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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.
Paris, VA 20130
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. Please note on holidays our hours change.
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, & will make your private event special.
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
Each visit to The Ashby Inn gets more impressive! The staff (especially the sommelier, Stuart, and our young waitress) welcomed us warmly, took time to chat without ignoring their other tables, etc. This chef is very good (if only he'd serve the Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ English custard & more caramel sauce!) Loved the individual bottles of Hillinger sparkling rose from Austria. My Gazpacho was gorgeous & delicious. Barry's chicken liver pate was amazing. His Ashby burger was great but messy (a coating of butter on the bun would prevent sogginess from the pesto). I had expected delicate Swedish pancakes when the menu said "Lemon & ricotta". I received 3 big, dense pancakes topped with a yummy blueberry compote. The lemon curd was merely a drizzle around the plate. So I had to ask for another small pitcher of syrup (which would be better served warm). I wish the lemon curd had been a layer between the pancakes (2 would be sufficient). It was outstanding nonetheless. My dessert was the Sable Breton, a beautiful presentation & very good. Barry was disappointed that the menu had no dark chocolate dish but liked his Sticky Toffee Pudding. Always lovely to sit on the patio overlooking the wonderful garden. The weather cooperated, too!
A truly wonder meal at the Ashby Inn. A simply excellent meal superbly created and presented, combined with the comfortable ambiance of this country inn. 2 or 3 courses with four or five choices for each course. The waitress explained the extensive list of ingredients some in very exotic combinations. The accompanying selection or should I say an exhaustive list of US and international wines make this a meal to be savored and remembered. Try it and you will not be disappointed. The British Chef has much to be proud of as he and his team have worked very hard to create this experience.
I visited the Ashby Inn with two neighbors who have long followed the restaurant scene in the Washington, D.C. area, and are discriminating in their tastes. It was a picture-perfect day to lunch out on the courtyard patio and drink in the background scenery of flowering gardens, rolling green meadows, and mountains. The staff was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. The food was heavenly— a combination of flavors that were pleasingly complex while others were soothingly familiar. A vegetable medley with a variety of colors and spices perfectly complemented our shrimp and grits. Following lunch, both friends said they were eager to return here with other friends and family. It is the ideal place to celebrate special occasions.
We celebrated a very special anniversary here. It was perfect. First, the weather couldn't have been finer, no humidity, dining outside at a table for two facing the lovely yard and flowers. We chose the 3 course tasting menu. The food was perfection. We've recently dined at the Inn at LW, and this was every bit as good. The difference is that ILW has the elegant "swooping in" service. This service was quiet which is exactly what we wanted on a beautiful summer night. There was not anything we did not love. The menu is changed often depending on the freshest and best ingredients available. I'll specifically mention just a few of the memorable dishes - both Mains - seared scallops, corn, truffle, peach, sunflower seed & chard; beef ribeye, fig, garlic, tomato, ricotta gnudi. And the duck fat brioche rolls filled with the world's most delicious bechamel sauce!! In addition to the expected amuse bouche (several), there were little wine gells, truffles, and tiny bags of homemade granola presented at the end of the meal, which were enjoyed the next day. Wonderful, wonderful place to go for a special occasion!
I have lost count as to how many times we've dined at the Ashby Inn over the years. We initially chose to be on the patio, but the wind was brisk, so we moved to the porch which we loved. The Inn is beautiful, as are the grounds.
My mother had the Fried Green Tomatoes on goat cheese and I had the prosciutto and fig appetizer--both were delicious. Beautifully plated and seasoned perfectly.
The sweet corn risotto was done perfectly and the fish and chips were delicious as well.
I was disappointed, however, that they no longer offer a gluten free menu. Last time we ate there, they had a menu that specified what menu items were gluten free, and they even made fish and chips gluten free for me. I ordered it right off the special menu. The waitstaff must be new..they didn't know very much about any dietary restrictions. I don't expect every person on staff to memorize food allergy ingredients, but a basic working knowledge of the main ones would be helpful. I didn't have the heart to tell them I am have other restrictions--they seemed put off by my gluten questions, so I just sucked it up and kept quiet!
