The Ashby Inn

4.6
1327 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(540) 592-3900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brad Spates
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Private party facilities
The Inn has gained wide reputation for its weddings and wedding receptions. An ample covered patio, landscaped gardens and spectacular views offer one of the most beautiful settings in Northern Virginia. Our kitchen staff is both talented and imaginative, & will make your private event special.
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Private party contact
Amber Jeffries : (540) 592-3900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 50 & Route 17
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Parking details
Parking is private and located just a few steps from the inn.
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Entertainment
Live music on Friday evenings during special summer hours on the terrace. Please check our website for details. www.ashbyinn.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

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

What 1327 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
18 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
10 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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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
6 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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OT
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
43 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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w
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Farm fresh, seasonal menu. Attractively presented. Extensive wine list. Attentive service. Not cheap.

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JF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were told this was a can’t miss place, but overall came away a bit disappointed. We tried the tasting menu which had “6 courses”. All in all we were very jealous of our neighbors meals that didn’t do the tasting menu. The quality of the food was okay, but it’s a much better value, higher quality cuisine and larger portion to not do the tasting menu. We came away a bit soured by the experience.

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R
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat us in the lower level which was best for our boisterous group, also very nice and cozy. Wine selection was great and whiskey selection good. For apps we had the lamb meatballs and soup which were all excellent. Dinner the steak, fried chicken and crab cakes were also excellent. Wish I could recall the name of the amuse bouche, it was amazing, fall flavored. Dessert... the chocolate cake was dry but I liked my bread pudding. Service especially our bartender and sommelier were fantastic couldn’t say enough

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A long time favorite has sacrificed delicious for adventurous I'm afraid to say. Sometimes the simpler the better, less is often preferred to more when it comes to food complexity.

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EZ
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another beautiful drive to Paris! We always receive a warm welcome @ The Ashby Inn. Too cold to sit on the patio but the sun room was very nice. Our server, Amber, was friendly & knowledgeable. Stuart, the superb sommelier, went over & beyond. He always has my favorite brut rose chilling before we arrive. Meeting the new chef, Brad Spates, was a bonus. He found some smoky olive oil to accompany our bread. There were new & creative dishes on the menu. The dozen Sweet Jesus oysters offered with a half bottle of champagne was tempting but I ordered the deconstructed Autumnal soup. Presentation is a show & the hand made bowl was warm. They really need to sell the local pottery in their next door Apothecary. Barry had Shrimp Ceviche w/ a miso broth as his appetizer. Our entrees were Eggs Benedict w/ spaghetti squash (which had a tinny taste). I missed the classic Canadian bacon. Barry's Ashby burger w/ perfect fries was impressive, and he even liked the mushroom ketchup inside the bun. My Knob Creek bourbon bread pudding was slightly over-cooked but delicious & cute (served in a small cast iron skillet). The ice cream was on a mound of Graham Cracker crumbs (I'd prefer the ratio be reversed! Too many crumbs). We enjoyed a French Press & Cappuccino to end our meal. We look forward to our next visit!

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AB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple menu with memorable twists. Well executed & fantastic service, wine list, local ingredients. Everyone in the staff is truly a gem & very approachable!!!

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A
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They try very hard to make sure your visit is special. We did a 3 course $75 each menu. If you want a lot of attentive servers (sometimes not well coordinated, some asking ...and interrupting...the same question twice) interesting food (sometimes didn't quite work but very complicated and presented well and of course small portions, but get the beef at least that was a decent size .... 6 oz total, two pieces) but with that said, the country, quaint, quiet, formal, beautiful setting atmosphere was just perfect. Romantic music in background was great. Between each course we were give a tiny surprise food item that was special, again not super memorable but made for a nice long night and tasty. We were given bread twice, perhaps they didn't want us to go home hungry. The food was rich, but similar to what one would expect for this type of upscale restaurant. The grounds and rooms were beautiful and I loved the "date night" feel of this place. Probably won't go back to dinner, but plan to go to tea or lunch, brunch sometime soon.

