The Inn at Little Washington

4.9
622 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, French American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm,
Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 675-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Chef Patrick O'Connell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unlike any other dining experience. Amazing in every way possible!

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DC
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Inn never ceases to amaze and wow me. I’m sure there are people out there that don’t adore this restaurant but I have never met them. The only thing better than the food is the service.

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E
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I was pretty disappointed! My husband and I went here for our anniversary, and were so excited to dine here after hearing so much about the ambience, the service, and the food. While some of the dishes truly were stand out, others just felt okay. I think most of all, though, we were disappointed by the service. We were seated right next to a waiter stand, and literally was sprayed with champagne from a waiter opening another table's bottle... without them even noticing or apologizing. Our waiter also didn't walk us through the menu at all, or offer any suggestions on drinks or pairings. Definitely a nice dinner, but not at all what I expected for a three michelin star restaurant. :(

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice evening, memorable. Would not do the wine pairings again.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

No way to get back to D.C. without renting a car (not sober) or spending $200 on a taxi. No Uber. Female hostess was not friendly

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. One of the best meals of my entire life!

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AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfection. I am lost for words.
The staff were enjoyable to talk to, and enjoyed serving. I brought my service dog with me and he was treated as a member of our party.
We tasted both protein menus, and now it's spoiled food for us forever. We will always be on the look out for anything that comes close to this magical night.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, amazing food, perfect staff, worth the drive and the wait for the reservations and of course the price.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was without question one of the best meals I have ever had. Chef O’Connell is a master (and a really nice guy).

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AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that I hoped it would be. This place has been on my bucket list for a long time and we finally made the trip. The Inn fits the small town perfectly. At first I was worried the food/decor would seem dated and something of the past, but because they lean into it it becomes a wonderful trip to the past that just happens to serve the best food you've ever had. Our party was large enough that someone was able to order all three of the tasting menus. Every single one was exceptional, but I loved the creativity and effort put into the vegetarian menu, something a lot of restaurants overlook. The price is obviously high, and I wouldn't make a habit of going here, but coming away we all agreed it was worth every single penny.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dining experience for my birthday! The staff was so accommodating and unpretentious. I will definitely be back!

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TT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Inn Is a three-star Michelin rated experience. We have some experience with Michelin rated places (1-2 star places) and it is definitely on par with the top places we have been to in terms of food and service.

This place has a different feel. Very classic, refined, and traditional. The young wait staff keeps things energetic though. The decor reflects it as such and all men seem to be wearing sport coats, jackets, suits, etc while the women wore slacks or dresses. There’s is no dress code but recommend wearing that to feel comfortable and not out of place not that the staff would make you feel that way.

The food menu was excellent. My wife and I choose two different menus to get the range of what they could offer. Nearly everything is locally sourced and has been that way for years. Definitely recommend going out of your way for. Will definitely visit again.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a remarkable experience we enjoyed at the Inn. It was incredible in every conceivable way. The service was superb. We couldn’t have felt more welcome. Every dish was divine. The kitchen and wait staff was so attuned to gluten free dining which made my experience all the more enjoyable. What a gem the Inn is! Treat yourself to a visit. You will be glad you did.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is what you look for when you book a restaurant like this! The food is amazing! The service is impeccable and the experience unforgettable... I would love to go again!! It’s well worth the money!! Best meal of my life!!

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m
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved a kitchen table for anniversary and one night at the Inns Carter House.
Exceeded wildest dreams in accommodations but more so in the dining experience. Walked into the kitchen to Gregorian chants playing in the background. Staring at Chef O'Connell 40 foot directly in front of us, flanked behind him by a line of I think 8 sous chefs giving us a grand welcome. A man dressed in Alter Boy regalia of red and white swinging a chained burning smoking container of incense. We were stunned as we met the Chef, whom was so very gracious, and were guided to our table. The meal was exquisite and seemed to build to a crescendo with each course served. We chose to have the meals paired with wine suggestions. While we chose deserts and were overwhelmed by the sumptuous and artistic mastery of each morsel, next time we will choose the cheese selections in lieu of the sweets. The following morning we chose the breakfast included with room and overjoyed we did, it was as unique, unexpected and wonderful as was every step we took at this Land of Oz. This extravaganza set us back around $2,400 and i can't really believe i would ever say this but here goes....it was worth every dollar!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible experience

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A
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well-earned reputation. Great food, service, and setting.

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem, simply the best on all accounts. We booked a room and it came with afternoon tea and breakfast. Experience how royalty live, in America. Quaint town, with interesting walks. This is the only Micheline 3 star location in the DC area, possibly in the US. A pioneer in what is now called farm to table, they have many local products and unique sources around the country, including three cows they own in Vermont. The cuisine is outstanding. The meals are set courses, but you can do some mixing between the three menus. Service is outstanding. Noise level is quiet, so you can have nice conversations. Outstanding destination for special occasions.

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JF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best in the DC area. Nothing else is close.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year anniversary amazing!

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DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Never had to want anything because everyone was always around looking to help. We added the cheesecart and I recommend it for anyone dining here. Neil was amazing and gave us a great tour of the kitchen. Chef was hospitable as well. Beautiful restaurant, amazing food and a night to remember.

