The Inn at Little Washington
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The late Craig Claiborne of The New York Times called it “the most magnificent inn I’ve ever seen, in this country or Europe, where I had the most fantastic meal of my life”. Patrick’s approach to cooking, while paying homage to the lawmakers of Classical French Cuisine, reflects a belief in “the cuisine of today”, healthy, eclectic, imaginative, unrestricted by ethnic boundaries and always growing.
Best romantic I ever had with my wife. It was everything I imagined it to be and more.
Wonderful ambience. Impeccable service , fabulous food!
Foods and services at this restaurant are excellent. Very nice and cozy decoration. Highly recommended!
The atmosphere is exceptional. The food portions were perfect. There were several offerings compliments of the chef. We consider ourselves foodies and have dined inside and outside the U.S. The chef’s selections were delicious.
However, the price for the dining experience, especially the wine pricing was unnecessarily exorbitant. The wine we ordered was $40 per glass or the wine pairing was $170. These prices could not be justified.
It was a once in a lifetime experience and not to be repeated.
Sommelier and waiter we're fantastic. Met chef O'Connell when asked. Great experience and food.
We visited the Inn last night for our 5th wedding anniversary. This was our first time at the Inn and we appreciate the opportunity. I am going to be honest with my review and please keep in mind that this is my personal opinion. It might sound nitpicky but I think that you earn the right to nitpick if you shell out this amount of money for food :)
I have been to one other restaurant with a similar structure and that is Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier in DC. We went there for our 1st wedding anniversary so I will compare both restaurants.
The quality of the cuisine is similar at both restaurants and there is very little that sets them apart. The wine pairing and selections was outstanding at both restaurants. Marcel's provided multiple "entremets" between courses and the Inn did not do so. When it comes to table service, the only area where the Inn performed better than Marcel's was the enthusiasm and interaction we received from the waiter, Andrew. However, the waiter at Marcel's was still very good. He performed all his table service at a higher level of technical service. The table was cleaned thoroughly and properly in between courses by Marcel's while at the Inn the table was just not cleaned and cleared properly. The waiter at the table next to us dropped used utensils on a customer which is a massive offense for a 3 star restaurant. Additionally, the sommelier at the Inn poured the incorrect for the wine pairing at dessert. While the experience at both restaurants was very good, Marcel's provided a slightly better dining experience. We certainly did not leave hungry from the Inn and are glad to have the opportunity to dine at an acclaimed restaurant, we think that these little things are worth noting when dining at a restaurant of this level.
This restaurant is a true gem. The quality of everything is amazing. A good place to splurge on a special occasion. But you must make reservations as far in advance as possible.
Our evening at the Inn at Little Washington was exceptional! They made my husband's birthday feel so special. The food, service, and ambiance were all delightful and memorable. Every dish was perfectly composed and delicious. Service was perfect, we never wanted for anything but were left alone so we can carry on a conversation. Everything felt intimate, romantic, and serene. The highlight was being able to see the kitchen and meet Chef O'Connell. My only small criticism is with the wine pairings. I didn't love a lot of the selections and especially did not like the Riesling. It was so sweet I didn't even drink it. The server who was pouring the wines noticed and commented on my full glass yet never offered a replacement pairing which I would have appreciated.
Interesting place and very odd staff. Food is excellent.
From the moment we arrived until we left this was a unique and incredible dining experience. Food and service are impeccable. Thank you for a great experience both dining and lodging. We will be back.
Delicious food although a tad inconsistent. We also had to wait wayyyy too long for the cheese and dessert course. To their credit they comped the cheese course.
Birthday & Anniversary
The best meal of our lives. The food is worth a trip from any corner of the globe. Wine lovers are better off pulling a gem from their cellar rather than the pairings which, while varied, were somewhat pedestrian.
From the moment we crossed the street and were greeted with an dapper seer-sucker dressed man with an umbrella, to the moment we left, with all staff wishing us farewell, it was an amazing experience. Thank you for making our first anniversary as special as it felt. Keep up the excellent work!
The experience was exquisite replete with visual beauty, heavenly aromas, in captivating textures and blissful flavors. This is the best dining experience in the New World. Thank you for the memories!
Disappointing, considering it is a three star Michelin restaurant.
No words can describe how wonderful our visit was...every little details were tended to from the beginning to the ending of our meal. We will have to come up with more reasons to celebrate at the Inn...soon!!!!
Splendid experience, as I had expected.
Best meal ever! Elegance around every corner.
