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About The Inn at Little Washington

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.

309 Middle St.
Washington, VA 22747
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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

Cross Street:
Main St.

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 675-3800

Website:
http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Chef Patrick O'Connell

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

The Inn at Little Washington Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

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4.9

service

4.9

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4.9

value

4.2

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
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Notable Wine List (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (10)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Scenic View (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Healthy (6)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Organic (5)
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Happy Hour (3)
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Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service and food!

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing! Everything was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Put simply, this is an experience of a lifetime. We felt incredibly welcome, the food was excellent, and the ambience was perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our second visit, and it did not disappoint. Fantastic service, incredible food, and a memorable experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic everything from staff to cuisine! What a treat!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It is good. But it is not really worth.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Business Meals, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Exceptional food and service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Eating here is an event. It’s true perfection. Their attention to detail is on a scale all its own. The Inn should be on everyone’s list of things to do.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Staff very stiff. Made the evening awkward and rushed. Not fun.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What an amazing experience! The Inn was all I hoped for and more! Chef O’Connell was very friendly and the staff was one of a kind! You won’t regret it!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here. I had been wanting to dine at The Inn at Little Washington after hearing rave reviews from friends, but of course, it is extremely pricey so we waited until our milestone anniversary to actually take the plunge. It was incredible, like none other. The interior of the restaurant is gorgeous, and the food, service and ambiance was impeccable. Each plate was like a work of art, and the service was literally perfect. I highly recommend the wine pairing (if you are a wine drinker). A staff member explains each glass. Because it was our anniversary we had a special menu, dessert, and tour of the kitchen and met the famous chef O'Donnell, who was warm and charming as well.
Highly recommend :-)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

You gotta check it out for sure. Words cannot describe. Great experience of true VA inn dining experience. Amazing food and service. Won’t be disappointed if you enjoy amazing food and great experience. Worth the money.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

An incredible experience in all aspects. Attention to every detail. Absolutely worth it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I cannot say any better what hundreds have said about the Inn experience. We keep returning because it is singular and cannot be duplicated. Thank you again and again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years eve

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've been to the Inn many times but its been about 8 yrs since our last visit. We went to dinner there on New Year's Eve and in some respects it was disappointing. Most of the food was excellent as usual. The Plateau de Fruits de Mer was very disappointing. I dont come to a restaurant like this to be served raw seafood- doesnt take a talented chef to prepared raw oysters, clams etc. The shrimp were small and unremarkable- they almost tasted frozen, appears they sat on ice way too long. Crab claws were stringy. Just a big let down.

Steak at the end was good but I also dont come here for a steak. More than enough steak houses in the DC area and frankly much closer. And since the menu was set, no choice of ordering something else.

There were some missteps on service as well. No menus at our table, we had to ask for them and that took awhile as well. Wife asked for a straw for her mixed drinks and was brought a straw you would expect for a fountain drink from 7-Eleven.

For $1100 for a couple (just a half bottle of wine and a few drinks), I'm expecting over the top food and service. We didnt get that and couldnt help feeling gouged on the price.

We did appreciate the valet service that wasnt provided last time we were there. Thats a big improvement.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were welcomed nicely and congratulated on our first year anniversary. The food was phenomenal. I tried things I’d never think of eating, and for the most part, it was fantastic! The service was attentive but not intrusive and the theme and entertainment by staff was fun. The price per person was eye-opening, but we were adequately prepared. Overall, it was a great experience, one to have every 5 or 10 yrs!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Spectacular. Perfect. Magical.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

For a belated anniversary, we enjoyed 2 nights at the Inn. The food was amazing, the service was perfection, and we will go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellence really does not do justice to our dining experience - the Inn at Little Washington is a national treasure in every respect!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Sommelier was especially helpful. Entire staff very accommodating. the sticker shock is enormous, and it is surprising that they haven't moved to a "no gratuity" policy.
But it never disappoints.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing food, service, ambiance. My only "ding" (and thus not 5 starts...would say 4.75) is that we did not get our cocktails until we were on our first course (and already had our bottle of wine that we ordered after the cocktails sitting in front of us). Of course it is an expensive evening but the experience was well worth it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I took my family to the Inn for Christmas Eve. It was the first time that my two boys had been. A great experience for all of us. As usual the staff and service was impeccable. Food of course is the best. A great Christmas tradition.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Chef Patrick O’Connell once again has done an amazing job! The service was spot on. The food was phenomenal and the ambiance never disappoints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Could not ask for a more special dinner! Staff is extremely attentive; food is extraordinary; entire experience is out of this world!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing!!!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The best night ever. Excellent service and amazing menu. We will be back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Top 5 meals ever!

My husband and I enjoyed the very personalized touch given to every detail.
It was a celebratory dinner and each member of the staff knew it - quite nice! The food was divine and came at a leisurely, well planned pace. We were delighted with each amuse bouche - which are determined nightly - making the meal more special.

The drink and wine menu were exquisite. The Inn itself was beautifully appointed, reminding us of an opulent ship, with gently swaying lamps adding to the ambience.

We loved our time and plan to return soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Superlative, as always!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The staff was extremely kind and attentive. They helped with one of our party who was suffering from motion sickness. They were very solicitous as to her welfare and offered to amend the tab to account for her not being able to really enjoy the experience. The food was creative and outstandingly prepared. The rabbit was especially delightful. It was my 4th visit as a special occasion. I will be be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The Inn was an impressive, exquisite multi-sensory experience. Definitely a place for special occasions. It is very expensive but is an amazing incomparable place to visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

this place is really over rated and over priced. The soup was cold (the waiter warned me it was hot and to drink slowly). The food is okay but not at all worth the drive and/or the price. It seems to me that there is a lot of hype around the Inn at Little Washington. It really did not meet my expectations and I would never ever do it again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful. Exceptional.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing! Everything was beautiful.

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