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About The Manor House Restaurant at the Poplar Springs
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.
Warrenton, VA 20187
Contemporary American, Modern European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
The Manor House Restaurant at the Poplar Springs Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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 !
Very nice restaurant and spa. Well worth the drive for dinner or a spa visit.
The Resturant is superb and the wait staff is excellent but not stiff. I had the filet and it was done perfectly with freshly made bernaise sauce with whipped potatoes in marrow gravy. Dessert was a vanilla creme brûlée. Delicious! Great Margaritas and nice wine selection.
Disapppointed. We ordered Talisker scotch (which is on the single malt scotch menu list), neat. Were served Chivas on the rocks, with no explanation. Wine pour was skimpy. Website says required attire in the dining room is "business casual." A loud party of four was seated next to us, men in shorts and polo shirts (tails out), women in similar attire, one wearing a baseball cap. So much for me wearing a jacket and tie and my wife in a nice dress, celebrating our anniversary. The food, however, was very good. Kudos to the chef and staff. But the service wasn't quite up to the price level and the disregard for the dress policy shows a lack of standards. Given the number of other restaurants to choose from in the area, I doubt we'll return here. But if we do, it will likely be for a casual evening in the lounge, not a pricey dinner in the main dining room.
Unfortunately we were unaware that dark, nice jeans paired with a blouse are not considered "proper attire" and we were not permitted to sit in the nearly empty dining room with only 5 other people present. We were shunned to the bar to hunch over a low table and eat our anniversary ($120) meal.
Management should alert people (especially those that make reservations 2 months in advance) that the restaurant is not only proper, but formal attire required. Completely ridiculous.
First time at the Manor House. We found it by chance one Sunday drive months ago and decided to give it a go to celebrate a birthday. The ambiance and staff couldn't have been more pleasant. The variety and uniqueness of the Sunday brunch offerings was exquisite. Not to slight the Andouille gravy with scratch biscuits (fabulous!) but the chocolate/salted caramel tort was absolutely the sweetest treat we've had in a very long time. Definitely worth the risk of sneaking one or two out in a purse! Oh yeah, we'll be back.
Everything was great except the service was so-so. Our server was nice enough, but he didn't know the menu well enough (had to look at notes for the special and didn't know what types of ice cream were available for dessert) and had a hard time delivering our drinks on time , filling our water glasses, and setting the table with the silverware before the next course. I used to be a waiter back in the day at a nice restaurant, so I'm more aware of this issue than most customers. Like my restaurant manager used to say, "Know your mise en place"! Everything else was great. Atmosphere was warm and inviting and the food was great. Would definitely come back, but servers need more training and experience, which I put squarely on the manager.
My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at the Manor House Restaurant this past Saturday evening. We weren't in a hurry, and enjoyed the atmosphere very much, but the service was incredibly slow for each part of the meal. It took about 10-15 minutes for a waiter to approach us, and delayed amounts of time for each course, including drinks. My filet was very cold when it came out. We didn't want to complain on our anniversary so we tried to just enjoy our time, but for the price of the meals and drinks, the service was not up to par. We also let them know on the reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, and there was no mention of it at all during the entire meal (not a huge deal--but it's always a nice touch when restaurants acknowledge things like that when you chose their restaurant as a place for celebration).
We stayed at the Poplar Springs Inn and ate a celebratory birthday dinner in the Manor House for my wife's birthday. We dined on a Wednesday evening and had the room to ourselves. Our server (Vickie??) was very attentive and doubled as the bartender.
With a recommendation from the inn's clerk, we both ordered the filets and they were PERFECT-fork tender and served on a bed of mashed potatoes. The other entrees, especially the scallops looked great, but we opted for the filets and were very happy we did. During the dinner, the restaurant manager (Mr, Kim?) visited us to assure everything was right and he comped my wife's dessert, a delicious lemon cake garnished with fresh berries. After dinner, the property manager invited us to join her for a nightcap, but we demurred with thanks.
I'd definitely recommend the inn and restaurant for a romantic getaway. The grounds are lovely, very quiet, and expansive. The staff is uniformly friendly and welcoming.
