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Local cuisine, American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly

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Set 90 minutes from DC in a town whose very existence seems tied to the restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington is a destination in every sense of the...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Very comfortable restaurant
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A Michelin Three Star, Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond country house hotel retreat, The Inn at Little Washington presents exquisite American Cuisine with a French influence in a charming and sophisticated dining room. The sumptuous award-winning cuisine is accompanied by a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine cellar with over 2,500 selections.
PRICE RANGE
US$218 - US$218
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
American, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow! The Inn at Little Washington certainly lived up to its reputation. We enjoyed one of the finest meals of our lifetime. What a creative menu with imaginative pairing of the best ingredients (though if truth be told, the duck was a tad tough). Service...was attentive, respectful and helpful when needed, like when I accidentally knocked a fork on the floor and one was immediately replaced. Also, they gifted us the Petrossian tin our entry was served in when I mentioned we once lived down the street from the shop in Paris. And the matching wines--OMG!! First time ever for Pinot Noir Rose--won't be my last. The sommelier was informative without being snooty. All in all, a night to remember. Inn at Little Washington, you've earned your three Michelin stars and then some.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. This review is for a visit by 2 couples on October 5, 2021. A similar review was submitted to the front desk as the Inn on October 6. There has been no response. The Good (Actually The Great): The...food, the food, the food. Exquisite. As good or better than the three Michelin 3-stars I have visited in France. The arrival. Essentially no check in. Gave our names, and from then on everyone we encountered knew who we were, our names, our dietary restrictions. The tea. (Wonderful high tea from 2-5pm, included in room package.) The room beauty and comfort. Clean, fresh, large, reproduction antiques, wonderful large living area shared by 2-4 rooms, drinks and snacks self-serve at all times. One clinker: never got hot water, only tepid, during our 20 hours there.) The Bad (Actually The Disappointing): Poor, slow bar service. More than 25 minutes to get a drink and we were the only people in the bar area. The whole place seemed to have too many people for the number of servers. Very un-three-star-like. This showed up occasionally during dinner too, when we had to ask a passing server to summon ours to get things moving. 8pm dinner time. The only alternative was 5pm, unacceptable, and this was months ahead of our date. What made this insulting is that after we delayed cocktail hour until 7pm to fit with the late dinner, we were told upon arrival that we could be seated immediately for dinner. We then made a mistake, saying that we would get our drinks in the bar and then move with them into the restaurant. By the time we could do that with the slooowww bar service, it was 7:45pm. A terrible web site. You never even know if you are logged in or not, whether you are dealing with room or dinner reservations, etc. In all the months before our visit, we could never find our reservation, let alone any details about it. I was not even clear if my registration for the system (email address, password, address, etc.) had taken, and no one at the Inn could tell me anything either. They said that only the “reservation folks” (apparently not on site, only a net company of some kind) knew that kind of thing. This is made even more frustrating when you discover that you can never call the place and get someone to answer the phone. If you leave a message, you are not called back although in one case we did get a call back 5 days after leaving a message. See “The Ugly” for the consequences of having essentially no communication ability with the Inn. The Ugly (Actually the Ugly.) Bait and Switch. When I went to check out in the early morning of October 7, I was expecting a bill for $50-$100, for three drinks in the bar. The bill was for $833! This charge included a fixed dinner price for 2 and a mandatory service charge that didn’t even show up in the addition! We understood, consistent with our group’s two previous visits, that the dinner was included in the package. The prices were exactly the same, and the reservation confirmation has exactly the same language. In all three visit, it never explicitly said that the dinner was included, but it always was the first two times. For the first visit, we called to verify because of this uncertainty and were told not to worry, it was included. And it was - no surprises until Visit #3. After much hemming and hawing around - but no offer to make any adjustment or accommodation - the front desk person mentioned that their policy changed one year ago. Since then, dinners were no longer included. He implied (but wouldn’t say) that many others had been caught unawares by this change. This is understandable because the Inn didn’t tell anyone about the change, i.e. the doubling of the price. Our already-expensive $900 night in the Inn for two became a $1700 stay, and this time it only included a continental breakfast. Before it was a full breakfast. In effect, the Inn doubled their prices overnight, one year ago, and didn’t share this at any time upon or after making the reservation. Our reaction? We had another reservation for January that was made some time ago, and it was duly cancelled on the spot. At these prices, the Michelin 3-star restaurants in France now look like bargains. These are words that I never thought I would utter. With round trip economy airfares to France around $700 now, it would be cheaper to fly there, to eat at the best restaurant and then fly back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The miniscule portions of food were excellent, but we left the restaurant hungry, and they charged us over $200 for service, leaving us with a bill of $806 for a dinner for two, that included three glasses of wine. In previous dinners two years ago,...the portions were satisfactory. At Chez Francoise restaurant in Great Falls, we could have had four exceptional dinners. I do not recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was our first time having dinner there. It was all that I expected. The menu on the website was not the menu we were offered. Our entree choices were between venison and duck. Both too gamey for me. I did not ask for a...substitution. Cheese cart was fabulous! It is a fabulous restaurant in a beautiful little town.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 27 August 2021

