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Travelers' Choice Best of the Best2022
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Set 90 minutes from DC in a town whose very existence seems tied to the restaurant, this is a destination in every sense of the word. Embellished to th...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Reviewed December 5, 2022

As local Virginians, Inn has been on our hit list for years. What a disappointing night it turned out to be. First off, leaving a 3 Michelin-star restaurant not full is a sin. Thank goodness for the unlimited bread service or I would have left...and had to stop somewhere for a follow-up meal. First up is the food. Nothing is bad, but also nothing is over the top amazing in taste, visuals, or quantity provided. Half the dishes were gastronomic experience size..except there aren't enough courses for that. The rabbit dish was VERY dry. What was most disappointing was the service. At 3 Michelin stars, you expect the best of the best. Our server, Katelyn, lacked sophistication. As did several other of the younger servers. Was this their first day? Katelyn asked us what we wanted to drink as soon as she approached the table. How about giving us a drink menu first? After she took our food orders, she forgot to ask again what we wanted to drink - we had to tell her. I had to ask for more bread - 3x. When I mentioned the duck being dry to Katelyn, her response was "oh I'm sorry about that, I hope the sauce makes up for it." Unbelievable. Also heard her forget to ask the table next to us what dessert they wanted and had to go back. One of the servers who delivered two of our courses reached OVER the table to set mine down, and his arms shook wildly both times. So much so, that the content of my plate moved both times - he never fixed it. The service was beyond elementary for a fine dining establishment that has no stars, let alone one with "3". For the hour+ drive, cost, and overall extremely disappointing experience, we will not be back, and will not recommend it to anyone who asks.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 15, 2022

This is my 2nd 3-Michelin star restaurant and untold numbers of 1-Michelin starred restaurants. Overall, I found the service, atmosphere, food to be excellent. First, the atmosphere: very warm and southern. It gave me a comfortable feel which I liked. It's funny because usually I...go for a more modern aesthetic, but I actually really loved the atmosphere here. Walking in the door, the fresh flower gave a beautiful scent. The crackling fireplace made it warm and cozy. Lots to look at with a busy, yet still cozy dinner setting. There are several rooms from what I could tell, but we were not far from the fireplace so that was lovely for us. The service was great. They kept the pace based on our clues. When I had to use the restroom, the pacing slowed to accommodate my return. The tables were a tad close together, but nothing bad. The food was great. I'm getting tired of going to fancy restaurants where they give us multiple amuse bouche(s) and they're large and it ends up we are full before the first course arrives. The Inn did the amuse bouche correctly - just a proper starter and a single one at that. On top of that, we loved real bread. One restaurant I went to brought us a puffy bread that was just air inside (like a balloon with a bread crust). Ugh. So I loved the Inn's bread offering. Outside of that, the dinner and wine pairings were delicious. We'd love to return.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 13, 2022 via mobile

This is a 3-Star Michelin restaurant. We do not know why. They play outdated pop-country music. The entire time you are trying to enjoy world class food, you have to listen to Brad Paisley sing about getting mud on his tires and Brooks and Dunn...sing their 90’s hit Neon Moonlight. Furthermore asking them to change the music prompted the response, “Perhaps you’d prefer to be served in your room.” The dinner alone, after tax, drinks, and service will run close to a $1000. It is absolutely insane to pay this for the type of experience here. Lastly, the room we stayed in was beautiful until we discovered what looks like human feces on the shower floor. Avoid!!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2022

This was our 4th visit to the Inn at Little Washington. Each time, we think, it can't be better than the last...but it is! Somehow, they marry tradition and evolution beautifully. The things we love about the inn remain, yet lovely new touches surprise us...each visit. This time, we enjoyed lunch at the new Patty O's which was cozy and relaxing on a cold fall day. Our dinner at the Inn was phenomenal every step of the way and the service impeccable. As others have said, don't miss the fun of Cameron and the cheese course. Chef Patrick was in on this visit, and he was a gracious and wonderful host, moving about the lounge talking to guests. We stopped at the bakery as we left and the team there is just as charming as the rest. We can't wait to return!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022

Dined here twice during a two-night stay in July. Both meals were incredible (even though I miss some prior dishes, such as the popcorn amuse bouche and the seven deadly sins dessert). The Inn changed both menus for us (1 vegetarian + 3 regular menus)...the second night to avoid a repeat of the first night and even sampled a couple of additional dishes. The service was impeccable, of course, and the entire experience remains well-worth the splurge. (Also, apart from dinner, the house breakfast is great, and the inclusion of breakfast and afternoon tea with the room rate is actually a remarkable deal considering the quality.)More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

