About The Ashby Inn
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily in concert with what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:00pm; The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Route 50 & Route 17
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on Friday evenings during special summer hours on the terrace. Please check our website for details. www.ashbyinn.com
Parking is private and located just a few steps from the inn.
Private Party Facilities:
The Inn has gained wide reputation for its weddings and wedding receptions. An ample covered patio, landscaped gardens and spectacular views offer one of the most beautiful settings in Northern Virginia. Our kitchen staff is both talented and imaginative--and enjoys working with clients to create special menus, ranging from country buffets to more formal dining. Please contact Liz Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Private Party Contact:
Liz Olson: 5405923900x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Ashby Inn Ratings and Reviews
Great place. Loved the experience. Very ...
Great place. Loved the experience. Very expensive.
The brunch was delicious! The sommelier ...
The brunch was delicious! The sommelier was knowledgeable and entertaining ! Totally wonderful brunch!
Always a favorite of mine. I go wheneve ...
Always a favorite of mine. I go whenever I'm out in the Virginia countryside. It's not too far from DC, but great to see a beautiful part of the area and have a wonderful dining experience to boot. The sommelier was charming and excellent. Great time!
The Ashby Inn setting is attractive with a great area to eat in the sheltered outdoor area. The service and staff were friendly, helpful, and outstanding. The food preparation and wine list (although we brought our own wine) were also excellent.
Pretentious, staff disappeared after bei ...
Pretentious, staff disappeared after being paid. We waited 20 minutes to retrieve our take out but no one showed up so we left. left a message and no one responded. Not good.
We ate at the Ashby Inn this past Saturd ...
We ate at the Ashby Inn this past Saturday night to celebrate or anniversary. The tasting menu was overall very good: a cool white asparagus salad along with a hot white asparagus and potato soup, top drawer crab salad, seared scallop with shrimp and perfectly executed risotto and a lamb chop with ravioli were all very tasty. The chocolate desert selection was loved by my chocaholic wife. Service was attentive, although initially rushed. Wine pairings from Virginia were well designed and the sommelier was not just knowledgeable, but was willing to engage us in discussion. The only significant criticism was the booth we were seated at. It is adjacent to the serving station and the noise and foot traffic were very annoying--when spending over $300 for the tasting menu with wine parings, you expect a better environment. We will go again, but will be clear that we expect better seating. Based on past experience, I would recommend eating outside when the weather cooperates.
Went to Ashby since a friend told us it got very high ratings. We were staying in Middleburg for our anniversary and thought we'd give it a try. Unfortunately, it didn't really come up to the high quality of what we expected. Service was poor, waited forever for the sommelier to come take out order, when he did come though he recommended a wonderful wine. Our waiter was friendly and sweet but he seemed to forget we were there multiple times (the restaurant wasn't crowded so I don't know what slowed him down). The food was a good quality, preparation was nicely done but nothing was particularly memorable. A few nights before we had eaten at The Goodstone Inn and that was superb on every level. We had expected the same from Ashby but was disappointed when it didn't even compare. Sorry.
Very average overall; service subpar
Both steak and lamb entrees were lacking in flavor although beautiful presentation; apps consisting of soup and crab salad very good although crab salad contained a shell. Wine list excellent. Service lacking polish; waiter took food order, didn't ask one guest how she wanted lamb cooked; bread plates/knives on table but never offered; bottle of wine took 20 minutes or more to arrive; waiter's demeanor awkward; acted aggitated all night and unsure of himself; had a strange way of giving you a long stare after you answered a question and would get right up to your ear to ask one...bizarre experience and we have been there several times
The food is excellent and creative
The facility is lovely, the food is excellent and creative, the servers are friendly however, one guest in our party ordered appetizers for the main course – the server brought the selection with the other appetizer resulting in my guest sitting without food while the others dined on the man course. We were pushed long to order but delivery of the food was very slow coming. Essentially it seems no one was in charge.
What a treat!
My husband and I love this place. The meals are wonderful and unique, the ingredients being of the highest quality. The waiters are efficient, informed and friendly. It's such a treat to eat here!
New chef really on point. Precise, fres ...
New chef really on point. Precise, fresh and flavorful. Peaceful experience and easy get away from the City.
Enter a special world
The Ashby Inn restaurant is a charming venue, the food is excellent, and the service knowledgeable and pleasing. Since Paris, VA is over an hour's drive from DC, we suggest booking a night at the Inn to accompany the meal. The Inn is very old and tastefully decorated. If you want to stay in the School House, you have a choice of 4 rooms, each with a wood-burning fireplace, wing-back chairs, and covered porches with rockers facing the hills. Bliss!
Excellent food: parchment wrapped fish; ...
Excellent food: parchment wrapped fish; wife had pea ravioli. Cocktail were refreshingly good. Dear was their "chocolate bar" that was rich and chocolate, but not filling. At last! A gourmet meal that doesn't leave you stuffed; just satisfied.
Warmly welcomed -/ interesting wine list ...