Ridiculously and completely impeccable. There is a reason this place continually receives three Michelin stars. I could write a book on the details from my experience but I’ll keep it short and sweet. Wonderful hospitality and outstanding food. Sommelier was kind and knowledgeable between old...and new world.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

this is the one of the best day for me. i glad to comming here . it was a great experice for me . the food was just awesome and also service .

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

Yes, this will be one of the most expensive meals of your life, but don't let the opportunity pass. Patrick continues to elevate every single part of the dining experience to a level that is exquisite, delicious, tasteful and fun. It's some of the best...food I've eaten in one of the most beautiful rooms I've been in. Making it hit the bullseye is the warmth of the staff and the unexpected wit and humor that seems to bounce around the restaurant all evening. They even have a Dame Edna monologue piped into the restroom. I mean, really? I've just been completely stunned by a dessert of "hand painted fruit filled with a compote of local peaches, resting on a bed of brown butter financier sauced with a splash of lemongrass and raspberry consomme" and Dame Edna then has me laughing out loud at the urinal. Truly remarkable.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021

We live a little more than an hour away from this little town, but never got around to visiting until an anniversary (it seemed most guests were here for anniversaries or birthdays). Every friend that had dined here recommended this as a 'must visit', and...they were right. I've dined across the U.S., Asia and Europe, nothing surpassed the quality of the food and service. I've worked in the food and restaurant business, nothing was more creative and better executed than our offerings that evening. I've fished in Alaska for halibut and never experienced a better halibut. We've never had cabbage/lobster/caviar, it was divine. Everything was elegant. The menu is limited and ever changing, but whatever you might have will be an experience. The staff was as good as I've seen. It is worth the visit.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2021

My husband and I recently attended a special family event here, and it surpassed my expectations. The food is exquisite, the staff as smooth as a well trained ballet company, and the location out of a dream. I would go out of my way to...go back, given the opportunity and can't recommended highly enough for a peak experience of fine dining.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 August 2021 via mobile

The house that Chef Patrick O’Connell built is truly a gem. This was a special weekend for a 40th Anniversary celebration and we were not disappointed. From the greeting at the door to the attentive staff we really felt like we had stepped into another...level of hospitality. The room was wonderful with many amenities and service. The real star is the food and the dining experience. Over two nights we had so many amazing foods to try and the kitchen table was over the top incredible. JES and Jeffrey were outstanding however we were sorry we did not get to meet Chef O’Connell. Something to look forward to as we will be back. Book your dates and prepare to be dazzled. Their three stars from Michelin are well deserved. Our favorite menu items were the crime brûlée foie gras, the duck breast, the lamb carpaccio and the desserts both apparently a pear and I can eat a peach. The wines were amazing and the pairings were on point. Looking forward to our next visit alreadyMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Rachel R
17 March 2021|
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It is not included. Dinner is a completely separate charge.
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Response from 508beccar | Reviewed this property |
I wore a dress when we went and my husband wore khakis and button down. He did not wear a tie. I hope that helps.
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
I would guess the only option is Uber and for that long of a drive it would be expensive. You might be better off to rent a car.
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Inn at Little Washington is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5