About The Ashby Inn
Paris, VA 20130
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
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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 email@example.com for more details.
Private Party Contact:
Liz Olson: (540) 592-3900
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Ashby Inn Ratings and Reviews
The Ashby never disappoints us! When I made the reservation, I did mention I had dietary restrictions, and to my surprise and delight, they presented me with a gluten and dairy free menu! It made my choosing 3 courses a breeze, and all three were fantastic.
The regular menu was fabulous, too, with locally sourced ingredients.
My husband and I are foodies, and this Inn is on point. Portions, ingredients, variety and freshness are paramount.
If you only dine at chain restaurants and do not have the palate for diverse and interesting food, do not dine here--it would be a shame for this cuisine to not be appreciated and savored!
Make this a stop for lunch on the Wine Trail..you won't be disappointed!
We've eaten outside on the porch, downstairs in the bar, the sun porch and the main seating area--all good!
Went for dinner for a special date occasion. Made reservations late so early seating available on Saturday night. Not a problem, service impeccable, food outstanding, and met the criteria of making the occasion memorable.
While pricy it was actually quite reasonable compared to some places nearer DC that are way overpriced.
Quaint little Inn off the beaten path and well worth the drive for the Northern VA crowd who are looking for great food in a scenic slow pace atmosphere. Fit for foodies, with an extensive selection of wines especially from VA.
Highly recommend and will go back!
This was our second visit to the restaurant. It's a lovely place, full of character and an ideal place for couples. The valentines dinner however was disappointing. For some reason the starters hardly contained any of the scallops or foie gras that we had ordered. The main course was nice though but the cheese course was poor with the cheese being overly frigid and tasteless and then lastly the clotted cream served with desert was really a heavy whipped cream . The drink pairings were great! and we still enjoyed the evening as the place is lovely. But overall felt a little cheated !
I booked reservations for Valentine's Day knowing that we would be restricted to a special menu for the day and that the price was set at $95 per person. They also offered a very exhaustive wine list. After looking through the wines, we opted to do the global pairings which would add $55 per person for each of us. The food was delicious, the setting was elegant and there seemed to be ample enough parking. The wait staff were very attentive and courteous.
Issues: First, there were two wine pairings offered. The first was the global that I requested and their was a second that ran $67 per person. I was charged for the more expensive pairing, and not being a wine connoisseur and desiring not to bring myself embarrassment or my wife any hint that anything was wrong on our special night, I let it go without question. Whether or not we got the more expensive wines that we paid for I do not know. But it was clear that the bill did not reflect what I ordered.
Second, while I know that this restaurant has limited space for seating, the table at which we were placed was in an area between several service areas. We heard the clatter of dishes, the food line calling out for service, and significant conversation between the wait staff throughout our meal.
Again, the food was delicious. There just wasn't much of it. Had the price been $65, I would have felt it was a reasonable value. But $95 a plate, plus $67 for wine on top of it, with tax and tip, ran to nearly $200 a person. I've had meals that cost as much at places like Sam and Harry's or Mortons or other high end steakhouses that cost that much and more, but the quantity of food at those other places was huge compared to the portions here.
It might be worth a try at the regular menu, but except for very special occasions, this restaurant is just too expensive for what you get.
Did a tasting menu. Food and wine were excellent! Waiter was very good! Waiter spoke more an better about the wine than the Sommelier. Timing of the food was off. My spouse who is a chef suspects a kitchen staff shortage. Waiter acknowledged challenges with complementary after dinner drinks. Thank you!
We drove here for a nice Saturday night and ordered 3 courses. It took a little while to get waited on, and it was hard to get water refills. Otherwise, the service was good. The sommelier was very knowledgeable. The food was delicious. We both started with the little gem salad with a nice home made dressing and the salad was nicely dressed, not soaked with too much dressing. I ordered the trout with beet, fennel, and thinly sliced kumquats. Everything on the plate was so tasty. My husband had the sausage and mashed potatoes. He loved his dish as well. They brought a medley of vegetables to share. They were delicious, too - butternut squash, roasted onions and potatoes, and brussel sprouts. I had the cheese plate for dessert - nice small tastings of different cheese, and my husband had the sticky toffee pudding - sweet, sticky, and delicious. My husband had a port afterward. We enjoyed our wines as well. The only thing we did not like was the sweet butter made with honey. They kindly brought regular butter when we requested it. Our lunch with wine was $187. We would definitely return.
Staff were very attentive. Sommelier is excellent as are wine offerings. Bread is superb! Amuse Bouche are a sweet extra.
