Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

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1102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Savor the flavors of early America at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, located just footsteps from George Washington’s historic estate. Conveniently located 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria and 16 miles from Washington, D.C. at the southern end of the George Washington Parkway. One of Washington’s best- kept secrets for romantic evening dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Lunch
Mon 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 799-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Wade
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Catering
Our Catering Department is in charge of booking all of our private events, including Weddings, Corporate Functions, Baby Showers, Promotion Ceremonies, etc. Many of our Saturdays during Wedding Season tend to booked with Weddings, closing the Restaurant for the public. For more information, call our main number: 703.799.5062
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
George Washington Memorial Parkway
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Parking details
Parking is directly across the street on Route 235 North.
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Public transit
There is a Metro Bus stop at the corner of the crosswalk directly in front of the Restaurant. The Metro Bus stops at Huntington Metro, the end of the Yellow Line.
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Entertainment
Tv at Bar
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Special events & promotions
The Inn hosts many special events for our guests throughout the year. Check out a list of events on our webpage. www.mountvernon.org/inn
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., lantern-lit lanes, breathtaking Potomac River views, and exclusive access to the most popular historic home in American make Mount Vernon one of the most desirable event locations in the Washington, D.C. area.

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1,102 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
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4.4
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4.4
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Table for7- we were in a reunion w/ a cousin who had recently lost 3 family members. There seemed to be a staff meeting within 3 feet of our table including 3 staff members. What was a solemn occasion, during which listening was imperative, our group was unnerved enough to require special action of a family member to ask them to move to another location. Coincidentally, the main dining room that we were in was otherwise empty.
The day I made the reservation, I was told that there was not space available for our group size. When the hostess escorted us to the table, we saw that the restaurant was relatively empty. The reservation process was quite misleading.
On a positive note, the chef did an outstanding job w/the quality of the food. The waitress was very attentive to our group and our needs-late arrival guest’s food was ready as soon as she walked through the door.
The most interesting fact in all of this is that the grieving guest is a successful restaurant and hotel consultant.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

I made reservations for my boyfriend's birthday. We waited about an hour for our meal while all other guests had seemingly eaten and left. Eventually we were the only customers seated in one wing of the restaurant. Later on the manager personally delivered our dishes--he was apologetic. He stated we would get our desserts for free given the delay. Such a nice gesture--we thought. But we realized that we were still charged for desserts in the end!
While pulling out my credit card, I turned to my boyfriend and said: well I hope you had an enjoyable dinner...and Happy Birthday babes." Overhearing that conversation, the waiter turned back and said: " It's your birthday?...well let me take the bill back and give you [the birthday boy] your dessert for free. I still had to pay for mine. What is even more frustrating is that in making the reservations, I told these people that this was a birthday dinner. They acknowledged this and even told me that my boyfriend would get a surprise dessert after dinner. And that never happened. There were so many errors made at this place. I didn't bring it up because I didn't want to create a scene on an evening that was meant to be celebratory and festive. The food was edible but the service made it so much worse. I was so upset. I had been to this restaurant several years ago for my birthday which, admittedly, I enjoyed. It seems like the service has gone down hill since then. Everything seemed chaotic and disjointed. Our waitress Elise was nice but clearly there was no communication, no follow-through and no attention to detail. I dine in MANY restaurants in the DMV. The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is NOT A GOOD ONE and I will not be recommending it to anyone.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We used to go to Mt. Vernon quite a bit when we lived here four years ago, we came back with my cousin and everything had changed. There was none of the ambiance from before, the food was lacking, and it felt like a below average regular restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was terrible. Food came to the table cold. No utensils on the table had to ask for them after the food came. Worst $68.00 bucks I've ever spent .

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Mt. Vernon Inn is OK, especially in a neighborhood with few non-chain restaurants. It could be much better. Our server was friendly, but slow. The food was mixed. My wife was very happy with her crab cake sliders, but I thought the portion on the wings and baked brie was very small for the price. The brie was cool and the inside was not fully melted. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great either. It is a convenient place if you are going to an event at Mt. Vernon. Other than that, Cosmopolitan Grill on Rt. 1 is only 10 minutes away and has much better food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We look forward to our monthly dinner at the Mt Vernon Inn! It never disappoints. Service from maitre d' and table server was excellent!

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We were disappointed in the food and atmosphere. The Hoe cake sauce was way too salty and then the Mac and cheese was bland. Brussels were greasy instead of crisp. Fried chicken was good but everything else was average compared to all the reviews we read. We made a special trip out there with family visiting from California and were disappointed. Our server was nice and responsive though.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We had the corn bread, peanut soup, shrimp and grits, lobster roll, and a couple of garden salads. Everything was good, and the server was knowledgeable, and very helpful. We were not disappointed, and if we lived in the area, we would return often to try other items.
Overall an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We loved our waitress! She was very attentive

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great place for a special
Occasion or just a dinner out - great food reasonable prices .

