The Ashby Inn
Too pricey for the quality of the food. Seems much higher than last we were there. Staff is great, but two crab cakes for $50? Uh uh.
A wonderful experience from the time we walked in the door till the time we walked out. The waiter was excellent. He was extremely engaging. The food was excellent as well. The 3 course lunch for $40 was a very deal. An excellent bottle of wine made everything outstanding. I would highly recommend and can’t wait to return.
Wanted to return and see the new staff - very pleased with the tasting menu and ambiance
To say we were disappointed is understatement! We had heard good things about Ashby Inn, but New Years Eve dinner was not good. The menu selections were poor and branzino we had was dry and little flavor, one guest in our part had the quail and commented it was not good.
The Inn was nice but they need to have a much plan on special nights like NYE.
Wonderful brunch at the Ashby! Would recommend.
Wine was excellent; consistency between courses could be improved.
Last night we took starlit backroads to the best dining experience in Virginia-
Our 4top showed up like lost coyotes, but were received and seated like Paris aristocrats on a Friday night.
After a cursory view of the menu, a table visit from Virginia native and folk-savant Chef John Leonard provided a casual tasting of Ashby Inn's locally sourced micro-greens- the complexities of baby Nasturtiums and baby corn shoots were some of our favorite bites, and we all smiled like rabbits when they reappeared garnishing our small plates and mains..
The understated and authentic dining room held court to our Sommelier's clear and succinct introduction to Italy's Barolo region via a bottle of SERRALUNGA D'ALBA 2014 at a very fair price point (did you know Barolo's are required to age for five years before they are bottled? we didn't). The wine was so good I think we toasted twice to every pour..
The Crabcakes and Arugula/beet salad ordered for the table were irreverently turned into sliders with the table's fresh bread- wiping them across the salad plate to make a tie-die palette out of the salad dressing and golden beets while we laughed like emperors.
A round of piping hot butter nut squash soup opened our stomachs before our mains arrived and circled around the table: Smoked duck (better than any hanging in Chinatown); perfectly crusted NY strip; Scallops (a favorite); and the linguini cut from zucchini with lentil Bolognese was an absolute cinderella story.
The entree portions were athletic, but Chef John's combinations of rich and fresh keep the meal balanced, and a pot of mint tea for the table made room for desert: a blood orange pana cotta that looked like a bouquet of cream and fruit painted by a sweet-toothed Monet. I don't know how I got home, but when I woke up, I was sad it wasn't next to the Pana Cotta. FIVE STARS.
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Great Christmas Eve dinner at Ashby Inn! Chef John Leonard NEVER disappoints and this holiday dinner with family was outstanding! Clams Casino appetizer was super: very tender clams. Scallop and beef entrees were both perfectly cooked and very tasty. We usually go for brunch but we will be back for dinner more often!
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Truly a wonderful experience. Would love to return in the spring and reserve a room for the night.
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Quite nice for a special occasion. Food was amazing and the staff delightful.
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This is the best place I have been to in a long time in Virginia. It was all outstanding!
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We Brought friends who had never been to The Ashby before. We sat downstairs near the fire, wonderful ambience! Our friends got the steak and they both said it was the best they have had in years. They will be back and they will tell their son about it . We had a fabulous time, and as always Chef and the hard working staff took such good care of us!
Just an absolute fantastic experience from start to finish. Food was outstanding!
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Such a great evening seeing the folks at The Ashby Inn! Chef’s Mushroom Strudel appetizer was the first thing I had to have, Just as delicious as I remembered! The New York Strip was tender and tasty cooked medium rare just the way we like it! Fabulous wine selection; we chose Glen Manor Cab Franc which paired perfectly! Topped off the evening with Bourbon peach beignets and a Peppermint Latte. YUM!!!
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Top notch in every regard.
Beautiful setting, gracious service and great wine suggestions.
The food was spot-on perfect. Balanced, vibrant and delicious!
Will certainly return!
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The ambiance is romantic, the service impeccable, and the food divine. The new chef (well new as of 6 or 7 months ago) has completely wowed me. Get the baked clams, fois gras, and pretty much any entree and you'll be content.
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We are never disappointed when we come to this restaurant. Our meal was extraordinary, and the wines that were selected, very nicely complemented each serving of our Tasting menu.
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Nestled in a tiny town in Virginia's hunt country, the Ashby Inn is a lovely respite from the noise and often impatient service of urban and suburban eateries - and the food is first rate. The staff is warm, friendly and helpful. While the menu has avoided unfamiliar and/or pretentious dishes that sometimes scare people away from haute cuisine, familiar dishes are accompanied by unexpectedly creative garnishes and sides; for example, mushrooms and pumpkin with sea scallops. We had the restaurant to ourselves for most of our evening - it was a weeknight, early - so the atmosphere was very peaceful, with one exception: Christmas music from a local radio station included abrupt commercials that spoiled the holiday mood a bit!
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It is better to go there in the summer. You can sit outside and the grounds are very pretty. I ordered steak and eggs and asked if I could have an omelette instead of eggs. They charged $9 extra for the upgrade. I ordered the steak medium-well and towards the center it was medium-rare. Since the meat came pre-sliced, it would have been easy for the chef to see it was not cooked enough. I ordered two steak and eggs, one for my wife. I complained about mine but not hers and they did not ask about hers. They voluntarily took the $21 off the steak and eggs I complained about.
