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1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627 (Route 250 West)
+1 434-971-1800
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had talked with the Clifton Inn three times about our reservation confirming a mix of one regular diner plus two vegetarian diners. Each time they assured me the vegetarian diners were not a problem. When we arrived, the waitress said they didn't have a vegetarian option, but they could give us a plate of sides from the other dinners.... More 

Thank susannah202
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family was the first to sit in the kitchen with the new chef, Aris. After ordering our entrees we were delighted with a plate of pickled vegetables, using star anise and cinnamon, and an amuse bouche of watermelon, feta and mint that brought nuanced flavor to the tongue at different moments! The scallops were perfectly cooked through, the steak... More 

Thank Melinda G
Palmyra, VA
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Pleasant and gracious, the food is cutesy--said advisedly--so that multiple plates of miniscule portions result in your departure with you not knowing what you ate, and you are hungry! For a lofty dollar as well. This historic place needs to shake itself and start serving substantial, real food.

Thank Jeff J
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

In terms of service, quality and quantity of food, wine list, dessert, and outdoor setting, the Clifton Inn offers an exceptional dining experience.

Thank William S
Palmyra, Virginia
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

My son and daughter-in-law brought me to the Clifton Inn for a special treat. We ate on the back veranda on a lovely day. Nice experience, though I have enjoyed my food other times in other local restaurants bit more. The menu is not as varied as I would have liked, though each of us chose something that was pleasing.... More 

Thank palmyralady
St. Petersburg, Florida
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225 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

If you are going to stay here for the first time I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience. Accommodations are great, location and surrounding area a gift from the Gods. However if you are from the area and live good food this is not the place. Not because the food they present isn't good and it certainly is presented... More 

Thank Caroline Y
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Out in the countryside, this place is way cool. Would like to come back and stay at the Inn. There was a big thunderstorm that evening and we lost power several times but no one missed a beat. Great original food although the portions are a bit small for the price. Good wine selection. Terrific service. Reservations needed a few... More 

Thank ponderosapine
Cary, North Carolina
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

The Clifton Inn is really a lovely experience with attentive service and generous details. We stayed in the Merriweather Lewis room, one of the ground floor rooms in the restored stables adjacent to the main house. The room was charming, with stone floors, a fireplace, and a claw tub (in addition to a separate shower). Full afternoon tea and continental... More 

Thank GNMom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

My wife and I ordered the four-course meal with wine pairings. The rack of lamb was perfectly prepared, and the cauliflower vichyssoise with oyster mushrooms was superb.

Thank Artwoods
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59 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at this hotel, a former member of Relais & Chateaux, so we knew we were in for a lovely meal, and indeed it was although service was a tad slow, but the food was delicious and well worth going to.

Thank rygsa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
    (Route 250 West)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-1800
At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?