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Clifton Inn

1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
434-971-1800
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Ranked #101 of 459 Restaurants in Charlottesville
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Price range: $25 - $100
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Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Route 250 West
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.
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was an amazing experience. My wife and I did Chefs in the Garden on our honeymoon last week and although the price is scary at first, it was well worth it. The Clifton Inn is gorgeous, the dinner was AMAZING and the experience was second to none. Highly recommend this if it's available while you're in Charlottesville.

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St. Louis, MO
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114 reviews 114 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

First, my rule is the pricier the dinner, the better it should be. The restaurant sets the standards by their price. The Clifton Inn failed. Our dinner was $265 with two cocktails, a medium priced bottle of wine and tip. I had three courses, husband had five, well, not really, but more on that later. First, we started with dark... More

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Lexington, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Both kids away so we took advantage to escape for an evening. Dinner was at 730 so took to the bar around 7 (try the Retro - like a manhattan with a cherry and soda) for a little nosh before seating. The chef brought out a couple snacks - tempura goodies, and some berries just taken from the garden. We... More

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Austin, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My husband and I ate dinner at Clifton Inn while staying there as part of our 1st anniversary trip. We like to try Relais & Chateaux restaurants and hotels. Dinner was delicious! We opted to pair different wines from Clifton's selections with our courses. The input from our waiter was very helpful. The pace of dinner was relaxed without being... More

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charlottesville
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This place seems to have declined in recent years. The service was slow and disorganized. A server brought us the wrong meals and was gone before we could tell him of his mistake. After we were able to flag down our waitperson to let her know of the mistake, we spent another 20 minutes waiting for our meal, which might... More

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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us after visiting with us on Easter Day Brunch. I am glad to read that you enjoyed the food and found it "very good." On days such as Easter, we re-arrange our tables and seatings completely to make sure that everyone is comfortable and seated appropriately. As this is all new just... More

Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went to this lovely restaurant for a special occasion, and was wowed by the food. Every dish was superb -- I especially enjoyed the innovative and imaginative use of local and seasonal vegetables. Service was excellent as well. Portions are small, but that is always the case with upscale cuisine -- you are not meant to stuff yourself at places... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We've dined at the Clifton Inn many times and have had very good experiences. This time not so much. The Inn was offering half price meals on Monday nights and -- even at half-price -- it wasn't worth it. That says a lot and it's very sad, as we've been fans for 8 years. Service was excellent, attentive but not... More

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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for commenting so positively on our excellent service, the wonderful atmosphere and the beautiful presentation of the food and how you always have a good experience here at The Clifton Inn. I will be certainly sharing your comments with the management team here to ensure that we leave no stone unturned as we continue to look for improvements.... More

Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My husband is active duty military and we live in Virginia Beach, VA. He is deploying tomorrow, Feb. 24, 2014, so we took a weekend trip up to Charlottesvile to celebrate my birthday and his last week at home before deploying. We had reservations last night at the Clifton Inn and it was a true dining experience. The Manager, Derrick,... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and I had New Year's Day dinner here with three other couples. Clifton Inn is an absolutely beautiful place and oozes charm without being pretentious. Service at the Clifton is among the best I've ever had and the food is incredible. A meal here is a truly special experience. The Clifton offers four or five course meals at... More

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___027, General Manager at Clifton Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us and comment so positively and say that " absolutely beautiful place and oozes charm without being pretentious. Service at the Clifton is among the best I've ever had and the food is incredible. A meal here is a truly special experience...." We genuinely are appreciative of that. As we offer multiple... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I had the good fortune to sit at the Chef's counter-and what a cool experience that was for my group. The young chefs were engaging and entertaining and made fantastic theater--as well as amazing cuisine. I especially enjoyed the apple based menu and found it to be inventive and actually rather healthy ---while somehow still feeling a bit decadent!

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