Warmly welcomed -/ interesting wine list. Meat emphasized but fish - veg diner also happy. Perfect dinner or brunch in rural wine country.
Another excellent experience at The Ashby Inn
This is our second time dining at The Ashby and we just love it. Fantastic menu and wine list. We enjoyed another wine tasting menu again with Stuart, who was very descriptive in his choices. The food, ambiance, and wine were all fantastic. I can't praise it enough.
My friend and I both had difficulty sett ...
My friend and I both had difficulty settling on a single main, so we split each dish and shared. Both the fish and the scallops were excellent and the suggested wine pairing was exactly right. Ashby delivered. My only issue is the distance to drive there from DC but honestly, it's worth it.
Easter in Paris
Decided to try something new and journey to Paris (virginia) for Easter. We were not disappointed. Tucked in the rolling countryside - and therefore a scenic drive - is the Ashby Inn. Can't say enough about the food - perfect combination of flavors and portions 'european sized' so a multi course meal is enjoyable rather than a weight to be carried around afterwards. Tables are tucked into various rooms and generous sized -- so not worried about running out of room for food, wine, water etc. But this does mean that a bit of maneuvering is needed between tables when moving around. The only down side was the service -- our reservation was at the tail end of the first sitting and we waiting quite a long time to order wine and food. We noticed that other tables (seated as we were nearing the end) were promptly attended to. Would highly recommend for a romantic or family meal.
Attention to detail is outstanding. Fo ...
Attention to detail is outstanding. Food is creative. Wine pairings are great. I'd say all I'd like is a better value.
If you find yourself in this neck of the woods, make sure to get to this very special spot. You will NOT be disappointed. It was delicious, charming, friendly and welcoming. We will be back many times and I can't wait.
Fantastic dinner at the Ashby Inn
I was expecting a nice meal based on the previews of the menu and wine list and was not disappointed! We had the chef's tasting menu with the addition of paired wines (Stuart the sommelier was very knowledgeable) . The food was superb and the service excellent. My husband had to step away from the table for an important work call and the staff monitored the table for his return to serve the next course. Small attention to detail that is not provided elsewhere. We will definitely return.
Disappointingly and Decidedly Mediocre
We have been to the Ashby Inn a number of times and have always found the food and the service to be excellent. Unfortunately on our most recent visit both were shockingly well below average. As usual we stopped at the Ashby for brunch on our way to our favorite local getaway spot for a few days of R & R. Typically brunch at the Ashby is a most enjoyable start to what is a very pleasant mini-vacation. Unfortunately that was not the case this past Sunday, the service was very S-L-O-W, the food, when it finally arrived, was just barely warm, and the flavor exceedingly ordinary. The staff, which in the past had always been friendly, efficient and professional, was weirdly out of sorts and inattentive. Most disappointing! I'm truly sorry to write this review, as we have fond memories of previous meals at the Ashby, but, as you can see, our recent Ashby experience was not a good one. Maybe it was just a really bad day, or maybe things have changed at the Ashby. If it's the latter, the change has most decidedly not been for the better.
The restaurant is typical for a B&B: qua ...
The restaurant is typical for a B&B: quaint, maybe a tad dated for some, maybe a tad quiet for some, very friendly staff, but the very reasons for our visit. The waiter and sommelier were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and everything you'd hope for. Martinis excellent and nice wine selection, but we brought our own bottle of Quintessa from our cellar which they kindly uncorked at a reasonable charge. Salmon mousse amuse-bouche was appreciated, but no spectacular flavors, meaning it didn't wet our appetite. Charcuterie and cheese plate a perfect blend of different flavors and textures. My husband's lobster bisque had great seafood flavor with, I think, fried lobster croquets. Would have preferred some fresh lobster chunks and it was a little on the citrusy side for me. We were both non-inspired, but enjoyed. Now on to our entrees. I wish I had a better review. We ordered a ribeye and cassoulet. While the ribeye was prepared at the perfect temperature and visually stunning (looked more like a large filet mignon off the bone), the quality of the meat just didn't meet our expectations. It lacked huge in flavor (which is why we like ribeye) and was a little tough to chew. And other than the slow cooked beans in the dish, the cassoulet just wasn't up to par. I thought a cassoulet was slow cooked meats, but maybe not. The chicken was still a little red near the bone and tough texture. Thankfully, it was me and not your typical person, because I actually don't mind high quality chicken or pork cooked under recommended temperature. The problem, however, is I don't think the "quality" of their meats were great that night. Because we figured it was the best they had and it's all relative (maybe we're just too high maintenance) we didn't complain, we were enjoying our evening. Desserts were better. All said, we'd return just to enjoy the country drive, but our expectations would be lower.
Expected much more for the price. Glass ...
Expected much more for the price. Glass of wine was 1/4 fill.
Wonderful Meal in a romantic spot
What a treat it was to spend Valentine's Day at the Ashby Inn. The food was intricately prepared and fit for foodies. Could not recommend more highly for special occasions or in need of a properly good meal.