The manager (I've never seen him before) pointed out a few things on the menu, and when I asked another question, he pointed and said, "I've already mentioned these to you." They seemed annoyed by the questions. I have been dining here for years, and never once had any trouble finding something to eat--I realize I am not the run of the mill diner..but I am courteous, knowledgeable and a foodie. Nothing was noted as vegan, vegetarian or gluten free as most farm to table and organic restaurants are. I felt like they have taken a step backward as far as catering to folks who know good ingredients, as I do.
I'm hoping it's a hiccup--the chef did a great job, but the new staff (except the sommelier-I've seen him before)need to up their game if they want knowledgeable diners to return. I confess I was bummed...we love it there so much.
The Ashby Inn never fails to deliver. If you have been before you understand. If you have not had the pleasure of a meal there, go. We had a rare summer day in DC, low temps and no humidity. We sat on the patio enjoying the view of the beautiful gardens. The food is absolutely delicious. The ingredients are first quality and it shows. It is the whole package. Afterwards drop into a winery or two thT are close by
The location is wonderful; beautiful venue, and we were especially lucky as the weather was perfect for dining al fresco. The food was delicious; portions fair; attentive staff. The only criticism, and it is more an observation, is when I reserved the time, I indicated that both diners were celebrating birthdays. There was no acknowledgment or a small dessert to commemorate the occasion. I found that a bit odd, since so many restaurants of that caliber always do something nice for the patrons when they are celebrating a special occasion.
We have been to the Ashby Inn a number of times and although it was good this time we were underwhelmed with the service. They have a new tasting menu and the sommelier totally forgot about us. We had to flag him down to get a bottle of wine right before our appetizers showed up. I don't know if he was overwhelmed with having to do a wine pairing and tend to actual tables ordering off the regular menu at the same time but it was very disappointing. In addition the waitress I just left something to be desired in terms of her knowledge of the food, presence and personality. We will be back but may give it some time.
We had never been to the Ashby Inn and we were so happy with our lunch there. I would recommend lunch for a quite affair. The food was very very good....Every bite was yummy. The view sitting outside was wonderful with the gardens in bloom. It was a hot day but with the ceiling fans , we were very comfortable. Great value for the lovely Chef inspired food.Thank you a lovely experience Donna and Allan
Amazing food and service. We sat outside on the patio where views, noise level and temperature were all spectacular. We did the fixed price instead of chefs tasting. Pork tenderloin with octopus and the salmon cooked in hot pepper oil were superb. Each plate was perfectly cooked with outstanding presentation. Very attentive staff. A truly enjoyable experience.
I think this was our 6th trip to the Ashby Inn restaurant in the past 12 years. We have stayed at the Inn as well which is great but this time, we just went for an Anniversary lunch. We go for special occassions although I wish we could go more often.
The food is consistently amazing with great service and a romantic setting as well. I would and do recommend it to everybody.
Excellent service provided in this beautiful Inn in Paris, VA. The pork belly appetizer and seared sea scallops were delicious. Extensive wine list and wonderful cocktails. Highly recommend for a special occasion, romantic dinner or evening with good friends. We will definitely return.
Except for the neighbor mowing & weed whacking, we loved the serenity of enjoying brunch on the patio. We got our favorite table overlooking the gardens. Stuart brought a half bottle of Gruet sparkling wine. We had discovered this lovely, affordable champagne in New Mexico. 100 year old French vines transplanted in the perfect terroir of Albuquerque. Warm bread served with sweetened butter sprinkled w/ sea salt flakes was the perfect accompaniment. My first courses was Fried Green Tomatoes which I adored. Hubby loved his choice, too. He had the Ashby burger while I chose Pork jowl Benedict. Both were delicious. My Sticky Toffee Pudding was so hot that it melted the ice cream. I think the chef needs to switch to the more authentic custard & serve more caramel sauce. Otherwise, it was wonderful! Our young server was very attentive & well-mannered. We are considering a weekend getaway if we can find time to schedule one!
