The culinary brigade at The Dining Room at Clifton Inn cultures its own butter, mills its own flour and forages for ingredients, a fitting self-sufficiency for destination restaurant set in a former 19th-century trading post in Albemarle County. Don’t let the formal dining room with the baby grand piano or the sparkling show kitchen filled with copper pots fool you into thinking that dinner must be a grand affair. If you dine at the chef’s counter, the toques are just as likely to clear your plate as your server, while describing how they dry-age duck breast or pick snow pea shoots from the onsite garden.
A haven for Charlottesville-based locavores, The Dining Room at Clifton Inn features an all-Virginia cheese plate dressed in pecan butter and served with wines from nearby Jefferson Vineyards. The vast wine list supports bottles from Virginia and beyond and brandishes a newly minted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Whether you desire an intimate evening on the patio or a learning experience led by European-trained waitstaff, you’ll find it while dining in the comfortably appointed dining rooms at Clifton Inn.