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The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

The Inn at Little Washington

4.9
4.9
772 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The Inn’s dining rooms are pure fantasy – a wondrous cocoon of luxury. Rose-colored, silk lampshades float above each table creating a private, romantic world below. The Chef’s creations arrive at one of the 30 intimate tables as if served by invisible hands, course after course, more dazzling than the last. From the award winning 12,000 bottle wine cellar, which includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia, the Sommelier plays matchmaker between you, your dinner and the wine.

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (540) 675-3800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Executive chef

    Chef Patrick O'Connell

  • Private party facilities

    Let us customize an event for you in one of our many private spaces to include magnificent floral designs, sublime food, our world-renown wine offerings, superior service and exquisite surroundings. Enjoy a cocktail reception in our Art Gallery or on a veranda with majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weddings in our colonial ballroom, on the Field of Dreams or in your private garden suite will make a picture perfect setting for an unforgettable affair. Whether it is an intimate wedding, a reception and dinner or an executive board meeting, The Inn at Little Washington has a special place for you. Whatever you're seeking, rest assured that our staff will welcome the challenge of living up to your impossible expectations. We are in the business of making dreams come true.

  • Neighborhood

    Washington

  • Cross street

    Main St.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 772 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.9
4.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best romantic I ever had with my wife. It was everything I imagined it to be and more.
  2. DM

    DeborahM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience. Impeccable service , fabulous food!
  3. h

    hvu2000

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods and services at this restaurant are excellent. Very nice and cozy decoration. Highly recommended!
  4. H

    Highspirit

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sommelier and waiter we're fantastic. Met chef O'Connell when asked. Great experience and food.
  6. r

    rosiro

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on August 18, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    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.
  7. MP

    MinxinP

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  8. KO

    KaterinaO

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  9. e

    ereview

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on August 2, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Interesting place and very odd staff. Food is excellent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Birthday & Anniversary
  13. AF

    AaronF

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  14. JB

    JaclynB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  15. DC

    DougC

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  16. A

    Anonamoose

    Denver

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Disappointing, considering it is a three star Michelin restaurant.
  17. LP

    LiliP

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!!!!
  18. FI

    FoodIsArt

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splendid experience, as I had expected.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal ever! Elegance around every corner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  21. LK

    LeeK

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  22. CG

    CaitG

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, perfectly seasoned food paired with excellent service.
  23. DC

    DCzoogirl

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience from start to finish. Amazing food, wine pairings, and staff.
  24. KJ

    KJA205

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    World class!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience! The food was beyond amazing. Words do not do it justice.
  27. JE

    JohnE

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 31st Anniversary dinner. A once in a lifetime dining experience.
  28. SB

    SarahB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  29. EC

    EwenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  30. JS

    JennS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  31. KG

    KevinG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    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.
  32. C

    Cricket

    Memphis/West TN

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  33. G

    Goodsmill

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  35. VB

    VictoriaB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Inn is always consistent—amazing food, creative presentation, excellent service. Always lives up to our expectations and never disappoints.
  36. m

    mccool

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot find a better location for comfort, ambiance, great food, and attentive staff. Can't wait to return.
  37. k

    kf8harris

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth the hype. Worth the money. Just do yourself a favor and go!
  38. SV

    StirlingV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    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.
  39. p

    philsie

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  40. CH

    CatH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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.

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The Inn at Little Washington is rated 4.9 stars by 772 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main St.

  • Neighborhood

    Washington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Patrick O'Connell

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (540) 675-3800

  • Private party facilities

    Let us customize an event for you in one of our many private spaces to include magnificent floral designs, sublime food, our world-renown wine offerings, superior service and exquisite surroundings. Enjoy a cocktail reception in our Art Gallery or on a veranda with majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weddings in our colonial ballroom, on the Field of Dreams or in your private garden suite will make a picture perfect setting for an unforgettable affair. Whether it is an intimate wedding, a reception and dinner or an executive board meeting, The Inn at Little Washington has a special place for you. Whatever you're seeking, rest assured that our staff will welcome the challenge of living up to your impossible expectations. We are in the business of making dreams come true.

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