The Ashby Inn

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Contemporary American
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily in concert with what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.

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Breakfast For All!

Come join us for breakfast, enjoy a complimentary Mimosa or Specialty Coffee on us.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 15, 2018

Ends: November 16, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-10:30AM

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This place was excellent, especially for a wedding anniversary! Thanks so much for an unforgettable meal and experience!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great food. Amazing.

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JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Caroline, was friendly and knowledgeable. The menu options were creative, unique and delicious. We are considering visiting in spring or summer to experience the pairing menu.

It would be nice if there was more variety. Overall it was a delightful evening perfect for a special occasion.

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SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We have dined at The Ashby Inn several times and celebrated our wedding there too This Valentine!s Day “special” dinner was not up to expectations or past experiences. The service was good and the ambiance too. Unfortunately, the 5 course meal was not up to par or equal to its price. The courses were mundane, not inventive, and some courses were not tasty. In particular, the desssert red velvet sheet cake was overly dry and the main courses (shredded pork orbeef) were not visually appealing and both tasted like something more often found prepared ahead of time for a large banquet. There are a lot of choices for a date night and hopefully The Ashby Inn will step up its game!

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C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was fine but not stellar, given the occasion and the fixed price meal that controlled what we could order.

Let's just say that the difference between a good chef and an outstanding one is in the flavoring of the dishes. This one could use some schooling on creating nuanced flavors whether in the salad, the main entree, or the dessert. The dessert was the best of the three I'll mention here. I like shredded or pulled meats, but they require special seasonings and an interesting use of herbs and spices or fruits to elevate the meats. This chef doesn't quite know how to do this, as was evident that night.

But, the servers were attentive, friendly, and accommodating. My spouse is in a wheel chair. They helped us getting in and upon leaving because the steps are uneven and narrow doors are not ADA-friendly. But, we'll go back some time.

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L
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special evening and Ashby Inn provided a special meal and complete ambiance for us. Thank you.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Beautiful location. Quaint little restaurant. Very intimate.

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening and Misty was an excellent waitress!

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RP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been to the Ashby Inn a number of times in the past two years and were very impressed with the wide range of fixed price menu choices, the sommelier and the little "extras" that were included between courses. All this made for an almost magical dining experience - certainly a cut above the normal. We were unaware that there had been a change in chef again recently. And while the food was certainly OK, it was not nearly as interesting as the previous chef and there were none of the extras that made the experience more unique. The price of dining before the recent chef change was about the same, but this time we didn't feel that the food choices and presentations were enough to warrant the expense. We expect something a little extra for establishments in this price range (which we got with the previous chef and staff) and were, frankly, disappointed in the direction that the restaurant has taken.

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FC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wonderful service! I had quail for the first time, and I loved it! The beef was cooked to perfection! We can tell that chef Bradley sources only the best quality meats and vegetables. The Bread pudding was a scrumptious end to a delicious meal!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s 54th Birthday. Wonderful meal and the staff couldn’t have been kinder or more helpful. Enjoyed everything about our dinner and evening.

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EA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was warm, nice, friendly and knowledgable. The food was excellent. The ambiance was superb.

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine especially if you like historic places. Set in a tiny little historic town at a high point with views. We went at night in heavy rain, so no great views when we went, but we've gone for lunch which is during the day and you can see things. Lunch is a better value, too. Dinner is super expensive. My companions loved their dinner picks, but I got the quail which turned out to be some tiny slices of meat (sauce was really tasty, though) and some inedible greens. Wish I had got the lamb instead. Service is wonderful and the setting is intimate and quiet. We stayed almost 3 hours with our friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ashby offered a wonderful experience for dinner. Location is beautiful, service was professional and efficient, and the food is off the chart. The menu offered a good selection and everything ordered at our table was delicious, with added points for presentation!

