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Clifton Inn

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1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627 (Route 250 West)
434-971-1800
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers...
At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A landmark inn redeemed itself

After a disastrous dining experience last Christmas Day, we returned to give it another try. It did not even seem to be the same restaurant! The service was impeccable: well informed, competent, helpful. The food was outstanding. Nice seasonal selection. We did the four course option paired with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Peggionthego
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The appetizer vegetable salad with small, service was slow the steak was tough and 3 1/2 hours later we had to leave before our dessert game. Didn't even consider sending anything back since it took so long anyway .

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Charlottesville, United States
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I was taken here for my birthday after having been here several times before. The first impression was that the host wore baggy jeans with a sport coat and our server had a very dirty apron on. Basically, they are resting on past laurels because the food is bland, poorly thought out and executed. The bread, while delicious, was not... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

My salad was a few vegetables with a barely discernable, bland dressing. The scallops were good, but some of the beets were undercooked.The "confit of duck" was not the usual slow cooked duck leg. Instead I was served a few undercooked vegetables and two RAW slces of duck breasts. I sent them back. At this price point, I would expect... More 

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Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States
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12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Maybe we made a mistake getting the tasting menu. Years of visits to France may have set our expectations too high. But the soup was watery, many of the courses tasted the same (ALL were garnished with fennel fronds) and some poorly executed with baby turnips that were bitter and hard. At the price, not worth it. Breakfast was also... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

After a disastrous dining experience last Christmas Day, we returned to give it another try. It did not even seem to be the same restaurant! The service was impeccable: well informed, competent, helpful. The food was outstanding. Nice seasonal selection. We did the four course option paired with well selected wines. While pricey, the value is there.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This country inn provides extremely fine dining in a lovely rural setting. The quality of the food and preparation was excellent. There's an eight-course tasting menu, or you can choose four courses on your own. A nice variety of dishes, with interesting sauces and combinations. The service is strangely haphazard (we had to ask for some things more than once;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We held my daughter's bridal shower at the Clifton Inn. The food and service were top notch. Chelsea went above and beyond by helping coordinate the surprise. Francois was a perfect gentleman, standing by in case we needed anything. Looking forward to the wedding when we can enjoy the whole property. It's very classy yet comfortable, just our style.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My daughter and I try to go to a high tea every year, and this year, since Keswick Hall appears to be doing away with this service, offering it for only an hour on some Saturdays, we tried the Clifton instead. I have been to this lovely property a few times for brunch and dinner in the past. This time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We chose the seven-course wine and dinner pairing. You will be amazed, pleased, and above all impressed. This venue is top shelf and is an undefeated team. It will be hard pressed to find anyone/any place better. The chef is well versed with an amazing array of flavors while the staff is hitting a home run with the wine pairings.... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We recently ate at the Clifton Inn for the first time. Our meal was outstanding. The portions were great. Each course arrived at an appropriate time (not too rushed or too slow). The service was very good as well. We will definitely return!

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Additional Information about Clifton Inn

Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
Phone Number: 434-971-1800
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: International

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
    (Route 250 West)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-971-1800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business

Description

At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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