Spent our 30th anniversary here and just a simple WOW! Over the top cuisine, service and warmly welcomed in our suite for the weekend. Definitely put on your bucket list and you will not regret it. Thank you DH for this wonderful surprise. I am...not big on posting online, but this was worth it.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 10, 2022

Celebrated a big birthday with dinner at the Inn and it was perfect in every way. Esp loved the lamb/Caesar salad dish and the duck breast with fig (OMG so good!), but Cameron and his cheeses stole the show! Highly recommend for anyone who loves...a spectacular tasting menu!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 1, 2022

My wife and I recently celebrated an anniversary by dining at the Inn, where we enjoyed a nice meal together. When it came time to leave, however, the Inn told us we could not do so because the valet team could not find our car...keys. They speculated that they might have inadvertently attached our keys to another customer’s, so they said they would try to call the guests who were already on their way home. The Inn offered to drive to Alexandria to look for a second set of keys, but that really wasn’t a good option because it would have been about a four-hour round-trip effort for us, and we were staying not far from the Inn. After an hour or so of waiting, we suggested that the Inn contact one of the earlier valets. That turned out to be the right hunch, and the off-shift valet drove back to return our keys. By then it was late at night, and we were exhausted. We were not sure what the Inn would do to compensate us for being stranded for two hours, but knowing the reputation of the Inn we expected something commensurate with the inconvenience – an offer to stay the night, taking care of dinner that night, or offering to come back for dinner on the Inn, or something along those lines. Instead, on the way out they handed us a promotional book about the Inn. On our way back home the next day we stopped by to return the book, which we found pretty insulting given what we went through and asked the manager to contact us. The manager initially apologized for what he called a “calamity” and a “foolish lack of focus,” but he did not connect with us offer to redress the situation for more than two weeks, saying he had other things occupying his time. He said our suggestions for a complementary stay or dinner, or even a gift card, were too much to ask and the Inn would extend only a wine pairing or its standard “friends and family discount” of 25% during our next visit. I’m not sure what the Inn thinks its customers’ time is worth, but apparently, it’s very little. They will gladly take more than a thousand dollars for dinner or a stay, but once they have collected, they are done with you. The shame in this whole experience is it was one of those circumstances where the original shortcoming could have been easily rectified, but the response was worse than the original failure. We recommend that you look to celebrate your next special occasion at an establishment shows respect for your time and consideration for you during and after you’ve paid the bill.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022

No doubt they serve delicious and creative food. The service was generally nice, they obviously try to ensure that enough and professional personal is available. From exiting the car, via check in and during tea and dinner service. Prices are way out there and should...allow you to expect such a service. That being said, we had a young and rather smug waiter, who was borderline arrogant. As it was a festive evening with my wife, I didn't want to straighten him out. But I should have to in the first place.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022

Overall: 3* Food: 4* Service: 2* Valet and greeting staff: 5* Meal was very good, some amuse bouche were a little salty, boba was undercooked, but overall very good meal. I am critical of the service because this is a 3 Michelin restaurant, and in...my opinion, the service was not comparable to other 3 Michelin US or European restaurants, and we are paying $600PP for the meal and experience. Our server, Nicholas, was polite but not very attentive. First, our napkins were not folded when we got up to go to bathroom. Our water was not refilled ( we asked the sommelier for it). Bread crumbs were not cleaned off our table, until the end, and Nicholas only cleaned one side of table with a napkin. Server and bread person reached their arms in front of us to serve. Food runners place their hands and fingers inside part of our plates, and only one person corrected the orientation of the plate. I ordered a glass of champagne $55, only half pour, pretty skimpMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022

The Inn at Little Washington has been one of the greatest culinary experiences of my life. I was blown away by the history, service, food and overall experience. This is absolutely a culinary destination that should be on every foodies bucket list.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 21, 2022

Never have I been so impressed w/ a dining experience. Amazing overall experience & hands down the best meal we’ve ever had. Make sure its on your bucket list!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

I had heard so much about the food at the Inn and was really looking forward to it. The presentation was great but the food lacked taste and creativity. Have eaten at better fine dining restaurants.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

It was an experience to remember! I was worried that there was no way I would walk away feeling like it was worth the money- but the combination of the amazing and interesting food, excellent (and not snobby) service, and creative and delightful wine pairings...left me grateful that I came.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 24, 2022

We dined there recently and was our second visit. The food, service and atmosphere was amazing. Our favorite was the lobster and really enjoyed ever bite. The food is artfully presented, service was excellent and dinner was very memorable. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

Date of visit: July 2022
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It is not included. Dinner is a completely separate charge.
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