Waterwheel Restaurant - Inn at Gristmill Square

4.8
594 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bath County’s most iconic Gristmill is home to the award-wining Waterwheel Restaurant. Within the walls of a 120 year old Mill, the Waterwheel is one of Bath County’s premier dining destinations since 1972. Explore our creative menu featuring the freshest local and sustainable ingredients often featuring vegetables and herbs from our onsite garden. Our small group of highly trained individuals provide exemplary yet warm and personable service in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. Guests are invited to visit our wine cellar deep within the old mill foundation or enjoy a classic cocktail at one of the Commonwealth’s smallest bars – on one of the “best four seats in Virginia”. In season enjoy a cocktail by the stream that used to power the mill. When it comes to unforgettable and memorable dining, the Waterwheel Restaurant boasts a long-standing reputation as one of Bath County’s most desired dining destinations.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service5ambience3

Food was good but very unique. Everything is very specific and a lot of flavors in one dish. We got 2 desserts and both were very dry.

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ClaireC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistent. Fresh, local and always a bit of a flair! Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful and food was so good! Use open table, I called and they said they were completely full and put us on a wait list, several hours later i checked back and there were time slots on open table

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ChrisG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat in a very small town near Hot Springs. Overall a great experience. The service, drinks and food were outstanding. Not sure when we'll be back to this area but if we are it's assured we'll definitely go back here!

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zrrjbut
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sierra was great and very attentive to our needs. Best server I've had in awhile.

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MaryE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I dined at The Waterwheel, I had the crab cakes, they were delicious and the sauce was Tasty. The maple cream cake was delicious also. I would definitely recommend The Waterwheel! The ambience was very nice there.

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ScottM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item from the wine to the filet was perfection. Excellent service! Dessert made your eyes roll...hazelnut brownie.

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vipSchiffy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great personalized service, delicious food and unique atmosphere in a literal building that has an old waterwheel in it.

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LisaB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is THE place to go if you want a spectacular meal. We have never been disappointed, ever. The steak is beyond wonderful, along with everything served with it. This was not a special occasion for us, we are local, but after our night there it sure did feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go there! Very nice!

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Food and beverages prepared and presented to perfection.
Wait staff was very attentive and accommodating to dietary restrictions. The location and physical appearance were quite unique and stunning.

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vipMontyp
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from the minute we were greeted warmly at the door u til we finished dessert!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! We loved going down to the cellar to pick out our wine. Our food was great and excellent service!

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KyleH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, my wife and I were happy with our experience, and we were very satisfied with our meal. I would definitely recommend for anyone to give this place a try.

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vipLTEO
Richmond
98 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French onion soup! Tender moist filet served with buttery cheese grits! Loved the combination. Would order this again!

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kevint
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Its a great place ... I recommend the two top table up in the corner next to the cork dispenser.. super quiet and romantic - Loved it !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good service.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner selection, extra social distance spacing. Extremely thoughtful staff! Delicious 😋

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vipRayB
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Service and Food outstanding.
Great place close to the Homestead.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at the Waterwheel/Gristmill Inn. Always come away very happy with our experience.

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samken
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat customer from N. C.

A diamond in the woods! Good folks.

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viplovemytravels11
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here twice during our week’s vacation in the area. Loved it both times. My husband loved the filet, my chicken dish was excellent. And our friends raved about their salmon dinners. The wine cellar’s diversity of high quality and renowned wines was fun to explore. Whoever stocks the wines definitely knows his/her stuff. The servers were knowledgeable, personable and professional. The setting of this restaurant was charming. Definitely recommend and would return again.

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Localguest
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were staying at the Omni Homestead Resort and wanted to eat offsite one night. We came here to celebrate our anniversary and it was the perfect, cozy, romantic setting for the occasion! We are big wine lovers and the cellar was a very fun experience, to go pick out our own wine from the cellar was exciting! The food was phenomenal and the service was fantastic! This is a hidden gem!! I highly recommend!!

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Meme
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Historical setting with simplicity.
COVID 19 compliant. Food was best in area. Large selection of bourbons.
Attentive servers.

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Kathrynw
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes and filet were so good! The service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. Loved the wine cellar!

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luv2dine
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a joy to dine at the Waterwheel

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid farm to table food in an intimate historical setting. Priced appropriately.

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WilliamV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cozy location. Great service and excellent dinner.

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jamess
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend the Waterwheel to anyone visiting the area. We went the for our anniversary dinner, and the staff and food did not disappoint.

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AzaretR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Thank you Sierra!

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Gretchen
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently got engaged on our visit. The food was inventive especially the jalapeño corn and cucumber dill soup. I loved the buttermilk trout and accompanying sauces. The ambiance was quiet interesting and quaint. I thank you so much for the champagne and well wishes. Thank you for making the night special. I was so nervous that I didn’t get our server’s name but please extend my thanks to the entire staff.

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DaveA
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s two years since we ate at the Gristmill. We weren’t sure what our Covid experience would be like ,but we were delighted. Felt totally safe,attentive service and excellent food preparation and presentation. By far the best restaurant choice in the area

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JonathanS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
The Ribeye is huge and cooked perfectly to order.

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ChelseaS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing meal! My husband and I were staying at the Inn and decided to splurge on dinner here and we were not disappointed! I got the corn and jalapeño soup and my husband got the wedge salad. For entrees I got chicken and my husband got the 25 oz ribeye! Everything was really good and well made. The server was great even though she had all 6 tables outside by herself. She was attentive and made sure we always had what we needed.

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vipSandyM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

To be fair, we have heard rave reviews about Waterwheel and might even give it a second chance because the other guests we talked to from The Homestead who tried it said their food (steak and chicken) was great. But the crab cakes were not good. And the trout was seriously under-seasoned to the point of tasteless. The atmosphere and the staff were lovely though, and we might brave a second try on another stay in the area. Hoping we just had a fluke experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Nice outdoor seating which made it feel safe to dine during covid-19

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vipannpeter
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable experience. Everything was delicious and delightful. The ambiance is special. The service and food were truly excellent. Definitely worth the trip! If you're staying at The Homestead, make it your business to plan dinner there!

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MaryH1059
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary there this weekend! They gave us a great table outdoors tucked away from everyone! Very romantic...excellent service and food!! ❤️

FAQs

Waterwheel Restaurant - Inn at Gristmill Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 839-2231.

Waterwheel Restaurant - Inn at Gristmill Square is rated 4.8 stars by 594 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.

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