The Inn at Little Washington

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    On our one year wedding anniversary this past April, we were jetlagged from our Taiwan trip so we didn’t have a proper celebration until two weeks later where Jason had made reservations to The Inn at Little Washington! Have you heard of it? It’s rated as one of the top 10 best restaurants in the world. It has the most amazing food and accommodations (yes, the inn is an actual place you can stay overnight – stunning rooms).

    It’s a restaurant that has been on our bucket list and we finally got to check it off! It’s definitely not a meal you have monthly – it’s pretty darn pricey but so well worth every crumb! I documented our meal below. It took us about an hour and 10 minutes to drive there from our house. It was a really pretty and scenic route – gets you out of the city for a bit :) oh, and when you get to The Inn, there’s no cell service unless you have Sprint. Great way to disconnect and really enjoy the dinner and talk with your spouse!

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    Yup, once you get out of Northern Virginia, Virginia is actually gorgeous and *gasp* not congested with traffic!!

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    We made it! How cute and cozy does The Inn look?!

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    Oh, and these are The Shops at The Inn. It’s just across the street but we didn’t stop in because we were hungryyyyy and ready to get our grub on!

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    They sat us in the back room next to the garden area. It was so pretty! It ended up being a perfect day (it was raining in Northern Virginia so we thought it was going to be the same here) so they were also able to keep the back door open to let fresh air in.

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    Our cute little personalized menu that they wrapped up for us to take home as souvenirs.

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    Ahhh this was the most amazing sparkling rosé wine I’ve ever had. The grapes are flown in from Italy and it’s bottled at Barboursville Winery, about an hour south of The Inn. I wish you could buy it in stores but I think it’s exclusive to certain restaurants :( we tried searching but no luck!




    So there are two different menus here. You can choose to do a la carte, which you get to choose your first course, second course, main course, and dessert, off a large list, or you can choose to do a chef’s tasting with wine pairings. We chose to do the a la carte because in between your courses, they bring you cute little chef-made appetizers for you to nibble on. This was our first bite:




    Oh my god. You’re going to think I’m ridiculous but the biggest takeaway from this meal was this appetizer. The chilled asparagus soup shot was and is something I cannot stop thinking about. It was SO good and refreshing. The flavors were incredible. I cannot wait to remake this and share it with you guys.



    First course: Spicy Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna Tartare with Cucumber Sorbet…so fresh and tasty


    First course: Carpaccio of Herb-Crusted Baby Lamb Loin with Caesar Salad Ice Cream….CAESAR SALAD ICE CREAM – you guys. This was epic. Like, out of this world. I can’t convey to you how blown our minds were.


    Second course: Black Cod and Gulf Shrimp in an Orange-Saffron Broth with Tomato Jam


    Second course: A Marriage of Hot and Cold Foie Gras with Sauternes Gelée and Blood Orange Marmalade


    Main course: Prosciutto Wrapped Loin of Veal with New Potatoes and Spring Vegetables


    Main course: Pepper Crusted Tuna Pretending to be a Filet Mignon capped with Seared Duck Foie Gras on Charred Onions and Burgundy Butter Sauce


    Goodness gracious!


    While we waited for our dessert orders, we had complimentary coffee. Mmmm coffee!


    Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwich with Bittersweet Chocolate and Hot Caramel Sauce….I about died when I saw this come out.




    Yes, I ate it ALL.



    Jason got a strawberry rhubarb crumble and there was like a limencello pudding type thing. The photos aren’t super appetizing but I can vouch that they were deeelicious!



    Oh, and then we got the check.


    They gave you this cute little souvenir takeaway thing filled with cookies and chocolates!


    This used to be their kitchen but now it’s their lounge/cocktail room.


    Hi to the lady staring at me ;)


    OMG. Wine room.


    So this guy’s name is Cameron and he’s the ‘cheese-whiz’ HA! Like really, if you want cheese and crackers for your after-dinner snack, he’ll push this little cow cart around and you can pick cheeses off it. Get this, the cow MOOS as you push it around.


    They gave us a quick tour of the kitchen – so pretty and busy!


    You can actually reserve tables in the kitchen area but they’re ridiculously expensive, lol


    This was just the entrance/waiting area. So plush!




    Have I convinced you enough to give it a try?!

