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1799 at The Clifton, Charlottesville, VA
1799 at The Clifton, Charlottesville, VA
1799 at The Clifton, Charlottesville, VA
1799 at The Clifton, Charlottesville, VA
1799 at The Clifton, Charlottesville, VA

1799 at The Clifton

4.6
4.6
645 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
We are serving a wonderful ala carte menu with many delicious & unique options. We have an award winning wine list, and cocktail menu available as well - ask about our 'smoked' cocktails.

Set in a charming and historic house on a ridge overlooking The Rivanna River in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1799 at The Clifton is committed to cooking beautiful, locally sourced food in a warm yet chic atmosphere. Michelin Starred Chef Matthew Bousquet and his team are dedicated to giving you the best of new Piedmont cooking in a special way. Come and explore the offerings of our Chef’s seasonal menus, featuring the bounty of our own organic vegetable and herb garden. We look forward to making your visit truly memorable! Please make any requests on seating preferences, using the reservation notes. We will do our absolute best to accommodate all request based on availability.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 971-1800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Bousquet
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you’re hosting a small private dinner, a large event for up to 350 guests, The Clifton’s sprawling 100-acre estate offers an array of atmospheric settings for a function.
  • Private party contact
    events@the-clifton.com: (434) 971-1800
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Cross street
    North Milton Rd.
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking for diners.
  • Public transit
    N/A
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment only available for special occasions and events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 645 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Romantic

  • Virginia

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

645 Reviews
  1. Lonerhino

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy our all too infrequent visits to your establishment. Tonight’s late Valentine’s dinner was spectacular, and Jenna is a very fine waitress, server, or whatever the appropriate lingo is these days. Everything was enjoyable. Regarding the wine list, I did notice a New World Viognier that read Northern Neck/Rappahannock. While there are several wineries on the Northern Neck, there is no Rappahannock vineyard, winery or cellar by that name. However, there is a Rapppahannock Cellars in Rappahannock County, Virginia; they are located in Huntly, just outside of Front Royal. The confusion is understandable in that the Rappahannock River creates the southern border of the Northern Neck and extends to its terminus at the Chesapeake Bay, whereas the head of the Rappahannock River begins in Rappahannock County in the Shenandoah Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I just thought you should be aware of this. Thank you again for a lovely evening. We hope to see you again soon!

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  2. DanielTT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time celebrating our anniversary; they had really fun, unique, and tasty dishes. We would love to go there again.

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  3. BarbieS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On a rainy, chilly night I was wondering if the drive would be worth it, but, as always Clifton did not disappoint. Wonderful food and drink in an elegant atmosphere.

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  4. exchef

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The hostess was haughty and rude and quite poorly dressed for an elegant restaurant. The salad was large and poorly presented and the beef bourguignon was put in a soup bowl which made it impossible to cut; we asked for a plate. Since the beef didn't have a starch we had to order a side of mashed potatoes which were not mashed but were a puree almost like a thick gravy. The short ribs were okay but an extremely small serving for $38.00 and certainly not remarkable. The server was very nice and accommodating but tried to use words that were incorrect vocabulary and difficult to understand what he was trying to say. The wine was excellent. It is a restaurant that is trying to be too precious with the food and needs a lot of work. I would not recommend it nor would I return for $162.00 for two.

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  5. Pkslmcs

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and the service were excellent; I couldn’t ask for better anywhere. The ambiance was very good, but the room was cooler than comfortable for me. The room is on the smaller side and one large party dominated the room as one of the gentlemen went on and on about his “contacts” in Washington, D.C. and all the business he does there. It wasn’t possible to tune him out! The Chef went all out to make the food beautiful and delicious. I will definitely eat here again.

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  6. AlexT

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went during restaurant week. We hadn't been for a long time so we wanted to see if it was as good as we remembered. It was. The limited menu for restaurant week was very good, and I'm sure the regular menu is better.

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  7. Stef

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! Would absolutely go again!

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  8. Rigby

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to Clifton during Restaurant week with two other friends. It was a 3 course meal for $45 which was a good value. There however wasn’t anything so spectacular or interesting in the food that it would compel any of us to come back. Seems like a lost opportunity for Clifton. If they phone in restaurant week they give up an audience scouting it for other occasions.

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  9. David25

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything perfect - we visited the Inn for a mid week get away and dinner. Delightful experience. Food wonderful.

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  10. TimW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It had been several years since our last visit to The Clifton. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience. We gave most categories 4 out of 5 stars, because in most areas, it was very good but not necessarily outstanding. All of our needs were met and there were no problems, but neither were there any real "Wow!" moments. We would definitely eat here again.

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  11. MarinaR

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu. Outstanding service and beautiful setting. We were on the veranda and it was lovely !

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  12. AdeebF

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A good "special place" for a special occasion dinner. Cozy, tasteful, comfortable - it was our first time at the 1799 and we'll be back.

