1799 at The Clifton

4.3
62 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Fri, Sat Only 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(434) 971-1800
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Matthew Bousquet
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
events@the-clifton.com: (434) 971-1800
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
North Milton Rd.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Complimentary parking for diners.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
N/A
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Entertainment only available for special occasions and events.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
If you are interested in hosting a private/special event at 1799 at The Clifton, please contact us. We offer intimate and private dining spaces for small groups wishing to dine with us.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving dinner:
3 courses prix fixe Dinner for $62 per person.
Choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Our menu will be available early October. Reservations available between 12 noon and 6pm. Cancellation policy: reservations must be secured with a CC number. 7 days cancellation policy.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 62 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JA
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed this quaint, historic Inn for our Annivesary dinner! The meal was delightful, the Creme Brulee to die for! Marilyn was a stellar server with a sweet personality and impecable service! 5 Stars!! If you have been prior, go again. The menu 5 star, and the Inn’s first floor impeccably renewed.

Report
Helpful
MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good waiter.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Report
Helpful
g
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server made the occasion super special. Her name was Marilyn. Thank you.

Report
Helpful
SS
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a gem! The setting, food and waitstaff! The duck confit ravioli and shishito pepper apps rocked! The fettuccini and red snapper the bomb and the sticky toffee pudding total treat! Felt very local and our waitress was outstanding!

Report
Helpful
h
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Good meal with a very amateurish service. Forgot my water glass, then my water, then my soup spoon, forgot to light the table candle, waitress didn’t know the menu very well, server mispronounced amuse, water boy spraying down the table next to us with a bottle of windex during our main course, a little overspray getting on my duck.
The food was tasty and the service didn’t ruin our meal but I was a bit surprised.

Report
Helpful
1
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though there was a deluge we stayed dry on the porch. From beginning to end the evening was great.

Report
Helpful
JT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this Inn by accident and decided to eat dinner there and it was wonderful. Service was prompt and friendly, our meal was fabulous and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. I would highly recommend it!

Report
Helpful
MR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service needs a bit of improvement with regard to education of staff. Very friendly.

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived for our dinner reservation to find there was a power outage, but they had a generator running part of the Inn, and could still make dinner. It was stuffy inside, so we opted to sit on the deck. There was a nice evening breeze, but the generator near the deck was a little loud and distracting. During my reservation, I indicated it was a Birthday celebration, but no one acknowledged this. Despite the power outage, our appetizers, entrees and desert were super yummy. When the waiter asked how our meals were, I said the steak had a lot of fat, indicating the inedible chunks on my plate, and he just laughed.

Over-all, a beautiful setting, a delicious menu, and attentive service. Our experience was good, but missed the mark at being “great”. And I guess because of power outage, I never received my Open Table reservation points!

Report
Helpful
RG
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A most beautiful setting and carefully prepared meal

Report
Helpful
ER
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic couple of days to unwind, at The Clifton. Staff was amazing!! Food was even better.
Could use some Sinatra type music, on the patio, for dinner.

Report
Helpful
RS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Beautiful hotel, attentive waitstaff, Manager poured us a Champagne toast for our celebration. Local cuisine well executed. Very professional staff and bartender.
Will come back on a regular basis.

Report
Helpful
AS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Clifton Inn has been a Charlottesville icon for many years. It has a reputation of providing top-notch cuisine, artfully presented and precisely served, offering a wide array of exquisite multiple courses. The property was well kept outside and beautifully decorated inside - an historic inn with a modern flair. It has since changed hands, and unfortunately so has the dining experience. In my view, the interiors have been distastefully redone, the service is mediocre, the food worse. We arrived early, in order to walk the garden with drinks in hand, and thankfully that was allowed and encouraged. However, the garden has not been maintained as it was, so nothing was in bloom. I asked to have the staff celebrate our brother's 60th birthday in their own way, but nothing was done. The old Clifton would have stunningly decorated his dessert plate. For those who have never experienced the superior "Old Clifton" may enjoy their dinner here, but we old-timers were quite disappointed.

