The Inn at Little Washington

Modern American Fine Dining

  • 95
  • 2016 Best American

The Inn at Little Washington is a dining institution garnering no less than five James Beard awards and numerous accolades since its 1978 inauguration in Washington, Virginia. Helmed by chef/owner Patrick O’Connell, this venerable restaurant/inn showcases exceptional service and creative New American fare in changing dishes like chilled Wagyu beef tongue with pickled root vegetables, prosciutto-wrapped veal loin or sweet-and-sour pan-seared scallops with shishito peppers. Either in the lounge or restaurant, celebrated house cocktails and wines are also a draw.

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  • Two Michelin stars 2016
  • Number 7: Tom Sietsema’s Top 10 2016 - Washington Post
  • Number 8: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • DC's Best Restaurant Service 2016 - Zagat
  • AAA Five Diamond award- 2015
  • Top Restaurants- 2014 - Washington Post
  • Zagat rating of 27 out of 30

Menu for The Inn at Little Washington

Main Menu

First Course Selections

  • Carpaccio Of Herb Crusted Baby Lamb with caesar salad ice cream
  • Beet Trinity: Three Iterations Of Our Garden’s Beet Harvest with Allison Hooper’s Fresh Chèvre, Beet Sorbet and Orange Essence
  • A Tin Of Sin: American Osetra Caviar with peekytoe crab and cucumber rillette. supplement twenty four dollars
  • Chilled Maine Lobster In Mustard Vinaigrette with horseradish panna cotta
  • A Marriage Of Hot And Cold Foie Gras with sauternes gelée and plum preserve

Second Course Selections

  • Aged Gouda Macaroni And Cheese with virginia country ham
  • Olive-crusted Chesapeake Bay Rockfish with artichoke tortellini in an orange-pernod essence
  • Grilled Breast Of Young Pigeon marinated in blueberry vinegar on a zucchini crêpe
  • Nantucket Bay Scallops Sautéed with curried cauliflower, sultanas and garlic chips
  • Fricassée Of Maine Lobster with potato gnocchi, green grapes and curried walnuts

Main Course Selections

  • Seared Rare Tuna Crusted with mustard seeds, layered with foie gras, enlivened with preserved lemon purée and a confetti of garden vegetables
  • Blackened Tenderloin Of Beef with bone marrow custard, caramelized fennel and fennel purée
  • Pan Roasted Maine Lobster with tomato butter, garden spinach and garlic custard
  • Curry Dusted Veal Sweetbreads with gala apples, virginia country ham and pappardelle pasta
  • Tortelli Of Spinach with virginia oyster mushrooms and bambino eggplant purée
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Loin Of Veal with ravioli, chanterelle mushrooms and brussels sprouts
  • Miniature Filet Of Cod Sauté with lemon vodka sauce and lilliputian pork dumplings
  • Pan Seared Duck Breast with wild rice pilaf, seared foie gras and poached asian pear
  • Parsley Crusted Jamison Farm Loin Of Lamb with our garden’s flageolet beans and virginia mushrooms


  • A Painter’s Palette Of Sorbets
  • Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding and Almond Ice Cream Perfumed with black truffle
  • Cocoa Nib Napoleon with caramelized bananas, chocolate mousse and coconut sorbet with caramel lime sauce
  • Seven Deadly Sins a sampling of seven of our most decadent desserts
  • Our Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwich with bittersweet chocolate and hot caramel sauce
  • Grandmother’s Warm Local Gala Apple Tart with buttermilk ice cream
  • Lemon-meringue Tartlet With Toasted Pistachios and meyer lemon confit
  • Our Fromager’s Cheese Selections just ask for faira the cow or cameron “resident cheese whiz”

309 Middle Street
Washington, VA 22747

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  • Price Range: $$$$$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Intimate, Romantic, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Groups, Hotel Dining, Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (540) 675-3800
  • Private Dining Room: No