The Manor House Restaurant at the Poplar Springs

4.3
572 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

A convenient fifty miles from Washington, DC and minutes from Historic Warrenton, VA, Poplar Springs welcomes you to a world of delectable American cuisine in the splendor of soaring stonewalls and arched windows overlooking the terraced lawn. The Poplar Springs field stone Manor House was built circa 1929 based on European design. The architectural marvel boasts an impressive great room with balcony seating and parlors on either side. Oversized fire places warm the amber & chocolate toned rock in the winter months and French doors leading to the flagstone terrace lend a cool breeze off the sparkling pond during the warmer months. For an extraordinary culinary experience The Manor House at Poplar Springs is just a short drive from where you are. Come Indulge.

Dress Code is enforced. Business casual. Collared shirts required. Preferably no shorts. No flip flops. Casual attire is acceptable on the Patio.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Modern European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 788-4600
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Several venues are available for your celebration: The Manor House, The Carriage House, The Randolph Room, Casanova's Lounge, The Sun Porch or the Garden Patio. Receptions include custom menus, full event coordination, superb food, premium beverage service and professional staff.
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Private party contact
Ellen Christie: (540) 788-4600 ext. 3480
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Cross street
Casanova Road
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JO
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live close by. We are "regulars" and visit often. We've never had an unpleasant experience. Food and service are first rate. Can be a bit pricy for week night dining, but we think it's worth it.

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I
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch on Fathers Day, the food was very good and our server Amy was a delight. I asked if my order could be made spicy and that was not a problem. We will be returning Poplar Springs Manor House again.

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding. The manager was off on Saturday. We arrived got seated. The waiter was great but they were out of too many items by 7pm on Saturday night. The kitchen took over 45 minutes to get our items out to the table. I requested to speak with the manager on duty she never came by. Even when she dropped off the appetizer she did not say hello. The waiter said she was the manager on duty. It was recently sold to another owner. So disappointed!

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JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday and did the tasting menu without the wine pairings. Food was great and our waiter, Jonah, was fantastic. We were stuffed and wanted to take dessert home. Since Creme Brûlée doesn’t travel well, Jonah offered to substitute the dessert for something from the regular menu that could go home. Ordered a nice red from the menu and let it breathe while we had our first 2 courses. A wonderful evening overall!

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was very impressed with the Manor House Restaurant as well as the Poplar Springs Inn in which it sits. I definitely will be back since I feel the property will be most beautiful in Fall and Winter time.

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I
Washington DC
31 reviews
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We decided to celebrate our 40th at the Manor House Restaurant...recommended by a friend soon to be married at the Inn. After looking at menu on Open Table, I made a reservation.

A few days before our reservation, my wife read the menu on their web site. Noting substantial differences, I called the restaurant to ask which menu was correct. I was told that the Open Table menu was most likely the current menu.

Wrong! Open table menu out, web site menu in. This needs to be fixed.

The 90 minute drive was easy, this is a country property. If you go at night, bring a flashlight! I had to use my iPhone flashlight when we left to navigate my way to our car. Exterior lighting is sub-standard, dangerously sub-standard.

The restaurant...a beautiful building, nearly 100 years old, beautifully and tastefully restored. The main dining room, a central great room with a large fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, and tasteful neutral decorations, is comfortable.

Our waiter, Bradley, a gem. He had a great sense of humor, was helpful and accommodating. He made our dinner a fun experience, a natural without pretension.

The food...the menu choices are not complex, we decided to keep it simple on our first visit, “test the waters”.

Smoked salmon app, my wife loved it. Nicely plated.
Baked Brie, I loved it. Also nicely plated. Needs twice the bread, chef. I had to ask for more bread!

The Porchetta was tasty, the entree fattier than my wife expected, a third was not edible. The colorful cauliflower was nicely done.

The Filet was nicely prepared, perfectly cooked, wonderfully flavored...I enjoyed every bite. It was accompanied by a baked tomato and polenta.

We ended our meal with a shared creme brûlée and coffees. It was somewhat soupy, it wasn’t great, but not “bad”, either.

We had a nice time. Based on this, our first visit, we will go back. It’s a remote and charming place.

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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
1.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was awesome. Service was HORRIBLE. Ordered a bottle of wine and had to ask twice for it. Finally came after 20 minutes. My husband and I sat there for 2.5 hours because the service was a disaster. The waiter kept apologizing for his lack of attention to us. It was also a milestone b'day for me. My husband called that day to ask if something special could be done and was assured it would be taken care of. Not one mention of my b'day from anyone. With all the wonderful restaurants to chose from, I would chose not to return to this one again.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in historic stone manor house. Grounds were peaceful and beautiful. Great place to celebrate special occasion, they provided a glass of complimentary champagne for our anniversary The food was excellent. I got the beet salad and lamb chops. Meals average $40/$50 pp. "Proper attire required" sign warns guests. Suit jackets not required but most men had them on. Worth experiencing at least once!