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  • DeniseinVA says:

    I love your blog and enjoyed this post immensely! We have passed The Inn at Little Washington and have always wondered about it. It looks a wonderful place, and your photos are delightful. Maybe next time we will pop in. My birthday is in July :) or I think I know where we will be going on our next anniversary.

  • Anna says:

    That looks like so much fun!!! I love the custom menu!!! I love taking road trips outside NoVA! So fun to see how much it changes just 20 minutes out!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Simply amazing!!!

    That looks like the perfect gougere with the soup shooter. And the foie! Major foie gras lover over here.

    Happy belated anniversary! I’m so glad you got to celebrate in style. xox

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I just about died reading this. What an amazing place–at first I couldn’t handle the cuteness of the exterior, and now I can’t handle the elegance of the interior and beautiful dishes. If you guys go back next year, can I crash??

    • Julie says:

      Um, heck yes you can! ;)

  • Nicole says:

    Oh my, that food looks incredible!

  • Richelle says:

    Happy Anniversary! The Inn at Little Washington was on our list for potential wedding anniversary celebration spots (6 years this weekend) but we’re saving it for the big 10! Instead we’re headed to Philadelphia to see what kind of trouble we can get into. The pictures are simply amazing! Congrats again.

  • Maria says:

    Such a cute place!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    We are celebrating our 7th anniversary in September…..I think you’ve convinced me to book a room for a weekend!! LOVED THE FOOD!

  • marla says:

    Such a perfect way to celebrate your 1st anniversary!! Congrats :)

  • Gaby says:

    Looks like a lovely spot to celebrate!

  • Quyen says:

    The plating is so beautiful and colorful. What a great celebratory dinner!

  • Julie says:

    Love love love The Inn at Little Washington. I hadn’t been in a few years and then went last November for my birthday and it was even better than I remembered. I so agree with you about the appetizer too! We had a shot of white bean soup that literally made my toes curl. A-maz-ing. Highly recommend that everyone try to go at least once in your life.

  • Jacki @ Two Forks One Love says:

    The Inn at Little Washington is definitely on my DC bucket list. Maybe I can convince the hubs to take me there for our one year anniversary!

  • Becky says:

    LOVED reading your post! They make you feel like royalty there, right? My husband whisked me away to the Inn after he proposed and it was AMAZING not having any cell reception and just being able to enjoy the moment with each other. He even got us a picnic lunch (we got there mid-afternoon) so we could sit out and enjoy the amazing views (not that you wouldn’t assume this – but even the picnic food was out of this world!!). Already trying to figure out how long we have to wait before going back :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    It look absolutely amazing Julie. I have always wanted to go there. I had an old friend that cooked there for a long time and gifted me a cookbook, but I have not made it there yet. Some Day!

  • Sharlynn Ng says:

    Omg, the stuff looks amazing and you guys had HUGE pieces of foie gras! So jealous, the food looks beautiful!

  • Amanda says:

    What a great place. I’m dying over that Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwich!!!!

  • Carla | Carla's Confections says:

    What a cute little place, and that food looks incredible! Im glad you two were able to have a little get-away, even if it was later than your anniversary :) XoXo

  • Lisa says:

    We’ve driven by Little Washington sooo many times that we thought about going there for my birthday. We were greeted by a server carrying one of those candelabras last seen in a horror movie and looked at my husband in disdain (my husband is disabled and wears what is comfortable given his mobility issues, which isn’t suit and tie material). We asked to see a sample menu, saw the $150 per person not including drinks, and I was allergic to nearly everything. Given the cold reception, I declined to ask how they would deal with severe food allergies and we did not investigate further. Glad you had a good time! The dessert looked amazing (and probably the only thing on the menu that I could eat!). I’ll stick to Thornton Grill :)

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    What a great celebration. You look gorgeous in that red dress, Julie!

    • Julie says:

      Aw thank you! :)

  • Carolyn says:

    Any chance this is the wine you had? I live near Barboursville and am hoping to get some there!

    • Julie says:

      OMG, YES!!! THANK YOU!! I think I might be ordering this too :)

  • natalie kay says:

    I brought my parents there for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. I got the same Caesar Salad – it was epic! For dessert though I got the 7 Deadly Sins so I could try more! I am dying to go back! It was just wonderful!

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