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EZ
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Imagine our surprise when we arrived & only knew one staff member! Where was our favorite sommelier, Stuart Brennan? Where were all the friendly waitresses? Luckily, our familiar waiter, Rory, survived the cut. Even the chef was new. He did stop by the table to chat (and we liked his food). No more 3 course menu. Ala carte & an increase on my mini Hillinger brut rose. Their warm bread was replaced by crumbly corn bread (only suitable as an accompaniment for a bowl of chili). Rory brought us a replacement of bread w/ olive oil to dip. I liked the beet salad but first you eat with your eyes. Flip the beet slices over to show the vivid red. Barry's tomato bisque presentation was nice but he did not like the 3 whole cherry tomatoes in the bowl. My crab cake was beautiful & I enjoyed the taste. I did request lump crab meat instead of shredded when we saw the new chef. Barry LOVED his poached prawns with grits! Chef also surprised him with a chocolate Tortepolla w/ raspberry cream. Only on the dinner menu. My donuts were soft (I wish they could have been deep fried for a crispy texture). The ice cream was drizzled with bourbon caramel (I never tasted any bourbon). We planned to have cappuccinos but the machine was broken. I settled for a French Press (good!) So sad to see these changes. Hopefully, we'll adjust & feel like family once again.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Initial service was slow but improved. Took a long time to have wine served.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location to celebrate our anniversary. Very quiet to easily converse. Top notch food and beverage pairing. You will not go home hungry.

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BI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

New Years dinner

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice setting, beautiful ambiance. Food is generally good. Some of the appetizers are very small. The prices are high. Would recommend the Inn to a friend looking for something different for a special occasion, but not for someone looking for a a great meal at a reasonable price.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my wife and brother in law

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TL
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, quite wonderful and look forward to return visits. Staff exceptional in attitude and attentiveness; food all excellent, though uneven portions: healthy pork chop with lovely potato and kale side...mingy serving of monk fish -- delicious, but on uninspired bed of beans. Nice open gift of 1 deviled egg each; lovely gratis corn bread; delicious tiramisu. Wonderful cappuccino (sd be at $6). If the pork is shipped in from Germany, wouldn't it be possible to bring in salad material from somewhere? Only real demerit would be cool 2-party seating adjacent to an exterior wall.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent . When we first sat down a staff member asked about drinks, but only gave us one cup of coffee, we had to get up and serve ourselves if we wanted more. This is a beautiful place. This was our second visit.

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R
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual an excellent meal at an excellent restaurant

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner - all of the ordered entrees were very well presented and were delicious. The wine list was exceptional and contained dozens of choices and price points.

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FC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with great people and fabulous rib eye steak. Thank you Caroline and Rusty for taking such good care of us!

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner and service! Fine dinning at its best! Highly recommend experiencing a real culinary treasure!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An amazing birthday celebration. Just incredible service.

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SM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! They served deviled eggs that were the best I’ve ever eaten. We also thoroughly enjoyed the steak, which was big enough for 3 people. Everything was beyond delicious!

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FC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the people at The Ashby and Chef Bradley is our new favorite! We had Oysters and the most amazing Rib Eye steak for 2! We can’t wait to go back and enjoy another dish from the new menu soon!

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N
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top notch. Quaintest and most well-constructed experience in all of NOVA.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant/inn with wonderful food, wine and service. I love the Ashby Inn for its warmth and "accessibility" ... it's just fine to sit at the bar in blue jeans after a hike, than settle in for a five-star meal in a cozy booth (or on the patio (during warmer months). That said, we've also enjoyed Ashby Inn as much in black-tie and cocktail dress attire. Enjoy!

