1799 at The Clifton
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
A beautiful location which we were looking forward to coming back to. Great drinks at the bar and bar service. Sat down for dinner at 7:45 and didn’t see any food until 9:30. One appetizer was inedible and one entree was inedible. We left without our dessert and the manager attempted (very generously) to comp our entire bill. We offered to pay for half of the meal. We went home and ate food and discussed what a shame the whole event was. What was supposed to be a joyous birthday dinner with candles turned into a frustrating night overall.
Very nice. Ate outside on the porch.
The food and drinks were incredible, I will definitely be coming back here!
Went for my first anniversary. My steak arrived cold. They reheated it and brought it back out. They didn’t compensate me at all for the cold steak. The restaurant then messed up the bill, and I clarified that we should be paying more. They billed us full price for our meals and didn’t thank us for clarifying the billing issue (they billed us $60 instead of ~$200). Additionally, the restaurant paid the entire bill for the table next to us; that table complained aggressively and got their whole meal waved. Of the 5 tables in the restaurant while we were there, 4 complained about wrong orders / cold food.
Absolutely stunning dining room, though we decided to eat on the patio as it was pleasant out. The patio seating allowed us to watch the sunset behind the trees. We had the escargot and bone marrow, which was delicious and different than anything we've had before. The mains and desserts were delicious as well, and the service was great and helpful. Highly recommend for a special occasion, though most of the guests there were casually dressed. Bar is worth a visit as well, perhaps for a drink before or after dinner.
The best part of our experience was the view when we sat down during sunset. We waited 45 minutes for our first course to arrive at our table, another hour after that until we received our entrées. The food came out a bit overdone and was overpriced for the quality.
We were offered two complimentary cocktails to make up for the wait, but I would have found it more considerate to take our entrées off the bill.
We did not have the best experience and we were overall disappointed.
The food was not good at all, not for the price. But the service was excellent.
Beautiful place and the food was excellent. Only issue was they had several large parties so there was a long delay between the salad/appetizer and the main meal. They recognized this and apologized, while also comping us the bottle of wine. Would repeat here as the food and ambiance is excellent, and they really do try.
We were seated in the library, and I must say that it was the best seat in the house! Very nice! The meal was timed perfectly and was delicious.
The Clifton is our regular, favorite special occasion place; we had our wedding there! Our meal in September 2021 was sublime. My husband had the salmon and I had the trout, both delicious, as were the cauliflower soup and scallop appetizers. My one issue on this night is that it was my birthday and they usually do something special for the birthday person, but it was not addressed. Also, I wish there was a prix fixe that did not include dessert, as I often don't want that.
Cool ambiance. Def a date night place, not great for kids. Halibut was amazing.
Lovely setting. The redecorating is a lovely, classy style feel that is also cozy. The food is overall very nice, although could use some more exciting options particularly in cocktails and dessert. I felt like those were a little lacking in full vibrancy and execution. The staff were very professional and the experience was enjoyable.
Where can you enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner in Virginia for $69?
The Clifton Inn. First rate service, outstanding food. Wonderfully curated wine selection. Thank you Caroline for great treatment. I'm on Fellowship here and returning to NJ soon. My husband and I stayed at the Clifton Inn in early August, and I came back with colleagues. We'll be back for another stay and great food in 2022. Thank you.
Moving our daughter to UVA
Birthday celebration and pre-wedding visit
The Clifton is a beautiful place for a special occasion and the food and service was outstanding. Excellent service with a wonderful wine recommendation.
A delightful experience on all fronts. Historical property with modern menu and evolving wine list. Worth a detour - or move closer.
Wonderful anniversary dinner. Compliments to the chef and the service staff. Thank you.
The service wasn’t good and several time the server walked away in mid sentence. 3 courses of prefixe took over 3 hours. It was expensive & not worth the price.
We stayed at the Clifton Inn for our anniversary. We had dinner reservations for both nights but after dinning the first night( our reservation was at 8pm ) we were seating at 8, ordered fairly quickly (within 15 minutes of sitting) our food took over and 1 and a half hours to get to us. Very slow service (even with drinks ordered), by the time we left it was after 10pm. No, lingering on our part, it took 2 hours from the time we were seated until we asked for our check. Food wasn’t bad but for the money it could be better and service too. Ended up canceling our dinner reservation for the second night and going downtown Charlottesville, which ended up being a good call. Great food, better service, etc..
I will say we had one gal (Janet ) serve us for breakfast the day we departed. She was amazing and honestly should be training and showing the other wait staff how to serve. Cute property but disappointed by the restaurant, could be great just need to work on service and attention to detail.
Although they were very busy at the tail end of restaurant week, we enjoyed a drink at the bar before our dinner. The food was delicious and the drinks were perfect! We enjoyed the atmosphere and would recommend this spot to anyone who enjoys a fancy night out.
We have been to numerous 5 star restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia. Our recent experience at 1799 is worthy of 5 stars. Food was the best meal we have had here in Charlottesville. Service was impeccable. All of this for $39 because of restaurant week. We will be back.
