The Inn at Little Washington

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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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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DeborahM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience. Impeccable service , fabulous food!

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vipHvu2000
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Highspirit
Denver
5 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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rosiro
Washington DC
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.

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MinxinP
London
3 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.

KO
vipKaterinaO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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.

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vipereview
New York Area
17 reviews
Reviewed on August 2, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Interesting place and very odd staff. Food is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Birthday & Anniversary

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AaronF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 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.

JB
JaclynB
Washington DC
1 review
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!

DC
vipDougC
San Diego
6 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!

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vipAnonamoose
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Disappointing, considering it is a three star Michelin restaurant.

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vipLiliP
Washington DC
34 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!!!!

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vipFoodIsArt
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid experience, as I had expected.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever! Elegance around every corner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 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.

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vipLeeK
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 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.

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vipCaitG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, perfectly seasoned food paired with excellent service.

DC
vipDCzoogirl
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KJ
vipKJA205
Washington DC
36 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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SB
SarahB
Washington DC
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.

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EwenC
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!

JS
vipJennS
Washington DC
8 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!

KG
KevinG
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.

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vipCricket
Memphis/West TN
19 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!

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Goodsmill
Washington DC
16 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 19, 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.

VB
vipVictoriaB
Washington DC
9 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.

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vipmccool
Pittsburgh
4 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.

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kf8harris
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SV
StirlingV
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.

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philsie
Washington DC
22 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.

CH
vipCatH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 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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