Waterwheel Restaurant - Inn at Gristmill Square

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$31 to $50
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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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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
17 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
33 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!! ❤️

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vipLuncher
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely meal here! Definitely worth the short drive from the Homestead if that’s where you’re staying.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SkeYs charming great service and delicious food and drinks

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AuthorCDavidGelly
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Waterwheel Restaurant! Wonderful service and delightful ambiance. Will certainly return in the future. Five stars

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Bart
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food if you are looking for a quiet meal in Warm Springs. Server (Ashley) was exceptional...even made terrific wine pairing suggestions when asked.

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vipSteveF
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought some friends from out of town to experience Waterwheel...as we expected, they LOVED it! Summer soups were a hit with our guests as well as the entrees and desserts. It was a wonderful evening dining alfresco and the service was great...thanks Sienna!

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ChadB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! One of our favorite places for special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual! One of our favorite places when we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was delicious! The maple cake was out of this world! We loved visiting the wine cellar to choose our wine for our meal. There was a very loud gentleman at a nearby table that disrupted the quiet ambience of the room. Overall, we had a nice time!

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vipNancyA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply a real jewel!! Excellent food, service and ambience. Love the wine cellar!

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many reasons for returning. It was a truely delighful find in a rather remote location. A caring and focused environment delivering a high end dinning experience!

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vipMichaelH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in the Warm Springs Hills. If you find yourself in Bath County, then find yourself in a rich plate of food and drink at Waterwheel Restaurant. Never been disappointed, service is lovely, food interesting and setting spectacular. Terrific for date night, special occasions and getting off-property at the Homestead.

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Pereira
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good food, I recommend.
Quiet and beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little gem! Love to eat here every time I visit the area!

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DCLANDIS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing find! A fantastic meal - everything was amazing :)

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vipSteveF
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, John and his team do a wonderful job making their guests feel welcome and comfortable in a fantastic atmosphere. My wife and I were entertaining a good friend; we sat outside on a beautiful evening and had ANOTHER memorable evening at Waterwheel.

Food was unique and delicious (try Mrs. Loeflerr’s picked shrimp appetizer) and the staff is friendly and professional. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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DavidG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a high-quality experience and a price performer.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. I live near Richmond and better than 90% of the restaurants there. The maple cake is incredible!

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vipMarybethG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good, but not as good as our previous meal. Expensive.

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KristinY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend the Waterwheel Restaurant. Fun, funky interior. The cocktails were tasty; the watermelon, tomato, and burrata salad was light and refreshing. We had filet mignonette and salmon as entrees. The filet melted in your mouth. The salmon was beautifully seared and tender. If you’re looking for something different for dessert, definitely try the sour cream maple cake. It’s amazing - not overly sweet. We didn’t have wine with dinner, but several tables around us seemed to have lots of fun going to the wine cellar and selecting their wine. The Waterwheel is not inexpensive, but for a special treat, it was well worth it.

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BrianR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The area, the location the people. As a VA fly fisherman, this Area in Bath Co Va, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. And the special feeling of parking the car in Warm Springs at the Gristmill. Is always a special feeling. And the food and hospitality are next level! Well done always!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was great

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Marcus
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Inn at Gristmill Square and the Waterwheel restaurant. We just had another fantastic meal- started off with the smoked trout blini app, and then ordered the fresh trout special and the crabcakes. Paired with a few glasses of Gruner Veltliner, and then a pair of Smooth Ambler ( out of WV) bourbons for dessert. Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, amazing friendly people working there! Meals were delicious, reasonable wait time! Cocktails 👌👌👌

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent. I ‘grade’ easy in my reviews with lots of places getting 5 stars, and I generally believe there are many fine places. But when an experience truly excels I will call it out. The Waterwheel is such a place - atmosphere, service and food that over performed. Don’t miss the chance to experience it.

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vipErinB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the wine cellar! Food was great and portions were perfect size. Dessert was very good and I loved the wood all over

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DarinS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

stopped here while visinting Homestead. Nice cozy place with good food and interesting wine selection.

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing filet mignon. Wonderful anniversary dinner. Perfect place.

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