1799 at The Clifton
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.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: February 20, 2019
Ends: February 21, 2019
Availability: Wed 6:30PM-9:00PM
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!
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!
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.
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.
Fantastic, as always!
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!
Amazing meal and service. Would 100% recommend.
Top notch plan on going again for dates and special occasions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Service was lacking. I had to remind for items we ordered.
Due to the excellent service and ambiance. dinner here is a lovely, pleasant experience. Vegetarians will find an appropriate and tasty option available.
Excellent food and service. We really enjoyed it. We will definitely go there again.
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.
Food was delicious but warm - if it had been hot enough, it would have been perfect!!
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.
Beautiful setting in a quiet countryside. Vagaries menu.
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.
Amazing food, service and ambiance. Great experience, would recommend.
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.
Wonderful atmosphere and service along with great salads, scallops, pork and ravioli.
One of the most romantic and lovely evenings we’ve experienced. Perfection
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.
The cellar is wonderful. The atmosphere and space is beautiful and the staff was so accommodating!
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.
We loved our lunch overlooking the grounds. Warm soup on a cold cold day hit the spot. Our entrees were also very good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Very Romantic. Staff very helpful and nice.
My husband and I had an anniversary brunch at Clifton Inn. It was a delightful spot with great food, great atmosphere, and great service.
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.
Lovely setting. Great food. Good service. I’d love to see it in the daylight sometime!!
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.
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.