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“Outstanding is not good enough” 5 of 5 stars
Review of One Block West

One Block West
25 S. Indian Alley, Winchester, VA 22601
+1 540-662-1455
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Ranked #7 of 238 Restaurants in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $38
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar, Eclectic
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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, 2014, and 2015.
Greenville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding is not good enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We had the chefs choice and we were not disappointed. Had to stop ourselves from licking the plates clean. Everything was delicious, the pairing of the wines wonderful and talking to the chef topped the night off.

Visited June 2013
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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Thank you for doing us the honor of ordering a tasting. We appreciate your trust and are gratified that you had a great experience.
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rockville, md
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“One Block West for the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Just off the pedestrian mall, this restaurant is worth asking directions to. The service was perfect, the space less than perfect, but the food is to die for. This was a great surprise for a couple looking for a good place while visiting this Virginia city. I had the duck breast which came sliced and spread over the tastiest greens and beside the even tastier sweet potato puree. My friend had two appetizers, the veggie pate and the gazpacho soup, both wonderful. For dessert, we shared a bread pudding. Whoever does the cooking is a genius.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to find us! Should anyone need directions to the restaurant, just pick up the phone and we will get you here. I assure you that none of us doing the cooking is a genius, but we appreciate the compliment nonetheless.
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farmington Hills MI
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“A treasure in Winchester”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We could not have picked a better place to dine on the first night of our vacation after an 8 hour drive.
I am always interested in seeing how creative a chef can be with vegetarian dishes, and he did not disappoint. We started with an appetizer of fresh mushrooms which proved delicious. And my stuffed poblano pepper for the entree was fresh, creative and very tasty. My husband's main dish of duck was prepared perfectly, among the best he's had. We found that are no substitutions and this is because chef is thoughtful about pairing the food with the right flavors and accompaniments. The meal was finished by the scrumptious apricot creme brulee. The portion size was just right for us, and we felt contented. We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere. The service was at a leisurely pace, which fit in well with our wish to linger and relax. Another highlight was that the chef came out to talk with us, and this made the visit more personal. My only regret was that we live too far to make this restaurant a more frequent occasion. As you may have guessed, it was our type of restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Super! Thank you. We love it when the stars all align and guests have fantastic experiences with us. The poblano that you had is one of our very favorite dishes of the moment. We try to design all the dishes to be interesting but we try harder to come up with really creative vegetarian dishes. The poblano stuffed with a sauté of maiz morado served with a green tomatillo sauce is currently the dish that I and the cooks really want to eat for ourselves and we are happy you liked it.
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“Gourmet Chef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The Chef is also a gourmet so you bend to what he wants to prepare when you're there. Fortunately, he is a first rate chef. Appetizers (salad, mussels), main dishes (duck, soft shell crab) were first rate -- and wine matches were also elegant. The desert cheese plate was fine but needed utensils.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
I'm glad you had a wonderful time and thank you for your comments. Just to be clear that we have two dining choices: the traditional a la carte menu where you pick what you want to eat, and our Chef's Whim menu where I send you what I think is the very best of what we have in the house at that moment. Sorry about the lack of utensils for your cheese plate and I appreciate knowing we need to work on this. Somebody screwed up. Sorry.
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Alexandria, VA
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“Amazing Food, wine, service in Winchester”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The only thing I can say is that if you're serious about excellent food, you have to go to One Block West. The Chef's tasting menu will absolutely astound you with the flavors and every course builds on the previous one. A meal that starts out astoundingly great just gets better and better. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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ChefEd, Owner at One Block West, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you for coming all the way out from Alexandria to visit us! It was our pleasure to serve your our Chef's Whim tasting menu, which we offer every evening in addition to our standard a la carte menu. The line cooks and I truly appreciate the liberty to serve you the best of what we have on offer on a particular evening and to send dishes that truly excite us to the table.
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