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One Block West

25 S. Indian Alley, Winchester, VA 22601-4711
+1 540-662-1455
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Ranked #5 of 219 Restaurants in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $38
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Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A seasonal farm-to-table restaurant featuring the best products of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in a la carte and tasting menus that change nightly. Chef Ed Matthews has been named to Best Chefs of America by his peers in 2013 and 2014.
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English first
Great Falls MT, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I think that the food at this restaurant is as good as many Michelin starred restaurants I have eaten at in Europe and the prices are far more reasonable. I think this is a jewel of a restaurant.

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Western Massachusetts
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37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The best dining experience we've ever had with our 2 golden retreivers in tow! Waitress Sarah and chef Ed were extremely welcoming! Food was outstanding wine list was expansive! Farm to market menu that changes daily! Well worth a trip to this charming establishment!!!!

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by with your two retrievers. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome on our deck (in season, of course). We enjoyed serving you and we look forward to seeing you again in the future should your travels bring you this way. And thanks for trying a bottle of our local wine while you were here. We wish more... More

Winchester, Virginia, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Two friends and I went to for an early dinner before a concert so we were interested in a good dinner with prompt service so as to finish dinner on time. One Block West delivered on both accounts. We will definitely return.

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you so much for giving us a try and I'm really glad to know that you will be coming back. We always try to work with customers' schedules. We have one of the fastest and most capable kitchens in the business and if you are in a hurry, we can really expedite your food if we need to. If... More

Northern Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I LOVE One Block West! We always enjoy great food, great service, and a cozy atmosphere in the restaurant. We have dined here for many different occasions over the years, and in all different seasons; although sometimes we only get to go once in the year, it's always worth the wait! For the quality of the food,... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you very much. It is regular customers like you who keep us in business and who influence others in our community to give us a try. Regardless of what we could charge, we are trying to keep our prices as low as possible while still paying our bills. If that means you can afford to come back more often,... More

Baltimore, MD
Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had high expectations based on the reviews. We ordered the mushroom pasta...heavy! The fish a bit lighter but still heavy. The zucchini entree: all cream, cheese, very heavy. These dishes could be made so much better...and our 5.5 year old child was relegated to eating very chewy (somewhat uncooked) pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. Our child kept saying... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Ah, our recent run of stellar reviews had to come at some point. On behalf of our entire crew, I am sorry that you didn't have a good experience. Had you mentioned any of this to anyone on the staff, we could have done something about it. Future diners reading this: if you are ever dissatisfied, let us know. As... More

Fairfax Station, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal on Friday, July 25, 2014 (our anniversary and her birthday). We had such a good time, I forgot to leave a tip. When I awoke Saturday morning I realized that I had forgot the tip. I went to the restaurant, saw the chef, and left the tip. I never forgot a tip... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

It was my pleasure to meet you while I was sitting on the deck shelling beans for dinner the night that you reserved. I am hands-on in the kitchen and shelling beans is indeed therapeutic. I welcome the break from the incessant marketing, bookkeeping, fixing broken things, and everything else it takes to keep a high-end restaurant working. Shelling beans... More

Middletown, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Not sure I worded my title correctly but the point is that this restauraunt changes up the menu with what is available locally and/ or seasonally. I have only been 2-3 times but always delicious. Some different combinations of foods that work well together. The owner/cook definitely put forth the time and effort of planning and preparing the great meals... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for recognizing how much time and effort it takes to change our menu nightly and to source from 30 or more local producers, rather than just making a single phone call to one of the big food distributors. I'm also glad that you recognize that quality comes at a price and that you do get what you pay... More

Winchester
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

One Block West is the best dining experience you can find in Winchester. With the friendly service, an impressive wine list, live acoustic guitar on Saturdays, and most importantly the delicious cuisine, it doesn't get better in Winchester. My husband and I have trouble trying new dishes because it's so hard to not get the delicious meals of the past,... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for helping to keep us in business year in and year out. Although we wish you would try "new" dishes, one of the benefits of being a regular is that we often do put the dishes that you like on the menu for the night of your visit. Our average employee has been with us for at least... More

Bunker Hill WV
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Ed is the best chef in the area! His creations are always fresh and delicious! Never have we ever had a bad meal at One Block! The wine list is superb with the largest selection I have ever seen available by the glass.

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and the countless nights that you and your husband have supported us. We always look forward to your next visit: great customers like you are why we love this business. I'm glad you like the extensive by-the-glass wine list, which numbers around 70 selections at any time. There are restaurants in the US with... More

Charles Town, WV
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have been a regular at Ed's (yes, that's how often I go there) ever since it was recommended to me by the winemaker at Veramar Vineyard in 2005. I have made the trek to Winchester with countless friends and family over the years, and most of the time we don't order off the menu, preferring instead to do a... More

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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review

I really appreciate your longtime business and the confidence you have in us to allow us to do tastings for you, your friends, and your family. You are among the many customers who have been coming here for a decade or so. Thank you for helping us get into our second decade. More

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