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“10 course chef tasting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lafayette Inn & Restaurant

Lafayette Inn & Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 33 Bypass
Description: 2014 DINERS CHOICE- Open Table. Sophisticated Southern Cuisine. An approachable yet elegant dining experience. Named "Virginia"s Restaurant of the Year" by the Food & Wine Society. Regions top "Gourmet Burger" lunch. Wine Enthusiast award winning wine list representing dozens of Virginia wines and countless other New World selections. Located just 6 miles off of Skyline Drive. 30-40 minutes East of Harrisonburg, 20 minutes north of Charlottesville and 30 minutes south of Culpeper.
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“10 course chef tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

We just spent an evening in the Jefferson room at the Lafayette Inn. The owner and his wife were very hospitable, and the food delicious. The B&B was the oldest we have ever stayed in, built in 1840, and served as a hospital during the civil war. The room was homey and comfortable with a fireplace, and welcoming Proseco, The location was great, as the next day we went to Early Mountain Winery to taste wine, and spent the afternoon at a book fair browsing 1000's of books in Mt. Crawford. My ideal day!

The evening 10 course chef tasting was an adventure (but not a risky one as all the food was comfortable and familiar) with Chef Allan explaining the wine parings and the food. It was great fun and I highly recommend it! Thanks Allan and Kaye for a lovely get-a-way.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JenniferGS2014
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Lafayette1840, Owner at Lafayette Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 30, 2014
Greatly appreciated. We look forward to your coming back again. Chef Alan
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
“Fantastic meal at one of the oldest Inns in Va.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

Excellent food, prepared and served by Alan Pyles the owner and chef.
Friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms, overall a terrific experience.
We had the opportunity to enjoy the 10 course chef tatting meal with wine parings
and it was fabulous, informative and well worth the price.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Diego S
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Lafayette1840, Owner at Lafayette Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Awesome- appreciate your comments. We look forward to your return. Chef Alan
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Roseland, Virginia
1 review
“10 course Tasting Dinner with Wines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Kaye & Alan Pyles do a truly outstanding job of the food with paired wines for their 10 course Tasting Dinner. And, Alan explains each course and the wine which he paired with it. Besides serving gourmet food, their hospitality is above and beyond expectations. And, this is all accomplished in a cozy and very comfortable atmosphere. We highly recommend the Lafayette Inn and Restaurant. It's historical, quaint and located in a beautiful part of the state.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gran41
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Lafayette1840, Owner at Lafayette Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you! We enjoyed having you visit and even more glad you had the opportunity to take in the Chef Tasting! - Alan
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Great Find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

We ate at the Lafayette Inn on the recommendation of our innkeepers. It is housed in a building dating to the 1840s which has been well maintained. The menu had a good cross section of dishes that were reasonably priced. The salad was very fresh. One of the entrees was the special, a steak caprese (filet/mozzarella/tomatoes) that was prepared well. The other entree was duck, which was also well prepared and not overcooked. The dessert was a three-layer chocolate cake, which was good. The wine prices were quite reasonable. Service was attentive but not overbearing. It was a nice setting, as we were able to have a normal-level conversation even though the restaurant was 2/3 full. One aspect that was a bit surprising is that the server made a point of telling us that some of the desserts (e.g., the sorbets) were from Harris Teeter, and that the cheesecake was from Cheesecake Factory.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jccphd
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Inn and Wonderful Wine Pairings!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Stayed here in Oct 2013 and it was a superb stay and dining experience. Very quaint inn with a wonderful, personable owner and chef. Allan did an excellent job of pairing food and wine for a delicious and very sociable evening with several other couples. Allan's wine pairings were spot on and all for less than $15.00 per bottle. Well worth the price for dinner, even though they were small plates(11 courses) by the end of dinner we were well fed. We will certainly return to sample other dishes on the menu and would highly recommend a visit. Very convenient to the Shenandoah Valley and Skyland Dr.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jall55
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