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1799 at The Clifton

4.6
4.6
522 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
We will be serving a 3-course price fix menu at $79 per person. We will have our full wine list, and cocktail menu available as well.

Set in a charming and historic house on a ridge overlooking The Rivanna River in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1799 at The Clifton is committed to cooking beautiful, locally sourced food in a warm yet chic atmosphere. Chef Matthew Bousquet and his team are dedicated to giving you the best of new Piedmont cooking in a special way. Come and explore the offerings of our Chef’s seasonal menus, featuring the bounty of our own organic vegetable and herb garden. We look forward to making your visit truly memorable! Please make any requests on seating preferences, using the reservation notes. We will do our absolute best to accommodate all request based on availability.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 971-1800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Bousquet

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re hosting a small private dinner, a large event for up to 350 guests, The Clifton’s sprawling 100-acre estate offers an array of atmospheric settings for a function.

  • Private party contact

    events@the-clifton.com: (434) 971-1800

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    North Milton Rd.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking for diners.

  • Public transit

    N/A

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment only available for special occasions and events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 522 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Charlottesville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charlottesville

    Romantic

  • Charlottesville

    Special Occasion

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  1. CB

    CarolB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. It was a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion.
  2. AN

    AshleyNMJ83

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this experience was phenomenal. Our server and bartender Chris was knowledgeable and attentive, the food was spectacular, the drinks and wine were perfect, the ambiance of the place is so relaxing and old fashioned yet perfectly modernized, you can tell a lot of thought went into making it a really pleasant experience, and the price was lower than I expected. I cannot wait to come back.
  3. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the service was excellent. An outstanding spot to celebrate a special occasion.
  4. M

    Moss88

    Richmond

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on every level. From check in to pre dinner cocktails. To the dinner itself. We had a most lovely experience. Thank you especially to Shea, Corey and Caroline for your genuine hospitality.
  5. G

    Greg

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely old inn. Food was excellent with wonderful service.
  6. MP

    MaryP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great location with great atmosphere. Staff goes out of their way to make your dining a great experience.
  7. RH

    RodH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My wife and I went to share a nice anniversary dinner together. The tables were very close to each other. It was very difficult for us to feel like we were alone and could have a private conversation. The service was average and my wife and I both ordered our beef filets medium and mine was correct but my wife’s was medium rare. We expected more and left a little disappointed.
  8. AB

    AlexB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, food atmosphere ambiance. Thanks Ludmila , next time we are in the area definitely will come back .
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Food was too salty. I ordered Fettuccine. I got 10 noodles. Not kidding I counted them. Never saw such a small serving. Even the waiter was embarrassed to serve it!
  10. SK

    SamuelK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like eating in your own home. Don’t miss this spot.
  11. e

    eddyduo

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The mussels were great and the filet was tender and perfectly cooked. The pancetta wrapped trout was presented beautifully but the trout was lost in the presentation. The service and ambience were outstanding! Since the menu items were a la carte, the bill was on the expensive side. Keeping all of this in mind, the overall experience was very pleasant.
  12. SB

    SteveB

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    21st birthday dinner. 1799 welcomed us with a “Happy Birthday,” provided attentive service throughout our expertly prepared meal, and after our meal, brought out the birthday cake with candles, capping an outstanding meal. A+++++
  13. NF

    NaplesFoodie

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We reserved dinner at the Clifton Inn 1799 restaurant to celebrate our 35 wedding anniversary. The Restaurant is located in an elegant, historic mansion surrounded by lovely old trees and green lawns. The menu was creative and the wine list was very good. Unfortunately, our service and food did not meet our expectations. Only one of the 2 appetizers was flavorful, the other was bland. Our main courses were well prepared and tasty. However, the service was inconsistent and both the wine and food took a long time to come to the table. Overall, it was a miss for us.
  14. d

    dayl

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    It took over 2 1/2 hours to be served two courses. The server was never around except to have a lengthy conversation with another table about her future career. The food was good , but nothing exceptional. This used to be a great restaurant.
  15. VB