Report
Helpful
F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The best thing about the restaurant was the cozy English landscaped view from the back porch. Otherwise the food was under seasoned, red wine was poured into a white wine glass and when asked for cracked black pepper from the grinder we were given a deer in the headlight look and then brought over a tiny shaker with black pepper in it. Ok we didn’t specify we wanted it from the grinder. We just asked for black pepper assuming a place like that would have known to ask us before we asked them and they would have brought the grinder over, but that was not the case. Oh and lastly their amuse bouche was a bit of a joke. It was a tiny berry item (size of a pea) sitting on a tiny bed of cream dwarfed by the plate it was served on, specially since it was played in the corner of the plate. It looked like they forgot the actual amuse bouche and have us the garnish instead.

Report
Helpful
CC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wait staff a bit amateurish, frankly. Wine list is uninspired—and overpriced. Clifton could really he special if they up their game. Right now, only average. Setting is good, so that raises the overall review.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant showed us a great evening to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. They accommodated our dog too!

Report
Helpful
B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Beautiful inn and dining room whose restaurant is marred by incompetent or uncaring cooking.

Report
Helpful
A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Lunch was on the porch- pleasant, spacious and quiet. Service was fine. There are only 5 entree options: burger and 4 pasta dishes. Our pasta dishes seemed oily. Vine-ripened grocery store tomatoes have more flavor and are less hard than the ones in their heirloom tomato salad. We were expecting better.

Report
Helpful
g
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

while the lunch menu is limited, what I ordered was delicious. I had the homemade fettuccine. Very light and very good. Our server was very nice and attentive. I love the ambiance and decor the new management has done. Lovely place to stay and dine.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch at a wonderful setting. Highly recommended. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a place. Impeccable food, from a famous 1 Michelin star chef, served right in the middle of the beautiful Virginia countryside. Excellent service. And the premises are wonderfully kept. The manor house is original.

Report
Helpful
KR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was a combination of 4 people and not a single one of them cared about our dining experience. Had to pour our own water to start with and we were never offered a cocktail menu. We asked a question about the description of the hanger steak dish and the response was a lackluster description of steak with a steak sauce. Food was ok quality/flavor, but nothing special and only a skimpy amount. Our table was in the sun and extremely hot, but none of the staff offered to move us to another table though there were MANY available. We were brought the check while still eating our desserts and then he tried to pick it up one minute later without giving us time to even open our wallets. Never offered us coffee after dinner despite the fact that we were trapped at our table for another 30+ minutes due to a severe rainstorm. We left sweaty, less than full and $120 poorer. I will NEVER recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Report
Helpful
DG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were there for my birthday and it was also Restaurant Week. The food was fantastic, the setting on the porch was lovely, and our server was very attentive. However, getting our food and drinks was an extremely slow process. The restaurant was about half full. Both the kitchen and bar appeared to be understaffed, especially for such a popular dining week.

Report
Helpful
CT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We dined here during Charlottesville Restaurant Week, July 2018. It was a beautiful evening, and we enjoyed sitting on the veranda.

The food was delicious. We both had the Arugula and Nectarine Salad, and the local trout. Both desserts were excellent - profiteroles and the chocolate pana cotta.

The only negative was the speed of service. It wasn’t terribly slow, but there were noticeably long gaps between courses.

Over all, it was a very good experience.

Report
Helpful
JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Asking to not be seated near any bus stations or kitchen doors, we (a party of 6) were still seated next to a waiters station with the extra noise and activity. One of us ordered steak, and trout was brought instead, causing a delay for him. My own meal was lukewarm. When asking if bills could be split according to my math across 3 cards, waitress said she would check with the manager (a no-no, as
it's for our convenience, not theirs). Overall, in discussions in the car returning home, none of us was
thrilled with our experience - particularly the food preparation. As a Restaurant Week introduction
to try new dining spots, we were all under-whelmed.

Report
Helpful
CC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dining experience was perfect. The food NEVER disappoints: It's creative, as well as delicious. Dining on the porch is especially relaxing with a lovely view of the garden and no music to compete with table conversation. Service is exceptional.

