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“Excellent dinner” 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 #4 of 239 Restaurants in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $38
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar, Eclectic
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
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“Excellent dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

The food here was fantastic. It was a little too quiet -- pretty empty and no music. But this was more than made up for by amazing pasta and rabbit, great appetizers, and excellent dessert.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aldie, Virginia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Fresh and Innovative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

The chef's tasting was a great experience--perfect for a special occasion. The wines paired wonderfully with each course. Favorites included a salmon tartare, a tiny BLT sandwich with artichoke latkes instead of bread and an amazing duck entree. All ingredients tasted super fresh. The value was absoultely amazing, and the entire staff was very attentive. We'll definitely be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northern Virginia
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere-menu disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

Pricey menu, was disappointed that there were no vegetarian choices for dinner. Only able to ask for the pasta dish without the meat. Lunch menu usually has a few good choices. Delicious home made bread, waitstaff very attentive. Have eaten here on and off for a few years, seems the prices have gone up considerably for the value.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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South Carolina
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7 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Light on the value, heavy on the wallet.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

I was very excited to try this place after reading reviews and visiting their web site. The chef boasted local cuisine inspired by farmers markets and serendipity. Clever, however, not convincing after breaking the bank.

Reviewers noted that this restaurant is "quiet," which is actually one of the reasons I decided to try it. However, it was so eerily quiet that I felt like I had to whisper during the entire meal. The server had no personality, which added to the painfully quiet dining experience.

As for the food, we ordered the golden hedgehog and black trumpet mushroom appetizer, which we couldn't eat because the first bite tasted like dirt and sand. Perhaps they forgot to wash the mushrooms? Yuck. We also ordered the scallops as an appetizer, which although delightful, they left us starving as they only served a whopping TWO on the plate. I ordered the filet mingon for the meal, which after being paired with the little sides, left the plate looking bare and my stomach still grumbling.

Overall, the value was simply missing, and the food was overpriced and overrated.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, VA
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“2nd Visit... Still yummy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2009

It's been several years since we've been to Winchester and revisited this restaurnat. Since it's been a while since going here, I checked local reviews and it seems that this is still the place to go for fine dining.

First off all, I must give credit to the fantastic Virginia wine offerings. We tried 5 different wines, from VA, by the glass, and each was terrffic!
We started with 2 appetizers, the Thai crabcakes and the pheasant sausage platter. The sausage platter was incredible! It was served with sauteed Virginia apples, dried cranberries, microgreens and a tangy dressing. Every bite was perfection! The crabcakes, by comparison, were a disappoinment. Not bad, but we'd had a crab cake app earlier at the Dancing Goat that was so superior that this one paled in comparison.

Next , we shared the braised buffalo short ribs. They were very tender and the beans stewed in the dish were a standout. Yes, we shared this dish, but it could have been a bit more substantial.

The desserts sounded good but we had to pass this time.

I'm glad the food in this tiny hide-away is as good as I remembered it.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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