Inn at Little Washington

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309 Middle St (at Main St)
Washington, VA 22747
(540) 675-3800
B & B

Self-taught chef Patrick O'Connell opened this restaurant in 1978 in what was originally a small-town garage, about an hour's drive from D.C. He formed alliances with local farmers and artisanal producers long before it was fashionable, and developed into a sophisticated modern American chef of the highest order. Menu items at The Inn at Little Washington might include classics like American ossetra caviar with peekytoe crab and cucumber rillettes, napoleon of chilled Maine lobster with pommes Anna, and veal “Shenandoah” (prosciutto-wrapped loin with country ham ravioli and fontina); there are also vegetarian creations like apple rutabaga soup and cauliflower steak with yellow Indian curry, along with indulgences like hot and cold foie gras with sauternes gelée and quince marmalade. The Inn, a member of the Relais & Châteaux group, has a much-deserved AAA Five Diamond rating.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips
Chef Patrick O'Connell's food is simple but straight forward. -Timothy Dean, Top Chef
Monday, November 29, 2010 - 08:21
**** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. ("The most memorable crab of the season," writes Tom.)
Washington Post
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:36
Five-course meals begin with canaps such as the worlds tiniest baked potato and might end with a visit from a mechanical cow named Faira (aka the cheese cart) and cheese savant Cameron Smith.
Washingtonian Magazine
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 08:45
It's worth going out here from DC for a meal. The decor is over the top, but the food is what you came for. Simply amazing. Plus, was shocked the wine list had several good value bottles on it.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 15:42
The romantic, theatrical options at this luxury restaurant are complemented by the beautiful colonial setting. Try the "slurpees" and ask to see the cheese selection for delightful surprises.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 07:29
Not much they can do to be better, 5 star rating is well deserved.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 16:56
How does chef-owner Patrick O'Connell do it after all these decades at one of the most famous addresses in the food world? I believe in magic.
Washington Post
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:51
The Inn at Little Washington is amazing. It's like "Fantasy Island,' where your wish is their command. The rooms: spotless. The people were amazing. The Food: unequaled. We will definitely return.
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 05:18
Average check size: $537 (Source: Wired Magazine, February 2012)
Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 14:48
spend the night here too since you are "made of money"
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 06:18
The Inn is a memorable show: order cheese, and a selection shows up on a faux cow that moos on command; ask for a kitchen tour, and a young man in a robe leads the way, waving incense in his wake.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:14
I was brought here for an amazing birthday treat. Request the special booth back in the kitchen where you can meet the chef and see the food made. $$$$$
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:00
Billy Klein, chef of Joe's Seafood, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Gastronauts menu.
Chefs Feed
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:42
Whimsical preparations: truffle popcorn in mini popcorn movie bags, jellied gazpacho soup, "magic carpet" of vegetables with lamb. Best servers have a sense of humor about what they're serving you.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 04:10
We dare you not to swoon when you spoon into the brilliant pineapple-lemon grass sorbet, served alongside pink peppercorn granita, or grandmother's" apple tart, a pie by way of Paris.
Washington Post
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 14:41
Do not pass on faira the cow!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 19:21
Dessert in our room after an amazing meal.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 19:00
Do a dinner & room package to get the full experience at the best price. Great service, beautiful property and a wonderful dining journey that you will never forget!
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:58
Most expensive place I have ever eaten in my life but it was so worthy. 5 course menu is very flavorful. There are just a few rooms if you plan to sleep there but each room is very exclusive. Fancy!
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 14:43
Dining in the kitchen is a 'religious' experience.
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 05:28