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“Horrible Food and Poor Service” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant

Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant
36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Middleburg
Price range: $50 - $50
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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: Foxcroft Road
Description: Extremely Fresh, Approachable and Refined Drawing both inspiration and purpose from its location on farmland in Middleburg, VA, the restaurant at Goodstone Inn & Estate seeks to provide its guests with an unparalleled dining experience. The quality of produce, both cultivated and foraged, found outside the back door of the kitchen provides Chef Tarver King and his team with pristine ingredients that make up a meal representative of this place in every moment of each season.
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“Horrible Food and Poor Service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We stayed at the Inn on Sept 5 & 6 to celebrate my husband's biirthday. When we checked in, we were told that breakfast was served between 8 & 10 (with a sharp cutoff). We arrived at 8 and were told that the chef was not yet ready. After waiting around 10 minutes we were seated and ordered Eggs Benedict and Fluffy Pancakes.

The Fluffy Pancakes arrived burnt and filled with blueberries, bacon cold; the Eggs Benedict was served on mushy (drenched in water) english muffins and cold potatoes. The server never came back to ask how the food was. But when she came to clear my plate, I told her that the muffins were mushy, she stated "I'll tell the chef". Never was I asked if the muffin could be replaced with another or even a piece of toast.

We were planning on having my husband's b-day dinner at the Inn that night, but decided against it. If this 5-star renowned chef could not handle breakfast, we questioned his ability to prepare a decent meal.

Save your money and try a different restaurant!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Debbie C, Guest Relations Manager at Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
We are sorry to read about your unsatisfactory breakfast experience at our Inn. Apparently, we dropped the ball and we apologize.

We do wish that you had tried our restaurant for dinner. As you may know, we are currently rated Number One on Open Table in the entire Washington D.C. area in several categories, including Best Overall and Best Food. We hope you will forgive us and try again.

Mark Betts,
Owner & General Manager
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

It's ALL very very great. Dinner or breakfast you can't go wrong. The chef is outstanding and the wait staff is first rate.

Visited August 2012
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McLean, Virginia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Another fabulous evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

My husband and I decided at the last minute to make a Saturday night reservation. They were full, so we captured the last table on Sunday night. Will plan earlier next time. Obviously other people love this restaurant as much as we do. We decided on the way to order appetizers only. We chose the duo of salmon [always our favorite], wonderful fois gras, and delicious gaspacho. Since we split them, we decided the crab cake looked awfully good to try. All lump crab meat held together by egg whites [I asked!]. Yum. We did take most of it home because we needed to save room for the warm peach cobbler a la mode. I'll be dieting all week, but it was worth it.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fauquier County, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food, but very pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We liked the quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere; however, be prepared to pay for it. Also, if you are a group of six or more, the gratuity (20%) is added - make sure you notice that and don't double tip - it would make a very expensive meal even more so.

Visited July 2012
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Winchester, VA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Flies provided tailgating ambience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Gorgeous venue, excellent salmon, so-so veggies and lots of flies. Servers indicated there was nothing they could do about them. Finally after a few more requests one of the waiters swatted a couple and I briefly joined the fray. Service was not exceptional.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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