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The Inn at Little Washington

499 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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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American, French American
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Hours of operation
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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Cross street
Main St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking
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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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent service and food!

vipOpenTable Diner (Sydney / NSW)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing! Everything was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipAnonymous (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipALEC (Cleveland)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic everything from staff to cuisine! What a treat!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

It is good. But it is not really worth.

vipHillFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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)

DanS (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Exceptional food and service

Memorable (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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!!