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 email@example.com 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
Charming location, pretty grounds with o ...
Charming location, pretty grounds with outdoor covered seating, excellent wine list, outstanding food We are new to this area. The Ashby Inn is quickly becoming one of our most favorite places to eat. Thank you for everything and we look forward to coming back soon!
Overpriced for what you get. Portions we ...
Overpriced for what you get. Portions were dramatically small
Really nice restaurant that tries hard t ...
Really nice restaurant that tries hard to deliver high quality dining experience. The service is outstanding. The wine list is extensive and the som's recommendations solid. Prices of main courses are high 20s to high 30s, the portions are large by fine dining stds, and the taste is excellent. It is an excellent restaurant but just doesnt rise to my high "must return" standard.
I was driving in the area and saw a sign ...
I was driving in the area and saw a sign pointing to Ashby Inn - having heard about the restaurant, but not having been inspired to make an outing of it, I pulled over and checked Open Table, and there was a table available. I figured it was meant to be - and it was! Absolutely everything about the evening was wonderful. I usually don't sit outside, but the terrace looked so inviting and the table I was offered was in the shade, so I had a seat there. The view of the garden, and the mountains beyond, was incomparable. Every employee with whom I had contact was helpful and friendly and knowledgeable. But all of this would be besides the point if it weren't for the food. And that was exceptional. I had white asparagus tartare paired with vichysoisse for an appetizer, a steak for my entree (I surprised myself because usually I'd try something more creative, but that was what called to me), and a melange of a gazillion forms of chocolate for dessert. Add an amuse bouche of salmon mousse and a palate cleanser that looked like a piece of egg sushi but was actually citrus-based, and there was no reason to eat until the next day. And next time, I WILL make an outing of it. One of the best meals I've had in the DC area (broadly defined), ever.
Very nice meal; great setting; attentive ...
Very nice meal; great setting; attentive service. If I had a negative, it was that the main course was somewhat skimpy. Give the price, I thought a little more food would have been appropriate.
Creative, locally sourced food (asparagu ...
Creative, locally sourced food (asparagus sald, both cooked and raw, as carpaccio), delicious lamb, superlative, well priced wine list. Unusual, home made rolls. Only negative was that we asked to be seated on sunny porch, where all 2 tops were filled, and were told 2 larger tables were reserved. So we were the only people indoors, sitting at tables with hard wooden benches, while 2 outside tables were remained empty. The review reflects the food and wine, not the seating.
Excellent wine list and knowledgable som ...
Excellent wine list and knowledgable sommelier enhanced the experience.
I'm glad i finally ate there. We had t ...
I'm glad i finally ate there. We had the chef's table menu with regular parings. Chef allowed my s/o to exchange the meat selection. All the food and wine were perfect and delicious. The Wine sommelier came over and told us about a few wines and the difference between port and sherry. We stayed in the Victorian in the main house. Nice comfy room with a nice view of the church and garden. Only regret is we didn't eat on the patio. We didn't realize it was covered. It was a perfect evening out with no humidity. We will return.
A wonderful place for outdoor dining on ...
A wonderful place for outdoor dining on their covered terrace, Good food and wine and service, excellent view, and (in our experience) usually a nice breeze.
Quaint outdoor setting with live jazz (q ...
Quaint outdoor setting with live jazz (quiet enough to talk though). Extensive wine list. The food was delicious, however, I wouldn't order the fish again. A tad fishy. The presentation of the dishes was nicely done. I loved the little treats that were compliments from the chef. Also had a nice lemon foam palate cleanser. It was a romantic spot and a delightful experience.
Too fancy food for me. No salads. (Only ...
Too fancy food for me. No salads. (Only 1) Everything has a weird twist which I do not like, but I am a very plain eater; therefore, this restaurant is not for me.
We had the tasting menu with Virginia wi ...
We had the tasting menu with Virginia wine pairing. Absolutely phenomenal!! Staff outstanding!
Special Occasion Restaurant
The Ashby Inn is a lovely restaurant with a scenic view from the outdoor patio. The servings are moderately sized. Service is paced for a relaxing evening. The wine list runs to several pages with a wide variety. There are tasty surprise samplers between courses. The bread is a delightful addition to the meal. The desserts were somewhat plain and disappointing.
Absolutely worth a trip to the Ashby Inn ...
Absolutely worth a trip to the Ashby Inn for dinner. Went on a Sunday with four friends. Greeted immediately as we entered by pleasant, warm and inviting hostess and waiter. Taken to perfect table on bright sunny porch and immediate attention given by our very engaging waiter. Food choices excellent and prepared to perfection. Little unknown fact, if you bring a bottle of local Virginia Wine there is no corkage fee. Our group had three different bottles all that were perfect with our dinner selections. Don't miss an opportunity to experience the Ashby Inn.
Springtime in Paris...
...Virginia, that is. But fear not, you can dine as well as you might on the rue de Rivoli by heading west on Route 50 into the splendid rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, where you will find food as thoughtful, innovative and delicious as anything on offer in a 1-ere arrondisement fixture that boasts of its Michelin stars. Go for lunch, when there is less contention for the best outdoor tables, the pace is stately and the views of the surrounding hills and pastures are as pacifying and inspirational as a week at a yoga retreat (and the Wine List, of course, is much, much better). Go in early summer, so you can feast on the best (and under-appreciated) of the farm-to-table offerings Chef Robinson has gathered, such as the braised West Virginia ramps that grace your pompano and the delectable fava beans that sit like jewels among the pea-filled ravioli. Sommelier Stuart Brennen will guide you unerringly to wine pairings that will leave you filled with great hopes for the future of Virginia viticulture, both in the Middleburg AVA and beyond. Want to feel really, really lucky about living in this part of the world? Just invest a quiet afternoon in a meal at the Ashby Inn.
Unique dining experience with fabulous views
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at the Ashby Inn Restaurant and we were not disappointed. They offer a five course tasting menu which was delicious with a variety of choices. Even if you do not partake in the tasting menu, the main menu offers unique choices which appeals to most foodies, in my opinion. We enjoyed romantic ambiance and sat outside with a gorgeous view. The restaurant is quaint yet has an upscale feel and is perfect for celebrating special occasions. The wine list is quite extensive and the varieties of wine seemed to be endless (and delicious too). You really can't beat the setting and atmosphere. We highly recommend the Ashby Inn Restaurant!
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.
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