DO NOT GO!!! If I could give it 0 stars I would. The service is atrocious, and the staff poorly trained. My husband and I had reservations on a Friday night at 6:30 for our twelve year anniversary. We called ahead to check the dress code and were told "business casual", no shorts, jeans, must be nice slacks and top. When we arrived, while the hostess greeted us by name and wished us anniversary, our waitress did not once congratulate us. Additionally, she had no idea what was on the menus when asked, even something as simple as what vegetables were being served with an entree. She didn't bring out bread, and when we asked she said "we don't bring bread out until later". We ordered appetizers and while we were waiting, a loud, obnoxious group of drunk women came into the dining room, sat themselves, and were immediately greeted and brought bread. The worst part was one was dressed in jeans and another had a baseball hat on! So much for a dress code. I was so upset, disappointed that what we wanted to be special turned out to be anything but that. My husband did speak with the manager, who was sympathetic but gave the excuse he had only been on the job 11 days. It took my husband a good 10 minutes just to find him in the first place. We walked out, without eating anything. The experience was a disaster and I would NEVER recommend it to anyone. It is NOT a fine dining experience. We got better service and had a better experience at a Chinese food restaurant we ended up at, mainly because it was Friday night at 7 pm and there was no place to go we wouldn't have to wait. Overall, it was a HUGE disappointment, as the grounds are lovely and the spa is top knotch.
I was celebrating a milestone birthday, with my girlfriends. We had a wonderful time! The ambiance, service, food, music.. The musicians even sang Happy birthday to me! We felt like we were having our own private party in a beautiful setting! Thanks to the staff for a wonderful evening. Can't wait for the next time!
The Manor House at Poplar Springs is such pretty place to go for a special occasion.
Unfortunately, when we were there for Sunday Brunch, a wedding party was in another room.
Brunch is served between 10 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Our reservations were for 12:15 p.m.
Alas, at 12:30 p.m., the selection of cheeses, fruits, etc. on the "mirror" was devastated. We had shards of leftovers, and the mirror was nasty.
The seafood was devastated, there must have been a huge display on ice (?) but the only thing left was sushi, made shabbily, and falling apart. The store-bought salmon was slammed down on ice directly from the package. It was disheartening to find that the accompaniments for the salmon, (onions, capers, bagels, cream cheese) were not even there.
What I found nicely done: Louisiana Shrimp & Cheese Grits, the quality of Bacon, and the Baked Hash Browns. The sausage remained untouched by all because it appeared undercooked.
Oh, it would be great to have it reinvented with a Sausage & Seafood Gumbo, kick the jalapeño heat up somewhat. Heck with the sushi. Redo the salmon slices, nicely done with the above.
Get rid of the mirror, and put it the fruit in bowls. I used to be a caterer, and have done this, but someone has to be on top to keep the mirror clean, and replenished.
Enjoyed bringing visitors to dinner for a special occasion. The Scallops were great, Filet excellent. Nice atmosphere. Only suggestion is that there was a singer in the bar area and it was competing with the music piped into the restaurant area. Should probably do one or the other.
One word sums this restaurant up...OUTSTANDING! We went for the brunch and it was well worth it. The grounds are beautiful and so is the restaurant. Fresh ingredients and outstanding taste. Service is impeccable. Take a ride out and you will not be disappointed.
Facade of “fine dining”, concealing its true identity of being a highly overpriced chain restaurant.
Service: While the staff was pleasant, the service level was not at all commensurate with what you will pay.
Food: Tasty, but again way overpriced. We felt the quality and presentation were on par with Claires at the Depot in Warrenton, but came with a ~30% uptick on the price. Our bill w/20% tip came to -$175, and we only had three cocktails between my wife and me.
Atmosphere: Unpleasantly warm. Sadly, the areas away from the main dining room (hallways leading to the restrooms, restrooms themselves, etc.) were comfortably cool.
1. Claires at the Depot would be a far better choice for having a tasty dish, fair price and staff equal to the task.
2. Field and Main in Marshall, VA if you want amazing food, approachable atmosphere, well-prepared cocktails, highly competent service at a very reasonable price.
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