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About Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

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.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22309
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
Sundays : 11:00am-4:00pm
First Come, First Serve Based On Availability

Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour:
Tuesday-Friday 4pm-8pm in Tavern Room

Cross Street:
George Washington Memorial Parkway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 799-6800

Website:
http://www.mountvernon.org/inn

Entertainment:
Tv at Bar

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

Parking Details:
Parking is directly across the street on Route 235 North.

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.

Executive Chef:
Ryan Wallen

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

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

Private Dining

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.

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Worth the Drive (30)
Authentic (26)
Special Occasion (26)
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Comfort Food (25)
Cozy (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Romantic (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Casual (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Scenic View (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Seasonal (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Amazing food at very reasonable prices. You are in an colonial style house and all employees are dressed the same.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food is average and the price expensive but the place is wonderful.

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a great experience at this restaurant especially during the holidays.
Holidays decorations are beautiful and food and service is exceptional. Definitely recommend this restaurant during the holidays.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was not as good as in years past. The peanut soup was still outstanding but the pot pie was bland and flavorless. Somewhat disappointed as this was our family outing for the holidays.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were very disappointed in the food & resultant consideration. Within 5 minutes of placing our salad & dinner order the waiter brought our dinner. We told him our salads had not even come yet. He did a humph sound and went and checked the order. The waitress was coming in with the salads and said something to him. Later, when the dinner came, it was obvious it had just been kept warm. My wife's pork was dried out, and brussel sprouts burnt. My duck was dry and the mashed potatoes were so dry they were falling apart. We got down what we could, but at least half of each of our plates was left. We told the waitress and the manager appeared. Being as we are not desert eaters, he gave us a gift card for what would not even cover one meal. Afterward, it hit me that it was not a pleasant evening for a special occasion. And, the card was almost an insult. Two bad meals and the comp stipulates we must purchase 2 meals to get $20 off! Great ambiance, very good waitress, food, bad. bob romano

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was okay. I had the steak. Not much flavor and

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

A delightful place to go eat, then browse in the lovely gift shop. Wonderful ambiance. Peanut soup excellent! But somewhat limited in lunch options, and no famous Virginia ham sandwiches. Unsalted honey butter was not good, and hoecake was oily. We had to ask for bread ; other newly seated people were brought water and bread much sooner. Previous lunches there were better for both food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was fantastic from peanut/chestnut soup, Ceaser salad and a most delicious shrimp and grits. My guests enjoyed the cocktails and their meals which were generous. The room was a bit chilly for me as the outside temperature was very cold, however I would come again, just for the shrimp and grits!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a superb meal. I have marked down one star purely because the medium steak was well done, but still delicious. All party members enjoyed their food, the service was excellent, and the setting beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We’ve eaten here before and the food was beyond amazing. This time it was only so so. Ambiance, holiday decor, service amazing. They were totally out of Crab and shrimp which blew my mind but I can understand with the holiday season and perhaps they couldn’t get any in because it was right after Christmas. However my husbands dish was great Steak. My Mom, turkey pot pie she was okay and appetizer was crusted so much you couldn’t taste the tomato. Mine, it must be a matter of taste but my stomach didn’t care for it. Scallops in orange juice with garnish, eh! I did eat scallops because that’s what I paid for but all I could taste was orange juice in a rubber piece. It was rough and totally disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Drinks, Brie, and Lobster Bisque were awesome!The duck was over cooked on the dry side, but I didn’t specify a temp so maybe that was on me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My husband, adult daughter and I traditionally have dinner at the Inn during the Christmas season and then we go drive around looking at Christmas lights. I read the reviews and will admit I was concerned by the number of negative comments. I was pleasantly surprised that we did not experience any one of them (bad food, noisy table location, poor/slow service). Our table was in a quiet room (even though there were about 6 other tables in that room), our server, Megan, was knowledgeable of the food and was very attentive and the food was delicious! Because of the number of less than favorable reviews, I thought it was important to let the manager know of our very positive experience. He was very thankful that I took the time to let him know.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Love coming here but our groups was disappointed that it felt like we were being rushed. Apps and salads pretty much came out at the same time and maybe a minute after finishing our salads the entree came out. My group even said we never had a minute to breathe between meals. Very disappointing

