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Joshua Wilton House

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American, Fusion, Eclectic
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412 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3611 (Campbell Street)
540 434 4464
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in an elegantly restored Victorian mansion, Joshua Wilton House is...
Located in an elegantly restored Victorian mansion, Joshua Wilton House is within walking distance of historic downtown Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University, offering guests quiet charm and gracious living in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The Restaurant offers a unique and exquisite a la carte menu that changes with the seasons, along with an extensive selection of beers and an award-winning wine list. Featured are the food products of many small local farms and producers who supply our kitchen with high quality ingredients that simply cannot be found elsewhere. Executive Chef Mark Newsome's philosophy of cooking is to present these wonderful products in a fashion that allows their natural goodness to shine through. During the warmer months, seating is available on the outdoor brick patio. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in our lounge before dinner.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing Food!

We went as part of a large crowd and we were early for our reservation. They worked hard to accommodate us as soon as possible and I loved that they had vegetarian options for the Valentine's Dinner. One of the best parts was the fact that Ann Marie helped us get cabs back to our Inn due to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Kimberly L
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Alexandria, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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113 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went as part of a large crowd and we were early for our reservation. They worked hard to accommodate us as soon as possible and I loved that they had vegetarian options for the Valentine's Dinner. One of the best parts was the fact that Ann Marie helped us get cabs back to our Inn due to the taxi... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful Victorian house that makes the most as a a B&B. Great for a stay in the area. The restaurant is a local favorite and provides a variety of special dishes, many of which are created by locally sourced ingredients. In recent months, I have found some of the dishes seem to take on a bit too much complexity, but... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Beautiful old house with numerous dining rooms. Since it was our Valentine's Day dinner (altho celebrated 2 days early) we expected to splurge but was very pleased (and surprised) to find the restaurant offering a special $55 for two, that included 2 entrees and a shared appetizer and shared dessert, making our meal even more reasonable. Great wine list but... More 

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Port Republic, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Been going there for years, but disappointed by management's lack of concern. I left a message regarding my wife's unfortunate experience with food poisoning, and it took a month for the manager to get back to me - he should not have wasted his time. All I got were insincere platitudes and apology - not even an offer for a... More 

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North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We're ready to make the Joshua Wilton House an tradition: two times a year, as we travel to and from the South and the Berkshires. This is an extraordinary establishment, with food and staff that match the elegance of its Queen Anne Victorian mansion. The menu is not extensive but quite imaginative, taking advantage of local produce and the season.... More 

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Clane, Ireland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A gothic mansion with a fine dining restaurant that was quite full the night we were there. I thought ushering you into the bar where you had no choice but to order a drink a trifle odd- a choice of bar or table would have been nice. Anyway, the mojito needed toning down- not the normal style we would be... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I had the pleasure at dining at this restaurant on 17th October for my 5 year anniversary. I felt compelled to review this place because I had such an amazing time. The server Aaron was the best server I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Fine dining is not just delicious food but the ambviance and the service... More 

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Richmond, VA.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Our room, #5, was just OK, nothing fabulous. I was definitely not impressed by the glob of long black hair that floated to the surface when I filled the bath tub....apparently it had been on the drain covering. JMU Frat parties that were very loud were just 1/2 block away....I realize JW can't control their neighbors, but the noise from... More 

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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124 reviews 124 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My wife and I visited the Joshua Wilton House in Harrisonburg on a Friday evening at about the beginning of the evening rush. We had reservations and were seated immediately. We parked at the Union Bank next door which is probably okay after the bank closed for the day. We both ordered a cocktail. My wife had a Zona Cosmo... More 

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Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Wow! An elegant large, old Victorian turned into an excellent restaurant. My wife and I stopped on a trip and decided to try JH and we very glad we did. We got there early for a glass of wine in a cool little bar. Good wine list. We got there on a Thursday which turned out to be "Date Night"... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 412 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3611
    (Campbell Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Harrisonburg
  • Phone Number: 540 434 4464

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Located in an elegantly restored Victorian mansion, Joshua Wilton House is within walking distance of historic downtown Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University, offering guests quiet charm and gracious living in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The Restaurant offers a unique and exquisite a la carte menu that changes with the seasons, along with an extensive selection of beers and an award-winning wine list. Featured are the food products of many small local farms and producers who supply our kitchen with high quality ingredients that simply cannot be found elsewhere. Executive Chef Mark Newsome's philosophy of cooking is to present these wonderful products in a fashion that allows their natural goodness to shine through. During the warmer months, seating is available on the outdoor brick patio. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in our lounge before dinner.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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