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1799 at The Clifton

4.3
21 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Fri, Sat 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
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Phone number
(434) 971-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Bousquet
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Chef took the time to be sure our food was Paleo and it was prepared beautifully. The maitre’d and waitress also kindly attentive without disruptive and entire evening was the celebration I’d wanted

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very good meal and the grounds were beautiful!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went there for lunch with co workers, service was great and the place is very interesting. the asparagus cream was my favorite

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Wonderful service and atmosphere ! Food was fantastic !

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food was room temp. Went back and came out room temp. Flavors were bland

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Such a special place! Service was amazing. Food was fantastic. Felt like we were eating in someone’s beautiful home.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was amazing and we enjoyed a great dinner with my daughter and her fiancé after a day of looking at beautiful wedding venues in Charlottesville. A great wAy to end the day!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The Clifton Inn is not what it used to be. Will go elsewhere for special occasions in the future. Menu choices were limited and the food was not inspiring. They really have moved this restaurant down in the marketplace. Doubt that I will bother returning.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were looking forward to this meal to celebrate my daughter's graduation from UVa. Without notice, we arrived to a prix fix menu at $89 per person. This should have been explained beforehand. Moreover, the quality of the food was no where near worth almost $500 for a dinner for four. I would strongly suggest anyone avoid this restaurant as it clearly overpriced and trying to be something it just is not.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were seated outside on the deck under a tent. It was a rainy night and a bit cold/damp. My daughter needed multiple jackets to stay warm and the noise from the rain made it hard to hear our conversation. Since it was such a special occasion and the cost for the meal was high, it would have been nice to have been told we were going to be seated outside or given the option to sit inside due to the weather. Also, when we made the reservation, it did not indicate there would be a menu specifically for Graduation. The menu was great, but again, it would have been nice to know ahead of time. Otherwise, the food and service were great.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Graduation had a prix fixe menu we didn’t know about until we showed up.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very nice venue for Mothers Day. Menu was varied and offered nice twists on traditional foods. Service was inconsistent, though. They employ the technique of using runners to deliver food and, more often than not, they walked out confused as to what table they were going to and when they got to the table, were confused as to who got what. A restaurant of this caliber should have a system of setting food down without having to ask. Also, empty cocktail glasses left on the table through the meal.

But, all in all, very comfortable place. Ask for the porch if the weather is nice.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was excellent. Ambience lovely. Food average. Duck was tough. Halibut nothing special. Dessert selection modest.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was great, service was outstanding. Pretty sure we asked to sit on the patio, but instead we were seated in the library next to Mrs. Peacock with a candle stick. Too whodunnit for my liking..

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We decided to try 1799 out for breakfast. The setting is very relaxing and beautiful. We sat out on the terrace. Service was very good but a tad bit slow. We enjoyed our meal and will definitely go back for lunch or dinner .

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Beautiful, quiet, romantic restaurant in a wonderful historic inn. The food was excellent, service attentive, and prices reasonable. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our dinner was excellently prepared! Cocktails were delicious as well. We enjoyed getting to know the bartender, who previously worked on organic farm and favors locally sourced ingredients. Covered terrace is perfect spot for spring meal.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I thought the food was all right - I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't really impressed either. We were such huge fans of the long-ago Clifton Inn - back when they had a several course meal that was truly inspired and delicious. We decided to give the Clifton another chance after a pretty awful meal there about two years ago. They have changed décor and chefs, and it is definitely an improvement. Just not sure that I would go again. For $200, I can get better meals. We were also seated with a four-top table that was LOUDLY celebrating an anniversary, and then they were joined by another couple. Thankfully, they quieted down a bit once they got food, but it was not the elegant atmosphere that I was hoping to experience.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Only one of 5 meals was not perfect. Steak was over cooked. Had to remake.
Also, my crab/avocado salad was served to another guest so they had to make another one for me.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch with fixed menu. Very nice selection of well prepared foods. Excellent variety of salads, entrees and desserts. Service was well above average. 1:30 pm reservations quickly honored. Server was attentive, provided basic info and served drinks promptly. Dining areas were crowded - but that was expected on a Easter Sunday. Definitely want to go back for birthday or other special occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good just wish that it was a little hotter and that we didn't have to walk all the way to the kitchen area to get it.

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