About The Ashby Inn

692 Federal Street
Paris, VA 20130
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The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily in concert with what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:00pm; The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Cross Street:
Route 50 & Route 17

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 592-3900

Website:
http://www.ashbyinn.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Friday evenings during special summer hours on the terrace. Please check our website for details. www.ashbyinn.com

Parking Details:
Parking is private and located just a few steps from the inn.

Private Party Facilities:
The Inn has gained wide reputation for its weddings and wedding receptions. An ample covered patio, landscaped gardens and spectacular views offer one of the most beautiful settings in Northern Virginia. Our kitchen staff is both talented and imaginative--and enjoys working with clients to create special menus, ranging from country buffets to more formal dining. Please contact Liz Olson at events@ashbyinn.com for more details.

Private Party Contact:
Liz Olson: 5405923900x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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The Ashby Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Pretentious, staff disappeared after bei ...

Dined 5 days ago

Pretentious, staff disappeared after being paid. We waited 20 minutes to retrieve our take out but no one showed up so we left. left a message and no one responded. Not good.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

We ate at the Ashby Inn this past Saturd ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

We ate at the Ashby Inn this past Saturday night to celebrate or anniversary. The tasting menu was overall very good: a cool white asparagus salad along with a hot white asparagus and potato soup, top drawer crab salad, seared scallop with shrimp and perfectly executed risotto and a lamb chop with ravioli were all very tasty. The chocolate desert selection was loved by my chocaholic wife. Service was attentive, although initially rushed. Wine pairings from Virginia were well designed and the sommelier was not just knowledgeable, but was willing to engage us in discussion. The only significant criticism was the booth we were seated at. It is adjacent to the serving station and the noise and foot traffic were very annoying--when spending over $300 for the tasting menu with wine parings, you expect a better environment. We will go again, but will be clear that we expect better seating. Based on past experience, I would recommend eating outside when the weather cooperates.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food2
ambience3
service3
value3

Disappointed

Dined on April 27, 2016

Went to Ashby since a friend told us it got very high ratings. We were staying in Middleburg for our anniversary and thought we'd give it a try. Unfortunately, it didn't really come up to the high quality of what we expected. Service was poor, waited forever for the sommelier to come take out order, when he did come though he recommended a wonderful wine. Our waiter was friendly and sweet but he seemed to forget we were there multiple times (the restaurant wasn't crowded so I don't know what slowed him down). The food was a good quality, preparation was nicely done but nothing was particularly memorable. A few nights before we had eaten at The Goodstone Inn and that was superb on every level. We had expected the same from Ashby but was disappointed when it didn't even compare. Sorry.

food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Very average overall; service subpar

Dined on April 23, 2016

Both steak and lamb entrees were lacking in flavor although beautiful presentation; apps consisting of soup and crab salad very good although crab salad contained a shell. Wine list excellent. Service lacking polish; waiter took food order, didn't ask one guest how she wanted lamb cooked; bread plates/knives on table but never offered; bottle of wine took 20 minutes or more to arrive; waiter's demeanor awkward; acted aggitated all night and unsure of himself; had a strange way of giving you a long stare after you answered a question and would get right up to your ear to ask one...bizarre experience and we have been there several times

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

The food is excellent and creative

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

The facility is lovely, the food is excellent and creative, the servers are friendly however, one guest in our party ordered appetizers for the main course – the server brought the selection with the other appetizer resulting in my guest sitting without food while the others dined on the man course. We were pushed long to order but delivery of the food was very slow coming. Essentially it seems no one was in charge.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

What a treat!

Dined on April 23, 2016

My husband and I love this place. The meals are wonderful and unique, the ingredients being of the highest quality. The waiters are efficient, informed and friendly. It's such a treat to eat here!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

New chef really on point. Precise, fres ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

New chef really on point. Precise, fresh and flavorful. Peaceful experience and easy get away from the City.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Enter a special world