    VBfoodie

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Wonderful food, friendly service, and nice ambience on the porch with light background music. Highly recommend!
  16. AR

    AngelaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely library dining space that is intimate and luxurious. Great food, wine and bourbon.
  17. VR

    VanessaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item was prepared with absolute perfection, beautiful and delicious! Highly reccommend the bone marrow and escargot app- i cant stop thinking about it! Our server was stellar at describing the dishes and making recommendations. And THE VIEW, what a beautiful VA sunset view for our dinner

    1799 at The CliftonResponded on October 4, 2022Hello Vanessa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, our team greatly appreciates it! I am so glad to hear you had such a wonderful dinner with us. Watching the beautiful sunset while eating dinner here is definitely special! Thank you again, Devin

  18. ML

    MarkL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Nice food and really excellent service level. The Inn is 200+ years old. If you stay here check out your room first to make sure you're satisfied.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was amazing! The lemon cake it had for dessert was ok, but the appetizer and entree were awesome! Service was slow. I arrived on time for my reservation, but it took more than 1/2 hour to be seated and place my order. The waitress did not visit the table often enough and we placed drink orders with the person delivering the next dish (wasn’t the waitress). Awesome food, but the service needs to improve.
  20. KD

    KristinD

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    For the cost we paid, I would expect our food to be properly seasoned and cooked. Both our filets, were overcooked, with no seasoning in the appetizer. We both walked away feeling very disappointed, and it was a rare night out for our anniversary.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    food was underwhelming .. expected more .. tuna was overpowered by the marinade, trout was mushy and skin on was big mistake - peeled mine off, bacon was so salty, mussels were dry, saving grace was halibut in the stew, chocolate desert was weird, oh also the crackers were great. Basically expected mind blowing from James Beard Nominee and was very disappointed
  22. FM

    FredM

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Stay away…terrible value. Setting was nice but food, service poor. Paid $300…they forgot wine…when we reminded them, white wine arrived warm, food was bland - very small selection. Desert was tasteless…ice cream tasted like frozen water. Really - so many better options in Charlottesville for half the price. Also just noticed they overcharged us for our bottle of wine! Almost double! Stay away.
  23. BS

    BarbieS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clifton is wonderful for a quiet dinner. Dinning on the porch takes any worry out of going out to dinner. Food is excellent.
  24. LC

    LindseyC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! We’ll be back! Thanks so a wonderful evening
  25. O

    Orly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot. Some amazing dishes like bone marrow appetizer but then fish main courses were just ok and same with dessert. Excellent server and wine recommendations. Excellent cocktail. Maybe pair down offerings to focus on ones that are outstanding.
  26. M

    Mary

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The appetizers and mains were amazing but everytime I have dessert, it is disappointing! Very dry and over cooked. The wait staff also came over too much and it was annoying. If you can fix those two things then it would have been a perfect night
  27. J

    Jeff

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service, and ambiance! A fantastic dinning experience! Great anniversary dinner!
  28. G

    George

    Kansas City

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food good wine excellent food server
  29. JM

    JoeM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    When we entered the Inn, my wife smelled a very strong odor of mildew and the same was for the dining area where we were seated. The price fixed menu seemed reasonable. I ordered roasted carrots and foie gras for appetizer, the carrots were roasted and very tasty, the foie gras was missing in action, it was non existent in the dish. For main course I ordered a lamb loin. The loin had one inch cap of fat, definitely very fatty and overdone. My wife had the Scottish salmon with vegetables. Well the salmon was ok, but the rest of the dish was swimming in a greasy liquid. The final nail in the coffin was the dessert. We ordered similar dessert, Caneles de Bordeaux with berries and cream. The caneles are supposed to be soft and with tender center like a custard. Ours were solid as a rock, not able to cut them open. What a disappointment!!
  30. AG

