The Inn at Little Washington

4.9
581 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined a day ago
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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
3.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Way overpriced! I travel all over the world quite frequently and have experienced numerous Michelin star restaurants. Spending 1k on a 2 hour dinner that is set in a “grandmas house” atmosphere was disappointing. Food was mediocre and I am boggled by what all the hype is about this establishment.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Strongly Recommend.

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CC
1 review
4.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had an accident with my dessert and I apologized for the mishap to our server. Our server did not respond to my apology which I would have expected. Our 25th Anniversary personalized menu had a mistake in my Husband's name. When I received my phone call to confirm our reservation I tried to spell my Husband's unusual name and she stated it was not necessary. We were not told about the special treat of popcorn that could be served while in the lounge area.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got this reservation for my parents 55th Anniversary. In short, they are going to be talking about the wonderful experience for the rest of their lives! The staff at the Inn did an absolutely superb job of making them feel special. The food was world class and the atmosphere was everything that is advertised. Yes, it is expensive, but worth every penny. I really appreciate how easy the staff made it to organize this dinner and get the details right. Cannot provide enough positive feedback about how well this very important event worked out. Thanks so much from the entire family!

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S
Baltimore
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special occasion, excellent food and service. Very very expensive!

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
5.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Well worth the very expensive dinner. Entire staff bends over backwards to make the dinner guests feel welcome. Loved the place!!!

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C
Washington DC
21 reviews
5.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply extraordinary. My husband and I go every year for our anniversary. After 15 years, it never disappoints. Every year, we remember all over again how much we live the food, the ambiance, the overall experience.

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a
Washington DC
25 reviews
4.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were top notch. We did the wine pairing with the gastronaut menu. Every course was delicious, and great pairings except wasn't too crazy about pairing a sweet white port with the goose liver. A little on the heavy side. The perfect portion size allows you to savor every course! It's always a treat eating there.

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M
Richmond
30 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing experience, creative delicious food impeccable service and super charming Inn. If that wasn’t enough we were invited to meet Patrick O’Connell in the kitchen. Such a complete evening.

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food experience. Pricey but the best meal I have had.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Increíble
Experience !!! Fantastic

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Just fabulous.

It’s rare that you eat a meal and every part of it exceeds expectations. The Inn at Little Washington is definitely deserving of its reviews. We will be back!

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KJ
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing about the Inn was delightful! We were served by the very charming Jessie, who was knowledgeable, sweet, funny, and just lovely. Jess - one of the managers was also very kind and checked in on us as well as providing a special treat at the end of the night.

We sat with a view of the garden and each course was delectable. My favorites were the potato crisp canoli and the Alaskan halibut, but really - every single dish was creative and tantalizing to our palettes. My wife felt very celebrated and this will be an extremely memorable milestone celebration for her new coaching business. Thanks to everyone at the Inn and of course Chef Patrick for creating an unforgettable dining experience.

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DB
1 review
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been about 7 years since I was there last. The Inn still has outstanding food and service. Be ready for dinner to take 2.5 hours. Many course of small tastey dishes.

I will say I like the old menu format better. Halibat is my favorite fish, but the first course was raw oysters. No way. Was nicer when you could pick each course.

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way. Great staff, rooms and food.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! My favorite restaurant so far, great ambience, food and service. Even it’s pricy but Worth it

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JB
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Best in USA

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M
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It exceeded all our expectations. Go to this restaurant and spend the night in town. It is worth the price. Best meal for both of us and we lived at ate in Manhatten for many years. You will not be disappointed.

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AH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From cocktails in the sitting room, to the cheese cart with Cameron’s hilarious jokes, to all of the different courses to dessert, everything was amazing!!! We even toured the exquisite kitchen after dinner and met Chef Patrick. We were amazed from start to finish by the ambience, food, service and whole experience. It’s not a matter of if we will be back, it’s a matter of when!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific! The walk around the grounds is also well worth it. I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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DS
Washington DC
22 reviews
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best and most amazing dining experience we’ve ever had. The food - the wine - the detail - the service - the ambiance. When a $1000 dinner is a great value, they are doing something outstanding. Just an unforgettable experience.

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t
Richmond
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. A unique dining experience. Food is the best you’ll ever have. Atmosphere romantic.

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GF
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal my wife and I have ever eaten.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best and most unique meal we’ve ever had.

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M
Richmond
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding.

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SP
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Inn to celebrate our neice’s Engagement. Her parents had never been so they joined us. The food was outstanding as usual, and the service is always top grade. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable in particular the sommelier who recommended two terrific choices we all enjoyed. We will absolutely return.

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Inn is an amazing experience. The service is excellent - they make you feel at home and the wait staff while young were eager to please. The food as always isn't food as much a work of art not only in its presentation but in the combinations of flavors and textures - just amazing how he does it. We have been several times and are always ready to go back

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O
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walker took care of us like we were family! What a special experience!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was perfect in every way. Great food, excellent service and overall lovely experience. The best!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner we have ever had plate for plate.

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OT
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very slow service. Waited an hour before 1st course.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dining experience I have had in my 25 years of traveling and working in 14 countries. Flavors of food / dishes showcase the star in each course. I enjoyed the variety of special serving dishes. Casually, I asked for recipe for minted English pea soup and received a customized recipe to meet my dietary needs. Chef O’Connell met and spoke with me. Jess provided a tour of the kitchen which is conducted like an orchestra and exudes Zen. Alejandro treated me as if I were a queen. I couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience and food. Thank you with all my heart!

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JP
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was sheer perfection.

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SP
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant that I've even had the pleasure of visiting. Everything was fantastic
Where are my Open Table points ?

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k
Washington DC
74 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for our Ten years of marriage! Excellent service, nice to see a woman sommelier. Especially love the cheese cart and 4 amuse bouche before dinner! Wonderful!

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A
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing experience. Feel very fortunate to be able to go!

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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