and our waiter Francisco was the best. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great place we have been eating here for decades . Love the food.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a great experience. The specials of the day were great, short ribs and the lobster bisque. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Food came out reasonably quickly. bev and bread service was very quick. We will come here again.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Waiter was efficient but not friendly at all. Makes a big difference to the evening,

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food in an elegant historical venue. The service was great and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was quite good and perfectly prepared (this time we had lump crab and filet beef with asparagus and mashed potatoe); however, the menu remains somewhat limited and would suggest that it be expanded by a few more dishes, particularly with more local Virginia cuisine. As a courtesy, the dinner specials should be printed. The service was good, but very laid back and casually attentive. The e-mailed coupon for anniversary desserts specifically says per entree, but was actually only for one. Last time we were there the premium martinis were $16 in the upper bar, but this time just $11.50 for same ‘call’ in the lower section, but perfectly made. Not getting points from Open Table was odd and may cause us to rethink this particular booking service. All-in-all a very nice dinner, but with some missed opportunities to make it the best in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Impeccable service, and delicious food, friendly staff. Can’t get much better than this.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We go to the Lightfoot for special occasions, the most recent being our 34th anniversary. The food was excellent, as usual, and our server was friendly and helpful. The restaurant (built in a former bank where I saved my money as a child) has a wonderful ambiance with French posters on many of the walls. The ham biscuit appetiser is spectacular and the blue ridge spinach salad is a winner. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good good and service. Fun evening with friends. Beautiful interior. Make a reservation.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Food was very good especially the Halibut. My dinner companion had the filet that was average. Service was painfully slow. Disappointed overall.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

It was a last minute decision and we hadn't been there in a few years. So glad things are still the same. The food was great from appetizer's, soup, entrée and dessert (all chef specials) and the service was top notch. We will make sure it's not years before the next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

My friend was entranced by the decor and both of us enjoyed the smiles and greetings of every staff member who went past. Our waitress was delightful and the food superb as always!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

It was great. The rain kept most people away so it was very quiet but comfy!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Have always enjoyed this restaurant, but ordered the mussels and frites lunch special and was very unhappy . Never have I seen such large mussels. Much more familiar with the smaller sweeter variety. Almost inedible, and I left several after trying to eat a few. Maybe just a menu variation but I will never order this dish here again. Sorry I didn't order some of my other favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent service and food. Never tried duck which was recommended by server. Great choice. Will be back

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and great service. It had been years since we last visited; we will be more regular customers.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful Mother's Day dinner. Lightfoot is a newly found favorite restaurant in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food... service good but time between courses too long.

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