1799 at The Clifton

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Farm-to-table
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. 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!

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Wine Dinner

In addition to our regular dinner menu, On Wednesday February 20th at 1799, multi course Wine dinner featuring wines of Bordeaux. Welcome reception at 6.30pm and dinner at 7pm. Reservation are required for the wine dinner. $85 per pers + tax + gratuity.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 20, 2019

Ends: February 21, 2019

Availability: Wed 6:30PM-9:00PM

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1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I felt that for being such a well-recognized inn the food could’ve been much better. The food was lacking flavor. Service was great though!

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c
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with the great service and food at The Clifton Inn! The 5 star rating is legit. The atmosphere and ambiance is spectacular. It is truly one of the best restaurants in the Charlottesville area. We will be back soon!

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TB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

While the ambiance and service were excellent the food was average. One would think that with a limited number of offerings during restaurant week they would all be excellent. Especially with the opportunity to draw new customers.

Our last experience at 1799 was similar but it is such a beautiful place we wanted to give them another chance. We were disappointed.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My friend and I had a wonderful dinner but the lack of seating in a small dining room did not compliment the meal. At 6:00 we were seated in between a couple on my right (climate change deniers) and the couple on my left (loud, pretentious, raspy former smokers) not realizing that we could hear every. single. insane. loud. word. they. said. This was a complete distraction to how good the food was. I'd highly recommend the Mussels and Braised Lamb.

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J
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always!

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate to be invited to eat in the kitchen (which was totally unexpected)! We loved it to talk with the chefs and those preparing our meal. It was a real treat!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service. Would 100% recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch plan on going again for dates and special occasions.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at 1799 at the Clifton. Unlike many restaurants today (including up-scale), the environment was relatively quiet, peaceful, and conducive to normal conversation without feeling like we were droned out by overly loud music or chatter. Our kids were with us (teens) and they enjoyed the setting an atmosphere immediately, especially the stylings of the home, the color coordination between rooms, and the comfort of the seating. Food and service were fantastic. We arrived early and were delighted that we could be accommodated before our reservation time since we were traveling from out of town and arrived earlier than we anticipated. Between the 5 of us, we tried a variety of appetizers and deserts, all of which were fantastic, although the kids all settled for burgers which they thoroughly enjoyed. They all commented on the seasoning in the burgers, especially the lemon. Presentation and taste was delightful for each dish, and we left thankful for such a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting where we could enjoy some time together as a family without breaking the bank (which was a pleasant surprise). I highly recommend 1799 at The Clifton for business or romantic dinners and look forward to coming back again.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had guests in from out of town for the New Year’s weekend and we chose to spend NYE at 1799 at The Clifton. We loved at and so did our guests.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We went to experience the food and marketed new chief. the food was heavy and bland. I was very disappointed especially for the cost. The wait staff was pleasant. Free champagne was nice, but undrinkable.

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance was excellent. The first three courses were fine but not particularly special.
The main course was a disappointment for two of the three of us. The beef was tough; the spaghetti with mushrooms was fine/good. The wine was good but expensive at $20/glass. We had an early seating at 530pm for three. It had been two years since we visited. We have stayed here in the past 3 years.

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SH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Beautiful location and charming ambience. Food is extremely small portions and very over priced. We all wanted to eat when we got home (this was a group of ladies that are not big eaters) My kale salad was tiny and took up maybe 1/5th of the plate. Go for the location and unique setting but not the food.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was lacking. I had to remind for items we ordered.

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Due to the excellent service and ambiance. dinner here is a lovely, pleasant experience. Vegetarians will find an appropriate and tasty option available.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We really enjoyed it. We will definitely go there again.

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a cozy, relaxed Christmas dinner with family by the fire. The staff is wonderful - they do not rush you. The food was delicious. The only thing that wasn't very special was the apple/pear tart. It was only average, whereas the lemon tart and the chocolate dessert were exceptional.

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JL
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious but warm - if it had been hot enough, it would have been perfect!!

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

Unfortunately, the food was less than jist okay; lacking in flavor, way undercookes/cold pasta; even the desserts failed (apple/pear tart w ice cream was jard as a rock and the ice cream didn’t even soften it up.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting in a quiet countryside. Vagaries menu.

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S
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

1799 had a lovely ambiance, and was very intimate. The menu was astounding, and they were fully able to accommodate my gluten-free needs (Celiac). My only complaint was that it was rather chilly, even sitting at the table closest to the fire.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Great experience, would recommend.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with UVA friend upon completion of fall term, as he leaves for Christmas. Warm welcome, totally colonial era style Christmas decorations, conversation easy with low noise and background Christmas music. Good food.

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DD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and service along with great salads, scallops, pork and ravioli.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most romantic and lovely evenings we’ve experienced. Perfection

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DC
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to 1799 at The Clifton but it definitely won’t be our last! Beautiful location,delicious food, and attentive service.

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

The cellar is wonderful. The atmosphere and space is beautiful and the staff was so accommodating!

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The fundamental problems we encountered dining at The Clifton were poor value and a certain greediness that muted one’s dining pleasure.

