The Bistro at Goodstone
Lovely atmosphere and view of hunt country.
A charming restaurant nestled back in the countryside north of Middleburg. Meal was outstanding. And there was a cozy fire going.
Food was very good bistro fare. Wine list was extensive with many high end wines suitable for dinner. At our lunch, we wanted lighter red to go with four different lunch choices. Ordered Beaujolais cru, two of which were on wine list. Out of stock. Wine person brought a Famille Perrin CotesDu Rhône instead. With guests so didn’t complain. But a heavy commodity wine available at supermarkets should not have been an alternative to our Beaujolais Cru choice
We enjoy Goodstone very much. Will be back again soon.
The Hostess looked at us like we were from Mars when I said we had a reservation, our guest of honor was kept waiting in the lounge for over 10 minutes when the staff neglected to ask her if she was with another guest/party, service was slow and there was water in my plate for the main course and the lunch platter was so big that the small torte was so far from the icecream it melted enroute. Whats up Goodstone?
My husband and I consider ourselves true "foodies" so we were looking forward to trying the Bistro at Goodstone Inn. From the moment we sat down, the service was excellent and we liked the look of the simple, classic French menu. However, when we surveyed the wine list, both for bottles and glasses of red wine, we were dismayed at the exorbitant prices. A typical Cotes du Rhone which we can buy at our local grocer for $9.99 was an astronomical $60.00! Actually, of all the reds, that was the most inexpensive one on the entire menu. What a shame. The food was pleasant but nothing we couldn't make as well or better at home. The frites that accompanied the steak were neither thin nor crispy enough. They also served them with ketchup which we found strange since mayonnaise would have been more typical in a French bistro. The rockfish was fine, although a little fussy with its tiny garnishes and sauces. A dessert of profiteroles with hazelnut ice cream sounded wonderful when described by the waiter. In actuality, the puffs themselves were filled with the barest amount of cream. Nice ambiance, loved the piano and the roaring fire, but honestly, I can't recommend the Bistro.
The dining experience was amazing! This is a must for anyone interested in French cuisine, established countryside with elegance.
We reserved a table for brunch after reading glowing reviews. Ambience was lovely: woody, live piano music, bright. The service was great- very attentive. Mixed drinks were delicious (Old Fashioned). Food was mediocre (maybe they do not use their best chef for brunch?): bland below average eggs benedict, & a tasty but overcooked hamburger. Similarly, dessert was sub par- profiteroles (small & little cream filling, & a just a little"Belgian" chocolate sauce that tasted like Hershey's syrup. Meh. Maybe we came at a bad time.
AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! Everything about this place is amazing.
We have been dining (and staying) at Goodstone for over 25 years, so we have seen many changes. The best decision they made was to add the Conservatory to the Carriage House. The worst decision was to open it ONLY for dinner. We dreaded going to brunch yesterday because on our last visit (hosting out of town cousins in July) the piano had drowned out our conversations. Happily, they moved the piano to the adjacent room with better acoustics. We do not find "The Bistro" as charming as the Canservatory but it was good to see fresh flowers on the tables. Choosing pink mini carnations & purple statice gave it a baby shower look. They should consider Alstroemeria (just as inexpensive & long lasting but more elegant with a wide choice of colors). We were pleased to see Caity, Stuart & Brandon as well as meeting the chef. The service & hospitality are the Goodstone's strengths. The Kir Royale was nice & later I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with my entree. Mixed feelings about the food, however. Serving what reminded us of supermarket bread cut into triangles with cold butter was not only ridiculous but kept popping up. Our French onion soup had it inside the bowl with some melted cheese (Gruyere?) as well as on the side to dip. We prefer the classic presentation with gooey, warm cheese inside the bowl & melting over the edge. Entrees were much better. The Goodstone burger was impressive (too bad it was overcooked to medium when Barry ordered medium rare), served with some greens & Belgian fries (meaning that they were not crispy which we prefer). My Icelandic Cod was awesome! Served in a potato mousseline (not a beurre blanc) with baby turnips, kale and asparagus pieces. I think the addition of lemon would have elevated the dish. The chef comped 2 chocolate desserts in addition to the profiteroles we'd ordered. We enjoyed all that sugar with our cappuccinos (after asking for Splenda). I do hope that they re-think the use of their Conservatory.
They have the french bistro format nailed. Great food and great service! Excellent value for the quality of food. Extremely flexible and accommodating.
The Goodstone never disappoints. It is one of our favorite but this was our first time visiting at lunchtime and the food was noticeable subpar. Service and atmosphere as always were impeccable but we were quite surprised at the quality of our meals. The food is always impeccable, this visit the tenderloin was salty and cold. The potatoes under the fish were bland and watery...quite disappointing but we will keep coming back for the delightful staff and the gorgeous property!
We had brunch, the food was cold, the potatoes had no flavor, the English muffin was tough and hard to cut. Very disappointed after hearing all the hype about the place from locals in the area.
We made a last minute reservation for our anniversary. When we arrived the host said they weren't seating anyone; they did seat us after we told them we had a reservation (brunch stopped being served at 2:00 and our reservation was for 1:45). I think they had to re-open the kitchen for us. The food was good (it took almost 45 minutes) but we did feel like we had put everyone out (like we made everyone stay late after class) which made us feel a bit uncomfortable. The piano player in the dining room was excellent and the ambiance was nice, so it ended up being a nice celebration. We would go back but I would suggest they don't allow for late reservations if they can't accommodate diners.
A very nice quiet Sunday Brunch at Goodstone. Only a couple of other tables occupied on our visit. House made Bloody Mary's were excellent with Basil & Celery infused Vodka and an excellent homemade mix. Downside is that there is pretty limited menu for the Bistro Brunch, but what we had was very good.
Nice room for brunch on the weekend. However, there is no way to have a conversation with either your dining companions or your waitress because the piano is so loud that you cannot hear. Please move the piano to another room.
We have gone to the Goodstone Inn restaurant for years, but this was our first time in the Bistro. It brought a lovely nostalgic experience to be in the intimate and relaxing upstairs area! The food is exceptional, and the staff very attentive without being overbearing
Brunch was lovely and really fresh ingredients. But the piano, which is a lively touch, should be in the lobby it's too loud for the small dining room
Very enjoyable. Great ambiance. Excellent service. Live piano was good but a little too overwhelming in such a small space, making conversation difficult. Food was good, but not always excellent - mixed reviews. However, we will certainly return.
Great and reasonable
Wonderful dinner in a beautiful country setting
This is such a lovely spot. Food is very good and not overly complicated. Staff is pleasant and paying attention.
Everything, from the service to the food, was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back.
Very nice setting, excellent food except maybe for the $ 45 Dover Sole (12oz) which was previously frozen. Very loud piano in the (smallish) dining room