Dined on April 21, 2016

The Ashby Inn restaurant is a charming venue, the food is excellent, and the service knowledgeable and pleasing. Since Paris, VA is over an hour's drive from DC, we suggest booking a night at the Inn to accompany the meal. The Inn is very old and tastefully decorated. If you want to stay in the School House, you have a choice of 4 rooms, each with a wood-burning fireplace, wing-back chairs, and covered porches with rockers facing the hills. Bliss!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food: parchment wrapped fish; ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Excellent food: parchment wrapped fish; wife had pea ravioli. Cocktail were refreshingly good. Dear was their "chocolate bar" that was rich and chocolate, but not filling. At last! A gourmet meal that doesn't leave you stuffed; just satisfied.

food5
ambience4
service5

Warmly welcomed -/ interesting wine list ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Warmly welcomed -/ interesting wine list. Meat emphasized but fish - veg diner also happy. Perfect dinner or brunch in rural wine country.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another excellent experience at The Ashby Inn

Dined on April 8, 2016

This is our second time dining at The Ashby and we just love it. Fantastic menu and wine list. We enjoyed another wine tasting menu again with Stuart, who was very descriptive in his choices. The food, ambiance, and wine were all fantastic. I can't praise it enough.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

My friend and I both had difficulty sett ...

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

My friend and I both had difficulty settling on a single main, so we split each dish and shared. Both the fish and the scallops were excellent and the suggested wine pairing was exactly right. Ashby delivered. My only issue is the distance to drive there from DC but honestly, it's worth it.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Easter in Paris

Dined on March 27, 2016

Decided to try something new and journey to Paris (virginia) for Easter. We were not disappointed. Tucked in the rolling countryside - and therefore a scenic drive - is the Ashby Inn. Can't say enough about the food - perfect combination of flavors and portions 'european sized' so a multi course meal is enjoyable rather than a weight to be carried around afterwards. Tables are tucked into various rooms and generous sized -- so not worried about running out of room for food, wine, water etc. But this does mean that a bit of maneuvering is needed between tables when moving around. The only down side was the service -- our reservation was at the tail end of the first sitting and we waiting quite a long time to order wine and food. We noticed that other tables (seated as we were nearing the end) were promptly attended to. Would highly recommend for a romantic or family meal.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service5

Attention to detail is outstanding. Fo ...

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

Attention to detail is outstanding. Food is creative. Wine pairings are great. I'd say all I'd like is a better value.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing place

Dined on March 16, 2016

If you find yourself in this neck of the woods, make sure to get to this very special spot. You will NOT be disappointed. It was delicious, charming, friendly and welcoming. We will be back many times and I can't wait.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic dinner at the Ashby Inn

Dined on March 11, 2016

I was expecting a nice meal based on the previews of the menu and wine list and was not disappointed! We had the chef's tasting menu with the addition of paired wines (Stuart the sommelier was very knowledgeable) . The food was superb and the service excellent. My husband had to step away from the table for an important work call and the staff monitored the table for his return to serve the next course. Small attention to detail that is not provided elsewhere. We will definitely return.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

Disappointingly and Decidedly Mediocre

Dined on February 28, 2016

We have been to the Ashby Inn a number of times and have always found the food and the service to be excellent. Unfortunately on our most recent visit both were shockingly well below average. As usual we stopped at the Ashby for brunch on our way to our favorite local getaway spot for a few days of R & R. Typically brunch at the Ashby is a most enjoyable start to what is a very pleasant mini-vacation. Unfortunately that was not the case this past Sunday, the service was very S-L-O-W, the food, when it finally arrived, was just barely warm, and the flavor exceedingly ordinary. The staff, which in the past had always been friendly, efficient and professional, was weirdly out of sorts and inattentive. Most disappointing! I'm truly sorry to write this review, as we have fond memories of previous meals at the Ashby, but, as you can see, our recent Ashby experience was not a good one. Maybe it was just a really bad day, or maybe things have changed at the Ashby. If it's the latter, the change has most decidedly not been for the better.

food3
ambience3
service5

The restaurant is typical for a B&B: qua ...