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JO
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's our "neighborhood" restaurant. We visit often and have never been disappointed.

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J
1 review
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed that I was unable to add one additional guest for my desired time on the same date. Open Table would not accommodate and tried to give us a much later reservation time. To my surprise, the restaurant was not crowded, and our additional guest could have been easily included. I won't use Open Table for this restaurant again for this reason!

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M
Puerto Vallarta
3 reviews
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The property is breath taking, and the food was great.

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NN
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I've been a long time fan of Poplar Springs. Although the food is fabulous, the service is a bit less than desirable. That said; the meal and vino selection make the visit well worth the price tag and the wait (just be patient and in the mood for a low-key, drawn-out evening). The bar could use a little refresh - not a renovation, but definitely some clean-up/touch-ups. The historic charm of this place has made it a must visit gem to be visited and enjoyed.

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GO
1 review
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Manor House came highly recommended to me, and the experience was outstanding. The food was truly excellent. My wife and I split a shrimp and grits appetizer that was A great cominstipn of flavors. My main course was simply the best pork dish I’ve ever eaten. My wife had mushroom ravioli that was also delicious. The setting was truly a lovely English manor house - a great setting for a meal. The location is quite remote, but well worth the drive. It made the experience even more special. We will definitely return to the Manor House for special occasions

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding , prices very reasonable, atmosphere unparalleled. Great experience.

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RC
Washington DC
10 reviews
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and it definitely will not be our last. Everything about the Inn says “class.” Our server, Vickie, excellent and took care of our every need. But the rib eye (medium rare) may have been the best I’ve ever had.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Our 4th time: 2 dinners and 1st brunch were excellent.
Easter Sunday, buffet was 45 minutes late and food was cold.
We ate very little and with adjustment to bill, it was still a $55 for 2 breakfast.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
2.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was fair. Lobster bisque was lacking flavor and depth. Crab sandwich was full of breading Will try this restaurant again but this was not the quality I expected from this establishment

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
1.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The venue was very nice and wee were seated promptly. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. The beet salad was very good, followed by a lobster bisque that was decent. The Chardonnay pairing was ok but not stellar. The sea bass course was very good, but it was paired with a Pinot noir. That would not have been my choice but I can let it slide. We were looking forward to the main course, a beef filet with lobster tail, but it was a dismal failure. The plate came out, but we had no silverware. The lobster was overcooked and rubbery. The filet was covered with a dollop of paste that can only be described as barbecue sauce. The filet was also paired with a white wine, which came out late. I think smearing barbecue sauce on a filet is illegal in most states, but pairing it with a white wine aggravates the crime even more. There were a few things they did well, but the errors were egregious and really make me question if there is any knowledgeable quality control in management. For the high price point (>$275 for two plus tip), there are many other options in the area that provide excellent service and very good food. Skip the Manor House and reward establishments who take their craft seriously.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
3.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Our reservation was dinner for four at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate my husband's birthday. The Inn called me the day before to confirm and I said we'd be there. At that time I stated that I was a Spa member and as such get a discount at the Manor House. Do I need to notify our server of this? I was assured that it was already in the system and there should be no problem. Great!

Our party arrived on time but to our chagrin there wasn't a single table set up for a party of 4. What was the point of confirming the reservation if they weren't going to be ready for us? We were seated after several minutes and when we were each handed a leather-bound menu, mine was empty, as were several others when they tried to bring me a replacement. I eventually was given a menu, we ordered, and sat back to enjoy the evening.

Our food and drinks were very good and the atmosphere was lovely: stone interior, high beams, and warming fire. When I got the check, sadly I wasn't surprised that my membership discount had not been applied. Our server returned shortly with a corrected version, we paid, and said our goodbyes.

We like the Manor House Inn and Pub for its convenience to us. And the dinner we had the week before in the Pub was perfect. But truthfully the restaurant would serve themselves better to correct the small things that interfere with a big evening. It will make a difference, I'm sure.

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DK
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food was wonderful and excellent service. I think the storm kept people away that night but both the wife and I enjoyed it very much.

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J
Washington DC
16 reviews
3.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average, went for the brunch buffet only to find they discontinued 30 day prior. Should have updated the online info and saved me the trip.