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DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - best meal we've had in a very long time. My girlfriend and I ate there while spending a weekend away at the Inn. The staff was polite and approachable, and the food was exquisite. The sommelier was extremely friendly and helpful in choosing a bottle of wine that we'd both enjoy.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine - glad to have stumbled upon the Ashby.

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FW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and service in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. We dine out often in notable restaurants; this was a meal we will long remember.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening. Many thanks to the the waitresses/waiter

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EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well designed menu, outstanding food, knowledgeable and friendly staff. An exceptional night from start to finish.

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RD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely remarkable. The Ashby Inn is a lovely, authentic English-Style Inn with a wonderful restaurant. The menu is creative and the staff is impeccable. The sommelier is an expert in his craft, knowledgeable and approachable. I went here on advise of a colleague who raved about the creative dishes and wonderful service. It lived up to her recommendation and then some. What a lovely gem in the heart of wine country. I will be back!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Will be back!

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Food and Service - Highly Recommend👍

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing service and beautiful ambiance.

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DS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had Sunday Brunch with some friends. There were 5 of us. We were seated on the patio, under an umbrella, but not under the covering where there are ceiling fans. I would recommend the latter to help in keeping the bugs away. Service was very nice if just a bit slow; we were there for about 2 1/2 hours. The brunch menu isn't extensive but everything we had, from appetizers to deserts, was beautifully prepared and very good. Portions are sensible, not overly large but more than enough for any reasonable person. No complaint at all about the food. We did not have any wine since we were on our way to a local vineyard after lunch. The price for the 3-course brunch is $40. The entrees ranged from about $14-$19. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 30 anniversary and it was a lovely setting. We sat outside on the covered patio with wonderful views of the the countryside. The portions were a bit on the small side, but with bread and extras we did not leave hungry. The cotton cake was the highlight of the meal.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, peaceful setting. Fresh, amazingly tasty food. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. A fabulous meal overall.

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SM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to visit for several years but something always interfered. Could not be happier that we finally made it.

On the patio for weekend brunch. Spectacular view. Service was perfect—attentive, efficient and perfectly timed. Servers were all professional and outgoing.

Food was outstanding. What appeared to be standard fare if only going by name was actually innovative and very well prepared. Presentation was also top notch.

Our only regret is that we didn’t get there sooner. Top notch experience.

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BD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really cool setting and gourmet food. More expensive than I expected, but a unique experience.

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FC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Ashby Inn, the food is amazing and the people are Wonderful! The view is beautiful!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked up to the outdoor dining patio and were instantly greeted without having to walk up to a podium. Our table was ready and perfectly located. The food was some of the most imaginative and delicious I'd eaten anywhere in the world. We stayed for 2 1/2 hours and did not want to leave. We will be back.

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EZ
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A drive in the country for Sunday Brunch @ The Ashby Inn is #1 in our book! We sat on the patio at our favorite table overlooking the garden bursting with Japanese Anemones. Perfect weather. Always a warm welcome. We looked at the menu over a bubbly Hillinger brut rose. The current chef has added his special touches (creamed spinach with the Eggs Benedict). We love the warm bread & butter (and they always send us our favorite smoked olive oil). The cold Cantaloupe Gazpacho is a show as they pour the soup over the garnishes in the bowl. Delicious! The burrata, prosciutto & hazelnut salad was great. I had British fish & chips which was excellent. Barry had a cheeseburger w/ Reuben touches (sauerkraut & prosciutto). He loved it! The local beef was the star. My dessert was another UK choice: rich Sticky Toffee Pudding. The chef designed a beautiful dessert for my chocoholic. As good as it was with globs of red & orange fruit sauce, he would have preferred a DARK chocolate treat. All components need to be dark chocolate. We both ended the wonderful feast with cups of Cappuccino.

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G
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a patron of the Ashby Inn, over two decades, including with the original owners. I have always been thrilled by the experience there, including, of course, the imaginative cuisine of the chef. I often say to my guests, when the food is graciously served and explained. : We can't eat anything that beautiful; just take a photo and let's go. My suggestion is never taken. I do not take it myself.

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