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

The restaurant is typical for a B&B: quaint, maybe a tad dated for some, maybe a tad quiet for some, very friendly staff, but the very reasons for our visit. The waiter and sommelier were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and everything you'd hope for. Martinis excellent and nice wine selection, but we brought our own bottle of Quintessa from our cellar which they kindly uncorked at a reasonable charge. Salmon mousse amuse-bouche was appreciated, but no spectacular flavors, meaning it didn't wet our appetite. Charcuterie and cheese plate a perfect blend of different flavors and textures. My husband's lobster bisque had great seafood flavor with, I think, fried lobster croquets. Would have preferred some fresh lobster chunks and it was a little on the citrusy side for me. We were both non-inspired, but enjoyed. Now on to our entrees. I wish I had a better review. We ordered a ribeye and cassoulet. While the ribeye was prepared at the perfect temperature and visually stunning (looked more like a large filet mignon off the bone), the quality of the meat just didn't meet our expectations. It lacked huge in flavor (which is why we like ribeye) and was a little tough to chew. And other than the slow cooked beans in the dish, the cassoulet just wasn't up to par. I thought a cassoulet was slow cooked meats, but maybe not. The chicken was still a little red near the bone and tough texture. Thankfully, it was me and not your typical person, because I actually don't mind high quality chicken or pork cooked under recommended temperature. The problem, however, is I don't think the "quality" of their meats were great that night. Because we figured it was the best they had and it's all relative (maybe we're just too high maintenance) we didn't complain, we were enjoying our evening. Desserts were better. All said, we'd return just to enjoy the country drive, but our expectations would be lower.

food4
ambience3
service3

Expected much more for the price. Glass ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Expected much more for the price. Glass of wine was 1/4 fill.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Wonderful Meal in a romantic spot

Dined on February 14, 2016

What a treat it was to spend Valentine's Day at the Ashby Inn. The food was intricately prepared and fit for foodies. Could not recommend more highly for special occasions or in need of a properly good meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A Valentines Day Gem

Dined on February 14, 2016

My fiance and I were looking for a lovely and romantic place to eat where we hadn't been before. After doing a little searching I uncovered the Ashby Inn. I can't speak to the lodging since we only went for the restaurant, but the food was amazing. There was a special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu and we chose the optional wine paring. Each course was exquisite, expertly prepared and melt-in-your mouth delicious. The room had a rustic charm with a fire blazing and very chic and hip portraits on the wall. The wait staff was attentive, but not overbearing. The meal, the atmosphere and the company made for the perfect evening.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Romantic country feel

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

Ashby Inn is a wonderful country setting for a romantic dinner. The food is delicious and inventive, while the service is warm and friendly. We are looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food1
ambience4
service2
value1

Valentines Day

Dined on February 14, 2016

We were extremely disappointed in this experience. We expected a lovely VDay DINNER and got what they called Brunch. It was basically a sandwich/ egg lunch. A brunch would be all you can eat. There were 4 of us and my daughter left because there was nothing on the menu she would eat. We will never return for lunch or brunch. Dinner has been exceptional in the past. They offered my daughter to say what she wanted but it was too late by then. The reservation should have indicated that it was a brunch vice dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We love the Ashby Inn

Dined on February 14, 2016

We do not know why the Ashby Inn is lower than the Inn at Little Washington on the Top 100 Restaurants in the DC. We have been to both and keep coming back here. We have not been back to Little Washington because we think this place is so much better.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentines Day at the Ashby Inn

Dined on February 13, 2016

Another great meal at the Ashby Inn. We were downstairs in what was probably the basement of the original Inn, log cabin walls, fireplace, etc. Could not have been any better ..... great food, great wine, great service. We drive an hour from Fairfax to get there and find it well worth the drive every time.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The Ashby Inn is incredible.

Dined on February 13, 2016

Great wine list. Excellent food and selection. Atmosphere is very welcoming and employees have a great knowledge of the wine list and menu.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Cozy quality dining experience

Dined on February 6, 2016

We were seated in the back room, which was lovely with windows across the entire wall and very cozy with only 4-5 tables. We were the only ones in the room for half of the meal but even when others arrived it still felt like our own experience. Could talk in normal tones and even quietly and be heard, nice on the ears for a change. Enjoyed the salad and steak, while my 2 teenagers and husband enjoyed their lobster soup and venison. All tender, flavorful items. We asked the sommelier for his recommendation on a blend that went with both the venison and the steak, and he returned with a NM (yes, NM) wine that had a zin type grape that went well with both meat dishes. The dessert was very good, 2 chocolate items and 2 bread puddings, I couldn't finish my chocolate dish but my family had no problem finishing theirs. Perfect portions, great flavors, lovely ambiance, service was attentive but not over attentive, a great experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday dinner at Ashby Inn

