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Sep 8, 2008 07:25 AM

Looking for anniversary caliber place around Loudoun County

I'm trying to think of a nice place in the general area of where we live for a nice, romantic anniversary dinner. We live near South Riding and are willing to drive to Leesburg, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax areas. We usually hit up nice places in DC, but due to babysitting limits now, we can't. We're thinking Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, but we've been there and would like to try something new. We like all types of food, so cuisine isn't an issue, just want a nice place to enjoy for a couple hours. Thanks in advance.

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  1. patowmac farm near lovettsville is really nice and romantic. it's in western loudoun and has beautiful views of the mountains

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    1. re: baloo

      I forgot about that place. The only night we're able to go out that week is Tuesday and unfortunately Patowmac Farm isn't open for dinner then. I'll keep that in my back pocket for another occassion though.

    2. L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls is what you're looking for.

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      1. re: BlueRidgePro

        I wouldn't go to L'Auberge. While the atmosphere is very very nice, the food is medicore at best - very plain with not much flavor. Tuscarora Mill's food is much much better.

        1. re: dcfoodie13

          I've found L'Auberge to have some of the best French food in the DC area along with a fine dining service experience, while Tuscarora's food is average the service and dining experience lacking ("are you still working on that...?"). They offer a more informal atmosphere, which is OK, but not something I'd choose for a special occasion.

          In Leesburg, Lightfoot is a far better choice than Tuscarora, as is Zeffirelli's..

          I guess that everyone's opinion of fine dining varies.

          1. re: BlueRidgePro

            when was the last time you went to l'auberge? i ate there for my mom's birthday in july and it was almost inedible.

          2. re: dcfoodie13

            The food at L'Auberge is not particularly innovative but it's not mediocre and it's certainly not plain.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              Maybe I've just been there on off nights, but every entree myself and my dining companions have ordered was mediocre and plain IMO (I do admit I've tasted two appetizers that were in the okay to good range). I kept giving it another try and wanting it to be good because the atmosphere is so nice, but after a third time of a thoroughly disappointing meal I gave up going there...

        2. How about Lightfoot in Leesburg?

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          1. Girasole in the Plains is terrific Italian, and I think more romantic than Lightfoot. As is the Eiffel Tower in Leesburg.

            1. On one of the food websites I am a member of, I saw this very nice restaurant in Purceville, that may be of interest to you. It's called "Magnolia At The Mill" ( ). Click on this link to see a video clip of behind the scenes at this place: . You could also try the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg. I'm one of the last of the true native "Loudouners", so I will always support my county.