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Local cuisine, American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly

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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!
A Michelin Three Star, Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond country house hotel retreat, The Inn at Little Washington presents exquisite American Cuisine with a French influence in a charming and sophisticated dining room. The sumptuous award-winning cuisine is accompanied by a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine cellar with over 2,500 selections.
$218 - $218
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, International, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The most amazing tastes and creative combinations of foods have never crossed my lips before this dining experience. OMG, it has to be on everyone’s bucket list!

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Inn at Little Washington for a 6:30 reservation on a Friday night 8 April 2022. We came to celebrate my retirement from government service and the start of a new role in private industry and the staff was very thoughtful in recognizing...the celebration. On arrival, the staff met us and immediately seated us at our table in the newly enclosed conservatory like area. Service was timely and with a great mix of humor and not overbearing. Assistant Wine Director suggested a few excellent cocktails and a solid Pinot Noir by JK Carriere of Willamette, Oregon. We both chose the gastronaut's menu and the combination of flavors, textures, and presentation was well worthy of the 3 Michelin stars. First time having caesar salad ice cream as part of our second course. The lobster in the cabbage and tenderloin of veal were favorites. Don't miss out by not having the cheese selection from the cow to finish your meal. Next time we will have to try the Chef's table and spend the night as well.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate enough to be seated at the Chef’s Table in the kitchen. That alone was incredible. If you can get the early seating, a must! It’s an experience to say the least in and of itself. My overall rating is “ Impeccable.” No...wonder they have been able to retain their three-star Michelin rating.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed March 12, 2022

Our first time back in 3 years and it keeps getting better. What is most amazing is the smooth and calm aura the team members radiate. No rush, no stress and full or humor. My wife picked the vegetarian menu with the veal as her...main course while I picked the regular menu substituting the lamb carpaccio for the asparagus. The most surprising and memorable item was the cucumber sorbet which was part of the starter on the vegetarian menu. May sound weird yet its the one item that I cannot get out of my head. This time around we opted for the wine pairing and added a bottle of red for the cheese course. More than ones needs and we would have been fine with just the pairing since sommeliere Hanna was generous in her pours. Oh well. When everything is perfect its easy to get carried away... We cannot wait to go back!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 6, 2022 via mobile

Truly deserving of the 3 star Michelin they have. Food was exquisitely brilliant. Lobster mousse wrapped in cabbage. Cesar salad ice cream on lamb carpaccio!! A perfume atomizer to spritz the sauce onto your perfectly cooked medium rare duck breast and foie gras! Who would...have thought? Service almost impeccable. It felt a bit rushed serving the first 3 courses almost without a break. We had to ask them to slow down. The place was very clean. Everyone properly uniformed from the valets to the waiters bartenders etc. Perfect setting for the location. We were also early and they sat us at the uniquely interesting monkey room. Had a chance to meet the man himself. He was very friendly too. Drinks were excellent but if you smoke please wash your hands before service.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed February 5, 2022 via mobile

All the benefits of a trip to an elegant inn in the countryside of England or France but without the hassle of international travel or jetlag! Relaxing, unassuming European luxury with the most incredible meals, wine pairings and excellent service all in Virginia. Yes this...experience has a big pricetag but what a real treat. At afternoon tea, dinner and even breakfast, every bite is phenomenal and the presentation is exquisite too. Honoring classic French yet inventive, healthier and just incredibly creative. Such attention to every detail throughout entire experience…or was it all really just the most amazing dream?More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 31, 2022

My wife and I were treated to dinner at the Inn two weeks ago. The food, as usual, was excellent although I will say that the Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Napoleon was, despite its delightful appearance, not as tasty as it looked. What I found disappointing was...the fact that the flowers on the table were dead (white roses turning brown and drooping) and that, while all courses were served by two people, removal was done by one waiter who stacked silverware and plates. Proper removal involves removing one plate at a time not stacking silverware and plates on top of one another. One other observation: Half the staff was wearing masks while the other half was not. Mixed message. Not a good policy.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed January 25, 2022

Having had many a meal that was supposed to be exemplary, I was not expecting to be so impressed. This was truly some of the best food I've ever tasted. Each course had something that filled your mouth with flavor. People appeared at exactly the...right moments to attend to but not smother you. Staff enthusiasm and desire to please really was the icing on the cake. This is truly a special dining experience that lives up to all the hype, awards and accolades.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed December 26, 2021 via mobile