On the downside, beet gnocchi were dense and heavy ,a shame because all other components of the dish were excellent. We ordered two deserts, apple trifle and chestnut mouse which both used gelatin in preparation. The trifle was much too 'set'. The mouse used it to achieve a chocolate 'dome'. To me the gelatinous texture is off putting.
However I will return and soon 🤓
Amazing food. We had the shrimp salad, chestnut soup, cheesesteak, and rabbit stew. Every dish was excellent. Great flavors and beautiful presentation. The service was excellent, and the restaurant, situated in the main building, was cute and quaint. We will be back.
The right combination of fine dining in a small venue, off-the-beaten-path location, old building, and great service. Extensive wine list, attentive-but-not-bothersome wait staff, and a menu with good options. We had a great anniversary dinner there and will return. Next time we will likely also spend the night at the inn. Already recommended it to friends.
Such a shame. Beautiful place but the manager/wine guy was rude, slow and distinctly unpleasant - ruining a lunch we drive 50 miles to get to. The food has alas also slipped considerably from it's heights of the past.
Waitress was very pleasant and the Inn remains beautiful - but won't be going back after such poor treatment and a mediocre meal.
Amazing amazing amazing meal. The tasting menu looked superb. Chef Patrick is a class above. The hand crafted cocktails before dinner were a delight next to the fireplace and cozy bar. Intimate, beautiful restaurant that I can not wait to go back to. Ask for Nolan, she was a fantastic server. Michelin star type of place without the Michelin star prices.
Overall the food was excellent. But the service was marginal. Water was only filled at request, wrong food delivered twice, and long periods of time went by without a check up from the waiter. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food.
We anticipated a wonderful evening, but it started badly when we stood at the door unacknowledged for 5 minutes while the hostess passed us twice before even speaking. Felt a bad vibe in the dining room amongst the servers, although our server, Nolan, was certainly pleasant. Food was "okay"; rabbit stew en croute was flavorless, had to ask for salt and pepper; breast of duck was tasty but a little tough; venison osso buco was tasty but dry. Had a really nice bottle of wine, but we were annoyed when the wine steward poured at the end of the meal without asking if we wanted more. Overall disappointment, wouldn't bother to return, much better dining experiences in the area.
We all enjoyed the warm and friendly wait staff. They could not have been more knowledgeable about the dishes and wine pairings. The selection of appetizers and entrees was fantastic. The hit of the evening was the rabbit stew appetizer and the deer osso boco. The mixed vegetables were superb as was the duck breast.
We will be back many more times.
Thank you for a most enjoyable evening.
This is my 6th visit to the Ashby, and despite being under new management and a different chef, it continues to amaze me and my family. I brought my relatives from New England here and they loved it. We love the local ingredients and the attention to detail. The sunporch is beautiful, but we actually sat downstairs in a tap room which was awesome, too. My feeling is that if I'm going to spend money on dining out, I want it to be quality ingredients and with a staff that understands the gem they have there. Can't wait to come back again!
We love The Ashby and returned here for a special event to celebrate. The food was wonderful and always innovative. We wanted to do a wine tasting before dinner, but Stuart the sommelier, was busy. We highly recommend the restaurant (and inn) and will return here whenever we can from PA.
Food was terrific but service was highly disappointing. 11:30 Sat lunch reservation but the restaurant did not appear to be ready for us - they told us they take reservations at 11:30, but we didn't get any real service until almost noon. We waited to be seated, and did not get menus and water for about 10 minutes. Took a while for the server to come check on us despite having no other tables and spilled water on the chair as she filled cups (just gave us a napkin to put on the chair in stead of offering to change it). Server volunteered that a particular actor was a regular at the restaurant, but then when we jokingly asked if he was a good tipper (we were clearly not expecting a serious answer), she chastise us for asking saying that she could not reveal private information about customers. Then she followed by saying that all the customers tip very well at the restaurant. She freely admitted that she did not know what a particular menu item was and would have to go back to the kitchen to watch it being made so she could learn more about it. We ordered three adult entrees with the intent of dividing it among 2 adults and our two little ones (not asking the kitchen to divide it). The server again chastised us by saying, "let me tell you how we do things here" saying that we had to indicate who was ordering which dish so we artificially said that one child was ordering nothing. Server then proceeded to put the wrong entree in front of one of the other members of our party. Later on only brought two dessert menus for the table although we had 4 adults at the table who were not sitting next to one another. At every turn we were given the impression that we were inconveniencing her. We loved the setting and the food was outstanding, but had expected better and more professional service from a Washingtonian top 100 restaurant. It somewhat soured what was to be a nice 74th birthday celebration for one and 75th birthday celebration for another member of our party.