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We found the place charming and a wonderful place to celebrate our daughter's visit home. We were happily surprised with the quality of the food and the care of the wait staff. Professional and friendly! This is a destination stop!!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

I had house side salad w/ bleu cheese, dressing had no flavor and very little bleu cheese, greens were fresh and crisp....wife had Caesar side salad and it was very good. I had halibut special, fish did not taste fresh or flavorful...Brussels sprouts were very good. Wife had sirloin steak w/ mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. It was very good. Seafood does not seem to be their strong point as I have had several subpar seafood dishes here. Ambiance is good and wait staff is courteous and fairly attentive.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The Mt. Vernon Inn is a charming place. Great atmosphere that transports you back in time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were very happy with our dinner. Only down side was the traffic we encountered to get there. It took us an hour and 45 minutes from Gainesville. We will try to avoid rush hour next time.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The service was wonderful.. the duck was somewhat over cooked and the burger was dry. I was hoping the restaurant would be a little more decorated for the season in the area we were seated in. Otherwise it was an enjoyable evening and good food

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Hector was a fabulous waiter but the kitchen messed up our order and our meal took almost an hour to arrive. The manager comped 50% of our bill and was very gracious. We will certainly go back as everything else was wonderful. Ask for Hector.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food and service was great. Only disappointment was they ran out of ice cream, so there was no pie ala mode available.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great if you value good old world charm. We were seated in a smaller room with about 5 or 6 tables ; felt private but can get loud if other guests are not mindful as the voices carry. Food was great, Prices are right but Service was OK (I think something was going on that day, so I wont put too much emphasis on this and try again).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Nice menu, good food, and a pleasant ambiance. Ask for the small room with the fireplace for a special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our visit to Mount Vernon Inn wasn't great, I wish I could say that it was. The restaurant is the closest to our house, and we dine here often. Unfortunately, the poor service has been ongoing, for at least our three most recent visits. I very rarely write reviews, but I feel management should be aware.

Specifically this most recent visit several things went awry. We ordered drinks and got them within a standard period of time, maybe it took a bit longer but that wasn't a big deal. We ordered appetizers, both served with crackers, literally what you would buy from a box at Safeway. We had to ask for more crackers, because we received maybe 8 for 4 people and a fairly large bowl of crab dip and baked brie. It definitely wasn't enough crackers. Since they are from a box, they could be fairly more generous, I think. In the end, we asked for bread, which they didn't bring out (I think it is standard here but we've had to ask the past several times) so we could actually eat our two appetizers.

We ordered dinner and one of our party ordered a Caesar salad with chicken as his main entree. For some reason they brought it out, without chicken, as a starter. He told the server it was supposed to be his entree so they took it away, and immediately brought it back out with chicken, at least 15 min prior to the rest of the meals so he ate very slowly. The waiter did come out and apologize and they gave him an extra salad to take home (since they accidentally ALSO made him the dinner salad he asked for).
We ordered the side of brussels sprouts and asked if bacon could be added. He received the brussels with a side dish of 5-6 pieces of bacon. It was good, but a little weird. It seemed like although it wasn't that busy, and we've definitely been there when it's busy, the kitchen had no idea what was going on. We love MVI and will definitely be back, but seriously they need to get it together over there. It's not a cheap place to dine, but worth it, when the service is good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our meals were very good. My friend loved the pork tenderloin with Brussel sprouts. My choice of the risotto was not quite as successful as the lobster was a bit chewy. The ambiance at the Inn is lovely. Several small dining rooms keep it from seeming as large as it is. Our server was attentive to a fault. He kept asking if we were finished with a course when it was obvious the plates were not empty nor pushed to the side. Despite adding a note in the Open Table reservation that this was a birthday celebration and being assured when called by a staff person that a special dessert would be provided, there was no recognition of the occasion. Regardless of this lapse, we love this restaurant for its location and history. The adjacent gift shop is a fun stop as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Holiday decorations are outstanding. Plus is wood burning fireplace.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My sister and I wan ted to go with our 93 year old Mom for a Christmastime meal. I was disappointed that I got the last 4 pm reservation on Open Table, only to wait 10+ minutes to be seated. However, what bothered me most was the place was virtually EMPTY! I tried without success to get a lunch reservation, and wonder if it was the same way!? Food was very good. Everyone was very pleasant and we had good service.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was good, menu variety pretty good. I enjoyed the chicken salad on fresh greens... Chicken was a little dry... But the garnishments (walnuts, raisins) were plentiful. Overall, nice.
My companions enjoyed salmon and the Mac and cheese... Both were good. The hot cider very good, coffee freshly made. The hostesses could be a little more friendly... I think trying hard to be professional, they have forgotten how to be just plain friendly. Waitress was very nice.

