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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, The Inn at Little Washington is a destination in every sense of the...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Very comfortable restaurant
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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.
PRICE RANGE
$218 - $218
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
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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All reviews tasting menu amuse bouche lobster foie gras sorbet cheese whiz bread special occasion the kitchen bucket list dining experience over the top chef patrick o connell service was impeccable worth every penny once in a lifetime
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed September 23, 2021 via mobile

It was our first time having dinner there. It was all that I expected. The menu on the website was not the menu we were offered. Our entree choices were between venison and duck. Both too gamey for me. I did not ask for a...substitution. Cheese cart was fabulous! It is a fabulous restaurant in a beautiful little town.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 27, 2021

Ridiculously and completely impeccable. There is a reason this place continually receives three Michelin stars. I could write a book on the details from my experience but I’ll keep it short and sweet. Wonderful hospitality and outstanding food. Sommelier was kind and knowledgeable between old...and new world.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 20, 2021

this is the one of the best day for me. i glad to comming here . it was a great experice for me . the food was just awesome and also service .

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 19, 2021

Yes, this will be one of the most expensive meals of your life, but don't let the opportunity pass. Patrick continues to elevate every single part of the dining experience to a level that is exquisite, delicious, tasteful and fun. It's some of the best...food I've eaten in one of the most beautiful rooms I've been in. Making it hit the bullseye is the warmth of the staff and the unexpected wit and humor that seems to bounce around the restaurant all evening. They even have a Dame Edna monologue piped into the restroom. I mean, really? I've just been completely stunned by a dessert of "hand painted fruit filled with a compote of local peaches, resting on a bed of brown butter financier sauced with a splash of lemongrass and raspberry consomme" and Dame Edna then has me laughing out loud at the urinal. Truly remarkable.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Rachel R
March 17, 2021|
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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.
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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