The Inn at Little Washington is a delightful gastronomic experience. Pros: The Food - The variety of products, textures, and favors were exceptional. Every course was unique with multiple layers of flavor. The presentations were beautiful. The “Edible Holiday Hazelnut Ornament” in honor of Christmas...was a particularly nice touch. The Inn at Little Washington’s fare is this foodie’s idea of heaven. The Service - The teamwork among all the staff was extraordinary. When we realized we didn’t remember what one dish component was, the wine server was able to address all our questions as well as inform how the wine complemented the food. Our waiter was knowledgeable of the wine list. Everyone displayed the attitude it was their pleasure to assist. It was nice to see Patrick O’Connell working during the holidays setting an excellent example. Ambiance - The outside of the Inn was beautifully lit up displaying a welcoming appeal. Seasonal music was playing just loud enough to enjoy without impacting conversation. Cons: Visual Ambiance - We we’re seated in what appeared to be an enclosed porch supposedly facing the koi pond. All we could see was black night and an illuminated rock, unless you consider the condensation on one of the windows. The overall impress was of being a naughty child sent to the corner to contemplate the error of my ways. The table was oriented in a manner that none of the Inn’s whimsical decor could be enjoyed. There were absolutely no festive decorations around the koi pond. The table could have been reoriented to face the lounge but wasn’t. The entire night was extremely visually boring. I deeply regret not insisting on a different table. Please don’t make the same mistake. In the summer, when it is still light out, the koi pond area is lovely. In the winter, insist on another location at least until the Inn provides nighttime decor. Please note, we made our reservations in February for December. We didn’t asked to be squeezed in resulting in the poor table location.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 9, 2021 via mobile

A fantastic experience. Chose between a meat and vegetarian tasting experience. Innovative dishes. One taste more exciting than the next. Impeccable service. Ambiance incomparable. A spectacular evening.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 30, 2021

This was my second and my husband’s third visit to the restaurant and our first opportunity to stay at the Inn. We had afternoon tea, dinner, and breakfast in the restaurant and we were blown away by each experience. The food exceeded every expectation and...memory we had of our prior visits - for dinner, we both had the “Gastronaut” tasting menu, I had the venison and my husband had the duck. Both were perfection. Each course was interesting, creative, and delicious. I tried things I would not typically order or eat and was so pleasantly surprised. We opted for the cheese course instead of a sweet dessert and found a comprehensive selection of delicious cheeses available. We had the wine pairings and found they were perfect, bringing out all of the flavors. The service at dinner was very good and attentive. We did not want for anything. Our only issue with the entire experience came after dinner when we hoped to enjoy an after dinner drink in the public lounge. A couple seated near us had a very loud (over their speaker), video call in which they proceeded to describe their entire dinner menu. I could not hear my husband, seated less than a foot away from me, over their conversation. I do not know the establishment’s policy on the use of cell phones in public spaces but I cannot imagine a Michelin 3-star restaurant can maintain their status if they don’t discreetly suggest taking the call (again on speaker!!!) outside or to their room. Staff was absolutely aware as they were serving others in the room yet they did nothing. We left and did mention on our way out. It was a disappointment to end our otherwise perfect evening on that note.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 28, 2021

I am not local and have stayed at the Inn only one time but have dined there on four occasions while visiting the D.C. area. The food there is excellent but I feel the experience has gone down over my visits while the prices have...increased. Dinner for 2 with two martinis totaled $777.00 after the restaurant added mandatory gratuity and taxes. All of the courses were very good (just not worth $777. ) The dessert was a disappointment. Hazelnut tart too tough to cut and not easy to pick up and bite. My first visit I was blown away (At the time, the selection was greater as well as the amount of food) and each time thereafter I have been a little less impressed. Next time in the D.C. area, when wanting a fine dining experience, I intend to try somewhere new.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021

Wow! The Inn at Little Washington certainly lived up to its reputation. We enjoyed one of the finest meals of our lifetime. What a creative menu with imaginative pairing of the best ingredients (though if truth be told, the duck was a tad tough). Service...was attentive, respectful and helpful when needed, like when I accidentally knocked a fork on the floor and one was immediately replaced. Also, they gifted us the Petrossian tin our entry was served in when I mentioned we once lived down the street from the shop in Paris. And the matching wines--OMG!! First time ever for Pinot Noir Rose--won't be my last. The sommelier was informative without being snooty. All in all, a night to remember. Inn at Little Washington, you've earned your three Michelin stars and then some.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 11, 2021