This was the best meal I've had in a long time. We did the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings, which could not have been more spot on. The only dish I didn't like was a wedge of Camembert topped with gingerbread. I thought it should have been paired with something a little more savory rather than sweet. Both the server and the sommelier did a great job of being attentive without spending too much time at our table. It was very pricey ($100 for the tasting menu, $79 for the wine pairing), but definitely worth it if you go in expecting to spend some money. I will without a doubt be back.
When you choose the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings, you're expecting the restaurant's best food and service across a range of dishes with a bit of a showmanship thrown in as the preparation and wine pairings for each course are explained. So with expectations high a couple of early welcome treats were a harbinger of many such enjoyable nibbles. Our waitress was welcoming and attentive. The first two courses of coconut soup and blue crab were delightful and we enjoyed discussing the food and wine pairings with the sommelier and our server...and then the music changed. Suddenly the waitress was off to other tables and a new server was bringing our food with minimal explanation of what was served. The new server did not appear to be particularly knowledgeable about the food. We were fortunate to hear the waitress's explanations given to the adjacent table as they were eating from the same testing menu as us. The restaurant did not appear to be that busy, so it definately gave the impression of the restaurant prioritizing clientele (a change from our prior visit when were made to feel like we were the only couple in the restaurant). With respect to the food, it was mostly upper shelf with particular nods to beef striploin and blue crab mentioned earlier. Disappointing was the yellowfin tuna and fois gras; bland, boring and not at all helped by the Virginia Pinot Noir pairing. As a devotee of Virginia wines I applaud the restaurant for featuring local wines, but some of the night's choices were forced. Praise for the Petit Verdot and Cab Franc offerings. What encouraged us to make the long drive again was the recent WaPo review which in the end mirrored our own experience. Some excellent food courses, delightful and abundent "treats" with a dud or two that you have to wade through...and service that seems to run hot and cold. That those issues are still not resolved gives one pause before filling up the gas tank for a long drive into the country.
We really enjoyed our meal and evening. The guitarist was a nice touch. The only negative was the wine por by the sommelier - very skimpy, and not worth the price to be sure. However, this was the only negative, so though while significant, it didn't mar the evening.
There is a new chef at the Ashby, who unfortunately has moved the menu from delicious, seasonal but largely uncomplicated fare to fairly tasty, but overly complicated cuisine. The haddock was definitely over-salted, but overall the food from the tasting menu tasted nice. My companion and I definitely preferred the old menu.
Dined at the Ashby Inn to celebrate my husband's birthday. We started with delicious seasonal cocktails. The server and sommelier were very knowledgeable and on their recommendation we selected the Chef's tasting menu with wine pairings (one Sommelier Select and one Global). The food was beautifully presented and some of the veggies were from their own garden. Most importantly, the food was delectable. Loved the wine gummies! We would definitely return.
Had an outstanding meal on the terrace at Ashby Inn with a friend from California. The location was perfect, after a day of wine tasting at various Virginia vineyards. The experience continued at Ashby Inn where they have a selection of estate produced Virginia wine or other choices from around the world. There is a nice pairing menu or the option for two, three or four courses with recommended wines.
Amazing experience. The staff was exceptional. The food was divine. It was our first time. We have been to many other "signature" places such as the Inn at Little Washington. The Ashby Inn was absolutely at the top of them all. I look forward to making this a go-to place for special occassions.
I took a friend there for her birthday dinner. Both of us enjoyed the experience. The atmosphere was very pleasant, and the service was excellent. Our only complaints: My friend's halibut was oversalted slightly, and my beef, while nicely prepared, didn't have the "beefy " taste that I was hoping for. Both our salads were delicious, and my dessert (goat cheese parfait) was one of the best desserts I've had in a long time.
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