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Crooked Run Tavern at Meander, Locust Dale, VA

Crooked Run Tavern at Meander

4.2
4.2
98 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Originally built in 1766, the Crooked Run Tavern is part of the picturesque Inn at Meander, a 12 room bed and breakfast that sits on 80 acres of land at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open to the public, the historic Virginia inspired tavern offers classic dinning that is paired with wine and craft beer from the state of Virginia, Thursday - Saturday evenings from 6-9pm (last seating 8:30pm) and Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-2pm

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, British, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (540) 672-4912
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jenae Jenkins
  • Private party facilities
    Meander provides an elegant venue in a historic and relaxing setting for your social and business needs! We offer parlors, private dining areas, and extensive gardens to host your next function or retreat. Complete with elegant accommodations at the Inn at Meander, and casual dining and catering from the Crooked Run Tavern, our staff is prepared to provide excellent and customizable service to ensure your event everything you’ve dreamed of and more! We are happy to provide space for a variety of events including: - Corporate Meetings and Retreats - Weddings and Elopements - Private Dinners - Luncheons - Family Reunions - Bridal and Baby Showers - Engagement Parties
  • Neighborhood
    Culpeper
  • Cross street
    Located on Route 15 between Culpeper and Orange
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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98 Reviews
  1. LaurenM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were searching for a Charlottesville area restaurant for a Sunday birthday and many options were closed. We are so glad we found Crooked Run. The food was delicious the atmosphere is a beautiful historic farm house with cozy fire places and gorgeous architectural details. The three course meal was fantastic. Even my kids enjoyed.

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  2. WalterJ

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is back!! The people serving, cooking, and managing have brought it back to previous outstanding levels.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The brunch was excellent , plenty of options. My only concern is that it was very chilly in the restaurant, uncomfortably so.

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  4. ShawnL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lucky find for us! We came from out of town to celebrate the new year, and this historical gem was perfect!

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  5. foodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been several times and it’s always so lovely! At Christmas with the fireplace lit and the Christmas tree and candlelight is particularly a treat! We felt the three course meal a great value and it was delicious! The service was also amazing and so personable! Definitely coming back!

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  6. Doug

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff and food and the accommodating chef were outstanding. It is a grand high ceiling house, it was cold outside and therefore it was a bit cold inside.

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  7. KenL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there during Thanksgiving. The bill came with an ~$36 service fee. I asked what that was. I was told that it was on the menu. I thought maybe since it was Thanksgiving, they had to pay their staff extra so hence the service fee. I gave them a 20% gratuity on the food. I looked at the menu and there was no service fee there. This was a buffet, the only service we got was three glasses of water. A month later, I found out on facebook that the service fee was gratuity. Unfortunately, they didn’t tell me that at the time so I gave $75 of gratuity for three glasses of water. On facebook, they told me that when they discovered what had happened, they refunded the $36 back to me. Well, thanks but I never got the refund. And that was that. We got married there 12 yrs ago. We went back there with our 10 yr because I wanted her to see the place. I don’t think I will be going back there again.

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  8. AnnM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I have eaten here before and had a great experience. However, this Thanksgiving dinner was not the same. Our biggest complaint was the dour servers and hostess. They were dressed in their yard clothes, had no personality and were not welcoming or friendly. They did the bare minimum. The food was ok, but the desserts were all purchased pies, and most of the food was cold. And they put a 25% fee in top of the bill, presumably for the tip. When we asked the waiter, he said wasn’t sure what the fee was. We do love Meander, but won’t be back for any meals.