A Valentines Day Gem
My fiance and I were looking for a lovely and romantic place to eat where we hadn't been before. After doing a little searching I uncovered the Ashby Inn. I can't speak to the lodging since we only went for the restaurant, but the food was amazing. There was a special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu and we chose the optional wine paring. Each course was exquisite, expertly prepared and melt-in-your mouth delicious. The room had a rustic charm with a fire blazing and very chic and hip portraits on the wall. The wait staff was attentive, but not overbearing. The meal, the atmosphere and the company made for the perfect evening.
Romantic country feel
Ashby Inn is a wonderful country setting for a romantic dinner. The food is delicious and inventive, while the service is warm and friendly. We are looking forward to returning soon.
We were extremely disappointed in this experience. We expected a lovely VDay DINNER and got what they called Brunch. It was basically a sandwich/ egg lunch. A brunch would be all you can eat. There were 4 of us and my daughter left because there was nothing on the menu she would eat. We will never return for lunch or brunch. Dinner has been exceptional in the past. They offered my daughter to say what she wanted but it was too late by then. The reservation should have indicated that it was a brunch vice dinner.
We love the Ashby Inn
We do not know why the Ashby Inn is lower than the Inn at Little Washington on the Top 100 Restaurants in the DC. We have been to both and keep coming back here. We have not been back to Little Washington because we think this place is so much better.
Valentines Day at the Ashby Inn
Another great meal at the Ashby Inn. We were downstairs in what was probably the basement of the original Inn, log cabin walls, fireplace, etc. Could not have been any better ..... great food, great wine, great service. We drive an hour from Fairfax to get there and find it well worth the drive every time.
The Ashby Inn is incredible.
Great wine list. Excellent food and selection. Atmosphere is very welcoming and employees have a great knowledge of the wine list and menu.
Cozy quality dining experience
We were seated in the back room, which was lovely with windows across the entire wall and very cozy with only 4-5 tables. We were the only ones in the room for half of the meal but even when others arrived it still felt like our own experience. Could talk in normal tones and even quietly and be heard, nice on the ears for a change. Enjoyed the salad and steak, while my 2 teenagers and husband enjoyed their lobster soup and venison. All tender, flavorful items. We asked the sommelier for his recommendation on a blend that went with both the venison and the steak, and he returned with a NM (yes, NM) wine that had a zin type grape that went well with both meat dishes. The dessert was very good, 2 chocolate items and 2 bread puddings, I couldn't finish my chocolate dish but my family had no problem finishing theirs. Perfect portions, great flavors, lovely ambiance, service was attentive but not over attentive, a great experience.
Birthday dinner at Ashby Inn
I took my wife there for her birthday. It was a surprise for her. It was a quiet Sunday night. We both had excellent food: the Chestnut soup was delicious and my entree' of venison was outstanding. My wife had shrimp risotto and loved it. And dessert was just decadent! Great brownie for me and bread pudding for my wife. An outstanding meal. The staff was friendly, helpful and not at all intrusive.
Food was outstanding and service was very good.
Would go back again for brunch. Ashby has a wonderful location but it is also in the middle of nowhere, so you have to want to go there for the quality of food and the setting.
Sunday Brunch was very nice. Great menu, very nice white wine, attentive staff.
Best anniversary dinner ever
We were celebrating our 5th anniversary and had the best dinner we have ever had. The food was excellent. The portions were small but sufficient. The service was superb. Very attentive but not too much so. They really took care of needs in a fabulous manner. The wine was spectacular with a very fine selection to choose from. We will come back every year if we can. The ambiance in this very old Inn was excellent.
This is our favorite restaurant in the region. It's amazing. The food is beautifully, carefully sourced and prepared. Everything is wholesome and delicious and the textures and flavors and appearance of the meals are outstanding. (And the vegetables are superb!) The service is intelligent and thoughtful and generous. The atmosphere is romantic and comfortable and exquisite. We're just back from NYC, where we indulged. And our meals at The Ashby topped even those - - some of the best in City.
New Years eve prix fixe dinner: caviar, lobster, venison; course after course prepared, presented and served perfectly. You must make the drive, it will impress.
Food was creative and beautifully plated. Service was outstanding, attentive without hovering. Sommelier was extremely helpful. Very memorable and pleasurable dining experience. Fantastic experience!
Special In Every Way
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and all the special attention given to us as we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. Thank you for treating us to the sparkling wine and preparing a delicious meal which we greatly enjoyed.
Ashby Inn for Lunch
The waiters at the Ashby Inn were polished and professional. Just enough attention paid with being over bearing. The service in terms of the time it took to deliver our orders was not as good. I have the fish and chips and it seemed like they had been sitting in the kitchen for some time. While tasty, the beer batter was soggy as were the chips. The sauce for my wife's fish was advertised as lobster bisque - but was a far cry from what I made and served on Cape Cod. It was slightly burnt and her grilled fingerling potatoes were not tender. All in all - not a bad experience but the food prep and serving time could use improvement.
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