Our reservation was for 8 PM We never saw ANY food till 9:30 PM, and that was only flatbread and roll. Rest of the food never came till almost 10 PM.
Bar Service was great. Dinner Service was poor. All dishes were delivered from the kitchen by runners with us asking them for items like our silverware. Our server only came around to clear the plates. She never asked if everything was ok. My first course was good but I think ingredients were missing from the finished product that were listed on the menu. My main entree was served over an hour after being seated and it lacked the key ingredients that were listed on the menu. In addition, the kitchen substituted cashew nuts for pine nuts without asking about allergies. Having served so late into our reservation and our server never coming around, I had a very disappointed experience.
TLDR: Perhaps the pandemic took a toll on their organization, servicing, etc, but our experience was just ok.
We had high expectations for this restaurant, so perhaps that is where we started off on the wrong foot. Everything felt far more informal and slapped together than I’d expected. No one in particular greeted us or set the tone for the evening, providing an overview of their service (which was a prix fixe menu). They had 2 sets of staff trying to figure out who was servicing our table, and it took a few attempts to settle on someone. The staff was friendly and helpful but generally disorganized. Two of the items on the menu were not available, but no one informed us ahead of time. Our plates were not cleared in a timely manner so our main course came out before our appetizer was removed and caused an unsmooth transition. The food itself was good, but the shuffle of the environment and lack of menu items really threw us off.
Overall, perhaps they were going through a transition period or resetting after the pandemic. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but I’d like to see improvement before considering going back.
Started off great with a fantastic wine recommendation from their somm and good starts (encrusted scallop). But it went downhill from there. We waited an hour for our entrees (NY strip and salmon) as we watched all other guests that had arrived after us receive their dinners (including the same orders). When entrees arrived - they were very overcooked. The salmon was charred and the steak was well done (ordered Medium). Desserts (rhum baba and torte) were really disappointing too. Woof. For this price, what gives?? Made for a very sad birthday dinner for my husband. With so many options in the area, we will likely never return.
All friends in our group wholeheartedly agreed one of best dining experiences we’ve ever had in all aspects!
We went to the Clifton Inn for our anniversary. The host was very welcoming and quickly brought us the champagne we ordered. The service was downhill every since. Our wine came after our appetizer and we had to go to the bar to try to get it. The bartender was more concerned with talking to his girlfriend or hope to be date later in the evening. The food was excellent but pricey for how much we received. We enjoyed our meal but won’t go back. Too expensive for the quality of service.
If you want to try something new to add to your food palette, the Clifton Inn is the place to go. I have always found their menus creative and appetizing. On this trip I tried the bone marrow and escargot appetizer (I never thought I would do this) and it was delicious (the fried mussels were also tasty). I had the Homemade Toulouse Crepenette and my husband had the Shallow Poached Local Flounder. Both were fresh tasting well balanced and beautifully plated. For dessert we had the Honey Lavender Creme Brûlée and Chocolate Tart. While the pre-fixe menu is fun, You may want to balance your menu choices so that you don’t feel over full. We highly recommend the Clifton Inn for a wonderful dining experience.
The Clifton is our favorite dining place in the Charlottesville area. It's a visit to a grand old estate. They offer several seating options--the library, dining room, and outside covered deck. It''s quiet. The food is creative and delicious. The staff is personable and efficient. The addition of Michael as the sommelier has definitely taken the Clifton experience to a higher level of quality and enjoyment. It's an all around great place to dine.
Wonderful evening with great friends. Loved the prix fix menu, cocktails were INCREDIBLE. Food was good, chicken was dry and the creme brulee was thin but would absolutely go back. Sommelier and server did a great job choosing wines for our table.
Wonderful atmosphere and great service. Food wonderful. Enclosed porch area was hot as a/c could not cool down the area we were seated. Otherwise memorable.
We loved our 1799 experience. All appetizers, entrees and desserts were just delicious. The specialty drinks are amazing. The staff is friendly and efficient. We will definitely be back.
Wonderful three course meal plus cocktail, wine, and complimentary anniversary champagne. Bartender was also our server and was fabulous. We love the cozy indoor atmosphere. Perfect place for a special occasion.
Beautiful back porch, well spaced tables, creative menu.
1799 is in a beautiful setting, and the food was good. however, given we were forced to a $69 pre-fixe menu, the service was not very good. At least 20 minutes after we completed our food until the server checked on our table, all the while still waiting on our third course. I will try it again, but one more chance.
Exquisite! The food and the cocktails were phenomenal!
I was disappointed, the restaurant was beautiful. Unfortunately there was a piece of hair in my appetizer, that messed up everything. I still paid $100 and I didn’t enjoy anything. I will not go back there again.
Charming house and lots of attention to detail. Good wines
Overall: Good but server was was not trained well and brought wrong orders to the wrong guests. Chairs on the "back porch" were uncomfortable and music (recorded) was intrusive.
1799 at The Clifton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 971-1800.
1799 at The Clifton is rated 4.3 stars by 404 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.