Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

4.5
1183 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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What 1183 People Are Saying
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OB
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and the food & service were wonderful. Great lunch menu.

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ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with great ambiance. We enjoyed the salmon and the crab cakes.

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TM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to eat here on each visit to Mount Vernon. The restaurant continues your journey back into history while seeing the world George Washington lived in. Visiting at Christmas is especially nice because you have the opportunity to see the restaurant decorated for the holidays. If you are able to plan ahead I recommend making a reservation to ensure you are able to secure a table.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mount Vernon Inn is a great restaurant. Cozy atmosphere, great servers, and menu selection is fantastic. Not too pricey. Highly recommended.

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KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, as always!

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, arrived early. No offer to be seated early so went to the bar. Happy hour foods filled us up. Very good.
Anita B.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server, George, was absolutely outstanding! My son and I had a REALLY delicious lunch (turkey pot pie and Jambalaya). The atmosphere was very charming and cozy. So glad we found this gem! And thank you George for helping make our visit to Mount Vernon so memorable!

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TK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food and staff were superb!

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered he 7 oz. filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Steak was medium as requested with a beautiful crust.

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Very disappointed in this visit to Mt. Vernon. Meal took forever to be served. Food was not that great for the price. Mt. Vernon has definitely declined in selections of food and the quality of the food. I would probably select another place to eat with guests the next time around. Sorry!

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CG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is a lovely setting and right on the Mount Vernon Estate. The Restaurant is connected to the Mount Vernon Education Center. The menu is full of comfort foods. At the suggestion of our server, we had the Hot Apple Cider, which was yummy and hot on a cold wet afternoon.

I had the Turkey Pie, which was too large a portion. Two of us should have split the entree so as not to waste food.

My companion, who was not feeling well, had the Cornbread Skillet and my Side Salad. Though tasty, the cornbread (with real corn kernels) was large for an appetizer portion.

We had a reservation so we were seated immediately. However, the dining room was not full and a reservation may have not been necessary. The dining room was quiet and the server attentive, almost motherly questioning my lunch companion whether she was not satisfied with the cornbread since she was not finishing it.

I'd return to the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant but with foreknowledge to share the entrees.

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TF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent--some of the best I've every had at a restaurant. Service was quick and very discrete. Atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. A very enjoyable place, recommended as a prelude to a tour of Mt. Vernon.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit but not our last! The specialty drinks (Eggnog Martini and Hot Apple Cider with a Caramel Liqueur) were the perfect start to an outstanding meal. We each chose the filet and both were perfectly cooked. All of the food was seasoned well but our mashed potatoes were not even warm. Our waiter was the most attentive and polite server we have encountered in a long time. The entire meal was a perfect appetizer for the candlelight tour of Mount Vernon. We will have already recommended the restaurant to friends.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was disappointing. Everything we ordered was very spicy- including crab cakes! The menu selection was quite small, and the peanut chestnut soup just tasted like liquified peanut butter- we didn’t taste chestnuts.
The house wine was so poor- we sent it back. So although I love the ambiance- the food is not worth returning.

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ME
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was amazing. Our server was incredible. I had veggie risotto and of course the peanut soup. Two friends had the fort and soul, the other friend and my husband had salmon and soup. Everyone was thrilled. My husband commented when check came that we had paid more a burger joint we had gone to recently in DC. Enjoyed the restaurant more so than the Illumonation.. I have always loved the Inn at Mt. Vernon. We will be back in spring

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was so rushed we couldn’t enjoy our meal. Our salads and appetizers arrived at the same time. Then before we even had a chance to finish those our entrees arrived. Meanwhile the waitress took our bottle of water and didn’t return for 15 minutes. When she finally did she seemed bothered that we asked for more water. Lastly not two minutes after receiving our desserts the waitress brought the check.

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DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were wonderful. I was so impressed with everything. Highly recommend

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Advertised the staff would be dressed in colonial attire.
The staff was not! Very disappointed!!
There were a few characters that did come through.

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p
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special event in the Quantico, VA region. This was about a 30 minute drive and the atmosphere was welcoming. The food was tasty with good variety. The price was reasonable and the service was extraordinary. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waitress did such a great job!

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FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot for birthdays, anniversary, and other special days. Always enjoyable and consistently very good!

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

When we arrived, we told the reservation I made was for the next day. This was not true, I checked. We were seated anyway. I thought that the online info was disjointed. Info told me I needed to wait 2.5 hours for a 12 pm reservation so I changed it tov 12:15 and was able to make the reservation.

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A
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a very unique menu. Enjoyed the turkey pot pie and a great beverage. Recommend reservations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great. Our waiter didn’t come back to check on us till we were done eating & we were out of water for some time.

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DT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are making the trip to Mt Vernon then this is a lovely spot to stop and eat

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CW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The hostesses are not kid friendly. They acted like it was a inconvenience that children were eating in the restaurant. Our waiter was great. Food pretty good.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was even better. Eating in such a historic place was ver th special. Unsure how accessible it is, as there are multiple 2-3steps throughout. Gift shop closes at 5pm, so go early if you want to browse gift shop.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
Not a tourist trap
Reasonable prices

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Mt Vernon Inn has changed a lot of the years and I really don;t care for it as much as I use to. It was very quaint but now seems to be more of a corporate restaurant. Has lost it's colonial feeling to me. Hostesses this time were very nice but I have been there in the past and there have been some very rude ladies at the desk. Always appearing impatient with the customers. I will continue to go back occasionally but no where near the times that my husband and I and family had dined n the past.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good value, historic location!

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved our whole experience, except for some really loud people at the bar. On a Saturday night I realize this can’t be helped but they were the only negative to the experience.

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant has been our most favorite for many years -- whether it be for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary or for getting together with friends you have not seen in a while, as was our case this past Saturday. The menu selection is excellent. I especially like enjoy the fresh seafood entrée. The only "complaint" was that we had to request bread; in the past, the restaurant served fresh made rolls and bread as part of the meal. Service also was excellent.

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GA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mt. Vernon Inn is a regular stop for us when we are near the DC area. A wonderful restaurant, fabulous food, service and historic ambiance. Top ratings!

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience in a unique atmosphere! House chips were really good, Washington’s burger was good, Portobello sandwich good but was not a big portobello like I thought it would be. Brussel sprouts were delicious but I could have made a whole meal off of them they were so big! All the side dishes were really big!

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DE
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiance was nice. Food was good and so was drink. Wish we would have had bread with our meal. Server was good conversationalist and able to answer questions about the Inn.

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N
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy having dinner here . Dining so close to such a historic site is very special.

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SE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have chosen to eat here every time we have visited Mount Vernon and have enjoyed every meal.

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PW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the place a little disappointed that the portions have slowly decreased over the past couple of years

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LS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect setting for lunch after our morning at Mount Vernon. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was fitting, We would have missed a lot had we not chosen this restaurant.

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AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Salad was drenched, grits were hard & tasteless, excessive use of garlic - awful dinner in other words...

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