After a day of meandering from Norther Virginia to Middleburg and then to Winchester on Saturday, my wife and I googled various restaurants in Winchester to have dinner at. One Block West immediately caught our attention based on both it's very interesting menu and it's relatively strong ratings and we stopped by to make early dinner reservations. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were promptly greeted by a very friendly and welcoming staff. Our waiter, Kenny, promptly came to our table and kindly offered to give us samples of the two wines that we were considering between which was very helpful. The wine was excellent as was the bread which was also promptly served with both olive oil and, at our request, minced garlic. My wife had the beet and goat cheese salad appetizer which was outstanding. I had the Prince Edward Island Mussels which were very plump and moist and, quite frankly, amongst the best that I have ever had. For our main courses, my wife had the beef and black truffle risotto which was also excellent and I had the elk osobussco. Unfortunately, however, the elk while quite flavorful was definitely overcooked and a significant portion of it was very tough and dry instead of moist. When I mentioned this to our waiter, he took my comment seriously and he offered to replace it with another entree. Although I probably should have taken him up on his offer, the flavor was good and, given that my wife had already been served, I didn't want to have to wait for another entree to be prepared and served. If I had to do it over again, I probably would have taken him up on his offer. Our waiter did discuss this with the chef/owner and reported back to us that he said that this is just the nature of elk. That comment was both disappointing and untrue having had elk on a number of previous occassions at different restaurants that was both tender and moist. Simply put, it was just overcooked. For dessert, my wife had the chocolate bread pudding which also was excellent and I had a double espresso that appeared to be the size of a single espresso. I asked the server serving the espresso if it was a double or a single and he assured me it was a double. Being a regular espresso drinker, I know the difference but chose not to press the point. The check was served with two chocolate truffles that also were excellent and a very nice finishing touch. With respect to the check ($144 including tip), It would have been a nice touch had the chef/owner instructed our waiter to comp the dessert or coffees as a recognition for my concerns with the elk and the fact that I didn't take them up on their offer to replace my entree. In my opinion that gesture would have been both smart and appropriate under the circumstances and just plain good old customer service. Finally, they have a musician who comes on Saturday nights and plays the guitar and sings folk/soft rock music which was very enjoyable as well. Based on my experience detailed above, I would rate One Block West as very good but disappointingly short of excellent .