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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
Afternoon Tea at the Clifton

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Charlottekitty030
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went for New Years eve dinner. Was happy we were sat a 4 top for the two of us, hate sitting at two tops .... Our waitress was very nice and we took the wine pairing and there was no choices for dinner except the tasting menu. The food was under whelming w bland favors and not very inspiring or... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have intended to try the Clifton Inn for some time and had the opportunity to join friends for a holiday meal there on Christmas Day. Before confirming the reservation, we called to inquire about their capability of providing a meal for a vegetarian and we were assure that they could (one out of five of us is vegetarian). Arrived,... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We ate at Clifton on Thanksgiving. Great service and food. The five star is really for the Chef's Counter - which we did in June 2013 and was a non-stop extravaganza of delectable little dishes, great wine and an insightful opportunity to see a kitchen in full swing.

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chapel hill
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Nice Christmas Eve dinner however, for the price expected better. A waiter tried to take my plate before I even finished the course I was eating. Was not offered coffee after dinner felt very rushed. No valet parking we were all dressed up and had to walk a long way from the muddy parking lot in dressy shoes. Liked the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Wow! What a major disappointment! Last time we ate here in 2010 we had a remarkable dinner--elegant, spectacular and romantic. So based on that experience we reserved a table for Thanksgiving. Prix fix can often spell doom but we were confident that the kitchen at Clifton could pull it off. Boy were we wrong. First the pre appetizer was some... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The Inn is a little intimidating at first, especially on a quiet evening, but don't let that stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone. We were not hotel guests, but patrons of the bar and lounge area, and impressed is an understatement. The bartender was engaging, and attentive, but not overly so; Courtney, the Restaurant Manager was welcoming... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This place could be really great. Has good bones. Staff needs to step it up, clean it up and spend a little money to make improvements.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?