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  13. SarahW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar first. That was cute and fun. The bartender was amazing. Then we went to dinner. Food was good. Our server was amazing. The wine list was amazing. We will be back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The moment you walk in your wait staff greet you and make your experience begins, no hurry the table is yours. Everything on the menu makes it hard to make a choice but after a wonder cocktail and I ordered the pear and arugula salad, which I would totally recommend and for the main course I ordered the short rib and I so enjoyed it, but to tell the truth, the other patrons sitting around me that ordered other things were making sounds of enjoyment with what they ordered, I don’t think there’s anything that you could choose wrong 

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  15. DanielB

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn’t ask for a better elevated experience to take a significant other for their birthday! Personalized commemorative menus, attentive staff, and a lovely birthday cake to round out a fantastic menu with an unforgettable dining experience. Highly recommended!

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  16. Erin

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious and top quality. The service was excellent

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  17. lisab

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was perfect. We were treated like royalty. The bartender was very engaging. All of the wait staff were attentive without being intrusive. The venue is an old mansion but it doesn't feel old and stiff and judgy. The food was interesting and the perfect amount. I admit I'm a sucker for amuse-bouches. A Japanese cheesecake with a tiny bit of caviar on top. Adorable. Definitely will be back again.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best chicken I’ve ever had in my life. Great service and atmosphere. Definitely recommend.

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  19. MadelineM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Patricia was a goddess! She made the experience so great. Food was perfect and we loved it.

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  20. NicholasG

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and ambience. Service was friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. Cocktails were well made and my wife really liked the two "house special" cocktails she had. Food was amazing. For a small venue the menu was fairly diverse. Both of our meals were very satisfying. We would definitely eat here again.

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  21. LindaN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was excellent. Very attentive, offered good advice when asked. Atmosphere is very nice, presentation is nice. The only negative is the cost especially for drinks.

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  22. DaveO

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy atmosphere with an excellent menu. Perfect for our wedding anniversary celebration!

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  23. BillR

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine food. Excellent service. Very nice restaurant for special occasions.

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  24. JennyG

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Not one of the best meals I’ve had at 1799. If you are a pescatarian, both fish options come with pork. I ordered the squash risotto which was very underwhelming. My partner had the chicken which was quite dry. We were surprised because our last meal, on Thanksgiving, was exceptional. The restaurant apparently get fresh vegetables from a garden on the property. I was surprised to find that the meats were not local, as well. We know the head chef is quite talented based on previous meals but not sure what happened last night.

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  25. JoeG

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ethan made perfect recommendations and took wonderful care of the table. Loved the peanut mousse and genuinely impressed by the wine selection (love seeing and tasting the local wines especially). Savored delicious cocktails expertly made at the bar ahead of time. Thank you!

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  26. traurose

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely charming place! Very pleasant, intimate dining experience. Service was excellent and food was amazing.

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  27. ChuckT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I am rating our experience for Friday 12/29. Service was poor and drink orders completely ignored. Ashame. This place has been fabulous on several trips in the past. If staying in hotel, kitchen conversations and noise can be heard til 2 AM. This was also not an issue in the past. Also noted BR Cohn Cab on wine list for $85. Retail in grocery store is $15 to $18.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a classy country type of setting. A lovely Sunday brunch.

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  29. ChanceD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dig into the bone marrow and escargot – a flavor fiesta that won't disappoint! The holiday cocktails? Well, they didn't just jingle our bells; they threw a full-blown party on our taste buds. With a vast selection, they gave Santa's list a run for its money. We're practically becoming regulars – blame it on the irresistible charm of culinary seduction. Cheers to a dining affair that's leaving us coming back for more!

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  30. JohnB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Excellent food. Diverse menu. Service was a little slow but they were busy in the pre-Christmas season. They comped a dessert and champagne for the wait. Definitely will be going back.

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  31. JohnS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Specialized menu for our anniversary. Had a wonderful time

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  32. Wahoo

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu choices. Delicious food. Great presentation.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and they went above and beyond for my husband’s birthday. Amazing ambiance and food. Thank you for an amazing night.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a quiet meal in the handsome library room at The Clifton. Service was excellent - both friendly and efficient. Food was served hot, well prepared and with Gourmet Magazine photo op presentation. Only disappointment was the apple dessert - dry, tasteless, like yesterday’s reheated.

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  35. MeganC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food, atmosphere, and service! Everything we ate was not only delicious but perfectly seasoned. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at 1799 at The Clifton and would recommend to anyone staying in Charlottesville.

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  36. MarinaR

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding new menu. Numerous selections, preparation, presentation and taste were excellent! The library Dining Room was very cozy, beautifully decorated with a luxurious ambiance

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  37. CvilleMama

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal, Jessica took great care of us.

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  38. ElaineC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic! Absolutely incredible food and service!

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  39. Gregordc

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely & relaxing evening, at a table by the fireplace in the the library room. Gracious service & the food was spectacular!

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  40. RomanB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great as usual, food as well. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

1799 at The Clifton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 971-1800.

1799 at The Clifton is rated 4.6 stars by 645 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 1799 at The Clifton

1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North Milton Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking for diners.
  • Public transit
    N/A
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Bousquet
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment only available for special occasions and events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (434) 971-1800
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you’re hosting a small private dinner, a large event for up to 350 guests, The Clifton’s sprawling 100-acre estate offers an array of atmospheric settings for a function.
  • Private party contact
    events@the-clifton.com: (434) 971-1800
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