This was one of the most pleasant surprises we've had in the Washington area. Patrick Robinson and his staff and colleagues are putting this restaurant on the map. From the beginning, we were greeted by one of the most knowledgeable sommeliers with one of the nicest, longest and most reasonably priced wine lists I have seen in the Washington area. The cauliflower tempura, charcuterie, crab cakes, trout were has good as we would expect to find anywhere in Washington if not better. In fact, as we sat at one of the antique banquettes, surrounded by artwork, in an old inn with superb service and continental cuisine with a local focus, we could not help making a comparison La Columbe D'Or in St. Paul de Vence. Just no Chagall's and Picassos. Yet.
This was an exceptional surprise, and turned a delightful autumn day in the foothills of the Blue Ridge into a magical experience.
We stayed at the Inn and had dinner there that evening as part of our "babymoon" weekend. The meal was outstanding - best food I've had in a long time - and our server was a delight. I am vegetarian and he isn't and we both found the menu options to be great for both of us. We were seated in the tap room, which initially I wasn't thrilled about, but found it to be intimate and lovely. We highly recommend.
My husband and I went for lunch to celebrate our anniversary. He had the crab cake over fried green tomatoes appetizer. To accommodate my food sensitivities, the kitchen made up a special gluten- and- lactose- free garden salad with duck prosciutto. My entree was brook trout with trumpet mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. The trout, a delicate fish, was perfectly prepared and the accompanying vegetables, especially the succulent trumpet mushrooms were delicious. My husband had the shrimp and grits which he pronounced excellent . Dessert was a deconstructed vacherin, thin rolls of meringue over orange cake with mango sorbet and a custard sauce my husband practically licked off the plate. The sommelier was attentive and knowledgeable and his suggestions good. We dined on the patio on a perfect October day looking out at the garden. A lovely experience all around!
Always enjoy dining at the Ashby Inn starting with the scenic location accessible to but miles away from the busy DC suburbs. Capitalized on a warmer than average mid October day and dined outside with a great view of surrounding hills and trees. Food as usual was very good. As main course I enjoyed the lamb and my wife the steak. Lots of wine selections, including several by glass to accompany meal. Banana Napoleon dessert was great, too. Service was strong and as expected on a mid week early evening noise level was negligible.
2nd time visiting. Exceptionally balanced flavor profiles. Virginia wine pairing was quite good as well. Service very engaging. As quite the carnivore I never thought I'd say this but the greens/flowers/garnishes at Ashby Inn are unbelievably flavorful, truly farm to table benefit.
Presentation was well presented...flavors were outstanding...quality of food was top notch. Was charged $2 for a cup of ice!...outrageous. This was a deal breaker. Prices were high enough to absorb the cost of the ice. We have done this since being short changed on the amount of liquor, disguised by the ice.
We had a late (8:45pm) dinner reservation and there was a large party being accommodated in a private dining room, so service was slow. The waitress compensated by providing us with a complimentary cheese platter and dessert which was nice, but we would've preferred not being inconvenienced since we had a long drive home after dinner.
This is our third time over the years to the Ashby Inn- and the chef has changed. While it was good before, we had a fabulous meal this time, I think even better than before. The dishes were well prepared, tasty, interesting menu and beautifully presented. Loved the duck fat rolls - outrageous. They also had one of the most impressive wine cellars I have seen. The Sommelier was great and recommended two outstanding wines within our prescribed price range. We ate downstairs in the Tap room, cozy and private but it does get warm. Would most definitely make this a destination.
After a year's absence (due to our busy travel schedule) we returned for lunch @ the Ashby Inn. We were delighted to see the new menu format. Ala carte appeals to us because we try to avoid desserts. We were also thrilled to see RdV wines offered because we are members of that winery's friends & family club. The charcuterie & crab cake appetizers were delicious despite the Barbie sized crab cake (diameter of a silver dollar). I would love to rave about my BBQ short ribs but they were very tough, and no steak knife offered. The taste was great but short ribs are supposed to be prepared low & slow so that they fall off the bone. Barry's cobia was tiny so he was disappointed. We also loved the new chairs in the sunroom. Updated (which they need to apply to the chintz drapes). Strolling the garden is always a treat. Hope to return when the weather allows patio dining.
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