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. This review is for a visit by 2 couples on October 5, 2021. A similar review was submitted to the front desk as the Inn on October 6. There has been no response. The Good (Actually The Great): The...food, the food, the food. Exquisite. As good or better than the three Michelin 3-stars I have visited in France. The arrival. Essentially no check in. Gave our names, and from then on everyone we encountered knew who we were, our names, our dietary restrictions. The tea. (Wonderful high tea from 2-5pm, included in room package.) The room beauty and comfort. Clean, fresh, large, reproduction antiques, wonderful large living area shared by 2-4 rooms, drinks and snacks self-serve at all times. One clinker: never got hot water, only tepid, during our 20 hours there.) The Bad (Actually The Disappointing): Poor, slow bar service. More than 25 minutes to get a drink and we were the only people in the bar area. The whole place seemed to have too many people for the number of servers. Very un-three-star-like. This showed up occasionally during dinner too, when we had to ask a passing server to summon ours to get things moving. 8pm dinner time. The only alternative was 5pm, unacceptable, and this was months ahead of our date. What made this insulting is that after we delayed cocktail hour until 7pm to fit with the late dinner, we were told upon arrival that we could be seated immediately for dinner. We then made a mistake, saying that we would get our drinks in the bar and then move with them into the restaurant. By the time we could do that with the slooowww bar service, it was 7:45pm. A terrible web site. You never even know if you are logged in or not, whether you are dealing with room or dinner reservations, etc. In all the months before our visit, we could never find our reservation, let alone any details about it. I was not even clear if my registration for the system (email address, password, address, etc.) had taken, and no one at the Inn could tell me anything either. They said that only the “reservation folks” (apparently not on site, only a net company of some kind) knew that kind of thing. This is made even more frustrating when you discover that you can never call the place and get someone to answer the phone. If you leave a message, you are not called back although in one case we did get a call back 5 days after leaving a message. See “The Ugly” for the consequences of having essentially no communication ability with the Inn. The Ugly (Actually the Ugly.) Bait and Switch. When I went to check out in the early morning of October 7, I was expecting a bill for $50-$100, for three drinks in the bar. The bill was for $833! This charge included a fixed dinner price for 2 and a mandatory service charge that didn’t even show up in the addition! We understood, consistent with our group’s two previous visits, that the dinner was included in the package. The prices were exactly the same, and the reservation confirmation has exactly the same language. In all three visit, it never explicitly said that the dinner was included, but it always was the first two times. For the first visit, we called to verify because of this uncertainty and were told not to worry, it was included. And it was - no surprises until Visit #3. After much hemming and hawing around - but no offer to make any adjustment or accommodation - the front desk person mentioned that their policy changed one year ago. Since then, dinners were no longer included. He implied (but wouldn’t say) that many others had been caught unawares by this change. This is understandable because the Inn didn’t tell anyone about the change, i.e. the doubling of the price. Our already-expensive $900 night in the Inn for two became a $1700 stay, and this time it only included a continental breakfast. Before it was a full breakfast. In effect, the Inn doubled their prices overnight, one year ago, and didn’t share this at any time upon or after making the reservation. Our reaction? We had another reservation for January that was made some time ago, and it was duly cancelled on the spot. At these prices, the Michelin 3-star restaurants in France now look like bargains. These are words that I never thought I would utter. With round trip economy airfares to France around $700 now, it would be cheaper to fly there, to eat at the best restaurant and then fly back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 8, 2021

The miniscule portions of food were excellent, but we left the restaurant hungry, and they charged us over $200 for service, leaving us with a bill of $806 for a dinner for two, that included three glasses of wine. In previous dinners two years ago,...the portions were satisfactory. At Chez Francoise restaurant in Great Falls, we could have had four exceptional dinners. I do not recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Rachel R
March 17, 2021|
Response from chrism91186 |
It is not included. Dinner is a completely separate charge.
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Response from 508beccar | Reviewed this property |
I wore a dress when we went and my husband wore khakis and button down. He did not wear a tie. I hope that helps.
May 23, 2019|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
I would guess the only option is Uber and for that long of a drive it would be expensive. You might be better off to rent a car.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5