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  9. GaryL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful historic site to enjoy a delish meal with friends and family

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived later than our reservation due to a terrible traffic debacle! We had difficulty getting into the restaurant area. No signs anywhere directing us to the restaurant entrance. We parked in only area seen on an awkward angle and got out of our van and started following a very rugged path to the front door of the inn. Tried the door knob but it was locked! Back down that messed up brick walkway. My husband started calling the restaurant but keep getting a voice message. We got back in our van and drove to the other side of the property by the stables. Finally one of his calls was answered. A very nice man told us to stay where we were and he would come and show us where to go! As directed, we drove back to parking area we had just left and found a newly vacated parking place. The young man came and greeted us and took us back to the front door and this time it opened right up. Went into a beautiful foyer and into a lovely dining room where there ca 10 tables set with linens, cutlery and glassware. One couple in dining room. Waiter back a few minutes later with menus. My husband ordered French toast with strawberries and I ordered the sausage gravy. Food arrived 20 mins later. My sausage gravy was very good despite its presentation. One half of biscuit was covered with the gravy and the other half on the edge of the plate. No garnish! He had 4 half pieces of French toast with about 4 pieces of cut strawberries…asked for syrup. Also got 2 cups of coffee. As I said, my gravy was delicious. About halfway through our meal, I asked to taste of his French toast. When he pushed his plate toward me I couldn’t believe what I saw… the toast was burnt, on both sides! The waiter came back and asked how our breakfasts were? I told him and showed him my husbands burnt French toast. Asked that cost of his breakfast be taken off our bill…the waiter returned and said they would take less than half off. Never going back to Meander!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 4th time eating at Crooked Run Tavern and it did not disappoint. We had an amazing dinner, and it was a great atmosphere, we’ll definitely be coming back again!

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  12. DianeB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and the ambiance was elegant. A musician in the background was a nice touch. The restaurant was full for the Saturday night, yet the cozy dining room was relaxing and seemed private. Such a lovely change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the world these days. Just a lovely dinner!

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  13. ValeriM

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful surprise! Loved sitting outside watching the sunset over the mountains, having a glass of wine as we listened to live guitar music. Good food and service. Highly recommend.

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  14. Chris

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Service was pleasant but recommend that they get some training on the wines they serve so they can make recommendations. Also our first courses arrived before we got our wine. Recommend that bread and wine is served first so dinner guests can have conversation before food arrives.

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  15. GeorgeC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately the inn has changed hands and the food was horrible, which is a shame as we used to love coming here.

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  16. None

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beef was on the tough side. Was not given a steak knife. No coffee available after dinner.
    Crooked Run Tavern at MeanderResponded on August 30, 2023
    Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your recent visit. We take your comments seriously as they help us identify areas where we can improve our services. We're committed to delivering a high-quality dining experience, and we're taking steps to address your concerns to ensure that they meet your expectations in the future.

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  17. MichelleJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and serene atmosphere were the perfect combination to our brunch. Looking forward to returning.

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  18. KristopherA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience. The staff was very caring and worked hard to make it a wonderful night without making it look like they were working hard. The location is charming and the food was delicious.

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  19. Andy

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for a romantic dinner that we received on the porch, overlooking the yard and meadows to watch the sunset over the mountains. Quiet place with service that make you feel like family!

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  20. KathleenH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The setting, on the rear porch watching the sunset, was beautiful. The service, though friendly and trying hard, seemed new and in need of training and polish.

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  21. BarbaraAnn

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely, relaxing evening sitting on the porch and enjoying a gourmet dinner as the sun set. Definitely will go back!

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  22. ChristyL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was terrific, there was only 1 server for 6 tables, although she tried to charm us it was slow, hats off to the chef, a great meal!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect way to enjoy a spring evening with a fabulous dinner on a lovely quiet patio with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains 🙌🏻😃 Both our dinners were delightful … flavorful, carefully prepared and well presented. Thank you to the chef and all the staff. We are already planning our next visit to Meander👍🏻🥳

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  24. JulieR

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointed. Definitely not worth the price. Would never return.