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our reservation was at 4pm and the last seating was at 4:30. Not only did we have to wait to be seated while standing up, but the food was obviously reheated and was dry, overcooked, and piled in a heap so that it was impossible to identify the potatoes, dressing, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts from each other. They were all mounded in a big mushy pile. I honestly can't believe a chef would send something like this to a customer's table. I should have sent it back. Will never return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Thanksgiving 2018.
The restaurant is a longstanding historic building in a small historic part of Virginia outside of Washington DC. It appeared that the restaurant was not prepared for the over-booked crowd and that led to the staff being quite stressed as to how to manage the clientele. All the tables were full and there was no area to wait for one’s reservation. The dinner was a typical Thanksgiving meal with an attempt to Virginian-ize the courses with flavorings which were in fact just mediocre and maybe somewhat pretentious. The portions were small and the meal was expensive. Two slices of roasted turkey, dressing, yams, and two roasted brussel sprouts served with a small roll accompanied by honey butter and cranberry sauce does not warrant an eighty dollar plate cost. Except for the pumpkin pie, which was over-baked and dry, the meal had fair flavor but was more of a ten dollar meal served at a holiday price.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We were required to sit outside in a tent, even though the temperature was at the freezing mark. The staff did an admirable job of trying to keep us comfortable with heaters, but the restaurant simply overbooked. People should not be sitting outdoors on such a cold day.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Thanksgiving lunch. The Inn is historic and charming. The traditional Thanksgiving meal was elegant and delicious without being pretentious. Service was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pricey, but very, very good. We went for a special occasion, and will do so again.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was decent though the menu is limited. French toast was better than other nearby options (then again, Clarke County isn’t a foodie paradise). Fresh squeezed orange juice was awesome. Coffee was good. Eggs Benedict were good but the potatoes served with them lacked inspiration. They appear to be frozen cubed potatoes thrown in the deep fryer. Overall I give the food a 4.

Service was unwelcoming. There was confusion between breakfast and lunch times. I know it wasn’t just us as multiple reservations after us had the same comment. The reservation system indicated breakfast was served until 10:30. We wanted brunch so we selected an 11:30am time and were given a few options including 10:30. We selected 10:30 as we assumed when breakfast ended, brunch began.

When we were seated we were given the breakfast menus. When asked if we could get brunch, one of the staff quickly snapped back saying “you made reservations for BREAKFAST so you’re getting breakfast.” When we said we intended to make a reservation for Brunch she again snapped back saying brunch doesn’t start until 11:30 so a reservation made at 10:30 must be for breakfast. This whole interaction was bizarre but we were fine to just have breakfast. While we were looking at the menu we heard this lady continue to talk about us and complain from a room a few feet behind us. Seriously? If we’re such a hassle to be seated at 10:30, we’d be happy to go elsewhere. Very unfortunate way to start the meal as the food was decent and restaurant clean and nice.

I can’t say we will be back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ashby Inn new menu is fine but not a fan of only choices being a 3 course meal. Prices rather expensive for not so special food. I had crab cake which was good but certainly not worth $77. The beef was ordinary for $78.
The service had several issues, when asked about cocktail the server said oh I don't like fancy drinks I just like shots. that was not helpful. Also drinks we order were rather bland, Even the wine was incorrect.
When meals arrived we didn't have right silverware. Had to ask several times for knives to cut steaks. At the end our doggie bag was missing. Server said oops guess it was given to another customer. How gross to be given someone else's food. To make up for that they give us an entire new filet to take home, which was great
Overall I felt prices did not match quality of food. Don't think I would return.

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DO
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ashby Inn is always a treat. We've been there many times, even as chefs change and menus adjust. The food is almost always locally sourced (the venison stew was REALLY locally sourced--the chef came to the table and we talked) and expertly done. The wine list is almost overwhelming. The pork loin with bone in and blue cheese was superb and the venison stew tasty and hearty. The crab cakes could have used a little more spiciness, but that is personal taste. Excellent service, beautiful ambience, and a welcoming staff all combined for a great (as usual!) evening. If you haven't been, go. If you have, well, come again. It is our annual (at least) tradition and should be yours, but bring your credit card and an open mind: it is not cheap. But it provides for a superb dining experience.

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BJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I came here for the first time for a 7:30 reservation on a Wednesday night to celebrate our anniversary. Complementing the early sunsets this time of year, the restaurant was quiet, as there was only one other couple in the dining area that I could see. We were first introduced to the history of the inn as well as the cuisine and new executive chef by our waitress. We opted for a 3 course dinner versus the chef tasting, which we later realized was a good choice considering the ample portions of elevated rustic fare. My wife and I both enjoyed our first and second courses. I had the peanut soup to start, which had a lot of flavor and complexity. I followed that with the pork chop, which was simply prepared, but perfectly seasoned and cooked, which really showcased the quality of the meat. I am not ashamed to admit that I tried to remove every last bit with my hands. The deserts were also nice, but even better was the conservation at the end of our meal with our waitress Bonnie. We will definitely be back to celebrate a special occasion, hopefully at a warmer time of the year when we can enjoy the patio, which looks really cozy.

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