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“Great service and good food.”

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: George Washington Memorial Parkway
Transit: There is a Metro Bus stop at the corner of the crosswalk directly in front of the Restaurant. The Metro Bus stops at Huntington Metro, the end of the Yellow Line.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We ate at the Inn on a Monday afternoon for lunch. Even though two large groups were in the dining room we were seated quickly. Our orders were taken quickly and the food arrived very quickly. The chestnut peanut soup was OK but not addictive. Our chicken salad sandwiches were so huge we got two meals out of them...I would have preferred some grape halves or something to make the chicken salad more moist. Actually if you are there for lunch and not super hungry order one and split it between two. The dessert items were the best. The prices were more reasonable than I expected. We would go back for lunch.

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Thank solascmark
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The restaurant is charming, the waitstaff terrific, and the food delicious. Yes, it can get crowded and difficult to get a reservation--same day only and in person..... Unless, I'm guessing you are related to George or Martha but that's only a guess.
The bread pudding is house made and delicious as is the daily special, also the club sandwich. The quality is noticeable and portions are generous. AND, Im not a relative, nor an acquaintance to write such a positive review. In fact I'm often quite critical praising catchup as the best on the menu or choosing a peanut butter sandwich in lieu of some restaurants. Thanks George and Martha you'd be proud of the restaurant and the entire property, run and developed by thoughtful people.

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Thank Travelsalotlot
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

the restaurant features furnishings and place settings to match the period, plus has wait staff that dress the part. our server even had the seemingly obligatory beard. the food is good, with some unusual items such as "peanut and chestnut soup"

our server was very pleasant, but i could observe other wait staff who were nowhere as nice. service level probably depends upon who you wind up getting to wait on you.

the restaurant closes relatively early for a restaurant, but probably appropriate for where its located.

it deserves a 3 1/2, which i can't indicate.

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Thank howho
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We visited Mount Vernon on a Monday in March. Having arrived early and spent the day walking the grounds and taking our time in the Museum and Educational Center, we decided to have dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn on the estate.

Having frequently dined at the period inns of Williamsburg, we were curious to see how the MVI compared. With the staff dressed in period clothes and the menu featuring some of the dishes served at the Williamsburg inns (such as peanut soup and game pie), MVI obviously invited the comparison.

We were not disappointed. We had made a reservation for the earliest seating after opening and were promptly seated. After receiving bread and water with lemon (without asking for the lemon), the manager came over to ask us if we had any questions. We did ask about the size of the portions. We are seldom able to finish an entree ourselves and try not to over order when traveling. We decided to share the soup, salad, and the entree, and the manager arranged for everything to be brought out in two portions. This worked well for us, as we did finish the half portions but did not have room for dessert.

As far as quality of the food, we went traditional and ordered the peanut and chestnut soup and the game pie. Both were very good - the soup perhaps a notch above the Kings Arms version and the game pie spicier than the Williamsburg counterpart but still well done.

I have noticed that in some other reviews service has been noted as a problem. As the manager personally attended to us we received excellent service. Since it was a Monday in early March, the restaurant was busy but not crowded. Crowds definitely can change the experience; a reservation in definitely a must. Also, the MVI has a number of rooms, some more "period" than others. If that is important, be sure to speak up.

The MVI works as a period dining experience, but its location on the far side of the gift shop means that you leave the colonial atmosphere of the estate before entering the atmosphere of the MVI. In Williamsburg there is complete continuity between the restored area and the dining experience at the inns. Also the wait staff at the Williamsburg inns remain in period, whereas the MVI staff made no effort to do so. Not a big deal for us, but if you are comparing the experiences this will be noticeable.

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Thank Eagle1949
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is located next to the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon, making it a wonderful location to take a break from tourist activity in DC. The drive to Mount Vernon and to the Inn are attractive and pleasant. The Inn is furnished in a colonial manner appropriate for its name and location, and typically has a few menu items that harken back to the time of the nation's founding.

The restaurant is best visited after Mount Vernon closes and after the tourists depart. While the restaurant can accommodate children, it is more appropriate for an adult customer. Reservations are highly recommended, as the inn may have a very long wait and is often used for private occasions.

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Thank C_Traveler_Dulles
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