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SG
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative, beautiful, and deliciouses meal. The staff is top notch to say the least. If you are looking for a wanderful place to celebrate any special occasion this should be at the top of your list. They treat every guest as if they are the most important person in the room. The food and atmosphere was well worth our three hour drive.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

While the food was amazing, I felt for a 3-star michelin restaurant, the customer service provided by Alejandro was waning a bit. There were crumbs all over the table and not removed in between courses, also the plates lingered on the table longer than they should have. There is also the option to swap dessert for decadent cheeses (from Faira the cheese cow). It would have been nice if this was mentioned, we didn’t find out until we were reviewing our menu later at home.

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SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would have given The Inn at Little Washington the third star years ago. Well deserved! Very special venue.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience! We loved everything about the Inn at Little Washington. Beautiful service, truly inctfood. Worth every penny.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Inn at Washington blew us all away. It is not an experience we will soon forget. Bravo chefs and staff!!

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. This is definitely going to dent your wallets but it's a fabulous reason to get out of DC and enjoy the country and mountains.

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RK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Inn is a place for a special occasion. It is exceptional in food and service. We have been there a few times and it never disappoints. We will be back

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. All other restaurant food will be difficult to enjoy.

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s
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's obvious why TIALW has earned three Michelin Stars! Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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WW
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd time dining at the Inn at Little Washington over a number of years and each time, I have thought that it couldn't get better, but it has and each time, I come away with awe at how a dining experience can be so wonderful! It is considered a restaurant in the top 5 in this country or perhaps the top restaurant in this country, or the world and while I have not dined all over the world, it is the best restaurant in this country in my experience. It is expensive, particularly if you include the wine pairing but that makes the memorable experience even more memorable. Each course is not only perfect in blended tastes but also a work of art in its presentation. The service, from the host's stand to the final check, is impeccable and attentive without being overwhelming. It truly is a treasure to be enjoyed and savored for years to come. Already, I am thinking of how a few years from now, I will venture back, once the incredible joy of this experience has faded so that it will be that overwhelmingly marvelous experience yet again.

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L
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of this wold dinning experience, expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is quite rare for an establishment with such a reputation to outperform expectations. The Inn at Little Washington is a must for any American, nay, anyone in the world who has an interest in fine dining.

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ID
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointment is our reaction to our anniversary dining at the Inn at Little Washington. I have been to this restaurant before remembering wonderful meals. Unfortunately I found the dining experience this time to be--what--formulaic... First I found the tasting menus to be rather constraining--although it is certainly more efficient to do things this way. BUT, when one is paying on the order of $760 for dinner for two with the wine pairing one expects everything too be not only perfect--but astounding. With regret, we found "The Gastronaut's Menu" to be much less than that. Perhaps we should have ordered the "Four Decades of Our Enduring Classics".... Simply put: The Chilled Beets "Fettuccine" with caviar was "nice", but not spectacular; the "Caramelized Catalan Custard with Foie Gras and Montmorency Cherries was indeed SPECTACULAR--exactly what we were hoping for across the board--but unfortunately the one dish that was such; the King Salmon Poached in Olive Oil.... again was "nice".. well prepared, but skimpy and not very interesting... and served with a Walter Scott Oregon Chardonnay that was just simply "off". Perhaps we just were not happy with the particular, peculiar [?] minerality of this wine-- or was it the rather "funky" after taste... but it was just not to our liking.... Should have sent it back... The next course, "Roasted Veal Tenderloin with ... Ravioli in a Tomato Cream sounded much better than it tasted. The three small medallions of veal were fine, but not amazing, or flavorful... not interesting. The single ravioli was "OK"... but just that. The sauce--weak and uninspired--from a restaurant that just earned its third Michelin star based on its sauces. Hard to understand why such a bland dish is offered. Not that it and the salmon weren't well-prepared, they just lacked depth of flavor, culinary interest. We chose the cheese cart for dessert with Cameron which was fun. In sum, not worth the extreme costs and below expectations.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was wonderful but what truly made the experience fantastic was the service. Both the dining and wine/beverage staff were engaging and friendly, the perfect amount of banter and information. They set you at ease and diffuse what could easily be a stuffy experience with their warmth and individual personalities.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve thought awhile about what I wanted to convey with this review. I think this is an excellent dining destination. The food and service were impeccable. Something that deterred from our overall experience was how closely the tables are to one another. This is a particularly an issue with the banquettes. Given how expensive the restaurant is and that it is a venue people choose to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones with, it seems that removing a table or two would help so guests don’t feel like they are on top of one another, which we did. We were seated so close to another couple that we felt as though we were at the same table, but we weren’t. It lacks the kind of intimacy that I feel is very important for a restaurant with such a grand reputation. While removing some tables would mean a bit less revenue, it certainly would do a lot to enhance the experience.

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most outstanding experience. The two hour drive from DC was worth every minute. Our party of five including a 16 year old birthday was a memorable evening and she enjoyed every bite. One cannot be pretentious at this very fine restaurant for it is quirky and fun. Thank you for a great evening.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great but I have been waiting to go for so long that I built up expectations in my head that could not be met. It was truly amazing and I will be back.

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HV
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, wine, service all were perfect. Friends have been raving about Inn at Little Washington for years, and it did not disappoint. I'd tell you about each dish, but they will be different when you come. It is pricey, but one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an EXPERIENCE. It's not just a restaurant. Everything works together to make it an incredible experience, from the super friendly staff, prompt service, attention to detail, exquisite cuisine, artistic touches, the chef's story, the wine list, ... and on and on. Words fail me. Just go. You won't regret it.

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