The Inn at Little Washington
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Inn is always consistent—amazing food, creative presentation, excellent service. Always lives up to our expectations and never disappoints.
Worth the hype. Worth the money. Just do yourself a favor and go!
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.
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.
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.
Incredible dinner yet again. Food and staff were both amazing. Can't wait to go back...
Met every expectation and exceeded it.
Amazing dining experience not to be missed! Excellent food creations and service. Thank for making our anniversary so memorable
The food was incredibly innovative and delicious. The service was flawless while the servers were warm, friendly and attentive. They truly seemed to love their work and worked hard to make our dining experience memorable. The restaurant more than lived up to our high expectations and I definitely hope to return.
Amazing experience. Worth every penny. The staff was amazing and attentive
Our time at the Inn - from tea to breakfast - was quite an amazing date night experience. We were worried it would be impressive but stuffy and we were pleasantly surprised by how fun and lighthearted the staff were with taking care of every detail but being delightful and down to earth at the same time.
Superb in every way! Chef Patrick knows what he's doing.
Best dining experience of my life
I understand why it is a Michelin 3 star, the food is quality, local products in an interesting plated, however, it is dated in ambiance, decor and creativity. The recipes are from its inception or so they seem even if they are seasonal. Plates are scratched; silverware is worn, lighting is yellow. Service is good, and a shout out to Shereff with the bread and butter, who never rested.
Incredible! Wine pairings are worth it. Service is second to none. Food will make your mouth wonder what just happened!
Amazing food but not for picky eaters!
Excellent service and food, and loved that we got to keep the menus as keepsakes. Definitely a worthwhile trip and investment.
This was my first time ever attending a restaurant of such high status. Restraunts like this one are one and a million. Although I am a college student, I would spend any holiday or ceremony at this restraunt. Patrick O’Connell is a mastermind for developing such a astounding menu and continuing to develop that menu. I will be back everyone anniversary I have, as well I cannot wait to bring my family with me so they can understand the true meaning of amazing food. I have given everyone person I know the name of this restraunt with hopes they get to expierence the liveliness of the waiters, the care from the Chefs and all the other indulgences that come with them.
Everything was so well done, from the food, to the service, to the fireplace, to the drinks, to the music (I want those playlists!), and finally to the cologne in the bathroom.
We had the best time. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you.
Best dining experience ever!
Fabulous food, impeccable service, beautiful setting!
Overall, I found the experience disappointing, and lacking significantly in creativity and value, in particular. The menu was no different (in creativity and flavor) than what I could have found for a fraction of the price - beets, trout and bison were on the gastronaut menu and I swear it's nearly the same thing I had on my last visit in 2007. I found the service somewhat rushed, with almost a conveyor-belt feeling, listening to the wait staff tell the surrounding tables the same thing I had heard minutes earlier, though that's probably the nature of a set-menu restaurant. Avoid the wine pairing. I found it borderline insulting to pay $170 for the equivalent to >3 glasses of wine, none of which were remarkable. I was not looking to get "loaded," and I certainly understand high premiums to enable IAWL to invest in the expertise of its staff and other factors, but this mismatch erased any perceived value or goodwill. With all pairings, wine was poured ~10 minutes prior to the presentation of the food, leaving me and my date to drink water with our food - completely missing the point of a tailored wine pairing. There are certainly many "high-touch"elements to the experience, but the sense of driving volume was pretty palpable. I substituted the cheese plate for dessert, and it arrived 10-15 minutes before her dessert. If you decide to go, do not sit in the garden area. There is zero sense of intimacy, which one would expect from the venue and at this pricepoint. Instead, echo-y and uneven tables.
Highlights of the evening were drinks in the lounge - very enjoyable - and the cheese cart. Can I go back just for that?
Simply one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in my life. We did the the tasting menu, which included 4 courses and desserts that were quite an experience. It was all so well done, it was hard to pick a favorite...the Bison was probably the best of all the dishes we sampled. It's a wonderful place for a special occasion.
I'll admit the food was beyond anything I have ever tasted and was absolutely delicious but I'm not so sure $600 (including one glass of wine for myself plus a tip) for a party of two was a good value. The service was excellent without being uppity. The courses were well-paced and artfully presented. The decor is really interesting. Overall a nice anniversary evening. If you are into food (and don't mind a little decadence and conspicuous consumption) go for it! Glad we marked it off our bucket list. Will visit again....when we win the lottery :)
Overall experience was phenomenal. Just about everyone was very accommodating, super nice and genuinely seemed to want the guests experience to be memorable. The food was also fantastic, we tried two different tasting menus with the wine pairing. Would definitely recommend The Inn to anyone thinking of a place to celebrate a special occasion
Our party of 3 chose the 3 different menus available, Out of the Blue, The Gastronaut’s Menu and The Good Earth.
With the wine pairings. Every course was exquisite in service, presentation and preparation!
Memories of the palates:
Amuse Bouche- pork belly skewer, white bean soup with gougère.
Wellfleet Oysters, Curious Beet Noodles, Lamb Carpaccio, Turnip Tart Tatin, Duet of Lobster, Apparently a Pear.
Wine pairing; Maximum Grünhäuser, Riesling w/ Beet, Francois Chidane, Bouchet, Demi-Sec, Vouvray w/ Turnip
and Domaine Blaine-Gagnard, Burgundy w/ Lobster.
The cheese course!
Very special dinner that we will recall often.
The Inn at Little Washington deserves every bit of its three star Michelin Star rating. To eat here is more than a meal--it is an experience. The food is just incredible, but it is the attention to detail that is memorable. We were celebrating my partner's birthday. They made note of it on the menu, and every server wished him a happy birthday. The restaurant's ambiance combines class with whimsy.
Superlative dinner in every way . A well deserved 3 star Michelin restaurant.
I definitely recommend this to anyone. It’s such a great place and the food is outstanding !!! Service is perfect. It was amazing
Superlative in every way!
Amazing. First time to the Inn and was skeptical of the hype. I was proved wrong. Service, food, ambiance—far exceeded anything we expected...and we are picky. Had the pleasure of meeting the genius Chef in the kitchen. It’s a must Washingtonians!
Oh—best part. They allow u to substitute any of the items fr the 3 amazing flights. That was hugely appreciated.
Sorry, words can’t express how excellent this place is. My apologies.
An appropriate experience given the three Michelin star rating of this restaurant. I’ve dined at The French Laundry and 11 Madison Park, and The Inn at Little Washington can hang with both of them any day. The food is on par with the French Laundry, the service is not quite as refined, but it is still at a level that puts most “high-end” restaurants to shame. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, it really makes the evening. If you’re on the fence, I can without a doubt say get yourself a reservation, and make sure you order the cheese at the end, you will not be disappointed by the amazing selection, of both cheeses and fantastically terrible jokes from Cameron the “cheese whiz.”
Lived up to the expectation ! Amazing!! the extra details and final touches ....the name on the menu and the cookie box were so special. The cheese cow made us laugh for days. We will be back again
Our dining experience at The Inn at Little Washington was spectacular in every way. The food was divine, beautifully presented and gloriously delicious. Each dish was amazing. The service was flawless and the dining room and ambience timeless and very romantic. Definitely one of the best dining experiences we've ever had.