Tags: Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Historical meanings are shadowed by amazing service. We take many of our out-of-town guests there as a unique place for memories!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food was great and our service was AMAZING by Elsie!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had turkey pot pie after Mac and cheese appetizer. Cider was very tasty and apple pie delicious. Waitress Sarah Marie was very pleasant, informative and efficient.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

For some reason we keep going back to this quirky place even thought getting a reservation is often challenging. We arrived on time but our table was not ready. I suggested going to the bar but the hostess steered us to the formal sitting room instead and then made a big deal about volunteering to see whether the bar tender would be able to accommodate our having a glass of wine in this attractive room. She never got back to us, and eventuallyh I went to the bar without her permission. It was full but not overwhelmed and i ordered a pair of nice Washington state Sauvignon Blanc by the glass without a problem. The hostess then attempted to seat us at a table in an unattractive, high traffic area by the wait staff access to the back of the bar. We did not accept that table. (We had a reservation for a room with a fireplace and were disappointed that neither fireplace was lit) . Things continued challenging after they finally got us seated. We shared a "ho cake" appetizer. Tasty, but this was the only item (other than the excellent flourless chocolate cake) we shared and thus why we trace our post-dinner stomach churnings to possibly one of the ho cake ingredients. Happily, Duck, my friend's favorite, was on the menu, but they were out of the turkey pot pie I selected. I picked the Maine style lobster role as a pleasant alternative.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a disappointing first visit to this restaurant. The food was fair as no one in our party finished their entree. It didn't appear to be an overly busy night, but we had to ask staff to remove our finished plates a few times. The highlight of the night was an outstanding apple pie and excellent coffee.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was delicious! The service was attentive but not overly so, and all of the food was absolutely amazing. The menu was creative but not so far out there that we were intimidated by the choices, and you really cannot beat the setting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The risotto tasted of vinegar and the steak was tough. I was so disappointed. Service was good. When I told her about the risotto she was like yeah it is a different taste, not can I bring you something else.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our party of 4 was pleased with dinner and will definitely return. Brussels sprout salad is AMAZING. Risotto was good; scallops were good; steak was good but sauce was too heavy. Bread was good but cornbread was a bit dry. Drinks were all good! Too full for dessert!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Menu has changed - meh. Bar is slow(the wine came mid-meal. Their peanut soup was off. Service inconsistent. This restaurant has gone through several ups and downs in the course of the decades we have patronized the Mount Vernon Inn. Unfortunately, we seem to be currently in a down cycle.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food is always excellent & fresh!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was tasty and hot. The service was spot on and everyone was helpful.
The atmosphere was exactly what we wanted. The location, off the food court, was
ideal and everyone should by pass the food court and take time to sit and enjoy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was ok. Nothing special. When food is served to the table too quickly it can mean it was prepared previously and heated up. That is how my duck entree seemed to me. Service was excellent but the meal was somewhat underwhelming.
I think Pres. Washington would have expected better. Still worth a try if in that neighborhood.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We’ve been going to the Mount Vernon Inn for years now and each time is relaxing and special, with excellent food and an excellent staff. The Inn never fails to please. We highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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