Report
Helpful
J
Savannah
37 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for Brunch at Clifton Inn on our 12th wedding anniversary. The place is beautiful still today. It is well taken care of and the grounds were beautiful. Service was excellent and the food was outstanding! This is a great place for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
I
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Clifton Inn after many years of living in Charlottesville. We chose this restaurant during “Restaurant Week” for a $35/ person set menu. We had been wanting to try it but it is a little out of the way for us. We were impressed by the charm of exterior. It is a beautiful historic inn. It is tastefully decorated inside. The service was excellent. Our server was friendly and attentive the entire meal. Unfortunately, the food was not as good as we had anticipated. It was a bit of a disappointment. My corn chowder was much too sweet. It tasted like puréed corn with added sugar and no additional seasoning. We both ordered the skirt steak and we agreed that it lacked flavor. It was served with a nice truffle sauce and potato but the steak itself was barely edible for me and I’m not picky. The deserts were interesting. Mine was a peach compote that tasted like canned peaches. My husband ordered the pana cotta and that was exquisite! I think there is great potential for the food here to be excellent, but it needs to be more consistent across the menu. I would like to try it again and order something different. It’s worth a second chance just for the charming setting and excellent service.

Report
Helpful
F
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Clifton Inn during restaurant week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent, as was the service and the ambiance. We sat outside on a beautiful evening and everything was just perfect. The menus selections were creative and quite tasty. We had the local trout which was done perfectly. The nectarine and arugula salad was unique but perfect as a summer salad.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week, so the food was prepared in bulk and reflected as such.
Dry pork shoulder, overwrought chicken/truffle/fois gras appetizer, and a ridiculous deconstructed pie.

Report
Helpful
DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

1799 at the Clifton is a charming restaurant in a quaint building. We ate on the porch in a warm but pleasant atmosphere. The view from the porch was rural and calming. Our waiter was pleasant and helpful but not well trained in the finer details. When the main course arrived he checked on our satisfaction before we had an opportunity to taste anything. Therein lies my less than good food rating. My friends steak and potatoes was warn at best. We could not get the attention of anyone and finally decided to eat our meal rather than wait. This was restaurant week in Charlottesville and I had the feeling that for a three course meal for $35 we would not get the full service of a restaurant that otherwise has a good local reputation.

Report
Helpful
AS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and presentation was very nice. Well planned meals with amazing flavor combos. I enjoyed the entire experience. I’d been there 8years earlier and we liked the old decor versus the remodeled version. Still very pleasant.

Report
Helpful
AT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Beautiful presentation and delightful setting.

Report
Helpful
GA
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal overall was in the very good to excellent range. I started with the beet salad with arugula, feta cheese and orange slices. It was good but not great. My main course was the braised short ribs; that dish was excellent and included a lot of meat, all of which had already been removed from the bone. For dessert, I had the vanilla bean crème brulee with chocolate mousse, which was excellent. In an interesting twist, the chocolate mousse was served on top of the crème brulee, with the sugar carmelized on top of the mousse. Three cookies were served at the end of the meal. It was a hot day, and the restaurant's air conditioning system was unable to keep the dining areas cool. I was sweating during most of the meal.

Report
Helpful
F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Only criticism is that we were there on a very hot evening and chose to sit inside, where they did not seem to be able to adequately cool the building. Our table, for instance, sat beside a large indoor cooling unit, yet for the duration of our dinner the thermostat on the fan read 80 degrees. The men all had to remove jackets, but all guests were still uncomfortable.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing! What a delightful meal

Report
Helpful
j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We dined here for a belated anniversary dinner during our stay at the inn. It was a little disappointing that nothing was done by the restaurant to make our event special in any way. The cocktails were good. Our tuna crudo was fine but not a standout. The halibut was a nice presentation and very good but my husband's "ny steak" came out as a small very grisly piece of meat and very overdone. Was expecting a higher quality when we booked it. Also there was a small bug which I think was a drain fly that continually bothered us during the meal even landing once on my nose. 😳 That being said breakfast from this venue was great!

Report
Helpful
G
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner with our granddaughter on a warm night in late June. We were offered a choice of dining areas [a nice touch] & chose the expansive & very attractive back porch. Service & food excellent, bucolic views, quiet to moderate noise level. We recommend Clifton for dining with enthusiasm. A bit expensive, but well worth it.

Report
Helpful
OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Would totally recommend for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server - made my b day extra special

Report
Helpful
1
2