Given all of the hype and the high acclaim this restaurant has received over the years, I had very high expectations of this restaurant, which typically would set one up for disappointment. However, my high expectations were exceeded. It is no wonder that this restaurant is voted number one on so many different reviews in the DC area and the country. We have been to some of the best 3 Michelin starred restaurants around (French Laundry, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, to name a few) -- and I must say that the Inn at Little Washington provides an equally exquisite experience from beginning to end. If you have a special occasion to celebrate and have the opportunity to celebrate it here, do go!
The servers are gracious, attentive but not overbearing, and they help create a wonderful experience. The dining room is elegant but cozy at the same time. We celebrated NYE here, and Chef Patrick created the most celebratory ambience with musicians, an Italian Venitian theme, ceilings covered with gold baloons, a jester -- and somehow managed to do it in a non-overbearing balanced way which didn't distract from his beautifully presented food. The food was still the star of the evening.
The dinner started out with an amuse of truffle popcorn presented whimsically in a theatre popcorn box, with fresh black truffle shaved over the popcorn at your table. It set the tone of how amazing the meal was going to be. Even a white bean soup starter that seems so simple was sophisticated and complex. We were spoiled by the "tin of sin" entree which was osetra caviar over pekeytoe crab presented in a caviar tin, and you'll see truffles show up again in later entrees. Chef Patrick O'Connell came out after dinner to greet each patron and wish us a happy New Year. He really knows how to make his patrons feel welcomed.
This place is obviously over-the-top and a major splurge, but if you want to create a very memorable experience for a special occasion -- the Inn at Little Washington will definitely make your occasion all the more special.
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