The pretty Library banquettes are spaced so tightly that even low-level conversations are inadvertently shared. The lighting at a table for six was so dim diners were forced to use their iPhones to read the menu.

Greed is replicated in the kitchen. A $19 appetizer of cured foie gras consisted of foie that appeared to be shaved, rather than sliced, onto the plate and weighed mere grams—placed on a fork, it was not even one mouthful. The accompanying bits of vegetables and salad merely highlighted the meagerness of the portion and did little to enhance the foie.

Excellent house-made crackers and lovely bread were proffered and refilled.

A main course of seared duck with pork belly was perfectly cooked to medium rare and arrived with a slim ribbon of red cabbage. The duck swam in a flavorful puddle of pork belly broth and the plate was festooned with 80’s era swipes of complementary sauces . Acceptable portion control on this one, though no one would call it generous.

The other main course of boat scallops was shockingly stingy: just two (2) , flawlessly seared scallops—The a scattering of gigante beans hardly compensated for the dearth of seafood. In all my years writing about and enjoying food, from France to Thailand, in restaurants modest and Michelin-starred, I have never encountered such a meager main course.

And then there was a shared dessert of crème brûlée with chocolate mousse. What sounded like a decadent mashup was a stodgy mess of granular crème topped with a distressingly firm layer of chocolate ganache— not so much decadent as leaden.

There’s a well-considered list of wines by the glass as well as well-chosen bottles.

Service was thoughtful, kind, informative and exemplary. I feel sure that the kitchen and management can live up to it with a bit of effort and a more open heart.

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PR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our lunch overlooking the grounds. Warm soup on a cold cold day hit the spot. Our entrees were also very good.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We visited for the first time on Thanksgiving. Food was amazing! Our server was a little slow even though the place was not packed. Will go again. Definitely a place for a special occasion.

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LK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were in from out of town for a Wedding and were looking for a nice restaurant to go to for Thanksgiving. This quaint restaurant thoroughly met our expectations. Since it was Thanksgiving they had a special 3 Course menu to choose from for the day. My husband started with an Onion Tart, and I with the Mushroom Espresso Soup. They were both delicious. For the main course we both had the Turkey Roulade which was very good. For accompanying sides they brought to the table servings of Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Vegetable and you could take as much (or as little) as you wanted and it gave you a chance to try a little of all of them.

The meal was finished off with very yummy desserts. I had the pumpkin pecan torte, while my husband had a chocolate cheesecake dessert.

Their cocktails, wine and liquor selections were also superb.

I would highly recommend 1799 at the Clifton for any special dinner or romantic evening out.

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g
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1799 At the Clifton is a wonderful dining experience. The setting of the Inn and restaurant is beautiful. It's such a comfortable atmosphere. The service is excellent and the food is superb. We always enjoy our time at the Clifton. It's one of our favorite places to go.

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1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My parents were in town visiting and I wanted to treat them to something special. Clifton Inn has such an amazing reputation, but in all honesty I was hesitant to book due to recent mixed reviews, mostly since they changed owners a few months ago. Most of the negative reviews centered around the service so I took a gamble and I am SO glad I did, so were my parents. We had an amazing meal and evening at The Clifton Inn and I will confidently recommend them to others.

The atmosphere was cozy, warm and modern classy. The service was friendly, unobtrusive, and immediately accomodating to our requests. The food was AMAZING - fresh, expertly prepared, flavorful. Just a delightful meal all the way around.

The portion sizes were perfect. The flavors were incredibly balanced. The dishes were creative but not unapproachable. From start to finish my palate was satisfied every step of the way.

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J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The chefs at 1799 superseded all expectations that I had for them. While their menu may not be extravagantly complex, their sourcing techniques are impressive and respectable and they work with the ingredients in fantastic ways. The atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary dinner and the staff was nothing but polite and friendly. The drive to get out to the Clifton is totally worth its quaint and cozy vibes. We will definitely be coming back here!

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

Very Romantic. Staff very helpful and nice.

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

My husband and I had an anniversary brunch at Clifton Inn. It was a delightful spot with great food, great atmosphere, and great service.

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a
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Very friendly staff all around. Becky, the bar tender was very nice and gracious. The food was great. I had the pork shoulder that melted like butter, my husband had the duck breast that he really enjoyed. The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxing. Would definitely recommend.

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SH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting. Great food. Good service. I’d love to see it in the daylight sometime!!

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IT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Meal
Chef is awesome! Everything came out tasting perfect. This is someone who gets updated cuisine but doesn’t have a heavy hand. Creative and delicious. Had bisc pear salad and a fantastic pasta with duck confit. Very delicate. Partner had duck liver mousse app and duck breast and said both were wonderful. Best dessert ever was creme caramel topped with an outrageous chocolate mousse. We were on vaca and underwhelmed with Charlottesville restaurants until this one. We live in a Philadelphia which has lots of great restaurants. 1799 could compete anywhere. Service was a bit slow and inattentive as they seemed overwhelmed. They are getting rave reviews and business picking up. One negative. Super dark exterior and poorly lit Not clear where to park. Could be dangerous.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was fantastic and decor was perfect! The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the portions were tiny. We each had three courses (each exceptionally delicious!) and did not leave feeling full. Otherwise, everything was perfect.

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