Arguably the best meal and dining experience I’ve had. I had very high expectations and they were surpassed. From arrival to departure, our party of three couldn’t have had a more lovely and memorable experience. The food was beautifully prepared and presented, with outstanding quality ingredients and flavors. Service was impeccable without being stuffy. The only surprise was the dessert - a chocolate hazelnut number, beautifully arranged, but lacked the punch of the prior courses. At such prices this is not a place I could afford to frequent regularly, but it was worth every penny and I’ll definitively return.
Amazing and memorable. This was one of the best meals my wife and I have ever eaten in a restaurant, and we go out a lot, at a level with the late Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago or Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye. Every single course was unique, memorable, and delicious. The Inn does raise the question: how much should Art, or a fond memory, cost? Know that this will be very expensive meal (with wine pairing, taxes, and tip, more than $400/head), but that it will also be singular and unforgettable. You know that everything will be just right, asymptotically approaching perfection. Advice? Reserve well in advance. The meal will take about 2 1/2-3 hours - every moment to be savored. Think about staying in Washington, VA - at a B&B or (if you can afford it) the Inn after the meal. Enjoy the service - ask lots of questions - and the wine pairings are both well suited (some amazingly so) and accompanied by a nice short talk from the sommelier. This is a meal at the pinnacle of what a restaurant can achieve. If the value equation is right for you, I cannot recommend it more. I look forward to coming back for some other life event (this was our anniversary).
Superb, creative food. Beautiful ambience. Impeccable service.
Celebrating Mother’s Day.
One of the most wonderful experiences we have ever had. This Mother's Day was one to remember thanks to the staff and chefs at the Inn.
A multi course meal is enhanced by the thoughtful service knowledgeable and sometimes entertaining staff. It’s a team approach. And wait, there is more with three mini courses as a surprise. The decor and ambiance doesn’t disappoint. It is worth the drive to The Inn at Little Washington.
Thank you for making our 20th wedding anniversary special. We came to the Inn on our first anniversary, and now 19 years later for our 20th. The service was excellent. The Inn is beautiful, and my wife loved the fresh flowers. We will definitely find an excuse to return and stay at the Inn in the near future. We won’t wait for another 19 years to pass. Thank you for making the experience so memorable.
The Inn at Little Washington is celebrating its 40th year and it remains one of the finest restaurants in the United States; if not the world. Fabulous service; outstanding creative menu; super wine list and a few surprises along the way. There are three four course menu's to choose from, but you can mix/match from each. Service is even better than what you would expect in a restaurant of this quality that is world renown. And Patrick O'Connell's creative cooking is just wonderful. Worth a visit.
Lived up to and even exceeded every expectation. Can't wait to return.
You pay for perfection and that is exactly what you get. We are still high on our experience. We know it’s pricey, but everyone should treat themselves at least once in their lifetime. We are so happy we went. By the way, we were apprehensive about the atmosphere before we arrived. We felt very valued and welcomed by all who work there. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable.
Amazing food. Could have cleared crumbs between courses but otherwise service was stellar. Worth every penny for my husband’s birtbday
While not the case for everything on every plate, there were elements of true pure brilliance. The flavor of the white sweet potato soubise was so astoundingly deep in flavor that everything else on the plate, while delicious, seemed a bit lackluster. Service was beyond exceptional. Remarkably attentive and accommodating without being overbearing. Humor used liberally made the opulent surroundings seem comfortable and not at all stuffy.
What an amazing experience. Attention to every detail was impeccable. A definite bucket list restaurant.
We first took our daughter here when she was 6. Little did we know that she would request to come back for every special occasion from then on! She is now 23 and wanted to go and celebrate her latest achievement. The food was every bit as outstanding as it was 17 years ago and it is amazing that they have good enough records to be able to remember us. We even got the same waiter as last time. I’m not sure if this was coincidence but I suspect that their customer service really is that good. I would recommend The Inn for any special occasion. We have never been disappointed.
superlative service and attention to detail. Good food but in the style of "nouvelle cuisine" small artistically arranged portions may leave you still a bit hungry at the end of the meal.
Amazing! We were there 20 years ago to the day and it has aged well like fine wine. We loved the tasting menu and all of the lovely bites in between. The customized menu with our names and the marzipan scroll with anniversary wishes were personal touches that makes this place so special. We will be back, but not wait for 20 years next time.
AMAZING. Now just typing so I can submit and be done with this review.
From start to finish the best dining experience we've ever had. The food was incredible, the wine was amazing, and the service was top notch. I would highly recommend reserving a kitchen table.
Amazing everything! Total emersion into heavenly fun!
Perfect. If you ever wondered what a perfect meal tastes like. Wonder no longer
The Inn is the Inn. If you are booking here you know what you are in store for. Excellent!
A wonderful experience. Every staff member was awesome, the kitchen was fascinating to see as a surprise treat from the Manager, and the meal was absolutely superb. I'd put 10 stars if OpenTable made it possible.