    AndreG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to 1799 for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Good and service were top notch.
  31. C

    Chip

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a special occasion at 1799 and were not disappointed. The food was delicious and artistically presented. I would especially recommend the haddock. While they had a large event going on in the wine cellar, service never skipped a beat. Great experience and we will be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We may have been a little loud for the other diners…I may ask for a spot away from other next time if possible. It was an outstanding evening, as usual!
  33. A

    Anonymous

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    It was unbearably hot on the outside porch. I was told that it would be cool as there were fans. The 2 fans that were on were stationary and pointed away from our table! If they were at least oscillating, that would’ve helped a great deal. Our waitress was very good and we all enjoyed her. The food was also very good but the drinks were overpriced. $24 for a Manhattan using only Buffalo Trace bourbon was beyond expensive. The $150 bottle of white wine we ordered was NOT PROPERLY CHILLED! That’s a very basic expectation for a white wine and especially one at that price point. We’ve always enjoyed the Clifton Inn, but haven’t been since before Covid. Overall this once beautiful place looked quite rundown. That was very disappointing to see.
  34. WB

    WalterB

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, delicious food and exceptional service.
  35. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outdoors on the back deck overlooking the garden. The setting was beautiful and the food and service were excellent. We took advantage of restaurant week and ordered from the prix fixe menu. The halibut was delicious. The wine pairings were very good also. I am so glad we chose Clifton and look forward to a return visit!
  36. M

    Molly

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Mom and I ate at 1799 for Charlottesville Restaurant Week and it was incredible!! The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully plated. The location is absolutely stunning. The Library Room where we were seated was beautifully decorated and comfortable. Everything from the plates to the table decor was perfectly curated which made it the absolute most lovely experience! Highly recommend for date night, girls dinner, wedding events etc...!!
  37. c

    crlw88

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    My husband and I were visiting Charlottesville, and decided to have a fancier dinner at 1799, especially because it was restaurant week. There was no one at the front door when we walked in, and it was very unclear where the host would greet us. After we were seated, we waited 15min without anyone coming to our table, even though people seated after us were waited on, even ordering food. We had to find the manager, who was very apologetic and attempted to improve the evening for us, but the service continued to be lacking throughout the night. The food was creative and interesting, but we were not overly impressed, especially for the prices. We were very disappointed with our experience, and we will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.
  38. CB

    CrBe

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice meal!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent meal on the porch out back. Beautiful food, beautiful setting. There were two very large parties (one inside & one outside) that had set the service back slightly. However, our server and all the servers were really great & we enjoyed our evening. We would definitely recommend.
  40. JL

    JLACvl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    While the ambiance and service were wonderful, we were absolutely beyond disappointed with our meal last night. The best parts of the meal were mediocre, and the worst parts (including my entree) were inedible. Bone marrow and escargot were oversalted. Escargot was overcooked and rubbery. My prawns and speck pasta dish was inedible and I had to ask for a replacement entree. I thought the flavors were abhorrent. The pasta dish in broth was odd to say the least. Pork chop was mediocre, cooked well, but nothing extraordinary about it. We won't be back to eat here unless and until we hear that either the chef has been replaced or that the food is delicious again. This was my 37th birthday dinner and I was absolutely disappointed at an evening of bad food (and for $200!). Fine dining is our thing and as beautiful as The Clifton is, 1799 is not somewhere I'll be back or will recommend. Would be happy to hear from a manager or chef.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

1799 at The Clifton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 971-1800.

1799 at The Clifton is rated 4.6 stars by 522 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 4 times today
Google Map for 1799 at The Clifton

1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Milton Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking for diners.

  • Public transit

    N/A

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Bousquet

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment only available for special occasions and events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (434) 971-1800

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re hosting a small private dinner, a large event for up to 350 guests, The Clifton’s sprawling 100-acre estate offers an array of atmospheric settings for a function.

  • Private party contact

    events@the-clifton.com: (434) 971-1800

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