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“Chef Tarver King is back!”

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $94
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rt. 15 and Lovettsville Road
Description: Sourcing food that satisfies the palate while fulfilling our goals of supporting small local artisan growers and producers and utilizing our farm as the chef's pantry gives us the opportunity to create a progressive menu that draws its inspiration from the seasons and in harmony with the earth. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm presents a venue with a breathtaking view and natural setting overlooking the Potomac River. Our farm to your table presents local, organic, seasonal cuisine. Dining Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, Saturday or Sunday brunch/lunch, Sunday Supper, a wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate or special event - we strive to exceed your dreams. The chef's innovative and skillfully excited dishes follow the lead of nature, being mindful of the environment.
Loudoun County, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Chef Tarver King is back!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We dined at Patowmack Farm the end of September with another couple and had a fabulous meal. We became fans of Chef King when he was at Goodstone a few years back. They didn't appreciate his culinary talents but we sure did and followed him to Ashby Inn and now, Patowmack. We were not disappointed! His creations are unique and delicious. Fun and inventive and worth every bite. We highly recommend dinner where service was attentive but not overly so. Food, a culinary treat where you will be thinking of your meal long after, as it was created by someone who loves food and has a great talent. A lovely night all in all.

  • Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“a dining experience!”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We dined at Patowmack Restaurant for Sunday Brunch with another couple from Washington, VA. It was a lovely day and we ate outside in the open air tent overlooking the beautiful Potomac Valley. The service staff were very helpful, attentive, courteous, and friendly. The presentation of the food was beautiful and since much of the food is grown locally, it was very fresh and delicious!

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and hope to return again in the future.

  • Visited October 2013
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Leesburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Elegant, beautiful venue, local food”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

This beautiful restaurant in the woods, about 10 miles north of Leesburg, VA, is located on top of a mountain ridge overlooking the Potomac Valley. It's elegant and classy, a perfect place for a really special occasion or event. Because The owner and the chef are both committed to growing and serving local, in season foods, everything is fresh and well-prepared, and absolutely delicious. Sometimes it is a prix fixe menu, sometimes you can order a la carte, but either way, it can be a little pricey, especially if you add wine or drinks. Not a place you would go too often, but certainly good and memorable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Purcellville, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not to usual standards”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We've been visiting Patowmack Farm for many years and have always loved the food, the atmosphere and the friendly and courteous staff. When we heard that Chef Chris Edwards had left for the Salamander resort and that Patowmack Farm had hired Chef Tarver King (late of The Ashby Inn), we were excited to go back. While Chef Edwards set a high bar, I had read good things about Chef King. We could not wait to try it, and looked forward to experiencing Chef King's stamp on the new menu.

Unfortunately, not only did the menu pale in comparison to the past, many other changes have been made in both the service and ambiance, and in my opinion, none of them made the experience better.

Start with the atmosphere...Patowmack Farm has always been a beautiful, bucolic place where one can enjoy a quiet romantic dinner, or a relaxing dinner and conversation with friends. Noise has never been an even remote issue at the restaurant, but was not the case in this instance. A two-piece band was playing during dinner, which theoretically was a good idea, but at times it seemed to infiltrate your consciousness to the point where you couldn't hear yourself think. This isn't a problem if I'm at The 9:30 Club. Not the sort of environment I want when I am having a gourmet dinner with friends.

Worse, however, was once the "band" took a break, we didn't get silence, we got more music, which was turned up even louder than the live band. It got to the point where the four of us were yelling at each other to try and hear the conversation. It just seemed so out of the ordinary and not anything we've ever experienced here.

The servers were pleasant and attentive. However, we're used to having one main server at the Farm, and it looks as they they've gone to the "gang server" approach, where what seems like 8 people charge to your table and drop dishes everywhere at your table. This wouldn't be bad in itself, only that half the time we were given no description of what was being served. If the menu was ala carte, again, not a big deal. But the menu (more on that in a minute) is fixed price and all courses are served, so it was difficult to remember what you were being served without an explanation.

Now, on to the menu...the Farm used to offer both a fixed price, all course option (with optional wine pairing), and then an ala carte option. No longer. The only two options are both fixed price, all course options, what they call "raised" and "grown". Grown is not vegetarian, but focuses more on dishes prepared with things grown on the farm. Raised then focuses more on meats, etc.. Three of us chose the "raised" option, one of us chose the "grown".

The food itself was well prepared. That is, other than the rockfish smelling a bit strong, I did not notice any flaws in the actual food preparation, and believe that the dishes reflected exactly what Chef King was trying to accomplish. But there was no flow...usually when you go to a dinner like this, you can sense a theme or flow to what the Chef was trying to accomplish in total, and some memorable taste, flavor or dish where you can say "Man, I remember when I had that at Patowmack Farm". Each dish should complement each other, and represent a general theme. At least that's my experience with these sorts of dinners (for example, Inn at Little Washington). In this case, there did not appear to be any rhyme or reason to the dishes and how they complemented each other. For example, with my menu selection, I received BOTH rockfish and beef rib loin, neither of which complemented each other in any way. NOTE: the rockfish itself was served with some sort of mustard sauce, which completely overpowered a delicate fish like rockfish. And the beef rib loin was served with a stilton cheese foam, which also overpowered the meat.

About the only "theme" to the "raised" menu was herbs. Obviously herbs are in season at the farm, and as they are farm to table, it's obvious they were making an attempt to use the fresh herbs as much as possible. It was just too much...there were strong herbs in everything, including each dessert dish that was served. Was it horrible? Well, no. But it just seemed forced, rather than a natural (and restrained) use of these flavorful ingredients.

I do want to be clear..why I realize I am being critical, the food was still well prepared. It's not a matter of the meal being "poor", but more just not up to the usual high standards we are used to at the Farm.

Given that the restaurant recently re-opened after Chef Edwards left, I certainly imagine there will be kinks to work out, so perhaps some of this will be corrected as time moves on. At least that's what I am hoping, as we think Beverly is great, and love to frequent her restaurant. But I have to be honest, this was by far the most disappointed I have ever left Patowmack Farm restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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Park City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Kudos to the Chef”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our dining experience. The menu was diverse and tempted the thought to want more than offered on the prix fix menu...so we made a plan to share. The menu changes, but the starters crab fritter and the grits were melt in your mouth good. We were there after dark so we couldn't enjoy the view. The dining area decor doesn't quite match the food. The chairs could stand to be upgraded so that enjoying a long meal would be more comfortable. The service was a little slow and they brought the wine and beer about ten minutes apart causing some to have their drinks while others waited on the beer. It's not a cheap event, so we were glad to celebrate with this nice dinner out.

Visited July 2013
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