Dined on February 1, 2016

I took my wife there for her birthday. It was a surprise for her. It was a quiet Sunday night. We both had excellent food: the Chestnut soup was delicious and my entree' of venison was outstanding. My wife had shrimp risotto and loved it. And dessert was just decadent! Great brownie for me and bread pudding for my wife. An outstanding meal. The staff was friendly, helpful and not at all intrusive.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Food was outstanding and service was very good.

Dined on January 31, 2016

Would go back again for brunch. Ashby has a wonderful location but it is also in the middle of nowhere, so you have to want to go there for the quality of food and the setting.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Sunday Brunch

Dined on January 17, 2016

Sunday Brunch was very nice. Great menu, very nice white wine, attentive staff.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best anniversary dinner ever

Dined on January 3, 2016

We were celebrating our 5th anniversary and had the best dinner we have ever had. The food was excellent. The portions were small but sufficient. The service was superb. Very attentive but not too much so. They really took care of needs in a fabulous manner. The wine was spectacular with a very fine selection to choose from. We will come back every year if we can. The ambiance in this very old Inn was excellent.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Spectacular!

vip
Dined on January 3, 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in the region. It's amazing. The food is beautifully, carefully sourced and prepared. Everything is wholesome and delicious and the textures and flavors and appearance of the meals are outstanding. (And the vegetables are superb!) The service is intelligent and thoughtful and generous. The atmosphere is romantic and comfortable and exquisite. We're just back from NYC, where we indulged. And our meals at The Ashby topped even those - - some of the best in City.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Country Surprise

Dined on January 1, 2016

New Years eve prix fixe dinner: caviar, lobster, venison; course after course prepared, presented and served perfectly. You must make the drive, it will impress.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic!

Dined on December 26, 2015

Food was creative and beautifully plated. Service was outstanding, attentive without hovering. Sommelier was extremely helpful. Very memorable and pleasurable dining experience. Fantastic experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Special In Every Way

Dined on December 19, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and all the special attention given to us as we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. Thank you for treating us to the sparkling wine and preparing a delicious meal which we greatly enjoyed.

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Ashby Inn for Lunch

Dined on December 19, 2015

The waiters at the Ashby Inn were polished and professional. Just enough attention paid with being over bearing. The service in terms of the time it took to deliver our orders was not as good. I have the fish and chips and it seemed like they had been sitting in the kitchen for some time. While tasty, the beer batter was soggy as were the chips. The sauce for my wife's fish was advertised as lobster bisque - but was a far cry from what I made and served on Cape Cod. It was slightly burnt and her grilled fingerling potatoes were not tender. All in all - not a bad experience but the food prep and serving time could use improvement.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Do Something Special

Dined on December 17, 2015

Go for the total experience: after a great dinner, go back to your comfortable room on site.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

Elegant at the Ashby

vip
Dined on November 28, 2015

The food at the Asby was topnotch. They truly know how to make a presentation that does not disappoint. Beautiful flavor combinations and kind service. Took the parental units and they were delighted. The cost for this food would be triple, were we in nearer to the Beltway. What a great find!! Thanks for a terrific lunch.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Who needs real Paris when you have Paris, VA

Dined on November 27, 2015

Everything about this restaurant is worth the journey out there. Nestled in a quiet area, the inn does have that "charm" that makes us return. The food is unreasonably well-priced, the portions are the perfect size (allows for appetizer AND dessert) and everything we have tried exceeded our expectations. The service is attentive and pleasant; and the view outside makes it a perfect day-long getaway. With the proximity to vineyards, making the venture to The Ashby Inn always proves to be a worthwhile investment. Not sure there is better in the area!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Black Friday lunch

vip
Dined on November 27, 2015

My adult kids were home for Thanksgiving. Before the left to go back home, we had a very nice lunch at the Ashby Inn. I enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food. The staff was very attentive but not overbearing. I would highly recommend this restrauant.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list

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