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“Very Good But Not Great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
42461 Lovettsville Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180
540-822-9017
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $200
Cuisines: International, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rt. 15 and Lovettsville Road
USA
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very Good But Not Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We dined here on Sunday for Easter Brunch. Open Table listed the cost as $60/pp for a 4-course fixed menu, but when we got there the menu said $65/pp so that was an unwelcome surprise but we did not complain.

For $65/pp, I expect impeccable service. The service and the servers are a major problem area. No one offered to take our coats. We waited a long time to be greeted by our server. When she did arrive, she seemed to be overwhelmed with her duties, stressed out, and somewhat frantic. She did not seem like a professional but perhaps an acquaintance helping out. She spoke in a loud, abrasive tone of voice and didn’t pause long enough to answer our many questions as the menu is a bit unusual. Good but unusual, so naturally one might have questions and the servers should be prepared to allow time to answer them. We had to flag – and I mean flag – her down twice to get all of our questions answered.

We waited an unacceptable amount of time for our drink order to arrive. The wine pours were stingy. We were never offered any bread until we asked and this was about 20-25 minutes after being seated. It took another 10 minutes for our first course to arrive, again, after we inquired as to its whereabouts. We had to ask for additional bread and butter. Our server never acknowledged or apologized for these delays until the end of the meal.

The main courses were very good; perhaps a little skimpy on the portions and generally lacking in green vegetables, but the quality and farm freshness was there – the thing that drew us to this restaurant to begin with. The dessert was outstanding. The coffee was good too, but was had to keep asking for more cream, sugar, etc. Loosen the purse strings, people!

The atmosphere is lackluster except for the view of the Potomac River. It is a greenhouse with a few dying potted plants scattered around and uncomfortable, cheap tables and chairs with white table cloths thrown over them. There are certainly some simple improvements that could add some charm.

Overall, it’s worth a visit maybe once a year. The intentions and food are good, but it’s not quite all there yet. Try and catch something at a reasonable price and don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re abused by the wait staff. For $65/pp, you deserve better!

  • Visited March 2013
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Top shelf...one of the 5 best we have visited this year.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

For the food and the view....but not the coffee...Gorgeous view, even on a fog shrouded and rainy day. Service is efficient, courteous...but slightly timid...food: every course is carefully prepared and presented, just the right texture and mix of flavors. Priced is reasonable for a four course prix fixe meal with wines and ciders...after dinner coffee was ok, mild and unobtrusive.

  • Visited March 2013
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Lovettsville, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You'll Feel Special Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

You dine in a greenhouse on a hill overlooking the Potomac River. You are greeted by the owner who seats you at a table with a menu that has your name on it. You are served creative courses that are not only beautiful, but taste amazing! Many of the ingredients come right from the farm, and others are sourced locally. This is organic eating at it's finest!

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Reston, Virginia, United States
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“Off the beaten path but well worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stopped for brunch on our way home from of a weekend get-away and what a wonderful way to wrap it up! The food was fantastic, the view beautiful, and the staff extremely welcoming, friendly and attentive. My husband had the gnocchi with black truffle butter, toasted hazelnuts and provolone for an appetizer, Suquet de Costa Brava (rockfish, littleneck clams, PEI mussels and saffron rice) for the main course, and Acquerello Organic Rice Pudding for dessert. I eat vegan which I'd mentioned ahead of time and the chef provided the most elegant and delicious vegan meal I've ever had in a restaurant. For my appetizer he prepared a dish of cooked and raw beets, paper-thin radish slices, and arugula dressed with aged balsamic vinegar. My entree was the winter vegetable medley from the menu which included beets, turnips, mushrooms, fingerling potatoes and collard greens, garnished with daikon and slices of granny smith apples. Dessert was grapefruit sorbet atop homemade granola, capped with an amazing froth of rosemary bubbles. Oh - lest I forget, we started with carrot bread and vegan olive biscuits which set the tone for the rest of out memorable meal. Every single item we had was delicious, wouldn't change a thing.
If you live in the DC metro area, are looking for a memorable meal, and don't mind a drive into the lovely northern Virginia countryside, I highly recommend The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm.

  • Visited March 2013
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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Very Wonderful Restaurant!! The owner is great. The food is fabulous. The staff is very attentive. Be mindful that this is a nice place and that blue jeans are not appropriate.

  • Visited March 2013
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