It is a nice out of the way place to eat. They also have rooms to spend the night and the rooms are reasonably priced. There does not appear to be much to do in the area.
I probably will not go back until summer, if then. I like omelettes and they only had one and it had smoked salmon in it - not my cup of tea.
But if you are in the area or wish to go for a drive, as we do, it is a nice place to spend the night or have breakfast, lunch, dinner. Parking is in the back. Hours of operation are limited and rigid, so check before you go. Most of the time they are empty but during holidays they are packed. They use Open Table for their reservations.
The waitress did not seem to know what to do when I complained about the steak. She offered to bring me another but I told her I was full by then. The staff and manager needs more training on how to deal with customers who are not happy with the food they received.
I have eaten there several times. The chef appears to like salt, although none were on the tables and he seems to like to under cook. During a prior visit, the waitress alerted me to that fact and recommended I order well done.
The menu says, "Steak & Eggs, Eggs Your Way, Petit Salad, Home Fries 21". The steak came with melted butter on top. I did not like that and used my napkin to soak up the butter. Nothing on the menu alluded to them pouring butter on top of the steak.
My husband had I have enjoyed coming to The Ashby Inn for over 28 years. We drive there from Alexandria and always feel that the trip is well worth the effort. We went there for Thanksgiving about 25 years ago, when our daughter was almost one years old, and we have taken relatives there who are visiting us for special events. I also chose it last summer to celebrate my 60th birthday. Last Friday night, we took our son and daughter there, as they have not been back since they’ve “grown up,” finished colleges and started working in the DC area. They loved it; the food, the atmosphere, our table where we sat by the lovely fireplace, along with the excellent service. They said it is now one of their favorite restaurants too!
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Charming location and pleasant staff. The food was a mixed bag. The salad and soup were as fine as one could ever hope for, particularly the beet and greens salad. The bread basket was excellent, but the desserts were very disappointing given the tough, almost inedible pie dough. How could someone with a fine hand at biscuits be such a poor do at pie dough? It's difficult to believe that anyone in the kitchen actually tried the desserts before sending them out for others to eat.
Amazing meal. Well done to the chef and wait staff.
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I had already recommended it to two friends before writing this
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Always a wonderful experience at Ashby Inn.
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Overall delightful! A little disappointed with the cocktail at the bar which is unusual. The martini I had was only half filled and didn’t taste that great.
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Excellent restaurant. Food, ambience, service were excellent. Large list of wines by the glass and bottle. Worth a trip to Paris, Va.
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Very expensive. We really like dining there, but it seems like the prices have really increased a lot. We won't be coming back very soon because it costs so much. My only other complaint was that my scallops meal was pretty sparse. Great taste, but only three scallops. Everything else was very good.
Great, historic restaurant with excellent food and staff!
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Food was delicious and a little different. Service was excellent
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Have driven past on Rt 17S and N on many trips over the years. What a pleasant surprise. Saddened that we did not know of the restaurant sooner.
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This is easily our favorite restaurant even I guess. We have been maybe 10-12 times and although the Chef does change, the food just seems to keep getting better (with due respect to previous Chefs). The Borscht was delicious, the duck was cooked perfectly...just everything was amazing. If you are staying at the Inn, the breakfast included with your room should not be missed.
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Delicious food without being a restaurant that tries too hard by having obscure food in the name of “gourmet”. Lovely ambiance. Knowledgeable staff. A perfect place for an intimate dinner with loved ones. Thank you for making the night special.
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I sent my parents there for an anniversary brunch and they absolutely loved everything about the place- the scenery, the staff, and especially the food. Jealous I couldn’t go with them!
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We have been dining @ The Ashby Inn for at least 3 decades, since the Shermans owned it. There have been many chefs in the kitchen, some better than others. This one needs to stay! Along with the sommelier & wait staff. We were lucky to arrive when the rain stopped & had our favorite patio table with a view. My Hillinger brut rose was perfect with the cornbread & zucchini bread, served with honey butter. We both listened to Rusty's recommendation & ordered the mushroom soup. It was truly amazing w/ tempura fried mushrooms, sherry vinegar & truffle oil. While I was happy w/ Martin's beef short ribs, trumpet mushrooms & polenta, Barry loved his Ashby Burger. He ordered all the toppings even the seared foie gras. His dessert was the chocolate dome & I had the brandied peach beignets w/ caramel & dulce de leche. Both were rich & tasty. Cappuccinos served with rock candy on sticks ended our feast. Looking forward to our next visit!
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Better than I remembered. Staying in the inn after dining makes a wonderful evening.
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Everything was perfect - playing, presentation, palate! Look forward to my next visit!
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Absolutely perfect dinner, as always!!
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Fantastic snails and a mixed mushroom roll appetizers, duck breast and a scallop entrees, and a chocolate caramel slice made for a terrific dinner. Ashby Inn offers a wonderful getaway to a stress world.
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Presentation was amazing, as was the food and the service. Highly enjoyable and recommended; we will be going back again!!
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We go to a lot of fine dining restaurants. Without a doubt The Ashby Inn is the best of all of them. From the amazing menu, wine list, atmosphere and service you would be hard pressed to find better. Everyone there is very very nice and accommodating. But, ask for Rusty and Kiersten and you will be spoiled. The two of them just do everything possible to make you feel like you are the only ones there. We will be going back here as often as we can.
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The Ashby Inn is all that it is cracked up to be-- and then some!
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