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Clifton Inn

1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
434-971-1800
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Ranked #88 of 447 restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
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
charlottesville
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

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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Charlottesville, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Charlottesville
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I and my wife celebrated many special events in Clifton Inn and recently visited again for dinner. We like it since it has a unique combination of history, romantic atmosphere and high-quality service. I was a bit nervous since I heard that they got new chef and we did not know what to expect. However, to my satisfaction, this place... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Once in a great while you will find a restaurant that merits a special remark and the Clifton Inn is one of them for us. From the unique menu, to the superb food, and to the excellent service, this is a must stop for anyone who values special service and freshly prepare foods. A great evening that will be with... More

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The place looks beautiful, and grand. And we're told that the hotel service is extremely good. Now for the painful stuff about the restaurant. We went as a group (around 15 people), a foodie meet-up group with multiple Michelin-star eating experience, and high expectations. Our group organizer had negotiated a 50% discount on the tasting menu (looking back, that was... More

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

We like on-line sites, such as TripAdvisor, because it gives us the opportunity to listen to what our customers want in a different forum. We do take feedback here seriously, for a lot of places that is word weary cliché, but here it is true In Mr Leoliberti experience there were three problems:- They did not like the duck (We... More

East Coast
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We sat outside, tried the tasting menu (great deal, but took longer than we thought...) and had personal service from the waiter/bartender. The atmosphere was relaxed, and many of the dishes were top notch. Not all the drinks were but they were happy to take them back and adapt them. Do try them if you like unusual combinations though.

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