One of our most memorable dining experiences! The food was delicious. The service was impeccable starting from the second we drove up to the inn. Even when you leave, your car is ready and waiting for you without you having to say a word! Every waiter is professional and friendly. The good was beautifully presented and every bite was one to be savored. Highly recommend this place for special occasions.
Awesome! Best restaurant in DC area
Excellent service and food!
Once again, the Inn was perfect. We asked each other in the middle of the meal if we have ever had a complaint about the Inn or any of its dishes, after more than 10 visits and 50 dishes. And the response was No. Tonight, from the “Tin of Sin” through the “Peking Duck,” every dish was truly memorable. The wine pairings were perfect. And the service was impeccable.
No words can properly edify the exquisite experience offered at the Inn's Chef's table. We absolutely loved our time there. Plan to spend some money, but it will be well worth it!
Amazing! Everything was delicious.
Put simply, this is an experience of a lifetime. We felt incredibly welcome, the food was excellent, and the ambience was perfect.
Our second visit, and it did not disappoint. Fantastic service, incredible food, and a memorable experience.
This is consistently one of the best restaurants in the world -- no exaggeration. If there's a special event happening in your life, go there. An added plus: no matter who you are and where you're from, you will feel welcome.
It was a “Special occasion “ just being at this remarkable place. We stayed overnight at the inn and ate at the restaurant. What Patrick O’Connell has created is extraordinary- a haven in a historic Revolutionary War village of 150 people. Beautifully transformed buildings, exquisitely decorated rooms, and a dining experience that ranks with the Per Se’s, Eleven Madison Park’s, Daniel’s and French Laundry’s reputations. Innovative dishes beautifully prepared and served by a wonderful staff of dedicated professionals. Yes, it is expensive, but the experience is well worth the cost. Don’t forget about afternoon tea and breakfast, and make sure you are served the popcorn with truffles at dinner. Fabulous experiences ll around.
Fantastic everything from staff to cuisine! What a treat!
It is good. But it is not really worth.
We celebrated a special occasion here. It was a romantic evening filled with delicious food and excellent service. It's both traditional and creative, an impressive combo!
Highlights: My lamb carpaccio (seared but cold) with Cesar salad ice cream was one of the best things I have ever eaten. My boyfriend liked his foie gras best, and we both thought his rabbit was absolutely perfect. I also had very good tuna and halibut dishes, and his mushroom carpaccio was really spectacular.
Room for improvement: These are very minor complaints, but when the food is this close to perfect (and your bill is $600 plus tip), it's fair to mention these missteps. I took a point off the food, which really should have been a half point, for two reasons: 1) We were both a little disappointed with the duck. The skin was kind of flabby, and the roulette needed a little more cook on the outside. 2) The coffee at the end of the meal was not good. While you obviously don't go here for the coffee, to finish such an exceptional meal with bitter (tasted like percolator) coffee, is kind of a disappointment. This is easy to rectify with some Counter Culture coffee and a French press.
Sommelier: I have to give huge props to the sommelier. The wine pairing is expensive, and we're more white people than red, so we usually get a bottle, as we did this trip. The sommelier listened carefully to what we like and recommended a reasonably priced ($100) wine that wasn't on the menu and that we would have never thought to try. It was perfect, as was the after-dinner port (which you can get instead of dessert).
Other: The service is great. They pace the meal out nicely, though I actually could have used a bit more time between our last couple of courses. When comparing this to some of the other exceptional DC restaurants, it's noticeable the Pineapple and Pearls is $250 per person, inclusive of drinks, tax, and gratuity. This is a different experience, though, with a long tradition, and well worth it.
Sometimes last minute ideas are the best adventures! Going to Luray Caverns I ended up speaking with the lovely gift shop woman. She directed me to try out Wisteria Winery tasting. While at the wine tasting I met a Sommelier Mike who lived in NJ and who's father worked in Parsippany! (My home town) This of course led to a fantastic conversation. We both agreed how nothing in MD, DC or VA tastes like home. He had worked in the best restaurants in NY. (For those from NY, ya know them so his recommendations are legit) After a while he recommended I try this famous 2 star Michelin restaurant called The Inn at Little Washington, VA. So I made reservations through open table and strangely it required my credit card. (I was like um ok) and booked it! Turns out it was a $218 per person (Before tax/tip) amuse-bouche. BEST ADVENTURE IN DINNING EVER!!!!! Was able to get a table when usually takes months to reserve, A stranger saw me eating alone and bought me my wine (Server Mark said he has NEVER seen that happen)!! The staff treated me like royalty and I can't even describe what hit my palette in the 7 courses of extraordinaire!!! It was like a dance. In the end I was offered a tour of the kitchen and had the great honor of meeting Chef Patrick O'Connell. Now I know most would think spending that kind of money on a dinner is certifiable, but I will carry the night in my memory with the thought of not one ounce of regret! Also taking Mother back there for Easter Dinner. At 76 years old she deserves the moon and stars and I'm going to show it to her... (SEE PHOTOS)
Exceptional food and service