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JB
1 review
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had Sunday brunch buffet here several times and always enjoy the food selection and ambiance. When we went this past Sunday, however, the restaurant had switched from a buffet to an a la carte menu. The continental breakfast bar (i.e., pastries) and dessert bar were included with each entrée so -- for me -- this change was a better value for my money. The ambiance was still just as exquisite and our server was great.

I highly recommend the Manor House.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a local weekend getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Manor House was amazing. Looking forward to returning again.

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SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! We went for a Saturday Valentine lunch date; it is pricey, but so worth it! Delicious French onion soup, great wine, AMAZING FRIES!! (I know that sounds silly, but truly the best fries we've ever had), great salads, great crabcake sandwhich, AWESOME dessert (see the gold flecks in the picture? EDIBLE GOLD) -- add beautiful setting, excellent service -- this place is a gem. Located next to a cute inn and spa; this would be the perfect place for a quick get-away from DC area. We can't wait to go back and stay at the inn!

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
4.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Awesome food. Service still not to the level you would predict for what you pay. Charming beautiful restaurant.

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M
Washington DC
46 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience! First, we arrived early to enjoy drinks in the bar area. The bar area is large and comfortable. We sat down for dinner and were served by Adam who was outstanding, professional and fun. Adam was so wonderful ... we noticed that he never once replied with "no problem" - his interaction and professionalism was just great. He had fun, we had fun as well.

The food was very good and well presented. My wife had the filet and lobster - both were perfectly done and delicious. I had one of the chicken dishes and it was excellent.

We enjoyed our visit and recommend it to anyone wanting a special occasion. If I lived in that area, I would certainly frequent the bar!

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This place is gorgeous, ambience, perfect.
However, that's where it stops. Food was, ok.. But not worth the money paid. The staff was friendly but inexperienced, and it showed.. Just missing "something". For the same money, I could too to Morton's, get great ambiance, food that will knock your socks off and experienced staff that really know how to treat customers and give that little extra "something". I would go back, but not for the food. I also didn't appreciate the many calls from them trying to entice me to stay the evening. Shoot me an email, sent me a text, but don't harass me. Lastly, when my check came back, an ant came scampering out.

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D
Richmond
41 reviews
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manor House is the place we love to celebrate ... whatever! Our reservation was for lunch and the menu offered a wonderful selection from appetizer to dessert. Please give this quiet “country estate” the opportunity to make your day something special.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is our second time here. Once again the food was top notch. Service was a little lackluster. We would have loved to order another bottle of wine but we lost our waitress for about 20 minutes and by the time she came back it was getting late so we passed on it. Food, although delicious, took an extremely long time to arrive.

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ML
Columbus
1 review
5.0Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Better than Trummer's On Main.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary and had the Chef's tasting menu, and the food was great. It is an open dinning area with a fantastic atmosphere, it was quiet and we were able to talk without raising our voices. The wait staff is young but our server was fantastic. We will be returning.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

unique, country style atmosphere; great food, unmatched in area

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OT
Richmond
1 review
3.0Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

It was beautiful as we were seated by a roaring fire, but service was terrible. Our drink orders took 45 minutes to come, the appetizers took an hour from when we ordered after we had drinks , and our meals took 2 hours. We were there for 3.5 hours for three courses of food. There were not many people there, but still our waiter was rarely to be found. Getting another round of drinks was difficult
And was not done with our waiter. If you are staying at the inn, this service might be ok, but not if you are driving those windy country roads home late at night

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely new entrance to the grounds which was welcome as we arrived after dark. Building and grounds were bright with seasonal lighting. The bar was our first stop as it had a beautiful fireplace and elegant seating. The service was prompt and the options were extensive.
The main dining room was again decorated for the season with a giant tree in one corner of the two story room. Tables are large and seating very comfortable. Service was exceptional on the part of all who waited our table. Food was extraordinary with chef's personal touch evident in some of the variations on seafood and beef dishes. Best dining experience we've had in a long,long time. Wonderful !

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JH
Richmond
3 reviews
5.0Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful, serene location, helpful staff, nice rooms in the $198 to $399 range. The food was first class.

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CG
Washington DC
9 reviews
5.0Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Food prepared well and service was great

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HH
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. A bit expensice about $45 per person without drinks but worth every penny. Very romantic!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
5.0Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great dinner at The Manor House. We ordered the tasting menu, it was delicious. I would definitely go back to The Manor House.

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
4.0Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dining options can be further enhanced by adding more meats to buffet.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place made another memorable anniversary. One of the best things was feeling very welcome from the manager to the chef to the waitress. All of them came over to wish us happy anniversary. Will definitely go back.

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