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  25. JCinVA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and friends of our had dinner at the tavern after going to a few wineries earlier in the day. Everything was perfect, the plantation house was beautiful, the courtyard where we ate on the back porch was great with a beautiful view of the mountains with a fantastic sunset. We had the 4 course menu, the food cooked perfectly, we literally had no issues and feel the price was fair. I had the flank steak and it was so good. I had the chocolate molten cake for dessert and it was really good. Our friends had the pork chops and the mahi and enjoyed their meal. My husband had the apple torte and our friends had the blueberry lemon cake, which both were excellent. What made it extra special to me was reading the history of the place on the back and finding out my 7th Great Grandfather patented the land at Meander in 1726 and his son, my 6th Great Grandfather lived there and was buried in the cemetery out back with his family and the Lightfoot's who married into the family. Such a precious find for me! And the manager stopped what she was doing to walk us down to the cemetery and is so reverent about it. I know it's being cared for well. I plan to come back when I can stay and hopefully talk to one of the owners who I believe is also distant family. What a neat night for me, totally unexpected.

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  26. AmandaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful meal from the food, to the staff, to the ambiance. Look forward to dining there again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter breakfast was wonderful. The house and grounds are beautiful. The history of the house is very interesting. Washington, Jefferson, and Lafayette all spent a lot of time here. The waitress was very friendly. We will return!

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  28. Shannon

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal at a great price. The entire family had an enjoyable Easter Brunch.

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  29. HelenQ

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were staying at the Inn at Meander so we decided to have dinner here on two of the nights we stayed. We couldn't be happier with the decision. Food is fresh and delicious, service friendly yet professional, wonderful local wines. We enjoyed a bottle of cabernet from Barboursville; delicious and well priced. On Saturday night diners were treated to live music by a guitarist who sang and played softly. It was a nice background touch and not overwhelming. The menu is limited but we both had no trouble finding entrees just to our liking. We'd rather have a limited, fresh menu than a large one full of frozen and processed food. The Inn is one of our favorite getaways; now we know the tavern is wonderful too.

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  30. Lucylu

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding in a very cozy setting.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! The mask was Devine and the wine pairing and history of the winery was exquisite!

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  32. AmirM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and friendly service and food by Karen in a beautiful dining room. I left my credit card and Janine brought it to us the next morning. Thank you both for a lovely and friendly experience.
    Crooked Run Tavern at MeanderResponded on January 28, 2023
    We are so glad you had an enjoyable experience at Meander. Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to seeing you on your next adventure. All the best, Jenae Jenkins

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  33. Chris

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal in a beautiful cozy setting. Service was great
    Crooked Run Tavern at MeanderResponded on January 28, 2023
    Thank you for your flattering review. The Meander Team

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  34. Chris

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Great potential, but disappointingly much more care and attention needs to be taken.

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  35. fpdpjdm

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointing. Understaffed so minimal service.

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  36. RoniR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a nice atmospheric experience and staff were very accommodating, unfortunately the price was pretty much higher than expected or described on the open table site.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place service was excellent. Loved the soft live music playing at dinner.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal. Cozy, historic setting. Great food. Fun experience. If you ever travel to Culpeper, Virginia, this is a must.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and excellent food. Will definitely return!

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  40. CIndy

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time having dinner at the tavern. My oven wasn’t working so I took my house guests. It was very charming! Chilly fall night and the fire was cozy. When you enter the dining room, it is a step back in time. Lovely! Prexfixe menu was delicious. Local wines were served. We were the last to leave! Can’t wait to go back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Crooked Run Tavern at Meander is rated 4.2 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Crooked Run Tavern at Meander

2333 N James Madison Hwy, Locust Dale, VA 22948

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located on Route 15 between Culpeper and Orange
  • Neighborhood
    Culpeper
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, British, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jenae Jenkins
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (540) 672-4912
  • Private party facilities
    Meander provides an elegant venue in a historic and relaxing setting for your social and business needs! We offer parlors, private dining areas, and extensive gardens to host your next function or retreat. Complete with elegant accommodations at the Inn at Meander, and casual dining and catering from the Crooked Run Tavern, our staff is prepared to provide excellent and customizable service to ensure your event everything you’ve dreamed of and more! We are happy to provide space for a variety of events including: - Corporate Meetings and Retreats - Weddings and Elopements - Private Dinners - Luncheons - Family Reunions - Bridal and Baby Showers - Engagement Parties
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