We had an extraordinary time at the Inn at Little Washington! The server Jessie was wonderful, and made great beverage recommendations. All of the little details!! Customized menus, goodie box of treats to go. It was unbelievable. Each course was amazing and flavorful. They were extremely accommodating to my gluten free dietary restriction. 10/10 would recommend going here for a special occasion.
What can I say about dining here that hasn't already been said. I'm always afraid that I'm hyping this place so much that those who join me will be let down but the Inn consistently exceeds my expectations and those of my guests. I cannot get enough of Cameron and the Moo Cow cheese cart. He is the maestro of cheesy humor. I'll be back again and again.
Creative, perfectly seasoned food paired with excellent service.
Fantastic experience from start to finish. Amazing food, wine pairings, and staff.
A wonderful time was had by all. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful.
A celebration of birthdays was made even more special by a wonderful and attentive staff. The young man at the front door who welcomed us and parked my car, the welcoming hostess who showed us to our table, Chris who oversaw our dinning experience, the wine expert who suggested a fine bottle of wine, and everyone else who had a hand in bringing food and drink, they all made the experience special.
We were seated in an area with five other couples which made for an intimate dinning experience. It was really nice, it made you feel special with all the attention and care.
It was really wonderful.
Beautiful experience! The food was beyond amazing. Words do not do it justice.
It was our 31st Anniversary dinner. A once in a lifetime dining experience.
Everything was wonderful. The food, the wine pairing, the explanations, the cheese cart! This was my partner's 60th birthday and they created a keepsake menu. I had called ahead and paid for a copy of the cookbook and it was waiting for him. Lovely evening in every way.
Five stars all around. There’s a reason this is a three Michelin star restaurant! Absolutely the finest dining ever! Patrick O’Connel is a genius!
The Inn at Little Washington is a world class experience in every way. It doesn’t get any better. We are so fortunate to have it in our backyard. It’s worth the trip it every time, no matter how far you are traveling to get there!
Its a very nice place but just not a good value. For what it cost it should blow your mind and for me it just didn't. To be fair, its not really my kind of experience. That said, I have been to some highly rated and very pricey restaurants around DC. i.e. Bourboun Steak, Bond 45 and others and was much more satisfied. The service is top notch of course I will give it 5 stars there. But negatives were the seating is close quarters; we were sandwiched a foot away from tables on each side of us and more than once an obnoxious woman next to us jumped into our conversation univited. Food was good but not mind blowing by any means. Not exactly what I expected for a dinner for 2 at about $750.
Everything from valet service, to meal service, to quality... all excellent! Staff made us feel like family for our Easter gathering. The selection of menus provided excellent choices for each of us. The wine pairings were spot on —and each wine was described in detail, as were the menu items. I really love this place and will go back as often as I can!
Fantastic. This is a jewel. It has been 20 years since our last visit. We decided it’s worth a visit a couple of times a year.
On the way out we were greeted by Luray, the owners Dalmatian. What a treat.
Truly deserves our 6hr drive from NY to enjoy the 5 course meal at The inn at Little Washington. Every service staff from the door man hold the umbrella when we got out of the car to our server and sommelier, and the manager who kindly gave us a kitchen tour are all fabulous. Food was fantastic, truly an amazing experience.
The Inn is always consistent—amazing food, creative presentation, excellent service. Always lives up to our expectations and never disappoints.
Cannot find a better location for comfort, ambiance, great food, and attentive staff. Can't wait to return.
Worth the hype. Worth the money. Just do yourself a favor and go!
Overall the food and experience was good. TLDR is, it's not worth the price, and DO NOT get the wine pairing.
Wine pairing was $170/person. It didn't add anything to the dishes, and you only got 2.5 glasses. Getting a cocktail instead of the wine would have saved us at least $200, and would have had the same food experience. Not only did the wine not add to the food experience, but some were just bad.
Some of the dishes were amazing, but for those prices I was expecting every dish to blow me away. Can get similar food/experience for 1/4th the price at nice D.C. restaurants. Portions were small, which is to be expected. But when the tasting menu works out to about $60/dish (before tax and tip) you expect more than one scallop.
Simply outstanding. Dining at The Inn at Little Washington is a life experience. It's not for the shy of pallet nor wallet, but that should be expected for a restaurant with _three_ Michelin Stars. The service is exceptional and extremely accommodating; ask and it shall be provided.
Plan for as much as three hours for your dining visit. Lots of courses and many little extra offerings in between. Dress your best and take your special person for the night of their life.
Delicious and very good but not one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Not necessarily worth the price we paid, but a great experience. Worth it as a bucket list thing. The ambience and the service were impeccable.
The Inn at Little Washington is rated 4.8 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.