What is the scene like at The Dining Room at Clifton Inn?

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Genevelyn Steele

The Dining Room at Clifton Inn caters to the hip and well-traveled, but prides itself on unobtrusive service in a family atmosphere. Children are welcomed guests in the dining room and encouraged to stay at Clifton Inn. Aside from kids, don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity in the restaurant. Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson live nearby, so you may bump into them noshing on crisp salads in the light and airy dining room.

There’s an incentive for repeat visits: The Charlottesville restaurant’s dynamic menu changes often and according to the seasons. The daily bill of fare is easily tweaked to suit dietary requests, such as vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Its signature drink, a lavender martini, is created from leaves plucked from the organic lavender path leading to the pergola-lined pool area. If you ask nicely, the chef will stoke the outdoor grill and fire up lamb chops to enjoy poolside.

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