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Foti's Restaurant

69 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Culpeper is known for its fresh vegetables and healthy food, and as a fine dining facility Foti's Restaurant does not disappoint. It serves up food that is billed as coming straight from the farm to the table, and the taste is certainly reflective of that claim. Head over there to have your favorite dish, such as glazed pork chops, fresh salads or homemade soups daily. Foti's Restaurant has a diverse menu that will appeal to nearly anyone.

You will also love the craft beers at Foti's Restaurant. There are quite a few choices, so choose this place for your next after work gathering, order up a few appetizers and then leave more than satisfied.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 am to 2pm Saturday 12pm to 2pm Sunday 12pm to 3pm Dinner Wednesday-Friday 5:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday 5pm to 9:30pm Sunday 12pm to 8pm
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Phone number
(540) 829-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Maragos
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Private party facilities
Private dining area will seat 20 people.
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Private party contact
Frank Maragos: (540) 829-8400
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Parking details
Street Side and public parking lot
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Public transit
Amtrac station one block south
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Live Jazz Music and Piano Music
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSoutherngirl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

I had high expectations, having read that the owner was a former chef at The Inn at Little Washington. I saw no evidence of that. My steak was just ok, the cake was dry and the salad was very boring.

hungryinCulpeper (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

Had a lovely evening with friends at Fotis. The service is impeccable and the food excellent. We had the poached pear and fish and chips appetizers. Lovely presentation and a nice light start to the meal. The chicken pot pie had a delicious herby sauce and flaky crust. The bronzini (fish) special was cooked to perfection, really yummy. Ended the meal with flan and bread pudding. Both good but I would highly recommend the flan. Fotis is always a consistently great experience.

oneshot (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

Go! You Will Not Regret Your Decision! Outstanding food, presentation, and service! Disregard the complaints about prices.

VactioninginCarmel (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

Our trip from Fredericksburg to Culpeper to try Foti's Restaurant was worth the effort. The ambience is truly romantic. The choices for the three course meal were diverse and appetizing. The host and assisting staff were very professional and attentive. Recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

Swferrier (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

1st visit: Valentine's 2013 while staying in McGayhesville area on holiday (1hr drive). We were pleased with the food, the ambiance and the service; however, there were only a few other occupied tables. The chef even had a moment to come out and greet us and all remaining guests; which was nice.
2nd visit: Valentine's Day 2014 we returned with another couple, but we were disappointed: 1) had to wait 30 minutes to be seated, although booked a month in advance & showed on time. 2) website's menu represented that Valentine's Day there would be optional pre-fixe menu in addition to the standard menu, but only pre-fixe was available when we arrived. 3) server said she would summon the mgr to discuss issue; mgr did not show at table.

vipOpenTable Diner (Poconos)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2014

Second time visiting this restaurant, it's always been excellent. We had the soup, the snails, and the duck breast which we shared. The snails were prepared different then we expected, but still excellent. The duck breast was absolutely awesome and delish. The owners are very friendly and attentive our particular server was ok. We would recommend the place again.

oldtimer (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

arranged to dine on new years eve and choices were very limited. nonetheless we found options that were suitable but seemed exorbitantly priced for what we got. very unusual flavors that made for some positive comments, but again too pricey for what was served

JohnD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2013

Better than almost any restaurant in DC, without taking into account the price, which makes it a spectacular bargain. Compared to the almost always excellent, but pretentious and extremely expensive Inn ai Little Washington, Foti's is a far better choice: food as good and price is incomparably better.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2013

Have eaten here multiple times, never disappointed.

Khatteras (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2013

A little pricey, but great food and amazing service. An excellent choice for our Thanksgiving meal.

vipOscar (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2013

Amazing to find such fantastic world class food in such a small town as Culpeper. We are foodies that travel North America, Northern Europe, the Balkans and this is one of the favorite places in VA. The owners get out of their way to accommodate any which way. We loved it. thanks guys!

Adele (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

Excellent restaurant with high class quality yet casual dress is acceptable. A bit out of the way (in Culpeper VA) but definitely worth the trip. We went back again 2 weeks later.

Trisha (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

I had heard good things about this place so we decided to try it! Loved it! Food was good! The dessert was fabulous !

Luv2eatout (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

Made reservation for 7pm but they had me down for 7:15. We hung out at the bar waiting to be seated and they apparently forgot about us! Food was so-so, not what I was expecting for all the hype this place gets! I think I will stick to a few of the others on the street where the food always makes you say "umm, soo good" and the service is unbeatable.

