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May 22, 2009 01:45 PM

Anniversary Restaurants

I know it's a topic that has been discussed often, but I always like to see where people have gone recently. Ours is coming up, and I'm looking for some ideas. Price, location and type of food are no object, but we love places out in the country, hopefully a convereted home or mansion. A quiet corner table would also be great.

In the past, we've gone toThe Milton Inn, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Antrim 1844, Manor Tavern and enjoyed them all. Are there other similar restaurants out there?

Also, my parents' anniversary is coming up- although both in their 80s, it's their 1st in Baltimore. They do have mobility issues (both use walkers) and probably would like the total bill to be under $100. But they also like old, rustic places where parking is no problem.

Any ideas?


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  1. I went to Restaurant Eve in Alexandria for last anniversary and it was lovely. Service, food, atmosphere were all great. I know it's not in the country at all though.

    There's always the standard for far-away fine dining: The Inn at Little Washington, though you may not be able to get a reservation at this time.

    There's also Iron Bridge Wine Company out in Warrenton, VA. Not super fancy but quite good.

    And of course L'Auberge Chez Francois out in Great Falls

    1. I can recommend L'Auberge Provencale in White Post, VA. We celebrated my husband's birthday there about 18 months ago and we were very pleased with both the restaurant and the accommodations.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Lauman

        Try the Manor House Restaurant at Poplar Springs in Warrenton.

        1. re: Lauman

          We tried L'Auberge Provencale last weekend.

          The inn & grounds are beautiful and the staff is friendly. Unfortunately, the food & service did not live up to the prices. Sloppy wine service (spills pouring both glasses) and overpriced wine list. The prix fixe menu ($88/pp) is quite limited & not very imaginative. Beef ordered medium came out very rare (red & cool). French bread was stale & chocolate cake dessert was dry. For $300/couple, we expected more. A loud talkig woman in the dining room, with her husband wearing shorts & sneakers, did little to add to the evening.

          The meal would have been OK at half the price, or a top-notch meal in that setting would have been worth it.

          As a comparison, we've had much better meals (for more money) at the Inn at Little Washington, and (for less) at L'Auberge Chez Francois.

          1. re: BlueRidgePro

            So sorry to hear of your unfortunate experience. Our experience was far better than what you describe, but then it was 18 months ago. Maybe things have gone down hill since then.

          2. re: Lauman

            Ditto L'Auberge. Beautiful place, great food.

          3. we had a great experience at the inn at little washington a few weeks ago, celebrating my birthday.