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Very pleasant family dining experience while touring the historic home of George Washington. Everyone enjoyed the food, servers were attentive, and Virginia wines on the menu added to the theme of exploring the area. I would also recommend this to couples looking for a unique date - do the tour, walk the gardens and forest paths, then relax with a great meal at the Inn.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Birthday celebration, GW your and fireworks.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The Inn had a great menu and service. We had the chicken and waffle appetizer - not to be missed! Wonderful quality and quantity of food for the price. Definitely will return!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent opportunity to introduce friends to Mt Vernon and The Inn.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Wonderful food, great tasting. Waiter could have been a bit more friendly, talkative about our day at MV, offered suggestions, etc.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great way to end our day at Mt. Vernon. The food and ambiance was perfect. We had the filet mignon, vegetable risotto with chicken and the salmon. Very large portions and great taste. Service was quick. We had the apple pie for dessert and wow! Delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Very nice restaurant

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great service, amazing food, beautiful decor and setting! We had 2 adults and 3 children during lunch and had a fabulous meal and experience. While it was the height of lunchtime (12:15 reservation) and the restaurant was almost full, we were seated 10 mins early and treated like the only guests there. Our server went out of his way to treat our children (9, 4, and 2 yrs) the same as he did my husband and I. Fish and chips, lobster roll, sangria, and an old fashioned were the standouts from our meal. The tenderloin sandwich and housemade chips were very good too. If you're near Mt. Vernon, make it a point to dine here! Reservations highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Loved coming here for dinner! The atmosphere was perfect and so was the decor. The food was amazing. Some cuisine were good for modern meals and some were very nice to jump back in time with. We arrived during happy hour and were very pleased with the portions. Definitely a do again stop.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Very period-correct inn on George Washington's estate. Attractive, very good menu and food, and excellent service. My wife and I had lunch there. There is a food court next to the inn, along with an extensive gift shop. It was very nice, however, getting to sit down to a more leisurely meal after the tours of the mansion and grounds. Wonderful place for lunch or dinner.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We were on vacation touring Mount Vernon and ate lunch at the restaurant. It was a welcome respite from the 125 degree heat index that day. The food was fresh and tasty. I had the Portobello sandwich, my husband had the tuna and my sister had the turkey club (which was huge). We also had the cornbread for an appetizer; it was wonderful and the waitress gave me a copy of the recipe. Excellent service, very polite and attentive. Would definitely eat there again.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our server was very sweet, but she was unable to tell us anything about the wine selection. We ordered 2 cups of the peanut soup, and got one, which we shared. It was delicious, but I’m glad we only got one cup. The side salads, one Caesar and one house, were the same as you would get at any chain restaurant. The one entree that did come, the salmon with citrus sauce was perfect, and the Brussels sprouts were tasty, but a little overly charcoaled for my taste. My husbands oder never came, so, in orderedto eat mine while it was still warm, we shared it. By the time the wait staff came to say, there had been an “accident” in the kitchen, we had finished the salmon. We wanted to cancel the other order, because we were already full, but she insisted it was almost done. We ended up taking it to go, as well as ordering a bread pudding to go. No accommodations were made for the mistake. The shrimp and grits were delicious, and so was the bread pudding, the next day. I thought this would be a fun place, with people in period costumes, etc, like in Williamsburg. I’m not sure I would recommend it if you are looking for exceptional food and an interesting experience. Just okay.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Toured Mount Vernon for the day and had lunch at 11:30 at the Inn to avoid huge crush of teenagers in the alternate food court. Excellent food, service, and minimal obnoxious 8th graders that swarmed the rest of the Mount Vernon Estate.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Hector was great server.
The Peanut/Chestnut Soup was outstanding.
Serving size ample.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Good food in a restaurant by the entrance to the home of George Washington. It is a good setting. A specialty at Mount Vernon Inn is the peanut soup.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great as always. One of my favorite spots for special occasions and for lunch after Mt. Vernon.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food at a good price. The atmosphere is very colonial, which is on of the reasons we eat at the Inn. We had a great waitress, she was entertaining and infomative; Elsie was her name and we felt right at home with her.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great meal and great atmosphere. I've lived in the area my entire life and I never thought of this as a local restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We loved Mount Vernon Inn. Everything about it was excellent -- the food, the service, the ambience, the value, the menu variety. The Food Court is the only other option at Mount Vernon, so this is the best choice if you want a sit-down meal and great experience.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good spot to visit on vacation to Mt. Vernon. Food was good and setting was realistic to the era portrayed on site.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Our evening was to celebrate an anniversary and the evening was great. Warm and friendly and very kind and apologetic of our wait.
Thank you for a nice evening.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Excellent lunch and the service by Ampon was perfect! They were very accommodating of us given that the Mt Vernon grounds were crowded with school groups, making it hard to be on time for a reservation.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent service, price and food. We have been there many times and keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Another wonderful dinner at the Inn! Everything was perfect...service, food, and ambience!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The lovely colonial ambiance makes this a great place for sharing with friends or family. The famous peanut soup was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Celebrated my parent's 55th wedding anniversary. It was lovely and the special treat was the dessert on them!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Our server was phenomenal. A real pleasure and an asset to the inn!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very pleased as always.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Terrible service and over priced mediocre food. Cool ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We were visiting Mount Vernon and enjoyed a lovely lunch. We were fortunate to have a table on the front porch which made it even more enjoyable.

Food and service was good and they were sensitive to our time schedule.

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