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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

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4.9

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4.9

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4.2

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Romantic (32)
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Worth the Drive (28)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Local Ingredients (26)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for a Date (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Scenic View (12)
Seasonal (11)
Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Organic (7)
Fun (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
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Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Waterfront (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing!!!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding

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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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 2, 2017

Wonderful. Exceptional.

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

Amazing! Everything was beautiful.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. Possibly the best meal we’ve ever had. Expensive, but worth every penny!

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is our sixth visit to The Inn in Little Washington and while every prior dinners have been wonderful - worth both the travel and the not inconsiderable price, this Sunday evening dinner after Thanksgiving was the best experience yet. The staff is remarkably well trained; welcoming, helpfully informative and efficient while avoiding any hint of hauteur.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with the time to travel through the Virginia countryside and linger over a meal of constant small delights, trusting in the creative menus and point perfect execution so good that the bill almost seems reasonable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was amazing and Mr. Rich enjoyed every minute of the surprise. He was especially fond of the personalized service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Impeccable! What a perfect special occasion treat. My husband and I went for his birthday, and was well worth the expense.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of my Top 10 food experiences of all time. Wait staff team was topnotch--knowledgeable without being patronizing, engaging without spending too much time at the table. Adding on the kitchen tour at the end for patrons who purchased Chef's book was a HUGE bonus, as Chef was (surprisingly) friendly and approachable. Words cannot express how thankful I was that this place does not take itself so seriously as to make it uncomfortable (I'm talking about the cheese cart here). They deserve a third Michelin star. Wow.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

the Inn is a place of all- round perfection. The ambiance is warm and tasteful. The staff is totally dedicated to making the guest comfortable. We stayed overnight and found the finest details as surprises everywhere in the richly decorated and comfortable bedroom.
At dinner the food was of course a succession of delicious surprises. The waiter elegantly serving the dishes and the wine steward knowledgeable recommending the best wine.
Our visit to the Inn will stay in our minds for ever.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding in every way! The best dining experience --and everyone at the Inn is warm and very accommodating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was excellent, beginning with our welcome all the way thru dessert and the kitchen tour. First class delivery of service, and food was excellent. Best night of dining I️ have ever experienced. They earn their excellent reputation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

20th wedding anniversary- they made it very special, including our very own personalized menus, special greetings on our dessert and a kitchen tour.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This had to be the best resturant I have been to. Excellent !

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tapas, Organic, Scenic View, Romantic, Vegan, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second time dining with them, and it outshone the first time. Several of our favorite amuse bouches returned, and the main dishes were even better than last - especially the duck. The service was impeccable and personal, and it made a great evening to celebrate our anniversary.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is for those seeking a great experience for a special occasion with the knowledge that you will pay heavily. At $436 per couple, before you have a drop of wine, well, you get the picture. We thought the courses were great with the exception of the beef two ways, as it was surprisingly bland. At this price, everything needs to be perfect. Also, what I thought was a Cabernet at $19 per glass turned out to be $46 per glass when the bill came. Don’t quite know how that happened. Regardless, this is a restaurant that true food lovers should experience once...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic meal and service!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We celebrated our 43rd anniversary with this special dinner.
Every detail was precise and all of our needs/wants/desires were catered to with an exceptionally knowledgeable staff.
Our menue had a printed welcome just for us!
We had the wine pairing, which we recommend.
We were made to feel at home as each course was explained, with the wines.
We were not rushed.
After dinner we had a tour of the magnificent kitchen with professional staff.
It was expensive but so worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Started out great but restaurant ignored my food allergy and I was extremely sick by the 3rd course. Couldn’t finish meal and still had to pay $767 for 2 people (without wine pairing)!!! Worst birthday celebration ever😢😢

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Preset tasting Menu provides three options for each course but includes the option to switch out courses providing ample personal variety with lots of complimentary mini courses to enjoy in between. Cordial service is top of the line. Most memorable meal we've ever had.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

What can I say - amazing! And notably not pretensions or overbearing despite well-deserved place as one of the top restaurants in the country.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food, wine and staff were all excellent. Dinner for two with a wine pairing and one pre-dinner cocktail costs almost $800, so bring plenty of cash or a credit card not close to its limit. Would do it again but needs to be something special.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Another incredible evening at The Inn at Little Washington!
I took my boyfriend here for a surprise dinner and was once again blown away. I am always impressed with the impeccable service, stunning menu, and the detail oriented nature of the whole experience. I definitely will always recommend.
Thanks for another perfect memory!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved every single thing about our dining experience! Bucket list item. Thank you for making my 40th birthday so special. Went to the farmer's market on Sunday - indulged in pastry and bread!!!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 12, 2017

WOW! Our last visit was 27 years ago. The Inn at Little Washington should be on everyone's bucket list!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Inn at Little Washington is an experience. The food is fabulous and the service matches the food. They call you before you arrive to ask the names of the individuals in your party. Is there a special occasion. They call you by name from the moment you sit down. One of the very first questions is, do you have a food allergy. They alter your food to your desires. We were lucky enough to have a quick tour of the kitchen. What a phenomenal space. The entire evening was what I had hoped. I took someone there of fulfill a bucket list item and it did not disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

What an incredible and unforgettable experience! From the moment you walk in until you leave, they take really good care of you and ensure you leave with the best experience possible. We certainly did! Highly recommend and definitely worth the trip!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Best restaurant in US . Service was impeccable, the food creative and a subdued elegance prevailed.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Just magical! There are no words fit to describe this amazing meal and dining experience. Everyone should treat themselves to this once in a life time culinary delight! The food and attention paid to the customers is beyond compare!

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The Inn at Little Washington has been on my bucket list for many years. The service was great, but the food was a bit disappointing. Two of the four courses were terrific and two were just OK. They do a great job on allergies and dislikes. The kitchen tour is a must. The chairs aren't very comfortable. I'm glad that I went once, but wouldn't hurry back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great experience. I only wish I can afford to go there more often.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Celebrated our one year anniversary. Friendly staff, excellent food. Sat down at 630 and left at 1030 but it felt like we were only there for an hour, that’s how fast the night will go!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was by far the fanciest, most decedent culinary indulgence I have ever experienced. My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary there, and we now have one of the most memorable moments in all of our marriage. Be warned, you will pay the price for the experience, but on this occasion it was expect and worth it. Being able to meet the owner and chef Patrick O'Connell was an added treat, along with a tour of the impressive kitchen.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Fantastic experience, from the first moment. Wine pairings that elevate the food. Creative and satisfying.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

So worth it

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