We went to Charlottesville to get away for the weekend. Since it was a short trip, we only had time for one nice dinner so we chose the Ivy Inn, based primarily on Trip Advisor reviews. We read the not so favorable reviews, and while they did cause some concern, they were vastly outnumbered so we decided to give it a try.
It was a beautiful experience! The restaurant is located in a historic home. It is well decorated with romantic lighting. So many of the things that normally irritate me, simply weren't present at the Ivy Inn. For instance: the tables were spaced appropriately so that you had privacy for your own conversations as well as privacy from the conversations of those around you. There was romantic, low-lighting but not so low that you can't read the menu or see the food, the room temperature was very pleasant, the restroom was very clean and far away from the dining area, the noise level was low.
We were greeted as soon as we arrived and seated early. We had a very nice table, and our waiter (Christian) was superb. He was very well-versed on the menu and the wine. He answered all our questions and provided excellent suggestions for wine and entrees. Christian has a wonderful personality and a spirit of service that I'm sure will carry him far.
For appetizers, we had the sweet potato soup and the pasta. My husband would have preferred a bit more sauce/jus with it, but it was still delicious. The sweet potato soup was very unique; a puree served over black beans. It was a fascinating combination; very enjoyable.
For entrees, we had the Duet of Lamb and the Grilled Rag Mountain Trout. I had some concerns about the Duet of Lamb, such as how large a portion it would be, and how rare the lamb would be. Christian answered all my questions and encouraged to order it, so I did. It was so delicious! I still can't believe I ate it all. My husband ordered the trout and he raved about it all through dinner . . . on the drive home . . . and at breakfast the next day. He said it's the best trout he's ever had. And that's saying a lot because he's a fisherman and he's eaten a LOT of trout all over the U.S. and Canada.
For dessert we had the Sticky English Toffee Pudding. It was decadent and delicious. The perfect ending to a great meal.
It was a meal to remember. For those who had a less than stellar experience in their reviews of the Ivy Inn, I would encourage you to try it again.
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