Rita (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

Service is outstanding. Food was well prepared and delicious. Noise level is conducive to conversation, although we did not enjoy hearing the conversation at the adjacent table occupied by a very loud person. Would go again if we're in the area.

Thegirlwhoateeverything (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

Loved this restaurant! There were eight (8) of us, and a little hungry after a day of wine tastings. The staff was so accommodating to move our reservation time up a bit. We really enjoyed the wine, the food, and the ambience. We are weekenders in the Culpeper area, and this will be the restaurant we take our friends who visit us to!

vipJamesR (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2013

The food was very good, and it was such a pleasure to find a relatively quiet restaurant for a change where we didn't have to yell. Our young server was extremely nice and well-meaning, but I did not feel like he knew very much about the dishes on the menu, food in general or wine. We are finding more and more often that restaurants with great food have servers who don't know much about what they're serving. It may be difficult in a small town like Culpeper to find servers who know a lot about food and have some passion for it, but it still seems like our nice young man, who is all of 21, could have received better training.

vipTheVirginian (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2013

This was my first time to Foti's in Culpeper, VA. Great location, staff was attentive, and the food was superb. Perfectly done, great presentation. Will definitely be back!! I highly recommend this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2013

As first timers at Foti's, 4 of us went with an open mind, knowing the restaurant had received rave reviews for years. While we were there, what may have been a wedding party of an older couple held a luncheon there. The acoustics were such that a large group in the same room was not a distraction at all. And we found out why they chose Foti's for a celebration: the food and service were excellent and the decor is charming. We plan to return soon. (We met halfway between Charlottesville and Reston.)

louise (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2013

Took my sister there to celebrate her birthday. Food was good, service even better.

vipCharming (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 2, 2013

I was expecting a little more since the owners used to work at the Inn at Little Washington. Even so, our meal was good.

Marly (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2013

Best restaurant I have been to in a long time. Excellent food, service and ambience. We will return. Highly recommend.

vipJimA (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2013

This was a great choice for a birthday celebration. Well-located on a vibrant stretch of downtown, just steps from the train station (if only the train from DC ran more frequently!). Really nice, friendly atmosphere: bright but warm, not too noisy but not subdued either.

Our meals were quite excellent: generous starter salads with fresh ingredients and great combinations of fruit with the greens; fish (barramundi) was well-paired with corn and a light sauce: and desserts didn't disappoint either. The only downside was the coffee: espresso was unavailable and the coffee substituted wasn't up to par.

Service was friendly, including a very warm welcome at the door. Some rough edges, but nothing that detracted from the evening. Great find!

TimG (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2013

Service was great. Lots of attention. The food was superb from the appetizers-- canteloupe soup & mixed berry salad, main courses-- lamb shank with vegetables and jasmine rise & juniper-rubbed wild salmon with roasted potato wedges and mixed vegetables, to the mouth-watering desserts-- a dense raisin bread pudding with creme anglaise & an orange and chocolate "magma" cake with caramel ice cream. The ambience is very elegant and romantic. Good choice for a special occasions.

vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2013

There was nothing wrong with the service other than it was slow.

Birthdaygirl (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

Would go during the week instead of weekend. Took 30 minutes to get wine service but restaurant was crowded.

cynmar58 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

My family took me to Foti's for Mother's Day Lunch, early afternoon. It was crowded and we had to wait about half hour for our reservations, but to be expected for the time of day. We've been several times including New Year's Eve, and the food is consistently wonderful. The dishes are creative and was nice to find a favorite appetizer this time as they are rotated.

Our server seemed new, trying very hard, and did a good job, just a bit slow at times. Was very personable and pleasant, not an easy day to serve for sure.

We are fortunate to have such a high caliber restaurant in our neighborhood. I cannot think of any reason, other than to try someplace new, to drive into DC for the same type of food. Relaxing and elegant venue.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

I know restaurants are slammed for Mother's Day, but as this is an annual problem it shouldn't take a good restaurant by surprise. We waited 90 minutes to get our food ... which was largely forgettable. Tip: Do not order the fish and chips appetizer. You will be expecting a variation on the British tradition but you will be something that is more akin to shrimpy fish balls with three little potato chips. Our waiter seemed woefully unprepared. He didn't take everyone's order (I had to chase him down to complete the table), he brought items we told him that we did *not* want to order, and seemed ill-informed about the menu. I've seen great reviews for this place, but the noise level and poor service don't make it worth the trip.

terryontime (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2013

Foti's reputation preceded it !!!!! It was our first time and a very long ride and it was worth the trip!!!

vipOscar (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2013

I go there 10-12 times a year. Always wonderful.