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1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627 (Route 250 West)
+1 434-971-1800
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Arnold, Maryland
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I has stayed at the lovely Clifton Inn more than 20 years ago, and wanted a nice place for dinner during a college tour visit to Charlottesville with our teenage son. The Inn was a perfect spot for an outstanding meal in its restful, idyllic location. The food was excellent -- we took another reviewers advice on... More 

Thank Mcallanan2
Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were greeted as we entered and since we had let them know we were there for a celebration, staff brought that up immediately. We were given complementary champagne as well because of our celebration. Our server was attentive but not annoyingly so. Food was delicious, we had the scallops, pork chop and steak and since we all tasted each... More 

Thank Deb M
Earlysville, Virginia
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228 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They recently changed their menu to encourage more diners looking for a nice evening out. They are trying to not make it a once a year special occasion place. Four dined for the price of two during a March special. Three of us had the shrimp and grits appitizer. It was singularly the best dish I have had this year.... More 

Thank 64Jag
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 28 February 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous 5 course dinner at the Clifton just a couple of days prior to Valentines (It fit our schedule and, as it turns out, my wife took a tumble on the day prior to Valentines and ended up at the ER - that's why the review is a couple of weeks late). We have... More 

Thank Tom G
South Carrollton, Kentucky
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

WE came by while we visited VA. THIS PLACE WAS PRICELESS!!! An unbelievably wonderful evening. Outstanding food and wait staff. The wine pairings with the courses were outstanding. Will never forget this evening!

Thank Ruth6262
New York City, New York
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262 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly service and dinner was very good. We were in a "suite" that was located outside the main inn. Unfortunately the room was a little rustic. The beds were comfy but the bathroom needed some TLC and the heat was not well balanced - sleeping area very hot and bathroom/small sitting area very cold. We have stayed in many... More 

Thank Happytravelinfamily
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

if you want really pretty food this is the place to choose. If you want really tasty food and a lot of food this is definitely not the place for you. To start off with the salad was basically three leaves. The entrée was maybe One full broccoli floret. The flank steak was less than the RDA 4 ounces for... More 

Thank Greg P
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I had talked with the Clifton Inn three times about our reservation confirming a mix of one regular diner plus two vegetarian diners. Each time they assured me the vegetarian diners were not a problem. When we arrived, the waitress said they didn't have a vegetarian option, but they could give us a plate of sides from the other dinners.... More 

Thank susannah202
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Our family was the first to sit in the kitchen with the new chef, Aris. After ordering our entrees we were delighted with a plate of pickled vegetables, using star anise and cinnamon, and an amuse bouche of watermelon, feta and mint that brought nuanced flavor to the tongue at different moments! The scallops were perfectly cooked through, the steak... More 

Thank Melinda G
Palmyra, VA
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Pleasant and gracious, the food is cutesy--said advisedly--so that multiple plates of miniscule portions result in your departure with you not knowing what you ate, and you are hungry! For a lofty dollar as well. This historic place needs to shake itself and start serving substantial, real food.

Thank Jeff J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Cash Only, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911-3627
    (Route 250 West)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-1800
At Clifton, it's all about delicious discovery. Our culinary team offers guests the chance to taste the world with daily departures designed to thrill the palette and capture the imagination. The elegant atmosphere and attentive service at Clifton is perfect for transforming any occasion into a special one. Executive Chef Tucker Yoder regularly assembles tantalizing tasting menus that turn a meal at Clifton into a fine food lover’s dream. Clifton diners can also have front row seats for the culinary action at the Chef’s Table. Designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, the Chef’s Table puts you literally front and center, allowing you to watch the culinary team make their magic.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?